Senior Programme Coordinator at CTA

Judith Ann Francis is Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), The Netherlands. She presently leads the multi-country CTA-IFAD co-funded Innov4AgPacific Project. Judith also wears several hats including Chair, of the Tropical Agricultural Platform (TAP), member of the International Advisory Panel of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the BecA-ILRI Hub and Executive Secretary of the European Forum for Agricultural Research for Development. Since joining CTA in 2003, Judith has championed the innovation systems approach, increasing investments in science, technology and innovation (STI), building capacity of young professionals and women in science, and strengthening inter-and intra-regional as well as EU-ACP science, technology and innovation cooperation for agricultural and rural development (ARD) in the 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. She has also authored several publications. Prior to joining CTA in 2003, Judith worked with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI). She has also lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.