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New Director at the International Foundation for Science (IFS)

Published: 2015-09-21

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr Nighisty Ghezae is to be appointed as the new Director of IFS from October 1st 2015. Dr Ghezae will take over from the current Director, Dr Graham Haylor, who has, inter alia, led the successful development, launch and implementation of a 10-year strategic plan 2011-20 for IFS. He is leaving to take up a new position in the UK.

Dr Ghezae is admirably qualified to take on the role. As Head of Programmes at IFS since 2007 she has held responsibilities for coordinating the programme of activities, helping develop strategy and policy, oversight of research areas, coordinating and evaluating supporting activities provided to the IFS constituency and supervising programme staff. Dr Ghezae has been deeply involved in the new strategic plan and its current implementation. The direct handover will ensure a seamless transition in the third year of this innovative strategy involving IFS staff, grantees and partners.

Dr Ghezae has a BA in economics, an MSc in the legal and institutional management of water resources, a Ph.D. in natural (water) resources management and another Ph.D in international economics (impact of the global economy on Africa and its development). She has more than thirty years professional experience as a lecturer, researcher, senior network officer, training organizer, program and project leader and evaluator. She has worked as a development consultant (2004-2007) with the UNDP, UNESCO, Sida, DGIS, IDRC, AfDB, Euro Consult, Danida and the EU. As Project Manager with the Global Water Partnership (1998-2004), she managed several integrated water resources management projects and led the work program of four regional offices in Africa and two in the Mediterranean region, as well as coordinating the EU water Initiative in Africa.

The Board warmly thanks Graham Haylor for his devoted and excellent hard work over the past five years for IFS. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future.

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Online resources, including annual reports, strategy document, images and more, available at http://www.ifs.se/.

For further inquiries, please contact: Professor Ola Smith, Chair, IFS Board of Trustees (olabsmith@aim.com).

The International Foundation for Science, through a rigorous selection process, supports early-career scientists from developing countries to conduct relevant and high quality research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources.



  1. Charles/Recha, Oct 13, 2015 at 04:43 AM

    A big congratulation Dr. Ghezae. As an IFS alumni, I am very proud of your achievement. Much more proud of your commitment to IFS. IFS has been our stepping stone to the world of research. Take the IFS to the next level.
    Again, congratulations!
    Recha - Egerton University

  2. David Chiawo, Oct 12, 2015 at 02:23 PM

    Congratulations Nighisty! Success in your new position.

  3. Dorice Situma, Oct 12, 2015 at 08:19 AM

    Congratulations Dr Nighisty

  4. Lucy Kananu, Oct 12, 2015 at 07:44 AM

    Congratulations Nighisty. Wishing you all the best in your new position.

  5. Sheila Ommeh, Oct 12, 2015 at 03:49 AM

    Congratulations Nighisty and Best wishes!

  6. Name, Oct 11, 2015 at 09:26 PM

    Congratulations Dr Ghezae on your new appointment. I am confident that you will steer IFS to greater and new heights of success. Congratulations!

  7. David Chiawo, Oct 11, 2015 at 08:10 PM

    Congratulations Nighisty! Best wishes in your new position.

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