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Main Governing Bodies of CATIE

CATIE has three main governing bodies:

1. The Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA)

2. The Governing Council of Ministers

3. The Board of Directors

The Inter-American Board of Agriculture

The Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA) is the supreme governing body of CATIE. It is integrated by 34 member states and holds an ordinary meeting every two years.

The Governing Council of Ministers

The Council consists of 14 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean which are regular or affiliated members of CATIE. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has a permanent seat on the Council, as well a representative of the IABA. This completes a total of 16 members.

Regular member countries are: Belize , Bolivia , Colombia , Costa Rica, El Salvador , Guatemala , Honduras , Mexico , Nicaragua , Panama , Paraguay , Dominican Republic and Venezuela. CATIE also has an additional affiliated member, which is the State of Acre, Brazil.

The President of the Governing Council is Luis Felipe Arauz, current Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of 13 members, who provide their services “ad honorem” and meet at least twice a year. The Board includes four permanent members: the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica , the Director General of IICA, a representative of the IABA and a representative of the Governing Council; as well as four directors representing member countries and five directors representing the international community.

Their guidelines are implemented by the Director General of CATIE with the support of the Directors of Administration and Finance, Research, Outreach and Education. The Director General is also the Ex Officio Secretary of the Board.

The Director General of CATIE is appointed by the Board and ratified by the Governing Council for a term of four years and may be reelected only once for an additional period. Currently the Director General of CATIE is Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, who holds this position since 2016.

The Board of Directors


Renato Alvarado

Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica
Representing the Government of Costa Rica


Nigel Poole

President of Board of Directors
International community

Daniel Barthelemy

Member country 

Helmut Eger

Member country

Lloyd Day

IICA Director general or Representative


IABA Representative (to be defined)


José Juventino Gálvez

Member Country


Esteban Girón

Governing Council Representative 


Inocencio Higuera

Member Country

Laura Scandurra

International Community

Carlos Casamiquela

International Community



Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim

Guyanese, Director General of CATIE
Exofficio Secretary


The Governing Council of Ministers


Costa Rica
Luis Felipe Araúz
Minister of Agriculture and Livestock

Godwin Hulse
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture

César Hugo Cocarico
Ministry of Rural Development and Lands

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim
Director General

Rubén Flores
Minister of Agriculture and Livestock

El Salvador
Orestes Fredesman Ortez Andrade
Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG)

Mario Estuardo Méndez Cobar
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food

Dr. Santiago Ruiz 
Minister Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock

Dr. Manuel Otero
IICA Director General

Lic. José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa
Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Pesca Fisheries and Food

Edward Centeno
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAGFOR)

Dr. Eduardo Enrique Carles

Rolando de Barros Barreto
Secretary of Environment (SEAM)

Dominican Republic
Ángel Estévez
Ministry of Agriculture 

Wilmar Castro Soteldo
Ministry of Popular Power for Agriculture and Land Ministry of Agricultural