Platform team

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research operates with a nimble core team based at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. The team consists of a Coordinator (Rhiannon Pyburn), Assistant to the Coordinator (Andrea Vos), and Communication and Knowledge Management Advisor (Ewen Le Borgne). Advisors are brought in to contribute on an as-needed basis, including: the Engendering Data and Methods Blog (Anouka van Eerdewijk); gender dynamics in seed systems grants (Peter Gildermacher) and gender-big data collaboration (Marcelo Tyzsler), amongst others.

Rhiannon Pyburn (Coordinator)

Rhiannon Pyburn, coordinator of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research (photo credit: KIT Royal Tropical Institute)
Rhiannon Pyburn, coordinator of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research (photo credit: KIT Royal Tropical Institute)

Rhiannon Pyburn is the Coordinator of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research since its inception in January 2017. She manages and oversees all day-to-day activities of the Platform, reports to donors, the Advisory Committee and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets on Platform work. She provides strategic vision for the Platform and works with the CGIAR gender research community to build and strengthen the cross-CGIAR gender research agenda. A Senior Advisor on Gender and Agriculture at KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Rhiannon is a specialist in gender equity in agricultural value chain development, multi-stakeholder processes, institutional innovation and gender research management. Her education and practical experience lie in the facilitation of learning processes related to resource management and agricultural innovation systems, in research management, and in building inter-cultural and cross-disciplinary cooperation. Rhiannon works extensively on gender integration in agricultural research and practice and is skilled in synthesis work, drawing out common ground across portfolios of research.

Andrea Vos (Assistant to the Coordinator)

Andrea Vos is Assistant to the Coordinator (photo credit: A. Vos)

Andrea Vos is the Assistant to the Coordinator of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research. In this role she provides administrative and logistical support for all Platform activities, including the annual scientific conferences and calls for gender research proposals. Andrea keeps the newsfeed on CGIAR gender activities up-to-date on a daily basis and responds to all requests coming in through the Gender Platform’s email address. Andrea studied international development and cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and has done research on topics such as gender and small-scale palm oil processing and farmer-led innovation.

Ewen Le Borgne (Knowledge Management and Communication Advisor)

Ewen Le Borgne (photo credit: E. Le Borgne)
Ewen Le Borgne (photo credit: E. Le Borgne)

Ewen Le Borgne is knowledge management and communication advisor to the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research. He has 15 years of experience in these fields, specifically in engagement and collaboration, online and in face-to-face group settings.

With the Platform, Ewen coordinates the newsletter, monthly webinars, campaigns (for International Women’s Day and International Day of Rural Women), oversees the website and overall content management, the Engendering Data and Methods blog, and he runs the Platform’s Twitter account. He also advises on, designs and occasionally facilitates workshops and capacity development sessions on behalf of the Gender Platform or in support of CGIAR Research Programs and Centers.

Marcelo Tyszler (Gender & Big Data Advisor)

M. Tyszler (photo credit: KIT Royal Tropical Institute)
M. Tyszler (photo credit: KIT Royal Tropical Institute)

Marcelo Tyszler is advisor on Gender and Big Data collaboration. An advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Marcelo is an experienced consultant and applied quantitative researcher on the fields of Agro- and Behavioral Economics, Environmental and Economic Sustainability and Public Sector, Non-Profit and Government. He has expertise in economic and mathematical modelling, optimization problems, management and econometric analysis of small and large data-sets as well as research and survey designs.

Anouka van Eerdewijk (Engendering data and methods blog editor)

Anouka van Eerdewijk (photo credit: KIT Royal Tropical Institute)
Anouka van Eerdewijk (photo credit: KIT Royal Tropical Institute)

Anouka van Eerdewijk is Senior Advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute. She supports the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research in her role as co-editor of the Engendering Data and Methods blog. Over the past 20 years Anouka has combined research, activism, and advisory work in international development— with an explicit focus on women’s empowerment, rights, and leadership.


Peter Gildemacher (photo credit: KIT Royal Tropical Institute)

Peter Gildemacher (Seed Systems specialist)

Peter Gildemacher contributes to the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research in his role as seed system expert for the ‘Gender Dynamics in Seed Systems‘ grant support. With the Coordinator, he is co-editor of a Special Issue on this theme. He is a senior advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute.