Debisi ArabaDebisi Araba PhD



Occupational Information

Job Title: Director, Africa Region, International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

Professional History

Adebisi (Debisi) Araba is a public policy and strategy specialist. He is the Africa Region Director at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a member of the CGIAR, the consortium on international agriculture research. He is also a member of the Montpellier Malabo Panel of experts, working together to enable better African and European government support of national and regional agricultural development and food security priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa. His passion is in harnessing science and technology to inform and improve decision-making in the public and private sector spaces for local, regional, and global impact.

Previously, he was the Senior Manager, African policy engagement, with the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, CCAFS, where he worked on establishing and strengthening institutional partnerships and connecting and aligning CGIAR research output with the needs of the private sector. He has also served as the Senior Technical Adviser on Environmental Policy to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria, where he recently co-authored Nigeria’s National Agricultural Resilience Framework and led global and national partnerships in the development of insurance and climate-smart strategies for the agricultural sector.

In 2014, Debisi co-founded the Visiola Foundation, which exists to support the emergence of a new cadre of African leaders by mentoring and training academically excellent youth, particularly women, in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Debisi's doctoral studies focused on designing frameworks for incorporating evidence-based research into environmental policy in developing countries. His thesis is regarded as one of the highest-rated the Centre.


PhD from the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Masters degree in Clean Technology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Bachelors degree in Physical Geography from the University of Ibadan
Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow (2015), Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.


2019 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

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