Global Institute for Food Security appoints interim CEO

With Maurice Moloney retiring from the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan next month, Stephen Visscher will assume the role of interim executive director and chief executive officer.

Visscher will remain a member of the board while an international search for a permanent CEO is conducted.

A GIFS board member since 2015, Visscher recently retired as deputy chief executive at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in the United Kingdom, where he led the organization’s international activities and global partnerships.

He served in other executive positions at the research council, including director of finance, interim chief executive and chief operating officer for seven years.

Visscher has also developed links with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, where he helped establish the G20 International Wheat Initiative and the International Wheat Yield Partnership.

Other roles include chair of the G20-sponsored Global Wheat Initiative’s institutions committee, vice-chair of the International Wheat Yield partnership, director of the Norwich Research Park Campus Partnership, trustee of the Medical Research Foundation and LifeArc charities and observer member on the boards of Rothamsted Research and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

Visscher is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors. In 2013, he received the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Moloney was one of GIFS’s founding partners, including working as its first permanent executive director and CEO.

He helped create the research institute, which today includes more than 50 staff, many of who are distinguished researchers in their field and who have come to work in Saskatoon from more than 15 countries.

Moloney also served as program director for the U of S’s Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre.

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