Wellness@ CGIAR

Wellness@CGIAR: An Employee-Led Resource Group

Wellness and mental health resource groups are growing in popularity and can be an immensely effective way of offering people support. With up to 94% of employees reporting symptoms of poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, wellness initiatives are more important than ever.

What is Wellness@CGIAR?

Wellness@CGIAR is an employee-led resource group (ERG) comprised of staff from across CGIAR. The ERG recognizes the importance of having work-life balance and a working environment that maximizes the potential, achievements, and impact of CGIAR staff around the world. We are committed to motive and inspire everyone at CGIAR to be at their best every day.

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What does Wellness@CGIAR do?

Supported by CGIAR’s GDI Function, Wellness@CGIAR organizes activities that focus on maintaining physical and emotional health and wellbeing. These include educational seminars/webinars on wellness, contests, group discussions and other practical health-focused activities. The ERG is open to everyone and provides a forum for staff to express themselves openly.

All Wellness@CGIAR activities are in line with CGIAR’s values on respectful workplaces. As such, we:


Contact Wellness@CGIAR

We look forward to your support in building a diverse and inclusive culture of wellness at CGIAR.

For more information, please contact Wellness@CGIAR Chair Alonso Ballon at
Wellness@CGIAR Spotlight
“Mental health in a time of COVID” - CGIAR's first Wellness Day

On June 22nd 2021, the Wellness@CGIAR Employee Resource Group hosted a series of wellness-focused activities designed to help everyone at CGIAR better manage stress and anxiety. This video recap highlights three sessions that took place during the day-long event, including a hypnotic breathing workshop, a mesmerising sound-healing experience and a conversation with mental health experts and CGIAR colleagues on different ways people can support those closest to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wellness@CGIAR news and resources

Wellness@CGIAR Coordinating Committee

Alonso Ballon

Alonso Ballon

HR Business Partner Specialist - CIP


Ma. Celeste DIZON

Global Mobility and IRS HR Manager - CIMMYT

VICE Chair

Wellness@CGIAR Secretaries

Eveline Odiambo

Head Finance and Administration - IITA

Maimouna Outtara


Wellness@CGIAR Coordinating Members


Bonaventure Aman Omondi

Alliance Bioversity CIAT

Hamish Gordon DUNSFORD


Nouhoun Belko

CIP-International Potato Center

Melissa Guzman


Samson Adeleke


Karen Gunter

IWMI-South Africa

Maimouna Ndour

AfricaRice-St Louis

Eveline Odiambo


Catherine Njuguna


Leena Tripathi


Doina Huso


Candice Perera


Nataliya Chankova


Oluchi Ezekannagha