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?

Studies show that staff wellness has a direct impact on productivity, loyalty and happiness at work. Looking for a way to maximize these benefits in our global workplace, we created Wellness@CGIAR, an employee-led resource group (ERG) that’s committed to motivating and inspiring 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:

  • Respect diversity of origin and culture;
  • Foster and promote inclusive global workplaces;
  • Encourage and welcome the open sharing of ideas and active engagement
  • Wellness@CGIAR will not engage on topics of a religious or political nature.

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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.

News, Events and Resources

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@CGAIR Chair Alonso Ballon at

Wellness@CGIAR Coordinating Committee

Alonso Ballon

CIP

Doina Huso

WorldFish

Wellness@CGIAR Coordinating Members

Candice Perera

IWMI

Nataliya Chankova

ICARDA

Oluchi Ezekannagha

CSO

Nouhoun Belko

AfricaRice

Samson Adeleke

IITA

Shashwat Dhungana

IWMI-Nepal

Maimouna Ndour

AfricaRice-St Louis

Hamish Gordon DUNSFORD

CIMMYT

Ma. Celeste DIZON

CIMMYT

Catherine Njuguna

IITA

Leena Tripathi

IITA

Karen Gunter

IWMI - South Africa

Wellness@CGIAR Coordinating Committee

Alonso Ballon

CIP

Alonso Ballon

CIP

Doina Huso

WorldFish

Doina Huso

WorldFish

Wellness@CGIAR Coordinating Members

Candice Perera

IWMI

Candice Perera

IWMI

Nataliya Chankova

ICARDA

Nataliya Chankova

ICARDA

Oluchi Ezekannagha

CSO

Oluchi Ezekannagha

CSO

Nouhoun Belko

AfricaRice

Nouhoun Belko

AfricaRice

Samson Adeleke

IITA

Samson Adeleke

IITA

Shashwat Dhungana

IWMI-Nepal

Shashwat Dhungana

IWMI - Nepal

Maimouna Ndour

AfricaRice-St Louis

Maimouna Ndour

AfricaRice

Hamish Gordon DUNSFORD

CIMMYT

Hamish Dunsford

CIMMYT

Ma. Celeste DIZON

CIMMYT

Ma. Celeste Dizon

CIMMYT

Catherine Njuguna

IITA

Catherine Njuguna

IITA

Leena Tripathi

IITA

Leena Tripathi

IITA

Karen Gunter

IWMI-South Africa

Karen Gunter

IWMI - South Africa