Jimmy W. Smith, a Guyanese and Canadian citizen, is Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ILRI is a CGIAR research centre, working towards a food secure world. ILRI’s work focuses on livestock research for sustainable development.
Before joining ILRI, Smith led the livestock portfolio at the World Bank. Working at the corporate level, he anchored the bank’s investments on sustainable livestock development and mitigating the threat of zoonoses with pandemic potential.
Prior to his tenure at the World Bank, Smith held senior positions at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Still earlier, Smith worked at ILRI and its predecessor, the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), where he served as the institute’s regional representative for West Africa and later as director of its global program on crop-livestock systems. Before his decade of work at ILCA/ILRI, Smith held senior positions in the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI-Trinidad) and the Livestock Development Company (LIDCO-Guyana).
Jimmy Smith is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, USA, where he completed MSc and PhD degrees in animal sciences. He is widely published, with more than 100 publications, including papers in refereed journals, book chapters, policy papers and edited proceedings.