Working as I do for a large international organization, I’m used to seeing people come and go. No sooner does a familiar face disappear from the radar than a new face pops up in its place. Most endings mark new beginnings, or so they say, but that doesn’t always make it easy to say goodbye to someone who has worked closely with you and shared the same goals as you, the same interest, the same passions.
One such person, who will be missed, not just by me but also by all she has met is Nadia Manning-Thomas.
Nadia first joined the ICT-KM Program in 2007, when she was seconded from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to lead the Knowledge Sharing in Research project. Her work with the project saw her exploring and promoting practical and appropriate ways of sharing knowledge within research, with the ultimate goal of enhancing collaboration, learning and impact.
In 2009, we said goodbye to her when the project came to an end. But she didn’t stay away too long. The following year, she returned as our Knowledge Sharing in Research specialist.
Since then, Nadia has learned about and promoted approaches that continue to play a key role in helping to improve the way in which the CGIAR and its partners and stakeholders collaborate and work together towards achieving agricultural research for development goals.
She worked closely with the global CIARD initiative, which seeks to enhance coherence in information for agricultural research for development. CIARD is closely aligned with the CGIAR’s own Triple A approach, which seeks to encourage Centers to make their information/knowledge/outputs more Available, Accessible and Applicable.
Nadia’s passion for facilitation saw her conducting many workshops at the various CGIAR Centers, and also during our Share Fairs, which attracted participants from other research and development organizations.
Nadia’s bubbly personality, which she attributes to growing up on the sunny island of Barbados in the Caribbean, was evident in everything she did at the Program. She approached her work with an enthusiasm that was as infectious as her spontaneous laughter.
This vivacious personality has recently relocated to London, where she and her husband, David Thomas, have opened Danaqa, a retail outlet that sells personal and household accessories that are “inspired, designed and made in the developing world, supporting its growth and future.”
But there’s something else under development… and all of us look forward to that !
On behalf of everyone at the ICT-KM Program and the new Communications team in the CGIAR Consortium, I would like to wish Nadia every success as she embarks on this new chapter in her life. Her impact has been widespread, and she will be sorely missed, as a colleague, as a friend.
But as they say in my country.. ‘Questo e’un arrivederci, non e’ certo un addio’.. as I am sure (and I hope!!) we will see Nadia back soon!
So… has Nadia touched your life too? If so, drop a note… she will appreciate it!