Sophia Huyer is Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) as well as Director of Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT). She's also a Visiting Fellow on Gender and Climate Change at the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
She has engaged in research and policy analysis on global gender equality issues relating to technology, innovation and sustainable development for over 20 years.
She was with the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (GAB-CSTD) until 2014, as well as Senior Advisor to the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) at The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) from 2009–2013.
Her publications include “Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture” as Guest Editor of a Special Issue on Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change in Gender, Technology and Development; “Gender and Food Security in a Changing Climate” (2019) in Taking stock: Data and evidence on gender equality in digital access, skills and leadership published by the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society/International Telecommunications Union; and the chapter “Is the gender gap narrowing in science and engineering?” in the UNESCO Global Science Report 2015. Currently, she is Guest Editor on a special issue of Climatic Change titled "Towards Gender Equality in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Approaches and Opportunities".
Sophia held a Fulbright Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2000 and is a member of the One Planet Fellowship Scientific Advisory Panel for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). She received her Ph.D. from York University in Toronto.