Megan Steele is Junior Expert, Innovation Ecosystem Engagement for the Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP) at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, based in Rome. In this position, she contributes to the planning, implementation, and management of A4IP initiatives including Innovation Challenges, interactive seminars, workshops, and more; engaging with partners to advance knowledge valorization processes and support CGIAR’s scientists in driving their innovations to scale. Megan hails from the Washington D.C. area and has a background in International Relations from The College of William & Mary. Prior to her position with the Alliance, she worked as a Senior Research Assistant at AidData, a lab focused on improving the understanding and performance of foreign aid through the Listening to Leaders report, supported by partners including The World Bank, USAID, and Gates Foundation. Her passion for food motivates her – she stays hungry for progress toward sustainable food systems (and for what’s on the plate).