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Speaker Bios - opening part 2 - the power of diets

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Currently, Joao is Global Leader of WWF's Food Practice, leading the Network´s efforts to enhance the sustainability of the global food system, including responsible production, sustainable diets and reduction of food waste and post-harvest loss. Prior to WWF, Joao held the position of Special Environmental and Sustainability Advisor to Brazil ́s Minister of Agriculture. In that role, he served as President of the Low-Carbon Agriculture Platform and as Executive Secretary of the Agribusiness Commission on Sustainable Development. Joao has held technical and executive positions in multilateral and bilateral agencies (World Bank, UNDP and DFID), in the federal government of Brazil (Ministry of the Environment) and has advised national and sub-national governments (in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay) on the design and implementation of regional development policies, combining socio-economic growth with conservation. Prior to the Ministry of Agriculture, he worked for The Nature Conservancy as Program Director in Latin America, Executive Director in Brazil and Lead Economist of the Global Lands program.

Joao holds a bachelor ́s degree in international relations and economics, master ́s and Ph.D. degrees in economics and a degree in General Management from the Harvard Business School. He has published two books on the economics of deforestation and co-authored the most comprehensive study assessing the carbon mitigation potential of low-cost improvements in land management.

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Christine Campeau has over 12 years of experience working at the intersection of food security and nutrition. In her current role as Senior Advisor – Food Systems and Deputy Chair UNFSS AT4, Christine worked alongside Action Track Chairs on the 18-month process of collecting over 2,000 ideas to transform food systems for people, the planet and prosperity. Her work for intergovernmental agencies, such as the UN Nutrition (formerly UNSCN); for facilitation platforms such as the SUN Movement Secretariat; and with civil society organizations, including CARE and Caritas, has given her an appreciation of the diversity of stakeholders and sectors involved in food security and nutrition. It has also allowed her to cultivate relationships with all relevant stakeholders involved in tackling the nutrition challenge.

Christine holds a Master of International Relations from Webster University, Geneva Switzerland, with combined focuses on international diplomacy and climate-induced migration. Born on a farm in Southern Ontario, she has spent countless hours volunteering on organic farms across Canada and working with farmers in developing countries. Her personal goal is to work with committed people from farmers’ organizations, social movements, research institutions, governments, and the private sector to build resilient food systems that ensure global food and nutrition security.

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Lina Mahy works in the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety at the World Health Organization in Geneva since 2015. She is a member of the Food Systems Unit. She facilitates advocacy, communication and partnerships on WHO’s nutrition and food safety strategies, guidance and tools with UN Agencies, professional communities, governments and intergovernmental organizations with the aim of increasing impact at country level. She is a member of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition FAO/WHO Joint Secretariat. She is interested in sustainable, food systems, biodiversity, and climate change linked to nutrition. Prior to her current assignment, she worked as technical officer in the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) Secretariat. Lina has lived and worked for 21 years in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa for FAO, UNICEF, Helen Keller International, and the World Bank. Lina is an agricultural engineer (MSc), with a post-graduate degree in international nutrition and education from Ghent University (Belgium).

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Chris Hegadorn has been the Executive Secretary of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome since March 2019.  In that time, he and his staff have led the organization of four major CFS plenary sessions, numerous public-facing events, and two successful multilateral negotiation processes leading to global policy guidance on ‘Food Systems and Nutrition’ and on ‘Innovative Approaches for Food Security and Nutrition’.  Chris is a retired U.S. diplomat whose career included 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and earlier positions in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service.

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Per writes about food and wine in the weekend edition, DI Weekend of the Swedish daily business newspaper Dagens Industri. He co-founded and ran the gastronomic debate forum Skafferiet (The Pantry) in Stockholm and frequently appeared on Swedish public television SVT Gomorron Sverige 2012-2017 as an expert on food and beverages. At the innovation platform Openlab, run by four universities and Stockholm, Per is the host and editor of the podcast Matlaboratoriet made together with podcast producer Soundtelling.

His latest book, Smakens makt (The Power of Taste), is an autobiographical quest for the most captivating taste experiences worldwide. In the book, Per places the sense of taste in different contexts, all of which have great importance for society today. He also discusses the relationship between taste and the art of hospitality, the latest research on the interaction of the senses, the difficult task of eating both climate-friendly and healthy food, and the effects of myocardial infarction in 2014 on Per’s own diet and lifestyle.