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Main Background Agenda Speakers

Speakers Bios






Daniela Acuña

Daniela Acuna is the Sustainable Production Officer in the Department of Sustainability and Climate Change in the Bureau of Agricultural Studies and Policies, of the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture. Daniela is a member of the Chilean Sustainable Consumption and Production Committee since 2015, and coordinator of the Sustainable Food Systems working area of the National Program for Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Daniela has a vast experience working in sustainability with a special emphasis in the agrifood sector. She has experience working in the public sector, in academia and also in consultancy. Daniela studied veterinary medicine in the University of Chile and has a Masters degree in Environment and Development from King’s College, University of London.










João Campari

João has more than 20 years of experience in international development, particularly working to balance agricultural production and food systems with conservation. João has held technical and executive positions in multilateral and bilateral agencies (World Bank, UNDP and DFID), in the federal government of Brazil (Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture) and has advised national and sub-national governments (in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay). For 13 years, João worked with The Nature Conservancy in several roles from program director to lead economist of the Global Lands program.

João holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics (environment and natural resources) and a degree in General Management from the Harvard Business School. He has published two books on the economics of deforestation in the Amazon and is one of the co-authors of the most comprehensive assessment of the carbon mitigation potential of low-cost improvements in land management. In 2014, João was nominated among the top 100 Brazilian leaders in the agricultural sector for the disruptive work conducted on agriculture and conservation (Isto É Dinheiro Rural magazine).








Christian Hofer

Christian Hofer has been the Director-General of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) since 1 December 2019. He was previously Head of the Bern Cantonal Office for Agriculture and Nature (LANAT) for almost two years. From 2009 to 2017, he served as an Assistant Director-General of FOAG, responsible for the Direct Payments and Rural Development Directorate.

Christian Hofer grew up on a farm in Bannwil, in the Bernese Oberaargau region. He studied Agronomic Engineering (specialising in crop production) at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, graduating in1998. He also qualified as a teacher and worked as an agricultural consultant at Inforama Rütti (Bern). From 2000 to 2003, he managed the Profi Lait office and also worked as a scientist for the Swiss Grassland Society (AGFF). In 2003, he became Head of Sales (Switzerland) at DeLaval – the Swedish manufacturer of dairy farming equipment – in Sursee (Lucerne). He also obtained an MBA in Integrated Management from Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH).





Ulf Jackel

Ulf D. Jaeckel is an economist with a PhD in environmental economics. Since 1994, Ulf has worked at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and is currently the Head of  Division for `Sustainable Consumption, Environmental Product Policy´. Ulf was Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production 2015-2017 and a representative of the German Government in several national and international committees.

"Food systems are necessary to survive. But they can be designed to cause less damage to climate, soil and biodiversity. Consumer awareness is an important factor to achieve that."




















Marion Jansen

Marion Jansen is the Director of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate at the OECD. Ms Jansen provides intellectual stewardship and strategic vision to the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, overseeing cutting edge analyses, advice and support for policy reform in the fields of food, agriculture, fisheries and international trade, advancing a better understanding of the international trade system and the economic, environmental and social context in which it operates. As a key member of the Organisation’s Senior Management Team, Ms Jansen supports the implementation of the OECD’s priorities, as reflected in its Programme of Work and Budget and will help advance the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General in TAD’s area of work, in close co-operation with his office.

Ms Jansen also contributes to enhancing the impact and relevance of OECD work in international economic policy discussions and ensuring timely and impactful contributions to the work of the G20, G7, APEC and other relevant international fora, in close coordination with the OECD Sherpa and his Unit.

Ms Jansen, a German national, holds a Doctorate Degree in International Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University (Spain); a Master's Degree in International Economics from the Universität Konstanz (Germany) and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Economics from the Universität Passau (Germany). She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in International and Developmental Economics from the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole (France). 

Since 2018, Ms. Jansen has been the Director for the Division of Market Development and Chief Economist at the International Trade Centre in Geneva having also been their Section Chief for Research and Strategies for Exports (2014-2018). Prior to this, she held the positions of Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (2012-2014; 1999-2009); Head of the Trade and Employment Programme at the International Labour Organization (2009-2012); and Economist for Maxwell Stamp PLC, UK (1998-1999). Ms Jansen has published widely on international trade and has lectured in multiple academic institutions, including the University of Geneva and the World Trade Institute. Next to her native language German, Ms. Jansen also speaks Dutch, English, French, Italian and Spanish.























Agnes Kalibata

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, is the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. As the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Dr. Kalibata works with the United Nations system and key partners to provide leadership, guidance, and strategic direction towards the 2021 Food Systems Summit. She is responsible for outreach and cooperation with key leaders, including governments, to ensure the Summit serves as a catalytic process within the Decade of Action to improve food systems around the world to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement.

Since 2014, Dr. Kalibata has also served as President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa.

Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) from 2008 to 2014, where she drove programs that moved her country from a food insecure to a food secure status and became a reference point for other countries that sought to deliver agriculture transformation. Dr. Kalibata has held several other leadership positions, including Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda. She also worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Uganda, and various other agricultural development organizations. She sits on various boards, councils and commissions including the Global Commission on Adaptation, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the Global Panel for Agriculture & Food Systems for Nutrition, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP), the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, and Africa Risk Capacity, among others.

Dr. Kalibata has a distinguished track record as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader. She was awarded the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize, in 2012, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liège in 2018,  an Honorary Doctorate from McGill Univeristy in 2019, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal in April, 2019 for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern sciences and effective policy thereby improving livelihoods of stallholder farmers. Dr. Kalibata holds a doctorate in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 






Alwin Kopse

Alwin Kopse was appointed Deputy Assistant Director-General of the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) in October 2018. He is associate head of the Knowledge Systems, Technology and International Affairs Directorate and leads the Unit for International Affairs and Food Security.

Alwin Kopse holds a MLaw of the University of Berne and an MSc in Public Policy and Management of the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies). Before joining the FOAG in 2015, he was founding director of a consultancy firm in strategy development, sustainable development and change management. Before that, he held leadership positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and in various organizations in civil society, the industry and in the public sector.











Allison Marie Loconto

Dr. Allison Marie Loconto is Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Science, Innovation and Society (LISIS) and a Senior Researcher at the French National Institute for Research on Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE). She holds a PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University and a MA in International Affairs and Development from American University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Loconto is an Executive Committee member of the International Sociological Association and a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme of the One Planet Network (UN Environment). Previously, she was a Science, Technology and Society Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

With 20 years of experience in international development and research, she focuses on the governance of transitions to sustainable food systems, specifically on the metrics, models, standards and systems of certification that are part of emerging institutional innovations. Dr. Loconto is on the editorial boards of the following academic journals: Agriculture and Human Values, the International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture, and Food and Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems: Social Movements, Institutions and Governance.















Máximo Torero Cullen

Dr. Máximo Torero Cullen is the Chief Economist of the Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO). He joined the Organization in January 2019 as Assistant Director-General for the Economic and Social Development Department. Prior to joining FAO, he was the World Bank Group Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay since November 2016 and before the Bank Dr. Torero led the Division of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His major research work lies mostly in analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation based on the role played by infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs (or discontinuities) can improve the welfare of households and small farmers. His experience encompasses Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

Dr. Torero, a national of Peru, holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru. He is a professor on leave at the University of the Pacific (Perú) and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany and has also published in top journals (QJE, Econometric Theory, AER-Applied Microeconomics, RSTAT, Labor Economics and many other top journals).

Dr. Torero has received in 2000 the Georg Foster Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, won the Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by The Global Development Network, twice, in 2000 and in 2002 and received the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole in 2014.

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