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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.





Christopher Béné

Christophe Béné is Senior Researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) –now part of the ‘Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT’ and member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He is currently based in Cali, Colombia.

He has been conducting inter-disciplinary research and advisory work in different parts of the world (Africa, Asia, Pacific), since the early 2000s, focusing on poverty alleviation, food security, and more generally low income countries’ economic development. In his career, he worked on a wide range of topics, including natural resource management, analysis of policy and science-policy interface, resilience (measurement), and more recently food system. 










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).





William Chilufya

William Chilufya is the Hivos Southern Africa – Regional Advocacy Manager for Sustainable Diets. He leads the policy advocacy and campaign on safe, nutritious, environmentally friendly, accessible and healthy food. Hivos works with civil society Actors and William’s role includes building capacity of partners to interface and dialogue with policy and political leadership for effective food system improvement.

William actively participated in the formulation of the Chongwe food Change lab and the Zambia Food Change Lab bringing together relevant stakeholders to develop the food map for Chongwe and Lusaka. Find out more




Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme

Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme leads the food transformation at the World Benchmarking Alliance. She is responsible for the development and engagement of the Food & Agriculture Benchmark, making sure that the benchmark methodology reflects stakeholder expectations and that it is widely used.

In addition, she works closely with the spotlight indices: Access to Seeds Index and Seafood Stewardship Index. Viktoria believes that business is at the center of the food systems transformation. The benchmark and the spotlight indices are crucial tools to measure progress and identify opportunities to realize more healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems.










Alvin M. Dizon

Alvin Dizon is a Councilor in Cebu City, the Philippines, and holds a Masters in Public Administration. His committee assignments include:

  • Chairperson: Committee on Housing, Committee on Education, Committee on Youth and Sports Development
  • Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Culture and Arts, Local and Foreign Relations, Committee on Livelihood and Cooperatives, Committee on Labor and Manpower Development, Oversight Committee
  • Member: Committee on Environment, Committee on Laws, Committee on Health, Committee on Agriculture, Committee on Women, Committee on Information Technology

Alivin has authored several landmark and progressive legislations including:

  • Single-Use Plastic Ban in all Public Events Ordinance
  • Cebu City Food Bank Ordinance
  • Urban Food Gardening Ordinance
  • Food Waste Reduction through Donation and Recycling Ordinance









Jessica Fanzo

Jessica Fanzo, PhD is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. She also serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy and Ethics Program, and as Director of Food & Nutrition Security at Hopkins’ Alliance for a Healthier World. 

She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Global Food Security Journal and leads on the development, in collaboration with GAIN, of the Food Systems Dashboard. From 2017 to 2019, Jessica served as the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report, the UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition, and the EAT Lancet Commission. Before coming to Hopkins, she has also held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Jessica has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Arizona.







Lawrence Haddad

Dr. Lawrence Haddad became Executive Director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in October 2016. Prior to joining, he was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR).

From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading development studies institute, and prior to that, he was a research Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He was the UK’s representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN’s Committee on
Food Security (CSF) from 2009-2010.

He is an economist and completed his PhD in Food Research at Stanford University in 1988. In 2018, Lawrence was awarded the World Food Prize for his: “relentless leadership and advocacy in mobilizing political will to make nutrition the focal point of development strategies.”








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).









Carla Hommes

Carla leads the World Benchmarking Alliance’s (WBA) research of the Food and Agriculture Benchmark. The WBA is building a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a sustainable future. The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will be the first of its kind to benchmark leading companies across the entirety of the food system, from farm to fork. Carla’s responsibilities cut across research for scoping, methodology development and analysis to stakeholder engagement.

Carla is passionate to turn knowledge into action to unlock the huge potential of healthy, sustainable and inclusive food systems. Before joining WBA, Carla worked with FReSH, a joint program between EAT and WBCSD designed to accelerate transformational change in global food systems. She has ten years’ experience as an economic and policy analyst and sustainability consultant with her latest focus being on advising forward thinking companies to assess and disclose their climate-related risks and opportunities in line with the TCFD recommendations. Carla is convinced that a sustainable strategy and innovation is not only vital to secure the future of any business but that of our lives on this planet.








Elise Golan

Elise H. Golan is the Director for Sustainable Development at the U. S. Department of Agriculture.  In this role, she provides leadership in planning, coordinating, and analyzing the Department's policies and programs related to sustainable agricultural development.  Prior to taking this position, Dr. Golan served as the Associate Director of the Food Economics Division at the Economic Research Service, USDA. Before joining USDA, she did consulting work for, among others, the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, and the California Department of Finance.

Dr. Golan served as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1998-99. She received her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Golan’s research has spanned a wide range of sustainability issues, including land tenure and sustainable land management in the Sahel and West Africa; regional and U.S. food-system modeling; food labeling and market development; food access, affordability, and security; and the distributional consequences of food policy.





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. 






Martin Koehring

Martin Koehring leads The Economist Intelligence Unit's policy and thought leadership work on sustainability, climate change and natural resources in the EMEA region. He is also the head of The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative, inspiring bold thinking, new partnerships and the most effective action to build a sustainable ocean economy. Previously Martin was managing editor and global health lead at the EIU.

He has led major research projects in sustainability and global health, for example, on food sustainability, sustainable infrastructure and global access to healthcare. Before that he was Europe editor in the EIU's country analysis department. Martin earned a bachelor of economic and social studies in international relations (first class honours) from Aberystwyth University and a master’s degree in EU international relations and diplomacy studies from the College of Europe.






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.









David Nabarro

David Nabarro is the Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and supports systems leadership for sustainable development through his Switzerland based social enterprise 4SD. From March 2020, David is appointed Special Envoy of WHO Director General on COVID-19. He secured his medical qualification in 1974 and has worked in over 50 countries – in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities, and in United Nations (UN) programs. 

David worked for the British government in the 1990s as head of Health and Population and director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development. From 1999 to 2017 he held leadership roles in the UN system on disease outbreaks and health issues, food insecurity and nutrition, climate change and sustainable development. In October 2018, David received the World Food Prize together with Lawrence Haddad for their leadership in raising the profile and building coalitions for action on better nutrition across the Sustainable Development Goals. 






Stineke Oenema

Stineke Oenema is coordinator of the UNSCN and as such contributes to coherent and consistent nutrition policy, advocacy and programming in the UN system.

She is nutritionist and agricultural economist. She worked several years for FAO and UNICEF in Ghana, Vietnam and Latin America. She also worked for civil society, being in charge of food and nutrition security policy and program development. Internationally and nationally, she chaired and facilitated several networks and multistakeholder groups.

She was member of the editorial board of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch. As member of the first Independent Expert Group, she supported the development of the Global Nutrition Reports during its initial years. Before joining UNSCN, she worked at Wageningen University.








Estrella Penunia

Ms. Ma. Estrella Penunia, or Esther as friends call her, is Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) , a regional alliance of national farmers organizations or FOs  in Asia. Established in 2002, AFA is  currently composed of 22 national FOs in 16 countries, representing around 13 million small scale men and women farmers engaged in crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry, herding and pastoralism.  

AFA promotes farmers’ rights to lands, waters, forests and seeds; sustainable, climate-resilient agro ecological approaches in farms , fisheries and forests;  strengthening farmers cooperatives and their enterprises;  women empowerment and attracting the youth to agriculture, through an integrated program on policy advocacy, capacity building and knowledge management. AFA promotes the effective implementation of the UNDecade of Family Farming at national and regional levels to harness the potentials of family farmers to contribute significantly to the work of ending poverty and hunger.



Nataly Pinto-Alvaro

Nataly Pinto-Alvaro holds a master’s degree in sustainable territorial development from the universities of Padova, Sorbonne and KU Leuven. She has been working in the field of development in rural and urban areas for more than 12 years.  She enjoys learning by doing, create networks, and start synergies. Nataly leads the food systems program in Latin America and she is part of the Food Smart Cities International cluster at Rikolto. The cluster gathers more than 16 cities around the world that exchange good practices on food governance, inclusive business, responsible consumption and food safety.   









Mark Radka

Mark Radka is Deputy Director of UNEP’s Economy Division and heads UNEP’s Energy and Climate Branch, where he manages the organization’s efforts to link the global energy and environment agendas.  UNEP’s focus is on helping countries reduce emission of greenhouse gases through broad cooperative efforts and supporting engagement by the financial industry in the sustainable energy sector.  

Mark has a special interest in the technology needs of developing countries and was a coordinating lead author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Methodological and Technological Issues in Technology Transfer.  Before joining UNEP he worked on domestic and international environmental programmes with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Bank, and was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

Mark received a Master of Public Policy degree in Environmental Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a S.B. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




Anne-Marie Saulnier

Anne-Marie Saulnier has been assisting public organizations and private companies in implementing sustainable procurement since 2005. Among other things, she has conducted numerous feasibility studies as well as having developed policies and action plans for Government, Crown corporations and large Canadian companies, after consulting and training their leaders, buyers and suppliers based in Quebec and China. She has co-founded and is currently devoting all her time to the Executive Directorate of ECPAR, a network of organizations working together to accelerate the implementation of sustainable procurement.







Florence Tartanac

Florence Tartanac is Senior Officer in the Food and Nutrition Division and Group Leader of the Market Linkages and Value Chain Group in FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), in Rome.

Her areas of expertise are the following: sustainable value chain development and inclusive business models; voluntary standards and geographical indications; institutional procurements; small and medium food enterprises development.

She joined the organization in 2001 posted at the FAO Regional office for Latin America, before coming to Rome in 2005. Before that, she worked 10 years in Guatemala, for the French Cooperation, INCAP (Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama) and UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization). As academic background, she is a food engineer and has a PhD in Economical Geography from Paris University  















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.








Freddie Harvey Williams

Freddie is a knowledge management consultant in the Environment, Climate and Gender and Social Inclusion Department (ECG) at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He works closely with country teams, thematic leads and the communications team, across a range of IFAD projects, to produce a mixture of technical and non-technical knowledge products.

Freddie joined IFAD in July 2020 and has been highly engaged with the climate, biodiversity, nutrition and gender teams. His previous work and academic background has been geared towards holistic approaches to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. He holds a BSc in Biology from Cardiff University and an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London. He has previously worked for in Ecological Consultancy and the Fundraising Department of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and has carried out research projects in Peru, Colombia and Papua New Guinea, and his paper “Barriers and benefits to tree kangaroo conservation in Papua New Guinea” is currently under review for publication.

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