17 Fév 2015

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Olivier De Schutter 

is co-chair of IPES-Food. He served as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food from May 2008 until May 2014 and was elected to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2014. (...)

Olivier De Schutter

is co-chair of IPES-Food. He served as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food from May 2008 until May 2014 and was elected to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2014. Olivier De Schutter (LL.M., Harvard University ; Ph.D., University of Louvain (UCL)) is a Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and has also taught at the College of Europe (Natolin), as a Member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University and as Visiting Professor at Columbia University. In 2013 he was awarded Belgium’s top scientific award, the Prix Francqui, for his contribution to the advancement of EU law, the theory of governance, and human rights law. In 2002-2006, he chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. He has acted on a number of occasions as expert for the Council of Europe and for the European Union. Since 2004, and until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, he served as General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights. His publications are in the area of international human rights and fundamental rights in the EU, with a particular emphasis on economic and social rights and on the relationship between human rights and governance.

17 Fév 2015

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Olivia Yambi

is co-chair of IPES-Food. She is a Senior Consultant on Nutrition and Sustainable Development who served as UNICEF Country Representative in Kenya (2007-2012) and has held other senior roles in the UN system. (...)

Olivia Yambi

is co-chair of IPES-Food. She is a Senior Consultant on Nutrition and Sustainable Development who served as UNICEF Country Representative in Kenya (2007-2012) and has held other senior roles in the UN system. She is a Tanzanian national with a PhD from Cornell University. She has extensive programming experience in nutrition, development and international cooperation, with programming and research work including a focus on infant and young child feeding, nutrition and HIV & AIDS, cash transfers for vulnerable children and households; and human rights based approach to programming. She has made contribution to the understanding of the relationship between nutrition status and mortality in children through her doctoral primary research. She has worked with UNICEF in several senior positions including that of Country Representative in Kenya (2007-2012) and Laos (2003-2007); Regional Nutrition Advisor Eastern and Southern Africa Region (1997-2003) and Chief of Nutrition and Child Development in India (1992-1997). In 2002 she was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy Mission looking into humanitarian needs in Southern Africa resulting from a combination of drought and HIV and AIDS. Olivia Yambi has co-authored a number of publications including the following: Nutrition status and the risk of mortality in children 6-36 months old in Tanzania (1991). Food Nutr. Bull. 13: 271-276.: Linking Women, Household Food Security and Nutrition: A Conceptual Approach. IN Women, Agriculture and Household Food Security, edited by S. Breth; Drought, AIDS and Malnutrition in Southern Africa., ( (2005) Public Health Nutrition Volume 8 Number 6 pp.551-563).

17 Fév 2015

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Bina Agarwal

is an expert on land rights, food security and gender who has published award-winning books on gender and land issues, received the Padma Shri civilian honours from the President of India, and led several academic bodies. (...)

Bina Agarwal

is an expert on land rights, food security and gender who has published award-winning books on gender and land issues, and received the Padma Shri prize from the President of India, and held top positions in several academic bodies. She is currently Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester. Prior to this she was Director and Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She is a member of the Future Earth Science Committee. She has been President of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Vice-President of the International Economic Association, and President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. Agarwal has written extensively on land rights; environment and development; food security; the political economy of gender; poverty and inequality; and agricultural change. Her publications include the award-winning book, A Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia, and Gender and Green Governance. A three-volume compendium of her selected papers is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. In 2008 she received a Padma Shri from the President of India, and in 2010 the Leontief Prize from TuftsUniversity “for broadening the frontiers of economic thought”. See also www.binaagarwal.com

24 Fév 2015

Molly Anderson

Molly Anderson

is a specialist in hunger, food systems, and multi-actor collaborations for sustainability who has led inter-disciplinary academic programmes and participated in regional food system planning. (...)

Molly Anderson

is a specialist in hunger, food systems, and multi-actor collaborations for sustainability who has led inter-disciplinary academic programmes and participated in regional food system planning. She holds the Partridge Chair in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she teaches on hunger and food security, fixing food systems, sustainability and system dynamics. She is especially interested in multi-actor collaborations for sustainability, sustainability metrics and assessment, food system resilience, human rights in the food system, food security and the right to food in the US and other industrialized countries, and the transition to a post-petroleum food economy. She also works to bridge the interests and concerns of academicians, NGOs and community-based activists. She is involved in food system planning at the state and regional scales, and participates in the national Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture & Sustainability and the regional Food Solutions New England network. She has worked as a private consultant for domestic and international organizations, with Oxfam America, and at Tufts University, where she was the founding Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Graduate Program in the School of Nutrition Science & Policy and directed Tufts Institute of the Environment for 2 years. Molly earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. and M.S. in natural resource management and a certificate in Latin American Studies from Colorado State University.

06 Mar 2015

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Million Belay

, founder of the MELCA-Ethiopia NGO and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), is an expert and advocate for forestry conservation, resilience, indigenous livelihoods and food and seed sovereignty. (...)

Million Belay

, founder of the MELCA-Ethiopia NGO and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), is an expert and advocate for forestry conservation, indigenous livelihoods and food and seed sovereignty. He is the founder and director of MELCA-Ethiopia, and indigenous NGO working on agro-ecology, intergenerational learning, conservation of forests and improving the livelihood of local communities and indigenous peoples. He played a significant part in the establishment and activities of the Africa Biodiversity Network (ABN), and is a co-founder and coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a network of networks that advocates for seed and food sovereignty, as well as promoting agroecology and supporting the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples to their land. In addition to these topics, he is interested in knowledge dialogues and the use of participatory mapping for social learning, identity building and mobilization of memory. Million is also working to integrate resilience thinking into national, regional and global policies. This includes exploring resilience assessment methodologies that help communities in their adaptive strategies to social and ecological change. He won the National Green Hero Award for both Ethiopia and Addis Ababa, the capital city, in 2008. He was also a nominee to the International Forest Hero Award in 2011. He has a PhD in Education, an MSc. in Tourism and Conservation, and a BSc. in Biology.

05 Mar 2015

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Claude Fischler

has headed major French research institutions and served on national and European-level food safety committees, and has a long track-record of innovative inter-disciplinary research on food and nutrition. (...)

Claude Fischler

has headed major French research institutions and sat on national and European-level food safety committees, and has a long track-record of innovative inter-disciplinary research on food and nutrition. He is currently a senior scientist (Directeur de Recherche) at the French national research agency (CNRS) and is the former head of Centre Edgar Morin and IIAC (Interdisciplinary Institute for Contemporary Anthropology). Until 2013, he headed Centre Edgar Morin and IIAC in Paris. His main area of research is an interdisciplinary perspective on food and nutrition. After early research on perception of sweetness, from sensory to social (a typical multiple-entry topic for interdisciplinary research), he developed comparative approaches of attitudes toward food, health and risk across cultures, on the reception and perception of sensitive technologies (including novel foods) and on the assessment and measurement of well-being and happiness. His current focus is on the anthropology of commensality - eating together - and the role of social interactions in eating and nutrition. Fischler served on the Scientific Committee of the French Agency for Food Safety and on its board of directors, on the steering committee of the French National Program on Nutrition and Health, on the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association and on the Advisory Group on Risk Communication of the European Food Safety Authority.

05 Mar 2015

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Emile Frison

is an expert on conservation and agricultural biodiversity who has headed global research-for-development organisation Bioversity International for ten years, after holding top positions at several global research institutes. (...)

Emile Frison

is an expert on conservation and agricultural biodiversity who has headed global research-for-development organisation Bioversity International for ten years, after holding top positions at several global research institutes. Emile Frison, a Belgian national, obtained an MSc in Agricultural Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and a PhD in Agricultural Science from the University of Gembloux in Belgium. He has spent most of his career in international agricultural research for development, starting as a researcher at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria in 1979, and working in Mauritania for USAID. He joined the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources in 1987 and became Regional Director for Europe of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute in 1992. He became the Director of the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP) in 1995 and Director General of Bioversity International in 2003. He is currently the Chair of the International Scientific Committee on Sustainable Food Systems of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. His areas of expertise include the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity. He has a particular interest in sustainable food systems and the deployment of agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and the resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems.

05 Mar 2015

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Steve Gliessman

founded one of the first formal agroecology programs in the world, and has more than 40 years experience of teaching, research, publishing and production experience in the field of agroecology. (...)

Steve Gliessman

founded one of the first formal agroecology programs in the world, and has more than 40 years experience of teaching, research and production experience in the field of agroecology. He holds graduate degrees in Botany, Biology, and Plant Ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been a WKKellogg Foundation Leadership Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow. He was the founding director of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Agroecology Program, one of the first formal agroecology programs in the world, and was the Alfred and Ruth Heller Professor of Agroecology in the Department of Environmental Studies at UCSC until his retirement in 2012. He is the co-founder of the non-profit Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and currently serves as president of its board of directors. His textbook Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, is in its third edition and has been translated into many languages. He is the editor of the international journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems and dry farms organic wine grapes and olives with his family in northern Santa Barbara County, California.

24 Fév 2015

Corinna Hawkes

Corinna Hawkes

is an expert on food systems nutrition and health who participates in the World Health Organization's Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity and regularly advises governments and international bodies. (...)

Corinna Hawkes

is an expert on food systems nutrition and health who participates in the World Health Organization's Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity and regularly advises governments and international bodies. She has worked for the World Health Organisation, the World Cancer Research Fund International, and the International Food Policy Research Institute, and has been active in research, advocacy, and in advising governments and international agencies. She has also worked at the School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo, and is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy, City University, London, while serving as an advisor at the Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research into Agriculture and Health. Her research interests focus on the impact of food systems and food policies on diet, nutrition and non-communicable diseases. She has published widely in academic journals and in policy briefs and reports by think tanks and international agencies on topics such as food systems globalization; the links between agricultural policy, trade and nutrition; policies and regulations to encourage healthier diets; and novel food value chain approaches to identifying solutions. Corinna’s disciplinary background is in ecology and geography. She has a PhD from Kings College, University of London.

05 Mar 2015

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Hans Herren

is a World Food Prize (1995) and Right Livelihood Award (2013) Laureate, and has managed international agriculture and bio-science research organizations as well as playing a leading role in global scientific assessments. (...)

Hans Herren

is a World Food Prize (1995) and Right Livelihood Award (2013) Laureate, and has managed international agriculture and bio-science research organizations, as well as playing a leading role in global scientific assessments and policy processes. Over several decades he has been involved in successful research and development projects in holistic, integrated and sustainable agriculture and food systems. Has has been President and CEO since May 2005 of the Millennium Institute USA; Chief Executive and Director General, 1994 – 2004 of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Kenya; Director Biological Control Program and Director Plant Health Management Division 1979 to 1994 at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria; Coordinator of the Agriculture chapter of the UNEP Green Economy Report , 2011 and of the UNEP Report on the Ecological Bases of Food Security, 2012; Co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), 2003-2009. Laureate of Right Livelihood Award 2013, World Food Prize 1995, Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2003 and Foreign Associate in US National Academy of Sciences in 1999, Member of the Third World Academy of Sciences since 2005.

06 Mar 2015

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Phil Howard

is an expert in food system changes and the visualization of these trends. He has authored prominent contributions to the public debate on concentration, consolidation and power in food systems. (...)

Phil Howard

is an expert in food system changes and the visualization of these trends. He has authored prominent contributions to the public debate on concentration and power in food systems. Phil has analyzed increasing consolidation in numerous industries, including processed organic foods, beer and commercial seeds. He is the author of Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat? (2016, Bloomsbury Academic). His work has been featured extensively in media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, GOOD, The Ecologist, E-The Environmental Magazine, and Mother Earth News. He is an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. He conducted research at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2002 to 2006, and was a visiting scholar in the Division of Nutrition at the University of Utah in 2013-2014. Phil is president of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society from 2015 to 2016. He holds a PhD in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri.

06 Mar 2015

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Martin Khor

is Executive Director of the South Centre, an inter-governmental organisation helping to assist developing countries in trade and climate negotiations, and a former director of the Third World Network. (...)

Martin Khor

is Executive Director of the South Centre, an inter-governmental organisation helping to assist developing countries in trade and climate negotiations. The South Centre helps 51 developing countries’ governments by conducting research and organising meetings for developing countries to assist them in international negotiations on climate change, WTO and bilateral trade agreements, investment agreements and intellectual property. The Centre has experts on economy, trade, environment, IPRs and technology. Martin Khor, a Malaysian citizen, was previously the Director of the Third World Network, a network of NGOs and research centres in the developing world. Martin Khor is an economist educated at Cambridge University, and has published many books on economics, trade, environment and development issues.

17 Fév 2015

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Melissa Leach

is Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex and founder of the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre. (...)

Melissa Leach

is Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex and founder of the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre. She founded and directed the STEPS Centre (www.steps-centre.org) from 2006 – 2014. A geographer and social anthropologist, her interdisciplinary, policy-engaged research in Africa and beyond links environmental, agricultural, health, technology and gender issues, with recent publications including the books Dynamic Sustainabilities: Technology, Environment, Social justice (2010, Earthscan); Green Grabbing (co-ed, 2012, Taylor and Francis); The Politics of Green Transformations (co-ed, 2015, Taylor and Francis) and Gender Equality and Sustainable Development (ed, forthcoming). She is vice-chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth and advisor to the ESRC ‘Nexus Network: New connections in food, energy, water and the environment’ (http://thenexusnetwork.org.uk/).

17 Fév 2015

Lim Li Ching

Lim Li Ching

is a leading NGO researcher with expertise on sustainable agriculture, biotechnology and biosafety who served as regional lead author in the international IAASTD process and has contributed to several UN reports. (...)

Lim Li Ching

is a leading NGO researcher with expertise on sustainable agriculture, biotechnology and biosafety who served as regional lead author of the International Assessment on Agricultural Science, Technology and Knowledge for Development (IAASTD). She has a B.Sc. in Ecology and an M.Phil. in Development Studies. She is currently a Senior Researcher at Third World Network (TWN), an international NGO based in Malaysia, and coordinates its Biosafety and Sustainable Agriculture Programmes. She was a lead author of the East and South Asia and the Pacific sub-global report of the IAASTD, and has contributed to various international publications on sustainable agriculture (e.g. by UNESCAP, UNEP, UNCTAD). She was an advisor to the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012. She is co-editor of Biosafety First: Holistic Approaches to Risk and Uncertainty in Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms (Tapir Academic Press, 2007), and Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa (FAO, 2011).

17 Fév 2015

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Desmond McNeill 

is a political economy and global governance expert who has led the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo, and chairs the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health. (...)

Desmond McNeill 

is a political economy and global governance expert who has led the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo, and chairs the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health. A political economist by training (B.A. Cantab.) with a PhD from University College London, he began his career as a Planning Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, under the British Volunteer Programme (1969-1971). He is now Research Director (and formerly Director) at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, Norway. In recent years his interest has been in governance, especially at global level, but also in tracing connections: between local, national and global levels – e.g in the field of health or the environment. His books include: Global Institutions and Development: Framing the World? (ed. with M.Bøås), Routledge, 2007; Development Issues in Global Governance: Market Multilateralism and Public-Private Partnerships (with B. Bull), Routledge, 2009; Global Poverty, Ethics and Human Rights: the role of multilateral organisations (with Asunción Lera St. Clair), Routledge, 2012; Land Use Policies for Sustainable Development: Exploring Integrated Assessment Approaches (ed. with I. Nesheim and F. Brouwer), Elgar, 2013. He is Chair of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health.

17 Fév 2015

Pat Mooney

Pat Mooney

is the co-founder and executive director of the ETC Group, and is an expert on agricultural diversity, biotechnology, and global governance with decades of experience in international civil society. (...)

Pat Mooney

is the co-founder and executive director of the ETC Group, and is an expert on agricultural diversity, biotechnology, and global governance with decades of experience in international civil society and several awards to his name. The ETC group is an international civil society organization headquartered in Canada with offices in Mexico, Philippines, Nigeria and USA. ETC group has consultative status with ECOSOC, FAO, UNCTAD, UNEP, UNFCCC, IPCC and the UN Biodiversity Convention. Since 1977, ETC group has focused on the role of new technologies on the lives and livelihoods of marginalized peoples around the world. Pat Mooney has almost half a century of experience working in international civil society, first addressing aid and development issues and then focusing on food, agriculture and commodity trade. He received The Right Livelihood Award (the "Alternative Nobel Prize") in the Swedish Parliament in 1985 and the Pearson Peace Prize from Canada's Governor General in 1998. He has also received the American "Giraffe Award" given to people "who stick their necks out." The author or co-author of several books on the politics of biotechnology and biodiversity, Pat Mooney is widely regarded as an authority on issues of agricultural diversity, global governance, and corporate concentration. Although much of ETC's work continues to emphasize plant genetics and agriculture, the work expanded in the early 1980s to include biotechnology. In the late 1990s, the work expanded further to encompass a succession of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, geoengineering, and new developments ranging from genomics and neurosciences to robotics and 3-D printing. Pat Mooney and ETC group are known for having discovered and named The Terminator seeds – Genetically-modified seeds designed to die at harvest.

05 Mar 2015

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Maryam Rahmanian

is Vice Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security, and a research associate at the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA), an Iranian NGO. (...)

Maryam Rahmanian

is Vice Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security, and a research associate at the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA), an Iranian NGO. She has worked for CENESTA since 2001, where she initiated the programme on Participatory Plant Breeding, working with farmers and breeders to develop varieties adapted to climate change. She has been involved with the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty since 2002 and has been the Vice Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts of the Commitee on World Food Security for two terms. Maryam Rahmanian has been a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, German, and is entering a doctoral programme at Coventry University from January 2015.

17 Fév 2015

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Cécilia Rocha

is Director of the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University (Toronto), and a leading authority on food and nutrition policies in Brazil, including the successful experiments in the municipality of Belo Horizonte. (...)

Cécilia Rocha

is Director of the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University (Toronto), and a leading authority on food and nutrition policies in Brazil, including the successful experiments in the municipality of Belo Horizonte. With a PhD in Economics, Cécilia previously held the post of Director (2005-2010) of the Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Since the late 1990s, Cécilia has been following and analyzing the policies and programs for food and nutrition security in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, one of the most successful municipalities to advance the cause of food and nutrition security. Cécilia has also been studying food and nutrition security policies at the national level in Brazil. She brings to the panel her impressions on what are some leverage points leading to successful policies. She has used the concept of “market failures” as the basis for the need for policy in transforming food systems.

17 Fév 2015

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Johan Rockstrom

is a leading global expert on resilience, global sustainability and sustainable development who spearheaded development of the 'Planetary Boundaries' framework to identify key environmental thresholds. (...)

Johan Rockstrom

is leading global expert on resilience, global sustainability and sustainable development who spearheaded development of the 'Planetary Boundaries' framework to identify key thresholds for planetary life support systems. He is the Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, and the former Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute. He has 20 years’ experience in interdisciplinary research on global water resources, ecosystem services, agricultural development, social-ecological resilience and Earth system research, with over 150 research publications (>100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 10 books). He serves as advisor to international organizations, governments and the European Union, and is a frequent keynote speaker. He led the transition team designing Future Earth (the integration of the Global Environment Change programs under ICSU), served on the Swedish Prime Minister’s Futures Commission 2012-2013 and the science committee on the environment for the Swedish government 2012-2014.

06 Mar 2015

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Phrang Roy

has served as Assistant President of IFAD and Assistant Secretary General of the UN, and has more than 30 years of international experience supporting rural development, small-scale and indigenous communities’ agriculture. (...)

Phrang Roy

has served as Assistant President of IFAD (the International Fund for Agricultural Development) and Assistant Secretary General of the UN, and has more than 30 years of international experience supporting rural development, small-scale and indigenous communities’ agriculture. He has been awarded with India’s highest civil service cadre - the Indian Administrative Service - after ten years tenure in Maharashtra. Phrang became IFAD’s Assistant President in 2002 and was the first staff member of IFAD ever to do so, having been selected through a global search by a private sector-led headhunting exercise. Phrang is also the first and so far, the only indigenous person in the whole UN system to reach the level of Assistant Secretary General of the UN. As Assistant President of IFAD, he played a major role in promoting a greater focus on the sustainable approaches of indigenous communities for which IFAD became the leading UN Agency. After retiring from IFAD at the end of 2006, Phrang joined the US-based Christensen Fund, which is working for a more ecological and sustainable approach to development with a special emphasis on indigenous communities, and is currently leading the global Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiveristy and Food Sovereignty, Rome. He also holds the following positions: Advisory Board Member of the International Fund to Amplify Agro Ecological Solutions (USA); International Councillor of Slow Food International; Chairman of the Meghalaya State Water Foundation; Chairman of the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) of North east India.

06 Mar 2015

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Laura Trujillo-Ortega

is an expert in the political ecology & economy of global food networks. She has taught in the US, Spain and several Latin American countries, as well as co-founding two NGOs for agroecology. (...)

Laura Trujillo-Ortega

is an expert in the political ecology & economy of global food networks. She has taught in the US, Spain and several Latin American countries, as well as co-founding two non-profit organisations for agroecology. Laura co-founded and led the first two majors in Agroecology and Agrofood Networks in Mexico, as well as a PhD Program on Rural Development at the University of Chapingo. She has expertise on the political ecology of global agrofood networks, agroecology and food sovereingty. Laura has carried out participatory action research on the relationships between food corporations and small-scale coffee farmers in Mexico and Central America. She currently serves as senior professor at the University of Chapingo, the first agrarian university of Mexico, where she is working on value creation and appropiation along global value chains. She has spent most of her 30-year career researching and teaching in relation to justice, gender and social equity, fair trade, local to global commerce, and the globalization of food systems, at various universities in Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Spain and the US. She is the co-founder of the non-profit Community Agroecology Network (CAN) based in Santa Cruz, California and the Mexican NGO Agroecological Development and Community Outreach (VIDA A.C.).

06 Mar 2015

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Paul Uys

has 40 years of global retail experience specializing in brand creation, product development and sustainable sourcing, and now advises several bodies on sustainability issues, including the Marine Stewardship Council. (...)

Paul Uys

has 40 years of global retail experience specializing in brand creation, product development and sustainable sourcing, and now advises several bodies on sustainability issues, including the Marine Stewardship Council. He was initially recruited from Woolworths South Africa to join Loblaw Companies, Canada’s largest supermarket, to head the emerging product development department of their control brands. As senior executive, he was responsible for the creation and launch of a number of highly acclaimed brand initiatives focusing on Organics, Healthy Eating and Perishable programmes. Leading up to his retirement from Loblaws in 2013, he spearheaded its sustainable seafood procurement initiative and played a key role in establishing the company's responsible sourcing position. Paul now advises various organisations, including WWF-Canada on strategic ocean industry matters, and has become Senior Director, External, heading up the University of Guelph's Food Institute. He is a board member of both Ontario’s Livestock Research Institute and The Ontario Farm Agenda for Sustainable Agriculture (Canada), and in July was appointed to the Marine Stewardship Council’s Board of Trustees. In 2013 TV Ontario recognized his sustainable leadership efforts in the documentary series “Green Heroes”. Paul was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Guelph in 2014, “acknowledging his significant innovations in the Canadian food distribution system and leadership in developing a ‘sustainable world’”.