IPES-Food welcomes new Panel members

BRUSSELS | February 2021 - The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems is honoured to welcome four new experts to the Panel, adding to an already strong field of multi-disciplinary, high-level experts from across the world.

Sofía Monsalve Suárez is the Secretary General of FIAN International.  FIAN is an international human rights organization working for the right to food and nutrition. She holds a master’s degree in political science and philosophy. Before turning Secretary General in 2016, she coordinated FIAN’s program on land and natural resources for more than 15 years. This work included field research visits and fact-finding missions to 20 countries; as well as close collaboration with peasants, family farmers, landless people, fisher folks, indigenous peoples and rural workers organizations. She has extensive advocacy experience in the UN human rights system, FAO and the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) contributing to the development of human rights standard setting. Likewise, she has undertaken conceptual work and research particularly on the intersection between human rights, land and natural resource governance in collaboration with various academic institutions.

Shalmali Guttal is the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South. For over twenty-five years, her research and writing has concerned economic and social development in Asia, especially the Mekong region and India. The central themes of her work are community resources rights, women’s rights, food sovereignty, agrarian reform, and democratization of governance. She works in solidarity with progressive grassroots movements, unions and activists on the creation and governance of natural, social, and knowledge commons.

Professor Jennifer Clapp is a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Clapp holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and a MSc and PhD in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Throughout her career, Dr. Clapp’s research has focused on the global governance of problems that arise at the intersection of the global economy, the environment, and food security. In particular, her research has centred on questions of how international economic policies can better foster food security and environmental sustainability goals on a global scale. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research, combining insights from political science, international relations, economics, environmental studies and food studies.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram is Senior Adviser at the Khazanah Research Institute. He is also Fellow of the Academy of Science, Malaysia, Emeritus Professor of the University of Malaya, Visiting Fellow at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, and Visiting Professor at the International Islamic University in Malaysia. He was UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) (2005-2012), Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development (2006-2012), Assistant Director General for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (2012-2015) and Third Holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia (2016-2017). He received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. Jomo has authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and media articles. 

IPES-Food would like to offer our sincere thanks to the outgoing Panel members: Jenny Franco, Steve Gliessman, Yan Hairong, Laura Trujillo-Ortega, Johan Rockstrom, PV Satheesh, and especially our outgoing Co-chair Olivia Yambi. The Panel is extremely grateful for all their work, and their tireless commitment to more sustainable food systems.