Secretariat of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

The secretariat of IPES-Food works in close collaboration with the co-chairs of the panel to supervise the group's day-to-day functioning, including coordination of workstreams and research processes, liaison with partners, and organizational and logistical arrangements.

Nick Jacobs - IPES-Food Coordinator

NickProfile 2017As the Coordinator of IPES-Food, Nick supervises the various activities of the panel. Nick is a specialist in agri-food, trade and development policy, with a background in media, communications and political research.

From 2011-2014 Nick was a member of the support team to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter (Rapporteur from 2008-2014) as the communications and research assistant. Previously, he worked as a journalist for Agra Europe, providing coverage of EU agriculture and trade policy, and writing in detail on Common Agricultural Policy reform, biofuels, GMOs, trade negotiations and other issues affecting the EU agricultural sector. From 2010-2014 he also blogged on EU politics for EU Observer.

Nick holds an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and an MSc in Globalization and Development from the University of Antwerp. 

Nick can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +32(0)472583535

Chantal Clément - IPES-Food Co-Coordinator

Chantal ClementAs the Co-coordinator of IPES-Food, Chantal oversees the panel’s research and activities. Chantal holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University, Canada. Her doctoral research focused on municipal-level governance to support sustainable local food systems in Canada and the EU. Her research interests include collaborative governance methods, the political economy of food systems, and community food security.

From 2011-2015, Chantal was a research assistant for Activating Change Together for Community Food Security (ACT for CFS), a community-university research project at Mount St. Vincent University. Previously, Chantal worked as an intern for the Trade and Agriculture Section of the Delegation of the EU to the USA and as a federal lobbying intern for the US Organic Consumers Association.

She also holds an MA in German and European studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Chantal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +32(0)492395430

Céline Perodeaud - Policy Officer (West Africa)

Celine PerodeaudCéline Perodeaud joined IPES-Food in January 2017 to support the panel’s efforts to promote agroecological alternatives in West Africa. 

Over the last two years she has also been coordinating agroecological projects with local partners in Senegal and Mali for the French association Agroécologie et Solidarité. She is interested in supporting processes whereby people work together to imagine and implement food system changes that are compatible with the well-being of people and their environment.

Céline holds an MSc in Agronomy and Agroecology from AgroParisTech and a MA in International Development mention Cum Laude from SciencesPo Paris. 

Céline can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +33(0)651257795


Francesco Ajena - Policy Advisor (Europe)

Celine PerodeaudFrancesco Ajena joined IPES-Food in October 2017 to support the panel’s project, “Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU”.

Francesco is a political scientist specialised in agroecology and sustainable agricultural systems. He also currentlt works as the Advisor on Agriculture, Health and Food policy for the Belgian french-speaking Green party (Ecolo). From 2015 to 2017, he worked for the European Green Party where he contributed on the Greens position for the Post-2020 CAP reform. Previously, Francesco has held internships with Amnesty International and the European Coordination of La Via Campesina. 

Francesco holds an MA in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and an MA in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture from the Universidad de Pinar del Río, Cuba.

Francesco can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +32(0)484461314


Lidia Mahillon - Research Assistant

LidiaLidia joined IPES-Food in August 2017 as an intern to support the panel’s research on the EU Common Food Policy and upcoming thematic reports.

Lidia’s internship at IPES-Food is part of the M.Res. programme in Food, Law and Finance at the International University College of Turin. Lidia's studies have focused on the impact of globalisation on legal systems, the blurring of the public/private law and governance divide, and the impact of trade law on communities, livelihoods and the environment. In her final LL.M dissertation, she studied how the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, branded as an international development project, legally resembles an investment agreement. Previously, Lidia interned at several commercial law firms and participated in a pleading competition in International Commercial Arbitration.

Lidia holds a LL.M in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and a MA in Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Lidia can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Anne Demonceaux - Research Assistant (May 2015-May 2016)

Anne DAs research associate for IPES-Food, Anne Demonceaux was responsible for supporting the panel’s research on sustainable food systems.

Anne holds an MSc in agronomics from AgroParisTech, with an environmental focus. From a technical agricultural engineering background, she has broadened out into the political sciences field, developing a strong interest in collective action for sustainability. Her recent studies at Montpellier SupAgro have focused on governance of food systems and sustainability-related innovations.



The work of the secretariat is supported at the UCL by Anne Liesse, administrative research coordinator. This website was created by Clef2Web (web development) and Véronique Geubelle (graphic design).