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

Nick 2018As the Coordinator of IPES-Food, Nick supervises the various activities of the panel and secretariat. 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 Coordinator

Chantal ClementAs the co-coordinator of IPES-Food, Chantal oversees the panel and secretariat’s research and activities. Chantal holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University, Canada, where she taught undergradaute courses on the politics of food in 2014-2015. 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 for food system transition, local food systems, and community food security.

From 2011-2015, Chantal was a researcher 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)

CelinePCéline 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


Timothy Eden - Communications Officer 

Tim EdenTimothy joined IPES-Food in August 2018 to support the panel’s communication and dissemination activities. 

Timothy is a social worker and writer who has worked in the non-profit sector since 2010. From 2010-2015 he worked with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC where he coordinated the content of major programs and conferences including Food As Medicine among others. In 2015 he moved to Brussels, Belgium and has worked with Pestide Action Network Europe and with Health Care Without Harm Europe.

His diverse interest in sustainable agriculture comes from growing up on a rural cattle farm; from having worked with New Orleans Food and Farm Network in the rebuilding of food systems in the wake of Hurricane Katrina; from working with major hospital systems to source and promote sustainable food; and from his exposure to the clinical impact of healthy food choices via clinical social work.   

Timothy holds a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans and a B.A. from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  

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


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