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

The secretariat of IPES-Food is hosted by the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, where IPES-Food co-chair Olivier De Schutter coordinates the Louvain Open Platform on Ecological and Social Transition (LPTransition). The secretariat works in close collaboration with the co-chairs of the panel to supervise the day-to-day functioning of IPES-Food, including coordination of workstreams and research processes, liaison with partners, and organizational and logistical arrangements.

Nick Jacobs - IPES-Food Coordinator

Nick JacobsAs 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 communications and research assistant, Nick managed the press releases, op eds, newsletters and other communications outputs from the Special Rapporteur's office, as well as assisting in the preparation and editing of reports.

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. He works between Brussels, Louvain-la-Neuve and other locations.

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 ClementIn her role as 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. She is particularly interested in multi-sector collaborations for sustainability and collective action building.

From 2011-2015, Chantal was a research assistant for Activating Change Together for Community Food Security (ACT for CFS), a community-university research project based out of Mount St. Vincent University. As part of the ACT for CFS policy working group, she conducted participatory research on opportunities for community food security in Nova Scotia and co-led workshops on capacity building around policy change.

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 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 - Researcher (January 2017 - ) 

Celine PerodeaudCéline Perodeaud joined IPES-Food in January 2017 to support the panel’s efforts to promote an agroecological alternative in Africa. In the summer of 2017 she completed an MSc in Agronomy and Agroecology at AgroParisTech.

Céline graduated from SciencesPo Paris in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in International Development mention Cum Laude. 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 can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +33(0)651257795


Lidia Mahillon - Internship: Research Assistant (August 2017 - ) 

LidiaLidia joined IPES-Food in August 2017 as an intern. Lidia will support the panel’s research on the EU Common Food Policy and the 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 also holds a LL.M degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and a Master’s degree in Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. During her studies, she has focused on the impact of globalisation on legal systems and the blurring of the public/private law and governance divide. She also studied 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.

Lidia has been involved in allotments and student-run food cooperatives, and has engaged with local alternative food networks in the different cities she lived in. Previously, Lidia has interned at several commercial law firms and has participated in a pleading competition in International Commercial Arbitration.

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 is 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).