Team

The Food Systems Countdown Initiative is led by Jessica Fanzo of Johns Hopkins, Lawrence Haddad of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and Jose Rosero Moncayo of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Kate Schneider leads the data team and coordination together with several Johns Hopkins graduate students. The Initiative involves dozens of collaborators. from nearly as many organizations from almost all continents. This project has been funded to date by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Co-Chairs

Dr. Lawrence Hadad
GAIN

Dr. Lawrence Haddad has been GAIN’s Executive Director since 2016. In this capacity, since 2020 and up to the United Nations Food Systems Summit that took place on September 23, 2021, Haddad chaired Action Track 1 to ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all. Haddad is also the co-convener of Standing Together for Nutrition. Prior to GAIN, Lawrence was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report from 2014 to 2016. From 2004 to 2014, Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading development studies institute. Before joining IDS in 2004, he was Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 1994 to 2004. From 2009 to 2010, he was the UK representative on the Steering Committee of the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CSF). From 2010 to 2012, he was the President of the UK and Ireland’s Development Studies Association. An economist, Lawrence completed his PhD in food research at Stanford University in 1988.

Jessica Fanzo
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Jessica Fanzo is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. At Hopkins, she holds appointments in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She also serves as the interim Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at SAIS, the Director of Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, and the Director of Food & Nutrition Security at Johns Hopkins University’s Alliance for a Healthier World. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Global Food Security Journal and leads on the development of the Food Systems Dashboard, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). From 2017 to 2021, Fanzo served on the Food Systems Economic Commission, the Global Panel of Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition Foresight 2.0 report, and the EAT-Lancet Commission. She was also the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and Team Leader for the UN High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition. Before coming to Hopkins, she held positions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and College of Medicine, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. In 2021, she published her first book, Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet? and co-wrote Global Food Systems, Diets, and Nutrition: Linking Science, Economics, and Policy. Fanzo holds a PhD in nutrition from the University of Arizona and completed a Stephen I. Morse postdoctoral fellowship in immunology in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Columbia University.

Dr. Jose Rosero Moncayo
FAO

Dr. Jose Rosero Moncayo is the Director of the Statistics Division in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations based in Rome, Italy. He holds a master’s degree in economics of development and a PhD in economics from Amsterdam University. He has served as Executive Director of the National Institute of Censuses and Statistics of Ecuador, as a former President of the Statistical Conference of the Americas, and as a member of the High-Level for Partnership, Coordination, and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He has also served as Vice Minister of Social Development, as Technical Secretary of the Social Front, and as Coordinator of the Integrated System of Social Indicators in his home country of Ecuador. Dr. Rosero has wide experience in research, social policy design, and international statistics.

Dr. Mario Herrero
Cornell University

Dr. Mario Herrero is a Professor of Sustainable Food Systems and Global Change in the Department of Global Development, a Scholar at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and a Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences at Cornell University. His research focuses on increasing the sustainability of food systems for the benefit of humans and ecosystems. He works in the areas of sustainable intensification of agriculture, climate mitigation and adaptation, livestock systems, healthy and sustainable diets, sustainability metrics, and the true cost of food. He is a regular contributor to important global initiatives at the heart of the sustainability of global food systems, such as the UN Food Systems Summit (Scientific Group), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (lead author), the Lancet Commission on Obesity, and the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. He has worked extensively in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Before joining Cornell, he was Chief Scientist of Sustainability, for Australia’s National Science Agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He also spent 12 years in Kenya at the International Livestock Research Institute, where he built and managed the Sustainable Livestock Futures Programme. Professor Herrero is considered a leader in the field of food systems and sustainability. He is in the top 10 of the 2021 Reuters list of the 1000 most influential climate scientists. He is the most cited livestock scientist and is in the top 3 of the most cited scientists working on food systems according to Google Scholar. He has been on the Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers list since 2019 in six different fields including agricultural science, ecology and evolution, plant and animal science, and clinical medicine. He has published more than 220 peer reviewed publications and has an H-Index of 96. He is currently an editor for Global Food Security (Elsevier) and is on the editorial boards of The Lancet Planetary Health, Tropical Grasslands, and Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. He also regularly contributes as a guest editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal (PNAS). Mario was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, for his contributions to sustainable food systems and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Collaborators by Working Group


Livelihoods, Poverty, & Equity

Christine Campeau
CARE

Christine Campeau is Global Advocacy Director for Food Systems at CARE, where she leads the execution of CARE's global policy and advocacy on food and water systems at global, regional, and national levels. Christine has over 12 years of experience in the development sector. In her previous role as Senior Advisor – Food Systems, Christine worked alongside the UN Deputy Secretary General and fellow Action Track Chairs to lead the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit—a process that resulted in over 2,000 ideas to transform food systems, informed the development of 110+ whole-of-government national pathways, and launched several global multi-stakeholder coalitions. The summit is credited with increasing the momentum for change in our food systems, helping to fulfil the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals through good health and decent livelihoods for all people on a healthy planet. Prior to this, Christine worked for intergovernmental agencies, such as UN Nutrition; for global support systems, such as the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Secretariat; and with civil society organizations, including Caritas Internationalis. Christine holds a Master of International Relations from Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland, with a combined focus on international diplomacy and climate-induced migration. Born and raised on a farm in Southern Ontario, she has spent countless hours volunteering on organic farms across Canada and working with farmers in developing countries. Her personal goal is to work with committed farmers, entrepreneurs, social movements, academics, and decision makers to build resilient food systems that ensure global food and nutrition security.

Dr. Piero Conforti
FAO

Dr. Piero Conforti is the Deputy Director of the Statistics Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He is an agricultural economist with over 25 years of experience on topics related to food security, undernourishment, agricultural and food markets, social statistics, rural livelihoods, monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators, and damages and loss from natural and man-made disasters. Since 2003, he has worked at FAO, starting in the Trade and Markets Division and then in the Agri-Food Economics Division, on long-term projections of food and agricultural markets. Prior, he worked as a researcher for the Italian National Institute of Agricultural Economics and the Italian Institute of Nutrition. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Siena, a Master of Science from Oxford University, and a first degree in agriculture from the University of Naples "Federico II".

Dr. Fabrice DeClerck
EAT

Dr. Fabrice DeClerck is the Science Director of EAT and a Senior Scientist with OneCGIAR. For the past twenty years, he has led research at the interface of environment, agriculture, and human health, notably contributing to the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. He has had the privilege of working with a diversity of food systems actors from across the globe, notably small farmers and farming communities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. His research focuses on biodiversity in food systems, notably on the functional role of biodiversity to regenerating environmental function in agriculture, and on the role of food diversity in health. As part of this work, he is developing biosphere planetary boundaries with the Earth Commission, emphasizing both the need to retain intact lands to protect biosphere function, and increasing ecological integrity in managed lands and waters in support of both Earth system and ecosystem processes. His current projects and collaborations include IPBES Assessments, The Food System Economics Commission, EAT-Lancet 2.0, the Earth Commission, and the Blue Food Assessment. Fabrice feels strongly that food, from production to consumption, is a major solution space for both people and planet.

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi
FAO

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi is Chief Scientist (designate) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She is the first-ever scientist to be appointed to this position. From 2012 until her appointment, Dr. Elouafi was Director-General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture. Prior to that, she held management positions with the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. She was a member of the boards of the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, as well as the Scientific Group for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and the CGIAR System Management Board. Dr. Elouafi is a strong advocate of diversifying into underutilized crops and rethinking food systems. She has a passion for science, its management, and integration with policy as a means to end poverty and hunger. She is a recipient of several awards, including the National Reward Medal by His Majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco, and the Excellence in Science Award from the Global Thinkers Forum. She holds a PhD in genetics from the University of Cordoba, Spain.

Dr. Alejandro Guarin
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Dr. Alejandro Guarin is a researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London where he co-leads the food systems program. His work focuses primarily on informal food systems, using evidence to challenge assumptions about the informal sector and to inform innovative policy approaches. His interests and experience include small-scale farming, global value chains, diets and consumption, land use change, and deforestation. Before joining IIED, he was a researcher at the German Development Institute in Bonn, a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and a visiting lecturer at MIT. He received his PhD in geography from the University of California at Berkeley and studied biology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Dr. Maddalena Honorati
World Bank

Dr. Maddalena Honorati is a Senior Economist at the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice of the World Bank. Her interest has focused on the design and evaluation of social safety nets, active labor market programs in low and middle-income countries, as well as the measurement of social protection system performance. More recently, her work has focused on strategies to mitigate the social impacts on the poor and vulnerable of energy tariffs increases and to manage job transitions due to decarbonization and SOE privatization reforms. She authored global, regional, and country reports on social safety nets and jobs diagnostics, research papers on labor market issues including policies to foster skills, employability, and entrepreneurship, as well as supported the operational implementation of such programs in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Ecuador, Philippines, Poland, Romania, and Uzbekistan. Maddalena holds a PhD in economics from Bocconi University and an MSc from Pompeu Fabra University.

Dr. Jikun Huang
Peking University

Dr. Jikun Huang is Professor at the School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Dean of New Rural Development Research Institute, and Honorary Director of China Center for Agricultural Policy (CCAP) at Peking University. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences - for the advancement of science in low and middle-income countries (TWAS), Honorary Life Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), and Fellow of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). His research covers a wide range of issues on agricultural policy, food security, and rural development, with a focus in China. He has been the President of Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) since 2017 and Vice President of the Chinese Association of Agro-technology Economics since the early 2000s. He is currently the Specially Invited Talent Pool Expert of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference for Participating in and Deliberating State Affairs, the Expert Advisory Committee Member of the Rural Leading Group Office of the Central Committee of CPC and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and a member of the Scientific Group for the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021. He received his BS degree from Nanjing Agricultural University in 1984 and PhD in agricultural economics from University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB) in 1990. He received the Award for China’s Outstanding Youth Scientists in 2002, Outstanding Achievement Award for Overseas Returning Chinese in 2003, Fudan Prize for Eminent Contributors to Management Science in 2008, and IRRI’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010. He has published 23 books and more than 580 journal papers, including papers published in Science, Nature, and many leading journals in development economics.

Dr. Jane Battersby-Lennard
University of Cape Town

Dr. Jane Battersby is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and leads the Food Cluster at the African Centre for Cities at UCT. For over a decade, she has worked on urban food security, urban food systems, and food systems governance in Southern and Eastern Africa. Her research interests lie in the relationships between food environments, urban systems, and social systems, with a particular focus on the dual burden of malnutrition. Her focus is on the development of food sensitive policies and planning at the urban and neighborhood scales. Jane has worked in consultancy and advisory roles for several UN Agencies, as well as local and provincial governments. She also served as an IEG member for the Global Nutrition Report. She holds a DPhil in geography from Oxford University.

Dr. Quinn Marshall
Johns Hopkins University

Quinn Marshall, MPA-DP, is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health. His research is based in rural Sri Lanka, where he is using market surveys to study the influence of food environments on diet quality. He worked in the Nutrition Division of the World Food Program from 2013 to 2017, supporting the development of guidance on nutrition-sensitive programs. His research interests include food affordability and food environment-related methods, and the design and evaluation of cash transfer programs. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Peru, 2004 & 2006), has a Master’s in Public Administration in development practice from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s in finance from University of Maryland’s College Park. His advisor is Dr. Jessica Fanzo.

Dr. Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo
AIHD

Dr. Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo is the Executive Director of the African Institute for Health & Development (AIHD) based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked for the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Amref Health Africa, the African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC), and the Population Council. She is the Vice-President for the African Region for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). She is a member of the steering committee for NCDI Poverty Network. Nyamongo chairs the advocacy communication and social mobilization working group for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the Ministry of Health and holds a similar position for the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya. She has published on gender, NCDs, NTDs, child health, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and poverty. Nyamongo is an Adjunct Faculty Member of Strathmore University, Nairobi. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, UK (1994) and a BA in anthropology from the University of Nairobi (1989).

Dr. Kate Schneider
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Kate Schneider is an applied microeconomist and public health nutritionist. She studies food policy, food systems, nutrition, equity, and ethics as part of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University, led by Dr. Jessica Fanzo. Her interests are specifically focused on food policy and economics related to poverty, nutrition, and welfare outcomes. Dr. Schneider completed her PhD in food policy and applied nutrition at Tufts University in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy. Prior to her PhD, Dr. Schneider spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a program officer in agricultural development. Her work there involved a wide range of issues including gender, food systems, nutrition, environment, data, policy research, evaluation, and measurement. She holds a Master of Public Administration and a Certificate in international development from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington where she conducted food, agriculture, and development policy research. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at McGill University.

Dr. Rashid Sumaila
University of British Columbia

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is a University Killam Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. His research focuses on bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation, and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, marine protected areas, illegal fishing, climate change, marine plastic pollution, and oil spills. 


Governance

Dr. Simón Barquera
Instituto de Salud Pública México

Dr. Simón Barquera is an MD with a PhD from Tufts University in Boston, USA. He is a member of the Mexican National Academy of Medicine, the Mexican Academy of Sciences and author of more than 586 scientific publications. He has participated in the development of national policies for NCCDs prevention and control. He has been recognized with the 18 Martinson Lectureship (University of Minnesota, 2018), the Michael and Susan Dell lectureship (University of Texas, 2017), the Soper Award for excellence in Health Literature (Pan American Health Organization, 2003), the Tufts University Nutrition Impact Award (2016) and the "Dr. Gerardo Varela" public Health Merit Award (Government of Mexico, 2020). He currently serves as Director of the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health of the National Institute of Public Health.

Dr. Patrick Caron
CIRAD

Dr. Patrick Caron is a veterinary doctor, PhD and HDR in development geography. Since January 2019, he has been the International Director at Montpellier University of Excellence I-SITE Muse (Link: http://muse.edu.umontpellier.fr/) and Vice President for International Affairs of the University of Montpellier. He joined CIRAD in 1988 where he was Director-General for research and strategy from 2010 to 2016. Patrick’s works, as a researcher, relate to the analysis of the role of agriculture and livestock in rural transformations, particularly in Brazil, Southern Africa, and the Middle East. He was the Chair of the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) from November 2015 to October 2019. He has been a Board member of the CGIAR since September 2020 and was a member of the Scientific Group of the UN Food System Summit programmed in 2021.

Dr. Namukolo Covic
ILRI

Dr. Namukolo Covic is ILRI Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia. From 2015 to 2021 Covic served as Senior Research Coordinator at IFPRI, for the CGIAR Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and worked on projects in several countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia. Covic has a multidisciplinary academic background that spans crop science and extension (BSC), animal and poultry science (PGD) and nutrition (MSc & PhD), which has made her uniquely positioned to address dynamics of food systems transformation from different fronts. She is recognized for her ability to link diverse stakeholders on interlinkages of research, policy, and program processes. She has worked extensively with the government of Ethiopia and other stakeholders including the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Agriculture, and development agencies on different fronts of food systems and nutrition, including the development of food based dietary guidelines and their adaptation to pastoralist settings in Ethiopia; and the development of Ethiopia’s food systems transformation pathway in response to Ethiopia’s development needs and the United Nations Food Systems Summit process. She has supported African Union efforts on linking agriculture and nutrition in the CAADP process.

Dr. Máximo Torero Cullen
FAO

Dr. Máximo Torero Cullen is the Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He joined the Organization in January 2019 as Assistant Director-General for the Economic and Social Development Department. Prior to joining FAO, he was the World Bank Group Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Since November 2016, and prior to the World Bank, Dr. Torero led the Division of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His major research work lies mostly in analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation based on the role played by infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs (or discontinuities) can improve the welfare of households and small farmers. His experience encompasses Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. Dr. Torero, a national of Peru, holds a PhD and a master's degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor's in economics from the University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru. He is a professor on leave at the University of the Pacific (Perú) and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany. Dr. Torero has published in top journals, including QJE, Econometric Theory, AER-Applied Microeconomics, RSTAT, Labor Economics, and many others. Dr. Torero received the Georg Foster Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2000, won the Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by The Global Development Network in both 2000 and 2002 and received the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole in 2014.

Dr. Sheryl L. Hendriks
University of Pretoria

Dr. Sheryl L. Hendriks is Professor and Head of the University of Pretoria's Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension, and Rural Development. She is a food security policy expert with extensive experience in policy analysis and program design. Her research and teaching focuses on food security and nutrition policy analysis, as well as monitoring and evaluation of food security at the household, national, and global information system levels. She is actively engaged in high-level global food security policy think tanks and panels, including serving two terms on the UN Committee for Food Security's High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. She is a member of the Montpellier Malabo Panel and was on the Scientific Group for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. In addition, she has coordinated the Scientific Group's working group for evaluating the true cost and price of food.

Dr. Jose Luis Vivero-Pol
World Food Programme

Dr. Jose Luis Vivero-Pol is the Head of Programme, UN World Food Programme, Cameroon. He is a scholar and anti-hunger activist with over 20 years of experience on food security and nutrition policies, rural livelihoods, climate resilience, food systems in fragile settings, and biodiversity conservation. He is also an Associated Researcher at Universite Catholique de Louvain on agri-food transitions, narratives, and existing practices to consider "food as a commons, public good and human right," and not simply as a commodity. He has field experience in numerous countries across Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His researching is focused on (a) non-market mechanisms to allocate food and natural resources; (b) drivers of food insecurity, livelihood profiles, and food systems transition pathways in the Global South; and (c) territories of commons in Europe (i.e., how much land, how many people, and how much food).

Dr. Danielle Resnick
Brookings Institution

Dr. Danielle Resnick is a political scientist and David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. She previously was a senior research fellow and governance theme leader at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), where she led the CGIAR's Policies, Institutions, and Markets research on Political Economy of Policy Processes. Key research areas include the political economy of agricultural and food systems policies, decentralization, urban governance, and informal trade, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa. Resnick has lived, conducted fieldwork, and engaged in policy outreach in multiple countries, including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Zambia. She has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, including Urban Poverty and Party Populism in African Democracies (Cambridge University Press). She has consulted for the Bertelsmann Foundation, Global Alliance on Improved Nutrition, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, Oxford Analytica, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, and the World Bank. Her research has been funded by USAID, the International Growth Centre, and the Social Science Research Council, among others, and has been featured in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Radio France International, and Voice of America. She received her PhD in government from Cornell University, MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BS in international affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Dr. Kate Schneider
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Kate Schneider is an applied microeconomist and public health nutritionist. She studies food policy, food systems, nutrition, equity, and ethics as part of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University, led by Dr. Jessica Fanzo. Her interests are specifically focused on food policy and economics related to poverty, nutrition, and welfare outcomes. Dr. Schneider completed her PhD in food policy and applied nutrition at Tufts University in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy. Prior to her PhD, Dr. Schneider spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a program officer in agricultural development. Her work there involved a wide range of issues including gender, food systems, nutrition, environment, data, policy research, evaluation, and measurement. She holds a Master of Public Administration and a Certificate in international development from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington where she conducted food, agriculture, and development policy research. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at McGill University.

Dr. Diana Suhardiman
Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands (KIT)

Dr. Diana Suhardiman is director of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KITLV-KNAW). Her research looks at natural resource governance and development with particular focus on equity and inclusion. Putting power and politics central in the contemporary struggles of natural resource governance, she looks at power dynamics and power relationships that influence and determine the overall shaping of governance structures, processes, and outcomes across scales (local to transboundary). Placing her research at the intersection of land, water, and environmental governance, she studies power struggles and the politics of representation within the broader context of state transformation processes in Laos and Myanmar. She is the author of more than 60 publications, mostly journal articles, book chapters and monographs on the politics of exclusion, processes of contestation and institutional emergence, and transboundary water governance in Southeast Asia.


Diets, Nutrition and Health

Nancy Aburto
FAO

Dr. Nancy Aburto is the Deputy Director of the Food and Nutrition Division of the FAO where she supports the strategic planning, development, and management of the broad portfolio of FAO’s work in nutrition. With nearly 20 years of experience working globally in the field of nutrition, her expertise spans from acute undernutrition to overweight/obesity and the double burden of malnutrition; and from nutrition science research to nutritional epidemiology to large scale programming and policy. Prior to joining FAO, Dr. Aburto worked at the UN World Food Programme, World Health Organization, United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mexican National Institute of Public Health. Dr. Aburto, a United States national, received a PhD in nutrition and health sciences from Emory University, master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's degree from Duke University.

Dr. Ty Beal
GAIN

Dr. Ty Beal is a global nutrition scientist focused on helping to achieve healthy and sustainable diets for all. His research seeks to understand what people eat and how it impacts their health and the planet. He has led quantitative global analyses on diets and nutrient density and context-specific studies on nutrient gaps and the complex determinants of child growth and obesity. He works across food systems to help identify strategies for how to transform food systems for human and planetary health. He is currently a Research Advisor on the Knowledge Leadership team at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) where he generates evidence to guide programs and mobilize knowledge related to global nutrition and food systems. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Davis, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Dr. Carlo Cafiero
FAO

Dr. Carlo Cafiero (ORCID 0000-0003-3652-9910) is a senior economist and statistician at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. He leads the team in charge of producing food security and nutrition statistics at global, regional, and country levels and is the focal point for the indicators used to monitor SDG Target 2.1. Prior to joining FAO in 2011, he taught statistics, agricultural economics, and agricultural policy at the Graduate School of Agriculture at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. His research interests include risk management in agriculture, the econometrics of storable commodity prices, and measurement issues in the field of food security and nutrition. Cafiero received a PhD in agricultural and natural resource economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Doctoral degree in agricultural policy from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, and a MS in agricultural economics from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Christopher Golden
Harvard University

Dr. Christopher Golden is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Health and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research, as an ecologist and epidemiologist, investigates the human health impacts of global environmental change, with a focus on food systems. He received his BA from Harvard College and two graduate degrees from UC Berkeley: an MPH in epidemiology with a focus in nutrition, and a PhD in environmental science, policy, and management. Golden has been conducting research in Madagascar for the past 22 years and founded the non-profit, Madagascar Health and Environmental Research (MAHERY). He has recently begun research in West Africa and the South Pacific. He is a core member of the CBD-WHO task force on biodiversity and health and the co-lead of the Nutrition chapter for the Blue Foods Assessment. His research has been published in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His current research focuses on 1) climate-driven fisheries impacts across the globe on food security and human nutrition; 2) the role of coral reef management in increasing access to seafood and reducing diabetes and metabolic disease; and 3) creating systems of climate-smart public health.

Dr. Anna Herforth
Harvard University

Dr. Anna Herforth’s work is building global monitoring systems for diet quality and access to healthy diets. This focus stems from over a decade of consulting on linking agriculture, food systems, and nutrition, including with the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Health Organization, CGIAR, and government donors. She has worked in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, including with agricultural and indigenous communities. She holds a PhD in international nutrition from Cornell University, MS in food policy from Tufts University, and a BS in plant science from Cornell University. She is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Visiting Senior Researcher in the Division of Human Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University & Research. Her main projects include the Global Diet Quality Project, and Food Prices for Nutrition, as well as involvement in the Food Systems Dashboard and the Food Environment Toolbox. Dr. Herforth co-founded and co-leads the Agriculture-Nutrition Community of Practice (Ag2Nut), a professional community of over 7,500 members from 130 countries.

Dr. Gina Kennedy
GAIN

Dr. Gina Kennedy works for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) on measurement of diet quality and the food environment. She has over 25 years of experience in international development. Dr. Kennedy was previously a Senior Scientist with Bioversity International in the Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems Initiative. She is also Chair of the IUNS Task Force on Traditional and Indigenous Food Systems and Nutrition. Her research interests include dietary diversity and diet quality and assessment of nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries. For the past fifteen years she has worked on nutrition assessment in low and middle-income countries, including assessing the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to nutrient intake. Gina also worked for the Nutrition Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on food-based indicators for use in food and nutrition security programs, nutrition assessment, and nutrient requirements.

Dr. Amos Laar
University of Ghana

Dr. Amos Laar is a tenure-track academic at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. Upon receiving academic training in nutrition, public health, and bioethics, he spent the decade spanning 2003 to 2013 exploring the sociocultural, socio-ethical, and medico-ethical dimensions of HIV. Currently, his research and professional practice focus on three distinct, yet related areas of public health: bioethics (i.e., food ethics, ethics & public health, health & human rights); public health nutrition (i.e., food environments, food systems, and nutrition-related non-communicable diseases); and social public health (i.e., structural violence, social, and commercial determinants of health). Through these, Amos Laar’s work contributes to a deeper understanding of how physical environments, social environments, and structural factors affect health. He is the Principal Investigator of the IDRC-funded MEALS4NCDs project, which is providing Measurement, Evaluation, Accountability, and Leadership Support for non-communicable diseases prevention in Ghana.

Musonda Mofu
Government of Zambia

Musonda Mofu is a public health nutritionist and Director for the National Food and Nutrition Commission of Zambia, the government institution responsible for coordinating national food and nutrition policy implementation. For the last 25 years, Musonda has contributed to the field of food and nutrition practice through research in areas of food intake, dietary diversity, and micronutrients in Zambia and other African countries. For the past 10 years, Musonda has focused his efforts on nutrition governance, food systems, and the preservation of indigenous food. He also actively works in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of various food and nutrition programs, strategies, and policies.

Dr. Stella Nordhagen
GAIN

Dr. Stella Nordhagen is a Senior Technical Specialist with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), where she oversees research and learning activities related to food systems in Africa and Asia. Her areas of research interest include market-based approaches to improving diets and nutrition, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, climate change adaptation, gender equity, food safety, food environments, and drivers of food choice. She serves on several commissions and advisory boards within the food and nutrition sector and publishes research regularly in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining GAIN, she worked with the NGO Helen Keller International in West Africa for several years. Her previous experience also includes work with the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME), and the International Center for Research on Women. Dr. Nordhagen holds a BA from Middlebury College in the USA and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge in the UK.


Resilience & Sustainability

Dr. Ty Beal
GAIN

Dr. Ty Beal is a global nutrition scientist focused on helping to achieve healthy and sustainable diets for all. His research seeks to understand what people eat and how it impacts their health and the planet. He has led quantitative global analyses on diets and nutrient density and context-specific studies on nutrient gaps and the complex determinants of child growth and obesity. He works across food systems to help identify strategies for how to transform food systems for human and planetary health. He is currently a Research Advisor on the Knowledge Leadership team at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) where he generates evidence to guide programs and mobilize knowledge related to global nutrition and food systems. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Davis, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Dr. Christophe Béné
Alliance of CIAT-Bioversity

Dr. Chris Béné is Policy Advisor and Principal Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), which is now part of the Alliance of Bioversity International, CIAT, and a member of the CGIAR consortium. He is currently based at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He has over 20 years of experience conducting interdisciplinary research and advisory work in various parts of the world including Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. His work has focused on poverty alleviation, food security, and more generally, the specific issues facing low and middle-income countries. In his career, he has worked on a wide range of topics, including natural resource management, policy analysis, science-policy interface, resilience (measurement), and more recently, food systems (sustainability).

Dr. Andrea Cattaneo
FAO

Dr. Andrea Cattaneo is a Senior Economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), leading the team that produces The State of Food and Agriculture, which is FAO’s flagship publication. He has over 25 years of experience in examining economic issues relating to development, food security, and climate change. In recent years, his focus has been on migration, the role of rural-urban linkages in rural transformation, and food systems. He previously held positions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Woods Hole Research Center. Dr. Cattaneo has an extensive publication record in peer-reviewed journals spanning a range of topics. He has analyzed the welfare impacts of free trade agreements, written on issues of food security and barriers to innovation, designed innovative economic mechanisms for environmental programs, and studied the role of risk and uncertainty under climate change.

Dr. Fabrice DeClerck
EAT

Dr. Fabrice DeClerck is the Science Director of EAT and a Senior Scientist with OneCGIAR. For the past twenty years, he has led research at the interface of environment, agriculture, and human health, notably contributing to the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. He has had the privilege of working with a diversity of food systems actors from across the globe, notably small farmers and farming communities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. His research focuses on biodiversity in food systems, notably on the functional role of biodiversity to regenerating environmental function in agriculture, and on the role of food diversity in health. As part of this work, he is developing biosphere planetary boundaries with the Earth Commission, emphasizing both the need to retain intact lands to protect biosphere function, and increasing ecological integrity in managed lands and waters in support of both Earth system and ecosystem processes. His current projects and collaborations include IPBES Assessments, The Food System Economics Commission, EAT-Lancet 2.0, the Earth Commission, and the Blue Food Assessment. Fabrice feels strongly that food, from production to consumption, is a major solution space for both people and planet.

Carola Fabi
FAO

Carola Fabi is a Senior Statistician at FAO Statistics Division, where she leads the Methodological Innovation team. She is responsible for SDG indicator 12.3.1.a Food Loss Index where she coordinated the methodological development. She holds a master's degree (Laurea) in economic statistics and a master's degree in agricultural economics.

Patrick Foley
World Food Programme

Pat Foley is an applied anthropologist with 25 years of experience throughout the cooperation ecosystem. Pat works in assessment, design, evaluation, and learning. He facilitates participatory socioeconomic research around risk, gender, and resilience with the UN, nongovernmental organizations, the Red Cross, the public sector, academia, and civil society. Foley is a senior advisor with the World Food Programme emergencies and transitions service, operationalizing a measurement approach to people-centered programming through engagement, protection, accountability, conflict sensitivity, and the triple nexus.

Dr. Preetmoninder Lidder
FAO

Dr. Preet Lidder is Technical Adviser to the Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She has worked for over 13 years with international organizations including FAO and CGIAR in the provision of research, capacity development, technical assistance, and policy advice in support of sustainable, inclusive, and resilient agri-food systems. Her experience covers a wide range of expertise including agriculture and food security, climate change, natural resource management, sustainability, technology and innovation, and policy and institutional change. Dr. Lidder has published in various peer reviewed journals and organized numerous scientific conferences and symposiums. She has served on various working groups, steering committees, and task forces, and provided comprehensive support on complex and contentious processes. She trained as a molecular biologist with an MS in plant molecular biology from the University of Delhi, and a PhD in cell and molecular biology from Michigan State University, followed by postdoctoral research at New York University.

Dr. Yuta Masuda
The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Yuta Masuda is Senior Human Dimensions and Sustainable Development Scientist in Global Science at The Nature Conservancy. His research focuses on how conservation and development policies can advance the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. His research primarily examines the human dimensions of conservation or sustainability initiatives by employing economic models and methods to examine the causal linkages between these policies, environmental changes, and human behaviors and dimensions of human well-being. He often leads multidisciplinary teams of social, natural, and public health and medical scientists, and investigates both field-based empirical questions and theoretical topics. His research also pays particular attention to scale, context, distributional effects of policies and shocks, and the external validity of research and methods to other places and cultures across time.

Paulina Bizzotto Molina
European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Paulina Bizzotto Molina is a food systems expert with a focus on sustainability, governance, and innovation. She has a strong knowledge of EU-Africa cooperation, instruments, and programs that are relevant to promoting sustainable agri-food systems, food security, and nutrition. She has ample experience in research and analysis in the fields of agri-food value chains, agricultural research, and innovation for development, and (the political economy of) sustainability transitions. Paulina holds a master’s degree in international development from Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Paulina was a Policy Officer at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Dr. Jose Luis Vivero-Pol
World Food Programme

Dr. Jose Luis Vivero-Pol is the Head of Programme, UN World Food Programme, Cameroon. He is a scholar and anti-hunger activist with over 20 years of experience on food security and nutrition policies, rural livelihoods, climate resilience, food systems in fragile settings, and biodiversity conservation. He is also an Associated Researcher at Universite Catholique de Louvain on agri-food transitions, narratives, and existing practices to consider "food as a commons, public good and human right," and not simply as a commodity. He has field experience in numerous countries across Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His researching is focused on (a) non-market mechanisms to allocate food and natural resources; (b) drivers of food insecurity, livelihood profiles, and food systems transition pathways in the Global South; and (c) territories of commons in Europe (i.e., how much land, how many people, and how much food).

Dr. Ir. Roseline Remans
Alliance of CIAT-Bioversity

Dr. Ir. Roseline Remans is a bioengineer and researcher with the Multifunctional Landscapes Team of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. Her research focuses on biodiversity in food systems for healthier diets, better livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. Her approach is cross-sectoral and has contributed to public and private sector in-field applications, policies, and cross-disciplinary publications. Remans previously worked as a Marie Curie & Earth Institute fellow and associate research scientist at Columbia University, based in New York (2008-2013) and Addis Ababa (2013 -2016). She has a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from KULeuven in Belgium with work in Cuba, Mexico, and Colombia. Remans is currently the co-lead of the flagship on Enhancing sustainability across agriculture systems of the CGIAR research program, the Water, Land and Ecosystems of the Consortium for Improving Agricultural Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA), the Agrobiodiversity Index, and the Agroecological TRANSITIONS project.

Dr. Michaela Saisana
Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Dr. Michaela Saisana is the Head of Monitoring, Indicators, and Impact Evaluation Unit at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), where she oversees the activities of the Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards and the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation. Dr. Saisana is a scientist and engineer with a specialization in process optimization and spatial statistics. She is actively involved in promoting sound development and responsible use of performance monitoring tools. These monitoring tools feed into EU policy formulation and legislation in a wide range of fields from social rights and fairness to innovation and competitiveness, from enterprises and firms to state aid, from employment to culture and creativity, from cohesion to sustainable development. Dr. Saisana has been working in the JRC since 1998, where she obtained an individual prize for “best young scientist of the year” in 2004 as well as the team “JRC policy impact award” for the Social Scoreboard of the European Pillar of Social Rights in 2018. Dr. Saisana graduated in 1998 from the National Technical University of Athens with a degree in Chemical Engineering (receiving the Technical Chamber of Greece Award in Chemical Engineering) and went on to complete her PhD in Chemical Engineering with a focus on air quality and spatial statistics. Dr. Saisana is co-author of three books: 2021 Data Science for Economics and Finance (Springer), 2008 OECD/JRC Handbook on Composite Indicators, and 2008 Global Sensitivity Analysis-The Primer (Wiley).


Environment, Natural Resources, and Production

Kerstin Damerau
Cornell University
Dr. Fabrice DeClerck
EAT

Dr. Fabrice DeClerck is the Science Director of EAT and a Senior Scientist with OneCGIAR. For the past twenty years, he has led research at the interface of environment, agriculture, and human health, notably contributing to the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. He has had the privilege of working with a diversity of food systems actors from across the globe, notably small farmers and farming communities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. His research focuses on biodiversity in food systems, notably on the functional role of biodiversity to regenerating environmental function in agriculture, and on the role of food diversity in health. As part of this work, he is developing biosphere planetary boundaries with the Earth Commission, emphasizing both the need to retain intact lands to protect biosphere function, and increasing ecological integrity in managed lands and waters in support of both Earth system and ecosystem processes. His current projects and collaborations include IPBES Assessments, The Food System Economics Commission, EAT-Lancet 2.0, the Earth Commission, and the Blue Food Assessment. Fabrice feels strongly that food, from production to consumption, is a major solution space for both people and planet.

Carlos Gonzalez Fischer
Cornell University

Dr. Carlos M. Gonzalez Fischer is an ecologist interested in agri-food systems and their environmental impacts, with a focus on livestock and climate change. He is currently a Research Associate with the Food Systems and Global Change team lead by Professor Mario Herrero at the Department of Global Development from Cornell University, and a Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability Faculty Fellow. Carlos holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, and over the past 20 years has worked on the relationships between food production and consumption, the environment, and society. Before joining Cornell, Carlos was a Postdoctoral Scientist at the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Research Centre (NZAGRC), where his research looked at livestock farming in a world that limits global warming within the goals of the Paris Agreement, while balancing selected economic, nutritional, food security, social, health, cultural and other environmental outcomes. He has previously served as a technical consultant to the National UN-REDD Programme in Argentina (working on the National Action Plan on Forests and Climate Change and the country’s long-term, low-carbon development strategy for the AFOLU sector), as a Scientific Officer with Compassion in World Farming (a UK-based global NGO), as an independent consultant on sustainable food production and consumption (working for clients such as UN-FAO and the University of Oxford), and as an undergraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral Researcher with the Buenos Aires Institute of Ecology, Genetics and Evolution (hosted by the University of Buenos Aires and the National Research Council in Argentina).

Dr. Jessica Gephart
American University

Dr. Jessica Gephart is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Science at American University. Dr. Gephart received her PhD in environmental science from the University of Virginia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. Her research focuses on the intersection of seafood globalization and environmental change, evaluating how seafood trade drives distant environmental impacts, as well as how environmental shocks disrupt seafood trade. Her work brings together global trade data, local consumption data, and environmental impact data to understand the opportunities and risks of seafood globalization for sustainable production and food security.

Dr. Mario Herrero
Cornell University

Dr. Mario Herrero is a Professor of Sustainable Food Systems and Global Change in the Department of Global Development, a Scholar at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and a Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences at Cornell University. His research focuses on increasing the sustainability of food systems for the benefit of humans and ecosystems. He works in the areas of sustainable intensification of agriculture, climate mitigation and adaptation, livestock systems, healthy and sustainable diets, sustainability metrics, and the true cost of food. He is a regular contributor to important global initiatives at the heart of the sustainability of global food systems, such as the UN Food Systems Summit (Scientific Group), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (lead author), the Lancet Commission on Obesity, and the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. He has worked extensively in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Before joining Cornell, he was Chief Scientist of Sustainability, for Australia’s National Science Agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He also spent 12 years in Kenya at the International Livestock Research Institute, where he built and managed the Sustainable Livestock Futures Programme. Professor Herrero is considered a leader in the field of food systems and sustainability. He is in the top 10 of the 2021 Reuters list of the 1000 most influential climate scientists. He is the most cited livestock scientist and is in the top 3 of the most cited scientists working on food systems according to Google Scholar. He has been on the Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers list since 2019 in six different fields including agricultural science, ecology and evolution, plant and animal science, and clinical medicine. He has published more than 220 peer reviewed publications and has an H-Index of 96. He is currently an editor for Global Food Security (Elsevier) and is on the editorial boards of The Lancet Planetary Health, Tropical Grasslands, and Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. He also regularly contributes as a guest editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal (PNAS). Mario was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, for his contributions to sustainable food systems and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Dr. Rattan Lal
Ohio State University

Dr. Rattan Lal is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration at Ohio State University. Rattan was formerly a soil physicist at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria, and was a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests include soil carbon sequestration, soil physical properties and processes, soil health, conservation agriculture, soil restoration, and sustainable management of soils. He has authored over 1,000 journal articles, 550 book chapters, and written and edited 100 books. Rattan was President of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation from 1987 to 1990, the International Soil & Tillage Research Organization from 1987 to 1989, the Soil Science Society of America from 2006 to 2008, and the International Union of Soil Sciences from 2017 to 2018. He holds the Chair in Soil Science and Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainability Issues for IICA, Costa Rica. He was a member of the 2021-UNFSS Science Committee and Action Track 3 with a focus on the “Coalition 4 Action on Soil Health”. He is laureate of the 2018 World Soil Prize, the 2019 Japan Prize, the 2020 World Food Prize, and the 2020 Arrell Innovation Prize.

Dr. Brent Loken
World Wildlife Fund

Dr. Brent Loken is the Global Food Lead Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). His work focuses on using food as a lever for improving human health and environmental sustainability. His commitment and passion for improving planetary health has resulted in some significant research and conservation achievements. Brent believes that scientists have a moral responsibility to effectively communicate research and translate this into action. Rarely patient, Brent believes to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement in the brief time that is available, it will be because of fast moving and innovative organizations and people that disrupt the status quo.

Dr. Ir. Roseline Remans
Alliance of CIAT-Bioversity

Dr. Ir. Roseline Remans is a bioengineer and researcher with the Multifunctional Landscapes Team of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. Her research focuses on biodiversity in food systems for healthier diets, better livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. Her approach is cross-sectoral and has contributed to public and private sector in-field applications, policies, and cross-disciplinary publications. Remans previously worked as a Marie Curie & Earth Institute fellow and associate research scientist at Columbia University, based in New York (2008-2013) and Addis Ababa (2013 -2016). She has a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from KULeuven in Belgium with work in Cuba, Mexico, and Colombia. Remans is currently the co-lead of the flagship on Enhancing sustainability across agriculture systems of the CGIAR research program, the Water, Land and Ecosystems of the Consortium for Improving Agricultural Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA), the Agrobiodiversity Index, and the Agroecological TRANSITIONS project.

Dr. Francesco Tubiello
FAO

Dr. Francesco Tubiello is a senior officer at FAO, leading its agri-environment statistics work. Francesco has a background in physics, with applications to earth systems science in relation to climate change, agriculture, and food security—with respect to impacts, adaptation, and mitigation strategies. Francesco holds a PhD from New York University and was a Post-Doc at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies/Columbia University, where he spent most of his academic career. He moved to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, where he directed the institute’s nascent GHG Initiative, and to the EC Joint Research Center, providing support on use of remote sensing for crop forecasting, before starting his own company developing carbon offsets projects and supporting the UNFCCC clean development mechanism. At FAO he develops new data products in support of countries’ monitoring needs in climate change and sustainable development.

Data Team

Dr. Kate Schneider (Data Team Lead)
Johns Hopkins University

Current Students

Destan Aytekin, School of Public Health

Deviana Dewi, School of Advanced International Studies

Michael di Girolamo, School of Advanced International Studies

Lais Miachon, School of Public Health

Alums

Dania Orta-Aleman, 2021

Marissa Silverberg, 2021-2022

Shijin “Austin” Wei, 2021-2022

Zhongyun “Bella” Zhang, Whiting School of Engineering

Other Contributors

Diana Carolina Arias, Alliance of CIAT-Bioversity

Alexa Bellows, University of Edinburgh

Tyler J. Frazier, Oakridge National Laboratory

Chiara Gnetti, FAO

Sharada Keats, GAIN

Catrin Kissick, GAIN

Brayan Mora, Alliance of CIAT-Bioversity

Hernán Muñoz, FAO

Evans Nyamoto Nyang Oa, GAIN

Charlotte Pedersen, GAIN

Catia Pedro, GAIN

Naina Qayyum, GAIN

Kimberley Sullivan, FAO

Marie Urban, Oakridge National Laboratory