Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro is the Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age and the Global Hub Director in Canada for Future Earth. Her decades of experience span academia, science-policy and the non-profit and international development sectors. She is a Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. Eliane is a member of the Impact Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet. She is a member of Rwanda’s National Science and Technology Council and has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame since its inception in September 2007. She is a member of the Expert Consultation Group on the Post COVID-19 Implications...

Ms Ismahane Elouafi is Chief Scientist of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and part of FAO’s core leadership structure. With nearly two decades of experience in agricultural research and development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Ms Elouafi is a strong advocate for diversifying into neglected and underutilized crops. She is also internationally known for her work on promoting use of non-fresh water in agriculture and empowerment of women in science. Ms. Elouafi has been a member of various strategy expert panels and advisory groups. Her contributions to science and policy have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards and accolades, in particular the Excellence in Science Award from the Global Thinkers Forum. Dr. Elouafi holds a...

Professor Sheryl L Hendriks is Head of Department, and Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Professor Sheryl Hendriks holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Natal and is a food security policy expert with extensive experience in policy analysis and programme design. She is actively engaged in high-level global food security policy think tanks and panels and influential in food security and nutrition policy circles in Africa. Her research and teaching focuses on food security and nutrition policy analysis and monitoring and evaluation of food security at the household, national and global information system level. She has served as a member of the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit Scientific...

Mr. Benito Odala Eliasi is working with the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) as a Program Officer. His major responsibility includes, undertaking capacity (organizational and institutional) needs assessment for both old and new national Farmer Based Organizations in the region through consultations and developing/coordinating capacity development programs. Before joining SACAU he worked as Executive Director of Farmers’ Union of Malawi (FUM) for five years where he provided leadership and direction and coordinated all activities in accordance with the goals and objectives of the organization to promote and maintain its corporate image. To date, Benito has over 20 years of experience in providing advice to organizations on how they can enhance their capacities to effectively provide services to their...

Ms. Maura Barry Boyle serves as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and interim Global Water Coordinator in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, which leads the U.S. Government’s Global Water Strategy and Global Food Security Strategy. She oversees USAID strategic direction and partnerships, operations and programming to reduce global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition while increasing the availability and sustainable management of safe water and sanitation for all. As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, she has held various leadership positions throughout USAID, including assignments in Jamaica, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Kenya (covering Somalia, Djibouti and Burundi). Ms. Barry has been working in international development for over 30 years and started this journey as a Peace Corps volunteer in...

Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa is the Director of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development (AUC-DARBE). In this role, he leads the efforts to develop and promote continental policies, frameworks, and programs that contribute to agricultural transformation and rural development in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063. Over the last 20 years, he has worked with national and international research organizations and has been actively involved in food and agricultural policy both as a researcher and a practitioner. Bahiigwa holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota....

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin a global agriculture, food security and nutrition solutions thought leader and sustainability advocate currently serves as a Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University, Center on Food Security and Environment and as the CEO and Founder of Food Systems for the Future, a nutrition impact investment fund. From 2012 until 2017, Cousin led the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). In 2009, Cousin was nominated and confirmed as the US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Prior to her global hunger work, Cousin helped lead the U.S. domestic fight to end hunger including service as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer...

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 before the Bank Dr. Torero led the Division of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Dr. Torero, a national of Peru, holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru.  ...

Dr. Ousmane Badiane is the Executive Chairperson and Acting Managing Director of AKADEMIYA2063. Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, recipient of the Africa Food Prize in 2015 and member of the World Academy of Sciences, is the founder and Executive Chairperson of AKADEMIYA2063. He has over 30 years of experience, as academic and a practitioner, in international development. As the Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute, he was instrumental in developing and guiding the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. As Lead Specialist for Food and Agricultural Policy at the World Bank, he served as advisor to the Vice President for Africa. Between research and development finance, Dr. Badiane taught Economics of Development in...

H.E. Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, from Angola, is the African Union Commissioner for the Department of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development (AUC-DARBE). Prior to this Ambassador Sacko was the special adviser to the Minister of agriculture, assigned with the responsibility of advising on issues related to international cooperation both bilateral and multilateral. She was also elected the Secretary General of Interafrican coffee organization, with a special mandate to represent the economic interest of the 25 African Coffee producers, management of the Secretariat and present the recommendation. ...