Future of Food


Roberto Ridolfi
Assistant Director-General, Programme Support and Technical Cooperation Department, FAO
Dr Roberto Ridolfi is the Assistant Director-General for Programme Support and Technical Cooperation at FAO. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Director of the Directorate C – Planet and Prosperity at the European Commission. He joined the European Commission in 1994, after a 10-year experience in both academia and private sector, first as Development Adviser at the EU Delegation to Malawi, followed by Namibia and Kosovo. He then coordinated the Public-Private Partnership unit for the enlargement of the EU. From 2004 and 2005 he managed programmes on environment and climate change, rural development, food security and migration, as well as the One-Billion-Euro Food Facility in 50 countries as head of the EuropeAid division. He served as EU Ambassador and Head of delegation for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji from 2005 to 2007, and as EU Ambassador to Uganda from 2011 to 2013.
Sandy Thomas
Director, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

Professor Sandy Thomas OBE is the Director of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. She is also Chair of the UK Food Standards Agency’s Science Council. Previously she headed the UK Government's Foresight Programme in the Government Office for Science, from 2006-2014. Trained as a scientist at the University of London (BSc Botany and Zoology, PhD Plant Genetics), she held a lectureship at the University of London before joining the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Sara Roversi
Founder, Future of Food Institute

For Sara, nothing beats transforming the future of food’s authenticity and sustainability. 
Blending the power of education and technology with inspiration to powerfully influence the food industry is the name of the game. 
Sara is an experienced entrepreneur, thought leader and disrupter in food ecosystem and security programs. As a seasoned growth expert, she works with globally recognised high-profile think tanks on setting the agenda for the sustainable food industry.

Sharada Keats
Senior Associate – Policy and Advocacy, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Sharada Keats is an agricultural development economist with around 15 years’ experience. Interests include food and nutrition security, food systems, linking smallholder farmers to markets, and gender relations. Sharada had a brief stint as a research assistant at FAO in Rome, and has worked as a researcher in the Agricultural Development Programme of the Overseas Development Institute. 
Simona Castaldi
Research Project Manager, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition
Professor of Ecology at Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. Research project manager of the EU project SU-Eatable LIFE for the Foundation “Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition” (BCFN). PhD and Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK, from 1993 to 1997. Her research focuses on ecosystem services, sustainable land management, climate and global changes and sustainability of the food chain. She has coordinated research activity on these subjects on more than 20 projects in frameworks of EU calls FP4, FP6, FP7, COST, ERC, LIFE2016, national programs (PRIN, FISR, INGV), and bilateral agreements with USA, Russia and Venezuela. Scientific consultant for ISMEA, Rete Rurale del Ministero Politiche Agricole e Forestali, Ministero dell’Ambiente and WWF Italia.
Stefano Prato
Managing Director and Editor, Society for International Development

Stefano Prato (Italy) is the Managing Director of the Society for International Development (SID) and the Editor of SID’s Quarterly Journal “Development”. He is the coordinator of the Civil Society Financing for Development Group and member of the Editing Team of the annual Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Steering Group of HLPF Major Groups and other Stakeholders Coordination Mechanism.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has served as Director-General of WHO since 2017. He has outlined five key priorities for the Organization: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO. Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, he served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016, where he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Tedros also served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012, where he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system.
Tim Lobstein
Director of Policy, World Obesity Federation

Dr Tim Lobstein is the Director of Policy at the World Obesity Federation (the body formed from merging the International Association for the Study of Obesity and the International Obesity TaskForce). He is also Visiting Professor at the Boden Institute, University of Sydney, Australia, and Adjunct Professor of Public Health Advocacy, at Curtin University, Western Australia.

Tom Arnold
Chair of Task Force Rural Africa, European Commission

Tom Arnold is Chair of a Task Force on Rural Africa established by the European Commission in May 2018. He is also former Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA). From August 2014 to February 2016 he was Interim Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; he was also Chairman of the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-14) … 

Visith Chavasit
Professor, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

Professor Visith Chavasit is faculty member at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakhonpathom 73170, Thailand. He graduated Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science from Department of Food Science and Technology, Oregon State University, USA. During 2007-2015, he was the director of Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University.
His research interests are on food fortification and health food product development.

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