Committee on World Food Security

Panelists and moderators

Dyaa K. Abdou

Dr Dyaa K. Abdou, Senior Food Security and Agricultural Policy Advisor, Ex-Chief of Policy Assistance Branch, FAO's Regional Office for the Near East. Previously, he served as senior researcher with USDA, Washington, D.C., Professor of Agricultural Economics in Zagazig University in Egypt, and Director of the Economic Department of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development in Sudan. With FAO, he held several senior posts in Rome-Italy, Sudan and Egypt. After retirement from FAO in 2008, served as Senior Agricultural Economist and Food Security Advisor for international and regional organizations in several countries of the Near East and Central Asia. Recently he led a team to prepare the Sustainable Agricultural Development Strategy for Saudi Arabia till 2030; contributed to food security programmes in Afghanistan and Azerbaijan with USAID; and collaborated with UNECA in studying Food Security in North Africa.

Emma Ala-Fabian

Emma Ala-Fabian is currently Chief of the Income and Employment Statistics Division, National Statistics Office, Philippines. Emma is involved in households survey design and survey field operation activities, particularly on surveys on income and expenditure, labor and employment (including child labor and informal sector), tourism and energy statistics, data analysis of various survey results. She represents the Philippine National Statistics Office in various internal conferences and meetings and interagency activities such as the ILO Working Group on the Measurement of Labor Underutilization.

Ousmane Badiane

Dr Ousmane Badiane is the Africa Director for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He coordinates IFPRI’s work program in the areas of food policy research, capacity strengthening, and policy communications in Africa. He is in charge of IFPRI’s partnerships with African institutions. Dr Badiane, a national of Senegal, was Lead Specialist for Food and Agricultural Policy for the Africa Region at the World Bank from 1998 to 2008. Previously Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI (1989 to 1997), when he led the institute's work on market reforms and development. He also taught as adjunct professor, at Johns Hopkins' School of Advance International Studies from 1993 to 2003. He received a Masters Degree and PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Kiel in Germany, and Doctorate Degree honoris causa, for distinguished contribution to African Agriculture and Development, from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Calogero Carletto

Calogero (Gero) Carletto is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank and manager of the Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) program. His research interests are in the areas of poverty, food security, and rural development, as well as data collection methods. A member of LSMS team, he has extensive experience in the design, implementation and analysis of household surveys. He has also worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and various UN agencies. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Paul Martino Jannuzzi

Paul Martino Jannuzzi is a functionary ceded by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. As a professor at the National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE/IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro, and the National School of Public Administration, Brasilia, he teaches and researches Public Statistics, Social Indicators and Monitoring and Evaluation of Programs. He graduated in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the University of Campinas, Master in Public Administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation and PhD in Demography, University of Campinas. He served on advisory boards and technical and scientific institutions in Brazil. Since February 2011, he has been the Secretary of Evaluation and Information Management in the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS).

Mlemba Abassy Kamwe

Abassy is a Senior Statistician working with the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) since April 2001. He has 10 years of experience in designing, training, and implementation of nationwide surveys. He has also been involved in analysis of social surveys’ data produced by the NBS. Abassy was born in Tanzania and has a Masters Degree in Economics from Tokyo International University (Japan, 2009) and Bachelor of Statistics Degree from Makerere University (Uganda, 1998). He has also attended different training courses in statistics both in Tanzania and abroad. Abassy has managed large scale nationwide surveys conducted by the NBS and he is currently managing the Tanzania National Panel Survey.

Eileen Kennedy

Eileen Kennedy has been the Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University since 2004. She was the first Director of USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Kennedy holds an undergraduate degree from Hunter College, two masters degrees from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctor of Science in Nutrition from Harvard's School of Public Health. Kennedy has long been involved in the academic arena of nutrition conducting research and teaching at Tufts, Columbia University, Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University.

Stephan Klasen

Stephan Klasen is professor of economics at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has held positions at the World Bank, King’s College (Cambridge, UK), and the University of Munich. His research focuses on issues of poverty, inequality, and growth in developing countries.

Marti van Liere

Marti van Liere is Senior Manager Global Health Partnerships at Unilever. Marti facilitates strategic relationships with international health and nutrition organizations and foundations, e.g. WFP, GAIN. Since 2010, Marti has facilitated the Private Sector Task Force of the UN Scaling Up Nutrition movement. From 1998 to 2004, she worked as senior nutrition advisor at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. Over six years, she was involved in training, planning and programmes related to maternal and child malnutrition, and HIV/AIDS in developing countries. She has worked with national governments and district health teams, and FAO, DGIS, DFID, WB in Africa and Asia. From 1994 till 1998, Marti worked as a nutrition epidemiologist at INSERM, Paris, on the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). She has an Msc and PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands.

William Martin

Will Martin is manager for Agricultural and Rural Development in the World Bank’s Research Group. His recent research has focused primarily on the impacts of changes in trade policy and food prices on poor people in developing countries. Earlier research has also examined the impact of major trade policy reforms—including the Uruguay Round; the Doha Development Agenda; and China’s accession to the WTO—on developing countries; implications of climate change for poor people; and implications of improvements in agricultural productivity in developing countries. He trained in economics and agricultural economics at the University of Queensland, the Australian National University and Iowa State University and worked at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics and the Australian National University before joining the World Bank in 1991.

Astrid Mathiassen

Astrid holds a PhD in Economics from University of Oslo in 2002. From 2002 till 2010 she worked in Statistics Norway, Division for Development Cooperation. Her main role was to support statistical offices in developing countries in building analytical capacity as well as research in the field of poverty and food security. Since 2010 Astrid has been seconded to World Food Programme, working on analysis of household budget surveys (LSMS) for food security purposes.

Loganaden Naiken

After graduating in statistics at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Loganaden Naiken returned to his home country, Mauritius to work as a Graduate Statistical Assistant at the Agricultural Marketing Board. In 1968, he joined the United Nations, NY, as an Assistant Demographer involved in the preparation of population estimates and projections. In 1971 he was transferred to FAO, Rome, where he worked in the Statistics Division until his retirement in 2001. Starting at FAO as a statistician, he become Chief of the Statistical Analysis Service in 1996. He had been principally associated with the development of FAO’s methodology for estimating the prevalence undernourishment and the activities relating to the World Food Surveys and subsequently SOFI. 

Benjamin Senauer

Dr Senauer is a Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, where he has been on the faculty since 1974. Ben served as Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy from 1993-1999 and as Co-Director of The Food Industry Center at the University from 2001-2009. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Ben has been a visiting research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, at Cambridge University, at the World Health Organization, and at the Food and Agriculture Organization. He is a co-author of Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization.

Prakash Shetty

Dr Prakash Shetty is currently Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the Institute of Human Nutrition, University of Southampton, UK and Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Until 2005 he served as Chief, Nutrition Planning, Assessment & Evaluation Service, in the Food & Nutrition Division of FAO in Rome. Before joining the FAO he was Professor of Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (London University).

Salima Sultana

Salima Sultana, Director of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, has been working in Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics since 1991. She graduated in Economics. She has  worked in different capacities over population census, national accounting and Agriculture concerned works. She has been assigned as Project Director of the project titled “Updating and Extension of Agriculture cluster plots and survey of cost of production”. Under this project 10 publications have been released on measurement of cost of production of 10 crops. She is a member of the Thematic Team on preparing National food policy and implementing Action Plan of food security. She is now Head of the Agriculture Wing responsible for compilation, dissemination of agriculture related data and also participating on policy and decision making process. The Year Book of Agricultural Statistics is published regularly, under her supervision. 

Anne Swindale

Dr Anne Swindale is an economist with more than 25 years of experience in project management, research, and provision of technical assistance in agriculture, food security and nutrition strategy and program assessment, design, monitoring, and evaluation. She has a multi-sectoral background spanning agriculture, poverty, food consumption, health and nutrition; extensive experience with program impact evaluation and performance reporting and with the collection, management, and analysis of large and complex primary income, expenditure, and consumption data sets; and long institutional knowledge of the history and evolution of the Title II food aid and other U.S. government food security and nutrition programs. She has a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Doris Wiesmann

Doris Wiesmann is an independent consultant who works on dietary assessment and the measurement of food security. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and a junior research fellow at the Center for Development Research in Bonn. Doris received her Ph.D. in nutrition and consumer sciences from the University of Bonn and her diploma from the University of Kiel. She developed composite indices for international comparisons, validated simple indicators of household food security and micronutrient adequacy, and evaluated the impact of anti-poverty programs and nutrition interventions. Based on her dissertation on an international Nutrition Index, she designed IFPRI’s Global Hunger Index.