Juan Carlos holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid as well as a post grad degree in Territorial Planning and Development from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain.
He previously worked for the private sector in Spain serving as the technical director of a consultant company supporting governments and cooperation agencies. In 2008, after an active career in food security, rural development and education in more than 30 countries in Africa and Latin America, he became the coordinator of a project supporting The Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative at FAO´s Regional Office in Santiago, Chile. Juan Carlos joined the Right to Food Team in January 2012 serving as the Team Leader.
Mauricio holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Animal Sciences from Universidad Nacional in Palmira, Colombia, and a Ph.D. from Oxford University. With a strong background in knowledge management, information systems and capacity development, Mauricio was appointed Coordinator of the FSN Forum in 2010. In this capacity as Forum Coordinator, he directs all the Forum’s activities as a global platform for knowledge exchange, dissemination of research results and best practices. His more than 20 years of experience in planning, executing and managing agricultural research and development programmes at national and international levels has resulted in several books, studies, scientific and technical papers and the world known UN report Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental issues and options, which he co-authored.
In addition, Mauricio also serves as the Capacity Development Officer of the FAO Right to Food Team.