Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Dr Irene Hoffmann (PhD) is Secretary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, where she held previous positions as Chief, Animal Production Service, and Chief, Animal Genetic Resources Branch within the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department. She holds a Ph.D. from Hohenheim University and an MSc in Animal Science from Göttingen University. Before joining FAO, Dr Hoffmann was assistant professor at the Institute of Livestock Ecology, Giessen University, where she coordinated several international research programmes. She has organized international conferences and published extensively in refereed journals, books and conference papers on scientific and policy topics, and she has served in various scientific advisory committees and review panels.