Joseph Schechla specializes in economic, social and cultural rights and international law affecting land and productive resources in conflict, occupation and war. His work covers a range of prolonged conflict and occupation cases involving displacement and population transfer. Since 2000, Mr Schechla has coordinated the Cairo-based global and Middle East/North Africa programs of Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN) of CSOs specialized in the human rights to adequate housing, water and land. As a researcher and trainer, Mr Schechla manages HIC-HLRN to build capacity in human rights methodologies for investigation and advocacy. He also has served as program coordinator from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Palestine (1998–2000) and representative of OHCHR in Tunisia (2011).
Rosales 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, Rosales 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, Rosales also serves as the Capacity Development Officer of the FAO Right to Food Team.