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Secretariat: meet our team!

The Global Soil Partnership Secretariat is the coordination and facilitation body in charge of facilitating the implementation of the GSP actions through its regional partnerships and networks. The GSP is hosted by FAO in Rome, Italy in view of its global mandate.

For any queries on the GSP, please write to GSP-Secretariat@fao.org. For any specific information, you may contact a member of our dynamic team presented below.

Ronald Vargas

Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership

Ronald is a Soil and Land Officer at FAO and since 2011, he is leading the implementation of the Global Soil Partnership. He is a Bolivian soil scientist with more than 15 years of working experience (research, academic and development) in natural resources management with a focus on sustainable soil management for food security and ecosystem services. His expertise includes land suitability and land degradation assessment, land use planning, soil mapping and soil management for climate change adaptation in Latin America, Africa, Near East and Asia. He has been the promoter of the International Year of Soils, the revised World Soil Charter, the Status of the World’s Soil Resources Report and the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management.

Ronald.Vargas@fao.org

Sally Bunning

Soil and Land Management Officer

Sally is a Senior Land/soils officer in the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, supporting the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat, in particular, the development of Pillar 1 plan of action on Sustainable soil management and restoration and collaboration with countries and partners on Sustainable land management, including watershed /landscape management, and Land degradation and SLM assessment and informed decision making.

 Sally.Bunning@fao.org

Marzia Calisse

Administrative Clerk

Marzia coordinates, oversees, and performs a wide variety of administrative and secretarial activities in support of the Global Soil Partnership such as organization of workshops, travel arrangements and recruitment of consultants.

Marzia.Calisse@fao.org

Claudio Meucci

Administrative Clerk

Claudio assists the Global Soil Partnership in the administrative, logistics and secretarial activities such as organization of workshops, travel arrangements and recruitment of consultants.

Claudio.Meucci@fao.org

Natalia Rodriguez

Administrative Clerk

Natalia currently works as Office Assistant for the Global Soil Partnership performing a wide variety of administrative duties.

Natalia.Rodriguez@fao.org

Carolina Olivera Sanchez

Soil Consultant

Carolina is an agronomist with a Master's degree from Paris VI University. She has 20 years of experience on soils issues both in the field and laboratory, in particular about the different forms of soil organic matter. She was a consultant in France for 10 years in the management of soil fertility in the sectors of livestock, viticulture and horticulture. She is now based in Colombia and has implemented sustainable development projects for the ten last years, for international cooperation agencies and for FAO, on soil ecosystem services, their management, degradation and restoration. In the field of soil governance, she has coordinated FAO projects in Colombia on the implementation of the sustainable soil management policy of the Environment Ministry, and in South America on capacity building in soil data management and other regional activities of the Global Soil Partnership.

Carolina.OliveraSanchez@fao.org

Isabelle Verbeke

Communication Specialist

Isabelle is responsible for the overall GSP communication strategy and for knowledge and information management. Responsible for the World Soil Day communication campaign, website maintenance and content development of the GSP, Soils Portal and global symposia websites, she also ensures the preparation of meaningful communication material to the GSP partners and to the wide range of GSP users.

Isabelle.Verbeke@fao.org

Lucrezia Caon

Soil International Consultant

Lucrezia is a soil scientist graduated at the Wageningen University in International Land and Water Management, Land Degradation and Development. Her expertise mainly focuses on soil erosion, soil compaction, soil pollution and land tenure, especially in relation to the practice of agriculture. Since 2014 she has been working at the GSP, where she is currently coordinating the implementation of global activities on encouraging investment, technical cooperation, policy, education, awareness and extension in soil (GSP Pillar 2). Ultimately, she is serving as regional coordinator for Asia, the Near East and North Africa in the framework of implementing the activities of the Asian Soil Partnership and the Near East and North African Soil Partnership and for the Pacific Soil Partnership. She is further providing technical support to the Global Soil Partnership on projects on soil and on the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management.

Lucrezia.Caon@fao.org

Matteo Sala

Graphic Designer

Matteo is a graphic designer with more than 20 years of working experience in the field of communication, design and content management system for various clients including FAO. In 2015 he started working for the FAO Land and Water division as a graphic and web designer. He took care of many publications and communication material in relation to soils, including the Status of the World Soil Resources Report and the World Soil Charter.

Matteo.Sala@fao.org

Yuji Niino

Land Management Officer

Yuji is a Land Management Officer for Asia and the Pacific region responsible for providing support to activities related to the development of sustainable soils and land management; soil and water conservation and integrated plant nutrient and soil fertility management in order to promote food security and sustainable agricultural production systems in the region.

Yuji.Niino@fao.org

Giulia Stanco

Communication Consultant

Giulia has joined CBL as a consultant to support the GSP Secretariat in the social media strategy and in the digital and print content management related to the World Soil Day campaign, the Global Soil Partnership activities and soil outreach efforts. Master Graduate at LUISS University in International Relations/ Communication, during the last three years she worked as Communication Associate on digital media strategy, content management related to sustainable development projects, rural development and natural resources management and as Communication referee with partners and investors at the CEB Bank.

Giulia.Stanco@fao.org

Giusy Emiliano

Art curator (part-time)

Giusy is an event organizer and independent curator, she works on the historicization of artists who have made a mark on poor art in Italy. Since 2015 she has furthered her studies on the connection between art and science and she engages herself in the creation of international events to bring the public closer to environmental issues through contemporary art.

Maria.Emiliano@fao.org

Fiona Bottigliero

Communication consultant

Fiona is a communications expert with over seven years of experience in strategic communications, knowledge sharing and project management in the field of sustainable development and humanitarian assistance (FAO, WFP and CGIAR). She joined the Global Soil Partnership in February 2019 and is contributing in developing content and creative campaigns, and bringing the work of the GSP to an ever-growing audience. Prior to joining the UN, Fiona worked in the education sector as a teacher, trainer and translator. Fiona holds a First Class M.Phil in Textual and Visual Studies (Trinity College Dublin) and a B.A. in French and Art History (Trinity College Dublin). 

Fiona.Bottigliero@fao.org

Yusuf Yigini

Soil Mapping Specialist

Yusuf holds  Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees in Soil Science and specialised in soil mapping and  spatial data modelling. He worked 6 years at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as Technical, Scientific Project Officer and joined the Land and Water Division in  February, 2017. He is currently coordinating the development of the global implementation plan for Pillar 4 and the Global Soil Information System including SoilSTAT. Pillar Four of the GSP essentially addresses the development of an enduring and authoritative global system to monitor and forecast the condition of the Earth’s soil resources.

Yusuf.Yigini@fao.org

Pasquale Borrelli

Adjunct Scientist

Pasquale is a Research Associate at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He graduated at the University of Rome - Sapienza - and obtained his Ph.D in Physical Geography from the Freie Universität Berlin. He worked three years at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) as a specialist in GIS and large-scale soil erosion modelling. He joined CBL (November 2018) as Adjunct Scientist to support the GSP Secretariat in the preparation of the Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSOE19) and the novel bottom-up Global Soil Erosion Assessment. During the last eleven years, he studied the environmental effects of soil erosion processes and the behavior that this natural process has on the different interaction forms between the human activity and the natural forces of the physical environment. 

Pasquale.Borrelli@fao.org

Natalia Rodriguez Eugenio

GSP Consultant on Soil Contamination

Natalia holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Use and Soil Protection in Mediterranean Areas and a PhD in Soil Science. She has worked as a pedologist and GIS expert for the international project “Thematic Cartography of Ecuador, scale 1:25.000”, where she participated in soil sampling and description of more than 9 000 soil profile pits. She has gained extensive expertise on soil contamination during her traineeship at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and during the subsequent collaborations as an expert.  She has joined the Land and Water Division in December 2017. She is currently coordinating the development of the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) co-organized by GSP, ITPS, UNEP, WHO, World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Rotterdam Convention, Stockholm Convention and Basel Convention. She is also providing technical support to the Global Soil Partnership on daily activities and the development of the Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management.

Natalia.RodriguezEugenio@fao.org

Camilla Gomes Da Silva

Environmental law Consultant 

Camilla finished her bachelor degree in Law and in sequence, another bachelor degree in Ecology and Environmental Analysis, both accomplished in Brazil. She also had the opportunity to do an exchange year of her academic degree at the West Virginia University, United States through the Science without Boarders scholarship. Further, she holds a double master degree in Agribusiness – obtained in Brazil – and Food Security and Security and Sustainable Agriculture, University of Exeter, United Kingdom. Her career focuses on building a link between the environmental sciences and law.  Although science has historically played an important role in environmental law, its role has been more limited and with her background, she has been able to share knowledge between those areas. She also extensively worked in researchers facilities such as the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (BRAZIL) to ensure food security within the policies, and laws.

Camilla.GomesDaSilva@fao.org

Yuxin Tong

GSP Associate Professional Officer

Yuxin is a soil researcher from China. He holds a Doctor Degree in Plant Nutrition from China Agricultural University. Before joining FAO, he worked at the Institute of Soil Fertilizer and Environment Resources of the Heilongjiang Academy of Agriculture Science in Northeast China for nine years. His research focuses on the environmental effects of crop conversion in the black soil region. Yuxin joined FAO this year to coordinate the activities of the International Network of Black Soil (INBS).  

Yuxin.Tong@fao.org

Rosa Minerva Cuevas Corona

GSP Consultant 

Rosa is a Mexican scientist who graduated in Soil Sciences at the UNAM’s Terrestrial Biogeochemistry and Climate Laboratory of the Institute of Ecology. She has gained extensive expertise on soil carbon working for the UNDP and the CONAFOR's National Forestry and Soil Inventory. She was the coordinator of the National Network of Laboratories for the Analysis, Use, Conservation and Soil Management within the framework of Thematic Networks of CONACyT. She has joined the GSP in March 2018. She is currently coordinating and developing projects related to soil organic carbon (SOC) such as the potential of carbon sequestration in world soils, the global SOC monitoring system and the technical manual on SOC management at the regional and sub-regional scale. She is also serving as the regional coordinator for the Central America, Caribbean and Mexico Soil Partnership and for the Latin American Soil Laboratory Network.

 

Rosa.CuevasCorona@fao.org

Zineb Bazza

GSP Consultant 

Zineb is a soil scientist and recent graduate from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed her M.Sc. in Soil Sciences at UBC with the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Laboratory and her BSc. in Applied Biology with a focus in plant and soil sciences. During the past few years, Zineb has worked on different projects with local companies as well as with the Ministry of Agriculture in British Columbia, where she focused on the effects of different soil amendments on crop productivity. She specializes in soil fertility, nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions. Her work at the GSP focuses on Pillars 1 (Soil Management) and 3 (Research), as well as providing technical support on various projects. 

Zineb.bazza@fao.org

Isabel Luotto

GSP Intern 

Isabel will support the process of building the Global Soil Information System and the implementation of pillar 4. She has a Bachelor in agricultural and agro-environmental sciences at the Free University of Bolzano and is currently pursuing a MA degree in agricultural sciences of the tropics and subtropics at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, with a specialization on resource management and the implementation of GIS software. In her Bachelor thesis, she compared the effects of different soil management types on the soil quality and root mycorrhizae of vineyards in South Tirol, Italy. In 2016 she was an intern at Edmund Mach Foundation in Italy.

Isabel.Luotto@fao.org

Clara Lefevre

Soil Science consultant

Clara is an agronomist specialized in soil science and recently graduated from Bordeaux Sciences Agro and Montpellier SupAgro (France). She previously worked at the GSP (2016-2017) as an intern and consultant. She was involved in the organisation of the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon (May 2017), the H2020 GROW observatory project and provided support to the team on various GSP projects and events. In 2018 she carried her MSc. thesis with the Centre International de Recherche pour le Developpement (CIRAD) where she worked on a multi-functional assessment of soil health under conservation agriculture in Cambodia.  Her work at the GSP focuses on the organization of the forthcoming Symposium on soil erosion, as well as providing technical support on various GSP projects (e.g. GROW observatory, Soil Doctors) and events.

Clara.Lefevre@fao.org