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The EPIC team

Adriana Ignaciuk 
Senior Economist and EPIC Team Leader

Before joining FAO in 2016, Ada worked as an Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she was responsible for providing scientific, technical and policy guidance to the governments on the implementation of climate-friendly agricultural policies. She has a PhD in Environmental Economics.

Nicholas Sitko
Programme Coordinator 

Nicholas holds a PhD in agri-food system geography from the University of Colorado. His main interest is understanding the relationships between policies, food markets, and farmer behaviors. Prior to joining FAO he was an Assistant Professor of International Development at Michigan State University.

Alessandro Spairani
Programme Officer

Alessandro is in charge of coordinating the communications, operations and finance of the EPIC programme. Before joining FAO in 2011, he worked as consultant for international and local organizations on issues related to food security, social development and rural institutions in Kenya and Cambodia. 

Cristian Morales-Opazo

Cristian joined FAO in 2008 and before joining EPIC he led the analysis under the Monitoring and Analysis Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) program. He previously worked at the European Commission, the London School of Economics, Ministry of Agriculture (Chile), CEIGRAM and United Nation (ECLAC). His main fields of experience are analysis, monitoring and evaluation of food and agricultural policies, and policy processes.

Laure-Sophie Schiettecatte
Ex-Act Coordinator

With a Ph.D in marine sciences, Laure-Sophie started at FAO as a consultant to co-develop the modules and guidelines on the blue carbon, fishery and aquaculture sectors of the Ex-Act tool. Since then she contributes to the technical development of the EX-ACT Value Chain tool. She is conducting EX-ACT assessments for diverse context for IFAD, WB, TCI, FAO, GEF, GCF among others. She organizes, participates and carries out EX-ACT training and workshops. She is supervising EX-Act activities and looking for new projects and new collaboration.

Angela Bernard

Angela is an Economist specialized in climate change. Prior to joining the EPIC team she worked in the FAO Forestry Department focusing on integrated natural resource approaches for climate change adaptation, such as forests and water and forestry for low-carbon economies. 

Lauren Asprooth

Lauren is an economist and policy analyst working on the PROSA (Progress Towards Sustainable Agriculture) publication. She specializes in measurement and impact assessment in sustainable agriculture and is interested in holistic evaluation that values the social, ecological and political elements of agricultural systems.

Philip Audeber

Philip holds a Master's degree in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po, Paris. Prior to joining the EPIC team was Economic Advisor to Mexico City’s Ministry of Environment for half a year until January 2018. His hobbies are sports (all kinds, but especially football), languages and travels.

Joanna Ilicic

Joanna, a Polish national, is an economist and policy analyst coming from Paris, where she worked for a number of years on agricultural policy measurement and analysis in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD. She holds two Master degrees in international economics, one from University of Sussex and one from University of Warsaw.

Michael Keller 

Michael, a German national, is an Economist in the EPIC team and will be working on economic and econometric analysis of agricultural policies in Balkan countries. Before joining FAO, he completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Sussex, UK. His research interests are development economics, policy evaluation and natural resources.

Jihae Kwon

Jihae, from the Republic of Korea, received a B.A. in International Development and a B.A. in Food and Resource Economics from Korea University and is enrolled in a M.A. in International Development from Seoul National University. She spent 6 months in Bolivia working on seed potato production technologies, 18 months working (from home) for the Export Support Division of the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency of Korea, 4 months as an RA for the ROK Office for Government Policy Coordination, and completed short-term internships in the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), U.S. Embassy Seoul, LG Electronics Germany, etc. She speaks Korean, English, and Spanish

Giuseppe Maggio

Giuseppe is Econometric Specialist, specializing in agricultural development, resilience and productivity, with a focus on the impact of climate change. He holds a PhD in Economics from LUISS Guido Carli University and has worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. Since joining FAO he has contributed to the work program addressing the policy implications of crops diversification in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.

Antonio Scognamillo

Antonio has a PhD in Development Economics and worked as a research fellow in the Department of Economics and Statistics at the University of Salerno. His research interests include climate-smart agriculture, natural capital, inequality and poverty, and nutrition.

Anass Toudert

Sustainable Food Value Chain and Carbon Footprint Analyst, with a background in agriculture engineering and food security management, Anass is conducting a series of technical studies on carbon footprints of agricultural practices. Anass suports Ex-Act desk appraisals on demand from partners (IFAD, TCI, WB, GEF, GCF), carries out Ex-Act trainings in NENA, Asia and West Africa region and conducts Climate Change Adaptation, mitigation and climate resilience appraisal on food value chains and Food value chain support projects / policies/ strategies.