Economic and Policy Analysis of Climate Change

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. 

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.

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 Audebert

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.

Katherine Jones

Kate holds a Master’s of Science degree in Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics from the University of Guelph in Canada. Before joining FAO, Kate worked as an economist for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. Her research interests encompass both behavioral economics and environmental economics, with a focus on climate change mitigation and adaption options. Kate currently serves as a board member for the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.

Jihae Kwon

Jihae holds a Master's degree in International Development from Seoul National University, and received a B.A. in International Development and a B.A. in Food and Resource Economics from Korea University. She specializes in measurement and quantitative impact assessment of agricultural development projects. Prior to joining FAO, she worked for the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency of Korea and worked in Bolivia as a researcher with the Korean Rural Development Administration (RDA). She also has working experience with the Korean Office for Government Policy Coordination, Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) Forestry Department, and the U.S. Embassy Seoul Economics Department.

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.

Isaac Guzman

Isaac, a Mexican national, is a climate change policy analyst. He holds an Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the Central European University, Hungary; and Lund University, Sweden. His master thesis was focus on urban food security and adaptation strategies. Prior to joining the EPIC team he was Project Manager in Mexico City’s Ministry of Environment.