Senior appointments at FAO
New appointees from Brazil, Germany and Finland
29 May 2006, Rome – FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today announced three senior appointments to the Organization at the level of Assistant Director-General.
Mr. Alexander Müller of Germany is appointed Head of the Sustainable Development Department; Mr. José Francisco Graziano da Silva of Brazil is the new Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Santiago, Chile; and Mr. Jan Erik Heino of Finland is appointed the new Head of the Forestry Department.
Mr. Müller, who holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the Pilipps Universität Marburg, is the former State Secretary of the Ministry of Hesse, a Member of Parliament and a member of the Committee on Environmental Affairs. He also served as State Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture of Germany, as a Member of the Agriculture Council of the EC and Coordinator of Federal Research Institutes.
Mr. Graziano da Silva is a Doctor and Professor of Economics at the State University of Campinas, Coordinator of the Master’s Program of Economic Development and Environment, and Post Doctor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the former Minister of Food Security and the Fight against Hunger of the Federative Republic of Brazil and Senior Advisor to the President of Brazil on Economic and Social Matters.
Mr. Heino has a Master’s degree in Forestry and Nature Conservation from Helsinki University and has undertaken post-graduate education in Nordic countries, Germany and Belgium. He is a former Director-General of the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Finland, and currently Director-General of Metsahallitus, the Finnish State Forest Enterprise. He will take up his new appointment on June 29.
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