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Nick Nelson named Washington Director

Brings vast FAO experience to post

The FAO Liaison Office in Washington welcomes its new director this month, with the arrival on 1 November of Nick Nelson, former Assistant Director-General of Corporate Services at FAO Headquarters in Rome.

“The Director-General has highlighted the importance of strengthening partnerships to fulfill FAO’s mission. I look forward to serving the organization in this new function, building upon the cooperation that already exists between FAO and the governments of the United States and Canada and the international and inter-American organizations based in Washington,” said Nelson.

“Nelson’s vast experience in FAO is a major asset to represent the Organization in Washington and to implement the important plans we have for that office,” the Director-General said.

25 years in FAO

Nelson joined FAO in 1986 as manager of the credit union, where he introduced a new financial structure and reporting systems, re-organized member services and directly managed a large investment portfolio. In 1996, he carried out a special assignment in the general information department which led to the re-organization of the former publications division.

In 1997, Nelson was promoted to chief of the meeting programming and documentation service, where he devised new ways to control costs and raise income.

From 2002 to 2011, he was director of the finance division, where he introduced split assessments in US dollars and euros for FAO Members, removing the major cause of exchange risk faced by the Organization. In 2011 he was named Assistant Director-General of Corporate Services.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team in Washington on engaging FAO partners in North America and forging new alliances in the fight against hunger and malnutrition,” Nelson said.