Sisay Alemahu Yeshanew
Right to Food Consultant
Educated in Ethiopia, South Africa and Finland, Sisay holds a Ph.D. degree in international (human rights) law. He has worked as a judge in an Ethiopian provincial High Court, as a lecturer and researcher in law, human rights and democracy in Ethiopia, Finland, Portugal and beyond, as a consultant with NGOs and intergovernmental organizations, and as a legal officer at the African Union Commission. Sisay is interested in doing multidisciplinary, theoretical and practical work on issues that lie at the intersections between human rights, law and development. He has published books and articles on such issues. Sisay contributes towards mainstreaming human rights in the work of the FAO and provides advice on the normative and practical aspects of the right to food.
Sherry S. Ajemian
Right to Food Consultant
Sherry hails from California where she worked over ten years within the private sector as an attorney and business affairs advisor. She subsequently moved to Rome and landed an opportunity at FAO headquarters by virtue of her interest in right to food and trade policy. She is currently working on improving the food security response of local governments by creating a practical guideline on effective civil society participation in district development planning. From 2013 onwards she has been focusing on linkages between social protection and right to food with an eye towards implementing a pilot project in Africa involving grievance mechanisms for beneficiaries of programmes in rural contexts. She has a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis on mass media from UCLA, a masters degree in Food Security and Human Development from University of Roma Tre and a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School. Her interests outside FAO span the field of traditional healing arts, medicinal plants and herbs, and naturopathy.
Right to Food Consultant
Annamaria joined FAO in August 2011 to assist with the preparation of the CFS Round Table on Monitoring Food Security. In November 2011, she became of part of the Right to Food Team, where she works now as Consultant. She is currently working on the monitoring, coordination and organization of the implementation process of the 10 Years Retrospective of the Right to Food Guidelines and contributing to FAO’s Strategic Framework and programme on the right to food. Prior to joining FAO, Annamaria worked as an intern in the European Commission in Brussels and in IFAD as Member Relations and Protocol Assistant. She holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Political Sciences with a specialization in International and European Union Studies from the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and an advanced post graduate diploma in European Studies from the European College.
Right to Food Consultant
Simon is an international legal specialist from Montréal who originally joined FAO as an intern in 2011. He holds a Licence in Civil Law (LL.L.), a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Development and Globalization as well as a Juris Doctor in Common Law (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M. – Human Rights Law) from the University of London. His current work covers technical and communicative areas on a range of matters related to global processes, national legislative and institutional frameworks as well as cross-sectoral issues pertaining to the realization of the right to adequate food, such as decent rural employment and social protection.
Luisa is a Colombian lawyer from Los Andes University of Bogotá. Before joining FAO she worked in Colombia as a researcher and legal adviser in matters related to conflict, transitional justice and international law. She also developed practical experience at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, as well as conducting human rights litigation before national courts in Colombia. Luisa started working with FAO in 2008 and since then she has been providing technical support to ensure that research, training and assistance to countries is in accordance with human rights law and international human rights standards. Currently, Luisa is coordinating a project that aims at strengthening food security legal frameworks in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Peru, and she also provides technical assistance in order to integrate the right to food into Global and Regional Food Security Initiatives.
Juan Carlos García y Cebolla
Right to Food Team Leader
Juan Carlos holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid as well as a post grad degree in Territorial Planning and Development from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. He previously worked for the private sector in Spain serving as the technical director of a consultant company supporting governments and cooperation agencies. In 2008, after an active career in food security, rural development and education in more than 30 countries in Africa and Latin America, he became the coordinator of a project supporting The Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative at FAO´s Regional Office in Santiago, Chile. Juan Carlos joined the Right to Food Team in January 2012 serving as the Team Leader.
Carina works for the Right to Food Team as the Team Assistant taking care of a wide range of administrative assignments. She assists with the internal administration, hiring processes of staff and consultants, organizes meetings, arranges travel for external meeting participants as well as taking care of IT tasks. Carina joined FAO in the year 2000 after having worked for more than 20 years for an international private company.
Maarten is an economist and nutritionist by training, and has been working mostly in food security and development. He has been working on assisting countries with the integration of food security and nutrition, right to food principles and good governance practices in national policies. This work involves providing policy assistance and capacity strengthening to in-country teams at national, district and sub-district levels. Maarten currently provides backstopping services, participates in capacity strengthening activities in Zanzibar, and assists the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with integrating right to food principles and good governance practices in the Action Plan to Implement the Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy. Furthermore, he will also participate in strengthening the human rights underpinnings of the Special Programs on Food Security in Central America.
Leonardo joined FAO in 2007 as an administrative assistant. Since then he has been working on the organization of workshops and meeting; liaison between diagnostic laboratories and field vets for the procurement and shipping arrangements of vaccines and any other technical equipment. Studied biotechnology at the Sapienza in Rome.
Tomaso has been working as a Graphic Designer for FAO since 1995 and joined the Right to Food Team in 2009. He has developed several design templates and layouts for publications such as the Right to Food Methodological Toolbox as well as papers, leaflets, posters and folders. For years he also supported the layout of UNICEF’s Italian magazines “Dalla parte dei Bambini” and “Mondo Domani”. In addition, Tomaso also has extended experience from the private sector as he worked for Universal Pictures and Warner Bros Italy, where he produced advertising items such as banners, standees, DVD sleeves and brochures.
Frank is an economist and is currently enrolled in a master on environmental management. He joined FAO in June 2003 when the Right to Food Guidelines were negotiated. He supports Governments in formulating right to food complaint policies and strategies, conducting budget analysis and setting up appropriate coordination mechanisms for food security and nutrition. Currently, Frank is coordinating a project on integrating the right to food into sub-national planning in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Zanzibar, and a global programme on food security governance that seeks to learn how FAO’s technical work can benefit from including a specific focus on governance. Furthermore, Frank supports the formulation of investment programmes, such as the Sector Strategy on Agriculture and Water in Cambodia and the food security programme of Lao P.D.R.
Serena holds a B.Sc. in International and Development Studies from the University of Naples "L'Orientale" and a M.Sc. in Comparative Politics (Latin America) from the London School of Economics. She joined the Right to Food Team in October 2010. Her current work for the Right to Food Team covers a wide range of areas, with the main focus on project-related work. She covers a number of activities related to reporting, mainstreaming, communication and information. She is the FAO technical focal point for the UNDG Human Rights Mainstreaming Mechanism group and works closely with the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Prior to joining FAO, Serena served as the Head of the Communication and Information Unit at UNESCO in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she worked for two years on human rights issues and in particular on UNESCO’s programme for freedom of expression and right to information.
Capacity Development Officer
Mauricio holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Animal Production from Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia, and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from Oxford University. He joined FAO in the year 2000 and with his strong background in capacity development, advocacy, policy support, decentralization and governance, Mauricio was appointed manager of the project “Coherent Food Security Responses: Incorporating Right to Food into Global and Regional Food Security Initiatives” and coordinator of the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum). He is the author of several books, research studies and papers and has led agricultural research and development programmes at national and international levels. Furthermore, he also provides policy support for projects in Afghanistan as well as institutional support in Bolivia.
Communications Adviser (Graphic and Web Designer)
With a degree in Design and Visual Communication from the La Sapienza University in Rome, a degree in Graphic Design from the Rome University of Fine Arts and a Master in Web Media Design from the European Institute of Design (IED), Daniela is in charge of the overall design of the Right to Food Team. Her skills range over different fields such as brand identity, layout templates for publications, promotional material, website layout, usability, information architecture, CMS and programming codes. Furthermore, Daniela is also the design and communications adviser for the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition.
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