Committee on World Food Security

Making a difference in food security and nutrition

The Secretariat

The CFS has a permanent Secretariat which includes staff from FAO,  IFAD and  WFP.  Its task is to support the Plenary, the Bureau and Advisory Group and the HLPE in their work. It is hosted at FAO in Rome.

Chris Hegadorn, CFS Secretary

Chris is a retired U.S. diplomat whose career included 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and earlier positions with the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. Based in Rome, Chris assumed the position of CFS Secretary in March 2019.

Elise Benoit

A Canadian national, Elise joined CFS in September 2020. She is a long-time serving staff in WFP and has worked under various responsibilities including programme and office management – some 20 years in country offices, and 8 years at HQ in the Office of Evaluation and the Performance Management Division.

Elise studied Political Sciences at McGill University in Montreal

Chiara Cirulli

With a background in political science and development economics, Chiara brings 15 years of experience in spearheading large intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder processes. She has been coordinating the Committee’s policy work around the areas of responsible investment in agriculture and food systems, rural-urban linkages, gender equality and – most recently – agroecology and innovations. Prior to joining the UN, she held positions within the non-profit sector in Belgium and El Salvador. Her life’s motto is “It always seems impossible until it is done.” (Nelson Mandela)

Emilio Colonnelli

An Italo-Argentinian national, with academic background in political science, international relations and food security, Emilio joined the CFS Secretariat in 2010. In charge of several CFS policy processes throughout the years, he recently coordinated the development and endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. He is now coordinating the implementation of these guidelines. His optimism is proverbial - crucial asset for a member of the CFS Secretariat.

Fabio Isoldi

Fabio is a Programme Specialist at the CFS Secretariat, where he leads the Secretariat’s work on data systems for food security and nutrition, and helps coordinate the work of the CFS Chairperson. He has several years of experience working on the humanitarian-development nexus. Before joining CFS, Fabio was at the World Bank, working on governance issues in the Middle-East and North Africa regions. He has also worked at the World Food Programme and for international non-governmental organizations in Tanzania, Sudan, Uganda and South Sudan. Fabio has a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Trieste (Italy) and a M.Sc. in Poverty Reduction at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (UK).

Pascal Lemasle

Pascal is a national of France, born and raised in Paris. After a few years of work for a nonprofit organization, he joined FAO in 2003 and he developed his professional career in various offices focusing on operations, programme and budget. He recently joined CFS and prior that, Pascal worked for the Finance Division of FAO and he assisted in organization of the Finance Committee. Pascal's spare time is devoted to reading and listening to music but his main passion is running, he has completed several marathons and ultra-marathons. Meanwhile, he is still trying to learn cooking !

Waiganjo Njoroge

A Kenyan national, Waiganjo joined CFS in April 2020 to lead its communications operation. With 10+ years of experience at the national, regional and international levels, he is excited to drive CFS’s brand positioning and increase the awareness and uptake of its food security and nutrition policy guidance. His mission in life is to give voice and verve to visions. Prior to joining CFS, Waiganjo was the Communication Head (ai) at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and worked at UNEP before that.

A CrossFit enthusiast, Waiganjo has also taken up golfing which he’s doing very badly at.

Giorgia Paratore

Giorgia is a Biologist, Food Scientist and licensed Nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She joined the CFS Secretariat in 2018 and is excited to contribute to the development of policy guidance that aim to achieve food security and nutrition worldwide. Before joining CFS, Ms Giorgia worked at FAO since 2015 in the Food Systems and Nutrition Division, and at a Hospital in Rome, developing nutrition plans in the diabetic department, before that. She is motivated, enthusiastic, reliable and sees opportunities in every challenge and the positive side in every difficult situation.

Martin Schunk

Martin is a German-Filipino, born and raised in Upper Franconia, Germany. He holds a B.A. in English linguistics and an M.A. in Media Culture and Media Economy. He joined the CFS Secretariat in January 2021 to help out on the digital and visual communications front. Prior to this, he worked as a Media Officer at the ONE Campaign in Berlin, Germany and as a Carlo-Schmid-Fellow at the UN Department of Global Communications in New York. He speaks German and English, a bit of Arabic, and wishes he was better at speaking French.

Francoise Trine

Francoise is an engineer in earth sciences with a Master in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, UK). With more than 20 years’ experience with UN organizations, NGOs and private companies, implementing food security and nutrition development initiatives in many regions of the world, she joined the CFS Secretariat in 2015 where she’s currently coordinating the Committee’s work on gender. Francoise is a professional facilitator, certified by the International Association of Facilitators