World-renowned experts join forces to tackle global food security challenges: meet the new HLPE-FSN’s Steering Committee

CFS51 Plenary

Fifty-first plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 51), taking place from 23 to 27 October 2023 in a hybrid format in Rome, Italy.

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The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) this week announced the next Steering Committee of its High Level Panel of Experts on food security and nutrition.

The following 15 world-renowned experts have been appointed by the Bureau of the UN Committee on World Food Security to serve as members of the Steering Committee of the HLPE-FSN, from the closure of CFS 51 Plenary session (25 November 2023) until the closure of the CFS 53 Plenary session in 2025: 

  • Olanike Adeyemo
  • Marie-Josèphe Amiot-Carlin
  • Sayed Azam-Ali
  • Mahmud Duwayri
  • Ruben Echeverría
  • Cecilia Elizondo
  • Hilal Elver
  • Evan Fraser
  • Elisabetta Recine
  • Hettie Schonfeldt
  • Rachid Serraj
  • Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann
  • Stefan Tangermann
  • Patrick Webb
  • Iain Wright

The HLPE-FSN Steering Committee members are reputable, internationally recognized experts on food security and nutrition-related fields and reflect an assortment of scientific disciplines, a balance of regional expertise as well as the consideration of gender representation.  

They work with an extensive network of over 2 000 experts and they participate in their individual capacities and not as representatives of their respective governments institutions or organizations. 

Speaking at CFS 51, Bernard Lehmann, HLPE-FSN Chairperson said: “through reports and issue papers of the highest scientific rigour, the HLPE-FSN provides the evidence and scientific bases for CFS policy guidelines, which serve as reference points for governments and others in their effort to eradicate hunger and all forms of malnutrition.”

Membership to the Steering Committee is renewed every two years through an open nomination process. This year’s process resulted in 77 nominations from across different disciplines and geographic regions. Following a rigorous designation process, the 15 members were selected by an ad hoc technical selection committee comprised of members of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), CGIAR and the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism for relations with the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CSIPM). Six of them are new members and nine current members were renewed for their second and last term in a row, following the usual practice.

Describing the selection process which she chaired, Ismahane Elouafi, FAO Chief Scientist said: “reliable and contextual science and evidence are crucial to achieving global food security and nutrition. This science has to be generated by a credible and legitimate body for it to be accepted by all stakeholders. The HLPE-FSN provides high-quality, independent and impartial scientific evidence and recommendations to CFS, the UN’s foremost intergovernmental and international platform on food security and nutrition.”

On the HLPE-FSN Steering Committee meeting next November, its members will elect the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Panel.

HLPE-FSN Steering Committee (2023-2025)


Visit the Steering Committee’s web page for more information about each member