FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

FAO appoints senior managers for Europe and Central Asia region

Two new senior management appointments in the Europe and Central Asia region were announced recently by FAO Director-General Jose’ Graziano da Silva. Cristina Amaral has been named Deputy Regional Representative, and Raimund Jehle has been appointed Regional Strategic Programmes Coordinator. Both positions are based at FAO’s regional office in Budapest, with responsibilities extending across the region.

“The establishment of these two positions very much strengthens our ability to serve the member countries in our region,” said Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia. “Delivering on FAO’s strategic objectives, and on important Regional Initiatives in this part of the world, requires a capable and experienced management team.”

The appointments reflect changes taking place in FAO regional offices worldwide. Each Regional Representative is now assisted by two senior managers with distinct and complementary functions, to help ensure effective coordination and management of FAO’s work in the region. The primary responsibility of Deputy Regional Representatives is to support the Regional Representative in policy, managerial and administrative responsibilities, while the Regional Strategic Programmes Coordinators provide support in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the overall programme of work in their respective regions.
Additionally, the Deputy Regional Representative oversees the Secretariat preparations for the Regional Conferences and other FAO statutory bodies.

A national of Portugal with a background in agronomy, Cristina Amaral served most recently as UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Algeria. From 2009 to 2013, she was Chief of FAO’s Emergency Operations Service in Rome.

Earlier, she held a series of responsible positions with FAO, including Coordinator of a unit responding to the food price crisis of 2008-2009, where she led the preparation of FAO’s response programme aimed at supporting member states, and Senior Operations Officer working on Avian Influenza for Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining FAO, Amaral worked in various policy and technical capacities with the European Commission: leading the Food Security, Agriculture and Environment Unit in Somalia and coordinating the Food Security Unit in Malawi. From 2001 to 2003 she was policy advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Land Reform Commission in Azerbaijan supporting the country’s transition into a market economy. She also worked as a national researcher, planning officer, and in other capacities for the Government of Mozambique.

Amaral holds a Licenciatura in Agronomy from both the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique and the Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal, as well as an MSc in Environment and Development from the Imperial College at Wye, University of London. She speaks Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and has basic knowledge of Russian.

Raimund Jehle, a national of Germany, has a background in agricultural economics. He has served FAO in progressively responsible positions since joining as a policy officer at headquarters in Rome in 1999.

In 2007 he was appointed to oversee management of the field programme in FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, after an assignment under the Associate Professional Officer programme. In 2013, he became head of the Regional Office’s field programme management, resource mobilization and communication unit. In parallel, Jehle served as Secretary of the European Regional Conference – a body that brings together representatives of the region’s 53 member countries and one member organization (the European Union) every two years to set priorities and guide the work of FAO in the region.

In 2015, Jehle assumed responsibility for the coordination of two major FAO initiatives in Europe and Central Asia: empowering smallholders and family farms, and improving agrifood trade and market integration. Since 2016 he has been serving as Deputy Regional Representative to Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining FAO, Jehle worked for two years as a farmer. He was consultant to the European Commission’s Directorate General of Economics and Finance in Brussels. He also worked as senior researcher in the Department of Economics and Agriculture Policy of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, and was a research fellow at the Czech Agriculture University in Prague.

Jehle holds a PhD in Agriculture Economics and an M.A. in Agriculture Economics from the University of Hohenheim, a graduate certificate in Agriculture Economics and International Policy from Washington State University, USA, and a B.A. in Agriculture Science from the University of Bonn, Germany. He speaks German, English, French, Italian, and Hungarian.

11 August 2016, Budapest, Hungary