Marina Calvino has over 15 years of experience in international cooperation and in the management of non-profit organizations, with a M. Sc. in gender studies and around 10 years of gender-related professional experience focused on institutional gender mainstreaming, advocacy, policy analysis and research.
Before joining the CFS Secretariat to support the GEWE Workstream, she was Secretary General of the Italian Committee of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) and Head of the International Cooperation of the Italian Red Cross, after having worked in the sector of international relations and development cooperation by public administrations, research bodies, FAO and other Organizations in the agriculture, rural development, and food security sectors.
Marina has a deep knowledge of FAO governance and member relations at technical and political level. She was Executive Board Member of the FAO European Commission on Agriculture (ECA), and she consolidated her experience in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment as Chairperson of the FAO ECA Working Party on Women and Family in Rural Development.