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The 2030 Agenda holds up the promise of a radically different and better future for rural people, rural economies, agriculture and food systems. But realizing this promise will require enormous investments, supported by enabling policies and institutions – including vastly improved access to finance for investment by smallholder farmers and rural small and medium enterprises.
As a consequence, the need to boost investment in rural economic development and financial inclusion in order to achieve the new global agenda has never been more important.

“Investing in inclusive rural transformation: Innovative approaches to financing,” has been a unique international conference co-organized by IFAD and the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, with the Brookings Institution and the University of Warwick. The two-day conference brought together policy and decision-makers, representatives of government organizations, the private sector, research and academic institutions, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, civil society and others for two days of solutions-focused events and discussion.

The conference began on 25 January with a high-level inaugural session at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. On 26 and 27 January the conference continued at IFAD’s Rome headquarters with lively panel discussions and technical sessions.

 

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Pier Carlo Padoan

Minister of Economy and Finance in Italy
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Pier Carlo Padoan

Minister of Economy and Finance in Italy
Pier Carlo Padoan was appointed Minister of Economy and Finance in the Government led by Matteo Renzi on 24 February 2014. Padoan was Professor of Economics at the University La Sapienza of Rome, and Director of the Fondazione Italianieuropei, a policy think-tank focusing on economic and social issues. On 1 June 2007, Padoan was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. As of 1 December 2009, he was also appointed Chief Economist while retaining his role as Deputy Secretary-General. In addition to heading the Economics Department, Padoan was the G20 Finance Deputy for the OECD and has also  lead the Strategic Response, the Green Growth and Innovation initiatives of the Organisation.
 
From 2001 to 2005, Padoan was the Italian Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, with responsibility for Greece, Portugal, San Marino, Albania and Timor Leste. He served as a member of the Board and chaired a number of Board Committees. During his mandate at the IMF he was also in charge of European Co-ordination.
From 1998 to 2001, Padoan served as Economic Adviser to the Italian Prime Ministers, Massimo D’Alema and Giuliano Amato, in charge of international economic policies. He was responsible for coordinating the Italian position in the Agenda 2000 negotiations for the EU budget, Lisbon Agenda, European Council, bilateral meetings, and G8 Summits.
 
He has been a consultant to the World Bank, European Commission, European Central Bank.
Padoan has a degree in Economics from the University of Rome and has held various academic positions in Italian and foreign universities, including the College of Europe (Bruges and Warsaw), Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Urbino, Universidad de la Plata, and University of Tokyo. He has published widely in international academic journals and is the author and editor of several books.
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Kanayo F. Nwanze

President, IFAD
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Kanayo F. Nwanze

President, IFAD
Kanayo F. Nwanze is the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010. He was previously Director-General of the Africa Rice Center, a specialized research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). During his time there, he was instrumental in introducing and promoting New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, a high-yield, drought- and pest-resistant variety developed specifically for the African landscape.
 
Nwanze graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and has a Doctorate in Agricultural Entomology from Kansas State University. Nwanze was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize in September 2016 for his leadership of IFAD and his advocacy in putting Africa’s smallholder farmers at the centre of the global agricultural agenda. He has also received honorary degrees from McGill University, Canada, and the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, as well as numerous honours and awards from governments, and national and international institutions.
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Hina Rabbani Khar

Former Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan
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Hina Rabbani Khar

Former Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan

Hina Rabbani Khar is the 26th Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Twice elected Member of Parliament. Khar’s term as Foreign Minister is best remembered for the ‘Regional Pivot’ to Pakistan’s foreign policy. As the 26th Foreign Minister of Pakistan, she concentrated on building ties with Pakistan’s immediate neighbours. A major policy shift was taken by starting the journey of normalization of trade relations with India. Similarly, with Afghanistan, Pakistan pursued a policy of reaching out to all political parties, and ethnicities. Pakistan also pursued an active role in an Afghan led and Afghan owned process of reconciliation. In a difficult time of increasing economic sanctions Pakistan pursued to cement ties with Iran.

 

Khar has also served as Minister of State for Economic Affairs for 4 years and Minister of State for Finance & Economic Affairs for another 2 Years. During these years, she was the lead person in Pakistan’s economic diplomacy, both bilateral and multilateral.

 

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Esther Penunia

Secretary General, Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development
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Esther Penunia

Secretary General, Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development

Estrella Penunia, or Esther, as called by colleagues, is Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association or AFA, a regional alliance of national farmers organizations (FOs)  in Asia. Established in 2002, AFA is currently composed of twenty national FOs in sixteen countries, representing around 12 million small-scale men and women farmers. AFA,  in a consortium with La Via Campesina, is managing a five year capacity building programme for farmers organizations called MTCP2/AFOSP, supported by EU, IFAD and SDC. AFA carries out programs on policy advocacy, knowledge management, capacity development and cooperative and enterprise development. As a social development worker, Penunia spent more than three decades of professional years in the field of rural development, working with the famers, fishers and indigenous peoples’ sectors in various capacities as community organizer, participatory action researcher, trainer, gender advocate, consultant, campaigns coordinator, NGO executive/manager and  networker. She and her husband are currently working in partnership with a farming family in developing a 2-hectare upland farm through sustainable, integrated, diversified, organic practices.

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Périn L. Saint Ange

Associate Vice-President Programme Management Department, IFAD
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Périn L. Saint Ange

Associate Vice-President Programme Management Department, IFAD
Perin Saint Ange studied agriculture at Kesteven Agricultural College in Lincolnshire, England. He also studied Agricultural Business Management at the Aberdeen School of Agriculture in Scotland. At the University of New England in Australia,  Saint Ange completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics and a Master in Economics degree.
 
He joined International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in 1998 as a Country Portfolio Manager, and then as a Loan Officer in the Office of the Controller. In 2007 he returned to the Programme Management Department, as a Portfolio Advisor of the Western and Central Africa Division, before becoming the Director of the East and Southern Africa Division in 2012. He was also serving as the Director and Chief of Staff, Office of the President and the Vice-President.
 
On 15 October, 2015, Saint Ange assumed the position of Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Department.
 
He has over 30 years technical and managerial experience in international development in UN agencies (FAO and IFAD), and in Government (Seychelles). Senior level experience and leadership roles in multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia, , Australia and Eastern Europe in the field of development economics, agriculture and natural resource management and in a broad array of technical disciplines (agricultural economics, financial analysis of investment financing, rural finance, irrigation development, community based development, artisanal fisheries, livestock, and on cross-cutting issues such as gender, institutional development, rural poverty reduction, and food security). He was the Team Leader in FAO Investment Centre responsible for Formulation/Appraisal of large investment projects for World Bank and engaged as Economist/Financial Analyst in a large number of missions.
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Eric Maskin

Nobel Laureate, the Adams University Professor at Harvard University
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Eric Maskin

Nobel Laureate, the Adams University Professor at Harvard University
Eric Maskin is the Adams University Professor at Harvard. He received the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (with L. Hurwicz and R. Myerson) for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory. He also has made contributions to game theory, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy, and other areas of economics.
 
He received his A.B. and Ph.D from Harvard and was a postdoctoral fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge University. He was a faculty member at MIT from 1977-1984, Harvard from 1985-2000, and the Institute for Advanced Study from 2000-2011. He re-joined the Harvard faculty in 2012.
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Zeinab Badawi

Broadcast journalist
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Zeinab Badawi

Broadcast journalist

Zeinab Badawi is a BBC presenter and journalist. She was born in the Sudan, but moved to London when she was two years old. 

She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and holds a Master's Degree (awarded with a distinction) in Middle East History and Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University.  In 2011, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by SOAS for her services to international broadcasting. In 2015, she received a second honorary doctorate for journalism from the London College of Communications - University of the Arts London. 

Badawi has extensive experience in television and radio, working on a range of programmes. She is one of the best known broadcast journalists working in the field today. In 2009, she was awarded International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters, and was named in Powerlist 2012 and 2015 as one of Britain’s top 100 most influential members of the black community. In 2016, she received the May Chidiac Foundation lifetime achievement award.

Badawi is the current Chair of the Royal African Society, a Queen’s appointment to the Board of the Historic Royal Palaces, a trustee of BBC Media Action, a Vice-President of the United Nations Association UK, and a board member of the African Union Foundation. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Africa.

Badawi is a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.  She has been a board member of the British Council,  the Centre for Contemporary British History, a former Chair of the London based freedom of speech campaign organisation, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

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James Mwangi

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Equity Bank, Kenya
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James Mwangi

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Equity Bank, Kenya

James Mwangi is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Equity Bank Group and the Executive Chairman of Equity Group Foundation. He holds five honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his contributions to the Kenyan society. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mwangi has been honored twice with Presidential national awards. He was vested the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear national decoration - the highest presidential award to a civilian - for outstanding contributions in economic development. He was also named the World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2012, and the Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2012. He is currently the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board charged with the responsibility of ensuring Kenya becomes a middle income country with global high standards of living by the year 2030. He serves on several international bodies as an advisor. He is a Board Member of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa, the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition among others and is the Chancellor of Meru University College of Science and Technology. Mwangi has extensive experience in the banking industry and inclusive finance.

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Carlo Petrini

Founder, International Slow Food Movement
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Carlo Petrini

Founder, International Slow Food Movement

Carlo Petrini is a journalist, author and advocate for a sustainable food system. He is founder and president of Slow Food.

In 2004 he created the University of Gastronomic Sciences and Terra Madre, a network of over 2,400 food communities from more than 160 countries.

In 2004 Petrini was named a 'European Hero' by Time magazine, and in January 2008 he was the only Italian to appear in the list of ‘50 People Who Could Save the World’ drawn up by the British newspaper The Guardian. He has been named Co-Winner of the 2013 Champion of the Earth Award for “Inspiration and Action” by the United Nations Environment Programme and, in May 2016, he has be appointed from the President of FAO, Graziano De Silva, as a Special Ambassador to Zero Hunger for Europe.

Petrini is also the author of various books and in 2015 he wrote the reading guide to Pope Francis' encyclical “Laudato Si”.

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Ashwani K. Muthoo

Director of the Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy division at IFAD
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Ashwani K. Muthoo

Director of the Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy division at IFAD
Ashwani Muthoo, a national of India, has extensive experience in international cooperation, agriculture and rural development, management and development evaluation. He currently holds the position of Director of the Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy division in the Strategy and Knowledge Department at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
 
Muthoo speaks English, Hindi, Italian and Portuguese, and understands French and Spanish.
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Michel Mordasini

Vice-President, IFAD
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Michel Mordasini

Vice-President, IFAD
Michel Mordasini is Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Mordasini is actively engaged in the strategic direction of the institution and the promotion of corporate approaches and solutions.
He has direct oversight of the budget, quality assurance and ethics offices. In 2016, Mordasini became the 12th Chair of the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN).
 
Before joining IFAD in 2013, Mordasini was Assistant Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), where he played a leading role in the orientation of Swiss multilateral aid and SDC's response to global challenges faced by developing countries, including climate change, water, food security, and migration.
 
Mordasini’s career includes five years as Swiss Executive Director of the World Bank Group Board, representing Azerbaijan, Poland, Serbia and countries of Central Asia. During his 12 years at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in Berne, he had leading functions in economic and trade-related support for developing countries, including budget support, debt reduction, private sector development and aid for trade.
 
Mordasini has extensive experience in developing countries in Asia and Africa for SDC. Prior to this, he held senior positions with the International Committee of the Red Cross in conflict-affected countries. Mordasini is an economist with a Masters in political economy from the University of Geneva.
 
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Nisha Pillai

BBC presenter and journalist
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Nisha Pillai

BBC presenter and journalist

Nisha Pillai is an accomplished former news presenter with BBC World News who now specialises in moderating Panel Discussions and High Level Dialogues. She has worked closely with several UN agencies, with scientific institutes such as CERN, and with industry events and conferences in the Finance, IT and Energy sectors.

Pillai’s 25 year career at the BBC culminated as one of the main news anchors at BBC World News, where she reported extensively during the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war. She was also one of the first regular interviewers on Hard Talk. As an award-winning investigative journalist at Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Pillai had notable investigations to her name. She was awarded the Royal Television Society’s Award for her investigation into the late Robert Maxwell, which was broadcast a month before his death. Pillai cut her teeth as a financial journalist at the Investors Chronicle and on the BBC’s Money Programme. She read economics at the London School of Economics and was a graduate trainee at Schroders.

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J. Thomas Jones

Chief Operating Officer of Women’s World Banking
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J. Thomas Jones

Chief Operating Officer of Women’s World Banking
J. Thomas Jones is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Women’s World Banking, an international NGO committed to eliminating financial inequities by bringing low-income women the access and resources they need to secure their futures. He has also served as the institution’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Women's World Banking in 2010, Jones spent nearly a decade with the New York City Economic Development Corporation under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations as a Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Budget Director. Jones began his career as a political aide in the office of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.
 
Jones serves on the Board of Directors for Global Citizen/Global Poverty Project, an international NGO committed to ending extreme poverty by 2030. He chairs the audit and finance committee and the governance and leadership committee.
 
Jones holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, a M.P.A. from the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Shobhan Pattanayak

Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, India
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Shobhan Pattanayak

Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, India

Shobhana K. Pattanayak is Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers' Welfare, Government of India. He holds a Masters in Science (Hons.) in Biological Sciences from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India; a Post Graduate Diploma in Environment Law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore; and a Diploma (CIAP) from Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) Paris, France with specialization in Public Finance.

Prior to being appointed Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers' Welfare, he held the position of Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Government of Karnataka (July 2013 to February, 2016) and Principal Secretary, Energy Department, Government of Karnataka, (Jan 2013 – June 2013). During the period 2009-12, he was posted as Minister (Agriculture), Embassy of India, Rome and Alternate Permanent Representative of India to UN Agencies in Rome. During his tenure in Rome, he served on the Evaluation Committee and the Executive Board of IFAD; held the position of Chairperson of Committee on Agriculture, FAO (2010-2012) and President of Executive Board, WFP (2012).

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Adolfo Di Carluccio

Director for Multilateral Development Banks at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy
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Adolfo Di Carluccio

Director for Multilateral Development Banks at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy
Adolfo Di Carluccio, an Italian citizen, has extensive experience in international cooperation, development banking and public management. He presently holds the office of Director for Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy. He is Executive Director for Italy at the Caribbean Development Bank and at IFAD, where he also holds the Chairpersonship of the Audit Committee. In this capacity he successfully conducted the negotiations on the design of the General Framework for Borrowing, allowing IFAD to accept and manage loans from sovereign institutions.
 
Prior to his current position, he was Alternate Director for Italy at the European Investment Bank (EIB).
 
During more than two decades of professional carrier, he has been tasked  with some of the most important projects of the Italian multilateral cooperation,  including the establishment of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), with the support of the EIB, as well as the G7- led initiatives on the development of Principles for MDBs cooperation and on Advanced Market Commitment for the acceleration of the development of vaccines tailored to developing country needs, in close cooperation with the WB and GAVI.
 
He speaks Italian, English, and French, and understands Spanish.
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Endah Murniningtyas

former Deputy Minister, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia
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Endah Murniningtyas

former Deputy Minister, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia

Enda Murniningtyas is former Deputy Minister of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia. Before that she was Deputy Minister for Maritime and National Resources at the Ministry of National Development.

She worked at BAPPENAS for over 30 years in the area of natural resources, agriculture, economics, and poverty. She has been a frequent lecturer and served on the graduate thesis and dissertations committee for the Bogor Agricultural Institute.

She is an active chair member of Perhimpunan Ekonomi Pertanian Indonesia (PERHEPI) and Chairperson for PERHEPI Jakarta. She was the Government of Indonesia’s representative at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations.

 

Murniningtyas is currently retired and maintains a professional role in the area of agriculture, climate change, environment and sustainable development. She has just been appointed by UN Secretary General as Co-Chairs of the 15-member Independent group of scientists to draft the quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report.

 

She graduated with a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Social from Bogor Agricultural Institute, an M.Sc in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University, and Ph.D from Colorado State University for studies in Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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Dan Newman

Matter Solutions
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Dan Newman

Matter Solutions

Dan Newman is a solution designer and facilitator as part of The Value Web, a global network of facilitators dedicated to improving the way the world takes important decisions. He works with institutions such as Oxfam, the World Economic Forum, BMGF, the Rockefeller Foundation, and IIED as well as international organisations such as IFAD, UNICEF, WHO, ICRC, and the Commonwealth. He is also CEO of Matter Group, which performs similar work in the private sector, working with leading companies such as Airbus, Shell, Reliance, SWIFT, Generali, Giorgio Armani, and UniCredit.

Educated at Swarthmore College, NYU, and Colombia, Newman splits his time between London and Rome.

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Atsuko Toda

Director, Agricultural Finance and Rural Development, African Development Bank
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Atsuko Toda

Director, Agricultural Finance and Rural Development, African Development Bank
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Mario Cerutti

Director, Institutional Relations and Sustainability, Lavazza
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Mario Cerutti

Director, Institutional Relations and Sustainability, Lavazza

Mario Cerutti was born in Torino (Italy) in 1958.

He graduated in Business Administration at the University of Torino and holds an MBA from the University of Dallas.

He has been working in Lavazza since 1986. Currently, he is Chief Institutional Relations and Sustainability Officer in Lavazza.

From 2004 to 2007, Cerutti was the President of the European Coffee Federation (ECF).

He is currently serving as President of the Italian Coffee Committee (Comitato Italiano del Caffè  - an association of large Italian coffee companies), as Chairman of the Coffee & Climate Steering Committee and as member of the board of the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC). He is also a board member of the ICP (International Coffee Partners).

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Henry Bonsu

Broadcaster
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Henry Bonsu

Broadcaster
Born in Manchester in 1967 to Ghanaian parents Henry Bonsu is one of Britain's leading broadcasters of African origin. A Modern Languages (German and French) graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, he has worked on the BBC's biggest current affairs shows, including Radio 4's Today. Henry has also presented programmes on satellite TV, including Vox Africa and BET International - and been a political and cultural commentator on BBC News, Sky News and Al Jazeera.
 
After a recent stint as a commercial radio owner, Bonsu has become a full-time international MC, specialising in global economic development. He hosted Nutrition for Growth in London, Future Fortified in Arusha, and myriad sessions at the UNGA in New York, at COP21 in Paris, at The Hague, in Kigali, Abidjan, Incheon, Cape Town and Johannesburg. These also include the Financing For Development conference in Addis Ababa, and the landmark General Assembly which agreed the SDGs. This year he has hosted events at the Women's Forum in Dubai, the New African Women Forum Awards in London, moderated sessions at the first WHO African Ministerial Summit on Immunisation in Addis Ababa, and June 2016's UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.
 
In September Bonsu moderated the Global Fund's Replenishment in Montreal, and the UN Secretary General's 2030 Agenda event in New York. He has just facilitated several key sessions at the High Level Meeting 2 of the GPEDC in Nairobi. He also hosts major business gatherings like the African Banker Awards, and the Global African Investment Summit. His corporate clients include Maersk, KPMG and Cartier International for whom he has facilitated conferences on issues ranging from diversity to sustainability.
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Dominique Favre

Deputy Head of the Global Cooperation Department of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
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Dominique Favre

Deputy Head of the Global Cooperation Department of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Dominique Favre took over the position of Deputy Head of the Global Cooperation Department of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) following his role as Chief of Staff of the Regional Cooperation Department of SDC. Prior to this, he was first Deputy and then Head of the Swiss Contribution Office in Warsaw, deputy director of the cooperation office of La Paz, Bolivia (from 2004), and worked in several functions at SDC headquarters in Bern. Favre joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 2001. After studies, he worked as a Stagiaire at the EU Commission in Brussels, and subsequently was employed with the Federal Competition Commission in Bern. He holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Fribourg. He is married and has 3 children.
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Claude Torre

Agriculture Risk Management Specialist, Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity Division, French Agency for Development
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Claude Torre

Agriculture Risk Management Specialist, Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity Division, French Agency for Development

Claude Torre, a national of France, has extensive experience in international cooperation, agriculture development and rural finance. He currently holds the position of Project manager in Agriculture, in the division of Rural Development and Biodiversity at the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Prior to his current position, he was in charge of the elaboration of the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan of AFD. For more than two decades, he has been in charge of several cooperation programmes in Western and Central Africa, Middle East and Latin America and Caribe, including field presence in Niger, Guinea and Morocco.

Torre speaks French, English and Spanish.

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Jesús Antón

Manager, Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM), Policy and Technical Advisory Division, IFAD
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Jesús Antón

Manager, Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM), Policy and Technical Advisory Division, IFAD

Jesús Antón has extensive experience on international cooperation, economic analysis, agricultural policies, risk management and development. He is currently Senior Programme Manager of the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) in the Policy and Technical Advisory Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). PARM is a G8/G20 initiative promoting rigorous agricultural risk assessment and management policies in nine African countries.

 

Before taking office in IFAD in September 2014, Antón worked for fourteen years in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As Senior Economist, he led the OECD work on Agricultural Risk Management and other policy projects. He has also been advisor in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and lecturer in University. He holds a PhD in Economics (UAM, Madrid), a Master of Science (MSc) in the London School of Economics and a Master from the College of Europe (Belgium). He has several publications in OECD and academic journals.

 

Antón speaks Spanish, English and French.

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Dan Zook

Director of Investments for the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) at the Global Development Incubator
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Dan Zook

Director of Investments for the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) at the Global Development Incubator
Dan Zook is the Director of Investments for the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) at the Global Development Incubator, based in New York. The ISF is a multi-donor and investor platform for the development of financial services serving the smallholder farmer market. Zook supports ISF’s investment pipeline development, multi-stakeholder facilitation, and targeted market research in the smallholder finance sector. Zook joined ISF from Dalberg where he led cross-functional teams in strategy projects related to agriculture, financial services, and social impact for financial institutions, foundations, and multi-national companies. Prior to joining Dalberg, Zook was a lead associate at Booz & Company in the financial services practice based in Dubai where he specialized in strategy and organizational transformation for commercial banks. Zook has also worked as a planning manager for Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE and a microfinance program officer for Plan International in Vietnam. Zook holds an MBA with honors from Cornell’s Johnson Business School and a BA from Princeton University in neuroscience.
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Scott Overdyke

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Root Capital
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Scott Overdyke

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Root Capital

Scott Overdyke is Director of Strategic Partnerships, Root Capital. He leads strategic initiatives at the cross-section of Root Capital’s lending, advisory, and field building activities - including fund design and management for mission-aligned investors. Prior to joining Root Capital in 2014, Overdyke was a consultant with FSG where he helped companies create shared value strategies to drive financial, social and environmental impact. He has also worked with the Peace Corps, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, TechnoServe, and the social enterprise Razoo.com. He is a graduate of Columbia Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Alessandro Marini

IFAD Country Director, Uganda
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Alessandro Marini

IFAD Country Director, Uganda

Alessandro Marini is a development economist with more than twenty years of professional experience in rural economic development with Non-Governmental Organizations, public sector agencies in developing countries and international organizations (UN). He has considerable experience in the design, implementation and supervision of investment projects, as well as in policy formulation and policy dialogue processes. Since 2007 he has been working as Country Programme Manager with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, where he has been in charge of IFAD operations initially in Mozambique and currently, as Country Director, in Uganda, where he pioneered an innovative equity fund investing in agribusiness companies. He has worked in different geographic areas for both long term and short-term assignments, primarily, although not exclusively, in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Master of Arts in Development Economics at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK and a ‘Diploma di Laurea’ in Economics at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

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Homi Kharas

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director in the Global Economy and Development program
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Homi Kharas

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director in the Global Economy and Development program
Homi Kharas is a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director in the Global Economy and Development program. In that capacity, he studies policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of the middle class, and global governance and the G-20.
 
He has served as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel, co-chaired by President Sirleaf, President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Cameron, advising the U.N. Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda (2012-2013). The report, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development” was presented on May 30, 2013.
 
His most recent co-authored/edited books are The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty (Brookings Press, 2015), Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People (Brookings Press, 2013); After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid (Brookings Press, 2011). He has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on global development policy, global trends, the global food crisis, international organizations, the G20, the DAC and private philanthropy.
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Adolfo Brizzi

Director of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division, IFAD
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Adolfo Brizzi

Director of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division, IFAD
Adolfo Brizzi is the Director of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division (PTA) in International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In that capacity he provides oversight of the technical support to country programs, country policy dialogue and the pursuit of strategic and global partnership initiatives.
 
Before joining IFAD in early 2012 he worked for 22 years in the World Bank in various managerial and technical positions in the Agriculture and Rural Development sector, including Sector Manager for the South Asia Region. Before the Bank he worked 8 years with FAO, mostly in Africa. His experience spans over Africa, Latin America and Asia. He has been involved in a range of advisory and investment-related activities covering agriculture, natural resources management, rural livelihoods, community driven development, irrigation, rural finance and agribusiness. He holds a master degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Gembloux, Belgium, and a master degree on Environmental Sciences from the Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise of Arlon, Belgium.
 
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Rosangela Ferreira Moura

State Secretary of Working Women of the Federation of Smallholder farmers and agriculture workers of the State of Ceará, Brazil
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Rosangela Ferreira Moura

State Secretary of Working Women of the Federation of Smallholder farmers and agriculture workers of the State of Ceará, Brazil

Rosângela Ferreira Moura, a Brazilian national, comes from a family of smallholder farmers. Growing up in the rural community of Caatingueirinha in the State of Ceará, she worked on the family farm while pursuing her studies. She was actively engaged in her local community and supported various social initiatives through the church.

In 1998, Moura joined the Potiretama Union and was elected Director of the Union in 2000. She served two terms as Secretary-General for the Union, from 2000-2007, and coordinated an Agrian Reform Camp with 120 families during her term.  In 2008, Moura was elected the first female president of Potiretama Union.

In 2009, Moura became the Secretary of Rural Women at the Federation of Rural Workers in Agriculture in the State of Ceará (FETRAECE).

Moura was able to buy her first land of 2.1 hectares in 2013.

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Bambang Susantono

Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank
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Bambang Susantono

Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank
Bambang Susantono is the Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), responsible for ADB’s Departments of Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation, and External Relations.  
 
Previously, Susantono was the Vice-Minister of Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation and Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. His extensive experience includes policy advice to government, private sector, and international institutions. He was also Member of the Board for airline, port, telecommunications and media companies; President of Indonesia Intelligent Transport Society; Vice President of East Asia Society of Transportation Studies in Tokyo, Japan; member of the Board of Trustee of the South-South North Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa and; chaired several research institutes.
 
Susantono holds a PhD in Infrastructure Planning and Master’s degrees in Transportation Engineering, and City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology.
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Daniel J. Gustafson

Deputy Director General, Programmes, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Daniel J. Gustafson

Deputy Director General, Programmes, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Daniel Gustafson is the Deputy Director-General (Programmes) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Among other responsibilities, he oversees the work of the Organization to ensure that it contributes to its Members' Sustainable Development Goals. As a US citizen, he has worked for the past 40 years on agriculture and rural development issues and holds B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. In April 2015, he was conferred a Ph.D. Honoris Causa by the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) in India.

Gustafson started his career in 1977 at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), based in Brazil, where he worked on a range of programmes supporting the country's agricultural research and development programmes. He moved to the University of Maryland in 1988 as Programme Director, International Development Management Centre.

He joined FAO in 1994, first working within the Ministry of Agriculture in Maputo, Mozambique, and subsequently as FAO Country Representative in Kenya, Somalia, India and Bhutan. In 2007, he was appointed Director of FAO's Liaison Office for the US and Canada, based in Washington D.C., and then moved to FAO headquarters in 2012 as Director of FAO's Office of Support to Decentralization. Prior to his current position, he was Deputy Director-General (Operations), overseeing the Organization's decentralized offices and other operations-related departments and units.

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Alvaro Ramos

Regional Coordinator for the IFAD MERCOSUR Program
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Alvaro Ramos

Regional Coordinator for the IFAD MERCOSUR Program
Alvaro Ramos is an agronomist with a Diploma in Business Administration and Development from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany.
 
Since 2001 he is the Regional Coordinator for the IFAD MERCOSUR Program.
 
He was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay (1995-1998) and Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishing of Uruguay (1990-1993).
 
Mr. Ramos is Professor of Final Projects for the Degree in International Studies, ORT University, Montevideo (Uruguay) and works as a consultant for several Organizations and International Cooperation Agencies.
 
Among his outstanding professional activities he was President of the Delegations in the L and LI Common Periods of the UN General Assembly (1995 - 1996). He was also Vice-President in the I Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, Singapore (1996), President of the Delegations to the Common Session Periods XXV, XXVI y XXVII of the OAS General Assembly (1995 to 1997), and President of the Delegation in the Ministries Reunions in the Uruguay Round of GATT (1990, 1991 and 1992).
 
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Gaëlle Bonnieux

Head, Agriculture Debt Financing, responsAbility Investments AG
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Gaëlle Bonnieux

Head, Agriculture Debt Financing, responsAbility Investments AG

Gaëlle Bonnieux is Head of Agriculture Debt Investments at responsAbility. She supervises a team of 16 Investment Officers based in Lima, Nairobi, Mumbai, Paris and Zurich, managing of portfolio of USD 280 million invested in 45 countries and 55 commodities. She joined responsAbility in November 2009, first as Investment Analyst in charge of Financial Institutions and then as Investment Officer in charge of Agriculture Investments. In this role, she conducted more than 50 due diligence in Africa, Latin America and Asia and covered a broad variety of commodities (coffee, cocoa, tea, cashew, spices, fruits & vegetables, soya, etc.). Prior to that, she used to lead a project supervised by Max Havelaar France/FLO aimed at facilitating access to finance for Fairtrade certified producer organizations. The project resulted in the creation of a rating methodology adapted to small agricultural businesses. She also has experience developing a microfinance network in Latin America and Africa for MicroCred Holding, a microfinance group based in Paris (Greenfield projects). Bonnieux holds a Master degree in Business & Administration and an Executive Master degree in Finance. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

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Kaspar Baumann

Manager, Clarmondial
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Kaspar Baumann

Manager, Clarmondial

Kaspar Baumann is experienced in structuring private investments in emerging and frontier markets. He works at Clarmondial, a Zurich-based advisory firm focused on mobilising investments for sustainable natural resource management. He focuses on structuring investments to attract funding to agriculture companies in emerging markets and advises leading corporates on their sustainability-related investments.

From 2008 to 2015, Baumann worked in the private equity team of responsAbility Investments, an asset manager specialized in impact investments. In this role, he executed minority participations in financial institutions servicing SMEs and agricultural clients in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Baumann is an independent member of the board of directors of an SME-focused bank in Macedonia (FYROM). He holds an MSc in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

He speaks English and German, intermediate French and is learning Spanish.

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Jean-Michel Severino

President Investisseurs & Partenaires
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Jean-Michel Severino

President Investisseurs & Partenaires

Jean-Michel Severino succeeded Patrice Hoppenot in May 2011 as CEO of "Investisseurs et Partenaires" (I&P), an impact investing and private equity firm, which focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises and microfinance institutions in Africa.

 

Severino chairs the board of Ecobank International. He serves as chair of the audit committee for Danone’s board and is a member of its corporate social responsibility committee. He is also a member of the board of Orange (France Telecom).

 

Prior to assuming the CEO role at Investisseur & Partenaire, Severino was chief executive officer of the Agence Française de Développement from 2001 to April 2010 and Vie President from Asia from 1996 to 2000.

 

Severino graduated from ESCP (1978) and IEP (1980) before entering the Ecole Nationale Administration (1984). He holds a degree in Law (Paris II, 1978) and a Master of Sciences in Economics (Paris IX Dauphine, 1979).

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Otar Danelia

Member of Parliament and former Minister for Agriculture, Georgia
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Otar Danelia

Member of Parliament and former Minister for Agriculture, Georgia

Otar Danelia is a Member of Parliament of Georgia and former Minister of Agriculture. He has been acting as Head of Agrarian Issues Committee since October 2016. He is also a member of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee.

In 2014, Danelia was appointed as first Deputy Minister of Agriculture before being appointed Minister of Agriculture. Prior to that, he served as head of the Interior Ministry’s Service Agency and acted deputy head of logistics department at the Interior Ministry since 2013.  Danelia has also worked in Georgian companies including SilkNet and Bank Republic, as well as in international organizations.

Danelia studied law at the University of Tbilisi.

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Roberto Ridolfi

Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
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Roberto Ridolfi

Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Roberto Ridolfi is Director of the European Commission for Sustainable Growth and Development at Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development.

Twice Ambassador/ Head of delegation to the European Union, Ridolfi was first Ambassador for the Pacific where he served from 2005 to 2007. In 2010 he was appointed in Uganda by the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the EU where he served until September 2013.

In between, as Head of Unit of Europe Aid, he managed programmes dealing with environment and climate change, food security, human development and migration as well as the One-Billion-Euro Food Facility in 50 countries.

Ridolfi joined the European Commission in 1994 and worked in several delegations and offices of the EU (Malawi, Namibia, and Kosovo). Between 2001-2004, he was the principal coordinator dealing with environment, transport and Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP).

Ridolfi holds a MSc in Engineering, an MBA and a PhD in A. Technology and has an extensive private sector and academic experience (1985 – 1994).

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Rupinder Singh Sodhi

Managing Director of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, AMUL, India
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Rupinder Singh Sodhi

Managing Director of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, AMUL, India

Rupinder Singh Sodhi, age 58 years, is Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, Ltd., (AMUL), which is India’s largest Food Products organization with turnover of US$ 3.4 Billion in 2015-16. Sodhi has 35 years of rich experience in leading and developing cooperative sector within Indian dairy industry which generates livelihood for 3.6 million of dairy farmers and serves one billion Indian consumers.

 

During his six-year tenure as Managing Director of AMUL, he ensured a 90 per cent increase in milk procurement prices and 87 per cent increase in milk procurement. Under his leadership, AMUL has initiated strategic productivity enhancement programme, fertility improvement programme, calf rearing and total mixed ration project to improve milk productivity of animals. To support the Government of India’s cashless transaction after demonetization, AMUL has opened one million new bank accounts and started paying 100 per cent payment of milk producer members through banking channel.

 

For more than three decades, Sodhi has worked under direct guidance and mentorship of the father of white revolution, Dr. Verghese Kurien, and has ensured that values cherished by him, such as integrity, dedication, courage, honesty, commitment to farmers and to consumers, remain deeply ingrained in the culture of AMUL.

 

Sodhi has obtained his Bachelor (Agriculture) degree from CTAE, Udaipur, India and he is first-batch alumnus from IRMA, Anand, India.

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Tuga Alaskary

Country Engagement Manager, African Risk Capacity
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Tuga Alaskary

Country Engagement Manager, African Risk Capacity

Tuga Alaskary has been working for the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Specialized Agency of the African Union since 2010. ARC is a sovereign weather-index insurance initiative providing governments with contingency financing in the event of extreme weather events. In her current role as a Country Engagement Manager for the ARC, Alaskary manages a portfolio of country programmes.  Prior to this, she was a Liaison Officer at the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq where she took a leading role in a national civil service reform initiative with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq. She has also worked for various NGOs, the United Kingdom's civil service and in academic institutions in London and Baghdad. A British and Iraqi national, Alaskari has a B.A. honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Essex and an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Alexa Mayer-Bosse

Manager, Business Development, Munich Re
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Alexa Mayer-Bosse

Manager, Business Development, Munich Re
Alexa Mayer-Bosse is responsible for worldwide Business Development for Innovative Solutions in the Divisional Unit Agro and Weather Risks of Munich Re.
Graduated from University of Munich – with specialisation in business and finance/insurance -, she began her career with an American IT and consulting company in 1996, servicing the financial industry.
After joining Munich Re in 1999, she started in the group strategy department and later on headed the divisional strategy and controlling department for Special and Financial Risks. In 2008, Mayer-Bosse joined the agriculture department, and since then she is responsible for expanding and improving Munich Re's risk management solutions in agriculture worldwide.
She and her family are operating a small farm north of Munich.
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Laura Frigenti

Director, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
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Laura Frigenti

Director, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

Laura Frigenti was appointed Director of the newly established Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in January 2016. Before then she spent over 20 years in the USA where she held various positions at the World Bank and in other public organizations.

She joined the World Bank in 1994 and she held several technical and senior manager positions, including Country Director for Central America and the Andean Countries, Director of Strategy and Operations for both Latin America and Caribbean and Africa, Chief of Staff to the President and Director of the President’s Office. During her career, Frigenti designed some of the Bank’s most innovative programs, and was deeply involved in organizational reforms.

After leaving the World Bank in 2014, Frigenti was Vice-President for the Global Development Practice at InterAction, the largest umbrella organization of US NGOs where she dealt extensively with issues related to public/private partnership, transparency and accountability, and private funding for development. She brings in-depth knowledge and expertise of Africa, Central Asia, Europe and Latin America region, with direct experience in leading the dialogue with political and business leaders in over 30 countries.

Before joining the World Bank, she worked at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Development Cooperation; the Instituto per la Cooperazione Economica (ICEPS) where she led the think tank’s effort around international development; the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Chile and the Instituto di Studi Italo Africani.

Frigenti holds a Master's degree in History and International Affairs from the University of Rome, la Sapienza.

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Michael Hamp

Lead Technical Specialist, IFAD
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Michael Hamp

Lead Technical Specialist, IFAD
Michael Hamp holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Agricultural Economics and a Master Degree in Agricultural Engineering both from the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bonn, Germany. He started working for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 1 November 2007.
 
The Unit managed by him includes three specialized sub-teams: the multi-donor funded Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR), the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) and the WFP-IFAD Weather Risk Management Facility. Prior to IFAD, Hamp worked with the German Technical Cooperation, GTZ (today called GIZ). He was assigned as Principal Advisor to the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion Project (1999-2003) in Namibia, before he joined the Central Bank of Indonesia as Principal Advisor for the Promotion of Small Financial Institution (ProFI) Programme until October 2007.
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Frank Rubio

Global Head of Agriculture, Oikocredit
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Frank Rubio

Global Head of Agriculture, Oikocredit

Frank Rubio is currently Oikocredit’s Global Head of Agriculture. Oikocredit is a Netherlands-based social investor that operates in 70 countries worldwide, working for the triple-bottom-line of people, planet and profit. Rubio has 25 years’ experience in microfinance and agricultural development through organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, CARE-USA and the Inter-American Development Bank. He currently supervises a team of 7 professionals responsible for the growth quality and impact of Oikocredit’s worldwide agricultural lending portfolio which currently values at €170 million. Oikocredit’s AgriUnit works closely with smallholder farmers to provide adequate and flexible financial services that meet the growing demands of our agricultural partners and increase our social impact worldwide. 

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Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Former Deputy Chairman of the Indian Planning Commission
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Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Former Deputy Chairman of the Indian Planning Commission
Montek Singh Ahluwalia was the Deputy Chairman of the Indian Planning Commission, with the rank of Cabinet Minister, from July 2004 to May 2014. Ahluwalia started his career in the World Bank in 1968 as a Young Professional and left the World Bank in 1979 to join the Government of India in 1979 as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance. From 1979 to 2001, he served in the Government of India in a number of positions – Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Commerce Secretary, Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Member of the Planning Commission and Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.
 
In 2001, Ahluwalia was appointed the First Director of the newly created Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund. He resigned from that position in June 2004, to take up the position of Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission.
 
Ahluwalia earned his B.A. (Hons) degree in New Delhi and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he earned his M.A. and M. Phil degrees from Oxford University. He was awarded an Honorary D. Phil by Oxford University in 2010. His published work includes papers in professional journals and contributions to books.
 
He was awarded the prestigious “Padma Vibhushan”, India’s second highest civilian honour, by the President of India in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to economic policy and public service.
 
Ahluwalia is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University in 2015. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the Blavatnik School in Oxford University.
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Johannes F. Linn

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
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Johannes F. Linn

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Johannes F. Linn is a Distinguished Resident Scholar at the Emerging Markets Forum in Washington, D.C., a Senior Advisor at the Results for Development Institute, and a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
 
In 2011 and 2014 he served as the chair for the 9th and 10th Replenishment Consultation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. From 2005-2010 he was Director of the Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings. Prior to joining Brookings in 2003, he worked for three decades at the World Bank in various capacities, including as the Bank’s Vice President for Financial Policy and Resource Mobilization (1991-1995) and Vice President for Europe and Central Asia (1996-2003).
 
Linn has published extensively on development and global governance issues. His current research interests and recent publications are in the areas of development effectiveness, on global governance reform, and on regional cooperation.
He holds a bachelor degree from Oxford University and a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.
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Rocco Macchiavello

Professor, London School of Economics; Research Associate, University of Warwick Policy Lab
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Rocco Macchiavello

Professor, London School of Economics; Research Associate, University of Warwick Policy Lab

Rocco Macchiavello holds a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics (LSE), where he is currently an Associate Professor in Management. He is also a Research Associate of the University of Warwick’s Policy Lab that is based in London.

Previously, Macchiavello was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Nuffield College (Oxford University), at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Professor of Economics at Warwick University. Macchiavello acts as Lead Academic for the IGC – Myanmar Country Programme and is a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development and IPA. He is an Associate Editor for Economic Development and Cultural Change and for the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization and he is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Development Economics and Economica.

Macchiavello's research interests lie at the intersection of development, organisational and industrial economics. His research covers several topics (relational contracts, vertical integration, supply chain, lending models, risk management, management and productivity), countries (Bangladesh, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Pakistan and Rwanda), and sectors (coffee, flowers, dairy and garments). For his research, he has collaborated with numerous government agencies, international organizations, social enterprises and large companies. His current research studies focus on industrial zones, industrial policy and agricultural value chains in emerging markets and, more broadly, markets and firms in weakly institutionalized environments. He is also interested in researching organized crime and international drug trafficking.

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Bettina Prato

Senior Global Engagement Specialist, IFAD
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Bettina Prato

Senior Global Engagement Specialist, IFAD
Bettina Prato serves as Senior Global Engagement Specialist and global engagement team leader in the Strategy and Knowledge Department at International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In this capacity, she has led and supported IFAD's participation in a number of international forums in recent years, including processes related to the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa International Conference on Financing for Development, the G20, and the Committee on World Food Security.
 
Prior to joining the global engagement team, she was co-author of the IFAD Rural Poverty Report 2011, and earlier on served as consultant on gender, conflict, and financial inclusion in IFAD's Near East and North Africa Division. Her professional experience spans the UN system, academia and policy-oriented research institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector.
 
A political scientist by training, she holds a Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University, and has taught and published on issues of political violence, gender, and political economy.
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Mark Cackler

Manager, Agriculture and Food Security, The World Bank
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Mark Cackler

Manager, Agriculture and Food Security, The World Bank

Mark Cackler is Manager, Agriculture and Food Security, at the World Bank, working on agricultural transformation in Africa.

 

Cackler joined the World Bank in 1981, after working for John Deere, an agricultural equipment manufacturer, in both the US and Thailand.  Initial assignments in the World Bank included agriculture and natural resources units for East Africa, China, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands, and in the World Bank's New Delhi Office, where he led the World Bank’s commercial agriculture portfolio in India.  In 2000, he was appointed Manager of the Agriculture and Rural Development for Latin America and the Caribbean, and in 2007 Cackler was appointed Manager of the central agriculture and rural development department, where he managed World Bank global programs and partnerships for agriculture and food security, including the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), the Global Food Safety Partnership, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, AgriFin (on agricultural finance), AgResults (on private sector innovations), and other programs dealing with climate smart agriculture, agricultural technology, gender in agricultural livelihoods, livestock, and agricultural risk management.  In May 2015, Cackler was appointed as Manager for the unit responsible for World Bank activities dealing with agricultural transformation in Africa.

 

Cackler is from the United States and was raised in Moline, Illinois. He has economics degrees from Oberlin College, Ohio, and the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Ousmane Ndiaye

Director, Association Sénégalaise pour la Promotion du Développement par la Base (ASPRODEB)
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Ousmane Ndiaye

Director, Association Sénégalaise pour la Promotion du Développement par la Base (ASPRODEB)

Ousmane Ndiaye, a Senegalese national, has an extensive experience in supporting, counselling and backing up professional agricultural organizations in West and Central Africa. He is currently Director-General of the Senegalese Association for the Promotion of Grass-root Development, which is a National Federation of Organizations and Cooperatives of farmers, pastoralists, fishermen and rural women.

Since the year 2000, he has been supporting the Network of Farmers' Organizations and Agricultural Producers of West Africa, which brings together the Professional Agricultural Organizations of 13 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO). For the past two decades, he has participated in several missions to formulate projects to strengthen the capacity of farmers' organizations and develop agricultural value chains.

His work consisted in analysing the Farmers' Organizations strengths and weaknesses, their institutional arrangements, and proposing interventions in technical, organizational and financial and administrative management. He also assisted in the design and development of partnerships between Producers' Organizations and processing industries, commercial banks, traders and public services to support the development of the agricultural sector.

Ndiaye speaks and writes French fluently.

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Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, South Africa
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Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, South Africa

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), coordinating policy research and advocacy programs aimed at making Africa a food and nutrition secure region. She is an authoritative leader in agriculture, climate change and nutrition with over 25 years of trans-disciplinary experience. Sibanda served as a trustee and adviser to the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research centres as Board Chair for the livestock centre (ILRI) and trustee for maize and wheat (CIMMYT), and advisor to programmes on water, land and ecosystems (WLE); climate change, agriculture and food systems (CCAFS); policy, markets and institutions (PIM). She serves as a Commissioner for the EAT-Lancet Commission and member of the UN Committee for Policy Development. She is currently leading a multi-country research and technical assistance project on Agriculture to Nutrition. She holds a BSc Degree (University of Alexandria, Egypt), MSc and PhD from the University of Reading, UK. 

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Pietro Sebastiani

Ambassador and Director General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
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Pietro Sebastiani

Ambassador and Director General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Ambassador Pietro Sebastiani was born in Capannori (Lucca) in 1957, and entered the diplomatic corps in 1984. He has served in Moscow, New York, Paris and Brussels. He has served as Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Organisation and was Italy's Ambassador to Spain between 2013 and 2016.

Sebastiani was a member of the Cabinet of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs Andreatta, Elia, Martino, Agnelli and Dini from 1993 to 1996. He was Diplomatic Advisor to the Speaker of the House of Deputies in the 14th Parliament and from 2005 to 2008 he was the Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva.

Sebastiani graduated in Political Sciences with a major in International Law from the "Cesare Alfieri" University of Florence and took courses in International Economics at Harvard University and in International Journalism at Columbia University, New York. He carried out research for two years at the European University Institute of Fiesole and in other British universities, archives and libraries. He is the author of books, papers and articles on historic and political issues.

Sebastiani belongs to a number of associations, which include the Accademia degli Incamminati. He was member of the Board of Directors of Cotec-Italia. In 2015 he was awarded the Master de Oro in Economics by the Spanish Real Forum de Alta Direccion.

He has received many awards in Italy and from countries including Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Germany, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Hungary and Uruguay. He is the founder and Honorary President of the Italian Association of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome "Seeds for SIDS". 

He speaks fluent English, French and Spanish and has studied German, Russian and Dutch.

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Siobhan Benita

Chief Strategy Officer, Warwick in London, University of Warwick
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Siobhan Benita

Chief Strategy Officer, Warwick in London, University of Warwick

Siobhan Benita is the Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab at the University of Warwick.  Before that, Benita was the Chief Policy and Strategy Officer for the University’s Department of Economics. 

Previously, Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ of government experience. She worked in many of the major departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government as well as spending several years at the heart of government with senior roles in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

Benita left the Civil Service in January 2012 to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election, where she secured around 250,000 votes. She has broad experience of TV and radio commentary and speaks regularly on issues, including public policy and gender equality. 

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Joseph Dome Chognuru

Director for the Public Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance in Ghana
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Joseph Dome Chognuru

Director for the Public Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance in Ghana
Joseph D. Chognuru, a Ghanaian, has extensive experience in policy analysis, external cooperation management as well as monitoring and evaluation.  This has generally involved public sector planning and budgeting, investment analysis and evaluation of development strategies for financing. He is currently the Director for the Public Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance in Ghana.
 
Prior to his current position, key positions held are: Director for the Financial Sector Division, Head of the Americas Bilateral Cooperation Unit, Head of the African, Caribbean and Pacific /European Union (ACP/EU) Unit and the Coordinator for the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Compact I Proposal Development Team. He has also being a member of various Government negotiating teams and delegations abroad.
 
Chognuru has contributed to various write-ups on development issues including a Paper presented at the University of Ghana Business School on Public Policy Interventions on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), a Paper on South-South Cooperation in Ghana and co-authored a Capacity Development Paper.  Chognuru speaks English, French and Ghanaian languages (Dagaare, Twi and Hausa).
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Pedro Martel

Chief, Environment & Rural Development Division, Inter-American Development Bank
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Pedro Martel

Chief, Environment & Rural Development Division, Inter-American Development Bank

Pedro Martel joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 1998 as a Research Assistant in the Natural Resources and Environment Division serving Central America, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. In 2001, he started working as a project economist for the Southern Cone Region of the Bank in the Natural Resources and Environment Division.  From 2005 to 2013, Martel worked in the Bank’s country offices in Paraguay and Guatemala as an agriculture and rural development specialist, designing and supervising investment projects. In 2013, Martel was transferred to IDB Headquarters in Washington DC, where he worked as a lead agricultural economist. On March 1, 2016, he was appointed Chief for the Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division.  Martel, a citizen of Honduras, holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a BS in Agriculture from the University of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

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Sean de Cleene

Chief, Strategy & Partnerships, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, AGRA
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Sean de Cleene

Chief, Strategy & Partnerships, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, AGRA

Sean de Cleene is Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Responsible for overseeing business and market development strategies, innovative financing and strategic partnerships. Former positions include: Senior Vice President, Global Initiatives, Strategy and Business Development, Yara International;  Chair, World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture incorporating multi-stakeholder partnerships in 14 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America including partnering to form both Grow Africa and Grow Asia; Founding Co-Chair Grow Africa; Seconded as Special Adviser, UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition.

De Cleene previously also successfully jointly initiated a number of respected cross sector partnership platforms and initiatives including inter alia Grow Africa, African Green Revolution Forum, Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor, Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, Malawi Agriculture Partnership, UNEP Finance Initiative Africa Taskforce, African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Sustainability Index.

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Eniola Mafe

Program Manager, Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation
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Eniola Mafe

Program Manager, Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation

Eniola Mafe, a Nigerian national, currently serves as Programs Manager for the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation, responsible for advocacy and business development activities of NPDI and also supporting the design, enhancement, monitoring and evaluation of NDPI and its Nigerian sister-organization, PIND Foundation. NDPI’s strategic objective is to reduce poverty and increase socio-economic benefits by implementing interventions that create stability, equitable increases in employment and incomes of individuals in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. At NDPI, Mafe works with a range of partners to tackle the myriad of complex and interrelated impediments to sustainable development, with a focus on the development of robust market systems. This includes the development and strengthening of value chains, specifically aquaculture, cassava, palm oil and sector agnostic business linkages.

 

Mafe joined NDPI in 2013 after serving as program manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. focusing on organizational development, entrepreneurship and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Mafe was named one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33, or the “99 Under 33,” by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in 2011 and one of 13 Young Africans Business/Economic Leaders to Watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa Magazine. Previously Mafe worked at the Women’s World Banking Ghana in Accra and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. She holds a M.A. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and a B.A from Spelman College.

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Sylvia Okinlay-Paraguya

Chief Executive Office, National Confederation of Cooperatives, The Philippines
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Sylvia Okinlay-Paraguya

Chief Executive Office, National Confederation of Cooperatives, The Philippines

Silvia Paraguya is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO). NATCCO is a federation of 834 cooperatives with consolidated assets of US$2.36 Billion owned by 3.7M individual members. NATCCO’s services include the Central Fund, Information Technology, Education Training and Consultancy, Microfinance Innovation in Cooperatives and Member Relations and Networking.

 

She is the Chairperson of CODE-NGO, the biggest coalition of NGO Networks in the Philippines, as well as the of the Network Consolidated Cooperative Bank and Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.  She has also been the Chair of the National Cooperative Development Council and Philippine Cooperative Centre.

 

She is a member of the Coop Sector Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission. She has once been appointed as the Co-Chair of the Regional Development Council X, and is a former member of the Government Panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

 

A chemical engineer, she is a graduate of Master in Business Management of Asian Institute of Management, Makati City. She is a proud member of the Higaonon tribe of Bukidnon. 

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Enrico Morando

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy
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Enrico Morando

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy
Enrico Morando is Deputy Minister of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance since February 2014, first in the Renzi Cabinet and currently in the Gentiloni Cabinet. Prior to his current position, he was a member of the Italian Parliament in the Senate from 1994 until 2013. During these twenty years, he was mostly involved in the Committee for Budget and Economic Planning, where he also served as Chair and Vice Chair. Before his experience in the Parliament, he was a member of the Italian Democratic Party where was in charge of welfare and economic policies. He is also the author of a number of historical and political essays.
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The conference began 25 January with the inaugural session at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance and continued on 26 and 27 January at IFAD’s Rome headquarters.
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Via Paolo di Dono, 44
00142, Rome,
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Via Venti Settembre, 97
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Constanza di Nucci, +39 06 5459 2290
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