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IFAD’s 40th Governing Council, held 14 and 15 February 2017, will focus on the appointment of the Fund's new President. The Governing Council is IFAD’s main decision-making body and the President is the most senior position with responsibility for leading the organization. The new President will take up the helm at a critical moment for IFAD and for the world. The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer the hope of eliminating hunger and poverty, but also highlight the need to scale-up investment and results in smallholder agricultural development. At the same time, new challenges have emerged that will test the world's collective capacity and commitment to achieve the new Global Goals. In addition to appointing a new President, these issues will be at the forefront of discussions and events taking place over the two days.

The agenda includes high-level keynote speakers, the Governors’ Dialogue and a panel discussion on IFAD’s partnership with indigenous peoples in light of the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Delegates to this year's Governing Council will include representatives of member states, heads of state, IFAD staff and others. The Governing Council is preceded by the third Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum.
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President of IFAD
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Kanayo F. Nwanze

President of IFAD
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Kanayo F. Nwanze

President of 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.


Monday 13 February
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Hinrich Thoelken

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Organizations in Rome
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Hinrich Thoelken

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Organizations in Rome

Hinrich Thoelken studied medicine in Germany and United Kingdom and holds a Medical Degree (M.D.) of the University of Heidelberg. After two years as a researcher and medical officer in Heidelberg he joined the German Foreign Service in 1989. He collected first political experiences during the German reunification process as a member of the parliamentary team of the Foreign Office. His foreign postings include Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States and France. In the Foreign Office during his most recent assignment from 2010 to 2015 he lead Germany’s initiatives on the implications of Climate Change and enhanced competition for Natural Resources  on Foreign and Security Policy. His main activities comprised the initiation of a UN-SC debate on Climate Change and Conflict in 2011, a regional project on transboundary water cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin and creating awareness for the loss of Biodiversity as a foreign policy challenge with a series of conferences in the margins of UN-GA. In 2015 he was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Organizations in Rome. 

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Andy Jarvis

Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
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Andy Jarvis

Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Andy Jarvis is the Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Flagship Leader on the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based in Cali, Colombia.  Dr. Jarvis has 10 years experience of scientific research in developing countries to support the goals of alleviating poverty, adapting to climate change and protecting the environment.  His work is focuses on data-driven policy analysis for agrobiodiversity conservation to climate impacts and adaptation.  Over the past ten years Dr. Jarvis has published over 75 articles, book chapters or books, with over 30 of these in peer-reviewed articles published in international journals. 

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Raffaele Trombetta

Italy’s Sherpa for the Italian G7 Presidency
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Raffaele Trombetta

Italy’s Sherpa for the Italian G7 Presidency

Born in Naples on April 23, 1960, Amb. Trombetta is married and has two children. He graduated in Political Science from the University of Naples on February 28, 1983, and received a Masters in European Studies from the London School of Economics in 1994.

His diplomatic career began on February 1, 1985. On January 1 of the following year he was named Secretary of Legation, serving in the XIV Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department for Cooperation and Development.

Starting on July 6, 1987 he was Second Trade Secretary in Bogotá, and then, as of August 1, 1989, First Secretary of Legation. On February 1, 1990 he took on the role of First Trade Secretary in the same embassy.

On December 8, 1990 he became Consul in London.

On January 9, 1995 he moved on to the Secretariat of the Directorate General for Economic Affairs, becoming the Head of the Secretariat as of February 22 of that year.

On May 1, 1995 he was named Legation Counselor; with this rank, as of September 29, 1995 he worked in the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Cabinet. On September 18, 1997 he became Head of the Secretariat of the Farnesina Secretary General.

On December 14, 1998 he assumed the role of Counselor to the Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union, in Brussels, where he then became Embassy Counselor as of July 2, 2000. On October 26, 2000 he assumed the role of First Counselor, at the same embassy.

On August 10, 2002 Amb. Trombetta was named Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing. On July 3, 2006 he became Head of the Secretariat of the Undersecretary of State.

While in this role, on January 2, 2007, he was named Plenipotentiary Minister. On April 17, 2008 he became Deputy Director General for Asia, Oceania, the Pacific and the Antarctic. On the following September 1 he was assigned the role of Deputy Director General for European Integration. From January 1 to December 15, 2010 he was Regent for that Directorate General.

On December 16, 2010, following the reform of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he became both Deputy Director General for the European Union and Central Director for European Integration.

On January 7, 2013 he became the Italian Ambassador to Brazil. He was awarded the Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica in 2011.

As of April 1, 2015 he also took over the Embassy in Paramaribo (Suriname).

On January 1, 2016 he was formally promoted to the role of Ambassador.

In June 2016, Amb. Trombetta was named Chief of Cabinet for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni and in 2017 he was named Italy’s Sherpa for the Italian G7 Presidency and G20 Sherpa.

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Ruben Echeverría

Director-General, CIAT
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Ruben Echeverría

Director-General, CIAT
Ruben Echeverría, a citizen from Uruguay, has worked on agricultural and rural development issues for 35 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, where his field research was conducted in collaboration with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico. Through two missions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), ultimately as Director of agriculture and rural development, and later in Rome as the Executive Director of the Science Council of the CGIAR – he is no stranger to the critical role that research plays in development impact. Since 2009 he has been a champion of CIAT’s mission to Reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture.
Tuesday 14 February
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Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib Fakim

President of the Republic of Mauritius
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Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib Fakim

President of the Republic of Mauritius

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been, prior to joining the State House, the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation as well as Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius. Since 2001, she has served successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor (2004-2010). She has also worked at the Mauritius Research Council as Manager for Research (1995-1997).

Ms Gurib-Fakim earned a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey (1983) and a PhD from the University of Exeter, UK (1987).

During her academic journey, she has participated in several consultation meetings on environmental issues organized by international organizations. Between 2011-2013, she was elected and served as Chairperson of the International Council for Scientific Union –Regional Office for Africa, and served as an Independent Director on the Board of Barclays Bank of Mauritius Ltd between (2012-2015).

As a Founding Member of the Pan African Association of African Medicinal Plants, she co-authored the first ever African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. She has authored and co-edited 28 books, several book chapters and scientific articles in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She has lectured extensively across the world; is a Member of the Editorial Boards of major journals, has served on Technical and national committees in various capacities.

Elected Fellow of several academies and societies, Ms Gurib-Fakim received several international prizes including the 2007 l’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, the African Union Commission Award for Women in Science, 2009 as well as the lifelong achievement award of the United States Pharmacopoeia-CePat Award in 2017.

Elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key by the Government of Mauritius in 2008, she has been admitted to the Order of the Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Government of France in 2010 and is the recipient of 4 DSc (s). On 05 June 2015, she was sworn in as the 6th President and the First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius. She was elevated to the Order of GCSK by the Government of Mauritius, admitted to the Order of Francois 1er des Deux Siciles by Prince Charles of Bourbon and received the Legion d’Honneur from the Government of France in 2016.

In June 2016, she was in the Forbes List for the ‘Most Powerful women in the world’.

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Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

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

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
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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Stephanie Hochstetter Skinner-Klée

Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rome-Based Agencies
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Stephanie Hochstetter Skinner-Klée

Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rome-Based Agencies

STEPHANIE HOCHSTETTER has a long international career that led her to be appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Guatemala to the Republic of Italy In May 2013, and Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), acting as Governor for Guatemala on IFAD’s Board.

 

In 2013 she was appointed Commissioner General for Guatemala to the ExpoMilano 2015 to lead and coordinate Guatemala’s participation in the World’s Fair.

 

Particularly noteworthy is the broad knowledge she has acquired in specific areas of multilateral work, for example in relation to the functioning of the seat of UNESCO, in Paris, and the functioning of the main international agencies in Geneva. She acquired a broad knowledge of human rights and indigenous peoples' issues and relations with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner in Geneva.

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Maurizio Martina

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy of the Italian Republic
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Maurizio Martina

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy of the Italian Republic

Born in Calcinate (BG) on the 9th of September 1978.

He is married with two children.

 

After the High School Diploma at the Agricultural Technical Institute of Bergamo, he graduated in Political Science.

In 1999 he was elected City Councilman and served until 2004.

In the same year he was elected Secretary of the Province of Bergamo, following his political activism within the youth organization of the Left Democrats.

 

In 2006 he was Regional Secretary of the Left Democrats in Lombardy.
In 2007 he was one of the founders of the Democratic Party and after the  primary elections, he was elected First Secretary of this Party in Lombardy.

 

In 2009, always through primary elections, he was reconfirmed his leading on the Democratic Party of Lombardy. In 2010 he was elected Regional Councilman of Lombardy; the elections of February 2013 reconfirmed him in this role.

During the mandates as Regional Councilman of Lombardy, he was member of the Commission of Institutional Affairs and the Commission for Productive Activities.

 

On May 2013 he was appointed as Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies of the Letta Cabinet and was subsequently designed to chair the Commission of coordination for the activities related to EXPO 'Milan 2015.

 

On the 22th of February 2014 he was sworn in as Minister of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies of the Renzi Cabinet.

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Hans Jacob Frydenlund

Director for United Nations Policy at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Hans Jacob Frydenlund

Director for United Nations Policy at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr Frydenlund joined the MFA in 1986 and has served in Chile, at the Norwegian Missions to the European Union, and the United Nations and as Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority. He has thirteen years of experience from conflict resolution in Africa. 

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Hadizatou Rosine Coulibaly Sori

Minister of Economy, Finance and Development of Burkina Faso
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Hadizatou Rosine Coulibaly Sori

Minister of Economy, Finance and Development of Burkina Faso
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Abul Maal Abdul Muhith

Minister for Finance of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
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Abul Maal Abdul Muhith

Minister for Finance of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Wednesday 15 February
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Mirna Cunningham

President of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Autonomy and Development
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Mirna Cunningham

President of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Autonomy and Development

Mirna Cunningham is indigenous Miskita from Nicaragua, a worldwide known indigenous rights activist, former chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and current President of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Autonomy and Development in Nicaragua. In 2014, Mirna Cunningham was nominated as Special Advisor to the President of the United Nations General Assembly to advice on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. She serves as Member of the Steering Committee of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD, and as Board Member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Assistance Facility. In addition to moderating the panel discussion at the Governing Council,  Cunningham will field questions directly from the audience on-site and from viewers of the webcast via social media.

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Joan Carling

Former Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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Joan Carling

Former Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Joan Carling, from Philippines, has been working on indigenous issues at all levels for more than 20 years. She was appointed by the UN Economic and Social Council as an indigenous expert of The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)  form 2014 – 2016, and she is the former Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, and serves as a Member of the Steering Committee of the Indigenous Peoples Forum at IFAD.

 

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Maria Teresa Zapeta Mendoza

Programme Manager, International Indigenous Women’s Forum
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Maria Teresa Zapeta Mendoza

Programme Manager, International Indigenous Women’s Forum

Maria Teresa Zapeta Mendoza, from Guatemala, is the programme manager of the International Indigenous Women Forum (FIMI), IFAD's implementing partner for the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Indigenous Women’s Fund. 

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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz belongs to the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. Tauli-Corpuz is the founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation - the Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education - and former chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), actively engaged in drafting and adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007. She has been supporting IFAD in its engagement with indigenous peoples for the past 15 years. 

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Elifuraha Laltaika

Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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Elifuraha Laltaika

Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Attorney and Executive Director of the Association for Law and Advocacy for Pastoralists from the United Republic of Tanzania.

The Association for Law and Advocacy for Pastoralists is a non-profit organization providing legal assistance and protecting human rights of pastoralists and hunter gatherers in Tanzania. Elifuraha Laltaika was recently nominated Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

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Jorge Alberto Jiménez

General Director, Bureau for Comprehensive Social Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Jorge Alberto Jiménez

General Director, Bureau for Comprehensive Social Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jorge Alberto Jiménez has been responsible for leading the policy dialogue with Indigenous Peoples in El Salvador in 2016 on behalf of the government. A process supported by IFAD and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), in cooperation with the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Country Team. This policy engagement led to the development of the very first national action plan with indigenous peoples following the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.   

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The 40th session of the Governing Council will be held on Tuesday, 14 February and Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at IFAD Headquarters in Rome.
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Via Paolo di Dono, 44
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