Sustainable Food Trust
Adele Jones is Executive Director at the Sustainable Food Trust. She has been with the SFT since 2013, and now oversees the organisation’s strategic activities. In recent years, one of her major focuses has been the development of a project called the Global Farm Metric – an internationally common framework for measuring on-farm sustainability. She is currently an advisor to the Scottish Government. In 2020 she undertook a part time secondment with the Welsh Government, and in 2019 she completed a part-time secondment with DEFRA, both times working to develop metrics for monitoring the new post-Brexit farm support schemes. Previous to these roles, Adele has a background in geography and soil science.
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement
Afshan Khan is UN Assistant Secretary-General and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator. With over 30 years as an international public official, she most recently served as UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and as Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe. Her roles in UNICEF include Director of Emergency Programmes, Director Public Alliances and Resource Mobilization and Associate Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as UNICEF Representative in Jamaica. She has served in Kenya, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Colombia and Jamaica. Ms. Khan worked in the Executive Office of the Secretary General and in UN Coordination, as well as in Civil Society as CEO of Women for Women International. Born in Hyderabad, India, and raised in Montreal, Canada, she holds a Master’s degree in Public
Policy from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McGill University. She is fluent in English, French and Urdu.
Ana Laura Sayago
She is a sociologist and has worked for five years at COOPSOL, a Fairtrade & Organic
beekeepers cooperative in northern Argentina. Ana works on projects at COOPSOL to apply
technology, connectivity and improve traceability systems for organic honey through
blockchain. It also participates in “WAYRA “, its honey brand in Argentina ready for export. She manages a project thanks to the initiative of the Inter-American Foundation in the largest dry forest in Latin America after the Amazon, currently she is part of the Board Members of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Producers and Fair Trade Workers (CLAC) representing the product of Honey and recently she is part of the network of Argentine rural women in coordination with UN Women.
Ban Ki-moon Centre
Bob Maughon, Ph.D., SABIC Executive Vice President, CTO and CSO Bob Maughon is the executive vice president, Sustainability, Technology & Innovation and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer at SABIC. He oversees a global organization with 20 research centers around the world and a talented team focused on driving process, product and application innovation to support SABIC’s growth agenda. Additionally, Maughon has responsibility for Corporate Sustainability, Product Stewardship, Technology Licensing and Technology Ventures. Prior to joining SABIC in 2019, Maughon served the R&D vice president for Packaging & Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons at Dow. Early in his career with Dow, he worked in the Corporate R&D laboratories on a variety of programs ranging from heterogeneous hydrogenation catalysis, ring opening polymerization, homogeneous catalysis and alternative feedstocks. Over the course of his 21-years with Dow, Maughon moved from an individual contributor to eventually assuming people leadership roles in Corporate R&D and subsequently Business R&D for Hydrocarbons and Energy, Dow Pharma & Food Solutions, and Packaging & Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons. Maughon serves as a member for the University of Michigan Engineering Leadership Advisory Board, the AspenTech Executive Advisory Board, and the American Chemical Society Sustainable Development Advisory Council. He holds nine U.S. Patents and has numerous publications and presentations at external conferences. Maughon earned his BA degree in chemistry from Rice University and his PhD in organic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Bob lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Dianne and two children, Andrew and Lauren. His hobbies include travel, cooking and running, recently completing his first Marathon early in 2020.
The Good Food Institute
Bruce is founder & President of the Good Food Institute, a global network of nonprofit organizations, with affiliates in the U.S., India, Israel, Brazil, Singapore, and Europe (UK & EU). GFI works on alternative protein policy, science, and corporate engagement. Bruce has penned op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other publications, and has appeared on podcasts including Making Sense (Sam Harris), Ezra Klein, and others. Bruce’s 2019 TED talk has been viewed more than 2.3 million times and translated into 30 languages. Bruce graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law and also holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, and Grinnell College.
Cliona is the Chief Executive Director of Foundation Earth, working to drive systemic change across the agri-food sector. She has broad background that spans 25 years in the environmental sector. Cliona has chaired the European Commission’s Enterprise Europe Network Environment Sector Group, driving the uptake of environmental solutions for SMEs across Europe, and has collaborated as an expert with the EC on advancing the circular economy, climate policy and innovation agenda. She has worked across Europe with Member State and regional public authorities to design and deliver large scale, multi-sectorial plans for decarbonisation and transition to a low-carbon, circular economy for industrial value chains.
Danielle Nierenberg is a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture. In 2013, Danielle Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank (foodtank.com) with Bernard Pollack, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a global convener, thought leadership organization, and unbiased creator of original research impacting the food system. Danielle has an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Danielle is the recipient of the 2020 Julia Child Award.
World Farmers’ Organisation
Elizabeth Nsimadala is a successful woman agriprenuer who currently chairs the Advisory Committee of Uganda’s National Alliance of Agricultural Co-operatives (NAAC). She holds the position of President at the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) and has previously served as President of the Pan African Farmers’ Organisation (PAFO). Elizabeth’s exceptional leadership in the organized agriculture sector garnered global recognition when in 2022, she was elected to represent the African Constituency on the Board of Directors of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).
Eugene Willemsen is Chief Executive Officer, Africa, Middle East, South Asia. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $86 billion in net revenue in 2022, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lay’s, Doritos, Cheetos, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Quaker, and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. Over the past two decades, Eugene has been harnessing the power of diverse teams to create high-performing businesses and some of the world’s most resonate brands.
Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen is the founder and executive chair of EAT and a transformative force in linking climate, health, and sustainability to revolutionize the global food system. Dr. Stordalen has brought together world leaders, scientists, business leaders and NGOs to address one of the most critical questions of our time: How can we create sustainable, resilient, and just food systems that deliver healthy diets for everyone, everywhere. She started EAT in 2013 as a global initiative together with her co-founder Professor Johan Rockstrom. In 2016, they joined forces with Wellcome Trust, and established EAT as a foundation with a science-based multi-stakeholder approach to solving the world´s food issues, making a lasting impact on food security and environmental sustainability. Dr. Stordalen is a renowned public speaker and her commitment to
a healthy, sustainable and just future has earned her accolades such as being named WWF Sweden’s Environmental Hero of the Year, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and the UN Foundation’s Global Leadership Award. She has been ranked among the 150 most influential business communicators in Sweden by the news magazine Resumé and among the 100 most powerful women in Norway by the financial magazine Kapital. Dr. Stordalen is a medical doctor with a
PhD in pathology/orthopedic surgery. She is involved in numerous boards and councils, including the United Nation’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Stewardship Board on Food Systems, REQ Capital Advisory Board, Africa Europe Women Leaders Network, and the international advisory board of the
Stockholm Resilience Center. In addition, Gunhild is an ambassador for Friends of Ocean action, a WEF Champion for Nature and a HELENA member. In 2020, Gunhild was appointed to a leading role at the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, as the Chair of the Summit’s Action Track 2: Shifting to Healthy and Sustainable Consumption Patterns.
Kayonza Growers Tea Factory Limited
A graduate of agriculture and community development, A fairtrade Ambassador, a tea farmer and a worker at Kayonza Growers Tea Factory Limited, Located in south-western Uganda, near Bwindi National Park home to famous mountain Gorillas. I have worked with plantation crops ie coffee & tea for 11 years now. Am a managing director for Innowa agri-environmental and ecosystems Uganda limited a consulting farm in agriculture and ecosystems that is registered with URSB. I am a board member of Tea Out-growers association of Uganda organization that brings together all small Holder tea farmers in Uganda. I have implemented projects and standards that include Fairtrade standards, Rainforest Alliance, food safety standards and environmental standards. In the same respect am the Fairtrade ambassador Fairtrade international. As a Fairtrade ambassador, I wish to share my experience as a producer with other members of the Fairtrade family & the global on issues and opportunities available across the value chain of plantation crops, especially tea. And promote the underprivileged groups of people like youth, women, disabled and double Orphans.
Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Jamie established VF in 2016 following almost a decade working in health and life sciences, economic regeneration, and consulting at EY, Deloitte, and the UK Department of Health. A trained Health Economist, Jamie is educated up to PhD level and also five years in the US Air Force and at the prestigious US Air Force Academy, where he graduated from the Leadership Enrichment & Development (LEAD) programme. Jamie also has a significant amount of programme management experience from a £35m public-private- partnership (PPP). He holds a BSc Economics from the University of Buckingham and an MSc in Energy, Trade, and Finance from Cass Business School, London.
Jason Weller joined JBS in 2022 where he serves as the Global Chief Sustainability Officer, leading a team spanning 20 countries that is partnering with farmers, supply chain companies, and conservation organizations to improve the resiliency and environmental quality of the JBS food system. Before JBS, Jason served as President of Truterra LLC, the agricultural sustainability and conservation innovation business of the Land O’Lakes Inc. farmer cooperative system. Prior leadership positions include his tenure as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, leading the largest agricultural conservation agency in the U.S. He also served as senior staff in agricultural and conservation policy positions in the U.S. Congress and White House Budget Office.
John has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry having worked in a variety of roles including research, portfolio management and trading. He has also had management roles on both the buy-side and sell-side. Prior to joining Planet Tracker, John held the position of Global Head of Research at Deutsche Asset Management and co-founded Sustainable Insight Capital Management, an asset manager of a range of equity funds for sustainability-conscious investors.
Jiunn Shih has been with Zespri since September 2016. In his role as Chief Marketing, Innovation & Sustainability Officer he is responsible for leading Zespri’s marketing, innovation R&D, sustainability, and corporate strategy functions. Before this, he was Zespri’s Chief Marketing Officer, directing Zespri’s Global Brand strategy, development of marketing communication, and deployment across all marketing channels. Prior to joining Zespri, Jiunn built a solid sales and marketing track record in senior roles at Unilever and L’Oréal across Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Lifeng LI is the Director of Land and Water Division, Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), leading FAO’s work on soils, land, water, geospatial and climate financing through partnership with the Adaptation Fund and acting as the FAO Focal Point to UNCCD Convention and Ramsar Convention. He has over 15 years of experience on water policy, river basin and freshwater ecosystems management through his works in World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Wetlands International, as well expertise of climate financing, national climate planning & programming and country readiness to access climate financing through his works in the Green Climate Fund (GCF). He holds a PhD in physical geography from Chinese Academy of Sciences in China.
Meryl is a Senior Director, Food and Forests at Ceres, where she collaborates with investors and companies to address
climate change and nature loss in global supply chains. She leads research on the climate impacts of agriculture and commodity-driven deforestation and how food companies can reduce the material risks associated with those impacts. Prior to joining Ceres, she was a science officer with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food
Security, where she led research on low emissions agricultural development strategies. During that time, she also held an appointment as a Research Associate at the University of Vermont, where she remains an Affiliate of the Gund Institute for Environment. Meryl has authored over 25 publications on the environmental impacts of agriculture and food supply chains. She holds a Ph.D. in plant and soil science from the University of Vermont and a BA and BE in engineering from Dartmouth
Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
Monika Froehler is CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is a passionate change maker, advocate, founder and speaker. She was entrusted to create the BKMC after working at the UN in Geneva, NY and Vienna, the EU, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and in field missions around the globe. She is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Throughout her career she managed to support hundreds of women, young people and communities all over the globe e.g. working in Africa and Latin America to ban landmines; working to improve hospital care in rural Central Asia and Africa; assisting in eco-friendly city planning in Asia and bettering the living conditions of women in the Middle East and West-Africa.
Food and Land Use Coalition
Morgan Gillespy is the Global Director of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU). In this role, she provides strategic leadership to the coalition, working collaboratively across the FOLU network to advance the FOLU agenda with governments, the private sector, financial institutions, and civil society. Prior to this, Morgan spent seven years at CDP where she worked across its Technical, Supply Chain, Water and Forests programs. She was named Head of Water Security in 2016 was Global Director, Forests from 2017 – 2020. She holds an MSc from Imperial College London, specializing in Environmental Assessment and Analysis.
Namukolo Covic (Zambia) is ILRI Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia, CGIAR Ethiopia Country Convenor, and CGIAR Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. She has served as a Senior Research Coordinator at the IFPRI on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) in different African countries. Her extensive experience straddles the interface of policy, dynamics of agriculture and food systems, and related interventions. She has been involved in numerous activities, collaborating with national governments, regional and continental bodies, and various non-state actors to drive food systems transformation and nutrition initiatives. Namukolo has worked extensively with the government of Ethiopia and other stakeholders on different fronts of food systems and nutrition, including the development of food-based dietary guidelines and their adaptation to pastoralist settings, and the development of Ethiopia’s food systems transformation pathway. She has supported African Union’s efforts on linking agriculture and nutrition in the Africa Union – Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). She leads the Governance Working Group of an Independent Expert Group that emerged from the UNFSS.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Natalia Zhukova is Director of the Agribusiness sector team at the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which includes more than 50 staff with 24 different
nationalities. Natalia joined the Team at the end of 2004. During her years at the EBRD, Natalia
was instrumental in increasing the Agribusiness portfolio in Russia and Central Asia. Natalia
was Regional Head of Agribusiness in Russia, Central Asia, Greece and Cyprus, until 2017
when she became the Head of Agribusiness. Before joining the EBRD, Natalia worked as a
Deputy Head of the Risk Analysis division at VTB retail arm, DeltaCredit, and in the private
Peter Elwin is Director of Fixed Income, and Head of the Food & Land Use Programme, at financial think tank Planet Tracker and has over 20 years of financial markets experience in senior management and functional roles on the buy side and sell side. His experience covers food systems, equity and credit research, accounting, valuation, natural capital, sustainability, strategy, and operations. Peter was previously Head of Research at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), one of the largest UK private pension schemes with over £60bn under management. Before joining USS, Peter was Deputy Head of European Research and the #1-rated Global Head of Pensions, Valuation, & Accounting research at JP Morgan. He is the lead author of a number of Planet Tracker’s award-winning reports including Financial Markets Roadmap for Transforming the Global Food System and Destroying Brazil’s Aircon
Prof. Peixoto has been focusing her research on how to protect corals threatened by climate change. Her pioneering results proved the concept that microbiome restoration and rehabilitation through the use of probiotics is possible and, with that, created the only sustainable medicine currently being considered to protect and restore coral reefs. This nature-based medicine can retain native corals in the reef, and their genetic diversity and hundreds to thousands of years of growth. Studies using probiotics for corals can also support the development of a broader and vibrant area of research on probiotics for wildlife, which has granted her several awards and international recognition. She is the vice-president of the International Society for Microbial Ecology, co-chair of the Conservation Committee of the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) and Head of the ICRS delegation at CoP28.
Richard is a sustainability-focussed leader, working in the Innovation arena. He leads the delivery of innovation for EIT Food, Europe’s largest food innovation ecosystem.
Rob Cameron is Nestlé’s Global Head of Public Affairs and ESG Engagement. He brings 25 years’ experience in the fields of sustainability and corporate responsibility. Rob leads Nestlé’s Public Affairs and ESG Engagement in its work both internally and externally. He was closely involved in the development of Nestlé’s Net Zero Roadmap, represented Nestlé in the World Economic Forum Global Future Council and is Secretary to the Sustainability Committee of Nestlé’s Board of Directors. Rob joined Nestlé in February 2020 from SustainAbility, the internationally respected think tank and consulting firm, now part of the ERM Group, where he was Chief Executive and Executive Director from 2012. Prior to SustainAbility Rob was Chief Executive at Fairtrade International, the global umbrella organization for the Fairtrade movement and was previously owner and Executive Chairman of Flag, an international communications agency specializing in corporate responsibility.
Roland Daher joined AstroLabs in 2017, and has been the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) since 2020. Since joining, Roland has led AstroLabs to become the Gulf’s leading business expansion platform for high-growth companies that it is today, facilitating the market entry and expansion of global players to the region and building sectors through tailored programs to accelerate economic development across the region. Prior to AstroLabs, Roland was the Head of Dubai 100, the first digital health accelerator in Dubai and the MENA region. Roland also was a Founding Member of Wamda, one of MENA’s largest tech entrepreneurship platforms. Roland has an MBA from London Business School and a BS in Computer Engineering.
Ms. Uwera is a Rwandan national. She grew up in both Kenya and Rwanda, speaks French
and is fluent in English. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Planning, a
Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications, and has undertaken advanced professional
training in international trade policy and law, digital inclusion, and leadership for business
sustainability. She is an Eisenhower fellow and sits on various Boards in Africa and
Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet
Satya S. Tripathi is Secretary-General of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet. A
development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience, Mr.
Tripathi is the Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences – the world’s largest academic
institution dedicated exclusively to indigenous people and cultures. He is also a Senior
Distinguished Fellow on Innovative Finance at the World Agroforestry Centre. He has served
with the UN for more than two decades in key positions across the planet and was most
recently the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at UN Environment and
Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group. His other strategic engagements with
the UN include: Head of Human Rights Investigations for the UN in post-war Bosnia (UNMIBH);
Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated
Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he
facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami recovery
efforts in support of the government and affected populations; and Executive Head of
UNORCID, a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate
the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and
other stakeholders. Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes
Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF)
in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative
social and environmental impact for millions of people in developing countries. He previously
served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Forests.
Shari Rogge-Fidler is CEO of Farm Foundation, a 90 year old think tank/do tank with a mission of building trust and understanding at the intersection of agriculture and society. Shari is a 5th generation farm owner and operator. Previously she has been in leadership roles for organic food, AgTech, and farm service companies. She began her career in London in investment banking and strategy consulting. Shari earned her B.Sc. in Business at the University of Kansas and her MBA from Harvard University.
Mastercard Foundation Fund for Resilience and Prosperity (FRP)
Smita Sanghrajka is a Partner at KPMG International Development Advisory Services (IDAS) with over twenty years’ international development experience. Smita is the Engagement Partner for the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Resilience and Prosperity (FRP) where she oversees overall program implementation, quality assurance and ensures client liaison towards effective management and implementation of the program. Smita also leads various fund management programs with regional, African and Global reach in a range of sectors such as Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Resilience & Climate Change, and Inclusive and Innovative Finance.
Centre for Big Synergy
Dr. Sourav Roy Founder and CEO, Centre for Big Synergy, www. thebigsynergy.org. Sourav is a multi-hyphenate, his diverse
experiences and expertise come from having lived, studied and worked in Asia, Europe and the Americas – as a neuroscientist discovering potential therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease at King’s College London to starting the world’s biggest sustainability film festival together with
OSCAR, BAFTA and EMMY award- winners; from educating thousands of disadvantaged children in Asia to combat plastic pollution to providing strategic advice to multi-billion pound corporations in Europe and the USA; from being a broadcaster, keynote speaker and author to being the father of the world’s youngest sustainability advocate, Moksha Roy BCyA! He founded Centre for Big Synergy (CBS), a United Nations Civil Society Organisation, in 2018 following an accomplished career in academia and the industry. Through its own initiatives and those of its partners, CBS furthers the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by facilitating the responsible creation and evolution of products, practices and policies. CBS also informs, inspires and involves all key 3 stakeholders in the journey to net zero; the governments, corporations, and the civil society. Since 2018, CBS has touched the lives of over 100M people in over 120 counties of the world and donated over £1.5 worth of time and expertise to UN SDGs initiatives. Sourav has led several SDGs projects in collaboration with
celebrities and leaders in business, sustainability, policy and media such as Deborah Meaden, Archbishop Justin Welby, Gabrielle Giner (BT), President Obama’s US Ambassador (Rtd) Howard Gutman, Baroness Prashar (House of Lords), Gurinder Chadha OBE, Amma Asante,
MBE, Jemima Khan and Anna Smith (BBC/SKY), to name a few.
Stephen Kehoe is Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of PepsiCo and Chairman of the Board of Directors, PepsiCo Foundation. Kehoe assumed his current role in May 2023. He serves on the leadership team of the company and is responsible for driving an integrated global agenda across Communications, Government Affairs, Public Policy and the PepsiCo Foundation. His current position marks a return to the company after previously departing in 2010 to join Visa Inc. Most recently Kehoe was President and CEO, Asia Pacific at Edelman, a global communications firm. He initially joined Edelman in 2018 as Global Chair of Reputation, which included steering the firm’s work on the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. Prior to Edelman, Kehoe was Senior Vice President of Global Financial Inclusion at Visa Inc. in which position he launched a major shared value initiative focused on driving Visa’s growth in emerging markets and delivering social impact. Prior to this, he was based in Singapore as Head of Corporate Communications for Visa’s markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In his previous role at PepsiCo, Kehoe was based in New York, where he was Vice President Communications, Government Affairs & Public Policy. Among other responsibilities, he led global communications and public affairs programs focused on responding to marketing, advertising and food labelling challenges around the world. In addition, he led PepsiCo’s government affairs and corporate communication teams in the European Union, Russia and China.
World Food Programme
An Italian and Swiss national, Volli Carucci is, since September 2021, the new Director for the Resilience & Food Systems Service of the Policy and Programme Division in WFP HQ. Volli has 30 years of working experience with the UN (25 with WFP) in the area of livelihood assets creation and resilience building. Volli is an Agronomist by background with consolidated experience in natural resources management, soil conservation and water harvesting, particularly in dry lands and degraded ecosystems. Volli has managed a major WFP livelihoods & resilience building programme for ecosystems rehabilitation in Ethiopia (the MERET programme) for over a decade and has been a contributor to the design of the Ethiopia Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP). He worked as a Sr. Advisor in the Eastern and Central Africa regional bureau from 2006 to 2008, and then to HQ from mid-2008 to mid-2016 as the Chief of the Livelihood Assets Creation & Resilience Unit, contributing to reposition WFP in the area of Food Assistance for Assets, livelihoods, resilience, and partnerships with the RBA. From mid-2016 to mid-2021 he has been heading the Resilience & Livelihoods Unit in the West and Central Africa Regional Bureau – responsible for scaling up a major integrated resilience programme for the Sahel.
William Warshauer is the president and CEO of TechnoServe, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of the private sector to help hardworking people in the developing world lift themselves out of poverty. Since joining TechnoServe in 2014, Will has led the organization to grow its impact to historic heights. Will brings more than 30 years of experience in international development and the private sector to his position. He launched his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone and has since worked in over 40 developing countries. Prior to joining TechnoServe, Will served as chief operating officer of Pact and as president of the Pact Global Microfinance Fund, which made over $120 million in loans to poor rural women in 2013. Previously, Will served as executive vice president for health and development solutions with Voxiva Inc., which was an early pioneer in developing mobile phone-based health information systems. As a former executive vice president at PSI, he led initiatives such as the development of the organization’s global strategic plan and oversaw a $90 million portfolio of social marketing health programs in Africa. Will has been a guest lecturer at business schools such as Yale, Columbia, and the University of Virginia, and a speaker at the World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, Concordia Summit, Net Impact, and Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference, among others. He has served on several nonprofit boards and is a member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. Will is an honors graduate of Yale University and received his master’s degree from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.