Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN)
Bettina Prato has been leading the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) – a global alliance of around 50 institutions working in agri-SME finance, headquartered at IFAD, Rome – for the past four years. Prior to that, she was team leader for global policy engagement team at IFAD, covering high profile international forums including the G20, G7, the Financing for Development Forum under ECOSOC, the High Level Political Forum on the 2030 Agenda, and the Committee on World Food Security. Her professional experience includes academia, the United Nations system, NGOs and a think tank. She has written and spoken publicly in many international forums on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, trauma and political identity, food security and nutrition, and blended finance and agriculture, among others. An Italian national, she holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and degrees in International Affairs and in Oriental Languages from the George Washington University and from the University of Venice, respectively. She has recently been closely involved in the UN Food Systems Summit process as Vice-Chair for Gender and Women of the Food Systems Champions’ Network.
Dr. Angela Falconer
Climate Policy Initiative
Dr. Angela Falconer is an independent consultant and Advisor to CPI’s climate finance team. She is former Director of CPI’s London office. During her 11 years with CPI, Angela advised the Governments of Indonesia, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire on climate finance issues including design of climate finance mechanisms, fiscal policy and monitoring of climate-aligned expenditures. Angela has focussed much of her work over the years on forests and agriculture.
Angela worked for several years on CPI’s Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, establishing a Sustainable Agriculture for Smallholders focus within the Lab through a partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development and led CPI’s support to develop the Climate Smart Lending Platform and the Cloud Forest Blue Energy Mechanism Lab instruments. More recently she oversaw the evolution of CPI’s climate finance tracking work towards assessing Paris Alignment of financial actors (Net Zero Finance Tracker) and tracking of financial actor climate commitments ahead of COP26.
Angela holds a PhD in the Science and Management of Climate Change from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where her thesis focused on REDD+ finance, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Geography from the University of Glasgow.
Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla
Head of Latin American and Caribbean Program
International Food Policy Research Institute
Dr. Diaz-Bonilla has more than 40 years of professional experience working on development and poverty issues, including grass-roots work, academic activities, consulting work, and positions of institutional leadership in international organizations and governments. He has resided and worked for extended periods in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and has acted as consultant and staff member with several international organizations: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), and World Bank. He has extensive experience as advisor and consultant to governments in different developing countries on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation, and food security programs and extensive involvement in project preparation, financing, and implementation in developing countries, mainly on agricultural and rural development operations. He has led diplomatic and negotiating activities as a senior diplomat for Argentina, focusing on agricultural trade issues in bilateral, regional, and multilateral negotiations. Dr. Diaz-Bonilla served as a member of the Board of Executive Directors of the IADB for almost nine years, as well as occupying leadership positions as Chairman and Vice Chairman of several Board Committees responsible for the governance of the Bank. In 2017 he was elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Agronomy and Veterinary of Argentina.
Dr. Gunhild Stordalen
Founder and Executive Chair
Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, a physician who also holds a PhD in pathology/orthopedic surgery, and an environmentalist, is the Founder and Executive Chair of EAT, a global, non-profit platform for food system transformation. She sits on several boards and advises on councils including the United Nation’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Stewardship Board on Food Systems, the UNICEF’s Advisory Group, member of Africa Europe Women Leaders Network, and the international Advisory Board of the SRC. In addition, Gunhild is an ambassador for Friends of Ocean action, a member of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) for the Blue Economy, and a part of the International Leadership Committee for a Net Zero NHS. In 2019 she was the recipient of the UN Foundations’ Global Leadership Award. Gunhild is the Chair of the 2021 UN Food System Summit’s Action Track 2: Shifting to Healthy and Sustainable Consumption Patterns.
Dr. Stefanos Fotiou
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Stefanos Fotiou is an international expert on environment and sustainable development with over 25 years of experience in the United Nations system, private sector and research organisations. He currently serves as Director in the Office of Sustainable Development Goals in the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). In this role, Stefanos is responsible for the overall coordination of FAO engagement in the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review, including inter alia by working with FAO offices at national and regional level to reflect relevant priorities in the voluntary national reviews and the regional sustainable development fora, coordinating FAO engagement in the HLPF, overseeing SDGs reporting and supporing countries to mainstream SDGs in agricultural strategies.
Prior to this Stefanos served 5 and half years as Director in the Environment and Development Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as well as 10 years in various roles in the UN Environment Programme. Highlights of his achievements include successfully leading intergovernmental negotiations resulting in specific normative outcomes, establishing new initiatives on technical cooperation and capacity development as well as ideating and steering analytical work in the substantive areas of his responsibility.
Before joining the UN, he had worked for the private sector and academia on issues of regional sustainable development. Throughout his career, Stefanos has taken leading roles in international fora, has conceptualised and led the development of regional and national strategies on environment and sustainable development and his work has been published and referenced. He holds a PhD in Natural Resource Economics, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Master of Science in Forestry and Natural Environment.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Hans Hoogeveen was elected as Independent Chairperson of the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in June 2021. He is the former Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to FAO. Hans Hoogeveen is duly acknowledged as a consummate professional and a man of agriculture in the utmost degree. With unwavering focus on the stimulation and promotion of sustainable agriculture globally, food security and safety, he has served in numerous international functions. He is political advisor to the World Bank and special advisor to the UN Task Force. Board membership includes Yale University Governance, Environment and Market Initiative, and Fellow of Forest Trends, a leading International NGO on innovative natural policy in Washington D.C.
As Chairperson of the Seventh Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests Bureau, his leadership resulted in an international instrument deemed a landmark achievement by the UN Secretary General following fifteen years of encumbered international negotiations – a highly noteworthy accomplishment within the forum, which earned Hoogeveen a UN award. He is one of the founding members and current co-Chair of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture. In addition, he is founder member and current co-Chair of Champions 12.3, an international coalition of eminent commissioners and CEOs of companies, international organizations and NGOs, which focus on a 50% worldwide reduction on food losses and waste by 2030. Having worked in almost all UN capitals, including New York, Nairobi and Geneva, his broad and well-sustained international network is highly regarded. Among his many initiatives is a long list of international events, most of which have been organized by himself. Furthermore, he has experience in a variety of UN bodies other than FAO.
He chaired numerous bodies such as in the context of FAO (Chairperson of the Programme Committee for four years), IFAD (Governing Body) and WFP. Early in his career he became well-acquainted with various aspects of the policy field: the Brussels component, political current affairs, and other party negotiations. He came to regard it as the most integral policy domain, impressing upon him its crucial implications for all living entities – humans, animals, plants. Fully dedicated to contributing to a high goal in areas such as Food Security and the elimination of poverty, he feels strongly that activity through joint effort in a multi-lateral field ultimately leads to the achievement of certain pivotal objectives.
Hans Hoogeveen has authored a book on Sustainable Development Diplomacy as well as a number of articles on sustainable development and natural resources policies. His academic posts include Professor of Practice in Natural Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Law, visiting Professor Sustainable Development Diplomacy at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, and lead lecturer in European Policy. He holds a degree in Law obtained at Leiden University, the Netherlands, a Master’s degree in Public Management, and a Doctorate from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston and Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He received the following awards: Commander of Gregorius (Holy See), and Commander de l’Orde Grand-Ducal de la Couronne de Chene (Luxembourg).
Senior Natural Resources Management Officer
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Jo is Chief Executive of Food for The Co-operative Group (Co-op). She was promoted to the role after less than a year with the organisation, and has devised and led a strategy to deliver rapid, radical transformation of the business. Her innovation, drive and brave new vision for what the Co-op can be are yielding exceptionally strong results and a motivated, highly engaged colleague group. Jo was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to retail and the food supply chain during the COVID-19 response.
A qualified accountant, Jo’s career began with Ernst & Young, before broadening her experience in finance with companies such as Northern Foods, Matalan and George. She strengthened her knowledge of retail at Asda, taking on a key role spanning Operations, e-Commerce & Strategy across the International business. Latterly, she led the commercial, buying and merchandising teams for Asda Money, Asda Mobile and General Merchandise. She is experienced in all aspects of commercial and operational activities, has deep understanding of e-Commerce and use of digital technology, and is accomplished in start-ups and major business transactions including M&A. Jo’s impact as a senior executive has been reflected in successive improvements in financial performance.
Since stepping into the CEO role, Jo has significantly widened the Co-op’s scale and reach with the strategic acquisition of UK wholesaler Nisa in a £143m deal, the launch of a Franchise model, and a multi-channel online offering. Jo has also led a re-imagining of the Co-op that has seen the company’s presence and partnerships extend to festival pop up stores (including at Glastonbury!), supporting events such as Parkrun, as well as a brand frontage on the ubiquitous Coronation Street. She is a modern, positive leader who spends proper time with people, listening to and understanding their perspectives. She puts tremendous value on employee job satisfaction and has instigated numerous changes to promote professional development, well-being, safety and support for colleagues. This has led to her campaign to promote store colleague safety, going to the heart of Government to meet ministers and press the case for greater protection for shop workers. In addition, Jo and her team have brought pace and innovation to the sustainability agenda with an ambitious climate plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, including becoming the world’s first major supermarket to sell fully carbon neutral own brand food and drink.
Outside of her executive role, Jo is currently a Board member for the Manchester International Festival where she brings her creativity and passion for music to life. Jo’s other activities are mainly focused around inclusivity, mentoring and networking. She is an Ambassador for Girls Out Loud, a not-for-profit focusing on developing young female talent, and also for the networking programme, Women of the Future. Jo has also pioneered a new network for the grocery industry, and launched Grocery Girls, a trailblazing initiative that has drawn support from major retailers and suppliers, bringing women together to share experiences, career journeys and inspiration. Jo is a serving member of the Women’s Business Council and in 2019 was awarded the prestigious Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year prize.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UFT Commercial Finance
UFT Commercial Finance
As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UFT Commercial Finance (www.uftcf.com), Ms. Marlowe is actively engaged in commercializing a series of innovative financial products that she has designed for purposes of fractionalizing and distributing credit more efficiently on a global basis. The Master Credit Participation Certificate or “CPC” manifests as 26 different product types that span the yield curve and comprise the full CPC product suite. UFT Commercial Finance and its family of affiliated companies are currently working toward the full-scale adoption of these instruments with a view to increasing the resiliency and liquidity of the credit market as a whole.
She is a Director of a recognized Think Tank in the United Kingdom, Springfield Agri (www.springfieldagri.com), that interfaces regularly with the United Nations with the objective of improving soil health worldwide and enhancing agricultural practices to increase productivity. Ms. Marlowe is the Finance Chairman of Springfield Agri UN ESCAP Policy Sub Group and is responsible for the design, authoring and contribution of the financial strategy to be embedded in the United Nations Policy on Regenerative Agriculture for Asia and the Pacific as such is being authored by Springfield Agri.
Ms. Marlowe is a serial entrepreneur. She has built her last several businesses based upon the premise of enhancing efficiency in a market segment through applied structural innovations in finance. In furtherance of that objective, she has created a variety of new credit and financial products over the years, including her first product — a “reverse forfaiting” tool introduced in the early-1990s that successfully provided pre- shipment finance to move more products from “field-to-port” when conventional bank credit was not available. Since then, she has personally designed over a dozen different innovations that improved short- term credit instruments, fixed income securities, and assorted Shari’ah compliant financial products.
Ms. Marlowe has been featured in numerous magazines such as Success, INC., Reader’s Digest, Japanese Entrepreneur, and The Robb Report and been referenced in select entrepreneurial and business books. She has also appeared on a variety of radio and television programs with regard to her professional experience, including a documentary series, “The Entrepreneur’s Success Kit” alongside Ted Turner. She is the author of several articles and papers on a variety of credit products and economic topics, including “Hedge Fund Fission – Splitting the AUM” (co-authored with Duff & Phelps) and “Master Credit Participations; the Un- Securitization”. She later published a technical paper entitled “Modern Credit and Investment Disaggregation Theory; A Recombinant Approach to Originating an Investment”. In this paper, she unveiled her broader economic thesis for creating a standardized “cashless” investment strategy that, today, manifests in the marketplace as the operation of the Enhancement CPC. She is currently writing a book on her broader macro-economic strategy that rethinks ‘credit’ with the goal of improving the operation of the global credit market.
Chief Operating Officer
Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
Katrin Havey has over a decade’s experience in sustainability, climate change, clean energy and organizational management. Having lead business development, strategic growth and communications at REEEP, she combines her academic backgrounds in language studies and international development to enhance the impact of non-profit organizations. With her track record of project management in Africa and Asia, focussing on capacity building, market development and public-private dialogue she has been successful in creating lasting results in empowering local communities. Her focus has been on sustainability in agri-food value chains and in managing international knowledge exchange amongst experts in energy efficiency, energy regulation and international law.
Industrial Strategy Challenge Director
UK Research and Innovation
Katrina is UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Challenge Director for Transforming Food Production challenge, which is a £90m programme supporting technology and data-driven transformation in UK agriculture. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Director – Global Portfolio responsible for leading on UKRI and Innovate UK’s business-led innovation global programs and partnership opportunities. In her previous roles, she has worked for different organisations across the Agri-tech sector including FERA Science, DuPont Pioneer, and the World Economic Forum. Throughout her career, she has worked on the commercialization of technology innovation both from a public and government perspective. Katrina has achieved a PhD in Biosciences, an MSc in Ecology and a BSc in Plant Sciences.
Senior Advisor to the President and Visiting Associate Professor
World Economic Forum
Lee Howell is Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Geneva’s School of Economics and Management and Senior Advisor to the President at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland. From January 2009 until July 2021, Lee was the Managing Director responsible for the WEF’s global programming and for the editorial leadership, event design and operational management of their Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Lee also served as Editor-in-Chief of their Global Risks Report and was also the Forum’s Senior Director for Asia responsible for business and government engagement for ASEAN, China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and South Korea from 2004 thru 2009.
Lee has served in senior advisory and consulting roles at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He was also a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and the Deputy Director of the Japan Society in New York City. Lee completed his PhD at the University of St. Gallen and co-founded their CEMS graduate seminar on Disruption and Innovation in International Business. Lee is also member of the Board of Trustees of the EAT Foundation in Oslo, Norway.
Organic Research Centre
Lucy MacLennan is the Chief Executive of the Organic Research Centre, the UK’s leading independent research charity exploring organic and agroecological farming and food systems.
She is a 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholar, having previously obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Agrifood (specialising in sustainable supply chains) from the University of Nottingham, an MBA from Cranfield University and her undergraduate degree BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Surrey.
Lucy’s career has seen her work for leading UK retailers such as Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, as well as working extensively throughout their supply bases, with a key focus on fresh produce. Her consultancy work led to the development of the Marks & Spencer Select Grower standard which has step changed food safety standards within the fresh produce industry.
Lucy is also Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Fresh Produce Sector Board at Red Tractor Assured Food Standards, Director at Organic Arable and Board member of Agricology.
Fairtrade Flower Producer and COP CSO & Youth Advisory Council Member, Kenya
On behalf of the Fairtrade International Board, Mary Kinyua is representing 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers at COP26. Mary was previously chair of the board of Fairtrade Africa and has over 15 years of experience in various fields of leadership, including her work at Oserian Flowers, a Fairtrade certified producer organization in Kenya. In the run up to COP26, Mary has represented Fairtrade International board on the COP President Designate’s CSO and Youth Advisory Council. She addressed the COP26 Ambition Summit in December 2020 on behalf of Fairtrade International.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for food security and climate
58 years old, Paul LUU is an agronomist specialized in tropical agronomy, graduate from AgroParisTech, the Institute of tropical areas of Montpellier, the National High School of Agricultural Applied Sciences of Dijon, and the University of Montpellier (PhD in “population biology”).
He began his career in the field, with six years in the heart or at the head of agronomic research projects in the Caribbean (St. Lucia), Indian Ocean (Sri Lanka) and the Pacific (Tonga), before joining the international Relationship Department of the French Ministry of agriculture.
During the following 7 years, he was in charge of multilateral relationship with FAO, the World Bank and the CGIAR, of bilateral relationship with the countries in Africa and the Mediterranean area, as well as the management of the French food aid (200 000 t of grain per year), as Head of Mission and then as Head of Department.
Then comes 9 years spent in developing the agriculture of French overseas departments and territories, 3 years as Technical Advisor “Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry” of the Minister of Overseas, then 6 years as Director of ODEADOM (the Board in charge of agricultural development of overseas areas that pays European (CAP) and national subsidies to agriculture of those regions).
In 2011, Paul LUU was appointed Director of Agropolis International, the international association that represents the scientific community “Agronomy – Environment – Biodiversity – Water” of the Languedoc-Roussillon area (one of the largest in the world with over 10,000 scientists). He contributed in particular to the installation of the CGIAR in Montpellier, International organization dedicated to agricultural research for the benefit of the poorest people on the planet. He joined the organization in September 2013 as Liaison Officer with the French Authorities, then as Protocol Officer.
From September 2016, Paul LUU is Executive Secretary of the “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for food security and climate”, launched at COP 21 in Paris and hosted by the CGIAR System Office until December 2020, then by the Alliance Bioversity International – CIAT from 1st January 2021.
Paul LUU is married (two children) and is fond of environment and nature (flora and fauna) both terrestrial and marine.
Co-Founder and CEO
Mr. Prateep Basu is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at SatSure, a decision analytics start- up that is working on solutions to enable technology access for financing in agriculture, clean energy, and sustainable development programs globally. He has led the company to become a Global Innovator at the World Economic Forum in 3 years since conception. Mr. Basu is a seasoned space industry professional with work experience in both the business and technology front. An aerospace engineer from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum with post-graduation in Space Studies from the International Space University, Strasbourg, Mr. Basu has previously worked as a scientist in ISRO, and as a geospatial industry analyst at Boston based Northern Sky Research (NSR), prior to starting SatSure.
Global Head of Public Affairs
Head of Foreign Direct Investment
Abu Dhabi Investment Office
Salvatore Lavallo is the Head of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) at the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO).
Salvatore and his team have been managing some of ADIO’s most successful partnerships and initiatives across key sectors, including ADIO’s partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and ADIO’s support of nearly USD 150 M to agriculture technology firms. He has been at the forefront of ADIO’s deals negotiations and client outreach mandates.
With over 12 years of experience in Economic Development, Salvatore started his career with
Invest in Bavaria before founding Trail of Seeds – an NGO promoting culturally inclusive development around the world. He then worked in development consulting with McKinsey and Company, Dalberg Global Advisors, and the Tony Blair Institute.
Salvatore also holds the distinct honour of having travelled to every country of the world – one of the youngest ever to do so – as part of his “193Journeys” project where he shared images and stories with over 110,000 social media followers. His project was featured in Conde Nast, CNN, Vogue, the New York Post and more.
Salvatore holds an International Baccalaureate from the United World College as well as a B.A. in Culturally Inclusive Development from New York University where he was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar for Devotion to Service and the President’s Service Award.
Sir Martin Sorrell
Deputy Director Climate and Environment Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations