Dr Vermeulen is the Head of Research for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). She holds an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Tropical Resource Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe and a Ph.D. in Population Biology from Imperial College London. Dr Vermeulen has published several scientific papers and articles and has served in several international panels.
From 2000, Dr Sonja served for nearly ten years at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), first as a Research Associate in the Forest and Land Use program and then as Director of the Business and Sustainable Development program.
Dr. Searchinger is a research scholar and lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. Although trained as a lawyer, his work today combines ecology and economics to analyse the challenge of how to feed a growing world population while reducing land use change and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
Dr. Searchinger was the lead author of two papers in Science in 2008 and 2009 offering the first calculations of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with land use change due to biofuels, and describing a broader error for bioenergy generally in the accounting rules for the Kyoto Protocol and many national laws. He is now also serving as a Senior Fellow and Technical Director of the next World Resources Report for WRI and various UN agencies regarding solutions to the food and climate challenge. He is also the director of the Agricultural Synergies Project, a collaborative, international project to develop guidance for developing countries on strategies that boost agriculture production while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Searchinger has been a fellow at the Smith School at Oxford University, the German Marshall Fund, and the Georgetown University Law Centre.
He is a graduate, summa cum laude, of Amherst College and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Prof Rukuni is the Director of International Business Service Consulting (Zimbabwe) He is also the founder and current Executive Director of the Wisdom Africa Leadership Academy (WALA).
Prof Rukuni is an Agricultural Economist. He holds B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture from University of Rhodesia, a B.Sc. Tropical Agricultural Development (Economics) from University of Reading, an M.Sc. in Tropical Agricultural Development from University of Reading and a D.Phil. from the University of Zimbabwe. Prof. Rukuni's career over the past three decades has largely been as an academic, associated with several universities (Zimbabwe, Michigan State and University of Pretoria). Prof Rukuni taught Agricultural Economics at the University of Zimbabwe for 20 years and was the Dean of Agriculture at the University of Zimbabwe for six and half years. He has also been a consultant for a wide array of development assistance organisations, including the World Bank, USAID, CIDA, the Ford Foundation and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) as well as International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT).
He has been a consultant for the World Bank on Zimbabwean land reform issues. He is the Program Director for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of IFPRI and Chair of the Proposal Evaluation Committee for the IFPRI 2020 Vision Network for East Africa. During 1993-94, he chaired the Commission of Inquiry into land tenure in Zimbabwe.
Currently, Prof Rukuni dedicates his life to sharing the message of Being African and Leading Africa through writing, speaking, facilitating leadership workshops and teaching seminars. He has written two books whose focus is exploring the age-old richness and values of ubuntu (a quality that includes the essential human virtues, compassion and humanity) as a modern basis for the African Renaissance.
Dr Siboniso Moyo, an Animal Scientist, is ILRI's regional representative in Southern Africa, based in Maputo, Mozambique.
She has 25 years' experience conducting livestock research and development in Zimbabwe and the southern Africa region. Her fields of specialization include breed performance evaluation, smallholder livestock production systems, livestock research and management, and partnership development.
In her current position, Dr Moyo is responsible for the coordination of ILRI's activities in the region which involves some of the following main duties: coordination, leadership, facilitation, monitoring, partnership development, training, representation, communication and resource mobilization. In 1997 she became a Fellow under a three year Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship on Initiative for Development and Equity in African Agriculture (IDEAA). From 2008 - 2010 she was a Mentor under the African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD) programme.
Dr. Andrea Cattaneo is a Senior Economist at FAO working on food security and climate change, leading a team that specializes in developing an evidence-base for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and applying it in partner countries in the form of policy advice and the development of CSA investment proposals. He has 20 years of experience in examining economic issues at the interface between agriculture and forests. In recent years his focus has been on how uncertainty in climate affects the outcome of risk management policies in agriculture. Andrea has advised several governments on the design of agri-environmental payment programs, analyzed drivers of tropical deforestation, and studied the performance of environmental auctions, and the role of monitoring on program performance. He joined FAO in February 2012, and previously held positions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Woods Hole Research Center.
Dr. Cattaneo has an extensive publication record in peer-reviewed journals spanning a range of topics. He has analyzed the welfare impacts of free trade agreements, written on issues of food security, designed innovative economic mechanisms for environmental programs, and studied the role of risk and uncertainty under climate change.
Dr. Cattaneo obtained a Master of Science (M.S.E.) in electrical engineering at the University of Pavia (Italy), and from Johns Hopkins University he received an M.S.E. in Environmental Systems Analysis and his Ph.D. in Economics.
Dr. Takavarasha is currently the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative for South Africa, a position is has held since February 2013. Before that he worked as a Senior Agricultural Policy & Investment Officer at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) in South Africa seconded from the FAO to support the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and agriculture and food security related programs in Africa.
He also worked previously as Director for Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Nairobi, Kenya (2008-2010). Dr Takavarasha is a former Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture in Zimbabwe (1996-2000). He has worked extensively in Malawi and in the SADC region within the agricultural public and private sectors.
He holds a PhD. in Agricultural Policy (University of Zimbabwe), a Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Leeds and Birmingham Universities in the United Kingdom, respectively.
Mr. Kawamura is the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010). He is co-chair of the Solutions from the Land Dialogue, a project that is developing a sustainable roadmap for 21st century agricultural systems. He currently serves on several boards and committees including: The Agricultural Advisory Committee for the AGree Initiative, a national and global effort to address food and agricultural policy for the future; the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), a policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences' Natural Resource Council; Trustee for the Council on Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST); American Farmland Trust; The 25x'25 Alliance, a national alliance of renewable energy stakeholders.
He is a former chair and current board member of Western Growers Association. From 1994-2003 he served as an appointed member and chair (2003) of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service's Fruit and Vegetable Trade Advisory Committee.
As a 3rd generation, progressive urban farmer, Mr Kawamura has a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of southern California. Through his company, Orange County Produce, LLC, he is engaged in building an exciting and interactive 21st century 100 acre agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.
Professor Pell holds degrees in Architectural Science (A.B.) from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Animal Nutrition (M.S.) and Animal Nutrition (PhD), both from University of Vermont.
She became a Media/Curriculum Coordinator and instructor for the Community College of Vermont, Montpelier (1973-7). From 1990, she became an Associate and Full Professor for the Department of Animal Science at the University of Vermont. Prof Pell has published several scientific papers and articles and has served in several international panels. Her career and influence expanded into the international arena with training of PhD students and Post Docs in Kenya including in rural South Africa and India.
Currently, she is the Director of Cornell International Institute for food, Agriculture and Development. She is an International Member, Consensus Panel on Agricultural Education and Training, Academy of Sciences South Africa, member, International Advisory Board, University of the Free State, South Africa and board member on Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to study technologies to benefit sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia supported by the Gates Foundation.
Dr Bruce Campbell has degrees in Ecology from Cape Town (B.Sc. Hons.), Minnesota (M.Sc.) and Utrecht (Ph.D.), but has increasingly moved into inter-disciplinary work, championing new approaches to doing applied research on natural resource management. He is Director of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) (www.ccafs.cgiar.org), and a staff member of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He operates out of the CCAFS office at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
CCAFS taps into the complementary strengths of the international agricultural system (CGIAR) and the Earth Systems Science Partnership (ESSP), and their respective partners, to address the most pressing and complex challenge to food security in the 21st century. The collaboration brings together some of the world's best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science and earth system science. He serves on several editorial boards, and is a scientific committee member of PECS, the ICSU Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society.
He was previously based in Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Australia, where he worked in agricultural and forestry research for development. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and more than a dozen books.
Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo is the Executive Director of the Accra-based Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) with almost 30 years of experience in food security and rural development domain. Prior to his assumption of his current post in July 2013, he headed the Agriculture and Food Security Division at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where his core responsibility was the development of continent-wide initiatives of the Commission on Food security and Agriculture. As an accomplished agricultural research scientist with specialization in animal health and production, he also possess considerable expertise in natural resource management including crop-livestock integrated systems, market-oriented production systems, land degradation and desertification and sustainable land management.
During the last few years, he assumed the Chairmanship of the Executive Council of the West African Livestock Innovation Centre (WALIC) formerly International Trypanotolerance Centre, The Gambia and he is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control, in Africa (PACA) as well as a number of other Continent-wide initiatives. He is well connected to an extensive network of stakeholders involved in the agriculture and rural development sector in both developed and developing countries.
Dr Yemi Akinbamijo holds a PhD in Animal Production of the Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands
Juergen Voegele, Ph. D., was appointed Director of the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department (AES) of the World Bank on October 1, 2012. He leads the department in pioneering a landscape approach to sustainable development and the alignment of agriculture and environmental practices. In this role he provides leadership to the Bank's activities across sustainable landscapes and oceanscapes, agriculture and environmental economic policy, and risk management and markets. Dr. Voegele is also the Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Board, as well as the Environment Sector Board.
Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Dr. Voegele has held a number of assignments, leading the Agriculture Unit in China and the Agriculture and Rural Development Unit of the Europe and Central Asia Region. In 2008, Dr. Voegele was appointed Director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of the World Bank and oversaw global programs for rural poverty alleviation, and agriculture and natural resources management.