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Panel of Experts

With the objective of building consensus on how global food systems need to transform and how such a transformation can be achieved, a group of leaders in business, development and science will prepare a Vision and Action Report.

Achim Steiner

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Grethel Aguilar
Acting Director General

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Inger Andersen
Executive Director

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Khalid Bomba
Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency

Juan Pablo Bonilla
Manager of Sustainability and Climate Change

Department Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Andrew Campbell
Chief Executive Officer

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Qu Dongyu
Director General

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Ruben Echeverria
Former Director General

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Rikin Gandhi
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Digital Green

Connie Hedegaard
Chair of the Board

CONCITO; KR Foundation

Diane Holdorf
Managing Director, Food & Nature

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Naoko Ishii
Chief Executive Officer

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn
Former President

World Food Prize Foundation

Bas Ruter
Director of Sustainability


Ishmael Sunga
Chief Executive Officer

Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Pavan Sukhdev
Founder & CEO

GIST Advisory

Sunny Verghese
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Olam International

Juergen Voegele
Vice President for Sustainable Development

World Bank Group

Paul Winters
Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group provides strategic advice on the positioning of the initiative, facilitates connections with other relevant initiatives, and supports communication around the initiative and dissemination of its key outputs.

Astrid Agostini
Coordinator, REDD+/National Forest Monitoring

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Tim Benton
Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives

University of Leeds

Research Director, Environment & Resources

Chatham House

Sam Bickersteth
Chief Executive

Opportunity International

James Birch
Senior Programme Officer in Government Relations

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

David Howlett
Head of Policy

Global Resilience Partnership (GRP)

Ueli Mauderli
Policy Advisor, Agriculture and Food Security

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Gerald Nelson
Professor Emeritus

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC)

Anand Patwardhan

Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA)

Janie Rioux
Agriculture and Food Security Senior Specialist Division of Mitigation and Adaptation

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Tony Siantonas
CSA Director

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Charles Spillane
Director of Ryan Institute

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Jonathan Wadsworth
Lead Climate Change Specialist

World Bank Group


Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC)
Animal Production Systems Group, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands
Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Bangor University, United Kingdom
Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, Cornell University, United States
Bee Wilson, independent journalist, United Kingdom
Behavioural Insights Team, United Kingdom
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
BioCarbon Fund - Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL)
CARE International
Center for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University, United States
Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Australia
CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB)
CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
Chatham House, United Kingdom
Climate Policy Initiative, Johns Hopkins University, United States
Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)
Columbia University, United States
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Cornell University, United States
Danish Agricultural and Food Council
Department of Economics, University of Oslo, Norway
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Digital Green
Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Food Systems Dialogues
GIST Advisory
Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA)
Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA)
Global Resilience Partnership (GRP)
Government of the Netherlands
Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, United States
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
International Fertilizer Association (IFA)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
International Institution of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
International Potato Center (CIP)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
KOS Invest
Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP), University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Ministry of Agriculture Republic of Indonesia
Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), African Union
New Zealand Government
Olam International
Pan African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO)
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)
Red Plough International
Science Based Targets Network (SBTN)
Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA)
The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, Oxford Martin School, United Kingdom
The Royal Institute for International Affairs, United Kingdom
The University of Queensland, Australia
Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
University of Bern, Switzerland
University of Guelph, Canada
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
University of Michigan, United States
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Wageningen University and Research (WUR), the Netherlands
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
World Bank Group
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
World Economic Forum (WEF)
World Farmers’ Organisation
World Food Prize Foundation
World Resources Institute (WRI)