Panellists and moderator
Gerda Verburg: Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Ms Gerda Verburg works with country governments, UN agencies, civil society, business and donors in a common mission to defeat malnutrition in all its forms. As a former Minister of Agriculture, she served as Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture in Rome, and in 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Global Agenda Council for Food and Nutrition Security of the World Economic Forum (WEF). From 2013 until 2015, Ms. Verburg served as Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
Dr Kayoya Masuhwa: Kayoya Masuhwa has 18 years experience in Agricultural Rural Development and 5 years at senior management level dealing with policy issues in the Ministry of Agriculture in Zambia. He worked as a Chief Agricultural Officer at the Ministry, conducting supervision of M & E in order to facilitate the implementation of intervention measures. One year directing the development and implementation of policies, strategies and operational plans as Executive Director Programme Against Malnutrition (PAM) and currently he is the Agricultural Attaché of the Zambian Embassy and Alternate Permanent Representative to the Rome Based United Nations Organisation.
Professor Corina Hawkes: Director of Food Policy Centre at City University. As an expert of food systems, nutrition and health Corina sits on the international panel of experts on sustainable food systems and has published widely and advises government and international agencies on topics such as food systems globalization; the links between agricultural policy, trade and nutrition; and policies and regulations to encourage healthier diets.
Hans Hoogeveen: Permanent representative the Netherlands to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Before becoming a representative to the UN he was the Director General for Agriculture and Nature Management at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. As such, Dr. Hoogeveen is the most senior civil servant to lead the agriculture, agribusiness, food security, veterinary and plant health, international affairs, market access and nature/biodiversity managements agendas. Dr. Hoogeveen is Professor of Practice in Natural Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. He is also lead lecturer in European Policy at the Netherlands School for Public Government.
Seth Cook: Senior Researcher in the Agroecology and China Teams at IIED. His recent work in the Agroecology team has included: sustainable diets; the linkages between agricultural biodiversity and dietary diversity; addressing declining soil fertility in South Asia through organic fertiliser value chains; and sustainable intensification. Projects in the China Team have included: case studies of sustainable agriculture in China; new perspectives on climate resilient dryland agricultural development; Chinese investment in Ethiopian agriculture; and China-Africa forest governance. Prior to joining IIED, Seth worked for IUCN and WWF in Beijing. Seth holds PhD and MA degrees from Yale University in environmental studies.
William Chilufya: Hivos Southern Africa Regional Advocacy Manager for Sustainable Diets. He leads the advocacy and campaign on safe, nutritious, environmental friendly, accessible and healthy food. Previously, he worked as Country Coordinator of the Zambia Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (CSO-SUN). Chilufya was instrumental in organizing civil society around Scaling Up Nutrition in Zambia. His untiring efforts with the CSO-SUN have rewarded him with being an authority on discussions surrounding raising the profile of nutrition in Zambia, within civil society and beyond. William has managed to marshal attention to Nutrition through social media, and was indicated in 2014 by the Guardian Newspaper of the UK as one of the top ten people on Twitter shaping policy and practice on nutrition and development. Further, he was recognized as one of the ten ‘Transform Nutrition Champions’ for 2015. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The session will be moderated by James Lomax. He has been the Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture Programme Officer in UN Environment's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics based in Paris, France since 2009. James leads work on mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production practices from 'farm to flush' in the agriculture and food sector. He has pioneered the idea of systems thinking in the food and agriculture sector where nutrition, waste, environmental externalities and livelihoods must be considered if a shift to more sustainable food systems is to be realised.