TRANSMANGO CONFERENCE – SPEAKERS
INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Alexandre Meybeck, Jessica Duncan and Inge Van Oost
Senior Policy Officer on Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Alexandre Meybeck is Senior Adviser on Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change to the Assistant Director General in charge of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. He is the coordinator of the FAO/UNEP Sustainable Food Systems programme.
He has worked extensively on issues related to sustainability, food security and nutrition at both national and international levels with numerous publications on climate change and agriculture, sustainable food systems, sustainable diets.
Prior to joining FAO he served in the French Ministry of Agriculture as Head of the Environment and Rural Areas Unit and Head of the Environmental Strategies and Climate Change Unit.
Jessica Duncan is an Assistant Professor in the Rural Sociology Group. Originally from Canada, she lived in France, Spain and the UK before coming to the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in Food Policy from City University London and is the author of the book Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security (Routledge, 2015).
Her research areas include: food policy; food security; global governance; environmental policy; participation; gender; and, rural sociology. Specifially, she researches the science-policy-participation interface by studying the relationships between global governance organizations, systems of food provisioning, the environment, and the actors engage in and across these spaces. More specifically,she is interested in better understanding ways in which non-state actors participate in supra-national policy making processes and analysing how the resulting policies are shaped, implemented, challenged and resisted and what this means for societal transformation.
She is an Associate Editor of the journal Food Security and the co-chair of the ECPR Food Policy and Governance Research Network.
Inge Van Oost
European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development
Inge Van Oost is policy officer at the European Commission, Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI).
She has been setting up and is now supporting the implementation of the European Innovation Partnership “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability” (EIP-AGRI), in particular as regards cross-cutting aspects and rural development. As member of the DG AGRI Taskforce “Research and Innovation” she was instrumental in shaping DG AGRI’s research and innovation approach and Horizon 2020 work programmes, and developed the new concepts “multi-actor approach” and “thematic networks”. In her former post at the Commission she was policy officer in the Direct Support Unit and the Cross Compliance Unit, responsible for cross-compliance, the Farm Advisory System and interlinking with the Rural Development policy.
Assistant professor of Foresight for Environmental Governance
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University
Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
Tjitske Anna Zwart
Baltic Study Center
Pedro Cerrada Serra