Authors and editors: faces behind the book

Marie Josèphe Amiot

Update author
Marie Josèphe Amiot is a Senior Scientist and Nutritionist in the Division of Nutrition, Chemical Food Safety and Consumer Behaviour of the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE). Her fields of expertise include micronutrients, plant bioactive substances, preventive nutrition, dietary recommendations, food and nutritional security and sustainable food systems.

Molly D. Anderson

Update and Looking Forward author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Molly D. Anderson is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Food Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. She is interested in food system resilience, human rights in the food system, and bridging interests and concerns of academicians and community-based activists. She is a member of networks working from the local to the international scale, including the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).

Colin R. Anderson

Looking forward author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Colin R. Anderson is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University. He is working with communities, networks and organizations who are mobilizing to confront the intersecting social, economic and cultural problems we face today, re-imaging society and building alternatives. Colin co-convenes two international research groups: focuses on agroecology transformations; involves a global community of practice of researchers using participatory approaches.

Ward Anseeuw

Update author
Dr. Ward Anseeuw, a development economist and policy analyst, is a research fellow at the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). He is presently seconded to the International Land Coalition as a Senior Technical Specialist responsible for "Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and data". For the last 12 years, he was seconded to the University of Pretoria, as a senior research fellow to the Post-Graduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development and as the co-director of the Center for the Study of Governance Innovations (GovInn) – which he founded in 2012.

Nadine Azzu

Report author
Nadine Azzu works as a freelance consultant in the interface of environment and food systems. She has a background in environmental management, with over 20 years of experience working in the fields of agricultural biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development and with environmental and social safeguards. She previously worked as Agricultural Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

Lauren Baker

Report author
Dr. Lauren Baker is the Director of Programs at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Lauren has more than 20 years of experience facilitating cross-sectoral research, policy and advocacy for sustainable food systems in non-profit, academic, business, policy and philanthropic contexts. Previously, Lauren led the Toronto Food Policy Council, a citizen advisory group embedded within the City of Toronto.

Michael Bergöö

Photo of Michael Bergöö, Regional Director at ClimateView, StockholmReport author
After working for the Swiss Humanitarian Aid in Liberia, Michael Bergöö joined Biovision Foundation in 2013 as Advocacy Manager during the post-2015 negotiations. He then joined the Executive Committee to expand Biovision’s program in Switzerland and to initiate the Swiss chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Today Michael works for ClimateView – a Swedish software startup helping cities and countries achieving carbon neutrality. Michael holds a MA in political science from University of Lausanne.

Kate Brauman

Report author
Kate Brauman PhD. is the Lead Scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Her research integrates hydrology and land use with economics and policy to better understand how water use by people affects the environment and our ability to live well in it. Dr. Brauman was a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPBES Global Assessment.

Carolin Callenius

IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Carolin Callenius is Managing Director of the Research Center for Global Food Security and Ecosystems (GFE) at the University of Hohenheim. She holds a M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Sciences, with a focus on socio-economics. Carolin Callenius serves in the board of directors of Agrinatura and has extensive experience in the area of sustainable development policies and development cooperation as well as in facilitating inter- and transdisciplinary work in topics related to sustainable agriculture, food systems and food governance.

Marie de Lattre-Gasquet

Report author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Marie de Lattre-Gasquet is a researcher at CIRAD and was previously advisor for strategic foresight. Starting her career at ISNAR she joined CIRAD in 1988. She was a coordinating lead author during the IAASTD project, participated in the working groups and committees of the CGIAR, Agropolis, IFS, the EC, and is now vice-chair of Futuribles International. She has also worked at the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the CGIAR system office. Marie holds an MBA and a PhD in management and economics.

María E. Fernandez

Report author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
María Fernandez was a member of the Scenario research group for the IAASTD. She has been an Honorary Research Fellow at Bioversity International in Rome and a Visiting Professor at the National University Rodriguez de Montoya in Amazonas, Peru. María Fernandez is an independent consultant active with the International Support Group of which she is a founding member. Her areas of special expertise include: stakeholder participation, gender relations in agriculture and natural resource management.

Gustavo Ferreira

IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Gustavo Ferreira is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economic Sciences at the Tacuarembó Campus of the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. He holds a PhD in Agro-economy and Systems from the Institute of Ecology and Resource Management of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Edinburgh. Since 1986 Ferreira has been involved in agricultural research activities. Between 2004 and 2014, he was director of the Tacuarembo Regional Office and Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA).

Dr. Harriet Friedmann

 IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Dr. Harriet Friedmann is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Toronto, and taught food systems also in International Relations, Geography, and Planning. She was a Review Editor of the IAASTD Global Report. She is co-developer of the influential historical perspective called food regimes. Her present research explores intersections of global political economy with ecology and social movements, especially how collaborative ways of knowing and of working together can lead to just and sustainable transitions. She received the CAFS Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been visiting fellow at research institutions in North America, Europe, and Latin America.

Emile A. Frison

Report author
Emile A. Frison, PhD, is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. He spent his career in international agricultural research for development. In 2003, he became Director General of Bioversity International and developed a strategy entitled “Diversity for Well-being”, focusing on the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to better nutrition, and the sustainability, resilience and productivity of smallholder agriculture. Dr Frison is Chair of the Board of Directors of Ecoagriculture Partners and a member of the EC Mission Board on soil health and food.

Barbara Gemmill-Herren

Report author
Dr. Barbara Gemmill-Herren, until she retired in 2015, was Delivery Manager for the Major Area of Work on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She was previously Executive Director of Environment Liaison Centre International, an international environmental non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Barbara has contributed to major global initiatives related to pollination, ecosystem services, true cost accounting and agroecology.

Tirso Gonzales

Update author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Tirso Gonzales, Aymara, holds a PhD in Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After postdoctoral studies at UC Davis and UC Berkeley, he became Indigenous Studies professor at UBC-Okanagan, Canada. Currently, he is Associate Researcher at Pontificia Universidad Católica Peru and a member of Universidad del Pacífico´s Ciencia Andina Think-Tank group. Tirso works as scholar and activist on Indigenous Peoples and food issues and worked as a member of the IAASTD LAC team.

Benedikt Haerlin

Editor, Preface author
Benedikt Haerlin heads the Berlin office of the Foundation on Future Farming (Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft). He co-ordinates the European initiative “Save our Seeds“, runs a “global field” of 2000 m² and co-chairs the thinktank ARC2020 on European agricultural policies. He represented northern NGOs in the board of the IAASTD. Before, he was an author and journalist, a Member of the European Parliament and worked for Greenpeace International.

Jack A. Heinemann

Update author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Jack A. Heinemann is Professor of genetics and molecular biology in the School of Biological Sciences, Director of the Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. BSc University of Wisconsin-Madison; PhD University of Oregon (1989). Over 140 scholarly publications. ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology (1993) and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal (2002).

Mary K. Hendrickson

Update author
Mary K. Hendrickson is Associate Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri. She teaches sustainable food and farming courses and studies how farmers, eaters and communities can create more sustainable food systems. She was a Coordinating Lead Author on the 2008 North America and Europe IAASTD report. Her research has appeared in the publications Agriculture and Human Values, Geoforum and Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Ethics among others.

Hans R. Herren

Editor, Introduction author
Hans R. Herren, founder and President of the Biovision Foundation, is President of the Millennium Institute. He was Director General of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya and Director Plant Health Division at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria. He has been awarded among others the Right Livelihood Award 2013; World Food Prize 1995, Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2003, the NAS and the Third World Academy of Sciences membership and is member of IPES-Food and the IFOAM-OI World Board

Angelika Hilbeck

Update author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Angelika Hilbeck is a senior scientist and lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, with Ph.D. and Master degrees in Agricultural Biology and Entomology. Her research focuses on biosafety and risk assessment of GMOs in the context of agroecology and biodiversity. Since 2011, she leads an ‘ICT for Agroecology’ research project in Tanzania in collaboration with Swissaid. She was a lead author of the Global Chapter 3 and Synthesis Report on Biotechnology of the IAASTD.

Ulrich Hoffmann

Report author
Ulrich Hoffmann, a German economist, had a chair on trade and international financial relations at the Institute on Economics for Developing Countries in Berlin before joining the UN secretariat in the mid-1980s. He worked for the secretariat of the UN Conference on Trade and Environment (UNCTAD) in Geneva, focusing on production and trade of commodities, issues of sustainable resource management, and the transformation of agriculture. For many years, he was principal editor of one of UNCTAD’s flagship publications: Trade and Environment Review. After retiring from UNCTAD in 2015 he was a senior associate at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

Philip H. Howard

Update author
Philip H. Howard is a faculty member in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, and a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. He is the author of Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?

Bernard Hubert

Update author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Bernard Hubert, member of the French Académie d'Agriculture, is Emeritus Senior scientist at INRAE and Professor at EHESS. Originally trained as an ecologist, Bernard’s work has broadened to focus on the contribution of social sciences to issues relating to the life sciences. He has published 80 papers in Scientific Journals and written 100 book chapters, and has (co-)edited 25 books and supervised 26 PhD theses. He was also the lead author for the “natural resources use regimes” chapter of the “global” report of IAASTD and since 2010 he has chaired the French Commission for International Agricultural Research.

Anita Idel

Update author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Dr. Anita Idel is a veterinarian and a mediator who is working on issues related to agrobiodiversity and animal health since 1985. She holds an assistant professorship at the University of Münster on animal husbandry. Dr. Idel was a lead author for IAASTD and in 2013 won the Salus-Medea Award for her book “Die Kuh ist kein Klima-Killer!” (Cows are not Climate Killers!), as well as in 2019 the Lammsbräu Sustainability Award.

Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

Looking back author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group, author key messages
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman is Senior Scientist and Director of the Grassroots Science Program at Pesticide Action Network North America. Her work includes policy advocacy to support transitions towards equitable and sustainable food systems. Previously, she worked in Asia and Africa facilitating farmer-NGO-government collaborations in farmer-centered ecological pest management. Ishii-Eiteman holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and a B.A. in Gender and Politics from Yale University. She was a lead author of the IAASTD report.

Frédéric Lançon

Update author
Frédéric Lançon is an economist at CIRAD (Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) investigating how local food value chains supplying urban markets in less developed countries can compete within the globalization process of food systems. Frédéric has carried out extensive research and numerous consultancies, in partnership with national authorities and international development institutions in West Africa and South-East Asia, on a variety of food chain processes, particularly on rice.

Roger Leakey

IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Prof. Roger Leakey was Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry and Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development of James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia. He is Vice President of the International Tree Foundation and was a coordinating lead author in the IAASTD. His widely published research has been summarized in his books “Living with the Trees of Life – Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture” and “Multifunctional Agriculture: Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa”.

Fabio Leippert

Report author
Fabio Leippert works in Biovision's Policy & Advocacy Team on issues relating to agroecology and climate change at the international level as well as at the country level. He holds a Master in Conservation Biology and an MAS ETH in development cooperation. As a biologist he is particularly interested in the dynamics between biodiversity, climate change and agriculture and a systemic and sustainable approach to agriculture and food systems.

Lim Li Ching

IAASTD+10 Advisory Group, author key messages
Lim Li Ching is a leading NGO researcher with expertise on sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, and biosafety who served as a lead author of the East and South Asia and the Pacific sub-global report of the IAASTD and has contributed to various international publications on sustainable agriculture. She has a B.Sc. in Ecology and an M.Phil. in Development Studies. She is currently a Senior Researcher at Third World Network (TWN), an international NGO based in Malaysia, and coordinates its Biosafety and Sustainable Agriculture Programmes.

Erik Mathijs

Erik Mathijs, MSc, PhD Agricultural Economics Report author
Erik Mathijs (MSc, PhD Agricultural Economics) is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at KU Leuven. His research focuses on the practices, metrics and policies fostering the transformation of the European agricultural and food system towards sustainability and resilience.
He acted respectively as rapporteur and chair of the experts group of the 3rd (2011) and 4th (2015) Foresight Exercise for the EU's Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR).

Jacqueline McGlade

Report author
Jacqueline McGlade is Professor at Gresham College, Strathmore Business School.Previously, she was UNEP Chief Scientist, Executive Director European EnvironmentAgency, Director of the UK Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences, Professorat Warwick University, Director of FZ Jülich and a Senior Scientist at Fisheries & Oceans Canada. She published over 200 research papers and won several awards,including Knight Order St James, Geospatial Ambassador, Global Citizen, and Il monitor del Giardino.

Walter D. Mignolo

Update author
Walter D. Mignolo is Professor of Romance Studies in Trinity College, Professor of Literature and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University. He is associated researcher at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, and at the Center for Indian Studies in Sout h Africa, Wits University, Johannesburg. He authored a variety of books related to this topic, most recently “On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analysis, Praxis”, co-authored with Catherine Walsh.

Pat Mooney

Update author
In 1997, Pat Mooney co-founded the Rural Advancement Fund International (renamed ETC Group in 2001). He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1985 and the Pearson Peace Prize in 1998. He (co-)authored several books on the politics of biotechnology and biodiversity. ETC's work emphasizes plant genetic resources, agricultural biodiversity, and biotechnology.

Alexander Müller

Report author
Alexander Müller is the Managing Director of the TMG ThinkTank for Sustainability. Previously, he worked as State Secretary in the German Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture. He later served as Assistant-Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, responsible for the Department for Natural Resources and Environment. He then led the TEEBAgriFood-Project hosted by UN Environment.

Ivette Perfecto

IAASTD+10 Advisory Group, author key messages
Prof. Ivette Perfecto is an ecologist and Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. She has more than 25 years of experience conducting research on biodiversity in agroecosystems in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. More broadly she is interested in sustainable food systems and the interactions between biodiversity and food sovereignty. She was one of the coordinating lead authors of the IAASTD. Perfecto has received several awards including the ESA Diversity Award, the SNRE Outstanding Teaching Award, and the UM Faculty Recognition Award.

Mayumi Ridenhour

Photo of Mayumi Ridenhour, Manager on the Foundation Relations team at the World Wildlife Fund-US Report author
Mayumi Ridenhour is a Manager on the Foundation Relations team at the World Wildlife Fund-US where she manages foundation relationships for high-priority conservation projects around the world. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and a B.A. degree from McGill University in Montreal. As the Advocacy, Networking & Communications Advisor for the Millennium Institute, she worked to influence the Sustainable Development Goals and the post 2015 development agenda.

Marta G. Rivera-Ferre

Report author, IAASTD+10 Advisory Group
Marta G. Rivera-Ferre is the Director of the Chair Agroecology and Food Systems at the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia. She has a multidisciplinary profile in the analysis of food systems as socio-ecological systems. Her research focuses on alternative agri-food systems and on feminist and commons theories as to be adopted in agri-food research. She has also worked on the role of local traditional agri-food knowledge in relation to an adaptation to climate change. She participated in the IAASTD, the IPCC (since 2010) and the IPBES (from 2020).

Steve Suppan

Update author
Steve Suppan is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA and with offices in Washington, DC, Hallowell, Maine and Berlin, Germany. In 25 years with IATP, he has traveled to 38 countries to explain U.S. agricultural, trade, climate change and commodity market policy to governments and non-governmental organizations. He contributed to the IAASTD Global Report.

Boyd Swinburn

Report author
Boyd Swinburn is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland. His research centres on community and policy actions to prevent childhood obesity, and reduce, what he coined, 'obesogenic' environments. He leads the INFORMAS initiative to monitor and benchmark food environments in over 45 countries. He led two Lancet Series on Obesity and co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Obesity. He co-chaired World Obesity Policy & Prevention section 2009-2019.

Eugenio Tisselli

Update author
Eugenio Tisselli is a computer scientist, with a transdisciplinary Ph.D. in media art and environmental sciences. He has developed software platforms and sociotechnical methodologies for participatory research and collaborative documentation in rural and urban contexts. His current research focuses on the design and development of the ICT for an agroeocology framework, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Swissaid.

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

Update author
Jan Douwe van der Ploeg is professor emeritus of Rural Sociology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and adjunct professor in the sociology of agriculture at the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD)of China Agricultural University in Beijing. He specialized in the comparative analysis of rural development processes. His recent publications include “The New Peasantries” (Routledge, 2018, second edition) and “Peasants and the Art of Farming” (Fernwood Publishing, 2013).

Robert G. Wallace

Update author
Robert G. Wallace is an evolutionary epidemiologist with the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps. He is co-author of Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm (Springer, 2016), and Clear-Cutting Disease Control: Capital-Led Deforestation, Public Health Austerity, and Vector-Borne Infection (Springer, 2018). He has consulted for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Bob Watson

Report author
Sir Robert Tony Watson’s career has included scientific advisor in OSTP, White House; chief scientist, World Bank; chief scientific advisor, UK DEFRA; and strategic director for the Tyndall Center, UEA, UK. He has chaired, co-chaired or directed the WMO/UNEP stratospheric ozone depletion assessments, Global Biodiversity Assessment, MA, IPCC, IAASTD, and IPBES, and UK National Ecosystem Assessment and its Follow-on.

Alexander Wezel

Report author
Alexander Wezel is an agroecologist and a landscape ecologist, currently working as Research Director of Isara at the AgroSchool for Life in France. At the start of his career he worked on various topics related to land use and resource conservation in the Tropics and Subtropics. Over the past 10 years his research has primarily focused on analysing world-wide interpretations and definitions of agroecology and agroecological practices. He now also focuses on a variety of topics related to agroecosystems analysis and management.

Ben White

Update author
Ben White is emeritus professor of Rural Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. His teaching and research focuses on agrarian change and the anthropology and history of childhood and youth in rural areas. Recent publications include Gender and Generation in Southeast Asian Commodity Booms (Routledge, 2018) and Agriculture and the Generation Problem (Fernwood Publications and Practical Action, 2020).


(Foundation on Future Farming) is a German charity promoting organic and agro-ecological innovation and research with a focus on breeding new varieties for organic agriculture.

Its campaign office in Berlin addresses issues of genetic engineering and national, European and global food and agricultural policies and runs an educational field with 45 different crops. Since ten years, it presents the IAASTD and its follow-up on its websites and

Since 1998, Biovision has been promoting the development, dissemination and application of sustainable ecological agricultural practices, allowing people in the developing world to help themselves.

In 2013, Biovision and its founder Hans Rudolf Herren won the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. Biovision Foundation is a charitable organisation in Switzerland.


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