Chaired by Paul Polman (CEO, Unilever), FOLU's International Ambassador Network is made up of leaders with diverse experience, all committed to the urgent transformation of food and land use systems.

FOLU ambassadors will champion the Coalition’s agenda by:

  • Engaging with decision-makers at local, country and global level, e.g., through participation in events, authoring op-eds and conducting one-on-one meetings with key decision-makers,

  • Driving change in at least one country where the Coalition is working, e.g., offering advice, participating in events and facilitating meetings with influential actors, collaborating in on-the-ground projects where appropriate

  • Leading by example by integrating the FOLU values, vision and approach into the work they do

The network is a diverse group, drawn from sectors including Environment, Health and Agriculture and with experience in government, business, civil society, finance and science. Confirmed participants are outlined in below.


“The FOLU ambassador group is a dynamic network of leaders, acting as influential champions for transformation”

David Nabarro


FOLU INTERNATIONAL ambassadors:

Sri Adiningsih, Chairperson, Indonesian Presidential Advisory Council; Professor of Economics, University of Gadjah Mada

Assefa Admassie, Director, Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute; Professor of Economics, Addis Ababa University

Rina Agustina, Chair, Human Nutrition Research Center of the Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute; University of Indonesia

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder and Executive Director, Sole Rebels, Republic of Leather, Garden of Coffee

Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation

Helen Clark, Former Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

Nicolás Cock, President, EcoFlora

Sebsebe Demissew, Executive Director, Gullele Botanic Garden; Professor of Plant Systematics and Biodiversity, Addis Ababa University

Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Board, Rabobank

Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Jessica Fanzo, Professor of Food Policy & Ethics, Johns Hopkins University; Co-chair, Global Nutrition Report

Rosario Córdoba Garcés, President, Private Council for Competitiveness

Marion Guillou, President of the Board of Directors, Agreenium

Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Kurniatun Hairiah, Professor, University of Brawijaya, Indonesia; Partner, World Agroforestry Centre

André Hoffmann, Board Director, MAVA Foundation

Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

Ajay Vir Jakhar, Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj

Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Sam Kass, Trove Worldwide, Founding Partner

Segenet Kelemu, Director General and CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International

David W. MacLennan, Chairman and CEO, Cargill Limited 

Strive Masiyiwa, Board Chair, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa; Panel Member, Africa Progress Panel

Sara Menker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gro Intelligence

Divine Ntiokam, Founder and Managing-Director, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network 

Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder and Director, Leadership Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa

José Antonio Ocampo, Codirector, Banco de la República; former Finance Minister, Colombia

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Minister of Finance, Nigeria 

Mari Elka Pangestu, Professor of Economics, University of Indonesia; former Minister of Trade, Indonesia

Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Ángela Penagos, Director, Rimisp Colombia

Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, Chair, Food and Land Use Coalition

Vineet Rai, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Aavishkaar; Co-founder & Chairman, Intellecap Group

Juan Lucas Restrepo, Executive Director, AGROSAVIA (Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research); Director Designate of Bioversity International

Felia Salim, Vice CEO, PT Bank Negara Indonesia

Cristián Samper, President, the Wildlife Conservation Society

Jaidev Shroff, Global Chief Executive Officer, UPL

Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer, Royal DSM

Erik Solheim

Budiman Sudjatmiko, Coordinator of Advisory Board, PAPDESI (Perkumpulan Aparatur Pemerintah Desa Seluruh Indonesia/Association of the Village Governments in Indonesia)

Ishmael Sunga, Executive Director, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions

Getachew Gebru Tegegn, President, Ethiopian Society of Animal Production; Deputy Director, MARIL Ethiopia

Izabella Teixeira, Co-chair, International Resource Panel

Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank

Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

Gerda Verburg, Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Olam International

Kathy Willis, Professor of Biodiversity, Oxford University