Ambassadors

Ambassadors overview

Co-chaired by Agnes Kalibata, Paul Polman and Shenggen Fan, our Ambassadors champion FOLU by engaging decision-making at local, country and global level. Leading by example, each Ambassador integrates the FOLU values and approach into the work they do.

Agnes Kalibata

President, AGRA

Agnes Kalibata

President, AGRA

Dr. Agnes Kalibata has since 2014 led AGRA’s efforts in collaboration with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through inclusive, sustainable agricultural transformation, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa. Prior to joining AGRA, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) from 2008 to 2014, where she drove programs that moved her country to food security helping to lift more than a million Rwandans out of poverty. She has a distinguished record of accomplishments as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader. She holds a doctorate in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is recipient of many prestigious awards including but not limited to the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize, in 2012, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liège in 2018, an Honorary Doctorate from McGill University in 2019, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal in April 2019 for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern sciences and effective policy thereby improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers. She has also served as the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Food Systems Summit and sits on various panels, boards, councils, and commissions including Global Commission on Adaptation, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP), the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions, among others.

Ajay Vir Jakhar

Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum India)

Ajay Vir Jakhar

Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum India)

André Hoffmann

Vice Chairman, Roche Holding AG

André Hoffmann

Vice Chairman, Roche Holding AG

Ángela Penagos

Director, Center for Research and Development of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Ángela Penagos

Director, Center for Research and Development of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Ann Tutwiler

Senior Fellow, Meridian Institute

Ann Tutwiler

Senior Fellow, Meridian Institute

M. Ann Tutwiler is a Senior Fellow at Meridian Institute. Her current affiliations include the World Benchmarking Alliance, the Just Rural Transition, the Food Forward Consortium, Climate AI, FoodShot Global, the US Dairy Export Council and CABI. From 2013 to 2019, she led Bioversity International, a research institute focused on using and safeguarding agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition, enhance resilience and to support genetic resource conservation.  From 2011 to 2013, she was the Deputy Director General for Knowledge at FAO.  Over her 35-year career, she has held senior positions in the US government, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Eridiania Beghin Say Company, and the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council.  She holds degrees from Davidson College and the Kennedy School at Harvard University, and agribusiness management certificates from INSEAD and Purdue University.

Arif Satria 

Rector of IPB University 

Arif Satria 

Rector of IPB University 

Dr. Arif Satria is a lecturer, professor, as well as the Rector of IPB University. He is an academic who was born in Pekalongan on September 17, 1971. He took his bachelor's and master's education at the Bogor Agricultural University, then completed his doctoral education at Kagoshima University. Apart from being active as a lecturer and rector, he is also the general chairman of the Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association (ICMI). During his service, he has received many awards including the Extraordinary Intellectual Property Award (2009) by the Indonesian minister of education, Top 3 Lectures in The 2021 UNTA Masters Lecture Series in Sustainability (2021) by the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, and Second Winner of Academic Leader (Lecturer with Additional Tasks as Chancellor of PTNBH) (2019) by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and many other awards. Then, during his leadership period IPB University was ranked 1st in ASEAN and ranked 6th in Asia according to the World University ranking in the agriculture and forestry category.

Assefa Admassie

Associate Professor of Economics, Addis Ababa University

Assefa Admassie

Associate Professor of Economics, Addis Ababa University

Betelhem (Betty) Lakew

Co-Founder, BeNu Foods and ACT4FOOD Youth Leader

Betelhem (Betty) Lakew

Co-Founder, BeNu Foods and ACT4FOOD Youth Leader

A professional nutritionist and food scientist from Ethiopia, Bethlehem Lakew is also the co-creator and founder of two businesses, including BeNu Foods, a start-up biscuit business that strives to develop a nutritious, inexpensive, and locally sourced product for the community. In Ethiopia, she encourages healthy living as the founder and CEO of LeHem Nutrition Counseling, a company that provides nutritional counseling in things related with health and weight management. She also works at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University as a research assistant. She currently represents Ethiopia as a youth leader for the Act4Food Act4Change initiative. Working on a variety of action items, particularly those that address the following: Everyone should be able to afford healthy and nutritious food; Every child should have a healthy and sustainable lunch at school, college, or the nursery; and Value local and indigenous food knowledge. She contributes her free time to many charities. She currently works for a non-profit organization called Nutrition for Education, where she develops instructional materials on maternal nutrition. She spent five years working in Rotaract in a variety of roles, including vice president, director of professional development, and director of community service. Bethlehem earned her MSc in Food Science and Nutrition as well as her bachelor's degree in Food Science and Applied Nutrition with honors from Addis Ababa Science and Technology University.

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu

Founder and Executive Director, soleRebels

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu

Founder and Executive Director, soleRebels

Budiman Sudjatmiko

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

Budiman Sudjatmiko

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

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility 

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility 

Cristián Samper

Managing Director and Leader of Nature Solutions, Bezos Earth Fund

Cristián Samper

Managing Director and Leader of Nature Solutions, Bezos Earth Fund

David W. MacLennan

Board Chair and CEO, Cargill

David W. MacLennan

Board Chair and CEO, Cargill

Diane Holdorf

Executive Vice President, WBCSD

Diane Holdorf

Executive Vice President, WBCSD

Divine Ntiokam

Founder and Managing Director Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network Global (GCSAYN)

Divine Ntiokam

Founder and Managing Director Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network Global (GCSAYN)

Dominic Waughray

Senior Advisor to the CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Dominic Waughray

Senior Advisor to the CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Elizabeth Hodson

Professor Emeritus at the School of Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Chair of Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development of the IICA

Elizabeth Hodson

Professor Emeritus at the School of Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Chair of Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development of the IICA

Feike Sijbesma

Honorary Chairman Royal DSM and Co-Chair Global Climate Adaptation Centers

Feike Sijbesma

Honorary Chairman Royal DSM and Co-Chair Global Climate Adaptation Centers

Felia Salim

Member of the Board of Directors of Indonesia Eximbank and Chair of the Risk Management Committee of this institution

Felia Salim

Member of the Board of Directors of Indonesia Eximbank and Chair of the Risk Management Committee of this institution

Ms. Salim has spent more than 30 years in finance and banking. From 2004-2015, she served as Vice President Director of PT Bank Negara Indonesia, one of Indonesia’s largest state banks. With her leadership, the bank introduced ESG criteria into the bank’s credit model which received numerous awards in sustainability. She held other notable positions as Managing Director of the Jakarta Stock Exchange and at the height of the Asian Crisis in the late nineties, she served as Deputy Chairperson of The Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency, after an assignment as Head of the Secretariat for the Financial Sector Policy Committee. Ms. Salim actively supports not-for-profit initiatives and has been instrumental in co-founding and developing several key organizations, such as the Partnership for Governance Reform of Indonesia (Kemitraan), the TIFA Foundation; and The Transparency International Indonesia for which she is currently chairing. These organizations cover a wide range of initiatives: from working with communities, multi-sector governance reform and active participation in policy change. As Co-founder of ESAS (Empu Sendok Arts and Science), over the last five years, Felia has been working through the MIT Global Program delving into systems transformation addressing leadership in climate change.

Felipe Villela

Founder, ReNature

Felipe Villela

Founder, ReNature

Felipe is a Brazilian Regenerative Agribusiness Expert and Founder of reNature. A Dutch organization with extensive knowledge & experience in Regenerative Agriculture around the globe. Felipe is Forbes Under30 and TEDx Speaker. Regenerative Agriculture Lead Author at UN Environment for their GEO for Business brief on “The changing role of Business in Transforming Food Systems”, part of the Leadership Team on Action Track 3 at UN Food Systems Summit, Board Member at Climate Bonds Initiative and IPCC Expert Reviewer. Felipe’s ambition is to engage international corporations to make a transition in their agricultural practices using successful regenerative ag showcases that ensures economical viability and farmers' resilience.

Gerda Verburg

UN Assistant Secretary-General

Gerda Verburg

UN Assistant Secretary-General

Getachew Gebru Tegegn

Co-Founder and Deputy Director, Managing Risk for Improved Livelihood (MARIL)

Getachew Gebru Tegegn

Co-Founder and Deputy Director, Managing Risk for Improved Livelihood (MARIL)

Gunhild Stordalen

Founder and executive chair of EAT Foundation

Gunhild Stordalen

Founder and executive chair of EAT Foundation

Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Ishmael Sunga

Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions

Ishmael Sunga

Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions

Izabella Teixeira

Co-chair, International Resource Panel

Izabella Teixeira

Co-chair, International Resource Panel

Jaidev Shroff

Global CEO UPL

Jaidev Shroff

Global CEO UPL

Jessica Fanzo

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins University

Jessica Fanzo

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins University

Joshua Omonuk

Climate Activist, RiseUp Movement

Joshua Omonuk

Climate Activist, RiseUp Movement

Joshua is a climate activist from Uganda and also a Professional Economist & Statistician. He believes in equality, integrity and a sustainable future for all. Joshua describes his sole purpose in life is to have a tangible contribution to the planet and to encourage more youths to have a heart for nature and the future generations. After realizing that climate change affects all of us, and many African countries may not be able to adapt easily to this crisis, he quit my full-time job and devoted all my time to making a tangible contribution towards a better tomorrow for all. Joshua raises awareness about climate change, climate action and stir up conservation on social media to reach as many people as possible. As part of this he has participated in movement building activities with climate leaders in over 21 African countries including leading campaigns against proposed oil blocks in the Congo Rain Forest.

Juan Lucas Restrepo

Global Director, Partnerships and Advocacy, CGIAR, and Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Juan Lucas Restrepo

Global Director, Partnerships and Advocacy, CGIAR, and Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Juergen Voegele

Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank

Juergen Voegele

Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank

Kathy Willis

Professor of Biodiversity, Oxford University

Kathy Willis

Professor of Biodiversity, Oxford University

Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Louise Mabulo

Founder, The Cacao Project

Louise Mabulo

Founder, The Cacao Project

Lucy Mulenkei

Executive director of the Indigenous Information Network

Lucy Mulenkei

Executive director of the Indigenous Information Network

Marco Lambertini

Special Envoy at WWF International

Marco Lambertini

Special Envoy at WWF International

Marco Lambertini is Special Envoy at WWF International , having first worked with WWF as a youth volunteer in his native Italy. As the head of the largest and most respected nature conservation organization, he works with world leaders, corporate executives and civil society to forge a future in which people and nature thrive. He sits on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) chaired by the Ministry of Environment, is a member of the UN Global Compact Board, is an international ambassador of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), a founding member of the Nature Action Agenda and Friends of Ocean Action of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Business for Nature Coalition (BfN), the Global Commons Alliance, is co-Focal Point for UN DESA’s Community of Ocean Action on Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, and a Strategic Advisory Board Member of the CEMS Global Alliance of leading business schools. Prior to joining WWF, he served as Chief Executive of BirdLife International where he coordinated a global partnership of over 120 civil society organizations based in countries and territories in all continents.

Meaza Biru Gebrewold

Founder, General Manager, Producer & Owner of Sheger 102.1 FM, Ethiopia

Meaza Biru Gebrewold

Founder, General Manager, Producer & Owner of Sheger 102.1 FM, Ethiopia

Naoko Ishii

Director, Centre for Global Commons, University of Tokyo

Naoko Ishii

Director, Centre for Global Commons, University of Tokyo

Ndidi Nwuneli

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

Ndidi Nwuneli

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

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director general of the World Trade Organization

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director general of the World Trade Organization

Nicolás Cock

Co-founder, EcoFlora and President Bioprotection Global

Nicolás Cock

Co-founder, EcoFlora and President Bioprotection Global

Paul Polman

Business leader, campaigner, CEO of Unilever ‘2009-19', Co-author 'Net Positive'

Paul Polman

Business leader, campaigner, CEO of Unilever ‘2009-19', Co-author 'Net Positive'

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, delivering shareholder returns of 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability. Today he works across a range of organizations to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop. www.paulpolman.com  

Rina Agustina

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

Rina Agustina

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

Rita Otu

CEO, Beau Heaven Farms; Founder, People Environment and Sustainability (PEAS) Foundation

Rita Otu

CEO, Beau Heaven Farms; Founder, People Environment and Sustainability (PEAS) Foundation

Rosario Córdoba Garcés

President of the Wilson Center

Rosario Córdoba Garcés

President of the Wilson Center

Sam Kass

Founding Partner, Trove Worldwide

Sam Kass

Founding Partner, Trove Worldwide

Sara Menker

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gro Intelligence

Sara Menker

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gro Intelligence

Sebsebe Demissew

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

Sebsebe Demissew

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

Shakuntala Thilstead

Winner of 2021 World Food Prize

Shakuntala Thilstead

Winner of 2021 World Food Prize

Sharan Burrow

General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Sharan Burrow

General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Shenggen Fan

Chair Professor of China Agricultural University (CAU) and Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP)

Shenggen Fan

Chair Professor of China Agricultural University (CAU) and Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP)

Strive Masiyiwa

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

Strive Masiyiwa

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

Sunny Verghese

Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Olam International

Sunny Verghese

Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Olam International

Svein Tore Holsether

President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International

Svein Tore Holsether

President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International

Vineet Rai

Founder and Chairman, Aavishkaar Group

Vineet Rai

Founder and Chairman, Aavishkaar Group

Wanjira Mathai

Vice President And Regional Director For Africa, WRI

Wanjira Mathai

Vice President And Regional Director For Africa, WRI

Yaseen M. Khayyat

Former Minister of Environment, Kingdom of Jordan

Yaseen M. Khayyat

Former Minister of Environment, Kingdom of Jordan

H.E Dr. Yaseen Khayyat is an Experienced Executive with a demonstrated history of peer-acclaimed initiatives in the Public Servant Administration industry. Skilled in Leadership, Risk Assessment, Sustainable Development and Environmental issues. A highly regarded Community and Social Services professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused on Environmental Engineering from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, U.K. Dr. Khayyat served as Minister of Environment in Jordan from 2011 to 2012, and 2016 – 2018. He was also a Senator from 2013 to 2016, playing a key role in shaping environmental change in Jordan. Prior to assuming the Minister of Environment portfolio, he was director general of the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO) from 2004 to 2011. He has been Chairman of several board of directors and higher committees including, the Jordan Environment Protection Fund, the Green Economy, the Royal Administration for Environmental Protection (Rangers) and others.

Ambassador contact

Katie McCoshan

[email protected]