Who We Are

Members

Steering Committee

Kyra Busch

Kyra Busch is the Program Officer for Agrobiodiversity & Food Sovereignty and Resilient Biocultural Landscapes, Christensen Fund. She works with the Global Program and partners in all six regions to support Indigenous innovation in food, land and livelihood processes.Read More

Kyra Busch is the Program Officer for Agrobiodiversity & Food Sovereignty and Resilient Biocultural Landscapes, Christensen Fund. She works with the Global Program and partners in all six regions to support Indigenous innovation in food, land and livelihood processes. Prior to joining the Christensen Fund, Kyra fostered local food sovereignty for over a decade. Alongside the Alternative Agriculture Network of Thailand and Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange, she worked on successful initiatives to certify and import Fair Trade Thai jasmine rice to the U.S. and to prevent an inequitable U.S.-Thai free trade agreement. With the White Earth Land Recovery Project in northern Minnesota, Kyra spearheaded the nation’s first Indigenous farm-to-school program and managed a culturally appropriate food delivery program for diabetic elders on the White Earth Reservation. She has represented the Republic of Maldives in international climate change negotiations and has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promoting tribal water quality standards. Kyra holds a master’s degree in Social Ecology of Conservation and Development from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she wrote her thesis on the Kuna’s groundbreaking biocultural curriculum in Kuna Yala, Panama. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Environmental and Social Justice from Indiana University. Kyra is fluent in English and Thai, and conversant in French and Spanish.

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Guillermo Castilleja

Guillermo Castilleja is the Chair of the Global Alliance, and a senior fellow at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. As an advisor to the president, Guillermo focuses on both internal analytics and external relations – providing foresight and judgement to aid in identifying future directions, as well as opportunities to elevate the foundation’s and grantees’s achievements.Read More

Guillermo Castilleja is the Chair of the Global Alliance, and a senior fellow at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. As an advisor to the president, Guillermo focuses on both internal analytics and external relations – providing foresight and judgement to aid in identifying future directions, as well as opportunities to elevate the foundation’s and grantees’s achievements. Guillermo served for more than five years at the helm of the foundation’s Environmental Conservation Program, leading its efforts to protect critical ecosystems and balance long-term conservation with sustainable use. Before joining the foundation in 2010, Guillermo worked for World Wildlife Fund-International, most recently as executive director for conservation. In that capacity, he directed and coordinated its global conservation efforts, leading the development of global priorities for the network, overseeing implementation of its activities, and monitoring progress. He has also worked for the World Bank and the National Wildlife Federation. Guillermo serves on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Advisory Board, and the boards of the Climate and Land Use Alliance and the Fondo Mexicano Para La Conservacion De La Naturaleza, A.C./Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C. (FMCN). Previously, Guillermo was a member of Mexico’s National Commission on Protected Areas and the National Forestry Commission, as well as the board of directors for WWF Russia. Through speaking engagements around the world, research published in peer-reviewed journals and the media, Guillermo has addressed the relationship between protected areas and food security, strategies for long-term financing of large-scale land conservation, and the social opportunities and challenges of biodiversity conservation. Guillermo graduated from the National University of Mexico and received a master’s degree in forestry, a master’s degree in philosophy, and a doctorate in forest ecology from Yale University.

Scott Cullen

Scott Cullen is the Executive Director of GRACE Communications Foundation which highlights the interconnections of food, water and energy, educating consumers, advocates and policy makers through initiatives like the Ecocentric blog, Eat Well Guide, The Meatrix, Sustainable Table, Meatless Monday, Healthy Monday, and Kids Cook Monday.Read More

Scott Cullen is the Executive Director of GRACE Communications Foundation which highlights the interconnections of food, water and energy, educating consumers, advocates and policy makers through initiatives like the Ecocentric blog, Eat Well Guide, The Meatrix, Sustainable Table, Meatless Monday, Healthy Monday, and Kids Cook Monday. Scott helps manage the foundation’s philanthropy and focuses on the sustainable food and agriculture work. Scott is an environmental attorney and previously worked on coastal and marine conservation issues with the Nature Conservancy and on energy issues with various non-profits. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network, as well as the Environmental Advisory Board for the Vermont Law School. For the last ten years, he also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Renewable Energy Long Island and has served on several county, state, and federal advisory committees.

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Mathilde Douillet

As Program Manager at the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, Mathilde Douillet is spearheading the International Program on Sustainable Food Systems and Diet, handling the call for international research projects, implementing the Premio Daniel Carasso, and following the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).Read More

As Program Manager at the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, Mathilde Douillet is spearheading the International Program on Sustainable Food Systems and Diet, handling the call for international research projects, implementing the Premio Daniel Carasso, and following the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). Previously, at the Foundation for World Agriculture and Rural Life (FARM) in Paris, she launched food crop projects with farmers’ cooperatives in Burkina Faso and Mali; and worked as a research analyst on trade and agricultural policies in Sub-Saharan Africa, and as a project leader on agricultural policies and food security. At FARM, Mathilde focused on the analysis of agricultural markets and policies and their impacts on food security and its governance, following international debates, multilateral and regional trade negotiations and agricultural policy initiatives in Africa. She has a PhD in economics and an M.Eng in agricultural development.

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Matt Dunwell

Matt Dunwell has run Ragmans Lane Farm, a 60-acre farm using permaculture principles for over 22 years. Over this time the farm has hosted hundreds of courses in permaculture and sustainable land use, teaching over 2,000 people.Read More

Matt Dunwell has run Ragmans Lane Farm, a 60-acre farm using permaculture principles for over 22 years. Over this time the farm has hosted hundreds of courses in permaculture and sustainable land use, teaching over 2,000 people. Matt has also worked as Trustee of the Tudor Trust, a grant giving Trust based in London and giving mostly within the UK, for nearly 30 years. He chairs the Africa Committee within the Trust, funding about 30 small organizations in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, and Zambia. This committee is focusing on farmer-to-farmer information exchange, and has run recent conferences in Uganda and Kenya on farmer-to-farmer exchange (2008), and also the challenge of running demonstration centres (2006), and how to hold your vision and purpose as an organization (2010). Tudor’s approach is to create a space for groups to offer peer-to-peer support, so that local good practice is shared and there is less reliance on outside intervention. Matt has a keen interest in local food and local markets. He was a founder member of Transition Bristol and Transition Forest of Dean, and co-wrote the first local food directory in the UK.

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Bruce Hirsch

Bruce Hirsch has been the executive director of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation since 1990. The foundation focuses its grantmaking on environmental quality and human health, environmental and arts education, and music. Hirsch is a former co-chair of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF), a network of foundations and donors, and a co-founder of California’s Roots of Change Fund.

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Irene Krarup

Irene Krarup, Executive Director at V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, serves as Associate Director of the Foundation and Head of Programming. She is responsible for the daily operations of the VKRF office in New York. She is also former Vice Consul and Cultural Affairs Attaché of Denmark to the United States.Read More

Irene Krarup, Executive Director at V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, serves as Associate Director of the Foundation and Head of Programming. She is responsible for the daily operations of the VKRF office in New York. She is also former Vice Consul and Cultural Affairs Attaché of Denmark to the United States.

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Jane Maland Cady

Jane Maland Cady is Director of International Programs for The McKnight Foundation, a private, family foundation in Minnesota. The Foundation’s International Programs focus its grantmaking on sustainable livelihoods in 15 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, particularly on agro-ecological research for smallholder farmers and natural resource rights for local communities.Read More

Jane Maland Cady is Director of International Programs for The McKnight Foundation, a private, family foundation in Minnesota. The Foundation’s International Programs focus its grantmaking on sustainable livelihoods in 15 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, particularly on agro-ecological research for smallholder farmers and natural resource rights for local communities. Prior to joining McKnight in 2008, Jane spent 15 years managing her own consulting firm, Criando Research and Evaluation Services. She has extensive domestic and international experience working with community development initiatives and sustainable agriculture systems, through her teaching, evaluation practice, and on-the-ground implementation. She has also worked in the private sector to expand markets in the USA for fair trade and organic products from South America and the USA. Jane has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota, has lived and worked extensively in Brazil and Mexico, and speaks Portuguese and Spanish. Having grown up on a southern Minnesota farm, she is committed to promoting sustainability and equity in agriculture and food systems around the globe, involving farmers in the process. She is the mother of four inspiring and lively children.

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Oliver Oliveros

Oliver Oliveros is Senior Officer for Partnerships and International Relations at Agropolis Fondation, the French foundation for scientific cooperation in agriculture and sustainable development based in Montpellier, France.Read More

Oliver Oliveros is Senior Officer for Partnerships and International Relations at Agropolis Fondation, the French foundation for scientific cooperation in agriculture and sustainable development based in Montpellier, France. Prior to this, he was the Global Coordinator of an international initiative called DURAS (2004-2008) which aimed to promote dialogue between the scientific and civil society communities and transform such efforts into concrete research collaboration where both scientists and civil society persons have a say in the design, implementation and evaluation of research projects. He was formerly a Programme Officer (1999-2004) at the Secretariat of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) in FAO in Rome where he worked on issues related to research partnerships, knowledge systems and civil society organizations. Before coming to Europe in 1999, Oliver worked for five years at the Ministry of Socio-economic Planning in Manila (Philippines) where he was extensively involved in project evaluation and investment programming in the agriculture, rural development and natural resources sector as well as is the formulation of the country’s Agenda 21 and Medium-Term Development Plan.

Anna Ruggerini

Anna Ruggerini is Member of the Board of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN). She is responsible for the daily operations of a dynamic Foundation based in Italy and funded by the Barilla Company.Read More

Anna Ruggerini is Member of the Board of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN). She is responsible for the daily operations of a dynamic Foundation based in Italy and funded by the Barilla Company.

She is committed in translating evidence based scientific data into effective policy recommendations, communication, tools and events to enable stakeholders to make informed choices on food for our health and for the one of the Planet.

The sustainability of the global food system, from field to fork, is a core activity at the BCFN Foundation. Multiple initiatives were launched to reach a worldwide audience to spread the urgency for change. Among others, the Double Pyramid on Food and the Environment, showing that foods that are good for your health are also those with a lower environmental impact, the Food Sustainability Index, developed with the Economist Intelligence Unit, analyzing the performance of 25 countries with relationship to nutrition challenges, sustainable agriculture and food losses and waste, the Food Media Award, an initiative to raise awareness on underreported news on food and its impacts on communities and the environment, the Food Sustainability Report, a quarterly report to raise awareness on the international discussions about food and nutrition on four main areas: media, scientific research, laws and policy.

Anna previously served as Marketing Manager for European countries at the Barilla Group. She managed International celebrities to become spokespersons for the brand and the related communication activities, as well as having promoted the Pasta brand activation in International and Italian sporting contexts. She subsequently served as Group Communication and External Relations Manager being in charge for Corporation events. Among others, she gave birth to an Italian private-public alliance promoting healthy food and life-styles for the future generations and in 2014 she established the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation.

Coordinating Secretariat

Ruth Richardson

Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, brings nearly 20 years of experience in the philanthropic sector to this role, and of particular relevance to this undertaking, has extensive experience starting new and complex things. These include being the first Director of the Unilever Canada Foundation, Founding Chair of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, Founder and Chair of the Small Change Fund which is a leader in grassroots micro-philanthropy in Canada, and the first Environment Director at the Metcalf Foundation providing a cornerstone to the Ontario sustainable food systems community.Read More

Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, brings nearly 20 years of experience in the philanthropic sector to this role, and of particular relevance to this undertaking, has extensive experience starting new and complex things. These include being the first Director of the Unilever Canada Foundation, Founding Chair of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, Founder and Chair of the Small Change Fund which is a leader in grassroots micro-philanthropy in Canada, and the first Environment Director at the Metcalf Foundation providing a cornerstone to the Ontario sustainable food systems community. Ruth also served as the lead consultant to establish The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and has worked with private-public partnerships on sustainability issues and cross-border collaborations, such as coastal fisheries management. As well, while her career has been focused in Canada, she has lived in Europe, worked on an agricultural kibbutz, and has traveled widely in Africa and the Middle East. She and her husband own a small farm just east of Toronto, ON, where they have been known to run a small organic garlic operation and she writes her own food blog.

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Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker, PhD – Consultant, Strategic Initiatives and Programs, brings over 20 years of experience working on food system issues to her role with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Her expertise ranges from research on maize agrobiodiversity in Mexico to negotiating and developing municipal food policy and programs.Read More

Lauren Baker, PhD – Consultant, Strategic Initiatives and Programs, brings over 20 years of experience working on food system issues to her role with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Her expertise ranges from research on maize agrobiodiversity in Mexico to negotiating and developing municipal food policy and programs. Most recently, Lauren was a Food Policy Specialist with the Toronto Food Policy Council, leading a citizen advisory group embedded within the City of Toronto’s Public Health Division. She has consulted on farm to fork initiatives and food policy development across Canada, and in Mexico, Cuba, France and the Netherlands. Lauren’s past work includes founding director of Sustain Ontario, Board of Director roles with Everdale Environmental Learning Centre and Food Canada’s first certified organic rooftop farm. Lauren teaches at the University of Toronto and is a research associate with Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Food Security. She is the author of Corn meets Maize: Food Movements and Markets in Mexico (2013).

Alex Kollo

Alex Kollo, Consultant, Communications, has over 15 years experience developing strategic communications campaigns. She brings a passion for translating policy, public affairs and community development concepts and ideas in a way that facilitates communication, empowers communities, and makes change happen.Read More

Alex Kollo, Consultant, Communications, has over 15 years experience developing strategic communications campaigns. She brings a passion for translating policy, public affairs and community development concepts and ideas in a way that facilitates communication, empowers communities, and makes change happen. Alex’s career in marketing and communications began in IT in the late 1990s where she led a multi-lingual national campaign for a telecom start-up that targeted linguistic and cultural groups. This work on a bottom-up marketing approach focused on communities, led Alex to work in the non-profit and public sectors. She has held positions as the Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Coordinator for Agencies of the Ministry of the Attorney General and in the policy and strategic planning branches at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, where she coordinated communications and public consultations province-wide for a transformation of the human rights system in Ontario. In 2009 Alex started Outreach Communications, where she has worked with organizations such as the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Innovation, the Ontario Pay Equity Commission, and Women’s College and Princess Margaret Hospitals.

Meena Nallainathan

As a writer, Meena Nallainathan, Consultant, Special Projects, has covered the effects of climate change on women’s health, Sri Lankan politics, media coverage of Darfur, and the cost of Canadian immigration. Based in Toronto, she has also worked at the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) – a network of 95 press freedom and human rights organizations. She travels to Sri Lanka as often as she can to visit friends and family and to eat lots of love cake.

Zanele Sibanda

Zanele Sibanda, Consultant, Operations brings twenty years of experience in program development, grantmaking, capacity building, learning, and advocacy to catalyze systems change to her role. She has worked at the intersection of community development and child development, both in urban communities in the United States, and in rural communities in southern and eastern Africa for over twenty years. It is through this work that she supported grassroots organizations working through the challenges and impacts local, national, and global food systems have on the lives of the poor and vulnerable peopleRead More

Zanele. Consultant, Operations, brings twenty years of experience in program development, grantmaking, capacity building, learning, and advocacy to catalyze systems change to her role. She has worked at the intersection of community development and child development, both in urban communities in the United States, and in rural communities in southern and eastern Africa for over twenty years. It is through this work that she supported grassroots organizations working through the challenges and impacts local, national, and global food systems have on the lives of the poor and vulnerable people.

Most recently Zanele has been working as a philanthropic advisor and non-profit consultant with expertise on operations, project management, monitoring and evaluation, administration, and organizational development. Previously she served as Director of Programs for Firelight Foundation, funding and supporting grassroots movements addressing the impact of poverty and HIV in Africa. Zanele has also worked with women’s groups in Zimbabwe, managed community development programs in Chicago, and worked as part of a research team evaluating community development in urban centers in four cities in the United States.

A native of Zimbabwe, Zanele spent most of her school holidays working with her parents on their communal farm in the southwest of Zimbabwe.

Pablo Vidueira

Pablo Vidueira – Blue Marble Evaluator, is a researcher and evaluation consultant based in Madrid and working for the Technical University of Madrid. His background is on agricultural engineering and rural development with a PhD on evaluation and focused on impact assessment methodologies and systems approaches in evaluation.Read More

Pablo Vidueira is a researcher and evaluation consultant based in Madrid and working for the Technical University of Madrid. His background is on agricultural engineering and rural development with a PhD on evaluation and focused on impact assessment methodologies and systems approaches in evaluation. Pablo lectures courses and facilitate workshops in evaluation and scientific research in several universities and organizations. He works as an international consultant for the World Food Program and has recently joined the Global Alliance for the Future of Food as the Blue Marble Evaluator.