The Strategic Advisory Board ensures the objectivity and the relevance of strategic choices of IUFN. Advisory body, it acts alongside the IUFN’s Board. It is composed of French and international experts from different backgrounds, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of food governance.
The Strategic Advisory Board meets once or twice a year at the invitation of the Board of IUFN. It gives its opinion on the proposed strategic directions and on national and international projects proposed by the Board of Directors. Its members may be called upon occasionally to express themselves on topics related to their field of expertise. Their mandate is unlimited in time, but can be broken after a request. The Strategic Advisory Board members are exempt from membership fees.
- Gilles BILLEN, Director of research at CNRS (France)
Gilles Billen is a Director of research at CNRS (France) and a specialist of the hydric and nourishing role of the territory. He is also director of PIREN-Seine, a multidisciplinary research program on sustainable water resources management.
Web : http://www.cnrs.fr
- Elena DI BELLA, Director for Rural and Mountain Development at the Province of Torino (Italy)
Doctor in Agronomy, Elena Di Bella is the Director of Development of rural and mountain areas and development of regional products. Committed to the promotion of regional food governance, she leads both, research projects and field action on this topic in order to foster local authorities and their partners to move towards a more sustainable food system. Elena di Bella has represented the Province of Turin in the Rururbal transnational program (2007-2013).
- Marc de FERRIERE le VAYER, Chaireman UNESCO of University François Rabelais, Tours, IEHCA (France)
Marc de Ferrière le Vayer is a professor at the University François Rabelais of Tours. He is an expertof food history and has published several books on the topic. He is also a Chairman of the IEHCA (European Institute for the History and Culture of Food) and Head of the UNESCO Chair “Backup and Recovery of Food Cultural Heritage” within the Université François Rabelais.
Web : http://WWW.ferriere.org
- Marielle DUBBELING, MSc, Director of RUAF Foundation (The Netherlands)
Marielle Dubbeling (MSc.) is the Director of the RUAF Foundation-International network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and Food security (www.ruaf.org). Marielle has long experience in policy advise and training on urban and periurban agriculture. Marielle currently coordinates the RUAF involvement in the UN Habitat programme on “Integrating urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry in city climate change programmes” and acts as the research coordinator for a project on “Monitoring impacts of urban agriculture and forestry on climate change adaptation and mitigation”.
Web : http://www.ruaf.org
- Florence EGAL, Expert, ex-FAO Food for cities
Florence Egal has worked for 20 years in FAO in the area of Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods. She has also collaborated closely with FAO’s emergency operations across the world. She focuses on local strategies to improve food security and on capacity-building of local institutions.
- Jose Enrique GARCILAZO, Head of Unit for Regional Growth and Policies within the Regional Development Policy Division at OECD
José Enrique Garcilazo is the Head of Unit for the Rural and Regional Development Programme within the REgional Development Policy Division at the OECD. His work mainly focused in the areas of regional competitiveness, measuring the performance of regions and understating the key factors for growth at the regional level and their impact to aggregate performance. He obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin at the LBJ school of public affairs.
- Dr R. RUKMANI, S M Swaminathan Research Foundation (India)
Dr. R Rukmani holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Madras through the Madras Institutde of Development Sudies, Chennai (Urbanisation and Socio economic change in Tamil Nadu). She has more than 25 years of research experience and her professionnal interest and involvement cover broad issues of development, in particular, Indian agriculture, Village Economy, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Food Security, Urbanisationn Urban Problems, and Science and Technology. Currently, she heads the Food Security Programme Area of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation.
- Saskia SASSEN, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at University of Columbia (USA)
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chairs The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011). The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001. Her books are translated into twenty-one languages. She is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks (Under contract with Harvard University Press).
- Vincent RENARD, Director of research at CNRS, Director of Sustainable City unit at Iddri/SciencesPo (France)
Vincent Renard is an economist, director of research at CNRS. He leads the “Sustainable City” unit at IDDRI-SciencesPo (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations). He specializes in issues related to land and real economy in a comparative perspective (European Union, Latin America, East Asia, countries “under transition”). He teaches in particular the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussée (Master AMUR) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Planning and Development Cycle). He co-directed the Interdisciplinary Research joint Program of the CNRS and the Ministry for Research on Sustainable Urban Development (PIDUD).
- Roberta SONNINO, Reader in Environmental Policy and Planning at University of Cardiff (UK)
Dr. Roberta Sonnino is a Reader in Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Planning and Geography (Cardiff University), where she has been involved in international research on local food systems, rural development, public procurement, food security and urban food strategies. Roberta is the Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF) and of the MSc Programme Food, Space and Society at Cardiff University.
- Robert LION, President of Agrisud International
A graduate of the ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration) in 1961, Robert Lion is a high-ranking French official. Subsequently, he was engaged as a managing director of the Union of HLM, Chief of Staff to French Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy, CEO of the Caisse des Depots et Consignations and president of Greenpeace France. Since the regional elections of 2010, he was also elected regional councilor for the Green party (Europe Ecologie) in Ile-de-France region.
Web : http://www.agrisud.org
- Kibe MUIGAI, Senior advisor for Sustainable Cities Programme at UN-Habitat
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. Kibe Muigai is a senior advisor for UN-Habitat Sustainable Cities Programme a joint UN-HABITAT/UNEP facility established in the early 1990s to build capacities in urban environmental planning and management.
- Jean-Pierre WILLIOT, Professor of Contemporary History and Director of University of François Rabelais, Tours, IEHCA (France)
Jean-Pierre Williot is a professor of contemporary history at François Rabelais University of Tours. His researches focus on history of innovations(energy, transports, food). He is the director of LEA and the manager of ARETHA program (Regional Supply, Territory, and Food Customs).
- Harriet FRIEDMANN, food systems analyst, author, and speaker, is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Toronto, based at the Munk School of Global Studies, and a Visiting Professor of Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.
She participates in international research and policy on food and agriculture, most recently with Centre International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement (CIRAD), and including the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) and the member of several editorial boards of international journals related to food and agriculture. Friedmann is a member and former chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council, a pioneer in linking civil society and municipal governments in comprehensive food strategy. She developed the food regimes approach (with Philip McMichael), and is currently preparing a book on Political Ecology of Food (with Tony Weis). She was awarded the 2011 Lifetime Achievement award by the Canadian Association of Food Studies.