Our Authors

Kofi A. Annan

Kofi Annan is chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, and of the Africa Progress Panel. He is a former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.


Dirk Niebel

Dirk Niebel was German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2009 to 2013.


Alfred Twu

Alfred has created comics, games, and other works on social and environmental issues, including carbon rationing, urban planning, income inequality, and housing cooperatives. Alfred also is a leader of Bay Area Artists Unite, a comic artist and illustrator collective in the San Francisco Bay Area.




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Jean Ziegler

Jean Ziegler is a former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris. He also taught at the l'Institut d'études politiques de l'Université de Grenoble. Jean is also qualified as a lawyer, with doctorates in law and in sociology from the University of Berne and an appointment before the Bar of Geneva.

He was a Member of Parliament for the Social Democrats in the Federal Assembly of Switzerland from 1981 to 1999. He has also held several positions with the United Nations, especially as Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food from 2000 to 2008, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council from 2008 to 2012.

Jean's most recent book is Destruction massive. Geopolitique de la faim which first appeared in 2011 in French at the publishing house Seuil. Spanish, Italian and German editions have also appeared since. An English edition will be published by New Press soon.

Link to English edition

Link to Spanish edition

Link to Italian edition

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Gordon Conway

Sir Gordon Conway is a Professor of International Development at Imperial College, London and Director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on European support of agricultural development in Africa.

From 2005–2009 he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development. Previously he was President of The Rockefeller Foundation and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.

Gordon was educated at the Universities of Wales (Bangor), Cambridge, West Indies (Trinidad) and California (Davis) in agricultural ecology. In the early 1960's, working in Sabah, North Borneo, he became one of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture.

Gordon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2005. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex and was recently President of the Royal Geographical Society.

He has authored "The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st century" (Penguin and University Press, Cornell) and co-authored "Science and Innovation for Development" (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences, UKCDS). His most recent book "One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World?" has been published in October 2012.


Shenggen Fan

Shenggen Fan has been Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009.

Shenggen joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI's programme on public investment before becoming the Director of the Institute's Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005.

Shenggen is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Food Security. He received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor's and master's degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

Shenggen participated in the Securing food conference 2012.


Olivier De Schutter

Olivier De Schutter is the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food since May 2008.

He is also a Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and at the College of Europe (Natolin); as well as a Member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University and Visiting Professor at Columbia University.

In 2002–2006, he chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. He has acted on a number of occasions as expert for the Council of Europe and for the European Union

Since 2004, and until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, he has been the General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights.

His publications are in the area of international human rights and fundamental rights in the EU, with a particular emphasis on economic and social rights and on the relationship between human rights and governance. His most recent book is International Human Rights Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010).

Olivier holds a PhD from University of Louvain and an LL.M. from Harvard University.


Thilo Bode

Thilo Bode founded the German NGO foodwatch in 2002. In the 90s, he had been working with Greenpeace – he initially ran Greenpeace Germany before taking the helm of Greenpeace International.

Thilo has protested in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, against nuclear weapons testing, and was briefly imprisoned for his actions. In 2001, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Federal Cross of Merit, for his dedication to environmental conservation.

Thilo studied political economics and holds a PhD from University of Regensburg on direct investment in developing countries. He then worked for the KfW development bank and the GTZ, before he moved into the private sector.


Joseph Schechla

Joseph Schechla has focused most of his research and field experience on popular movements and legal defense of economic, social and cultural rights within the UN Human Rights System.

Having previuosly served as program coordinator with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Gaza, Palestine) and director of democratic development programs (AMIDEAST, Washington DC), since 2000, Joseph Schechla has been Cairo-based coordinator of the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), an umbrella organization linking some 450 member organisations in 80 countries promoting the human right to adequate housing.


Mark Schauer

Mark Schauer is the coordinator of the initiative "Economics of Land Degradation – ELD" at GIZ.

Before joining GIZ, Mark worked for the United Nations Environment Programme as the Head of the Central Office of TEEB. Furthermore, he worked at the German Federal Ministry for Environment's (BMU) Division for International Nature Conservation as a coordinator for projects which linked economic and ecologic issues.

Mark holds a master's degree in Forestry Management.


Julian Jäger

Julian Jäger is currently interning at the ELD-Secretariat in Bonn. Julian holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Heidelberg.


Carin Smaller

Carin Smaller is Advisor on Agriculture and Investment to IISD where she counsels governments and parliamentarians on the legal aspects of foreign investment in the agriculture sector.

Carin studied law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She is former head of the Geneva office for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy where she monitored WTO negotiations, wrote the bimonthly bulletin Geneva Update, and provided information and analysis on agricultural issues to developing country trade negotiators and civil society groups.

Carin also worked on development projects for UNDP in Namibia, and for the Australian Aid Agency for International Development and the German Development Service in Nepal.


Annalisa Mauro

Annalisa Mauro is Programme Manager of the International Land Coalition (ILC).

She worked in America Latina and Albania in rural participatory appraisal for development projects. In 1999, Annalisa joined the International Land Coalition Secretariat based in Rome where she managed the Community Empowerment Facility funded by World Bank and IFAD through which 52 land-related empowerment projects have been supported. She has been coordinating the strengthening of the ILC Latin America platform composed by land-concerned organizations and the expansion of the global Land Reporting Initiative.

Annalisa is a citizen of Italy where she earned her master in Sustainable Project Planning and her university degree in Tropical Agriculture at the University of Florence. She also studied Social Development at the Imperial College at Wye, University of London and Natural Resources Institute, Wye UK.


Torsten Schäfer

Torsten Schäfer is a journalist who focuses on environmental topics. He has been working as an editor for GEO International, Deutsche Welle, Stern.de, taz, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Torsten holds a master's degree in journalism, political science and European studies and a Ph.D in political science.

Furthermore, he works as an editor for Alumniportal Deutschland. Alumniportal Deutschland is an online community for people from all over the world who have studied or were trained in Germany. It offers them an opportunity to secure and expand their acquired contacts and to use them for their professional development. Alumniportal's members exchange ideas, get in touch with German institutions and companies and present their skills.


Erica Gies

Erica Gies is a freelance environmental reporter who lives in San Francisco.

Her work appears in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Wired News, Grist, World Watch magazine, KALW radio, and other outlets. In 10 years on the environment beat, Erica Gies has covered energy, water, climate policy, green business, green building and urban planning, waste, ecosystem biology, and more.

She holds a masters degree in literature from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor in English and journalism from Northern Arizona University.


Ogheneruno Okiomah

Ogheneruno Okiomah, is a Nigerian-American designer, social-entrepreneur and architectural educator.

She specializes in ecosystem design, the nexus of economic development and sustainable design. She is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) and has served as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Hampton University since 2011.

She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Maa-Bara, a social enterprise spin-off of her Masters Thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Ashraf Al Shafaki

Ashraf Al Shafaki is a soft skills trainer based in Cairo. He has a keen interest in green initiatives, photography and blogging. Currently he works as blogger for the icecairo team.


Matthew Unger

Matthew Unger is the designer and founder of Mushboo, a mushroom growing solution especially suitable for home gardening.

Furthermore, he is the president of Planet Earth Industries and founder of Planet Earth Conservation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the care and restoration of the Earth.

Matthew worked as a business consultant on marketing, with a focus on e-commerce and environmental issues. As a financial columnist at Winnipeg Free Press, he authored an investment and insurance strategies column for five syndicated newspapers.

Previously, Matthew also held lectures at the University of Manitoba on investment, banking and wealth management.

Linkt to University of Manitoba


Emmie Kio

Emmie Kio works with Plan International Kenya, an organization that focuses on ensuring children rights are realized in societies all over the world.

Besides, she is a an agriculture crusader, a change agent and a trained social reporter using social media to inform about the benefits of agriculture in bridging the unemployment gap for youths in Kenya.

Emmie holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness Management from Egerton University.


Megan Detrie

Megan Detrie is a multimedia journalist based in Cairo, Egypt who writes regularly on agriculture, politics and the Middle East. The former food security and agriculture reporter at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, she has reported on agriculture issues in Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

Based in the MENA region since 2006, Megan holds a bachelor of arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Stefan Kreutzberger

Stefan Kreutzberger, born in 1961, has a degree in political science and works as a freelance journalist, author and media consultant in Cologne.

His work focuses on environmental and consumer issues along with development policy. He is the author of the book "Die Essensvernichter" (lit.:"The Food Destroyers") and collaborated on the related film "Taste the Waste". He recently partnered with an association to found the "Foodsharing" project, an online platform where people can exchange their leftover food.


Laura Cwiertnia

Laura Cwiertnia works as a freelance journalist mainly for the German weekly DIE ZEIT and ZEIT Campus. She is Head of the Economics, Society and Politics Department at Matices – Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal (Magazine on Latin America, Spain and Portugal). Laura holds a degree in Regional Studies on Latin America from the University of Köln.


Katja Schuler

Katja Schuler holds a degree in German and Political Science from Heidelberg University. She is currently working as a journalist for MediaCompany, a German communications agency. Before that she was working as an editor for Schwäbische Zeitung, a German regional daily.


Selina Juul

Selina Juul is a founder of the Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark (Stop Spild Af Mad), Denmark's largest non-profit consumer movement against food waste. The Stop Wasting Food movement is influencing politicians and helped putting the topic of food waste on EU's and UN's agendas.

Selina Juul has published a leftovers cookbook, written over 80 articles on food waste (among them with two ministers) and is a speaker at many international conferences, among them TEDxCopenhagen.