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Andrew Campbell is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). His research interests span the interactions between climate, water, energy and agrifood systems, and the interface between science and policy.
Professor Campbell trained in forestry at Creswick and the University of Melbourne, and in agricultural knowledge systems at Wageningen University. He was Australia's first National Landcare Facilitator and remains involved in his family farm in south-eastern Australia.
Carole Delga, Présidente, Occitanie-Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region, FranceFrance
Christian Dupraz is a senior scientist at INRA (French National Institute for Agronomical Research). He worked on fodder trees, afforestation techniques including treeshelters, agroforestry and agrivoltaic systems. He set up agroforestry experiments in France that have been continuously monitored for almost 25 years, providing unique datasets. With his team and many colleagues from different countries he developped biophysical models of tree-crop interactions in alley-cropping systems, and evidenced the high Land Equivalent Ratio of temperate alley-cropping systems. He wrote the reference guidebook about temperate zone agroforestry entitled "Agroforestry : trees and crops" first published in 2008. Christian Dupraz was the founding President of the French Agroforestry association in 2007 and of the European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) in 2011. He has been committed to lobby for agroforestry at the French and European levels since 1998. He is also an elected member of the Occitanie Region Parliament.
H.E Dr.Eyasu Abraha AlleEthiopia
Francis Hallé (b. 1938) is a French botanist specialized in tree architecture and the biology of tropical rainforests.
He started his humid tropic career in the Ivory Coast, where his children were born, and then moved to the two Congos. From 1978 to 1980 he worked with the agroforestry and phytopractices of West Java (Indonesia) before returning home where he launched an agroforestry research group at the tropical botany lab of the University of Montpellier in South France.
Francis used an innovative canopy raft suspended from a hot air dirigible balloon to explore the rainforest canopies of Guyana, Panama, Cameroon, Gabon, Madagascar and Laos. In 2012, he starred in Luc Jacquet’s movie « Once upon a forest » shot in Gabon and in the Peruvian Amazon.
Francis Hallé is the author of many books and papers on tropical trees and forests. He has taught tropical botany at the universities of Kuala Lumpur, Brazzaville, Kinshasa and Montpellier for over 25 years. In 2019, he hopes to go back to what he loves most, and explore the canopies of Myanmar’s extraordinary forest diversity with his canopy raft.
Roger LeakeyUnited Kingdom
Roger Leakey FRGS has both practical (NDA, CDA) and academic (DSc, PhD, BSc) qualifications in Agriculture. He has been Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF 1993–1997) and Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development of James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia (2001–2006); and was a Coordinating Lead Author in the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD, 2006-2009). He is author of "Living with the Trees of Life - Towards to Transformation of Tropical Agriculture" (CABI, 2012) and "Multifunctional Agriculture – Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa" (Academic Press 2017) and currently is Vice President of the International Tree Foundation.
Wanjira Mathai is the Co-Chair of WRI’s Global Restoration Council and Chairperson of the Green Belt Movement.
Mathai grew up in Kenya, traveling to the United States to attend college. She is a graduate of Hobart William Smith College and graduate schools of Business and Public Health at Emory University. She then worked as Senior Program Officer for International Health at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta focusing on issues of disease eradication.
Since 2002, Mathai has been directing International Affairs at the Green Belt Movement (GBM), which was founded by her mother, the late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai. She is also a World Future Councilor, Advisory Council Member (Global Cookstoves Alliance), and Member of the Earth Charter International Council.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Green Belt Movement and the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies.
Dr Cheikh Mbow is the Executive Director of START-International in Washington DC. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry. Dr. Cheikh Mbow has been a Senior Scientist on Climate Change and Development at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Lead Author for the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) of IPCC-AR5, and Lead Author for the scoping of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services-IPBES. Mbow is now a Coordinating Lead Author for the Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land and lead author of IPCC AR6 on AFOLU. He served in many Scientific Committees such as the Global Land Program (2005-2011), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program-IGBP from 2012-2014, Future Earth (2013-2015). His research is on tree cover dynamics and recovery in the Sahel.
Tony Simons has worked for over thirty years on issues at the agriculture/forestry interface. This experience has been gained in over 50 countries in the private sector (Shell), academia (University of Oxford), official development assistance (ODA/DFID) and research (CGIAR). He has a PhD in genetics from Cambridge University (UK) as well as an Honorary Professorship in Tropical Forestry at the University of Copenhagen. He has published over 100 research papers and has mentored dozens of young female and male scientists in developing countries. Tony is passionate about the transformative and profitable change that the private sector and impact investors can bring to development, having established partnerships with MARS Inc., DANONE, Syngenta, Boehringer and Unilever. He also sits on various Boards and Investment Committees including Global Restoration Council, TEEB Advisory Board, ACTS, Livelihoods Fund and Tropical Landscape Finance Facility.
Representative of the European Commission (to be confirmed)Belgium
Representative of the French Government (to be confirmed)France
Christiana Figueres (to be confirmed)Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010-2016, Costa Rican diplomatCosta Rica
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