In addition to interacting directly with Panel Members, the Global Panel Secretariat has the privilege to closely collaborate with expert Panel Member Representatives, who play a crucial role in promoting the work of the Global Panel and accelerating policy impact from the Panel’s outputs.
Baffour Agyeman-Duah is Chief Executive Officer of The John A. Kufuor Foundation, founded by former President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana. Baffour is a former United Nations Senior Governance Advisor in Tanzania and Liberia, and was also Associate Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a public policy think tank. A former university professor, Baffour has also published a number of articles in academic journals and three books.
Victor Ajieroh is Senior Nutrition Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Nigeria. He has expertise in food security and public health nutrition. Victor has recently served as the Senior Advisor on Food Security and Nutrition in Nigeria where he supported the Government of Nigeria through the offices of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Throughout his career, Victor has worked and consulted for several organizations such as the Food Basket Foundation International, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), various USAID projects (FEWSNET, MARKETS, COMPASS & IYCN), the International Agriculture Programme of Missouri University, the World Bank, IFPRI, GAIN, the Micronutrient Initiative and Unilever. Victor holds a PhD in Public Health Nutrition and is passionate about sustainable development and business solutions for food and nutrition security, especially in the developing world.
Lynn Brown is a post graduate trained economist specialising in food and nutrition policy, social protection, agriculture and rural development, and gender in economic development. She has extensive experience in Africa and Asia, including two years in Bangladesh managing the World Bank’s nutrition portfolio. She has also managed and led numerous multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and/or policymakers.
Lynn was the first Chief Economist of the World Food Program (WFP) and enjoyed a long career at the World Bank. She is now an independent consultant, and is senior adviser to the SE4all CEO, the CGIAR, and HarvestPlus. She chairs the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development’s Agriculture and Nutrition workstream, spearheading nutrition-sensitive agriculture. She is also an author of numerous research papers, book chapters, and co-editor of a book on gender and structural adjustment.
Elisio Contini is a scientific researcher at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) and currently serves as Head of Secretariat of Intelligence and Macrostrategy. He is also Visiting Professor at Getulio Vargas Foundation, a member of the editorial board of the Agricultural Policy Journal (print) and a member of São Paulo Agribusiness Council of the Industrial Federation (FIESP). In addition, Elisio has authored of 60 articles published in scientific journals, seven books and 10 chapters in scientific books.
Elisio's area of experience is in administration, with an emphasis on public administration. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation - Rio de Janeiro, a Doctorate in Public Economics, Regionale Planning from the University of Muenster (Germany) and a Postdoctoral from LABEX EUROPA - Agropolis MONTPELLIER (France).
Josué Dioné is Senior Advisor to the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. He has extensive experience in research, advisory and capacity-building work on development policies, strategies, programmes, and projects, with a special focus on agricultural, rural and sustainable development and food security in Africa.
Prior to his current job, Josué held several senior positions, including Director of the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Principal Policy Economist at the African Development Bank; Regional Programme Coordinator for policy research and dialogue on agricultural development and food security at the Institute of the Sahel of the CILSS; Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University, and Principal Adviser for Policies and Markets at CTA. He has also served on boards and high-level advisory bodies for several regional and international institutions, including IFDC, ECDPM, the Carter Center, AATF and CMAAE. A citizen of Mali, Distinguished International Alumni of Michigan State University and Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, Dr. Dione holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.
Boaz Blackie Keizire is the Head of Policy and Advocacy at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He was formally a Head of Division of Agriculture and Food Security and Team Leader of a Pan African Agricultural Reform Program, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Earlier to this, Boaz was a Senior Advisor on CAADP at the AUC and before as a Head of Agriculture and Natural Resource Planning, at the National Planning Authority in Uganda and previously a Principal Economist and a CAADP Lead Person in Uganda.
Boaz has been instrumental and using country specific models and examples to change the quality of leadership of CAADP at the African Union.
His areas of expertise are Agricultural Economics and Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Development, Analysis and Planning. He holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from Makerere University - Uganda and a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy and Planning from the United Nations University, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Anna Lartey is the Director of Nutrition at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy and President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS, 2013-2017). Previously, she was Professor of Nutrition at the University of Ghana. Anna attended the University of California, Davis as a Fulbright student and received her Ph.D. in International Nutrition. She has worked as a researcher in sub-Saharan Africa for 27 years focusing on maternal child nutrition. She was Co-Principal Investigator for the WHO Multicenter Growth Reference Study, Ghana site, which resulted in the development of a new growth chart based on breastfed infants. Anna won the University of Ghana’s 'Best Researcher Award for 2004'. She has served on several global boards and committees and she holds the International Development Research Center (IDRC, Canada) Research Chair in Nutrition for Health and Socioeconomic Development in sub-Saharan Africa. Anna is also the recipient of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award for 2014.
Manu is a dental surgeon with a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from University College London. He is currently working as research scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship for the year 2010-11, a Wellcome Trust scholarship for his doctoral studies in the year 2009, and another Wellcome Trust Mid-Career Fellowship to undertake work on psycho-social determinants of oral health inequalities in India. Manu has authored many high impact peer-reviewed journal articles and is the author of multiple global health book chapters.
Manu's expertise lies in advanced epidemiologic methods, operations and health systems research and health promotion. He has worked on many projects funded by the Government of India, WHO, BMGF, USAID and NIH in the past and is currently leading large-scale projects from MRC UK, Global Bridges Consortium, Government of India and Rockefeller Foundation. He is currently steering a project which aims to provide technical assistance to the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda on Health. He is also currently leading a MRC-funded project on reducing the consumption of sugar sweetened everages in Indian children.