Mr. Charlie McConalogue TD.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland.

Minister Charlie McConalogue, born in Gleneely, Co Donegal, has been serving as Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine since September 2, 2020. With a background in farming, he pursued studies inEconomics, Politics, and history at University College Dublin (UCD), where his involvement in politics began. Following work in Fianna Fáil Headquarters and abroad in Australia, he returned to his family farm before he was elected as Donegal County Councillor in 2009. In 2011, he was elected TD for Donegal Northeast.
Before his current role, he held positions including Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, and spokesperson for Children, Education and Skills, and Agriculture, Food, and the Marine.

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Dr. David Laborde

Director of the Agrifood Economics Division (ESA) at the FAO

Dr. David Laborde, Director of the Agrifood Economics and Policy Division (ESA) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, leads economic research and policy analysis to enhance efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems. His work supports better production, nutrition, environment, and life, ensuring that no one is left behind. His research areas cover food and agricultural policies, agribusiness, rural transformation, poverty, resilience, bioeconomy, and climate-smart agriculture.

Previously, Dr. Laborde was a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), focusing on globalization, trade, protectionism measurement, and modelling for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2. He has developed various models including MIRAGE and MIRAGRODEP for trade policy and environmental issues.

Talk: Transforming Agrifood Systems for Global Food Security and Climate Resilience: Leading Toward a More Sustainable and Low-Carbon Future

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Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

Executive Managing Director of CGIAR, Montpellier cedex 5, France

Ms. Ismahane Elouafi holds the Executive Managing Director of CGIAR and previously held the position of Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

From 2012 until her appointment, Ms. Elouafi was Director General at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture based in the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Elouafi had previously held senior scientific and leadership positions, including Senior Adviser to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Branch in Ottawa, Canada (2006-2007); the National Manager of Plant Research Section (2007-2010); and Director of Research Management and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (2010-2012).


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Vice President for Research, Impact, and Innovation (TBA)

University College Dublin, Ireland.


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