Speakers and facilitators


The following speakers and facilitators confirmed their participation in this event:




El Hadj Dramane Coulibaly

Co-ordinator of the Regional programme on food security, combating desertification, population and development, Permanent Inter-State Committee for drought control in the Sahel (CILSS) 

El Hadj Coulibaly is an agricultural economist working under the CILSS Executive Secretary. He has gained experience in various national and regional development projects and programmes related to sustainable development, agricultural development and food security, focusing more particularly on the improvement of primary commodities production, transformation processes, marketing, food crisis management and regional trade in West Africa. Besides facilitating the implementation of food security programmes, he contributes to conceptual thinking to improve coherence and harmonization of food security policies and support intra-regional trade and capacity-building within CILSS member countries. 

Maria Elena V. Rebagay

Senior Programme Officer, Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA)

Within AsiaDHRRA, a regional network of NGOs working with rural communities in ten mostly Southeast Asian countries, Maria Elena Rebagay co-ordinates the organisational and leadership development programme to promote the network’s regional policy advocacy in relation with ASEAN, the FAO and other regional and international bodies. She also provides technical support to the network’s “Linking Small Farmers to Market” (LSFM) project. She started her career as community organiser focusing on agrarian reform farmers then engaged in agricultural co-operative enterprise development as well as Farmers’ Federation building. With more than 20 years of practical experience in rural development, she is currently pursuing a PhD in economics at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Victoria Asetre Serrato

Marketing Office, Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)

Within AFA, a regional network of farmers’ federation from nine countries with around ten million farmers, Victoria Asetre Serrato is responsible for developing a marketing programme to support local initiatives. She also helps extending technical support in establishing social enterprises of PAKISAMA members, a confederation dedicated to the empowerment of the Filipino small farmers, fishers and rural women. Before joining AFA, she worked as Senior Program Officer with the Philippine Development Assistance Program (PDAP) and gained experience with micro-enterprises, industry associations, local market consolidators (i.e. farmers' cooperatives who facilitate the purchase of farmers' produce, as well as processing, marketing and distribution of produce) and non-government organisation in Luzon.


Fungayi Simbi

Regional CAADP Co-ordinator for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Funganyi Simbi has more than 20 years commercial experience in agri-business management ranging from research, production, processing, sales and operations management, supply and demand management, acreage planning, forecasting and yield estimation. Prior to that, he worked for Cargill, Monsanto, and Pioneer Hi-Bred International in various capacities including crop development and crop input procurement, distribution and training. He is well versed in setting up Greenfield agriculture projects and project management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture with Honours from the University of Zimbabwe, a Master’s degree in Applied Sciences from the University of London, a Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Zimbabwe, as well as various diplomas in project management and business strategy.




Adeline Borot de Battisti

Economist of natural resources, Consultant, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD)

Adeline Borot de Battisti has facilitated the preparation of the SWAC’s 2010 Forum on Regional solidarity to address food crises. Previously, she worked for several years as a Policy Analyst within the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate, in collaboration with development partners and governments, especially in Africa. Her expertise covers economic analysis and policy recommendations in the fields of agriculture, food security, food trade and agro-environmental issues. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and Communications from the ESCP Europe Business School and a Master’s degree in Economics of Natural Resources from the National Agronomic School (Agro-ParisTech).

Laurent Bossard
Director ad interim, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD)

Appointed as Director a. i. in 2009, Laurent Bossard was designated by the Club’s President to implement a thorough reform of the SWAC which will take effect on 1 January 2011. After joining the Secretariat in 1999, he specialized in regional dynamics. In particular, he led the ECOLOC programme "Managing the economy locally in West Africa", worked on cross-border co-operation and supported ECOWAS in formulating its common approach on migration. His career began at the European Commission in the early 80's where, after working on Mali’s food strategy and a grain market restructuring programme, he became an advisor of the Commission to the Executive Secretary of CILSS. Based in Ouagadougou, he organised the first consultations between the various Sahelian food stock offices between 1984 and 1988, established the "permanent diagnostic for food security" programme, and contributed to regional thinking on cereal policies (Mindelo Colloquium, 1986). A geographer by training, he directed the Regional Atlas on West Africa, published in 2009 by the OECD within the “West African Studies” series.

Ousmane Djibo

Agribusiness advisor, NEPAD Planning and Co-ordinating Agency (NPCA)

Ousmane Djibo is the co-ordinator of the NPCA’s Sustainable Land and Water Resources Management (SLM) flagship programme, which includes the TerrAfrica Secretariat, the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), Agency-UNEP capacity strengthening programme of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the African Agriculture Climate Change initiative. Previously, he worked as co-ordinator of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) process in West and Central Africa. Before joining the NEPAD Secretariat in 2008, he was in charge of the microfinance and agribusiness component of the GTZ agriculture programme in Burkina Faso. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Marburg (Germany) and a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

François-Xavier de Donnea

President of the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC)

Belgium Minister of State and member of the Belgian House of Representatives

François-Xavier De Donnea took up his functions as SWAC President in January 2009. He represents the Sahel and West Africa Club Members in international fora and ensures that the Secretariat implements the policies and other decisions adopted by the SWAC's Strategy and Policy Group (SPG). During his tenure, Mr. de Donnea wants to strengthen the SWAC's forum function, by welcoming ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS as full members on 1 January 2011. His other priorities are: i) increased participation of parliamentarians from OECD countries and West Africa in the work of the Club; ii) involvement of new development actors in the region, particularly several major emerging countries engaged in South-South cooperation; iii) strengthening synergies between SWAC and other OECD bodies.


Sophia Murphy
Senior Advisor, Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy (IATP)

As Senior Advisor on trade and global governance issues at the IATP in Minneapolis, Sophia Murphy focuses on agricultural trade rules, food security issues, and the right to food. She has 20 years experience in designing public policy at local, national and international levels, which is further illustrated through her various publications and lectures. She previously worked for the United Nations in Geneva and the Canadian Council for International Co-operation in Ottawa. She has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Master's degree from the London School of Economics in social policy and planning in developing countries.

Issa Tankari

Technical Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, Office des Produits Vivriers du Niger (OPVN)

Issa Tankari started his career in 1993 working with information systems in national, regional and international cereal markets within several development agencies (the German Development Agency (GTZ), the World Bank, the Belgium Co-operation and the European Union). He contributed later to food security policies in programmes related to staple and export food markets. In 2008, he joined the Office des Produits Viviers du Niger (OPVN), a public institution in charge of maintaining the national food security reserve as part of the national arrangements for food crises prevention and response. He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Globalisation from the University of Grenoble (France).

Sibiri Jean Zoundi

Principal Administrator, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD)

A rural development engineer with a Doctorate of Science degree in Applied Biology from the University of Ouagadougou by training, Jean Sibiri Zoundi worked for 20 years as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research of Burkina Faso (INERA). In 2006, he joined the Secretariat of the Sahel and West Africa Club as Principal Administrator and expert on agriculture and rural development issues. He ensures the co-ordination and implementation of various initiatives in the areas of agricultural policies, food security, and natural resource management.


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