Commodities Leaders Dialogue:
Cooperation – A Valuable Commodity
COP21 Side Event
Tuesday, Dec. 1
14:45 – 16:00
Rio Conventions Pavilion
Today, soy, beef and palm oil yield about $92 billion a year to producers, many of whom are small-scale rural farmers. These commodities thus become important in many local and national economies. Therefore, sustainability within commodities will only be achieved by linking long-term national sustainable development plans with day-to-day value chain management.
Naoko Ishii, CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility. Dr. Ishii was unanimously selected by the GEF Council in October 2015 for her second term. Prior to becoming the fourth CEO and Chairperson of the GEF, Dr. Ishii, as Deputy Vice Minister of Finance, was responsible for Japan's international financial and development policies, and for its global policies on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity. For nearly half of her career, Dr. Ishii has served in international assignments outside of Japan, including at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. At the World Bank, Dr. Ishii was the Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. She is the inaugural recipient of the 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize. She holds BA and Ph.D. from University of Tokyo.
Rolando de Barros Barreto, Minister of Environment. Serving since January 2015 Minister Barreto has previously led government agricultural and environmental administration, and was an official of the national office Clean Development Mechanism, developing of the national greenhouse gas inventory for the National Program on Climate Change. He is a graduate from the School of Engineering Forestry Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the National University Asunción.
Francesco Tramontin, Director Public Affairs for Mondelēz Europe, is responsible to coordinate Mondelez external engagement strategy in Europe with particular focus on Sustainability and Health & Wellness issues. Francesco worked from 2012 to 2013 in Mondelez Europe HQ in Zurich as Director Sustainability and from 2008 to 2012 in Kraft Foods’ HQ in Chicago where he was responsible for Issues Management coordinating the company’s global external positions on sustainability and environmental issues and managing Kraft Foods regular relationship with NGOs and external partners. Previously Francesco worked in EU public/government affairs in Brussels for Cargill and then Kraft Foods, focusing on environmental, trade and agricultural policy. Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is one of the world’s largest snacks companies, with pro forma 2014 revenue of more than $30 billion and over 100,000 employees in approximately 165 countries around the world.
Michael Jenkins, President of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. Michael's responsibilities with the Program included all grant-making in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as overarching program management. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agroforester in Haiti with the USAID Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he worked with a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International, as a technical advisor. In the late 1970s, Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture, and forestry projects. He holds a Master's of Forest Science from Yale University.
Marco Albani, Director of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020. Previously, he was a senior expert in the Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice of McKinsey & Company, where he served public, private, and social sector clients on strategic topics in the natural resources and sustainability arena, helping them to address the energy-food-water nexus and the challenges and opportunities created by climate change. Prior to joining McKinsey, Marco worked as a researcher in forest landscape ecology and carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems. He holds a Ph.D. in Forest Sciences from the University of British Columbia and a Baccalaureate degree in Forestry from the University of Florence, Italy.
Moderator: Edward King, Journalist and producer. Ed leads Climate Change TV an online channel hosting interviews and footage from international climate change and development summits, part of the larger Responding to Climate Change network. Ed previously worked as a Producer on BBC Radio 5 Live. He holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, specializing in global energy and climate policy.