Global Lead, Data-driven Digital Agriculture, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Dr. Parmesh Shah is the Global Lead for Data-Driven Digital Agriculture at the World Bank. He provides leadership to the Bank’s work in these areas and supports the development of global knowledge and learning in these areas to offer solutions to clients and other development partners. His current areas of interest are making markets and public services work for the poor, social entrepreneurship, digital and data-based innovations in agriculture and rural development, climate-smart agriculture, agriculture and technology-enabled start-ups, venture and patient capital for innovation, promotion of on-farm, off-farm, and digital jobs and public-private and people partnerships for rural poverty reduction. He is currently involved in developing a global program on scaling up data-driven digital agriculture through data platforms and establishing ecosystems for innovation, entrepreneurship, and incubation. He holds a D Phil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B Tech degree in Agricultural Engineering from Pantnagar in India.
Practice Manager, Europe, and Central Asia Unit, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Frauke Jungbluth is Practice Manager for the Europe and Central Asia Region in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice, under Sustainable Development Vice Presidency. Ms. Jungbluth, a German national, joined the Bank in 1999 as a Young Professional. She has since held various positions, including Senior Rural Development Economist in the Africa, Europe, and Central Asia and South Asia regions in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice, including field assignments in Mozambique and Bangladesh. Prior to her position as Practice Manager, she was Lead Agriculture Economist in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice in the East Asia and Pacific region, based in Manila, Philippines.
Agriculture Economist, Europe, and Central Asia unit, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Kateryna Schroeder is an Agriculture Economist in the Europe and Central Asia Unit of the Agriculture and Food Global Practice, where she leads and supports investment and analytical projects in Serbia, Turkey, Romania, and Ukraine. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Kateryna worked as a researcher at the Food and Agricultural Policy Institute and as a frequent consultant with the UN FAO and USAID on issues related to agricultural and trade policy, and food security. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Missouri.
Climate Strategy Specialist, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture
James Giles is a specialist in climate strategy with four years of experience working with the Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT's Climate Policy Hub in Hanoi, Vietnam. He holds a BSc degree in Environmental Science from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Environmental technologies from Imperial College London. The focus of his work is in the evaluation of localized Climate-Smart Agriculture initiatives and their capacity to influence national-level climate policies in the agricultural sector. Through this work he has led the development of multiple methodologies, using participatory approaches that engage in multi stakeholder dialogues with both farmers and policymakers. Responding to identified gaps in understanding, his recent work has seen him narrow his focus to the utilization of digital tools in the agriculture sector, supporting the development of the digital agriculture country profile series, leading a project on digital value chain development for the Shrimp Aquaculture sector in Vietnam, and supporting the Vietnamese Government review its utilization of digital tools for Disaster Risk Management in the Mekong Delta. Research outputs are communicated for maximum impact amongst policymakers, utilizing economic and policy analysis tools. He is currently working in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, The Philippines, Indonesia, and Pakistan. Beyond his work on CSA, he is also contributing to the strategic initiatives on agricultural risk management.
Senior Coordinator, The Alliance of Bioversity International and The International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Wietske Kropff works for the Alliance of Diversity International and CIAT as a senior coordinator with a strong focus on digital agriculture. She is affiliated with both the CGIAR Big Data platform and the GENDER platform. Her work with the Big Data Platform includes stakeholder and technology prioritization and analyses of digital solutions in the agricultural sector. She has worked on co-developing a methodology with the World Bank Group that assesses a country's readiness and its key opportunities for digital solutions within the food sector. She has led the process of developing Digital Agriculture Profiles in 8 countries.
Vinay Kumar Vutukuru
Senior Agriculture Economist, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Vinay Kumar Vutukuru is a Senior Agriculture Economist at the World Bank, Kenya, based out of Nairobi. He currently anchors the Agriculture Portfolio for the World Bank in Kenya. He has previously worked in the South Asia region on Agriculture and Rural Development initiatives at the World Bank. He supported the scale-up of the Bank’s agriculture and rural development program at the national level and in key states like Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand for ten years between 2009 and 2019, initially based out of Patna and then moving to Delhi. He was also on a development assignment with the India Country Management Unit working closely with the Country Director and the Operations Manager for two years on strategic management of the bank portfolio in India, including enabling linkages across different sectors and themes. Before joining the Bank, he worked in agriculture, rural development, demand-side governance, and rural safety nets with the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He finished his graduate degree in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Senior Agriculture Economist, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Tomás Rosada, Ph.D., Senior Agriculture Economist at the World Bank Group (WBG), currently works in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, and Mozambique in the areas of agriculture, livelihoods, and productive inclusion. Before joining the WBG, Doctor Rosada served as the Regional Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean and Country Program Manager for Mexico and Cuba at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations. While at IFAD he also served as a Principal Technical Advisor and reviewer of country strategies and designed and supervised various rural development investment loans and grants in the region. Prior to IFAD, he was the Alternate Executive Director for Central America and Belize in the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research, and Director of the Department of Economics of the Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala. He has consulted for various international development organizations and has taught at various universities in Guatemala, Canada, Chile, and the United States. He publishes regular op-ed columns for local newspapers and development blogs. His areas of professional interest are rural development, livelihoods, social policy, inequality, and poverty. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Guelph in Canada and a Master of Arts in Economics from ILADES-Georgetown University.