Martien Van Nieuwkoop
Global Director, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Martien van Nieuwkoop, a Dutch national, was appointed Global Director for the Agriculture and Food Global Practice in the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Practice Group on July 1, 2019. As a Global Director, Martien provides leadership to the formulation and implementation of the Bank’s strategy and knowledge in agriculture and food, oversees the operationalization of the Bank’s vision on agriculture and food in regional and country programs, acts as a senior spokesperson for agriculture and food Bank-wide and globally and manages the Agriculture and Food Global Practice. The Agriculture and Food Global Practice has a portfolio of about 160 projects with close to US$ 20 billion in commitments in the investment projects, program-for-results, and development policy lending, and about 250 staff members. Before taking this position, Martien served for two years as Practice Director of the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice, where he oversaw the Bank’s agriculture lending, portfolio, and analytic work in the East-Asia Pacific, Latin-America and the Caribbean and South Asia Regions, coordinated collaboration with IFC on agribusiness, and led the Bank’s global engagement on agriculture and climate change. Martien joined the World Bank in 1993 as a Young Professional and worked initially as an agriculture economist in the Latin-America and Caribbean Region. He was cluster leader covering agriculture during field assignments in Madagascar from 2001-2004 and in India from 2005-2007. From 2007 to 2015 Martien worked as Program Coordinator and Sector Manager for Agriculture in various assignments in the Africa Region, including covering Southern and West-Africa. He was also the Practice Manager for Agriculture in the South-Asia Region, a position he held from 2015-2017. Prior to joining the Bank, Martien was an associate scientist in the Economics Program of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico from 1991-1993 and an associate expert in the Dutch bilateral cooperation program in Pakistan from 1989-1991. Martien holds a Final ("Doctoral") Examination (Cum Laude), Development Economics from Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, and an MBA (Beta-Gamma-Sigma), International Executive Program from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA. He grew up on a family-owned horticulture farm in Gouda, The Netherlands.
Chaired Paris School of Economics Professor, Research Director INRAE; Chair, SPIA (Standing Panel on Impact Assessment), CGIAR
Karen Macours is a chaired professor at the Paris School of Economics (PSE), and senior researcher (directrice de recherche) at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE). Her research focuses on agricultural productivity and rural poverty reduction in developing countries, impact assessment related to agricultural R&D, the evaluation of programs addressing households’ productive and human capital investments, and related measurement and methodological questions. She is the chair of the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of CGIAR, co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics, and co-chair of the JPAL health sector. She previously was an associate professor of international economics at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Feto Esimo
Director-General, Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research
Dr. Feto Esimo Berisso is the Director-General of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), assuming the position in July 2020 to guide the development and implementation of the strategic plan for an institute with more than 5000 staff in research and support positions. He was previously the Director-General of the Oromia Agricultural Research Institute and held a series of academic positions at Hawassa University. Feto holds a Ph.D. in Soil Physics and Hydropedology (the intersection of soil science and hydrology) from Aarhus University in Denmark.
Manager, Development Data Group, The World Bank
Calogero (Gero) Carletto is the Manager of the Data Production and Methods Unit in the Development Data Group at the World Bank. He leads the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS), the flagship household survey program at the World Bank. In 2015, he founded and directed the Center for Development Data - a hub dedicated to fostering methodological innovation and strengthening countries’ capacity in household and farm surveys. The Center hosts the 50x2030: Data Smart Agriculture program, a multi-partner initiative aimed at closing data gaps in agriculture. In the past, he has worked for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and other UN agencies. Gero has published dozens of scholarly articles on various topics ranging from poverty, food security, agriculture, and rural development, as well as data collection methods and data measurement issues. Gero holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Economist, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Vikas Choudhary is a Senior Economist and Team Leader for Agriculture at the World Bank and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Previously, he managed the operations for the Agricultural Risk Management Team. Prior to joining the Bank, he was the Director, Global Economic Development at the Centre of High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). He started his career with the Government of Rajasthan, India, and subsequently worked with CARE-India; set up a USAID agribusiness project; and co-founded a felt export business. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Anthropology and a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University, USA, and has a Management degree from the Indian Institute of Forestry Management, India.