Fritz has worked in livestock-oriented development programs in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tanzania. He is affiliated with the Bern University of Applied Science, School of Agriculture, Forest and Food Science, where he was Professor for livestock systems (1993 – 2015) and Vice Director (2000-2010) responsible for research & consulting services. From 2010-2015 Fritz was Head of Agriculture and responsible for bachelor studies, applied research & development, continuing education and consulting services. In addition, Fritz is the chair of the Independent Steering Committee for the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, led by ILRI.
Carolyn Opio is a Livestock Policy Officer with the Animal Production and Health Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. Her work focuses on the analysis of trends within the livestock sector and the impacts of ongoing global trends; the role of livestock in nutrition, the assessment of livestock and environment interactions such as climate change, particularly on the sector’s contribution to GHG emissions.
Carolyn has also been directly involved in key global analyses and writing of major publications in the livestock sector. Carolyn currently leads the implementation of a project funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition on Enteric Methane. She is also coordinator of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership hosted by FAO and lead by livestock stakeholders.
Dr. Pierre Gerber serves as Senior Livestock Specialist at the World Bank, where he leads a stream of work aiming at mainstreaming climate and natural resource management sustainability objectives in livestock operations, and enabling the sector to access climate finance. Pierre possesses over 19 years of experience in analyzing trends in global livestock systems and their interactions with the environment. Previously at FAO, Pierre was a Senior Policy Officer where he coordinated a program involving analytical work, partnerships and field projects on a wide range of issues including climate smart agriculture, metrics of sustainability, and policy formulation for efficient natural resource use. He is also appointed Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University where his research and educational activities address global environmental sustainability issues in livestock systems.