Education: former student at "Ecole Normale Supérieure" Paris - MSc in Ecology, Univ. Paris XI - 'Ingénieur' degree (MSc equivalent) in Agricultural Sciences, specialized in tropical agriculture, Montpellier SupAgro. Professional experience: fellow researcher in Cirad, Montpellier (1987-88); fellow researcher, Inra, Montpellier (1988-93); Agropolis International, Montpellier (1994-today): International relationship and cooperation, Networking of Scientific Institutions and networks management at international level including Executive Secretary of the European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development; EFARD (2001-2004): Coordination and animation of scientific teams and projects / research planning, Conception, elaboration and management of training programmes. Hobbies: travels, aircraft private pilot.
Knowledge Sharing and Learning Specialist
ILAC, Bioversity International
Over 15 years experience in the national and international agricultural research sector, including the areas of development and rural extension in Brazil; capacity strengthening and learning at the former ISNAR and IFPRI; knowledge sharing methodologies; facilitation of participatory decision making; monitoring and evaluation and communication. Cristina received an MSc in Extension for Natural Resource based Livelihoods from the University of Reading in UK and a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from University of Sao Paulo (ESALQ) in Brazil. Cris enjoys outdoors life, watching sports and reading (i.e. John Grisham, Bill Brison)
Gerard Baltissen, MSc is a Senior Adviser and Trainer in rural decentralization and local governance processes, community driven development, natural resources management and agricultural research and extension. Mr Baltissen has worked for KIT since 1994. From 1994 to 2000 he was employed on agricultural research and extension projects in Benin and Kenya. In 2001, he returned to KIT in Amsterdam to backstop rural development and decentralization projects and conduct short-term consultancies in Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America for numerous donors and NGOs, including the World Bank, the European Union, CORDAID, ICCO, VNG, IKV Pax Christi and SNV. An experienced trainer, workshop and writeshop facilitator, he advises project staff on participatory and multi-stakeholder approaches to development at local, regional and national levels. g.baltissen[at]kit[dot]nl
Mariana Wongtschowski is a Brazilian Agronomist, with an MSc in Agricultural Knowledge Systems from the Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Mariana worked as a policy officer for the Department of Environment and Water of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands (DGIS), and as a programme manager at the ETC. She is currently working for the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), where she strengthens the organization’s work on agricultural innovation and market oriented advisory services. Mariana has been involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of a large number of multi-stakeholder processes/programmes from the position of researcher, NGO staff and policy advisor. This gives her a unique ’advantage point’ from where to support, facilitate and manage programmes in her thematic area of expertise. M.Wongtschowski[at]kit[dot]nl
Cedric has recently joined the Institutional Learning and Change Initiative (ILAC) as an Intern. Its major task was to provide support to the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and to ILAC by analyzing the Foresight studies selected as part of the Inventory. He previously realized a six-month Internship with the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI), a French think-tank. During this internship he was in charge of a study on the kind of support and agriculture needed to ensure a truly sustainable food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a former student of Paris 1 University (Panthéon-Sorbonne) where he pursued a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a Master in “International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Development Policies”.