About FSC

Meet the Global Support Team

Cyril Ferrand

Global Coordinator
Cyril joined the gFSC on 1 April, 2014. He is a French citizen who has been working for the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division of FAO since 1999.  He has covered major humanitarian crisis, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, Somalia and the occupied Palestinian territory. Cyril's humanitarian career started in 1994 in France in support of economic and humanitarian refugees and continued overseas in 1996 when he joined Action Contre la Faim (ACF) as a food security expert until 1999, covering Burundi, Russian Federation – North Caucasus and Cambodia. Cyril holds an University degree in Natural Sciences and  advanced University degrees in Agronomy, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a part of the University of London.

Rajendra Aryal

Senior Programme Adviser
Rajendra has more than twenty years of experience in international development and humanitarian assistance in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. He has managed big teams in several major humanitarian crises, including Afghanistan, Indian Ocean tsunami, the Balkans, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Sudan and Sri Lanka. He has carried out several rapid needs assessments and Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in China, DPR Korea, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Serbia, Syria, Thailand, and Ukraine. Before joining FAO in 2003, he worked for German International Cooperation (GIZ), United Nations Capital Development fund (UNCDF)/UNDP and the Government of Nepal. Rajendra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Tiruchirappalli, India and a Master’s Degree in Civil  and Infrastructure Engineering from University of Hannover in Germany.

Sara Moussavi

Programme Adviser
Sara has been working with WFP since 2003 and has served in Sudan, Pakistan, and Philippines in the Programme/VAM units, and as an External Relations Officer in Somalia and WFP HQ. Prior to joining WFP, she was posted in the Caribbean and Latin America with the Peace Corps. Sara has a Bachelor’s of Science in Agronomy, and a Masters of Anthropology specialising in Nutritional Anthropology from the University of Maryland, USA. Sara joined the gFSC in December 2014.

Christine Ouellette

GenCap Advisor
Over the last 30 years, Christine has worked in Canada and in development and humanitarian contexts, including conflict and post-conflict settings, specializing in gender equality and women's empowerment, accountability to affected populations, multi-stakeholder processes, community development, change management, and poverty reduction. Christine's current assignment with the gFSC is her third one as GenCap Advisor since joining the roster in 2009. Before coming to Rome, Christine was based in Ottawa (Canada) where she headed the Program Division of the Canadian international development NGO, CHF. She has also worked in New York as UNFPA's Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch and was posted to Afghanistan as UN Women's Country Director. From 2006 to 2009, Christine was seconded by the Canadian Government to Pakistan's Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) where she provided advice to senior management and strengthened the capacity of a range of stakeholders to mainstream gender in the response to the 2005 earthquake; during this period she also co-authored a number of reports and training curriculum on mainstreaming gender considerations in humanitarian responses (www.erra.pk ). Over the years, Christine has worked for and provided technical assistance to a number of international organizations, such as IRC, Plan International, CARE Canada, CIDA, AfDB/Deloitte-Touche, Cowater International, and others.

Valentina Giorda

Programme Advisor
Valentina is Cluster Coordinator for Surge and support to Country Clusters with the Global Support Team. Before joining the gFSC team in HQ, Valentina has been the Food Security Cluster Coordinator in Iraq and in the Central African Republic. Valentina has previously worked for the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, where she has been an Emergency Operations Officer since 2010, serving in Haiti, Burkina Faso and the Central African Republic. 

Andrea Duechting

Programme Advisor
Andrea has joined the Global Support Team at the beginning of 2016 and is seconded from  Welthungerhilfe. Before coming to Rome, she has worked as a consultant for Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe in Chad where she supported partner organisations in the planning process and implementation of humanitarian as well as regional rehabilitation projects. Over the last six years, Andrea has worked for Welthungerhilfe in various humanitarian and development contexts in Subsaharan African, South-Asia and in headquarters in Germany, specialising on food security response in protracted crisis and post-conflict settings. Her experience varies from programme coordination in the Sahel region, to monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian and rehabilitation projects worldwide, and advising local partners in implementing projects in Mali, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka, Haiti, etc. While focusing on conflict sensitivity and gender equality, she has worked with and coached a broad range of civil society representatives and national stakeholders to get increasingly involved in humanitarian response and international development work. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and Bachelor degree in Geography. 

Marina Angeloni

Programme Officer
Marina joined the gFSC in February 2013. She is the focal point for the Food Security and Livelihoods in Urban Settings Working Group managing all related activities, meetings and correspondence as well as co-focal point for the Cash & Markets Working Group. She is also co-managing the gFSC Roster and providing support to several country FSCs under her geographical focus. Other tasks include support to the organization of global meetings of partners and Cluster Coordinators Retreats. Her background includes a Master’s Degree in Peacekeeping and Security Studies and several years of experience with UN DPKO; FAO and NGOs between Geneva, New York and Nairobi. 

Walter Leoni

Graphic Design Consultant
With a Degree in Graphic Arts and he has spent over a decade in the graphic field, working on a wide range of project and clients, nationally and Internationally. Previously worked as an Art Director for a large Media Company, he also has a passion for Marketing and holds a Specialization in Marketing and Business. Experienced in both print and web, his main strength is his adaptability, he is able to jump easily from being a graphic designer, photographer, social media expert, or marketing specialist. He's a creative thinker that likes bringing ideas to life. When he's away from design, he enjoys sports, socializing and traveling. He's pleased and excited to join WFP and looks forward to collaborate with every member of the Food Security Cluster Team.

Nancy Alvarez

Senior Administrative Assistant
Nancy joined the FSC in August 2013 to support the administrative work of the team.  She has worked with the WFP since 1996,  mostly in the areas of Administration, HR, Procurement and Finance. In 1998, Nancy also had the opportunity to experience of the hard and dedicated work in the field during the natural disaster Hurricane Mitch in Honduras. Nancy enjoys assisting the work of the FSC.

Crystal Francis

Administrative Assistant
Crystal provides administrative support to the gFSC team and has been with WFP since 2008.  She comes from a recruiting background within WFP and has worked both for the government and private sectors in Australia in the areas of Finance, Administration and Human Resources. 

Pushpa Acharya

Senior Programme Policy Officer
Ms. Pushpa Acharya (MSc, MS, PhD) has over 28 years of experience working both in emergency and development context in the area of food security, nutrition, gender equity and chemistry.   She has managed large emergency operations working closely with partners.  She has over 9 years of experience working with the country level sector/cluster system in Iraq and Sudan.  She led/coordinated capacity development initiative/activities on nutrition for WFP from 2005-2009.