Meet the Team
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.
Anne has more than 25 years of experience in international development and humanitarian assistance in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and at the headquarters with both WFP and Concern Worldwide. She has managed teams and Country Offices and has lead multi-disciplinary and multi stakeholder teams in food security assessments. Anne has represented WFP at the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition and co-chaired the working group on Nutrition in Emergencies for many years. She was also a member of the core technical team for the first version of the Sphere Project on nutrition standards and its subsequent revision.
Ariella joined the gFSC team in January 2014. She worked with FAO since 2002, responsible for emergency and rehabilitation operations across Asia, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, which included response to complex emergencies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as to region-wide operations such as Desert Locust control in Africa and global threats as posed by the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Over the past three years she has led FAO’s Food Chain Crisis- Emergency Management Unit addressing transboundary animal diseases, plant pest and diseases and food-safety. Previously, she worked with the World Meteorological Organization on drought early warning systems in the Sahel and disaster preparedness and mitigation related to climate change, with the European Union on tropical deforestation monitoring and with an NGO in Bolivia to support indigenous communities. Ariella’s academic background is in tropical agricultural sciences and rural development.
Dina is a programme advisor and joined the global support team in September 2013. She brings with her 20 years of experience in programme and logistics in the humanitarian field. She has worked in Croatia, Bosnia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Rome. She primarily oversees information management, funding mechanisms, Cash and Vouchers working group and covers assigned geographical regions.
Roberta is Programme Adviser at the Global Support Team. Prior to joining FAO in 2006 as Liaison and Operations Officer for Somalia, Chad and most recently the Democratic Republic of Congo, she worked for over 13 years in the field as Programme Manager with the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department of the European Commission (EU ECHO), NGOs and UN-Habitat, as well as at the World Food Programme Headquarters. Roberta’s field postings have been mainly in the former Yugoslavia, Central Asia, and in the Eastern and Southern Africa. Roberta enjoys photography and sports.
Samantha is a Programme Advisor seconded by HelpAge International. She has over 14 years of experience in the development and humanitarian fields, especially in difficult and complex situations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Her thematic experience is in food security and livelihoods; age, gender and protection. At gFSC, Samantha works on regular Cluster activities to deliver the Cluster strategies and work plan (surge missions, capacity building, coordination) with a special focus on integrating age along with gender, disabilities and protection as a part of the gFSC’s initiatives for quality programming.
Emma’s primary focus in the global support team is on communications, strengthening partnerships and cluster coordination surge support. Emma has previous cluster and sector coordination experience in the food security and health clusters at global and national levels, building capacity and strengthening systems for humanitarian response with governments, donors, NGOs and local partners. In her spare time, Emma enjoys exploring local markets and cooking.
Kaisa joined the gFSC at the end of October 2013 and works with Information Management and Communications, including the website and social media. Her previous work experience include working at the World Bank in Washington DC with communications and knowledge management. She has additional experience from the Finnish Foreign Missions in Washington DC, New York and Vietnam.
Vanessa has worked with the Food Security Cluster since May 2011. She has found this experience truly rewarding because of the close contacts with the field and partners in NGOs and other international and UN agencies. Vanessa helps out with a wide variety of work ranging from regular correspondences with partners concerning monthly teleconferences, working groups and trainings to the facilitation of Annual Meetings and editing of reports, terms of reference and standard operating procedures. Vanessa thinks her experience with the FSC has also helped to reinforce her studies in development economics and international relations.
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. She is also working with the Protection Officer on all quality programming and protection activities. Other tasks include the development of gFSC surveys and support to capacity building trainings. 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.
Marisa manages the development of the Food Security Cluster Global Information Management tool, which will be used by cluster systems and partners to collect, analyse and report on the food security responses during an emergency. She coordinates and organizes regular teleconferences of the FSC Assessment Working Group (AWG) and is also working with the Assessment Working Group Co-Chairs and partner focal points to draft indicator leaflets to serve as a reference guide for Information Management Officers collecting field data. She performs other gFSC related tasks as required such as facilitating the global partner related events, posst FSC website updates and liaises with technical support within WFP and external partners.
Anna has worked with the FSC as the Admin/HR/Procurement focal point since January 2011. She has worked with WFP since 1990, mainly in the Administrative/HR sectors of the programme. Approximately 9 out of the 24 years with WFP, she has spent in the field. During her service in difficult and hazardous duty stations, she has collaborated closely with other UN agencies, NGOs and the IFRC, particularly in Bukavu and Goma, and therefore appreciates the importance of the role of the Food Security Cluster in the humanitarian context.
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 is enjoys assisting the work of the FSC.