Meet the 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.

Anne Callanan

Senior Programme Adviser

Anne has more than twenty-five 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.

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.

Roberta Canulla

Programme Adviser

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 thirteen 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.

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 ( ). 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. 

Solomon Smith

Information Management / Information Technology Consultant

Solomon joined the gFSC in September 2015 and works with the Information Management team. He's helping them with technical tasks related to the website, tools and other guidance. His previous work experience is in developing web applications, making tools more user-friendly and advising on other technical matters.

Marisa Muraskiewicz

Junior Consultant

Marisa joined the gFSC in February 2013 and works with Information Management, including development of the FSC IM Tool and IM trainings. Her background includes an udergraduate degreee in psychology and masters degree in international relations.

Evan Sheldon

Junior Consultant

Evan joined the team in November of 2014. His academic background pertains to International Relations and Foreign Affairs, with extensive research focusing on the Balkans, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Within the global support team, Evan assists in supporting trainings, the gFSC Roster, and information management.

Nancy Alvarez

Senior Admin 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 is enjoys assisting the work of the FSC.

Crystal Francis

Admin 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.