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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.