Louise Fresco - Curriculum Vitae#


Previous positions
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) Rome, Italy 1997-2006
  • Assistant Director-General - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2000-2006
  • Director Research, Extension and Training Division - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 1997-1999
  • Member - Strategic Advisory Board of the Director General - FAO, UN - Rome 2012-2014
  • University Professor - University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam - The Netherlands - 2006-2014
  • Member - Nederlands-Franse Samenwerkingsraad - the Hague 2011-2014
  • Member - The Dutch Safety Board - the Hague 2011-2014Member - Advisory Council - The Hague Institute for Global Justice - the Hague 2011-2014
  • Member - Board of Trustees - Unisca - Amsterdam 2011-2014
  • Member- Executive Committee (2011-2014) and Crown Appointed Member (2008-2014)
  • The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) - the Hague Chair - Nationaal Platform Rio+20 the Netherlands | website: UNCSD-Rio2012
  • Member - Board of Trustees - Shell Foundation - United Kingdom 2011-2014
  • Initiator - "Film & Food" Spui 25 - Academic Cultural Center - Amsterdam 2009-2014
  • Member - The AtoZ Forum, The Reading & Writing Foundation - the Hague 2008-2014
  • Lid redactieraad AAA/ABC, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam 2008-2014
  • Visiting professor Institute of Earth Sciences, Stanford University and Packard Foundation Palo Alto 2007-2014 *Chair - Compagnie Fonds and its Board of Professors - Maritime Museum - Amsterdam 2007-2014
  • Member - Supervisory Board - Rabobank Nederland - Utrecht 2006-2014
  • Honorary professor - Wageningen Universiteit Wageningen 2001-2014
  • Vice-chair - Council - United Nations University - Tokyo 2007-2013
  • Member - Scientific Advisory Committee - Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) - Madrid, Spain 2009-2012
  • Trustee - Roosevelt Academy - Middelburg, the Netherlands 2008-2011
  • Columnist - Folia - weekly magazine, University of Amsterdam 2008-2011
  • Member - Jury - Libris Literature Award - the Netherlands 2011
  • Member - Committee to Review the IPPC - InterAcademy Council - the Netherlands 2010
  • Chair - Jury - 'Bouwfonds Design Competition' - NIROV 2008
  • Member - Delta Commission - the Netherlands 2007-2008
  • (ongoing)Comité d'organisation du Colloque sur la recherche agronomique - INRA-CIRAD - Paris, France 2007-2008
  • Chair - Review Committee - Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) - Paris, France 2006-2007
  • Member - Meta Evaluatie Commissie (MEC) - KNAW 2004-2008
  • Honorary Cleveringa Chair - University Leiden, the Netherlands 2005-2006
  • Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands 1990-1997
  • Professor - Plant production systems with special reference to the (sub-)tropics
  • Chair - Department of Agronomy
  • Senior Lecturer - Department of Tropical Crop Science
  • Founding member - Graduate School of Production Ecology Founding member - International Geosphere-Biosphere Land Use and Cover Change Project (IGBP)
  • Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
    • Evaluator - International Potato Institute- Member - Board - West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
    • Member - Board - Asian Vegetable Research Center - TaiwanMember - various committees - Dutch Foundation for Literature - Fonds voor de Letteren - President - National Advisory Council for Research on Nature and Environment (RMNO)Former literary critic and publicist in Dutch leading newspapers
  • Board member/advisor to international agricultural research institutes in France, Africa, South America and AsiaLong term field position as FAO project manager in Zaire (Congo)UN Volunteer PNG
  • Since July 2014 Professor Louise O. Fresco is President Executive Board Wageningen University & Research, in The Netherlands. She combines a long academic career as professor in Wageningen and Amsterdam, with various visiting professorships, with an extensive involvement in policy and development.
  • Professor Fresco serves as a non-executive director of Unilever, was a member of the supervisory Board of Rabobank and of the Socio-Economic Council, the highest advisory body in the Netherlands. She is a member of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize. She is also involved in many philanthropic and cultural foundations, serves as a board member of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, previously a member of the Erasmus Prize Foundation and member of the editorial board of the Dutch literary magazine De Gids.
  • She has twelve non-scientific books published in Dutch, including three novels. She has a fortnightly column in the leading daily NRC. In 2013, the six-part documentary Frescos Paradise was broadcasted on Dutch TV. The series is based on her book Hamburgers in Paradise. Food in Times of Scarcity and Abundance. In 2013, Louise O. Fresco published a thought provoking op-Ed in Science magazine The GMO Stalemate in Europe. In 2009 she gave a TED talk in Palm Springs and participated in the Nobel Prize Dialogues in Stockholm and Tokyo.
  • During her academic life she was professor of agriculture and plant production. focussing on tropical agriculture.
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