Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2015: Speakers

5pm, July 10th. Opening Session

NEIL MORISETTI, CB. A Rear Admiral in the British Navy, where he was Commander of the UK Maritime Forces, Admiral Morisetti later served as United Kingdom Climate and Energy Security Envoy from 2009 -13, and in 2013 was the UK government’s Special Representative for Climate Change.

DR MICHAEL SCHLUTER, CBE, CEO Relational Research. A social entrepreneur who has launched six charities including work on peacebuilding, social policy and alternative finance. Co-author of The R Factor (1993), Jubilee Manifesto (2005) and The Relational Manager (2009). Previously a research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute, and economics consultant with the World Bank in East Africa.


July 11: New approaches to land, natural resources management and peacebuilding with potential for scale-up

NIGUSE HAGAZI. Consultant, researcher and trainer for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Ethiopia. In Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, he has been part of a group that has achieved a large scale land restoration using terracing and water harvesting implemented by communities working together.

ROLF SHENTON, Director, Grassroots Trust, Zambia. A farmer and former Member of Parliament, He now promotes conservation agriculture and planned grazing in Zambia.

LUC GNACADJA Special Representative of the LoCAL Programme Board UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in which role he promotes mechanisms to provide finance for climate resilience initiatives at the local level. He is the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). He served as Minister of Environment, Housing and Urban Development in Benin from 1999 to 2005 during which time he was honoured with the “2002 Green Award” by the World Bank.

TONY RINAULDO is a Natural Resource Management Advisor at World Vision Australia who developed the approach to low cost regeneration of degraded lands known as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR).  This approach has been recognised with numerous awards for its impact in supporting livelihoods in communities facing the dual challenge of poverty and environmental degradation.

GABRIEL LAGAT, Deputy Governor, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya. Dr Lagat holds a PhD in Agricultural Resource Economics.

GEORGE KIIRU is a farmer, known in Kenya as “Mr Trees”. Having worked in the Kenyan government Forestry Department, he retired to run his own farm, and gained his name because of his passion to promote agroforestry and the huge number he has planted.

MICHAEL BEN ELI, Founder of The Sustainability Laboratory. Dr. Ben Eli graduated from the Architectural Association in London and later received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Cybernetics at Brunel University.  Prior to founding The Sustainability Laboratory, he worked as an international management consultant, pioneering applications of Systems Thinking and Cybernetics in management and organization.

July 12: Food, Trade, Land and Water Day

Prof. TONY ALLAN. Emeritus Professor, Department of Geography, King’s College, London. Awarded the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize for his work on the links between water, food and international trade. He developed the concept of “virtual water” to explain how a countries water security and food security are linked. Books include The Middle East water question: hydro-politics and the global economy (2001), Virtual Water: Tackling the Threat to Our Planet’s Most Precious Resource (2011).

DOMINIC WAUGHRAY Senior Director, Head of Environmental Initiatives, World Economic Forum; responsible for the agenda on environment and sustainability issues. Focus areas include resource scarcity (water-food-energy linkages); water security; climate change and green investment; sustainable production and consumption.

Dr. MARTIN KEULERTZ, Research Fellow, Environmental Governance Research Group, Humboldt University of Berlin. He specialises in the global food trade and its implications for the management of land and water. He was co-editor of the Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa (2013).

LOUISE BAKER Coordinator External Relations, Policy and Advocacy, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).  Previous assignments include work with the European Parliament and World Health Organization.

Dr TONY COLMAN is a Visiting Research Fellow at UCT EGS South Africa, UEA WSRC UK and the Columbia Water Center, Earth Institute, New York. His PhD (2013) is on governance of water services in Southern Africa.  He was previously MP Putney in the UK parliament to 2005 and Director Burton Group to 1990 where he was co-founder of Top Shop in 1969.

Dr MARTIN FRICK is Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).  Prior to his work with FAO he was a German diplomat during which time he worked as representative of Germany to the International Organisations based in Germany, including the Secretariats of the UN convention to combat climate change, UNFCCC, and the UN Convention to Combat desertification, UNCCD. He served as the German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the United Nations General Assembly from 2005 to 2007.  Between 2007-2010 he was Deputy CEO of the Global Humanitarian Forum, a Geneva based foundation set up by former UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan.  Martin has a PhD in Law from Regensburg University, and a diploma in International Relations from Sciences Po Strasbourg, France.

Dr SWAZURI A. MUHAMMAD is the Chairman of the National Land Commission of Kenya. He was awarded the ‘Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya’ Commendation (O.G.W) by the President in 2004. Previously, he served as a Commissioner of the Kenyan Constitutional Review, CKRC and has held a number of academic positions. He holds a PhD in Land Economics from the University of Nairobi.

ELIZABETH KHARONO Director at Centre for Land Economy and Rights of Women (Uganda) and Director at People Land and Rural Development in Kenya.

PHIL RIDDELL. Founding Director, African Agricultural Capital Ltd. A strategic adviser on agricultural investments and on water policy, focusing on sustainable, pro-poor, profitable commercial agriculture in emerging markets.  Research interests reflected in recent publications such as “Impact Investing in Commercial African Agriculture” (Rockefeller 2009); “Land Grabs and Alternative Modalities for Agricultural Investments in Emerging Markets” in Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa (2013).

MARINA DRUMMOND – Environmental policy analyst, Brazil. Experience includes work with the leading Latin American think-tank, FGV; and the Rio+20 Dialogue. She is a lawyer by training.

NIGEL THOMAS – Farmer and Agricultural consultant.  Extensive experience running farms in the UK, USA, Asia and Middle East.  Currently focusing work on development of commercial agriculture in Sudan.

Dr. ELISABETH VAN DEN AKKER, Program Manager, GIZ. is an agricultural economist with 20 years’ experience of research and programme implementation in the Sahel and Horn of Africa.

SIMON THUO is a member of the Reference Group that advises Global Water Partnership on climate change issues; Director: Water, Nature & Livelihoods at Losai Management Services in Nairobi; Director of Pegasys Institute of South Africa and a member of African Union’s Technical Committee on Climate Change. He has most recently been reviewing Water Security and regional cooperation on shared waters in the IGAD (Greater Horn of Africa) region.

BRENDAN BROMWICH coordinated the UN environmental response to the Darfur crisis between 2007 and 2013. Currently he is writing about this work and exploring transferable lessons for other peace-building efforts in similar contexts, based at King’s College London.

JULIA MARTON-LEFÈVRE was from 2007 to 2014 the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) based at Gland, Switzerland. Prior to this, she was Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE).

July 13th: Building trust for collaboration over land use.

JOSEPH MONTVILLE, Director, Program on Healing Historical Memory at School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at the School of International Service at American University; He spent 23 years as a diplomat with posts in the Middle East and North Africa. He defined the concept of Track II, nonofficial diplomacy. He was editor of Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies (1990) and The Psychodynamics of International Relationships (1990 [vol. I], 1991 [vol. II])

YOUSSIF EL TAYIB, Executive Director, Darfur Development and Reconstruction Agency (DDRA). DDRA is a NGO set up by senior Darfuri aid workers and works on livelihoods, natural resources management and peacebuilding. Youssif is a lawyer with extensive experience of humanitarian responses in Sudan and elsewhere.

DAVID BERGVINSON, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Prior to this appointment, he worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA, as Senior Program Officer, Crop Value Chains and Digital Design for Agriculture Development.

ILAN CHABAY. Dr Chabay is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, where he is part of a team researching Sustainable Interactions with the Atmosphere.

July 14th

GUILLAUME BENOIT, leader of the French Water Partnership’s Water and Food Security Group, Ministry of Agriculture, France.

The list of speakers will be updated as participants confirm their attendance.