President of EMBRAPA, Dr. Celso Moretti, joins the Global Panel


London, 16th October 2019 – The Global Panel is pleased to welcome Dr. Celso Moretti, President of Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), as a member of the Global Panel. Dr. Moretti brings with him twenty-four years of research experience, specialising in Plant Science and Food Science and Technology, and ten years dedicated to public administration.

Sir John Beddington, Co-Chair of the Global Panel, said, “The Global Panel is honoured to welcome Dr. Moretti to the Panel. His outstanding contributions to agricultural innovation will be a valuable addition in our efforts to mobilise international stakeholders to create sustainable food systems with the delivery of healthy diets at their core.”

EMBRAPA is the largest agricultural research enterprise in Brazil. Since the Global Panel’s inception in 2013, EMBRAPA has played a pivotal role in shaping the global and regional impact of the Panel’s work and Dr. Celso Moretti will build on the strong contribution of the former President of EMBRAPA Dr Maurício Antônio Lopes. Dr. Moretti’s previous role was as the Head of the Research and Development Department of EMBRAPA.

The continued support from EMBRAPA, and the appointment of Dr. Moretti as a member comes at an important time for the Panel as it prepares for publication of the Global Panel’s Foresight 2.0 report in the summer of 2020.

Accepting his appointment, Dr. Moretti stated:

“It’s an honour to represent Embrapa in the Global Panel. I believe our experience on providing solutions, during the last four decades, for the sustainable production of food, fibres and bioenergy in the tropical belt of the world will be relevant for our discussions. I am really looking forward to collaborating with the Global Panel”

The Global Panel will convene for its annual meeting next week in Windsor, where Dr. Moretti will join fellow members and agricultural, food system and nutrition experts to discuss ways to incorporate food systems and healthy diets into global and national policies, as momentum builds for the Nutrition for Growth Summit in Tokyo 2020.