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Day 1 (26 June 2024) | Addressing trade-offs and synergies in the global land system

Klaus Deininger

Klaus Deininger | Lead Economist, World Bank, USA

Klaus Deininger is a Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group and the Leader of the joint World Bank-EU project ‘Supporting Transparent Land Governance in Ukraine’. His research focuses on (i) income and asset inequality and its relationship to poverty reduction and growth; (ii) access to land, land markets and land reform and their impact on household welfare and agricultural productivity; and (iii) land tenure and its impact on investment, including environmental sustainability. He has published more than 100 scientific articles in leading international journals and several books on agricultural productivity, poverty reduction, and land policy. He is a German national with a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Berlin and has been elected a fellow of the American Applied Economics Association.

Hermann Lotze-Campen

Hermann Lotze-Campen | Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Prof. Hermann Lotze-Campen is chairing the Research Department Climate Resilience at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and is a Professor of Sustainable Land Use and Climate Change at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is working on global land use modelling, climate impacts and economic damages, multi-sector impact aggregation, land-based climate change mitigation, and sustainable development pathways. He studied Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Economics in Kiel (Germany), Reading (UK) and Minnesota (USA) and holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2018 he has been regularly listed among the top one percent of most highly cited researchers in his field (Clarivate Web of Science, 

Wendy Wolford

Wendy Wolford | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, USA

Wendy Wolford is the Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development in the Department of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Since 2018, Wolford has served as the university’s vice provost for international affairs. Wendy is an expert on land distribution, use, and governance around the world. She has worked for many years in Brazil and, more recently, in Ecuador and Mozambique, collaborating with local researchers, community members, policymakers, and multilateral organizations. Wendy has published several books, including To Inherit the Earth and This Land is Ours Now, about the Brazilian social movement, the Rural Landless Workers (Food First Press 2003 and Duke University Press 2010, respectively) and a co-edited volume, The Social Lives of Land (Cornell University Press, 2024). Her most recent book, The Elusive Plantation, about agricultural research and community development in Mozambique is forthcoming with the University of California Press (2025). A fellow in the Yale Agrarian Studies Program in 2004–05 and a Fulbright Research Scholar in 2016–17, Wendy has received support from the National Science Foundation, Mellon, Ford, the Social Science Research Council, and more.

Day 2 (27 June 2024) | The role of land for resilient and sustainable agricultural systems

Laurens Klerkx

Laurens Klerkx | University of Talca, Chile | Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Laurens Klerkx is Full Professor of Agrifood Innovation and Transition at the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Talca, Chile and Visiting Professor at the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Laurens is an expert in the field of (agricultural) innovation studies, and his most recent interests include digital transformation of the agrifood sector, mission-oriented agricultural innovation systems, and the role of AgriFoodTech start-ups in food systems transformation. Throughout his career, Laurens has (co-)authored and published more than 180 articles in international peer reviewed journals.

Maryna Kovalova

Maryna Kovalova | SmartFarming Group, Ukraine

Maryna Kovalova has 12 years of proven experience in marketing and communications in agricultural, IT and legal sectors. She contributed to the production of the export portfolio of Ukraine “Grow in Ukraine” and was engaged into the preparation of annual analytical publications concerning agricultural market and its performance indicators. Acted as a consultant on development and promotion of digital platforms for local authorities, business unions and ministries. Within the scope of SmartFarming Group operations, Ms. Kovalova is involved into the comprehensive research and development of agricultural sector in Ukraine in the context of digitization and the impact of innovative technologies on the effectiveness of agricultural producers.

Laura Vang Rasmussen

Laura Vang Rasmussen | University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Laura Vang Rasmussen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She holds a PhD in geography from 2013. She is interested in understanding and seeking solutions to the global challenge of feeding the world while conserving nature at the same time. She has pursued this research field in a number of different contexts and countries, particularly in Africa. She is currently leading an ERC starting grant focused on how wild foods can contribute to people’s dietary quality.

Katharina Waha

Katharina Waha | Centre for Climate Resilience at the University of Augsburg, Germany

Katharina Waha is a Professor for Climate Resilience of Human-made Ecosystems at the Centre for Climate Resilience at the University of Augsburg. Her research focuses on climate change impacts on agriculture, adaptation strategies and drivers of changes in spatial patterns of the Earth´s surface, mostly in areas used for agriculture and food production. Katharina holds a MSc degree in Geography and a PhD in Environmental Sciences and in the last 10 years has completed research fellowships at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, where she worked on agricultural risk modelling, the development of a global multiple cropping dataset and the link between agricultural diversity and food security. She is an Associate Editor for Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, and a member of AgMIP-The agricultural model intercomparison project and GLP-the Global Land Programme.

Day 3 (28 June 2024) | How can land markets and institutions contribute to sustainability

Martin Odening

Martin Odening | Director of the Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Martin Odening is currently Director of the Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He studied agricultural sciences at Georg August University in Göttingen where he also received his Doctorate (1987) and his Habilitation (1994). In 1993 he served as assistant professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Since 1994 Martin holds the chair of Farm Management at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research interests are in the areas of risk management, land markets and structural change in agriculture.

Alex Lissitsa

Alex Lissitsa | IMC, Ukraine

Alex Lissitsa is the CEO of IMC, one of TOP-10 agricultural companies in Ukraine. He leads and oversees the implementation of the company’s short-term and long-term plans in accordance with the IMC’s business strategy. Mr. Lissitsa is also the President of Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), the largest professional association of Ukrainian agri-food sector, and Co-founder of Land Club, an association of investors in Ukraine interested in acquiring agricultural land for profit. He holds a PhD in Agriculture from Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany).   

Silke Hüttel

Silke Hüttel | Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany

Silke Hüttel joined the University of Göttingen 2022 on the professorship “Agricultural and Food Business Management”. Her fields of interest lie in identifying locally specific sustainable farming and land systems, how to bring agricultural firms towards such more sustainable systems—including high animal welfare livestock systems, new types of farming with smart technologies such as data-driven decision support or autonomous decisions—and how to create and sustain additional value from interaction with other stakeholders. Her group’s core interest is on managerial decisions in the field of agribusiness, such as identifying improvement potentials in the ecological and economic production dimension, regarding the business and technology adoption processes, and on valuations of core production factors such as land.

Andrii Martyn

Andrii Martyn | National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine

Prof.Dr. Andrii Martyn is the Head of the Land-Use Planning Department of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine. Prof. Martyn’s research and teaching focuses on land and agrarian policy, land governance, real estate valuation, land cadaster and land law. He is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine. With over two decades of expertise in both public and private sectors, he has significantly contributed to various international projects with organizations like the World Bank, USAID, UNDP, and OECD. Prof. Martyn is a developer of numerous legal acts in Ukraine, focusing on land relations, decentralization, land valuation and geospatial data infrastructure. He also serves as the Senior Project Manager on Land Reform of the Reforms Delivery Office of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Emmanuelle Mikosz

Emmanuelle Mikosz | European Landowners‘ Organization (ELO), Belgium

In January 2022 Emmanuelle Mikosz took the role of 'Forum for the Future of Agriculture' Programme Director. Previously she was the coordinator of the regional events of the Forum. Since 2005 Emmanuelle has been an ELO adviser specialized in property rights, agricultural and environmental policies dedicated to Central & Eastern European countries. Trained as a lawyer, she earned a Master of Arts degree from the College of Europe (Natolin). She is the Editor-in-Chief of the ELO bimonthly "Countryside Magazine", edited in English and French. She has a personal interest in innovation and research policies, including aviation and space programmes. She believes that the future of European agriculture relies on sustainable development hand in hand with the protection of biodiversity and access to water.

Johan Swinnen

Johan Swinnen | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

Johan Swinnen is director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and managing director of Systems Transformation at CGIAR. Prior to joining IFPRI, he was professor of economics & director of the LICOS Centre for Institutions & Economic Performance at KU Leuven (Belgium) and senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. Earlier he was lead economist at the World Bank and economic adviser to the European Commission. He has been a visiting professor at various universities and a frequent adviser to international institutions. Dr. Swinnen has a PhD from Cornell University and two honorary doctorates. He has published extensively on agricultural policies, food security, international development, political economy, institutional reforms, trade, & global value chains.