Soil Scientist and Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy
Ronald is a soil scientist with 20 years of working experience in natural resources management with a focus on sustainable soil management for food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and provision of ecosystem services. He joined the FAO in 2011 as a Soils Officer where he led the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in 2012 and has been its Secretary since then. He has also overseen the establishment of regional soil partnerships and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils. He has promoted the designation of UN World Soil Day and International Year of Soils 2015 as the main awareness-raising platform of the GSP and the overall soil community. Prior to this position, he was an international consultant with FAO in Somalia and Kenya where he led the Land group, focusing on sustainable land and soil management.