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Save the date: Open Consultation Forum 2022 with IFAD running candidates June 27, 2022, 14:00-16:00 CEST Hybrid event

June 27, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

IFAD Open Consultation Forum

The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) has partnered with the Southern Voice and the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), to organise a Open Consultation Forum for the IFAD running candidates on 27th of June 2022 at 14:00 – 16:00 CEST, ahead of the Special Session of the Governing Council for the appointment of the President of IFAD.

The overall aim of the Consultation Forum is to bring increased transparency and accountability to the selection process of future IFAD leadership, taking on board representatives from IFAD member states, Civil Society Organisations, farmers’ organisations, indigenous groups’ organisations, academia, and development cooperation practitioners, from both the Global North and South with geographical and gender balance. 

The event will be organised in a hybrid form in Rome at IAI premises and aims to involve the 4 running candidates for the position of President of IFAD in a moderated panel, followed by a Q&A session with a selection of key stakeholders and experts. The panel and the Q&A session will be followed by a public survey that will be launched through Slido, during which selected experts and participants will have the chance to make a question or comment to the candidates.

Keynote speakers

Estrella Penunia

Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)

Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement


Panel with running candidates

Alvaro Lario

Official candidate nominated by the Kingdom of Spain

Khaled A. Mahdi

Official candidate nominated by the State of Kuwait

Raychelle Awuor Omamo*

Official candidate nominated by the Republic of Kenya

Shobhana Kumar Pattanayak

Official candidate nominated by the Republic of India


Event moderator

Rumbi Chakamba

Associate Editor, Devex

Questions and Answers with stakeholders and experts

*invited speakers

Working language: English

Please find the registration form at this link:



Photo by Elaine Casap on Unsplash.


June 27, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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