Executive of Undergraduate Programs and Coordinator of the Program University in the Field
Mr. Chris Baryomunsi is a physician, public health specialist, demographer, and politician. On June 2016, he was appointed the Minister of State for Housing of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development of Uganda.
Ms. Claudia del Carmen Mendoza has been working for 27 years at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua.
Since March 2012, she holds the institutional position of National Coordinator of the program “National Municipal Training System”, a special program that aims to train municipal officials.
Additionally, since 2014, Ms. Claudia is coordinating the Program “University in the Field” (UNICAM). The program aims to professionalize young people in communities where access to education is difficult, guarantee the restitution of rights to rural youth and help graduate students to develop their productive units. Her role as Coordinator is to direct, supervise and ensure the efficient development of the academic activities, providing guidelines that ensure the efficient development of the teaching staff and students of the program.
She has participated as an exhibitor in various national and international congresses and forums.
Judith is Irish, and is based mainly in France. She has 45 years international experience in interpersonal communication training and participatory management, specialising in managing cultural differences within international networks of sustainable local development as well as global processes. In recent years she has focused on working as a food sovereignty activist, and is currently president of Urgenci, the International Community Supported Agriculture Network, a social movement that now represents approximately 2 million people. She has held the mandate as Consumer Constituency representative in the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee for World Food Security and Nutrition. She also represents Urgenci as a Board Member of the intercontinental Social and Solidarity Economy network (RIPESS). Her contributions focus on promoting how food sovereignty and solidarity economy can provide a genuine rights-based alternative to the existing economic paradigm. The core aspects of her recent work have focused on global food policy especially throughout the UN system, and building bridges between food sovereignty, solidarity economy and agroecology, the key pillars of Urgenci’s work.
Yvon Poirier is a member of the Board of directors of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) since October 2013. He has been involved in RIPESS in many different roles since March 2004. He is Secretary of the Board of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNET) and is the International delegate. He represents RIPESS at the UN Taskforce on SSE. He co-edited from 2003 to 2013, an International Newsletter on Sustainable Local Development.
Gaurav is a seasoned executioner with experience in consulting, policy advocacy, and program management. Currently he engages with projects that facilitates South-South cooperation in areas of urban planning and development, agriculture and rural households, climate change and environmental issues. Gaurav likes engaging on retrofitting local innovation into a global context. He is also a motivational speaker.
Roberto Di Meglio is a Senior Technical Specialist on Local Development and Social Economy at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.
He began his career with the ILO in 1989 working on cooperatives and local development in Argentina, Bolivia, Central America and the Caribbean, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. From 1999 to 2003 he was assigned to the ILO in Geneva where he coordinated the activities of the Local Economic Development Programme for Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. As Senior Employment Specialist in the ILO Office in Chile, from 2003 to 2008, he published several titles and articles on local development, supervised technical cooperation programmes and projects and promoted networking with other international organizations, training centres and academic institutions. Prior to his current position, he leaded a Project – Promotion of Decent Work and social cohesion – within the International Training Center of the ILO in Turin, Italy.