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Marcos Fava Neves
Coordinator Forum Committee IFAMA 2021
Marcos Fava Neves is an international expert on global food, agribusiness, and bioenergy strategies and a part-time professor of planning and strategy at the School of Business (FEARP) of the University of São Paulo (USP) and FGV Business School, both in Brazil. International Visiting Professor at Purdue University (Indiana, since 2013), University of Buenos Aires (Argentina, since 2006) and University of Pretoria (South Africa, since 2020).
Graduated as an agronomic engineer from ESALQ/University of São Paulo - Piracicaba in 1991. Has specialized in strategic-planning processes for companies and food chains and works as a board member of both public and private organizations, being a member of more than 10 international boards. Created Markestrat think-tank with other partners employing around 60 people and doing international projects, studies, and research for more than 300 agri-food business organizations and a shareholder of 4 startups.
Has published more than 100 articles in international journals and has been author and editor of 63 books by 10 different publishers in 10 countries. Did more than 1250 lectures and presentations in 25 countries and is a “Fellow” of the IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association) title received in Minneapolis - 2015. Very active in social media, his platforms at LinkedIn and Instagram have thousands of followers. Finally, in 2018 created the www.doutoragro.com knowledge platform.
Octavio Martínez Argüello
Forum Committee Member
Octavio Martínez Argüello is currently the Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) at INCAE Business School, where he is also a Professor of Business Strategy.
He has worked as a consultant in strategy formulation and implementation for companies in the food and beverage, agribusiness, pharmaceutical, energy, financial, and real estate sectors. Previously, he worked in operations management at Walmart Mexico and Central America.
He received a doctorate degree in Business Strategy from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. He has an MBA (with High Honors) from INCAE Business School and a degree in Industrial Engineering (Cum Laude) from Universidad Americana (UAM).
His academic research on vertical integration, contracting, and location strategy of companies has been awarded several times by the Academy of Management, the world’s leading professional association of academics and consultants in business administration. He has been invited to lecture at Harvard University (HBS), the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), New York University (NYU Stern), the Washington University in St Louis (Olin), Instituto de Empresa (IE), Duke University, Boston University, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
Before receiving his doctorate, he worked as a Senior Researcher at INCAE, where he developed a collection of 15 teaching cases used in the Masters and Executive Education programs in Latin America. This collection includes topics of business and financial strategy, competitiveness, marketing, and sales in multinational and domestic companies.
Emily Fintel Kaiser
Forum Committee Member
Emily is Strategic Advisor to the President of EARTH University and is leading the launch of EARTH Futures, the new impact platform of the University. She joined EARTH in 2017 to help lead the development of the University’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.
Emily is senior philanthropy and sustainable development executive with more than 20 years of experience working with foundation and civil society leaders across Latin America and the US.
Prior to her involvement with EARTH, she served 12 years in leadership and executive roles at Fundación Avina, one of the largest foundations in Latin America. Her background also involves work with INCAE Business School, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Inter-American Foundation.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS). Emily is currently based in the US and has spent 16 years living in Latin America, Europe, and Africa.
Forum Committee Member
Ronald Guendel is the Global Head of Food Security and Advocacy at Bayer CropScience.
Ronald started his career as a farm manager for Chiquita Brands International, before joining Bayer CropScience as Head of the Central America South region. Throughout his career with Bayer, Ronald has held a number of senior positions, including leading the fresh fruit business in Latin America.
In 2007 he moved to Germany and became the Global Head of Food Chain Relations. In this position, he led major collaborative projects with multinational food chain companies. Leading a global team dedicated to promoting partnerships with private and public stakeholders also played an essential role in delivering on the company’s sustainability and food security commitments.
Working in close cooperation with GlobalG.A.P. Ronald’s work along the value chain led to the development of BAYG.A.P., a service program offered throughout the world that promotes and delivers on-farm training in good agricultural practices.
In 2018 he became the new Global Head of Food Security and Advocacy. In this newly created function, Ronald is responsible for prioritizing, defining, and supporting the implementation of partnerships to improve food security in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Also, he is leading the Alliance Against Fusarium TR4 together with IICA and other key organizations.
Since 2020 is a member of the IFAMA Board.
Ronald holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, a master’s degree in agricultural extension education from Iowa State University as well as an MBA from the Inter-American University in Costa Rica.
Arno van der Maden
Forum Committee Member
Arno van der Maden is an international expert in the fresh produce sector (fruits and vegetables, plants, and flowers) in Latin America. He studied agronomy and business administration at the Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands and currently resides in Costa Rica.
For more than four years he worked for a consulting company in the Netherlands specialized in food safety and good agricultural practices in the import/export and production of agricultural products sector before starting his own company in Costa Rica in 2003.
He currently works as a consultant for export promotion for small and medium-sized Latin American companies with a focus on Europe. Current projects also involve consulting implementation, training, pre-audits, and inspection of quality management systems and certifications.
Arno van der Maden is part of the IFAMA Forum Committee in the representation of the bilateral chamber of commerce Holland House Costa Rica.