Global Food Lead Scientist, Global Science
Dr. Sonja Vermeulen has joined WWF's Global Science Team as the Global Lead Scientist for the Food Practice. Dr. Vermeulen's career has bridged academic and applied research, with a strong focus on linking science with public policy and private sector strategies, particularly in Africa and Asia. Her work has combined natural and social sciences and, by collaborating with a wide circle of partners, has generated new knowledge and workable solutions for sustainable food systems and natural resource management.
Sonja Vermeulen has served as Head of Research at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), as Director of the Programme on Business and Sustainable Development at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and as Research Fellow at the University of Zimbabwe, and Field Manager at the World Wide Fund for Nature’s Southern African Regional Programme Office. Currently, she serves as a Commissioner on the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Sustainable Diets, which is exploring how more than nine billion people can eat nutritious diets without exceeding planetary boundaries. She is, and will remain, an Affiliate Fellow at the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House in London.
Dr. Vermeulen holds an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Tropical Resource Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe and a PhD in Population Biology from Imperial College London.
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