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IICA Goodwill Ambassadors

  • Hugo Sigman

    IICA Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Issues

    In recognition of his contribution to promoting the ideals of the Institute as well as his personal commitment to the development of agriculture and rural areas in the Americas.

    An Argentinean psychiatrist and businessman, Sigman is the founder and CEO of Grupo Insud and founder of Chemo, a global pharmaceutical company with 14 industrial plants, more than 4,000 employees, and a presence in more than 40 countries.

  • Jens Mesa Dishington

    EIICA Goodwill Ambassador in Sustainable Development Issues

    In recognition of his contribution to promoting the ideals of the Institute as well as his personal commitment to agriculture, food security and the equitable and sustainable development of rural areas in the Americas.

    An agricultural economist, Dishington has served as the Executive President of the National Federation of Palm Oil Growers (Fedepalma) of Colombia since 1989. He is regarded as a tenacious modernizer of the agriculture sector in his country. Fedepalma has supported Colombia’s agricultural and rural policies on contract farming, the strengthening of institutional mechanisms that guarantee safety in order to boost international market access, and the strengthening of institutions related to agricultural development in rural areas.

  • Susana Balbo

    IICA Goodwill Ambassador in Gender and Rural Youth Issues

    In recognition of her contribution to promoting the ideals of the Institute as well as her personal commitment to agriculture, food security and the equitable and sustainable development of rural areas in the Americas.

    Balbo, Argentina’s first female oenologist, has operated her own winery, Susana Balbo Wines, since 1999, and is internationally renowned for the quality and charm of her products. In December 2015, she assumed the position of national representative for the province of Mendoza in Argentina. She resigned to dedicate herself full-time to her coordination duties within Woman 20 (W20), the G20 engagement group for women.

  • Alysson Paolinelli

    IICA Goodwill Ambassador in Gender and Rural Youth Issues

    In recognition of his contribution to promoting the ideals of the Institute as well as his personal commitment to agriculture, food security and the equitable and sustainable development of rural areas in the Americas.

    Paolinelli, who graduated as an agricultural engineer from the School of Higher Education in Agronomy of Lavras (Esal), previously served as the Secretary of Agriculture of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He received the World Food Prize in 2006. During his tenure as the country’s Minister of Agriculture, he masterminded the modernization of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa).

  • Dennis McClung

    IICA Goodwill Ambassador in Sustainable Development Issues

    In recognition of his contribution to promoting the ideals of the Institute as well as his personal commitment to agriculture, food security and the equitable and sustainable development of rural areas in the Americas.

    McClung is the founder, President and Executive Director of Garden Pool, a non-profit organization headquartered in Arizona, dedicated to research on and the generation of educational strategies associated with sustainable food production methods.