Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), set up during the Kick-Off Meeting, is composed of external experts not directly involved in the project with a very good depth and breadth of expertise. The SAB consists of at least 3 members identified at the beginning of the project within the international scientific and African socio-economic communities. The main function of this body is to advise on technical and scientific issues and constraints and provide guidance regarding future work. They will recommend local needs, possible dissemination routes, and formats for research outputs and highlight scientific opportunities to the project team. Participation will include informal telephone and email communication with work package leaders, attendance at occasional meetings, and participation in the main meetings of EWA-BELT. The SAB provides the Coordinator with periodic internal reports advising on the state-of-the-art of the project activities.
Members of the Scientific Advisory Board
I founded the Desertification Research Centre (NRD-UNISS) in 1991 of which I was Director until 2008, then I chaired the NRD Scientific Committee until 2019. I am currently the Scientific Advisor of the Center. Director and then President of Istituto Sperimentale Italiano Lazzaro Spallanzani for 25 Years and full Professor of Animal Science since 1990. I am a Founding Member of the European DesertNet and DesertNet International network which I chaired for two years. Currently, I am a Member of the Advisory Board of DesertNet International and a member of the Roster of Experts of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the UNCCD (United Nations Convention for the Fight against Drought and Desertification) - Bonn, aiming to encourage research and promote concentrated efforts in all disciplines concerning human and bio-physical issues of drylands development and degradation.
Member for several years of the Strategic Orientation Committee of the OSS (Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel) – Tunis. Member of numerous National and International Scientific Societies. My scientific interests and expertise concern Educational Policy, Animal Science, Endocrinology and Cryobiology, Waste Management, Environmental Science, Land Use Planning, Land Degradation, and Desertification. In EWA-BELT I am the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board.
An expert with strong experience with International organisations, founding member of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS), experience as Programme Coordinator at the UNCCD/Global Mechanism (Rome, Italy) and International Consultant, working for different employers: GTZ, UNITAR, Club du Sahel, UNCCD Secretariat, European Commission, French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, African Union Commission, World Bank.
An expert with long experience in International organizations in particular with the UNCCD and OSS (Observatory on Sahara and Sahel) initiatives as well as in the sector of food security and agriculture; currently he is a West Africa Regional Advisor at IFAD.