Louise O. Fresco

Keynote

Prof. Dr Louise O. Fresco, agricultural and food expert, was appointed Chair of the Governing Board of Wageningen University & Research Centre on 1 July 2014.

In 1986, Louise O. Fresco obtained her doctorate with distinction in the field of cultivation of tropical plants and production systems at Wageningen University.

From January 2000 until May 2006, she held the position of Assistant Director-General at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in Rome; in this capacity, she was responsible for technological matters relating to agricultural production and, later on, food supply as well.

From June 2006 until July 2014, Louise Fresco held a chair at the University of Amsterdam, focusing on the principles of sustainable development from an international perspective.

In addition to a range of memberships of scientific academia, Louise Fresco has also held various top positions within the business community (Rabobank, Unilever), has sat on Advisory Councils (SER, Delta Commission, The Hague Institute for Social Justice), and chaired the European Commission FP7 evaluation committee.

She is actively involved on several boards (Royal Concertgebouw, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, De Gids literary periodical), and is a columnist (NRC newspaper), and author of novels and essays.