Max Blanck

Max F. Blanck

  • Policy Dialogue Advisor
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Tel: +39 06570 53902

Max Blanck works as Policy Dialogue Advisor at the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum), an online platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on food security and nutrition facilitated by FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA).

Since he joined FAO, Max Blanck has committed his efforts to empowering stakeholders to actively take part in shaping the food security agenda. He is responsible for setting up regional online consultations and his experience focuses on building partnerships with food security and nutrition actors.

A national of Germany and Italy, he holds a Master’s degree in Food Security from Roma Tre University, Italy, and a Master in Human Rights Law from the University of Malta. Before joining FAO, Max Blanck worked as a Project Manager in a Swiss consultancy firm and for German foreign policy institutes.

Vladimir Chernigov

In 1991 after serving as military journalist, Mr. Chernigov set up a company operating in the catering and producing equipment for the social feeding industry. In 2000 the state request for school canteens re-equipment were received and in-depth investigation of the school feeding as comprehensive  multi-component system was started. At that time it became obvious that there are a huge lack of knowledge and legislative base for school feeding organization. In order to develop scientific basis and justification of decision-making for school feeding Mr. Chernigov left the company and began studying school feeding system, its’ major components, aims and objectives.

This led to the establishment in 2004 of the Russian NGO – Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute (SIFI) to examine the problems of catering services in various sectors and take effective role in development and implementation of complex systems for social feeding with regard of food quality and safety. Since the establishment SIFI became an active participant in various activities aimed at the development of social nutrition and social protection programs, both in the Russian Federation, as well as on the global scale. In 2008-2011 actively participated in implementation of the Federal Program “School Feeding” in 44 regions of the Russian Federation.

Representing SIFI among other NGOs Mr. Chernigov participated in Civil20 and Civil8 Groups on International Development and Social Risks Management under the Russian Presidencies in different foras.

At present Mr. Chernigov is the SIFI President and Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation on a voluntary basis. He is a member of Intergovernmental Working Groups on food security, nutrition and school feeding in particular.

Paolo Mattei

Paolo Mattei is Country Director of World Food Programme, Tajikistan, since July 2016.

Paolo Mattei has a long experience of work in humanitarian, emergency, and development operations. He has worked in the field since 1990, and among his most recent high-level positions, he served as WFP Representative in La Paz, Bolivia (2012-2016), where he managed the Country Office and five suboffices, He was successfully able to lead negotiations with central government, coordination of two emergency operations in Bolivia and three in Paraguay. He gained valuable international experience by working with WFP in Thailand (2009-2012), Sudan (2007-2009), Italy (2001-2007), Nicaragua (2000-2001), and China (1999-2000). He worked for FAO as Agrometeorologist in Southern Africa (1990-1994), and for the European Commission in Ethiopia as food security expert (1995-1997). He earned a Master of Science in Agriculture Science from University of Perugia, Italy. Currently, WFP supports the government of Tajikistan’s efforts to increase access to food and to improve nutrition by focusing on two interlinked components: building and consolidating a national safety net system with a food security and nutrition focus, targeting the poorest and most food insecure households, and enhancing the resilience of food insecure and vulnerable rural communities exposed to recurrent natural and economic shocks.

Anna Buyvolova

Anna Buyvolova is a Moscow based World Bank consultant working on the Eurasian Center for Food Security RAS project. In 2012, she graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Soil Science. In 2016 she defended her PhD in Ecology, the topic of her thesis was “Transformation of urban forests’ ecosystems in Moscow (case study of “Kuzminki-Lyublino” Natural-Historical Park)”.  Anna has experience working on different environmental projects on soil degradation, natural conservation and urban development.

Asozoda Nurali Mahmadullo

Started his career in 1984 from the post of agronomist of the Kulyab regional executive committee of agriculture, then he was elected deputy secretary of the Komsomol Committee of the state farm Kongurt of the Temurmalik district. In 1985 he entered the agronomic faculty of the Tajik Agrarian University, which he graduated in 1990 and continued his working career as an agronomist for the protection of plants in the agricultural department of the Djilikul district. 1990-1991 -frequent researcher, 1991-1994- post-graduate student, 1994-1997- senior research fellow of the Research Institute of Soil Science of the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences. 1997-2005 – Chief Specialist, Head of the Grain and Fodder Crops Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan. From 2005 to 2013 headed of the branch of the Tajik Agrarian University in Dangara district. At the same time, he continued his scientific research activity and in 1997 successfully defended his dissertation for the degree of Candidate of Agricultural Sciences, and in 2012, – Doctor of Agricultural Sciences. 2013-2014 – Deputy Director of the National Testing Center under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, 2014-2016 – Director of the Farming Institute of Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Since April 2016 he is the president of the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS). In 2016 he was elected a corresponding member of the TAAS.

Asozoda N.M. makes a significant contribution to the development of science on soil science, agrochemistry and agriculture. The scientific work is aimed at addressing the issues of increasing soil fertility and improving the technology of growing crops. He developed and improved methods for combating erosion processes on irrigated lands, compiled a map of soil erosion in the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as the norms for introducing mineral fertilizers in the cultivation of leguminous crops. His scientific achievements are protected by 4 patents and introduced into production. Published more than 80 scientific works, including 4 books and monographs, 11 recommendations, methodical and educational manuals. He is the head of 3 post-graduate students and candidates. For special merits in branch science he was awarded with the Honorary Diploma of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Aida Bolotbekova

Aida Bolotbekova is a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA). She graduated from Kyrgyz-Russian Slavonic University. She has been working on such IPPA projects as Tajikistan Spatial (National Development and Security Atlas), Water Scarcity and the Adaptation to Climate Change in Central Asia (AGRIWANET), Social Cohesion Through Community-Based Development and other projects implemented in cooperation with IPPA partner institutions. Before joining UCA, she assisted with implementation of surveys at International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Aida is also a Guest Researcher at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm, Sweden.

Teddy Noel-Hill

Teddy Noel-Hill is Project Manager and head of the Community Stabilization Unit with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tajikistan. As a transition and recovery professional, he focuses on human mobility issues before, during, and after crises.  Teddy has extensive experience in stabilization, resilience, and peacebuilding work. Specifically, this has included overseeing programming related to livelihoods, community reconstruction and rehabilitation, social cohesion, and preventing violent extremism.  Over recent years Teddy has had widespread engagement with reintegration issues in Tajikistan and in Afghanistan, where he supported IOM’s response to the large-scale return of Afghans from Pakistan and Iran. Aside from recovery and development initiatives, Teddy has also experience in emergency response, most recently in Ethiopia for the South Sudanese refugee crisis. 


Bakhrom Mirkasimov

Bakhrom Mirkasimov currently holds a position of the Deputy Dean on Research and Consultancy and a Senior Lecturer at Westminster International University of Tashkent. He has more than five years of experience working in academia, research, and consulting. He is also a Research Affiliate at International Security and Development Center (Berlin) and Global Labor Organization Fellow. Previously, he visited CERGE-EI, Duke University and Hanover University as a Research Scholar, worked at the German Institute for Economic Research and served as a consultant to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme and International Food Policy Research Institute. He studied economics at Humboldt University of Berlin, Vanderbilt University and Boise State University. 

Dilbara Kirbasheva

Dilbara Kirbasheva is a Research fellow at the Institute of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Central Asia in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic. She did an internship at the marketing and analytics department of the cellular company “CJSC Alpha Telecom”, where she got experience conducting market research and data analysis. In 2015, Ms. Kirbasheva earned her BS degree from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University with a specialization in mathematical methods and operations analysis in economics. In 2017, she earned her MS degree in applied economic analysis.

Abdukhalil Najibulloev

Abdukhalil Najibulloev is a 2005 graduate from Tajik Agrarian University with a degree in economics specializing in marketing in the agro-industry. In 2006 – 2009 he studied in the PhD program at the Institute of economics at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan. Since 2006, Mr. Najibulloev has been working in state statistical offices of the Republic. In 2006 – 2010, he held various positions in departments of prices, tariffs, population income indexation and household incomes, and in 2010 – 2015, was a chief specialist in the Department of statistical methodology, classification and local statistical authorities’ operation of the Agency on statistics. Since April 2015, Mr. Najibulloev is Head of the Department of prices and tariffs of the Agency on statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. He has participated in several research projects in cooperation with international organizations, such as the World Bank, UNICEF, FAO, etc. Mr. Najibulloev participated in numerous country level and international conferences and seminars on a wide range of topics, including food security, development of the agro-industry, pricing, consumer price index, international comparison programs, etc. He is the author of several publications in scientific and specialized journals on the abovementioned topics.