MEGHAN SAPP, SECRETARY GENERAL (MEGHAN@PANGEALINK.ORG)
Meghan brings to PANGEA more than 10 years experience in agriculture and a true passion for bioenergy production in Africa. As a consultant to LDCs during the reform of the EU sugar regime, she received first hand experience in the inner-workings of the Brussels corridor and has continued to hone those skills for the benefit of PANGEA’s members. She has worked hands-on developing biofuel production projects in Africa, experience that she hopes to pass on to PANGEA’s members and partners alike. Meghan is also fluent in Spanish.
ANNALISA VOLSE, PROGRAMME MANAGER (ANNALISA@PANGEALINK.ORG)
Annalisa holds a Bachelor degree in European Studies and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Bologna, Italy. During her academic training, she spent 18 months in Brazil studying at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where she developed a strong interest in renewable energy and biofuels. She was awarded a scholarship to research ethanol production at the Embrapa Agroenergy Department, Brasilia. Her Master thesis was on Brazilian ethanol diplomacy. She is interested in cooperation between Europe, developing countries and Africa to support a sustainable ethanol market. She is a native Italian speaker and also fluent in English and Portuguese.
VERA P. WEILL- HALLÉ, DIRECTOR OF DONOR RELATIONS (VERA@PANGEALINK.ORG)
Vera P. Weill Hallé has over 30 years of experience working with the international organizations and non-profit sector. She started her career working with a non-governmental organization (NGO), Population Reference Bureau, in Washington, DC, later joined the United Nations Secretariat and subsequently the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy. She was a head of delegation in number of the UN and other international conferences. She has extensive experience on development issues and engagement on policy issues, agriculture and rural development, gender and microfinance and has been involved in policy advocacy as well as negotiations. Her specialized expertise is in fundraising, public relations, communications and bio-energy. She completed a business plan on bio-gas project in India. In 2010, she retired from the United Nations and joined PANGEA as its Director of Donor Relations.
NICK GOODALL, PANGEA AMBASSADOR (NICK@BONSUCRO.COM)
Nick Goodall, formerly Chief Executive of the UK’s Renewable Fuels Agency, has become an Ambassador for PANGEA. “Since first meeting PANGEA in Addis Ababa in the Spring of 2009, I’ve been impressed not only with PANGEA’s vision and passion, but its commitment to achieving progress on the ground, both in Africa and in Brussels. It is an honour to be able to contribute by helping to raise awareness of PANGEA’s important work. Good practice in biofuels always goes right back to the farmer wherever they are and the opportunities for economic benefit should be available to all.” Update: In August 2011, Nick was appointed Executive Director at Bonsucro® (formerly the Better Sugarcane Initiative).