Marie-Helene Schwoob is Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD.
She is an agronomist (AgroParisTech) and political scientist (Sciences Po Paris). Before, she was a research fellow at IDDRI, whose main research areas focused on the sustainability and transformation of agriculture and food systems. In particular, she coordinated the Agricultural Transformation Pathways Initiative (ATPI), which aims to support countries in the formulation and implementation of national trajectories of transformation towards more sustainable systems. The initiative was conducted in partnership with research centres such as Wageningen University and under the aegis of UN-SDSN, and included seven countries.
Marie-Hélène Schwoob has a multidisciplinary background (AgroParisTech-Sciences Po Paris) and was previously responsible for implementing the Energy-Environment program at the think tank Asia Centre, before joining Iddri in 2011 to contribute to research on agriculture and food, in parallel with a doctorate at CERI on Chinese agricultural modernization (thesis supported in 2015).
In addition to her research activities, Marie-Hélène Schwoob also teaches at Sciences Po Paris, Paris Dauphine University and Paris Sud University. She is also a member of the Demeter editorial board.