Emile Frison

Organizing Committee Member (NSFT - 2018)

Professor, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Member, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems

Dr Frison is a Belgian national with a career in international agricultural research for development. He obtained an MSc from the Catholic University of Louvain and a PhD in agricultural sciences from the University of Gembloux in Belgium. He worked in Africa for six years on agricultural research and development, in Nigeria and Mauritania. In 2003, he became Director General of Bioversity International and developed a strategy entitled “Diversity for Well-being” focusing on the contribution that agricultural biodiversity makes to the nutritional quality of diets and to the sustainability, resilience and productivity of smallholder agriculture.


He was Member and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Ecoagriculture Partners (2006-2016) and Extraordinary Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2007-2009). Since 2013, Dr Frison takes a particular interest in sustainable food systems. He is Chair, International Scientific Committee on Sustainable Food Systems of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. In 2015, he joined the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. Dr Frison is author or co-author of over 175 scientific, technical and policy papers.


Research Interest
agricultural sciences