Ministry of Foreign Affairs - IGG
Senior Advisor Food Security
Wijnand van IJssel is a senior policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He specializes in the domain of food & nutrition security, rural development and environmental management in the framework of Dutch development cooperation. As part of the team on food & nutrition security at Foreign Affairs he is responsible for the development and operationalization of a € 35 million/year global investment portfolio in research and knowledge development funded by the Dutch government. He also engages in the agenda on global governance of food systems. He held this position from 2011-2016 and again from September 2019. In the 3 years in between he was seconded to the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice in Washington DC.
Wijnand joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997 at the Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. He subsequently served at the Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique and at the Ministry in The Hague. Before 1997 he was posted with FAO in Mauretania and Bhutan, with SNV Netherlands Development Organization in Bhutan and with DHV Consultants in Kenya.
Wijnand obtained his Masters in Tropical Forestry cum laude from Wageningen University & Research. He was born in 1957, is married and has three children.