Patrick is an agricultural engineer, food security consultant and project manager with over 12 years track record in providing solutions to alleviate food insecurity in different regions of the world including North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East and Asia. He is a renowned director sought-after for ability to provide expert academic and strategic counsel and deliver bespoke advisory solutions to global food security challenges. With significant field experience enabling an understanding of the nuance and intricacies of international development programs. Broad history of operational excellence and implementing innovative, scalable solutions. Embodies leadership by supervision and mentoring of others and through ambassadorship and role-modeling. He currently serves as the Managing Director at the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security at McGill University, strengthening the Institute’s role and partnership between academia, the private sector, governments and NGOs. Patrick holds a PhD. in Bioresouce Engineering from McGill University, Canada.

DRASHTI ZAVERI, Director – Business Development

Drashti holds a master’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition from McGill University, with a specialization in global food security. As Director of Business Development, Drashti has developed strategic plans to implement innovative ideas to achieve the global food sustainability. She is currently contributing to introduce academic programs and trying to achieve global involvement with the goal of strengthening the food value chains, by considering all the social, environmental, and economic drivers. Her motivation is to build partnerships across different sectors, within different communities and implement policies and interventions to reinforce the link between right to nutritious food based on sustainable agricultural ecosystem. Her expertise lies in strategic collaboration with stakeholders, producing engagement materials and formulating new business avenues, with a pure focus on establishing nutrition-sensitive food production. Along her career path, she has learned the importance of self-improvement, and that is the reason she tries to develop new skills and take efforts in connecting with society improvers.