Vera P. Weill Hallé, Chair

Director of Donor Relations at PANGEA, Pan Euro-African Bio Energy Group, Brussels

Vera P. Weill Hallé began her career in 1977 working with a non-Governmental Organization, Population Reference Bureau in Washington, then later joined the United Nations and subsequently, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She was instrumental in establishing the first IFAD office outside Headquarters; the IFAD North American Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., 1987 and New York, 1994 (at the UN Secretariat) - and became the Director of both offices. In 2004, she was appointed the Director of IFAD's Resource Mobilization Division in Rome, successfully enabling IFAD to secure one of the largest replenishments in the organizational history. She is currently a Senior Advisor for Innovative Financing and in this role has developed a strategy for private-sector and foundations outreach, successfully securing funding for IFAD from the United Nations Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Copernic Foundation, among others. She has served on numerous Boards, including AWID, Women in Environment and Development and the Congressional Hunger Centre amongst others. Vera holds an MBA from the Executive MBA Program through the London School of Economics, HES School of Business and the New York University Stern Business School and an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.