The team at RISE
Dr Janez Potočnik is the Chairman of the Board of the RISE Foundation. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ph.D. degree 1993). After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994). He was appointed Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as "shadow Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended on November the 1st 2014. In November 2014 he was appointed for a three-year term as a member and Co-Chair of International resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre's Advisory Council.
Dr Corrado Pirzio-Biroli is the CEO of the RISE Foundation. From 1994 to the end of 2004, he was the Chief of Staff of Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Franz Fischler. He was deeply involved in elaborating the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reforms of 1999 and 2003-2004, and also contributed to the first ever reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (2003).
Prior to his post as Chief of Staff, he was EU ambassador in Vienna (1992-1994), EU Minister and Chargé d’Affaires in Washington (1988-1992), in charge of EFTA affairs (1985-1988), member of Commission President Thorn’s cabinet in charge of the EU budget (1982-1984), economic advisor at the EU delegation to the US (1978-1982) and principal administrator for development policies (1971-1978). Before joining the Commission, he was the Development Advisor to the Government of the Sudan, Khartoum (1969-1970), and Assistant Lecturer in Economics at the Institute of Social Studies (I.S.S.) in The Hague (1968). He has also been Lecturer in development economics at the University of Gorizia, Italy (1993-94).
He holds a Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration and post-graduate diplomas from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague in economic planning and industrial development programming, respectively.
Annabelle Williams is the Managing Director at RISE. Prior to joining the RISE Foundation, Annabelle spent over 10 years managing projects in the humanitarian and development sector both from the UK and overseas. Growing up on a farm, agriculture and the environment has always been a personal interest and in 2011, she completed an MBA in Agriculture before joining RISE in 2012.
Emeritus Professor Allan Buckwell is the Director of RISE's study of Nutrient Recycling and Reuse in European Agriculutre and the Director of the Foundation's previous study on the Sustainable Intensification of European Agricultlure. Two thirds of his career has been as an academic agricultural economist specialising in agricultural and rural policy. This has involved his work as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (since 2012), fourteen years at Newcastle University and then from 1984-1999 as Professor of Agricultural Economics, Wye College University of London (which was merged into Imperial College). During this period he specialised on teaching and research into all aspects of European rural policy dealing especially with the Common Agricultural Policy, trade issues, and technology and structural change in farming and its impacts.
During 1995/6 he was seconded to the analysis and conception unit of DG Agri in the European Commission where he chaired a policy integration group who laid out a model for the evolution of the CAP. He joined the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as Policy Director in 2000.
Since then he has been involved in debates on how to balance the CAP as a policy for Food and Environmental Security. He chaired and authored a report on Public Goods from Private Land and worked a good deal on Climate Change, the threats and opportunities this poses to rural land managers and Green House Gas accounting from land-based businesses. His key specialist subjects are CAP, Agriculture and environmental land management.
Elisabet Nadeu joined RISE as a Researcher in 2015. She holds a Ph.D. in physical geography and prior to joining the RISE Foundation she worked for six years as a researcher on issues related to geomorphology and biogeochemical cycles at the Spanish National Research Council, the Catholic University of Louvain and the University of California. As a result of her interest in environmental issues, she has also worked as an environmental consultant and educator.
Imogen Lambert is a research intern at RISE since January 2017, working on the upcoming Livestock project. She completed a BA/BSc. at the Australian National University in 2013, and is currently undertaking a Masters of Global Change: Ecosystem Sciences and Policy jointly at the University College Dublin in Ireland and JLU in Giessen, Germany. Imogen has previously interned in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, and has a particular interest in food security and sustainable livestock.