The Executive Committee is made up of the President and the Vice President, and the Executive Secretary. It can make operational and administrative decisions to streamline the proceedings for the approval of contributions, legacies, encumberments and additional donations to FONTAGRO’s resources.


President of the board of directors FONTAGRO


Pedro Bustos Valdivia, a Chilean national, was appointed as Vice President of FONTAGRO in March 2018. He is the National Director of the Agricultural Research Institute (INIA), under Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Pedro Bustos is an agricultural engineer, graduated from Universidad de Chile. He has extensive experience in managerial positions as General Manager of Chilean organizations as Iansagro, Iansafrut and Iansa.

He participated as member of the Board of Directors of Fundación para la Innovación Agraria (FIA), Centro de Información de Recursos Naturales (CIREN), Anagra, Inversiones Campos Chilenos and Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Bulbos (Apeb), among others. His extensive experience in the design and execution of technical assistance programs allowed cost efficiencies and the introduction of new technologies. As part of his activities in the business associations, he participated in the Federación de Procesadores de Alimentos (Fepach), the Asociación de Exportadores de Jugos (Aseco) and the Asociación de Fabricantes de Conservas de Chile (Asfaco).


Vice President of the board of Directors of FONTAGRO

Dr. Arnulfo Gutiérrez is an Agricultural Engineer and has done a PhD in Agriculture in Moscow. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of FONTAGRO since July 2019, and led research and technological innovation projects for genetic improvement and new potato varieties with better performance and behavior against pests. He held the position of Agricultural Researcher at the Agricultural Research Institute of Panama (IDIAP) since 1997, coordinator of the Experimental Station of IDIAP in Cerro Punta and Manager of Research Projects Innovation in potato, sweet potato and soybean crops.




Executive Secretary


Eugenia Saini, an Argentinian agronomist, Master Science in Food and Agribusiness, and Doctor in agricultural sciences from University of Buenos Aires. She was appointed as Executive Secretary of FONTAGRO in 2018. She has extensive experience in the international cooperation and management of science & innovation in Latin American and the Caribbean region. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at Cornell University in the USA and more recently with the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) Scholarship at the Center for Strategic &International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.