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


Axel Villalobos is a veterinarian doctor specialized in animal production, quantitative genetics, and bioinformatics. He graduated as Doctor from Universidad de Córdoba (España). He is a scientist and won the National Animal Health Award in 2017. He is currently the Director General of the Agricultural Research Institute of Panama (IDIAP). He also a researcher for the Research National System SENACYT since 2011. He was a Research Professor at the Escuela de Ciencias Agrarias USMA from 2002 to 2018. Nowadays, Villalobos is the Coordinator of the FAO Genetic Resources National Committee.

As part of his background, he published 32 studies in national and international organizations in bovine diversity, genetic improvement, and animal health, with more than 70 presentations in workshops, seminars and national and international congresses.



Executive Secretary


Eugenia Saini is FONTAGRO’s Executive Secretary; based at IDB Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Since 20 years she has worked in public and private institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean in strategic planning and management of international projects related to innovation, agricultural policy and rural development. She is agronomist engineer, Master’s Sciences in food and agri-business, and doctor in agricultural sciences from University of Buenos Aires.  She also has an extended curriculum of courses in agricultural production, accounting and administration from the Argentinian Business University (UADE), others courses in economics from Johns Hopkins University. She was awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship at Cornell University, a Hubert Humphrey Fellow, where she specialized in leadership, agricultural economics and agricultural policy. Recently, she was awarded with the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) Scholarship at the Center for Strategic &International Studies (CSIS). She is currently a member of the former Fulbright Scholar commission of Argentina. She has taught in several institutions and published research work together with the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) of Argentina, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), among others.