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.


PEDRO BUSTOS VALDIVIA

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).


ARNULFO GUTIÉRREZ

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.

 

 


EUGENIA SAINI

Executive Secretary

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Born in Argentina. Agronomist, Doctor in agricultural sciences, passion for agriculture, feeding people and making life better for farmers. Almost 25 years of work in strategic planning and execution of regional cooperation projects, especially in science & development, technological innovation and sustainable agribusiness for small farming in Latin American and the Caribbean countries. Her challenge is to strengthen strategic alliances among public and private organizations that enhance governance and increase the investments in R&D. Eugenia’s professional background allows her to work in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams, sharing knowledge from basic and applied sciences, portfolio financial management, and agribusiness policy design. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at Cornell University and more recently with the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) Scholarship at the Center for Strategic &International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C