EUGENIA SAINI – Executive Secretary

Eugenia Saini is FONTAGRO’s Executive Secretary.
Born in Argentina. Agronomist, Doctor in agricultural sciences, passion for agriculture, feeding people, and making life better for farmers. With 25 years of work in strategic planning and execution of international cooperation in science and innovation, promoting sustainable agribusiness and development. Her challenge is to strengthen competitive public and private strategic alliances that enhance governance and increase investments. Eugenia’s professional background allows her to work in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams, sharing knowledge from basic and applied sciences, portfolio financial management, agribusiness, and 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

KATERINE ORBE VERGARA – Administrator. Programming and Operations Specialist

Katerine Orbe Vergara is an Ecuadorian biologist with a degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE); she has an MBA in Senior Management from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and an MBA in Project Management from CEREM. She was a researcher in entomopathogenic viruses in the Molecular Virology laboratory of the PUCE. Starting in 2009, Katerine worked at the National Agricultural Research Institute of Ecuador (INIAP) as a researcher in national and international projects in the area of molecular biology and plant protection; she also took part in three Antarctic expeditions with the Ecuadorian National Antarctic Institute (INAE).
At INIAP she worked as a researcher, research analyst, Coordinator and Head of the National Department of Biotechnology, Head of the National Department of Plant Protection, and, from August 2018 to May 2019, as Director of Research. In addition, her experience earned her a place on the technical board of the National Biosafety Committee of Ecuador.
In October 2019, the United States Embassy in Ecuador and the Department of State selected her to be part of the “Hidden No More” International Visitor Leadership Program.

ALEXANDRA MANUNGA RIVERA – Administration and Finance Specialist

A Colombian economist with a Master in Rural Development, Alexandra has 10 years of experience in agricultural research institutions working on the formulation of international cooperation projects as well as on their operational and financial monitoring.

Alexandra has also been a researcher on multidisciplinary teams in areas such as climate change, sustainable intensive production and market research.
In 2020, she joined the FONTAGRO team to serve as an Administration and Budget Specialist.