John Garcia Ulloa
Program Manager, Policy & Advocacy
John joined the Policy and Advocacy team in Summer 2020. His background is highly interdisciplinary, including a PhD in Science and Policy, and a MSc in Environmental Sciences. With more than 8 years of experience, he has focused his efforts on improving the sustainability of tropical agriculture and forestry with an emphasis in the oil palm sector. His work has sought solutions to the environmental and social challenges of producers in the tropics, which are tuned to their local realities and aspirations within a local and global food systems. Though his work at Biovision, John champions the advancement and upscaling of transformative systems such as organic farming, agroforestry and other agro-ecological practices that will play an important role for sustainable solutions in our food systems.
He completed his PhD in 2016 at ETH Zürich, which focused on improving the conservation outcomes of land use policies in the tropics. He has experience working with the agricultural sectors in the Latin America, African and East Asian contexts. John was one of the leading authors of the most up to date synthesis on the topic of oil palm expansion and biodiversity. He has worked closely with international institutions such as IUCN, CIFOR, WWF and Biodiversity International.
Within Biovision, John coordinates the initiative “Coherent policies for transforming food and agricultural systems – A peer-to-peer exchange among policy makers”, which include the Food Policy Forum for Change.