Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations & Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
Gerda Verburg has a degree in social economic relations and started her professional career as Regional Secretary General of the Rural Youth Organization.
In 2007 she was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and in 2008 she was elected Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17). During these years the core issues were amongst others: sustainable agriculture, food security and climate.
In July 2011 she was appointed Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN Organisations for Food and Agriculture in Rome (FAO, WFP and IFAD).
In October 2013 Gerda Verburg was elected as Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This is a multi-stakeholder committee where governments, civil society, private sector, research institutions and others deal with food and nutrition related topics.