Ana Marisa Cordero

Acting Head,

Agricultural Health,

Food Safety and Food Quality Program, IICA

Ana Marisa is an Agricultural Health and Food Safety Specialist with international experience in the assessment and modernisation of national food safety control systems, veterinary and phytosanitary services. She is also an expert on the guidelines and practical applications of international agricultural health and food safety regulations, specifically the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, the Agreement of Agriculture and the Agreement of Technical Barriers to Trade of the World Trade Organisation.

With extensive international training and experience under her belt, Ana Marisa has managed and implemented projects with external resources and promoted international public-private partnerships in the area of agricultural health and food safety.

Allister Glean

Representative (Acting)

IICA Barbados Delegation

Allister spent the last five (5) years as the International Specialist in Agribusiness and Value Chains, stationed with the IICA St. Lucia Delegation. He has worked extensively in the agricultural sector for over 20 years covering agricultural research and development, agribusiness development, food and beverage processing as well as development financing for agribusiness. He has also lectured on a part-time basis at the tertiary level for over 16 years in marketing, strategic planning, and business ethics. While trained in management and marketing, he also possesses post graduate qualifications in international relations and agribusiness development. Allister is also a qualified attorney-at-law. He has a passion for working with micro, small and medium-sized businesses with emphasis on women, youth and producer groups.

Janet Lawrence

Agricultural Health,

Safety and Food Quality

Specialist – Caribbean/

11th EDF SPS Project Manager

Janet is an entomologist and agricultural research and development professional with over twenty years of technical and administrative experience working in the agricultural sector in the Caribbean region. Janet has a PhD in Entomology and Nematology and is a Certified Project Management Professional.

Over the years, Janet has managed a wide range of projects funded by donors, such as the European Union (EU), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC). As a technical professional, she has worked on developing sustainable crop production systems and crop protection strategies for a wide range of tree, vegetable and root and tuber cropping systems.

Kerri Bennett-Ferdinand

11th EDF SPS Project Assistant

After embarking on a bachelor’s degree in engineering, at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, Kerri was drawn to the more practical aspects of human life and existence. This led her to specialise in biological engineering, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as to pursue a minor in food science.

As a Quality Assurance Consultant, Kerri had the opportunity to learn about food processing and food safety, after which she went on to work in the fast-paced world of engineering consulting as a project manager. It is this role that sparked her enthusiasm for efficiently run, well-oiled project machines, propelling her towards ensuring the successful completion of any project on which she works. She brings this passion and skill to the 11th EDF SPS Measures Project, which combines her interest in food safety and appreciation of efficiency.