Mario, the project coordinator, is Chief Research Scientist and Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader in Agriculture and Food at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia and Honorary Professor of Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Queensland in Australia. Mario has more than 20 years’ experience working on strategic agricultural Research for Development projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Before coming to Australia in 2013, he spent 12 years in Kenya, leading the Sustainable Livestock Futures and Climate Change programmes and the Targeting Pro-Poor Interventions team at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
Mario is known team player and relentless collaborator, with an extensive network of partners and donors. He works in the areas of global food nutrition and security, global change, sustainable development pathways for smallholder systems, ex-ante impact assessment, and multi-scale integrated assessment. He has experience working at different scales, from the animal to the global level. Mario has led the development of the latest livestock productivity datasets for the LiveGAPS regions of interest.