John Garcia Ulloa
Programme Manager, Policy & Advocacy
Born in Colombia, John is an environmental scientist with more than 8 years of expertise in sustainability for agriculture and forestry. He completed his PhD in Science and Policy in 2016, where he focused on the sustainability of tropical agriculture commodities with an emphasis on palm oil. John seeks solutions that are tuned to the local realities and aspirations of producers in tropical areas, while paying attention to the global food system and environmental and social challenges. He believes that promoting and upscaling transformative systems such as organic farming, agroforestry and other agroecological practices play an important role in finding such solutions.
Previous to joining Biovision, John coordinated and managed the Palm Oil Adaptive Landscapes project, a research for development project financed by the Swiss Development Agency and Cooperation (DEZA) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). He has also led initiatives within the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that resulted in the creation of the IUCN’s Palm Oil Task Force. At Biovision, John co-manages the peer-to-peer project “Coherent policies for transforming food and agricultural systems”, which fosters exchange between policy makers and advisors who are interested in transforming food systems in their regions.
John is an avid bird watcher and enjoys travelling.