Michael Riggs

  • Michael Riggs joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in  2000. He leads FAO’s efforts in Asia-Pacific to enhance the ability of individuals and  communities to improve the efficiency, quality, and relevance of information and knowledge  exchange among the institutions and individuals involved in rural development, food security  and poverty reduction. He provides strategic assistance to national and regional information  centers with an emphasis on standards and the appropriate application of information and  communication technologies (ICTs). He is active in information needs assessment, fostering  international cooperation, and managing the implementation of specialized information  systems for field projects. He promotes partnerships with governments, donor agencies,  NGOs, community-level groups, etc., and he champions the regional e-Agriculture  community. He also manages the regional implementation of FAO’s internal knowledge and  information exchange strategies.

    Prior to joining FAO, Michael worked in the private sector with responsibility for new project  development and coordination of information flows between international partners.

    Michael has a Masters of Arts degree in International Economics and Finance from  Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia  Business School (New York).

 

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