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Daniele Giovannucci is President of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) — a consortium of more than 60 global institutions advancing innovative ways to measure and manage sustainability.

He has worked in more than 40 countries to help address specific sustainability challenges facing governments, international corporations, and international organizations. His science-driven approach offers clear perspectives and provides new opportunities for leaders who are taking action.

His ability to discern sustainability trends and serve clients in new and better ways is also reflected in more than 60 books and professional papers. Downloads of his work rank in the top 1% of the more than quarter million professional authors tracked by the Social Science .  

Private sector experiences include an earlier career as a business executive engaged in sourcing, certifying, processing, and exporting fruits from developing countries. More recently he has held a range of advisory roles with innovative companies and top food and agriculture brands around the world.  

Public sector experiences include a United Nations appointment to lead a 70-strong expert team formulating the strategic input to the Food and Agriculture strategy. A former Senior Consultant at The World Bank, he has also led multinational teams for the International Finance Corporation, International Fund for Agriculture Development, the US Agency for International Development, and the International Trade Centre.

His early realization that technology will drive sustainability solutions has put him at the forefront of sustainability innovations (CAPI, Common Global Indicators, impact-based management). Today, he is an advocate for pragmatic approaches, such as the democratization of data and human-scale advanced technologies that engage farming communities more effectively in their own resilient development.

His academic work includes review and editorial guidance for various scientific and professional publications and teaching in various capacities – from Environmental Standards Seminars for Chinese Government officials (World Bank Institute), to a Master’s degree course on sustainability for scholars from across the Mediterranean region (CIHEAM), to international business seminars (University of Pennsylvania Wharton School).

Daniele resides with his family and a menagerie of not-so-tame animals, including an armadillo, on a small coastal island in Florida (U.S.) where he is committed to creating a purposeful life.


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