Francesco Rampa, an Italian national, is the Head of the Food Security Programme. With a background in economics and international trade (graduated in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University and Master in Economics for Development at Oxford University), his expertise and publications are in the fields of trade policies and development, trade negotiations, aid for trade, political economy, innovation and food security. He worked on trade policy and negotiations for two years as ODI Fellow at the Department of Trade and Industry of Papua New Guinea and on the relation between technology and trade at the Bocconi University. He worked for ECDPM in the Economic and Trade Cooperation Programme from 2005 until 2008, and was seconded in 2008-2009 to the Prime Minister’s Office of Italy, G8 Sherpa Office, as technical advisor on Africa and Development dossiers within the G8, G20 and G8-G5 Dialogue processes. There he focused on ‘agriculture and food security’ as well as on ‘water and sanitation’. In 2010 he was also a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, working within the Land and Water Division to support African countries in the implementation of water management policies and in the design of strategic investment frameworks for agricultural water. At ECDPM he now leads the Food Security Programme, focusing on ‘African regional markets for food security’, as well as, increasingly, on climate-resilience and environmental-sustainability of food systems.