Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with with Thomas Pesek of IFAD, who was one of the speakers at the 2015 Food Tank Summit in partnership with The
Thomas Pesek is a Partnership Officer at the North American Liaison Office, IFAD (Roundtable Sherpa). Tom joined IFAD in 2005 and serves as a Partnership Officer at the North American Liaison Office. In this capacity, he works to influence the direction and content of national and international poverty reduction policies and processes, cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships between IFAD and the Canadian and US governments, international institutions and civil society organizations, and to mobilize resources in North America on behalf of IFAD’s efforts to enable the rural poor to overcome poverty. Prior to joining IFAD, he served as Project Officer at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Office of the Under-Secretary-General in New York, where he evaluated and finalized proposals for projects to be funded by the United Nations Development Account. Previously, he worked as a Liaison Officer for the United Nations World Food Programme in New York, where he coordinated on global emergencies with United Nations development and humanitarian agencies, as well as NGOs and UN Member States, and issued situation reports to WFP leadership worldwide.