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FAEA Staff

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Gina Tumbarello

FAEA Executive Director

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Rosida Nababan

FAEA Program Coordinator


Mallory Gaines

Director of Codex and Global Affairs

U.S. Grains Council Liaisons

Kurt Shultz

Senior Director of Global Strategies -USGC


Sam Clemence

Global Strategies Coordinator - USGC

International Partners



​Rootooba Limited (Ms. Charity Mutegi​)  

Rootoba Limited, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is contracted with FAEA to coordinate and provide guidance and assistance to the Government of Kenya officials who are preparing legislation for the passage and implementation of a science-based and transparent Food Safety Law.  Ms. Mutegi is representing FAEA in recommending, planning, and implementing FAEA sponsored technical assistance and education activities, workshops, conferences, and seminars that facilitate the drafting and completion of the legislation and subsequent implementing regulations.

Ms. Mutegi has worked on food safety matters in Kenya and in the East Africa region, focusing on policy, technological solutions, and information dissemination.  She has also contributed to drafting technical papers for the development of policy briefs for the East Africa Community and the U.S. Agency for International Development.


The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) 

The NESG is a think-tank organization that promotes sustainable growth and development in the Nigerian economy using research-based advocacy methods. The NESG was incorporated as a not-for-profit/non-partisan organization with a mandate to promote and champion the reform of the Nigerian economy into an open, private sector-led economy that is globally competitive on a sustainable basis.


The NESG currently serves as the host of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) National Secretariat and UNGC Corporate Sustainability Champion (saddled with the leadership of advancing sustainability practices in corporate governance in Nigeria), a member of the Steering Committee for the Presidential Committee for the Preparation of the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2021-2025 and Nigeria Agenda 2050, the Private Sector Co-chair of the ECOWAS-World Bank-EU National Investment Scorecard Implementation Committee, the secretariat for the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (a collaboration between the NESG, the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, and the Nigerian National Assembly) sponsored by the UKAID and ACA Foundation, the secretariat for the Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable sponsored by the Heinrich Boel Stiftung Foundation, etc. The NESG also served as a member of the Transitional Technical Task Team and provided technical support to the Presidential Transition Council.

U.S. Government Regulatory Agencies

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues. 

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an independent agency, specifically an independent executive agency, of the United States federal government for environmental protection.​ The EPA is responsible for preventing and detecting environmental crimes, informing the public of environmental enforcement, and setting and monitoring standards of air pollution, water pollution, hazardous wastes and chemicals.

Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the control and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), cosmetics, animal foods & feed[4] and veterinary products. 

Food Safety and Inspection Service

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is the public health regulatory agency responsible for ensuring that the United States' commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. 

U.S. Government Trade Agencies

Foreign Agricultural Service - Washington (FAS/W)

Bangladesh: FAS/OAA Dhaka Office

Cambodia and Vietnam: FAS/OAA Hanoi Office

China: FAS/OAA Beijing Office

Ghana: FAS/OAA Accra Office

Kenya: FAS/OAA Nairobi Office 

Nigeria: FAS/OAA Lagos Office

Pakistan:  FAS/OAA Islamabad Office

Trade and Regulatory Capacity Building Division (TRCBD)

The Trade and Regulatory Capacity Building Division (TRCBD, formerly the Trade and Scientific Capacity Building Division) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s (FAS’) Office of Global Programs provides trade capacity building to current and emerging trading partners to promote international trade and open markets for U.S. agricultural exports – creating predictable and transparent trade environments favorable to U.S. agricultural commodities such as soy, cotton, specialty crops, beef, and poultry.

U.S. Codex Office 

The U.S. Codex Office (USCO), housed in USDA’s Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, acts as the national focal point for the U.S. Codex Program. Its mission is to engage stakeholders in the development and advancement of science-based food standards for the benefit of the United States and the worldwide community. USCO manages the planning, policy development, support, and coordination for U.S. involvement in Codex, and develops strategies to accomplish U.S. objectives.

International Standard Setting Bodies

Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)

CAC is commonly referred to as Commission, the body established by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) in 1963 to develop food standards under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme.  The Codex Alimentarius Commission is based in FAO in Rome. It coordinates input from 187 Member Countries and one Member Organization to develop and endorse the international food standards that comprise the Codex Alimentarius.  More information on Codex Committees can be found here.  More information about current and upcoming meetings, agenda, and reports can be found in this link.  

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