Mario Arvelo

Chairperson, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Mario Arvelo is a lawyer, political scientist, writer, public speaker, and career diplomat. He is the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the Rome-based UN agencies and Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security.

He has been posted to the Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States in Washington DC, and to the Dominican Embassies in Tokyo, Santiago de Chile, and Rome. Since 2014 he is the First Alternate Chairperson of the Appeals Committee of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and is a member of the Governing Council and the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

While in Rome, he has been Chair of the FAO Committee on Agriculture; Chair of the Global Soils Partnership; Chair of the Commission on Budget, Programmes and Reform at FAO; Chair of the Group of 77; Chair of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; Chair of the Group of Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean; Chair of the Central American Integration System; Interim Chair of the High Level World Conference on Food Security, the Challenges of Climate Change and Bio-energy; Acting Chair and Vice-Chair of the FAO Committee for Evaluation of Technical Cooperation Programmes; and Vice-Chair of the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (in Brasilia and in Buenos Aires).

Ambassador Arvelo served as Commissioner-General of the Dominican Republic for the Universal Exposition Expo Milano 2015; before entering public service, he worked in the private sector and in civil society.