Advisory Board

Patrick CortbaouiAdvisor, ActImpact Foundation, Canada

Dr. Patrick Cortbaoui is an agricultural engineer, food security consultant and project manager with more than 12 years of expertise in providing sustainable agriculture engineering solutions to alleviate food insecurity in different regions of the world including North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East and Asia. He currently serves as an Academic Associate and Program Director at the McGill Institute for Global Food Security, strengthening the Institute’s leading role and partnership between academia, the private sector, governments and NGOs.

Dr. Cortbaoui received his PhD. in Bioresouce Engineering from McGill University. He has significant expertise in management including project management, field data collection, monitoring and evaluation planning, technical auditing, operational and strategic planning, contract negotiation, team supervision and training. Working in international development provided him an opportunity to gain insightful knowledge on solving organizational development issues, integrating social and engineering sciences and communicating progress and results at international conferences and workshops. He is currently active at numerous professional associations, including the UN-FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN), Order of the Engineer (USA), National Society of Professional Engineers (USA), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and the Canadian Society of Bioengineering.

Marshall M. BoutonAdvisor, ActImpact Foundation, Canada

Mr. Marshall M. Bouton is Senior Fellow for India with the Asia Society Policy Institute and recently served as the Institute’s Interim Executive Director. He is President Emeritus of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, having served as its president from 2001 to 2013. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Asia Society from 1990 to 2001.
Mr. Bouton is a nationally known expert on India and Asia. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Center’s board, which he chaired from 2004 to 2012. Mr. Bouton is the author or editor of several books, articles, and op-eds on India, Asia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Agrarian Radicalism in South India (Princeton University Press) and a coauthor, with Benjamin I. Page, of The Foreign Policy Disconnect: What Americans Want from Our Leaders but Don’t Get (University of Chicago Press), which was awarded the American Political Science Association Gladys M. Kammerer Book Award in 2007.
Mr. Bouton’s previous positions included Director for Policy Analysis for Near East, Africa and South Asia in the U.S. Department of Defense, Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to India, and Executive Secretary for the Indo-U.S. Sub commission on Education and Culture.
Mr. Bouton holds an A.B. in history from Harvard College, an M.A. in South Asian studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

John LambAdvisor, ActImpact Foundation, Canada

Mr. John Lamb is an agribusiness professional with 45 years of experience in agribusiness, food industry, SME, food safety and export promotion in 55 countries spread across five continents. He is backed by rich and varied history of long and short-term engagements as private entrepreneur, for-profit manager and executive, international agency official, INGO country director, technical expert and volunteer. He has also served as agribusiness team leader with World Bank from 2007-10. He is an alumni of Harvard Business School.

Mr. Lamb has got life-long commitment to the causes of improved food security and inclusive wealth creation, especially in developing countries, and particularly based on agriculture and non-farm rural enterprise. He has also conceived, founded, and operated four successful small businesses.

Charles StricklandAdvisor, ActImpact Foundation, Canada

Mr. Charles Strickland is an accomplished and well respected international development professional with more than 25 year’s professional experience in 20 countries across the globe around developing, leading, managing and implementing technical cooperation programs in development and transition environments with a focus on public health, education and social protection including microfinance and income generation. Mr. Strickland also provided technical advice and support to various corporate entities in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region related to business continuity, emergency planning and operational logistics.

Mr. Strickland started his development career as volunteer in late 1980s with Canada World Youth and the National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka in Galle District, Sri Lanka. He later worked with Sarvodaya (a Non Government organization in Srilanka) and the World University Service of Canada. Mr. Strickland worked with various international agencies such as MSF, UNICEF, OXFAM, UNDP, CARE, Norwegian Refugee Council and Action Against Hunger at mid level and senior management responsibilities.

In addition, Mr. Strickland has managed complex funding program portfolios with various donors viz., Global Fund, European Commission (Europe Aid & ECHO), USAID (OFDA & IFAD) BPRM, DfID, DANIDA, Norad, CIDA/DFAIT, SIDA, WB, UN, ADB, AusAid, NMFA, DEC as well as private foundations such as Merck, David & Lucille Packard, Gates, and ST Buffet to name a few.

Mr. Strickland is a regular speaker at leading conferences internationally including side and regional event of the World Economic Forum, DIHAD and Women Deliver, Pakistan Population Health Forum and was a key proponent in the infancy of both the Dubai Aid City and the resulting DIHAD conference.

Rutger SchilpzandAdvisor, ActImpact Foundation, Canada

Mr. Rutger Schilpzand is a nutritionist and facilitates stakeholder dialogue to address societal issues in the areas of food, health and nutrition security. He has a broad international network in different areas: food business as well as food & nutrition science, public authorities and civil society.

He has studied Human Nutrition at Wageningen University and has worked as a freelance science writer. He has also been a campaigner for Oxfam Novib and for consumer organizations. As such, he was the initiator of the Clean Clothes (Schone Kleren) Foundation and member of the board of the Max Havelaar Foundation. Rutger Schilpzand is co-founder of the Ghana School feeding Programme that now serves 1.5 million meals daily to Ghanaian school kids. He has been a strategic consultant at Schuttelaar & Partners, focusing on strategic communication advice for food systems, spanning health & nutrition, food chain issues and food security. In 2005 he initiated the Future of Food seminars initiative, a series of international high level seminars about future developments in the global food system. As executive secretary of Choices International, he fosters the application of the “Choices” healthy choice logo worldwide. Mr. Rutger is co-author of “De strategische Stakeholderdialoog”, the first study into experiences and expectations from business and NGOs with stakeholder dialogue in the Netherlands.