Maria Helena Semedo

Deputy Director-General
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Maria Helena Semedo is an economist and politician from Cape Verde that worked in public service for over thirty years. In FAO, she gained valuable experience and insight in Africa, first as Representative in Niger, then as Deputy Regional Representative for Africa and Sub-regional Coordinator for West Africa. Since 2013, as a member of the FAO Core Leadership Team, she promotes an integrated, inclusive approach in order to support the transition towards sustainable food and agriculture systems. She also works to develop impactful initiatives such as the corporate strategy for mainstreaming biodiversity across agricultural sectors.