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New FAO Deputy Director General for the Caribbean

Uruguayan journalist Mario Lubetkin is the new Deputy Director General and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Lubetkin began his career at the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency in 1979 where he served as chief executive officer from 2002 to 2014. He has more than 40 years of experience in international communication and sustainable development.

He joined FAO in 2014 as Director, Office of Corporate Communication. He later served as Directeur de Cabinet and was Assistant Director-General supporting the Director General in external and internal strategic matters.

Lubetkin took on his new post as Deputy Director General and FAO Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean on Aug 01. A press release from the FAO sub-regional office in Barbados notes that he has coordinated projects with the governments of Finland, Italy, Spain, Uruguay and Brazil, along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

In 2012, he was nominated as a member of the United Nations Advisory Group for the International Year for Cooperatives (IYC), and has collaborated extensively with civil society and media in Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador.

“He has acted as a high-level communication consultant for various organizations in Latin America and the European Union, and for private sector entities in the United States,” the release stated.

Prior to joining FAO, Lubetkin was a Professor for a Master’s Degree course on Communication for International Relations at IULM University in Milan, Italy; and was the Director of Seminars on Communication for Development at the Universidad Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) in Santander, Spain.

He was appointed “Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the President of the Italian Republic in 2016.

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