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The Executive Leadership in Food Safety (ELFS) series is a dynamic program consisting of 4 one-week learning modules held throughout the Americas over a two year period.

During the learning modules, mid-career food systems professionals and mentors from different countries within the Americas engage in interactive presentations, leadership development exercises and experiential learning opportunities.

Group photo from ELFS

Module Topics:

  • Module One: Globalization and Public/Private Partnerships (Quito, Ecuador – August 2009)
  • Module Two: Food Safety Systems, Public Health and the Agri-food Chain (Minneapolis, Minnesota  – June 2010)
  • Module Three: Laws, Ethics, and Regulations (Bogota´, Colombia – February 2011)
  • Module Four: Multiple roles of agricultural health and food safety (Panama City, Panama- April 2012)

What did the series accomplish?

  • Each fellow is better prepared and equipped to lead and advance food safety policies and actions in their respective organizations, communities, and countries.
  • Individual leadership and technical skills were be strengthened.
  • Joint initiatives were developed between the academic, public, and private sectors.
  • Resource networks were developed.


  Large group photo from ELFSELFS Participants working at tableELFS participants talking with expertsELFS participants exploring the country


We would like to thank the outstanding mentors of the 2009-2012 ELFS series:

  • Enrique Pérez, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Anita Sotot, University of Chile
  • Pilar Agudelo, IICA
  • Jaime Flores, IICA
  • Rolando Flores, Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Robin Woo, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
  • Ricardo Molins, Director Agricultural Health and Food Safety Area, IICA
  • Linda Valeri, Animal Health and Food Safety Center, University of Minnesota
  • Will Hueston, Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership
  • Cristina López, University of Uruguay








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