Luisa Volpe

Head of Policy Development, World Farmers Organisation

Luisa Volpe is currently working as Head of Policy Department at the World Farmers' Organisation, WFO, a member-based organization composed of national farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, whose International Secretariat is based in Rome. Ms Volpe area of work is focused on global policy processes on Climate Change, 2030 Agenda, Food Security and Nutrition, Research and Innovation in Agriculture and Trade and Food Systems. Previously, Ms Volpe had spent most of her professional career at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, working on projects and policies targeting indigenous peoples and farmers. In 2012, Luisa Volpe joined the Office of IFAD’s President in the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Unit, working on Public Partnerships. Ms Volpe also worked at the World Health Organization, WHO, European Office in Rome and in the private sector at the Gruppo Thriumph, a communication agency specialized in events organization, in Rome. Ms Luisa Volpe graduated in Political Sciences at La Sapienza University in Rome, in 2003. In 2006, she obtained a master in Communications at Cogno e Associati management school of Rome. Moreover, Ms Volpe is an expert in Neuro Linguistic Programming at master level and interpersonal communication

Luisa is speaking at

Application Track 3 - Data Driven AI solutions
November 5, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


  • Nuria Lama (Parallel session chair) European Programmes Manager, Member of the Board of Directors of BDVA, Atos Research and Innovation
  • Ana Antunes (Speaker) Agronomist, SmartRural S.L
  • Giorgio Micheletti (Speaker) Consulting Director, IDC
  • Arne Berre (Speaker) SINTEF and NorwAI
  • Ioanna Roussaki (Speaker) Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens
  • Panos Ilias (Speaker) IT Business Analyst - DjustConnect, ILVO
  • Sander Janssen (Speaker) Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Team lead Earth Informatics
  • Luisa Volpe (Speaker) Head of Policy Development, World Farmers Organisation
  • Rita Gentili (Speaker) Coldiretti


The agrifood sector is one of the most important in Europe, not only because of its contribution to the economy, but also because of its relevance for rural areas, preservation of the environment or impact on citizens’ health. As many other industrial sectors, in the last years it has been increasingly adopting digital technologies. Many challenges still exist in its data-driven transformation, but it is very important that ongoing efforts are recognized and used as baseline for future developments. Large scale deployments of IoT devices have produced a vast amount of data; data models of the domain have been extended, and progress has been made in terms of data sharing and digital platforms for data integration and analytics. In addition, advances in robotics, image recognition and other disciplines are paving the way towards innovative AI-based applications.

This session will build on previous discussions about challenges but will focus specifically on creating awareness about the work done so far in data-related technologies for the agrifood domain. This concept gives us the opportunity to create links between different approaches, initiatives and projects working in the domains of big data, IoT and AI. Furthermore, we want to avoid a discussion focused exclusively in technology, as seen and “sold” by technologists. The session will give voice to the farmers and will drive a lively discussion that will undoubtedly inspire and help all the participants involved or interested in the agrifood sector.

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