Speaker Bio

Suze Percy Filippini

Ms. Suze Percy Filippini has an extensive cross-cultural leadership experience in the fields of diplomacy, agriculture, food security, environment and strategic planning and programming.

Ms. Percy Filippini holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) of Mexico and a Post Graduate Diploma (DESS) in agroforestry from the Tropical Agronomic Center for Research and Higher Education (CATIE), Costa-Rica.

She also holds Master’s degrees in International relations from the Centre d’Études Diplomatiques et Strategiques of Paris (Roma branch), in International Service  from the School of International Service (SIS), American University, Washington DC, USA; and in Hemispheric Security and Defense  ( summa cum laude) from the Inter-American Defense College (IADC), Fort McNair, Washington DC, USA.

She began her career in 1988 as a United Nations Volunteer at the Center for Agricultural Research and Training, Chiapas, Mexico. From 1989 to 1992, she was agricultural Technical officer at the Haitian Christian Community Development Center (DCCH), Laborde, Haiti. From 1993 to 1994, she was Technical Advisor at the Southwest Florida Farm Workers Project Center in Immokalee, Florida, USA.

Ms.  Percy Filippini is a career diplomat. From 1994 to 2003, she served as Counselor, subsequently Minister Counselor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Haiti to FAO, WFP and IFAD in Rome. Among the functions recovered, she held the position of Chairperson of FAO Credentials Committee in 1997; Chairperson of the Latin America and the Caribbean Group (GRULAC) 1999; FAO Staff Pension Committee member from Nov.1997 to Dec.1999 and Member of WFP Executive Board from 1997 to 2003;

From 2003 to 2005, she was Minister Counselor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Haiti to the UN in New York, delegate to the UN Second Committee and ECOSOC.

From 2005 to 2010, she was Minister Counselor, Alternate Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Washington DC where she served as Vice-Chair Hemispheric Security Commission at the OAS from July 2009 to September 2010 and Delegate to the Inter American Women Commission (CIM) (2009-2010)

From May 2010 to February 2012, Mrs. Percy Filippini was a Member of the Cabinet and Diplomatic Adviser (with rank of Ambassador) to the Office of the President of the Republic of Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake, she was during the same period, Member of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) Board, Co-chaired by the US President M. William J. Clinton and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti.

She served as Senior Food security Advisor at the World Food Program (WFP) from March 2012 to February 2015.

She also served as UN Resident coordinator ad interim in the Republic of Congo from March 2019 to January 2020

Since March 2015, Ms.  Percy Filippini is FAO Representative in the Republic of Congo and Designated official a.i.

She speaks fluently French, English, Spanish, Italian, and Haitian Creole.

She is married and has two children.