Chris Hegadorn is a retired U.S. diplomat. As Director of State´s Office of Global Food Security, he helped design and lead the implementation of an initiative to protect the food security and fisheries of Caribbean states through innovative insurance and finance tools. He also enlisted Mexico and Canada in a multi-million dollar project to jointly assist Central American states to mitigate the impact of climate change on their fragile food systems.
As the Political Affairs Offices at the U.S. Mission to the UN agencies in Rome, Italy, he served as Vice-Chair of the UN Fodd and Agriculture Organization´s (FAO) Finance Committee and was part of the negotiations to reform the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). He chaired the working group that created the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. Now based in Rome, Italy, he took up the appointment as the CFS Secretary in March 2019.