Tom Arnold’s current main tasks include serving as Ireland’s Special Envoy for Food Systems; member, Global Panel for Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN); board member, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); member, Malabo Montpellier Panel; member, Sight and Life Foundation.
He chaired Ireland’s 2030 agri-food strategy committee which produced Food Vision 2030, Ireland’s national agri-food strategy to 2030 (2021); for the EU Commission, he chaired the High-level Expert Group for Food Systems Science (2021) and the Task Force Rural Africa (2019). He was a member of the Champions Group Network for the Food Systems Summit (2021).
His previous roles included serving as Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; Director-General, Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA); Chair, Irish Constitutional Convention; CEO, Concern Worldwide; Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary General, Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM); Chair, OECD Committee of Agriculture; Administrator, EU Commission.
Tom has a degree in agricultural economics from University College Dublin (UCD) and master’s degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven and Trinity College, Dublin. He has Honorary Doctorates from the National University of Ireland (NUI) and from UCD.