Director, Liaison office for North America of the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Vimlendra Sharan, an Indian citizen, joined FAO as Director of the FAO Liaison Office for North
America on December 1st, 2016. Mr. Sharan brings with him more than two decades of
national and international government leadership experience focusing on rural development,
agriculture and food security issues.
In 1992, Mr Sharan was appointed to the Indian Administrative Service and over his service
career he has worked extensively in rural and tribal areas of Maharashtra in Western India and
in New Delhi, where he was staff officer to the Union Minister for Agriculture & Food, a position
which mandated his active involvement in agriculture and food policy formulation in
Government of India. He subsequently worked as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture
and Farmers Welfare and was responsible for issues pertaining to agriculture trade.