Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director
Anuradha Mittal, founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. Recipient of several awards, Anuradha Mittal was named as the Most Valuable Thinker in 2008 by the Nation magazine.
Mittal has authored and edited numerous books and reports including (Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab; The Great Land Grab: Rush for World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor; Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution; 2008 Food Price Crisis: Rethinking Food Security Policies; Going Gray in the Golden State: The Reality of Poverty Among Seniors in Oakland, California; Turning the Tide: Challenging the Right on Campus; Sahel: A Prisoner of Starvation; America Needs Human Rights; and The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance. Her articles and opinion pieces have been published in widely circulated newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bangkok Post, Houston Chronicle, and the Nation. Anuradha has addressed the Congress, the United Nations, given several hundred keynote addresses including invitational events from governments and universities, and has been interviewed on CNN, BBC World, CBC, ABC, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Voice of America.
Anuradha is on the board and advisory committees of several non profit organizations including the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), International Forum on Globalization, and is a member of the independent board of Ben & Jerry's which focuses on providing leadership for Ben & Jerry’s social mission and brand integrity.
Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director
Frédéric Mousseau is the Policy Director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the Institute’s research and advocacy activities on land investment, food security and agriculture. He has conducted numerous reviews and studies on food and agriculture and authored many reports and articles on these issues. Trained as an economist, Frederic has worked as a staff member and consultant for international relief agencies for nearly two decades, including Action Against Hunger, Doctors Without Borders, and Oxfam International.
In addition to providing leadership to relief efforts as Country Representative in several countries, he has designed and supervised food security programs in over 30 countries. He has also conducted numerous reviews and studies on food security policies, programs and institutions; and authored several reports and articles on these issues. His key publications include:
Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict (Oakland Institute, 2014); On Our Land: Modern Land Grabs Reversing Independence in Papua New Guinea (Oakland Institute, 2013); Herakles Exposed: The Truth behind Herakles Farms False Promises in Cameroon (Oakland Institute/Greenpeace, 2013); Massive Deforestation Portrayed as Sustainable Investment: The Deceit of Herakles Farms in Cameroon (Oakland Institute / Greenpeace, 2012); SOCFIN Land Investment in Sierra Leone (Oakland Institute 2012); Achieving Regional Integration, The Key to Success for the Fight Against Hunger in West Africa (ACF International Network and Oakland Institute, 2011); Addressing Chronic Food Insecurity in the Horn of Africa: Good Practice Identified but Commitment Needed? (Regional Learning and Advocacy Programme for Vulnerable Dry Lands Communities (REGLAP), 2010); The High Food Price Challenge: A Review of Responses to Combat Hunger (UK Hunger Alliance / Oakland Institute, 2010); A Billion Hungry People, Governments and Aid Agencies Must Rise to the Challenge (Oxfam GB, 2009); The Time is Now: How World Leaders Should Respond to the Food Price Crisis (Oxfam GB, 2008); Sahel: Prisoner of Starvation? Case Study of the 2005 Food Crisis in Niger (Oakland Institute, 2006); Zimbabwe: Insights into the Humanitarian Crisis and Food Politics (Action contre la Faim, 2006); Food Aid or Food Sovereignty? Ending World Hunger in Our Time (Oakland Institute, 2005); Roles of and Alternatives to Food Aid in Southern Africa (Oxfam GB, 2004); Food Aid Handbook (Action contre la Faim, 2002).
In recent years, Frédéric has focused on research, advocacy and policy work on food security as it relates to investment in agriculture and arable land, food price volatility, and the global food crisis.
Melissa Moore, Editor
Alice Martin-Prével, Policy Analyst
Alice Martin-Prével is a Policy Analyst at the Oakland Institute focusing on access to land and common resources, food security, food sovereignty, international institutions' policies and their impact on the right to food and land. Alice graduated from Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs where she received a Master of International Public Management. Her undergraduate curriculum at Sciences Po explored social and environmental issues in Latin America, where she spent a year doing a research project in Valparaiso, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Alice interned for six months with the Oakland Institute and wrote several opinion pieces about customary land rights in Papua New Guinea and the World Bank’s land policy. In 2014 she authored Willful Blindness, How World Bank’s Country Rankings Impoverish Smallholder Farmers and several country fact sheets (Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali) for the Our Land, Our Business campaign.
Alice previously worked at the Research Institute for Development in France, where she studied public health issues and researched impacts of the HIV/Aids in Cameroon and Morrocco. She also interned at Paris’ High Court (Tribunal de Grande Instance) in the Crime Against Humanity section, where she wrote contextual dossiers on post-conflict countries.
Erik Swan, Web Manager
Erik Swan is the Web Manager for the Oakland Institute. He received his B.A. in English Literature in May 2014 from UC Berkeley. Erik is driven by a concern for the environment, especially for issues relating to climate change and class. By working for the OI, he aims to bring his technical and editorial skillsets to promote the work of the OI in a way that is effective and aesthetically pleasing.
He has previously worked in a variety of occupations ranging from auto repair to retail, as well as blogging for the Daily Californian during his stay at UC Berkeley. He was born and raised in Newbury Park, a small suburban town in Southern California.
Granate Sosnoff,Consultant, Communications
Granate Sosnoff joined the Institute in 2010 as a strategic partner for editing, producing and communicating core messages about land investment deals in Africa. Sosnoff's participation in producing and publicizing (with press releases and action alerts) key findings from seven country reports and numerous briefs has been a vital part of the success of the campaigns. Sosnoff has played a leadership role in a variety of successful campaigns over the years, including environmental, health, social justice as well as a range of women's issues starting with her work at a senior account exec at Public Media Center and then as the director of Southpaw, a group of networked consultants offering communications and advertising assistance to nonprofit and advocacy efforts.