Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director

Anuradha Mittal PortraitAnuradha 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.

Elizabeth Fraser, Senior Policy Analyst

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Elizabeth is a Policy Analyst at the Oakland Institute, focusing on land, agriculture, and food policy.

Elizabeth brings a wide array of experience examining food and agricultural policy both nationally and internationally. She holds a Master of Arts in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs in Canada. Her research focused on understanding national and international responses to famine, and examined whether tools such as commodity exchanges and derivative contracts help or hinder agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of her degree, Elizabeth was a visiting student research at the University of California Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. She was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal for her work at the University of Waterloo.

Before her Master's, Elizabeth was the Partnership Manager at Community Food Centres Canada (Toronto) where she worked with communities across Canada to build alternatives to food banks, ensuring people in of all incomes have access to safe, healthy, and affordable food. She also worked as a consultant with The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation (Montreal), conducting a cross-country scan of community food security initiatives in Canada, which directly led to the creation of a multi-year granting program on sustainable food systems.

Elizabeth has published articles on topics ranging from genetic engineering to land policy in Ukraine to the role of the informal economy in addressing food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also co-authored a series of articles in The Guardian on food security.

Elizabeth is an avid cyclist, cook, and gardener, and can be found cycling in the Oakland Hills most weekends.

Flora Sonkin, Research Associate

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Flora Sonkin is a research associate for the Oakland Institute, specializing in international policy making on agriculture.

She has conducted field research on land rights struggles with the MST (Landless Rural Workers movement) in Brazil, analyzed local public policies and agroecological projects in Spain, and worked with civil society organizations and social movements by participating in the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security.

Flora holds a Master of Science in International Development Studies with a specialization in Rural Sociology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She combines academic research with activism and community organizing as the chair of the Farmers’ Foundation (Boerengroep), and has presented her research in several international conferences in Europe, the United States, and Japan.

She has authored and co-authored several articles on public policies to promote agroecology for the RUAF Urban Agriculture Magazine, written a policy brief on pastoralism and human rights violations in the SAGCOT (Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania) for Terra Nuova, CELEP, and the Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty Campaign, and published a piece on the role of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union) in supporting extensive grazing and pastoralism in Spain for Arc2020.

Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director

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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.

Janhavi Mittal, Research Associate

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With a Master's degree from the University of Delhi, Janhavi is a recipient of the King's College London Overseas Research Scholarship which enables her to complete her dissertation on the ‘Literary Planetarity of J.M.Coetzee's Fiction’. A literature and cultural studies scholar, Janhavi's research interests and forthcoming publications and public talks have focused on cultural narratives around biogenetic capitalism, as well as, on inventive interdisciplinary approaches to the African Anthropocene. Janhavi is particularly interested in comparative cultural expressions of subaltern agroecological movements—particularly around climate change in South Asia and Southern Africa.

Janhavi is passionate about the micro-politics of student movements and the political importance of a public education system. Consequently, she has worked as the editor of Delhi University's largest independent student newspaper, as well as a student representative for English PEN during the course of her graduate studies.

Takahiro Noguchi, Creative Technology Director

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Takahiro (Tak) Noguchi is the Creative Technology Director at the Oakland Institute. Tak is responsible for the overall strategic development and implementation of digital media at the Institute. He oversees the content strategy, organization, and development of digital projects. As both a developer and content creator, his role is to leverage the web and other technologies to amplify the Oakland Institute’s work.

After receiving a MFA in interdisciplinary fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University, Tak was a recipient of a 2004-05 Fulbright Fellowship to India, and was based until 2010 in New Delhi. During this time he managed communications for a family foundation that focused on promoting social entrepreneurship and mitigating the impacts of climate change in India through strategic philanthropy. His other emphasis was on cultural heritage research, preservation, and management initiatives while working on projects for Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative, UNDP, UNESCO, Archaeological Survey of India and the Government of Punjab. Since returning from India, his work has focused on helping social enterprises and nonprofits use web based technologies to effect social change.

In another life, Tak was an artist whose work focused on collaborative, community art projects using old and new technologies to reach unconventional audiences. Running his own pirate radio station simultaneously from both sides of the US/Mexico border, he broadcast interviews of children from each country. In Delhi, he founded a DIY, home-based gallery to provide a refugee Iraqi artist his first solo exhibit in India, and worked with local contemporary artists to broadcast videos made collaboratively with residents through a neighborhood slum's cable TV operator. He has curated shows, organized projects, and exhibited in the United States, India, Canada, and Germany.


Amy Woloszyn, Designer

Amy is enthusiastic about creating a better world through health and art, and aligns herself with others who share the same mission. This is what brought her to the Oakland Institute in 2006, and what keeps her motivated to bring the message of OI to life through its publications. The graduate of Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) brings 15 years of graphic design and art direction experience as well as her east coast flavor. She brings love and light to her layouts to engage the audience with a clean, easy to read rendering of the hard-hitting material OI produces.

Her motto: “Let's change the world, and have fun doing it!” Read more about her business, Amy made Graphic Design here.