Sergio Furman joined the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) in April 2020 as the chief development officer. In this role, Furman manages the Development Team, which raises funds from corporations, foundations and individuals for the pioneering research in FFAR’s six Challenge Areas. Furman also manages the Agriculture Climate Partnership capital campaign.

A native of Argentina who grew up in Brazil, Furman has thirty years’ experience and a successful track record as a global fundraiser. Prior to joining FFAR, Furman was chief development officer at the Freedom Forum, working to educate the public about the essential freedoms expressed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Before that, he spent nine years in the environmental conservation space, in development leadership positions at Conservation International and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He previously served as global fundraising and marketing director at the International Paralympic Committee based in Bonn, Germany and as a global fundraising officer at UNICEF International based out of Geneva, Switzerland.

Furman earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in commerce and economics from the University of Toronto in Canada and a graduate degree in sports and event marketing from George Brown College also in Toronto. He has served on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (NYC Chapter) and has presented at several regional and international fundraising conferences. He is fluent in four languages and is an avid soccer player – and fan.

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