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Nabeeha Mujeeb Kazi
J. Scott Angle
President and CEO, International Fertilizer Development Center
Professor & Chairman - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Chief, Nutrition & HIV/AIDS Policy - World Food Programme
Associate Director for External Relations - Texas A&M University, Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture
Director - HarvestPlus
Executive Vice President - The Hunger Project
Research Coordinator, Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute
Senior Director, Program Development & Quality, Hunger and Livelihoods, Save the Children U.S.
Principal - Sparkplug, LLC
Director of Nutrition Policy Center on Globalization & Sustainable Development - Columbia University
President & CEO -
CEO - Finn/Parks & Associates
Dr. Liz Goodwin
Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute
Secretary of Food and Nutrition Security, Republic of Guatemala
Senior Vice President - Healthcare, Nutrition & Lifestyle, FleishmanHillard Mexico
Senior Member - House of Lords, United Kingdom
Senior Vice President & Senior Partner - FleishmanHillard
Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Diane A. Hirakawa
The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of
World Food Prize Laureate Adjunct Professor - University of California Davis
Director - Sight & Life
President & Editor-in-Chief - Devex
President & CEO -
World Food Program USA
Technical Officer - Secretariat of the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition
Global Leader for Food Assistance, World Vision International and Senior Director, Food Security and Livelihoods, World Vision United States
Professor - Michigan State University
Executive Director, Alliance to End Hunger
Executive Director & CEO - Tanzania Horticultural Association
Principal Scientist, Sustainable Development - M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
Co-founder - Food Tank
Ima Yolanda Nuñez
Health and Nutrition Specialist, Technical and Planning Secretariat and the Presidency, El Salvador
Ruth Khasaya Oniang'o
Founder - African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition & Development
Executive Director - Rural Outreach Africa
Former Director Plant Production & Protection Division - Food & Agriculture Organization
Executive Director - Compatible Technology International
Lucy Martinez Sullivan
Executive Director -
World Food Prize Laureate
Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture & Food Policy - Chicago Council
on Global Affairs
World Food Prize Laureate
Director - Office for Communication, Partnerships & Advocacy, Food and Agriculture Organization
President - Nirmal Seeds Pvt. Ltd.
Director of Partnerships
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Nabeeha Mujeeb Kazi is President and CEO of Humanitas Global, a Washington, DC based international development agency. She has deep roots in food and nutrition security, agricultural development, and environmental sustainability and has led high-profile public-private initiatives around the globe for the World Health Organization, the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and various governments and multi-national corporations, among others.
Prior to HGD, Nabeeha served as Senior Vice President and Partner at global communications firm, Fleishman-Hillard where she directed the public health practice and firm's international development practice of 90+ members, FH Global Aid. She also worked for the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation developing national HIV/AIDS plans in key Caribbean and African countries. Nabeeha was a consultant to UNICEF and the EastWest Institute in New York. She got her professional start at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico working in advocacy and communications to support the research outputs of CIMMYT scientists.
Born in Pakistan, Nabeeha was raised in Mexico and is fluent in four languages. Nabeeha has traveled to more than 30 countries and worked in five. She is a Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate of Kansas State University, where she majored in journalism and political science. She has dual master's degrees in public health and international affairs from Columbia University in New York City.
Tom Arnold was recently appointed as Director General of the International Institute of European Affairs (IIEA). He will take up this position at the end of 2013. In October 2012, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny announced the Government appointment of Tom Arnold as Chairperson of the Convention on the Irish Constitution. Mr. Arnold retired from his position as CEO of Concern Worldwide at the end of February to take up this new role. Tom Arnold was appointed CEO of Concern Worldwide in 2001. He was previously Assistant Secretary General and Chief Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Food in Ireland. Tom has served on a number of high level bodies including the UN Millennium Project’s Hunger Task Force, the Irish Hunger Task Force, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund’s (CERF) Advisory Group, the European Food Security Group (EFSG) and the Irish Government’s Commission on Taxation.
He was Chairman of the OECD committee of Agriculture (1993 to 1998). He served on the Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) charged with leading the reform of the international agriculture research system. (2010 to 2012). He is a member of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Advisory Board. In April 2012, he was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon to the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. He is Chairperson of the Irish Times Trust and a Director of the Irish Times.
Tom is a graduate in Agricultural Economics from University College Dublin and has Masters Degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain and Trinity College Dublin. He has received Honorary Doctorates of Laws from the National University of Ireland and Science from University College Dublin. Tom received a ‘People of the year award’ in 2013 for making a significant difference to the lives of the poor.
Dr. J. Scott Angle received his BS and MS at the University of Maryland in Agronomy and Soil Science, respectively. He obtained his PhD from the University of Missouri with an emphasis on Soil Microbiology.
Angle worked for 24 years as a Professor of Soil Science and administrator (Director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland Cooperative Extension) at the University of Maryland. His early work focused on the study of losses of nutrients from agro-ecosystems. He also has extensive experience on the study of organic wastes, primarily biosolids, on agriculture systems and the environment. This led him into the study of impacts of biosolids-borne micronutrients, especially heavy metals, on the environment, with a focus on metal impacts on soil microbes and their functions. Later he concentrated his studies on phytoremediation, the use of plants for extraction of heavy metals from soil. In 2005, he moved to Athens, Georgia, where he served as Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia for 10 years. He is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. He is also a Fulbright Fellow having worked at the Rothamsted (Research) Experimental Station, in the UK.
Currently, he is the President and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), where he oversees a staff of over 800 and coordinates development projects in diverse regions of the world. IFDC provides solutions to alleviate global hunger and poverty through the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency.
Robert E. Black is the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health and Director of the Institute for International Programs of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Robert is trained in medicine, infectious diseases and epidemiology. He has served as a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and worked at institutions in Bangladesh and Peru on research related to childhood infectious diseases and nutritional problems.
Robert's current research includes field trials of vaccines, micronutrients and other nutritional interventions, effectiveness studies of health programs, such as the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness approach, and evaluation of preventive and curative health service programs in low- and middle-income countries. His other interests are related to the use of evidence in policy and programs, including estimates of burden of disease, the development of research capacity and the strengthening of public health training.
As a member of the US Institute of Medicine and advisory bodies of the World Health Organization, the International Vaccine Institute, and other international organizations, he assists with the development of policies intended to improve child health. He currently chairs the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group and the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative. He currently has projects in Bangladesh, Benin, Ghana, India, Mali, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe. He has more than 400 scientific journal publications and is coeditor of the textbook "International Public Health."
Martin Bloem is Chief for Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Policy and UNAIDS Global Coordinator, at the United Nations World Food Programme, in Rome, Italy. He holds a medical degree from the University of Utrecht and a doctorate from the University of Maastricht and has joint faculty appointments at both Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University.
Martin has had more than two decades of experience in nutrition research and policy. He was the Senior Vice President Chief Medical Officer of Helen Keller International prior to his appointment at the World Food Programme.
Martin has devoted his career to improving the effectiveness of public health and nutrition programs through applied research. He has participated in task forces convened by many organizations, including international non-governmental organizations, the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, the United States Agency for International Development, and the World Health Organization.
Julie Borlaug is the granddaughter of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug and the Associate Director of External Affairs at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. Since the passing of her grandfather, Julie has worked to continue his legacy through developing agricultural partnerships between public, private and philanthropic groups to further the Borlaug legacy and expand upon his mission to feed the world's hungry.
Julie received her BA from Texas A&M in International Studies and Political Science in 1997 and her MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Dallas in 2004. She has spent her career in the nonprofit sector and has worked for organizations such as the Salvation Army and the American Cancer Society as Development of Director.
Howarth Bouis directs a global research program that develops and disseminates nutrient-rich food crops to reduce hidden hunger, caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. HarvestPlus programs focus on sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean. Since 1993, Howarth has been advocating widely for improving nutrition through food-based approaches such as biofortification. He has also promoted national biofortification programs in India, China, and Brazil.
Howarth holds a joint appointment at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia. He received his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford's Food Research Institute. He joined IFPRI, where he is currently based, in 1982 as a post-doctoral fellow in the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division; he later held positions as Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow. His research concentrated on understanding how economic factors affect food demand and nutrition outcomes, particularly in Asia. Before entering graduate school, he spent three years in the Philippines with Volunteers in Asia.
John Coonrod is the Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project, where he is responsible for research, advocacy and its programs in South Asia and Latin America. He is a leading spokesperson for the organization and has been interviewed on BBC, CNN and NBC television. John is an expert on bottom-up, gender-focused development and decentralized local governance who has lectured at the United Nations, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), Princeton University and the United States Air Force Academy.
John serves as co-chair of InterAction's Food Security and Agriculture working group, as advisor and board member to a number of emerging international NGOs. He is an avid amateur photographer and figure skater. John grew up in the Midwest and was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD), during which time he was active in the civil rights and anti-war movements. He worked as a research physicist at Princeton University from 1978 through 1984. As a physicist, he was involved in the design and construction of the High-Energy Astronomical Observatory satellite, the first whole-body CAT scanner and the first tokamak designed to achieve a break-even fusion reaction.
Namukolo Covic joined IFPRI as Research Coordinator in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She leads A4NH support to efforts by ReSAKSS to promote evidence-based policy planning and implementation in nutrition, including the promotion of best practices, mutual learning, and policy review and dialogue processes. Her other responsibilities include coordinating the Transform Nutrition Consortium research efforts in East Africa, working closely with other development partners and African Union structures on nutrition and supporting the IFPRI Africa team on policy related nutrition research.
She combines academic training in both Agriculture and Nutrition having a BSc in Agriculture and MSc and PHD in Nutrition. Before joining IFPRI she was a Senior Lecturer at North-West University (South Africa) and led the Food and Nutrition Security Research Programme there within the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition. She has expertise in capacity and leadership development for nutrition and has been a key member of the African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP). Beside involvement in the 10 day ANLP training programme she has lead nutrition capacity strengthening activities in Zambia and Rwanda. She is the current General Secretary of The World Public Health Nutrition Association, and a council member of the Federation of African Nutrition Societies. Her research has focused on community based micronutrient interventions related to cognitive function in children, infant and young child feeding and broader food and nutrition security aspects of sustainable diets.
Josh DeWald is the Senior Director, Program Development & Quality in the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods at Save the Children US. In this capacity he supports Save the Children's program design and technical assistance efforts in the areas of development food security and livelihoods, emergency food security and livelihoods, and financial services and employment.
DeWald has two decades of international relief and development experience in the areas of food security, agricultural development, inclusive local economic growth, and resilience. This programming has benefitted smallholder farmers and agro-pastoralists; micro, small and medium enterprises; food insecure households; and, communities vulnerable to conflict and natural disaster.
Prior to joining Save the Children, he worked as the Director - Asia Division for the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and overseeing the center's agriculture and agribusiness portfolio in South and Southeast Asia. Prior to this, he served in a range of leadership, management and food security technical assistance roles with Mercy Corps in South, Southeast and Central Asia, the Horn of Africa and the Balkans, including Regional Director, Country Director, Program Manager, and Food Security & Livelihoods Coordinator, among others. He has also worked with the U.S. Peace Corps and Clemson University.
He completed undergraduate studies at Bucknell University and King's College, London, and graduate studies at Clemson University and the University of Illinois.
Andrea Durkin founded Sparkplug, a strategic consulting firm that works with companies to maximize the positive social impact of their business, and helps non-profits “think more like business” to achieve their social goals.
Andrea served as a trade negotiator for the U.S. Government for ten years where she represented the United States in free trade agreement negotiations, in the World Trade Organization and United Nations. She spent the last ten years in corporate government relations, both consulting to major multinationals and associations, and working in-house as a public policy specialist. Andrea spent seven years at Abbott Laboratories where she managed a global staff responsible for developing Abbott’s public policies and managing external relations across the company’s pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, and nutrition businesses in Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and Latin America.
Andrea is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of International Trade at Georgetown University in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program.
Jessica Fanzo is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She also serves as the Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of International Public Affairs. Before joining Columbia University, Jessica was the Evaluation and Monitoring Officer for the REACH Interagency partnership to combat child hunger at the United Nations World Food Programme. In 2010 and 2011, Jessica was a Senior Scientist at Bioversity International in Rome Italy, where she led their Nutrition program. From 2007 to 2010, Jessica served as the Nutrition Director for the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, and the Nutrition Regional Advisor for East and Southern Africa at the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya. Prior to joining the Earth Institute, she was a Program Officer for the Medical Research Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Jessica became the first laureate in 2012 of the Daniel Carasso Premio for her work on sustainable food and diets for long-term human health. Jessica serves on Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition Food and Nutrition Council, the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition Working Group on Household Food Security, the Advisory Group for Agriculture and Nutrition to the Special Advisor to the UNSG, and the IASC Global Nutrition Cluster. She is an editor on several journals, has been commissioned by the Institute of Development Studies, World Food Programme and UNDP for global policy reports on nutrition and food security, and has authored a range of peer-reviewed scientific publications.
She currently works closely with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, World Bank, REACH, and UNICEF on international nutrition projects and programmes. She is currently working with Seeds of Life on a nutrition-agriculture project for the Ministry of Agriculture in Timor Leste.
Jessica has a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Arizona and completed a Stephen I. Morse postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology at Columbia University.
Secretary Gonzalez holds a graduate degree in Food Security and Poverty from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), endorsed by Guatemala's San Carlos and Rafael Landivar Univeristies, as well as by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He also holds a joint Diploma on International Trade and Environment from Guatemala's University of San Carlos, the National University of Costa Rica, and Wageningen University Social Sciences Group. He is concluding a Master's degree in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources at these institutions.
He is an agricultural engineer and specialized in Renewable Natural Resources at Guatemala's University of San Carlos. He successfully developed the Natural Hazards Mapping for Guatemala by using the Geographical Information System; the Regional Action Program for Central America (RAP-CA), CEPREDENAC, and UNESCO.
Mr. Gonzalez is Secretary at Guatemala's Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SESAN), where he oversees joint program coordination with other Guatemalan ministries, secretariats and decentralized institutions. These programs aim to fully eradicate malnutrition in Guatemala, following the Zero Hunger Pact. He also worked at the Nutrition Institute for Central America and Panama (INCAP) where he was responsible for designing the Geographical Information System.
Secretary Gonzalez participated in the situational analysis of Food Security and Nutrition (SAN). His contribution delved with issues pertaining to agriculture, such as food availability in households and food access, and renewable natural resources at SAN's Information Unit for Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation. Moreover, he has been a member of the Working Group on Development and Implementation of the Strategic Institutional Plan of 2010-2015.
Secretary Gonzalez has co-authored numerous national and international publications, among them: the "Study on the Vulnerability of Food Security" by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAGA) and the United Nations' World Food Program; and, the Thematic Cartography Atlas of Guatemala produced by the latter. He recently collaborated in releasing the document "Mapping and Analysis of Chronic Malnutrition in Guatemala," which has served as a tool for targeting interventions for the Zero Hunger Pact and for those of the World Food Program.
Pierre Ferrari joined Heifer International as its President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Pierre has more than 40 years of business experience, ranging from consumer organizations such as Coca-Cola to working with socially-oriented organizations like CARE. He holds a master's degree in Economics from The University of Cambridge and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Pierre is a current director and a former chair of the board for Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and a current board member of the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund, which provides equity financing to small and medium enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets.
Susan Finn, PhD, RDN, FADA, is CEO of Susan/Parks & Associates, a global consultancy focused on interpreting and contexting the implications of nutrition research for nonprofit and governmental organizations, industry, and the media. Susan is an advisor to many organizations including the Sackler Institute's Overnutrition Steering Committee at the New York Academy of Sciences, the Ohio State University Food Innovation Center, the Community for Zero Hunger, the Animal Health Institute and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. She also works closely with Elanco, Dow Agrosciences and Abbott Nutrition on initiatives having a global impact on the fight against hunger, malnutrition and rising health care costs. Susan is a past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and a past chair of the AND Foundation. Before launching Susan/Parks & Associates in 2003, she had a long and distinguished career with Abbott Nutrition. She also served for eight years as president and CEO of the American Council for Fitness & Nutrition.
Susan is widely published in professional publications and consumer magazines. She has received numerous awards and honors acknowledging her leadership in health and nutrition. President George W. Bush appointed her to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and Governor John Kasich named her to the Ohio Board of Dietetics. Susan has delivered the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' prestigious Lenna Frances Cooper Lecture and is a recipient of the academy's Medallion Award as well as its highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. Susan attended Bowling Green State University and Case Western Reserve University. She was awarded a PhD in nutrition science from The Ohio State University.
Liz Goodwin is a chemist by background. After an early career at ICI she began to move towards the environmental sector at Zeneca and subsequently Syngenta.
Realising the vital role that care for the environment was likely to have in the future she joined, at its inception in 2001, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as its first Director of Manufacturing and subsequently added the role of Director of Construction.
In 2007 Liz took on the role of CEO at WRAP which position she held until June 2016.
During her period at WRAP, UK recycling rates increased from 9% to 43% and food waste was reduced by 21% in 4 years.
During the period of her leadership at WRAP ground-breaking collaborative agreements and schemes such as the Courtauld Initiative, Halving Waste to Landfill by the construction sector and Love Food Hate Waste campaigns were born and flourished.
Liz joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) earlier in 2016 as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste.
She is also a Champion of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 whose aim is to halve food waste around the globe by 2030. Her role at WRI is to help drive the various initiatives that are required around the world to achieve this goal.
Liz is a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment where she is also chair of the Research Committee.
In 2015 Liz was awarded and OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to the Business Resource Efficiency and the Environment.
Vera González has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Food Science from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City and a MS degree in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK. She has 15 years of experience on Healthcare and Nutrition Communications, strategic planning for the pharmaceutical and food industry, media relations , brand awareness and positioning, patient advocacy, NGO’s and medical society relations.
She is currently Senior Vice President at FleishmanHillard Mexico, a top global strategic and integral communication agency. For the last 8 years she has been the leader of the Healthcare and Nutrition practice for this firm in Mexico City.
Vera is also the President of Nutrition Graduates from Iberoamericana University for the period 2013-2015, representing around 2,000 top nutritionists in Mexico.
Her communication skills and expertise areas are: Nutrition and lifestyle, including obesity, diabetes, HIV, hepatitis, cancer, heart disease & stroke, neurosciences, biotechnology, hemophilia, tobacco control, osteoporosis, arthritis, sports & nutrition, healthy lifestyles, among many others.
A senior member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Mary Goudie is a global advocate for the rights of women and children. She is on the board of Vital Voices, is involved in promoting gender equity with both the G8 and G20 and is also the Chair of the Women Leaders' Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations.
Baroness Goudie was appointed as a life peer in the House of Lords in 1998. As a senior member of the House of Lords, she works with the UK and USA governments to bring attention to issues including Burma and Muslim refugees, as well as the education of women and the protection of children.
Baroness Goudie is Chair of the Women Leaders' Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations, where she launched the global initiative to fight human trafficking in March 2007. Baroness Goudie is involved with the G8 and G20 promoting the role of women and children in the global economy. She is also an expert in both global issues and corporate social responsibility.
She is actively engaged in numerous philanthropic organizations including her role as a member of the Executive and Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership. She is also a trustee of Share Gift, a charity which provides a solution to the longstanding problem of unwanted small shareholdings, giving the proceeds to a wide range of UK charities.
Jamie Greenheck is Senior Vice President and Senior Partner of FleishmanHillard's Global Food and Agribusiness Sector. Working with organizations that represent every link in the food chain, she has developed a variety of communications programs to support hunger, nutrition and sustainability initiatives. Jamie grew up on a diversified family farm in Wisconsin and has a passion for finding common ground between farmers, scientists, food companies, policymakers and NGOs to develop partnerships that drive innovative solutions to feed the world's growing population.
Lawrence Haddad is a Senior Research Fellow in the International Food Policy Research Institute's Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. He was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) from 2004 to 2014. From 1994 to 2004 he was a Division Director at IFPRI and a Lecturer in Development Econmics at the University of Warwick, UK. An economist, his main research interests are at the intersection of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition.
Lawrence has published extensively in peer reviewed outlets on the interactions of nutrition, poverty, food security, agriculture, social protection, HIV/AIDS and gender. He is currently involved in research on the politics of nutrition: measuring the commitment to reducing hunger and malnutrition, assessing the effectiveness of social accountability mechanisms in nutrition and identifying if and how mobile technology can promote responsiveness and accountability in the fight against malnutrition.
Diane A. Hirakawa, became the President of The Mathile Institute in 2007. Prior to this position, she served as Global Vice President for Pet Health and Nutrition at Procter & Gamble, and as Vice President for Research and Development for the Iams Company. Diane was able to take her love of nutrition and companion animals, and deliver innovations in pet nutrition, thereby extending the healthy longevity of dogs and cats around the world. Her years in global pet nutrition enabled Diane to gain extensive knowledge in combining unique ingredients and provide value-added nutrition for growth, reproduction, physical stress, endurance, and overall maintenance. It is this foundational knowledge that allows The Mathile Institute to be founded on solid nutritional principles and evidence-based responses.
Diane is passionate about preventative health care and served as CEO and Chairman for Riverain Medical, providers of innovative technology for the early diagnosis of lung disease. Diane also serves on the Miami Valley School Board and other public organizations. Diane graduated from the University of Illinois where she received her PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry.
Adjunct Professor - University of California Davis
Gurdev Khush is a World Food Prize Laureate and Adjunct Professor at the University of California Davis. He is a world renowned agronomist and is considered one of the heroes of the Green Revolution, for his leadership in developing rice strains that enhanced the quality and quantity of the rice supply in countries facing unprecedented population growth. Under his direction at the Plant Breeding Department, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) developed rice varieties that now account for 60% of the world's rice supply.
Gurdev is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the Japan Prize (1987), the World Food Prize (1996), the Rank Prize (1998), and the Wolf Prize (2000). He graduated from Punjab Agricultural University and the University of California-Davis, but has since been awarded 12 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University in England. Gurdev has also been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and Royal Society of London, and has consulted for 15 national governments, including India, China and Vietnam.
Klaus Kraemer is Director of Sight and Life, a not-for-profit nutrition think tank of DSM, which cares about the world's most vulnerable populations and exists to help improve their nutritional status. Acting as their advocates, Sight and Life guides original nutrition research, disseminates its findings and facilitates dialogue to bring about positive change. Klaus has over 25 years of experience in research and advocacy in the field of health, bioavailability and safety of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids.
Klaus is editor of Sight and Life magazine, one of the most widely distributed scientific magazines on micronutrients and nutrition in the developing world. He serves on several professional societies dedicated to nutrition, vitamins, and antioxidants, is reviewer for a number of scientific journals, has published many peer-reviewed scientific articles, and co-edited 9 books. Klaus was honored for the dedication in the fight against micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries by the Micronutrient Forum and the Oxygen Club of California. Recently, he has been appointed member of the Flour Fortification Initiative Leaders Group and Steering Committees of the Micronutrient Forum, BOND (Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development) and the New York Academy of Sciences' Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.
Raj Kumar is President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, a social enterprise that operates the world's most popular international development website, www.devex.com. Founded when Raj was a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School, Devex has offices in five countries and a global staff of 100. Raj has been profiled in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Forbes and The Washington Post, where Devex was called the "Bloomberg of foreign aid."
Prior to Devex, Raj co-founded the successful Internet start-up SmartPortfolio.com, which was sold to TheStreet.com in 2000. He was also principal and political director of the political consulting firm Penn Schoen Berland. Raj has served as a strategist for campaigns in the U.S. and around the world, including as a member of the national advance team for President Clinton. Raj is a graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Richard Leach serves as President and CEO of World Food Program USA (WFP USA). Richard established WFP USA (formerly Friends of the World Food Program) in 1997 and led the organization until 2004. From 2008-2010, Richard served as a Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) where he developed an initiative to halt production and trade in counterfeit drugs, and established a program to ensure that essential health technologies are incorporated into the health systems of developing countries. From 2003-2005, Richard directed a global initiative to identify and build support for public policies that would protect children from tobacco use.
From 1996 to 1997, he established and launched the Living Planet Campaign for the World Wildlife Fund. In 1993, Richard was appointed to run a nationwide initiative for the Clinton Administration to increase childhood immunization rates in the United States which was later transformed into a permanent division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 1991 to 1993, Richard served as the foreign policy staff lead for the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Committee on Hunger. Prior to his work with the Select Committee, he established and led a range of operations for U.N. agencies and NGOS, including the United Nations Children Fund, the Organization of American States, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He served as a member of the American Bar Association's Task Force on Reform at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and practiced corporate and maritime law in California from 1986 to 1990.
Lina Mahy is currently Technical Officer with the Secretariat of the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) based in Geneva. She is an international development professional with over 20 years of experience working in African countries for UN Agencies and NGOs.
Thabani Maphosa has dual roles in WVI and WVUS as Global Leader for Food Assistance and Senior Director, Food Security and Livelihoods overseeing a multi-donor global portfolio in 35+ countries. He also represents WVI as an observer on the WFP Executive Board and is the WVI lead for the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC). He also currently serves as a Board Member for the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP). Thabani has been instrumental in testing and driving innovation in World Vision especially the use of technology in the last mile and the scaling up of cash transfers. He has occupied critical roles during his time at World Vision, including Senior Director of Operations & Strategy (2009-14), Director of Program Development & New Products (2006-9) and Monitoring & Evaluation Manager (2003-6) where he was the M&E lead for the massive C-SAFE and SAFER Responses in World Vision Zimbabwe and for the Tsunami Response in World Vision Thailand.
Before joining World Vision, Thabani was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Zimbabwe focusing on Farming Systems, Animal Physiology/ Nutrition and Statistical Methods and other Animal Science Courses. He was also a Research Assistant/ Consultant for Price Waterhouse and Linds Agricultural Services. Thabani holds a BSc. Agriculture in Animal Science and a Master of Philosophy in Agriculture.
Karim Maredia is a Professor with the Institute of International Agriculture at Michigan State University and and Program Director of the Institute’s World Technology Access Program (WorldTAP). He received his Ph.D. degree in Integrated Pest Management and Plant Breeding from University of Arkansas in 1985. Prior to joining MSU, he worked from 1986-89 at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico.
He has been actively involved with various international development projects for the past 15 years. Karim has a wealth of project management experience especially in designing and implementing international training and capacity building programs with developing countries.
Rebecca Middleton is the Chief Operating Officer for the Alliance to End Hunger. As COO, Rebecca is responsible for implementing the Alliance’s vision of bringing together diverse organizations to build the public and political will to end hunger. This role brings together Rebecca's many years of professional experience in policy, strategy and advocacy with her lifetime commitment to anti-hunger initiatives.
Rebecca joined the Alliance to End Hunger after more than a decade in government relations at Cassidy & Associates, a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. At Cassidy, Rebecca advocated and supported a wide variety of issues before the federal government on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, universities and other not-for-profit entities.
Prior to joining Cassidy, Rebecca was a senior legislative assistant for Representative Frank R. Wolf (R-VA). In this position, Rebecca worked closely with constituents, local, state and federal officials, university leaders, and representatives of major corporations on a variety of appropriations and other public policy initiatives. Additionally, Rebecca has extensive political campaign experience having served as Representative Wolf’s Campaign Director in 1998 and as his Campaign Manager in 2000. Rebecca has a B.A. with a double-major in Political Science and English from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Jacqueline Mkindi is a Development Manager, specialized in Business and Trade, and also an agri-preneur. She has risen from various positions in the Private Sector to the level of Executive Director/CEO in the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), an apex body promoting and developing Tanzania horticulture with the major focus on flowers, fruits, vegetables, seeds, spices and herbs value chains across the country (Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar). Jacqueline has provided strong leadership in shaping and transforming the industry which is now reckoned as the fastest growing agriculture sub-sector in Tanzania attracting investments from both the locals and the Multinationals.
She has been very instrumental in creating and facilitating strong partnerships with the Government of Tanzania and Development Partners such as USAID, EU, BEST-AC, ITC, FINNISH GOVERNMENT, to mention but a few, through strategic advocacy and meaningful dialogue with partners with the aim of supporting the industry value chains and addressing critical challenges facing the industry. She hasparticipated in a number of trade negotiations particularly on EAC, SADC, ECOWAS, EU and also on trade issues governing trade relationship between African countries and United States of America. By being on the advisory board of regional and international platforms, Jacqueline also supports the work of such instruments like International Agriculture Research Institution (iAGRI), German Marshall Fund of the United States Center of Excellence for Transformational Partnerships, not to forget national technical platforms advising the GoT on key issues around agriculture transformation agenda in the country.
In recognition of her role and involvement in the agriculture development of Tanzania, Jacqueline received ‘’A woman of determination role modal Award, 2011, in supporting the SMEs in Tanzania during the Private Sector commemoration of the Tanzania 50th Years of independence in Sept. 2011 and was also nominated to join other Young African Leaders on the President’s Obama Young African Leaders Mentoring Programme 2012. Ms. Mkindi is a holder of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) and Bsc. Forestry and Nature Conservationfrom Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania (Department of Forestry And Nature Conservation).
Dr Raman was born on June 30, 1967. He started his sociology career with The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF). He has been with MSSRF (for 25 years in Chennai) since 1988. He was promoted as Principal Scientist in 2000. He had been Indian ambassador of the World Youth Bank since 2003. He is the coordinating chairperson of the Youth Science Congress.
He is the member of several international bodies such as International Sustainable Development Center -Geneva, Youth for Human Rights International -South Asia, Euro Mediterranean Youth Platform- Brazil, and Global Youth Action Network -USA.
He had been honored with the Thiruvalluvarr Award, Dr. Ambedkar Best Youth Award, The Rotary Literacy Champion Award, Outstanding Secretary Award, Karma Veer Puraskar Award and Glory of Education Excellence Award and the list goes on.
He has been bestowed with innumerable honorary positions both at the national and international level. He is a member of Senate of University of Madras and Bharathidasan University, member of Planning Board of Periyar University and a member of the Committee on Organic Farming Policy 2012 formulated by the Government of Tamilnadu. Apart from these prestigious memberships in which he plays a strategic role, he is also a member of the following entities: Genetic Heritage Garden, PDS Committee, Agricultural Committee of the Government of Chhattisgarh, Geographical Committee of International Water Resource Association and many such bodies of repute.
He has published many articles in both national and international journals in topics ranging from agriculture to tracking biographies. He has organized over 50 workshops, conferences, seminars and training programmes at the national and international levels in the domain of farming, youth welfare and empowerment, disaster management, water resource, global warming, rural water and sanitization, rainwater harvesting and food security.
He has been invited by several countries to share his intellectual and research acumen in the verticals of education, human security, international governance, distance education and food and water. He has strived for the betterment of youth development, agriculture, environment, education and social work all his life.
Danielle Nierenberg is a co-founder of Food Tank and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She recently spent two years traveling to more than 35 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America meeting with farmers and farmers' groups, scientists and researchers, policymakers and government leaders, students and academics, and journalists collecting their thoughts on what's working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while also protecting the environment.
Danielle has spoken at major conferences and events all over the world and her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 3,000 major publications including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, BBC, the Guardian (UK), and other major publications. Previously, Nierenberg served as the Director of the Food and Agriculture program at the Worldwatch Institute. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Nierenberg holds a MS in Agriculture, Food and Environment from Tufts University.
Ms Nuñez is the Health and Nutrition Specialist at the Social Protection System in the Technical and Planning Secretariat and the Presidency in El Salvador, coordinating the program of rural communities and the Food and Health School Program, among others. She is coordinator of the National Committee for preparation of the reports on the progress MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and the Post-2015 consultation agenda. He has worked in the coordination, management and evaluation of Nutrition and Food Security programs and projects in government institutions and the United Nations System. She promoted the creation of the National Council for Food and Nutritional Security, and directed it in its first two years, coordinating the process of building the National Policy for Food and Nutrition Security and its legal framework. She is a Nutritionist, graduated from the University of El Salvador and Master in Public Health at Emory University. It has several specializations in Human Rights and Social Protection, Food and Nutrition Security, management of social programs and early childhood public policies, among others.
Executive Director - Rural Outreach Africa
Ruth K. Oniang'o is the executive director of the Rural Outreach Program, a non-profit development organization that empowers women through agriculture and entrepreneurial projects. From 2003-2007, Ruth was a member of the Kenyan parliament and served as Shadow Minister for Education, Science and Technology.
Prior to her term in the Kenyan Parliament, Ruth was Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology in Nairobi, Kenya. Her areas of research and consultation are household food and nutrition security, women's nutrition, child health, and community-level agro-processing and related enterprises. She is a strong advocate for women's empowerment, and against hunger and malnutrition. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development (AJFAND). Ruth holds a MS in Human Nutrition from Washington State University and a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Nairobi. She serves on numerous boards, both locally and internationally. She has just been selected to serve as Vice Chair of GFAR from September 2013.
Shivaji Pandey was born and raised in a farming family in India. He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry at a university in India, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison Wisconsin (USA). At the start of his professional career, he served as maize scientist and training officer at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico and South America. In the latter years of a 30-year association with CIMMYT, Shivaji also served as the Director of its Maize Program and of the African Livelihoods Program. He joined Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2005 and served as the Director of its Agricultural Support Systems Division during 2005-2006 and of the Plant Production and Protection Division during 2006-2012. While at FAO, Shivaji also chaired the Inter-departmental Working Group on Biotechnology covering crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries, and food processing sectors. The Plant Production and Protection Division hosted international instruments such as International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT-PGRFA), Rotterdam Convention, Global Crop Diversity Trust, and Global Partnership Initiative in Plant Breeding (GIPB) over which he had supervisory responsibilities.
During 2010 and 2011 at FAO, Shivaji led the Organizations efforts to develop a strategy that member countries can implement to increase their food production, while protecting and enhancing natural resources. FAO launched this strategy as 'Save and Grow' in 2011. Shivaji has over 150 refereed and other publications, has organized several international conferences and consultations, and given technical- and policy keynote addresses in international, regional and national events. He currently serves on the Board of Bioversity International, and is a Special Advisor to the Mexican Association of Food Banks (AMBA).
Alexandra Spieldoch has close to 20 years of experience working in the field of international development. Before her role as Executive Director with CTI, she served as Global Coordinator for the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture. She worked for ten years as an international policy analyst at the Center of Concern in Washington, D.C. and then as a program director at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in Minneapolis.
Alexandra studied at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as the University of Caen in Normandy, France. She received a certificate in business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen. Ms. Spieldoch received an M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her B.A. is from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a major in French literature. Through her work, she has traveled extensively throughout Africa and Latin America, and has published numerous articles on food security, human rights, and agricultural development. Currently, she also serves as a lead advisor on gender and food security with the Institute of Development Studies.
Lucy Martinez Sullivan is the Executive Director of 1,000 Days, an initiative focused on improving maternal and early child nutrition. Lucy began her career in the private sector, where she held management positions for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Merrill Lynch, L'Oreal, and Limited Brands. Prior to joining 1,000 Days, she was Executive Director at CCS, a management consulting firm that provides counsel to non-profit institutions and civil society organizations on issues of strategy and philanthropy.
Lucy's work at CCS included leading a study for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of the U.S. donor landscape for nutrition and serving as interim Chief Development Officer at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Prior to CCS, Lucy lived and worked in northern Mozambique as a volunteer for TechnoServe, an organization that helps provide business solutions to poverty. Lucy holds a MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA with distinction from the University of Florida.
M. S. Swaminathan, a plant geneticist by training, his contributions to the agricultural renaissance of India has led to his being widely referred to as the scientific leader of the green revolution movement. His advocacy of sustainable agriculture leading to an ever-green revolution makes him an acknowledged world leader in the field of sustainable food security.
He was Chairman of the UN Science Advisory Committee set up in 1980 to follow-up on the Vienna Plan of Action. He has also served as Independent Chairman of the FAO Council and President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The International Association of Women and Development conferred on him the first international award for significant contributions to promoting the knowledge, skill, and technological empowerment of women in agriculture and for his pioneering role in mainstreaming gender considerations in agriculture and rural development. M.S. was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1971, the Albert Einstein World Science Award in 1986, and the first World Food Prize in 1987.
M.S. is a Fellow of many of the leading scientific academies of India and the world, including the Royal Society of London and the U S National Academy of Sciences. He has received 58 honorary doctorate degrees from universities around the world. He currently holds the UNESCO Chair in Ecotechnology at the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai (Madras), India.
Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century – along with 10 Olympic Games.
In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the recent book, ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. They also received the 2009 Harry Chapin Why Hunger book award.
Surinder Vasal is the 2000 World Food Prize co-recipient, along with his colleague, Dr. Evangelina Villegas for their combined efforts and achievements in breeding and advancing Quality Protein Maize to improve productivity and nutrition in malnourished and poverty-stricken areas worldwide. Surinder earned a PhD in genetics and plant breeding from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. In 1959, Surinder launched his career as a researcher for the Department of Agriculture in Himachal Pradesh and later worked as a maize breeder at Himachal Agricultural College.
Surinder has worked with the Rockefeller Foundation in Thailand to conduct research on maize in close collaboration with the National Corn and Sorghum Research Center of Kasetsart University. From there he moved to a position at CIMMYT in 1970, working with and later supervising the high lysine maize project. From 1985 to 1996 he was responsible for coordinating CIMMYT's germplasm program and Lowland Tropical Maize Program to lead both population and hybrid research. Surinder and his team members introduced the first set of 58 tropical and 42 subtropical lines in 1991. In 1994, an additional 62 tropical white and yellow lines were announced.
Surinder is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America (whose Presidential Award he won in 2000), and India's National Academy of Sciences. He has received the 1996 International Service in Crop Science Award and the 1999 International Agronomy Award, in addition to accolades from governments of or institutions in Honduras, Peru, Panama, and India.
Marcela Villarreal is Director of the Office for Communication, Partnerships and Advocacy vision at the Food and Agriculture Organization. Since she joined the organisation in 1996, she has been Senior officer,socio-cultural research; Chief of the population and development service and Chief of the gender and development service; Director of the gender and population division.Before joining FAO,she worked as Senior officer for UNFPA and the ILO's Regional employment programme in Santiago, Chile. She has worked and published in the areas of poverty reduction, rural development, employment, social inequality, HIV/AIDS and food security and gender issues, inter alia. She has led and/or participated in technical assistance missions to some 40 countries.
Throughout 2009,she was Chair of the Reform Support Group. Marcela currently serves on various corporate committees such as Chair JAC/MC (Joint Advisory Committee on Medical Coverage), Chair JCC (Joint Commissary Committee) and is the ES Department Representative in the house-wide Reform Support Group. Marcela has a PhD in rural sociology from Cornell University and a BA/MA in systems and computing engineering from the University of Los Andesin Bogotá. She is a national of Colombia.
Ashish Wele is an agriculture expert (agronomist) with core competence subject of agriculture business management; responsible either as a part of senior management team of corporate company or as an entrepreneur. As an agronomist and senior management member of many corporate organizations, experienced in leading the team of professionals and coordinating with various department heads. Ashish has expertise in designing procedures and policies for newly developing business ventures in agriculture sector pertaining to corporate and cooperative farming, hi tech projects of mushroom cultivation, micro irrigation projects, sugarcane based farming systems and development of sustainable seeds production model.
He has played pivotal role in strategic business planning, sourcing of innovative products, product launching, imparting technical training to marketing team for various agri-bio tech products and hi-tech micro irrigation systems. Sourcing and appointing channel partners for various agro inputs in India & abroad has been his major strength.
Presently he is President of Nirmal Seeds, responsible to lead the team of professionals. Special focus is given on developing the company in global market with thrust on East Africa. He is responsible for spearheading robust international relationship program with key stakeholders including foreign governments, universities, R & D centers, Ambassadors, UN Organizations and funding agencies to explore opportunities in efficient agriculture farming development and sustainable seeds production model. Ashish is responsible for private sector partnership role in Biofortification with Harvest Plus (CGIAR) program, in delivery of Iron enriched pearl millet.