The World Food Prize Foundation

Keegan Kautzky

Keegan Kautzky

Senior Director
Global Youth Programs and Partnerships

Keegan Kautzky leads the World Food Prize Foundation’s global youth programs and partnerships, developing strategic relationships and opportunities to engage, inspire, and empower the next generation of young leaders in the global effort to end hunger and poverty.

Keegan joined the World Food Prize staff in January 2001 as a George Washington Carver Intern, and returned as the Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator of the International Borlaug Dialogue in 2005. He rejoined the staff in 2008 as the Director of National Education Programs, became Director of Global Programs and Partnerships in 2018, and was promoted to Senior Director of Global Youth Programs and Partnerships in 2020.

Raised on a small diversified farm in Iowa, Keegan's passion for resilient, regenerative, equitable, and healthy food systems was shaped by his family's struggle to survive the U.S. Farm Crisis; witnessing the effects of food insecurity among his classmates and neighbors in his rural farming community; and experiencing the inequity and injustice smallholder farmers, indigenous communities, women, youth, people of color, and poor families face every day in food systems around the globe. 

Keegan has worked in Malawi, India, South Africa, Iowa, and Washington DC throughout his career, advising, and advancing the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of State's Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the World Agroforestry Centre, Refugees International, the National Council for Agricultural Education, and the Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand. His experience spans global education, positive youth development, program design and planning, organizational management, community outreach, public health and economic research, human rights monitoring, and refugee advocacy.

Keegan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Iowa State University, as well as an M.A. in International Development Studies and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

You can contact Keegan at 515-343-7162 or by email at kkautzky@worldfoodprize.org.

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