The World Food Prize Foundation

Kyle Poorman

Kyle Poorman

Director, International Dialogues

Kyle Poorman joined the World Food Prize Foundation in June of 2021 as Director, International Dialogues. 

In this role, Kyle will help to develop and produce the Foundation’s major programs, such as the Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue and Digital Dialogues. These events bring together policy experts, global food security leaders and farmers, both in person and online, to discuss clear steps to fight collectively against hunger around the world.

In addition, Kyle will oversee the implementation of the annual Iowa Hunger Summit, which over the past decade, has grown to become the premier conference in the state of Iowa for those confronting hunger. This conference gathers leaders from across Iowa that represent community organizations, business and industry, state and local governments and other individuals and groups that lead or participate in fighting hunger within the state.

Prior to joining the World Food Prize Foundation, Kyle was the Communications Manager and Policy Lead at Iowa State University with the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction. In this position, Kyle helped steer a global agriculture and food organization with major international members and funders. 

Kyle has worked in many places across the globe, such as Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Ohio, France, Italy and the Netherlands. His work has primarily focused on sustainability, conservation, research, education and unification across all fronts when discussing climate change. He previously held an Associate Professional Officer position for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome. In this role, he brought together Fortune 500 businesses, world class universities, NGOs and governments to amplify the conversation around sustainable agricultural improvements.

In 2012, Kyle graduated from Yale University with dual Master’s Degrees, one in International Relations and the other in Environmental Management. He won the Miguel Ferreyros Award for his academic excellence at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. 

Kyle received his Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Political Science at Iowa State University in 2004, where he graduated with Distinction.

You can reach Kyle at kpoorman@worldfoodprize.org.

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