Director of Secretariat Operations
Ellen Franzenburg joined the World Food Prize Foundation in 2018 as Director of Secretariat Operations. Her responsibilities include facilitating the World Food Prize Laureate and Borlaug Field Award selection processes and working with Ambassador Quinn and the Director of Planning to organize the annual Laureate Announcement Ceremony and Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.
Ellen was a 2009 Borlaug-Ruan International Intern at the World Vegetable Center in Taiwan and a Wallace-Carver Intern in 2013. She has also served as a member of the World Food Prize Corps of Volunteers, where she assisted staff during the week of events in the fall with VIP schedules and registration.
Prior to her position at the World Food Prize, Ellen was working on growing her family's farm - Pheasant Run Farm located in Van Horne, Iowa. She also worked for two years at the USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment. She was a volunteer for USAID's Farmer to Farmer program through Catholic Relief Services in Uganda and Ethiopia, training farmers in grain postharvest handling and storage.
Ellen has a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Engineering and Global Resource Systems from Iowa State University. Through Iowa State's study abroad programs, she grew primary school gardens in Uganda, surveyed private industry standards at the FAO in Rome, and studied at Centreinar and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa in Brazil.
You can reach Ellen at 515-245-3793 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.