The World Food Prize Foundation

2018 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

H.E. Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina

2017 World Food Prize Laureate

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H.E. Mercedes Aráoz

Vice President of the Republic of Peru

Mercedes is a Peruvian economist and politician. She currently serves, since 2016, as Vice-President of the Republic of Peru, Extraordinary Commissioner for Peru’s accession to the OECD, and as a member of Congress. She also served as Prime Minister between September 2017 and April 2018, and as President of the... [ View ]

Shawn Baker

Director, Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Shawn K. Baker joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in August 2013 and is Director of Nutrition in the Global Development Program. He has over 30 years’ experience in international public health, including 25 years living in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the foundation, he was with Helen Keller... [ View ]

Catherine Bertini

2002 World Food Prize Laureate

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Dr. Kathryn Boor

The Ronald P. Lynch Dean College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Kathryn J. Boor is the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. Under Dr. Boor’s leadership, CALS has prioritized programming in food and energy systems; environmental sciences; life sciences; and economic and community vitality. Dr. Boor serves on several boards, including... [ View ]

Dr. Marshall Bouton

Acting Director & Visiting Scholar, Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), University of Pen

Marshall M. Bouton is Acting Director & Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania. He is president emeritus of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, having served as its president from 2001 to 2013. From 1990 to 2001 he was the... [ View ]

Dr. Andre Briend

Adjunct Professor, University of Tampere

Dr. André Briend is a former research scientist of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France). He has over 30 years of experience researching child nutrition in developing countries. In the late 90’s he played a key role in the development of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) which lead to... [ View ]

Dr. Noelle Cockett

President of Utah State University

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James C. Collins

Chief Operating Officer for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. 

Jim joined DuPont as an engineer in 1984 and began his career in Manufacturing. He held positions in engineering, supervision, business management and sales and marketing. Jim then served in a variety of roles across the globe, supporting DuPont’s seed and crop protection businesses. From 2004 to 2010, he was... [ View ]

Liam Condon

Member of the Board of Management, Bayer AG & President of the Crop Science Division, Bayer

Liam Condon serves as a member of the Bayer AG Board of Management and as President of the Crop Science division of Bayer. He is also responsible for the Animal Health Business Unit. Based in Monheim, Germany, Condon drives the vision for Crop Science and leads the business to shape... [ View ]

Sir Gordon Conway

Professor of International Development, Imperial College London

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Dr. Ashok Dalwai

Chief Executive Officer NRAA, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India

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Ellen de Barbander

Sen. VP Global Research and Development, PepsiCo.

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Dr. Helene Dillard

Dean, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences – UC Davis

Helene R. Dillard was appointed dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis in January 2014. Dillard is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college and oversees fifteen departments, several centers and institutes, more than 7,000 undergraduate students, and 380+ faculty. In addition to... [ View ]

Prof. Dr. Louise O. Fresco

President, Wageningen University and Research

Louise O. Fresco is the President of Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands. Louise combines a long academic career as a professor at both Wageningen and Amsterdam with extensive involvement in policy and development, with many programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America and teaching in Sweden, Belgium and... [ View ]

Robert Gibbs

Executive Vice President and Chief of Communications, McDonalds

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Elwyn Grainger-Jones

Executive Director of CGIAR Systems Organization

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Dr. Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

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Greg Jaffe

Biotechnology Project Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

Gregory Jaffe is the Biotechnology Project Director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Mr. Jaffe came to CSPI in 2001 after a career in government service as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Counsel with the U.S. EPA. He is a... [ View ]

Anil Jain

Managing Director of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd

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Nabeeha Kazi

Executive Director, No Wasted Lives

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R.J. Kirk

Chief Executive Officer, Intrexon Corporation

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Martin Kropff

Director General, CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico)

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Dr. Thomas Laurita

CEO & Board of Directors, NewLeaf Symbiotics

Co-founder and CEO of NewLeaf Symbiotics and experienced entrepreneur, Tom has successfully founded and run 5 companies in agriculture finance and production areas. He speaks fluent Russian and lived in Moscow, Russia for 17 years, where he led Monsanto USSR for 3 years. He co-founded Vitas Company, which was an... [ View ]

Nancy Lindborg

President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Nancy Lindborg has served since February 2015 as President of the United States Institute of Peace, an independent institution founded by Congress to provide practical solutions for preventing and resolving violent conflict around the world. Ms. Lindborg has spent most of her career working in fragile and conflict affected regions around... [ View ]

Minister Nara Lokesh

Minister for Information Technology, Panchayathi Raj and Rural Development

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Rohtash Mal

Chairman, EM3 Ag Services

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Lucas Mann

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Acre Venture Partners

Lucas Mann is a Co-Founding Managing Partner of Acre Venture Partners, contributing over 15 years of entrepreneurial management and founding experience. With a focus on helping brilliant entrepreneurs develop modes of disruption in a practical and scalable way, Lucas has lead teams in a variety of sectors, including software and... [ View ]

Berry Marttin

Member of the Rabobank Managing Board

Berry Marttin joined Rabobank as a management trainee after earning his degree in Business Administration in his native Brazil. Over the course of his career at Rabobank he has gained extensive experience as a banker in both the Wholesale and Rural & Retail Banking business worldwide. Before joining the Executive... [ View ]

Dr. Purvi Mehta

Senior Advisor and Head of Agriculture, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, India

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Dr. Mark Messina

Executive Director of Soy Nutrition Institute

Dr. Messina is the co-owner of Nutrition Matters, Inc., a nutrition consulting company, an adjunct associate professor at Loma Linda University in California, and the Executive Director of the Soy Nutrition Institute. Dr. Messina devotes his time to the study of the health effects of soyfoods. He writes extensively on... [ View ]

Hon. Gerardine Mukeshimana

Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda

As a Minister she is responsible for oversight of all agricultural and livestock related activities in the Country, charged with new policy formulation, oversight of implementation of existing policies, work with other Ministries and Development Partners on issues that affect the agricultural sector especially land use and land management, trade,... [ View ]

Dr. David Nabarro

Strategic Director of Skills, Systems & Synergies for Sustainable Development (4SD)

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Dr. Ruth Oniang'o

Chair of the Board, Sasakawa Africa Foundation

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Peter Robinson

President and CEO, United States Council of International Business

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Dr. Pedro Sanchez

Research Professor in Tropical Soils, University of Florida Soil and Water Sciences, 2002 Laureate

Dr. Pedro A. Sanchez is a professor of Tropical Soils at the University of Florida Soil & Water Sciences Department and core faculty of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems. Previously he was Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Director General of the... [ View ]

Mark Scantlin

President, Kemin Food Technologies

Marc Scantlin is president of Kemin Food Technologies, North America and Latin America. In this role, Scantlin oversees all shelf life, flavor, color and food safety solutions for the North America and Latin America food markets. Scantlin began his career at Kemin as worldwide director of human resources. Prior to... [ View ]

Paul Schickler

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Liz Schrayer

President and CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Liz Schrayer serves as President & CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a broad-based network of over 500 businesses and NGOs that advocates for strategic investments in development and diplomacy alongside defense. Under Liz’s leadership over the last 20 years, the USGLC has grown into a nationwide network of... [ View ]

Dr. Karsten Temme

CEO & Co-founder, Pivot Bio

Driven by a passionate belief in the power of science and the desire to create meaningful change in the world, Karsten Temme, Ph.D., has founded two companies focused on increasing farmer productivity. As Pivot Bio CEO and co-founder, Dr. Temme leads a team that is unlocking new ways to provide... [ View ]

Ponsi Trivisvavet

CEO and Director, Inari

Ponsi Trivisvavet has joined Inari as CEO and Director in 2018. Ponsi brings global knowledge of the agriculture and seeds business, commercial experiences and management skill sets. Previously, Ponsi was COO at Indigo Agriculture, one of the fastest growing AgTech startups. She led the R&D operations, the largest team at... [ View ]

Dr. Kathryn VandenBosch

Dean and Director, University of Wisconsin – Madison, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Kathryn VandenBosch became dean of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in March 2012. Prior to that, VandenBosch was a professor of plant biology at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. In 2001, she became head of the plant biology department there, but took a brief hiatus... [ View ]

H.E. Gerda Verburg

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator, SUN Movement

Since August 2016, Gerda Verburg has served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, working with the 60 country governments that lead the SUN Movement, united with UN agencies, civil society, business and donors, in a common mission to defeat malnutrition in all its... [ View ]

Dr. Juergen Voegele

Director, Agriculture and Environment Services Sustainable Development Network, The World Bank

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Dr. Daniel Voytas

Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Calyxt, Inc.

Dr. Dan Voytas is the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Calyxt, Inc., a consumer-centric food and agriculture focused company. He is also a Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota and the Director of University’s Center for Precision Plant Genomics. It... [ View ]

Dr. Ren Wang

Special Advisor to the President, BGI Genomics

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Lt. Gen. Kip Ward

President and Chief Operating Officer, SENTEL Corporation

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Dr. Simon Winter

Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Simon Winter became Director of the Swiss-based Syngenta Foundation in 2017. He joined from TechnoServe, where he had most recently been Senior VP, Development, in Washington, D.C., and previously led regional operations in sub-Saharan Africa. From 2015-2017, Simon was also a Senior Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center at the Harvard... [ View ]

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen

President, Iowa State University

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Amb. Michael Klosson

Vice President for Policy and Humanitarian Response, Save the Children

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