The World Food Prize Foundation

2019 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Ms. Jessica Adelman

Group Vice President, Corporate Affairs, The Kroger Co.

Jessica C. Adelman is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for The Kroger Co. overseeing reputation management, internal and external communications, brand public relations, environmental sustainability and social responsibility, media, government and regulatory affairs, crisis management, cause-marketing, corporate philanthropy and community relations. These form Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact... [ View ]

Dr. Richard Broglie

Chief Technology Officer, Pivot Bio

Richard Broglie, Ph.D., is Chief Technology Officer at Pivot Bio. Prior to joining Pivot Bio, he held the position of Research Director for microbiome discovery in the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. In his more than 30-year career at DuPont, Rich has led various discovery programs to develop soybean and canola... [ View ]

Hon. William Brownfield

Senior Fellow, CSIS

Bill Brownfield was promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, in 2012. For the last seven years of his career, he was Assistant Secretary for Drugs and Law Enforcement (INL), running a portfolio of more than $4 billion in 80 countries administered... [ View ]

Mr. Han Chen

Co-founder & CEO of ZeaKal, Inc.

Han Chen is the Co-founder and CEO of ZeaKal, Inc. Han brings with him over fourteen years of management and venture experience. He has been a pioneer in changing how agricultural trait technologies are commercialized, focusing on innovative public-private partnerships between industry, venture, and research. To date, Han has started... [ View ]

Mr. James Collins

CEO, Corteva Agriscience

James C. Collins, Jr. is Chief Operating Officer of the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont and was named the Chief Executive Officer-Elect for Corteva Agriscience™ in September 2018. He is leading the separation of Corteva from DowDuPont which is expected to occur by June 1, 2019, at which time, he will... [ View ]

Mr. Liam Condon

President, CropScience Division, Bayer AG

Liam Condon serves as a member of the Bayer AG Board of Management and as President of the Crop Science division of Bayer. Condon drives the vision for Crop Science and leads the business to shape agriculture responsibly, bringing innovation and sustainability to the forefront. Condon studied International Marketing & Languages.... [ View ]

Mr. Nicholas Denis

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Nicolas Denis is a Partner at the McKinsey & Company Brussels office, which he joined in 1999. He is the global leader of the McKinsey Center for Agriculture Transformation and Food Security (MCAF), a leader of the Agriculture practice and a leader of the Sustainability practice. Denis also leads McKinsey’s... [ View ]

Dr. Shenggen Fan

Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Dr. Shenggen Fan has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009. He is one of the Champions of Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, dedicated to cutting global food loss and waste. He serves as a member of the Lead Group for the... [ View ]

Ms. Erin Fitzgerald

CEO, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance

Erin Fitzgerald serves as CEO of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a farmer and rancher led organization committed to encouraging stakeholder and consumer dialogue about how food is grown and raised. Fitzgerald’s thought leadership in the sustainability space convenes food and agriculture stakeholders in an inclusive dialogue on... [ View ]

Mr. Erik Fyrwald

CEO, Syngenta

Erik Fyrwald joined Syngenta, one of the world’s leading agriculture companies, in June 2016 as president and chief executive officer. Prior to this, Mr. Fyrwald served as chief executive officer of Univar, a leading distributor of chemicals and related services, from May 2012 until May 2016. In 2008, following a 27-year... [ View ]

Ms. Marie Haga

Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust

Marie Haga joined the Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) as Executive Director in March 2013. She had previously been member and Deputy Chair of the Crop Trust Executive Board. Ms. Haga has a background from Foreign Service as a career diplomat from politics and private sector. She has held various positions... [ View ]

Mrs. Liz Hare

Executive Director, American Soybean Association's World Initiative for Soy in Human Health

Liz Hare is the Executive Director of the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) at the American Soybean Association (ASA). In this role, she leads the WISHH program’s efforts to develop agricultural value chains in emerging markets and to build U.S. soy trade through the improvement of health,... [ View ]

Mr. Gilbert Houngbo

President, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 1 April 2017. Born and raised in rural Togo, Houngbo has spent more than 30 years working to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, with extensive experience in political... [ View ]

Mr. Ken Isley

Administrator, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

Ken Isley was appointed administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in March 2018. He leads the agency’s staff in Washington, D.C. and 93 offices around the world in expanding trade and export opportunities for American agriculture. Concurrent with his duties as FAS administrator, Isley... [ View ]

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Administrator, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young is the Administrator of the ARS, USDA’s chief scientific in-house research agency, and currently also the Acting Chief Scientist of USDA. Prior to joining ARS, Dr. Jacobs-Young held several scientific leadership roles to help transform USDA’s scientific coordination and create a lasting impact on the conduct, quality,... [ View ]

Dr. Agnes Kalibata

President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Dr. Kalibata joined AGRA as its President in September 2014. She leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, inclusive, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa. Under Dr. Kalibata’s leadership,... [ View ]

Hon. Kristie A. Kenney

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Ambassador Kristie Kenney holds the State Department's highest rank of Career Ambassador. Over her 30-year career, she represented the United States abroad as Ambassador three times and served in senior positions at the State Department and the White House. Ambassador Kenney served as the 32nd Counselor of the State Department,... [ View ]

Mr. Paul Kuc

Chief Financial Officer, Provivi

Paul has been CFO of Provivi since 2017 and during these last two years he led the company through two major financing rounds which fueled the expansion of the company from the scientific start up to fully integrated, fast growing pheromone developer operating on five continents. Economist by training, Paul started... [ View ]

Ms. Heidi Kuhn

CEO, Roots of Peace

A fifth-generation Californian, Heidi Kuhn, was raised to respect the earth and its people, ideals established by her family who were early pioneers in the 1800s. In her early career, she ran a television news organization in Alaska, reporting for CNN on major events including the Exxon Valdez oil spill... [ View ]

Dr. Rattan Lal

Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, Ohio State University

Rattan Lal, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, The Ohio State University, and an Adjunct Professor of University of Iceland. He was President of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (1987-1990), International Soil and Tillage Research... [ View ]

Ms. Sara Menker

CEO, Gro Intelligence

Sara Menker is the founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence. Gro is AI for agriculture. Gro’s platform automatically harvests vast amounts of disparate global agricultural data, transforms it into knowledge, and generates predictions for volatile markets. Prior to founding Gro, Sara was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s commodities group.... [ View ]

Hon. George Moose

Vice Chairman of the Board, USIP

George Moose is Adjunct Professor of Practice at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2003, at the conclusion of a thirty-five-year career. He holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank accorded to members of... [ View ]

Hon. Gerardine Mukeshimana

Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda

As 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, and work with other Ministries and Development Partners on issues that affect the agricultural sector, especially land use and land management, trade,... [ View ]

Hon. John Negroponte

Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates

He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet... [ View ]

Dr. Chris Nelson

President & CEO, Kemin Industries

Dr. Chris Nelson is the President and CEO of Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer focused on improving the quality of life for more than 3.8 billion people every day with over 500 specialty ingredients made for the human and animal health, aquaculture, pet food, nutraceutical, food technology, crop technologies,... [ View ]

Mr. Samuel Kwame Ntim Adu

CEO, Yedent Agro Group of Companies Ltd.

Samuel is the founder and CEO of Yedent Agro Group of Companies Ltd., a leading agro processing company based in Ghana, West Africa, with a mission to bring nutrition, affordability, and convenience to cereal and legume staple foods eaten within the region. He is a strong advocate in the fight... [ View ]

Ms. Josephine Okot

Managing Director, Victoria Seeds Ltd

Josephine Okot is the Founder and Managing Director of Victoria Seeds Ltd, established for disseminating certified seed to small holder farmers. She has steered it from a struggling start-up to Uganda’s leading seed house, which is evident in the 2018 Access to Seed Index ranking for Eastern and Southern Africa... [ View ]

Hon. Nancy Powell

Formerly Department of State

Ambassador Nancy J. Powell retired from the U.S. Foreign Service on May 31, 2014 after a thirty-seven year career. She held the highest rank in the United States Foreign Service, with the title of Career Ambassador. Her overseas tours include Canada, Nepal, Pakistan, Togo, India, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Ghana. Among... [ View ]

Ms. Debbie Reed

Executive Director, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium LLC

Debbie Reed serves as Executive Director of the ESM Consortium, working on this project and its activities since its inception. She has focused on GHG mitigation and ecosystem services from the agricultural sector since 1997, having worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Director of Legislative... [ View ]

Ms. Polly Ruhland

CEO, United Soybean Board

As the Chief Executive Officer of United Soybean Board, Polly Ruhland works on behalf of U.S. farmer investors to advance agriculture’s sustainability through research, education and promotion programs. Her interest in environmental partnerships led her to serve on several community agricultural land-use boards, and as a volunteer for American Farmland... [ View ]

Dr. Timothy D. Sands

President, Virginia Tech

Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. A scientist, educator, and inventor, he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education. As president, he engaged the university community in a visionary plan called “Beyond... [ View ]

Dr. Ismail Serageldin

Founding Director Emeritus & Member of the Board of Trustees, Library of Alexandria

Ismail Serageldin was the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria (2001-2017) and is currently the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria. Before that he was the VP of the World Bank (1993-2000). He graduated from Cairo University and holds a PhD from Harvard University. He has lectured... [ View ]

Hon. Josette Sheeran

President & CEO, Asia Society

Josette Sheeran is the seventh President and CEO of Asia Society. She is responsible for advancing the organization’s global work in the fields of policy, business, education, culture, and art. Ms. Sheeran also serves as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti. Sheeran is former Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum. While... [ View ]

Dr. James Smith CBE

Chief Executive Officer, Aegis Trust

Dr. James M. Smith co-founded the Aegis Trust in 2000. In 2002, he staged the first major international conference on genocide prevention. In 2004, working with the Rwandan Government, he played a key role in establishing the Kigali Genocide Memorial, at a site where some 250,000 victims of the 1994... [ View ]

Dr. Gunhild Stordalen

Founder & Executive Chair, EAT

Gunhild is a driving force in linking climate, health and sustainability issues across sectors to transform the global food system. Together with her husband Petter A. Stordalen, Gunhild established the Stordalen Foundation in 2011, under which she later founded the EAT Initiative together with the Stockholm Resilience Center (SRC). In... [ View ]

Hon. Chanthol Sun

Minister of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia

He was a Senior Minister, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia from 2016 to September 2018. He served as a Senior Minister, Minister of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) from 2013 to April 2016. He was previously a Senior Minister... [ View ]

Dr. Joachim Von Braun

Director, The Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Professor Joachim von Braun is the Director of The Center for Development Research (ZEF), at the University of Bonn. He is an agricultural economist and holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Gӧttingen, Germany. Professor von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington,... [ View ]

Mr. Rodger Voorhies

Executive Director, Global Growth and Opportunity, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Rodger Voorhies is President of the Global Growth & Opportunity Division and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reporting to the CEO. Rodger oversees the Agricultural Development, Financial Services for the Poor, Gender, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs within the foundation.... [ View ]

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