The World Food Prize Foundation

2017 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

H.E. Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina

President, African Development Bank

Akinwumi A. Adesina is the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, and 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group. A distinguished development economist and agricultural development expert with 25 years of international experience, Adesina served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015, during which... [ View ]

Samuel R. Allen

Chairman and CEO, Deere & Company

Sam Allen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company, a position he's held since February 2010. Allen was named President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2009. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the company and a member of the Deere & Company Board of Directors... [ View ]

Kojo Amoo-Gottfried

Vice President and Commercial Leader - Agriculture Supply Chain North America, Cargill

Kojo Amoo-Gottfried is Vice President and Commercial Leader in Cargill’s Agriculture Supply Chain North America business. Kojo has over eighteen years of diverse, global experience in North America, Europe and Africa including various origination, merchandising, asset management, sales & management roles. In 2010, Kojo relocated to Ghana, West Africa to... [ View ]

Tom Arnold

Former Director General, Institute of International and European Affairs

Tom Arnold is former Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs. From August 2014 to February 2016 he was Interim Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; he was also Chairman of the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-14) and Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide (2001-13). He has served on... [ View ]

Dr. Nick Austin

Director of Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nick Austin is director, Agricultural Development, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the team that works to reduce poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia through inclusive agricultural transformation. Nick came to the foundation in 2017 from Montpellier, France, where he... [ View ]

Dr. Ousmane Badiane

Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute

Dr. Ousmane Badiane is the Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute, where he spent a total 20 years. Between his two tenures at IFPRI, he worked at the World Bank as Lead Specialist for Food and Agricultural Policy in the Africa Department and was Professor of... [ View ]

Dr. Jennifer Blanke

Vice-President, Agriculture, Human & Social Development, African Development Bank

Jennifer Blanke is Vice-President Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank Group, responsible for overseeing the Bank's strategy and activities in this area. She was previously Chief Economist at the World Economic Forum, overseeing economic research activities and projects. She has written and lectured extensively on issues related... [ View ]

Joachim von Braun

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

Joachim von Braun is Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change. His research is on economic development, science and technology policy, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, resource economics and trade. He is chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the... [ View ]

Haleh Bridi

Director of External Communication in the Africa Region, World Bank

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Amb. Asif J. Chaudhry

Vice President for International Programs, Washington State University

Ambassador Asif Chaudhry became the Vice President for International Programs (IP) at Washington State University in June 2015. He is the chief international relations officer at the University and is responsible for IP’s role in carrying out WSU’s mission of global engagement. Ambassador Chaudhry manages WSU’s extensive internationalization program that... [ View ]

Enock Chikava

Deputy Director, Ag. Development, Global Growth & Opportunity at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Enock Chikava is Deputy Director, Agricultural Development, Global Growth & Opportunity, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) based in Seattle, USA. He heads up the IDEAS (Innovations that Drive Effective Agricultural Systems) team. The team develops innovative tools, solutions, and business models that could more cost-effectively deliver products,... [ View ]

Amb. James Collins

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (1997-2001)

Ambassador James F. Collins is an expert on Russia and on the former Soviet Union and its successor states. Ambassador Collins was the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1997 to 2001, served as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the Secretary of State for the newly independent states in... [ View ]

Dr. Ruben C. Echeverria

Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Born in Uruguay, Dr. Echeverría has worked on agricultural and rural development issues since 1980. He studied Agronomy at the University of Uruguay (B.Sc. 1980) and in the early 1980s worked for the Uruguayan Land Reform Institute, heading its extension service. He studied Agriculture Economics at the University of Minnesota,... [ View ]

Juan Jose Molina Echeverry

Veterinarian & Rancher, El Hatico Natural Reserve

A veterinarian and rancher, Juan José Molina Echeverry is a member of the ninth generation of the Molina family and runs the family’s El Hatico Natural Reserve outside Cali, Colombia. He is also an associate researcher with the Center for Research on Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CIPAV Foundation). He manages El... [ View ]

Dr. Gebisa Ejeta

2009 World Food Prize Laureate

Dr. Gebisa Ejeta is a Distinguished Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University. He received the 2009 World Food Prize for his sorghum hybrids that are resistant to drought and the devastating weed, Striga. His work dramatically increased the production and availability of the food supply for hundreds of millions of... [ View ]

Christian J. Foster

President & CEO, CJ & Associates

Christian Foster, President & CEO of CJ & Associates based in San Francisco, founded the consulting firm in 2016 to provide specialized strategic support to clients engaged in global trade, agricultural market development, export promotion, trade capacity building, and partnerships with the Russian Federation and Eurasia. The year prior, Foster retired... [ View ]

Robert T. Fraley

2013 World Food Prize Laureate, Monsanto

Dr. Robert Fraley is executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto. He has been with the company for more than 35 years, and currently oversees the company’s global technology division which includes plant breeding, plant biotechnology, ag biologicals, ag microbials, precision agriculture and crop protection. Dr. Fraley is... [ View ]

Prof. Dr. Louise O. Fresco

President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research

Since July 2014 Professor Louise O. Fresco is President of Wageningen University & Research, in The Netherlands. She combines a long academic career as professor in Wageningen and Amsterdam, with an extensive professional involvement in policy and development. She is a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and... [ View ]

J. Erik Fyrwald

Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta

J. Erik Fyrwald was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Univar, a leading distributor of chemistry and related products and services (2012–2016); President of Ecolab, a cleaning and sanitation, water treatment, and oil and gas products and services provider (2011–2012); and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nalco,... [ View ]

Hon. Mark Green

Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Ambassador Mark Green was sworn in as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development in August 2017. He previously served as president of the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing citizen-centered governance around the world. From 2011 to 2016, Green served on the Board of Directors of... [ View ]

Bram Govaerts

Regional Director for the Americas, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Dr. Bram Govaerts works at the Global Conservation Agricultural Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), in Mexico. He was awarded the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application for his work developing leading-edge, sustainable programs that are transforming subsistence agriculture and unsustainable farming systems in... [ View ]

Dr. Neal Gutterson

Leader of Research and Development for the Agriculture Division, DowDuPont

Neal Gutterson, Ph.D., is the global leader of Research and Development (R&D) for the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, responsible for leading all seeds and traits, crop protection, predictive agriculture and product development functions to create innovative agricultural products, services and integrated solutions for producers around the world. Neal built his career... [ View ]

Tim Hassinger

President and CEO, Lindsay Corporation

Tim Hassinger was recently named President and CEO of Lindsay Corporation, a position he assumed on October 16, 2017. Prior to this role, he served as President and CEO of Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company where he started as a sale trainee followed by... [ View ]

Tom Hayes

Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Foods

A consumer products veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Tom Hayes leads 114,000 team members globally. Appointed to his role as CEO in 2016, Tom heads up one of the world’s largest food companies with leading brands that include Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®,... [ View ]

Charlotte Hebebrand

Director General, International Fertilizer Industry Association

Ms Charlotte Hebebrand serves as the Director General of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) since January 2013. She leads IFA’s efforts to promote the efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients to support global food security and sustainable development. Prior, Ms Hebebrand served as Chief Executive... [ View ]

Mary Hennigan

Senior Technical Advisor - Nutrition, Catholic Relief Services

Mary Hennigan leads CRS’ efforts to deliver high-quality nutrition interventions that promote optimal child growth in her role as Senior Technical Advisor in Nutrition. Mary has more than 40 years of experience working in nutrition, and has lived in several countries, working on a range of nutrition programs, including nutrition... [ View ]

Diane Holdorf

Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Corporation

Diane Holdorf is Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer for Kellogg Company. She joined Kellogg in May 2008 as Senior Director, Environmental Stewardship and in 2009 was promoted to Vice President, Environmental Stewardship, Health and Safety. In 2011 she was promoted to Chief Sustainability Officer, Vice President Environment, Health & Safety,... [ View ]

Dr. Agnes M. Kalibata

President, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

As President of AGRA, Dr. Kalibata leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of... [ View ]

Randal J. Kirk

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Intrexon

Mr. Kirk was named Chairman of Intrexon in February 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2009. Mr. Kirk also serves on the Board of Directors of Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) as well as the Board of Directors of ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP). In addition, Mr.... [ View ]

Dr. Cathann Kress

VP for Ag Admin. & Dean, College of Food, Ag & Environmental Science, The Ohio State University

On May 1, 2017, Cathann Kress, PhD, joined The Ohio State University as the vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Most recently, she was vice president for extension and outreach and director of cooperative extension at Iowa State University. Her... [ View ]

Dr. Kendall Lamkey

Professor and Chair, Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University

Dr. Kendall Lamkey is Professor and Chair, Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. Dr. Lamkey was trained as a corn breeder and quantitative geneticist. His research focuses on the quantitative... [ View ]

Lauren Landis

Director of Nutrition, World Food Programme

Ms. Landis has spent most of her career working in the field of relief and development. She began her career in 1985 working for OCHA (then UNDRO) in Geneva, Switzerland. She then took on assignments in Washington and in Africa working as a Disaster Operations Specialist and as an Emergency Operations... [ View ]

Mercy Lung'aho

Research Scientist, The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Mercy is a Research Scientist for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) with expertise in nutrition-sensitive agricultural programming. Her research includes a landmark study documenting evidence that eating beans fortified with iron can reduce iron deficiency in women of reproductive age. Her current work is on a Nutrition Early... [ View ]

Dr. April C. Mason

Provost and Senior Vice President, Kansas State University

April Mason serves as the Provost and Senior Vice President of Kansas State University. She assumed that position in January, 2010. Mason serves as Kansas State University's Chief Academic Officer, with the important duty of oversight of the academic dimensions of the university and to ensure the university's academic standards.... [ View ]

Dr. Peter McPherson

President, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

Peter McPherson is president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). He is the Co-chair of the Board of the Directors for the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and is the Chair of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of HarvestPlus. He was president of Michigan... [ View ]

Dr. Gregory Miller

Global Chief Science Officer, National Dairy Council

Gregory D. Miller, Ph.D., M.A.C.N., Global Chief Science Officer and executive vice president, research, regulatory and scientific affairs for Dairy Management Inc./National Dairy Council (NDC), Rosemont, Illinois as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois. He is... [ View ]

Dr. Richard Mkandawire

Director, Alliance for African Partnership

Richard Mkandawire is a Socio-economist and a Rural development expert. He is currently; the Director Africa Secretariat, Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) and Chairman, Malawi Planning Commission. Before joining AAP, he worked as Vice President of the Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, Senior Advisor for the New Partnership for Africa’s... [ View ]

Ariong Moses

Project Specialist, One Acre Fund

Moses grew up in rural northern Uganda and obtained a government scholarship to study agriculture. He is now a project specialist with One Acre Fund Uganda where he leads field research on challenges affecting small holder farmers. He is currently conducting trials against the notorious striga weed that causes 80-... [ View ]

Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba

Senior Programme Manager, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Sithembile Mwamakamba coordinates FANRPAN’s climate smart agriculture policy research and advocacy projects. Her work focuses on enhancing the research-to-policy interface between climate change, smallholder agriculture and poverty reduction by addressing the specific needs of vulnerable groups in Africa, including women, youth and small-scale farmers. Ms Mwamakamba has led case studies... [ View ]

Emma Naluyima

Smallholder Farmer, Uganda

Emma is a smallholder pig farmer in Uganda and a private veterinarian focusing on clinical medicine and herd health. She has previously worked for the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank and as an officer in Entebbe in charge of a Livestock Environmental Station. She currently serves on... [ View ]

Salif Niang

Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer, Malo SARL

Salif co-founded Malô SARL in Mali, aiming to establish a model for improving the livelihood of smallscale farmers in the rice industry. The company specializes in the production of locally-sourced fortified rice and distributes it to organizations such as the World Food Program for its school feeding programs and directly... [ View ]

Nachilala Nkombo

Interim Africa Executive Director, ONE Campaign

Nachilala Nkombo is member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel and the Interim Africa Executive Director for the ONE Campaign. She has extensive experience in international development, including senior leadership experience on strategy and high level government engagement, in several African countries and in the United States. Her work focuses on debt... [ View ]

H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Mustafa El Ouafi

Managing Director, OCP Group

Mr. Mustafa El Ouafi, Managing Director, has 25 years’ experience in the phosphates industry. He joined OCP in 1992 and started his career as a mining engineer. He has held the roles of Sales Director for Asia, Middle East and Oceania, Director in Charge of the Jorf Lasfar Platform at OCP and... [ View ]

Dr. Kevin Pixley

Director of Genetics Resources Program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Kevin Pixley has a BSc in agronomy from Purdue, an MSc in crop physiology from the University of Florida, and a PhD in plant breeding from Iowa State University (1990). Immediately after he began working at CIMMYT as a postdoctoral fellow and later worked as a maize breeder, moving to... [ View ]

Chris Policinski

President and CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Chris Policinski has more than 35 years of experience in the food industry. He joined Land O’Lakes, Inc., in 1997 and was appointed president and CEO in 2005. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, he held leadership positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Pillsbury Company. He serves on... [ View ]

Benjamin Pratt

Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs, The Mosaic Company

Ben Pratt is Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs at The Mosaic Company, the world’s largest producer of phosphate and potash fertilizers. Ben leads internal, executive, investor, media and crisis communications, as well as the company’s community investment activities and its sustainability reporting. Prior to joining Mosaic in February 2012, Ben... [ View ]

Martin H. Richenhagen

Chairman, President and CEO, AGCO Corporation

AGCO Chairman, President and CEO Martin Richenhagen was the first and for many years the only German CEO of a US Fortune 500 company. Born and raised in Cologne, he studied theology, philosophy and worked as a French teacher, before he changed fields and started a successful international business career. ... [ View ]

H.E. Josefa Leonel Correa Sacko

Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission

H.E. Madam Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, an Angolan national, is a leading African Agronomist. She was elected as the new Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. Prior to that, She was a Special Adviser to two Ministers in Angola, her home country: the Angolan Minister... [ View ]

Dr. Pedro Sanchez

2002 World Food Prize Laureate

Pedro A. Sanchez, a native of Cuba, pioneered scientific approaches to increase productivity of tropical soils, which had been long thought to be unsuitable for agriculture. His research helped open millions of hectares of land in Latin America to farming production, and his innovations in agroforestry dramatically improved productivity and... [ View ]

Sunil Sangvhi

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Sunil Sanghvi is a Senior Partner in the Chicago Office of McKinsey & Company. He leads McKinsey’s Center for Agricultural Transformation and Food Systems (MCAF) and, previously, McKinsey’s Global Agriculture Practice. Mr. Sanghvi has served clients on a variety of strategic, organizational and operational issues, including: -For an agricultural products... [ View ]

Dr. Dennis Schaffler

Senior Director - Global Market Access - The Americas, Elanco Animal Health

Education: B. Sc Agriculture (Animal Science) – 1976. University of Pretoria, South Africa BVSc – 1981. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pretoria, South Africa M. Med. Vet 1992 – Master of Veterinary Medicine, Medical University of South Africa MRCVS - Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, United Kingdom – 1992 Biography: 10... [ View ]

Dr. Stefan Schmitz

Deputy Director-General and Commissioner for the "One World - No Hunger" Initiative

Stefan Schmitz is Deputy Director-General and Commissioner for the "One World - No Hunger" Initiative at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn. For the last seven years he has been leading the rural development, agriculture and food security work at BMZ. From 2007 until 2009... [ View ]

Dr. Ismail Serageldin

Director, The Library of Alexandria

Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, also chairs the Boards of Directors for each of the BA’s affiliated research institutes and museums. He is advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science, and museums. He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for... [ View ]

Dr. Rajiv J. Shah

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, brings more than 20 years of experience in business, government and philanthropy to the foundation. Appointed as USAID administrator by President Obama in 2009, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, Shah was charged with reshaping the $20 billion agency’s operations to provide... [ View ]

Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro

Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Inc.

Howard has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 40 years. He has worked with indigenous communities, NGO’s, governmental agencies and the private sector around the world. He was co-chair of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd World Congress of Agroforestry and... [ View ]

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Vice President for Country Support, Policy, and Delivery

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is Vice President for Country Support, Policy, and Delivery of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Globally, Lindiwe is a recognized leader and has served as trustee and adviser to numerous international food security-related initiatives. Prior to joining AGRA, Lindiwe was the CEO and... [ View ]

Emmy Simmons

Co-Chair, Partnerships to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa/Asia

Emmy Simmons is an independent consultant on international development issues with a focus on food, agriculture, and Africa. She serves as co-chair of AGree, an initiative that brings together a diverse group of interests to transform U.S. food and agriculture policy to meet the challenges of the future, and as... [ View ]

Claire Starkey

President, Fintrac

A founding Fintrac executive, Ms. Claire Starkey has been collaborating on agricultural initiatives with local and international partners to improve food security for farmers and farm families in developing countries for three decades. A marketing and communications strategist, Ms. Starkey provides leadership to organizational development; advises staff and clients on... [ View ]

Irene Sun

Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

Irene Yuan SUN is an engagement manager based in McKinsey & Company’s Washington, D.C. office. She co-leads McKinsey’s work on Chinese economic engagement in Africa. She is the lead author of McKinsey’s report on the Africa-China economic relationship, Dance of the Lions & Dragons, which was launched at the World... [ View ]

Dr. Nigel Taylor

Interim Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Nigel Taylor is the Dorothy J. King Distinguished Investigator and Senior Research Scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He currently serves as Interim Director of the Institute for International Crop Improvement and is principal investigator of the Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa (VIRCA) project. Prior to joining the... [ View ]

Prof. Sandy Thomas

Director, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

Professor Sandy Thomas OBE is the Director of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. She is also Chair of the UK Food Standards Agency’s Science Council. Previously she headed the UK Government's Foresight Programme in the Government Office for Science, from 2006-2014. She trained as a... [ View ]

Ginya Truitt Nakata

Director of Lands in the Latin America Region, The Nature Conservancy

Ginya Truitt Nakata is the Director of Lands, Latin America, for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where she leads the development and implementation of regional strategies that address systemic barriers to sustainable agricultural production and their impact on habitats critical to long-term growth and the planet's health. Ginya has been a... [ View ]

Priscila Vansetti

President, DuPont do Brasil S.A. & Vice-President, DuPont Crop Protection Business, Latin America

Priscila Vansetti is President, DuPont do Brasil S. A. and Vice-President, DuPont Crop Protection Business, Latin America. She joined DuPont do Brasil in 1981 and held leadership positions in Regulatory Affairs, Research and Development. At DuPont headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, she worked in Global Technology at the Stine-Haskell Research Center... [ View ]

Dr. Victor M. Villalobos

Director General, Inter-Ameriacn Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Víctor Villalobos, a Mexican specialist in agriculture, natural resources and genetics, has made major contributions to plant production, conservation of genetic and natural resources, and agro-biotechnology as tools for increasing agricultural production and food security. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy at the National School of Agriculture in Chapingo, Mexico... [ View ]

Sec. Thomas Vilsack

President and CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC)

As president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Tom Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of USDEC's global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. This includes working with industry leaders to develop a long-term vision for growth and consumer trust in U.S. dairy. Vilsack... [ View ]

Dr. Feng Zhang

Core Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Feng Zhang is a Core Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the James and Patricia Professor in Neuroscience at the McGovern Institute at MIT. Zhang is a molecular biologist who has pioneered the development of genome editing tools based on bacterial CRISPR systems. Zhang leverages CRISPR... [ View ]

Steven Leath

President, Auburn University

Steven Leath became Auburn University's 19th president on June 19, 2017. Prior to arriving at Auburn, Dr. Leath served for more than five years as president of Iowa State University (ISU), one of the nation's top research institutions with an international reputation in science and technology. While he was president,... [ View ]

James Blome

Chief Executive Officer, Bayer Crop Sciences

James Blome is the President & CEO for Bayer Crop Science LP and the Head of Crop Protection for the North American region. He grew up on a family farm in Hubbard, Iowa and is a graduate of Iowa State University. Jim has more than 25 years of leadership experience... [ View ]

Paul Schickler

President, DuPont Pioneer

Paul Schickler is president of DuPont Pioneer, the advanced seed genetics business of DuPont. In this role, Schickler has expanded Pioneer’s global business through innovations that improve local productivity and profitability of farmers in more than 90 countries. Since joining Pioneer in 1974, Schickler has served in a variety of... [ View ]

Ismail Serageldin

Founding Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in 2002, is currently, Emeritus Librarian, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria. He is advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science, and museums. He serves... [ View ]

Ginya Truitt Nakata

Lands Director, Latin America at The Nature Conservancy

Ginya brings with her more than 25 years of experience in international development, with extensive work and expertise in agriculture and food security. For over 20 years she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). There, she led the development of AgroLAC 2025, a multi-donor funding platform for sustainable agriculture... [ View ]

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