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Speakers

Margaret R. Bath

Board of Trustees Chair, CiMMYT

Dr. Margaret R. Bath is a CEO with a strong background in research and development (R&D) and quality systems in food. Margaret spent seventeen years with the Kellogg Company, including over twelve years as Chief Technology Officer. In that role, she globalized the company’s R&D, created and created "connect and develop"... [ View ]

Catherine Bertini

2003 Laureate and Chair, Executive Board, Global Crop Diversity Trust

An accomplished leader in international organization reform, Catherine Bertini has a distinguished career improving the efficiency and operations of organizations serving poor and hungry people in the United States and around the world. She was named the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate for her transformational leadership at the World Food Programme... [ View ]

Julie Borlaug

World Food Prize Foundation Council of Advisors and President, Borlaug Consulting

For 21 years, Julie Borlaug has successfully worked in international agricultural development, agricultural communications and external and corporate relations. As the granddaughter of Dr. Norman Borlaug, she works to champion his legacy and lend a voice to his desire to see more successful collaborative partnerships across sectors and scientific disciplines... [ View ]

Ganesh Bahadur Bista

Cooperative Manager, Biodiversity Conservation Agriculture Cooperative

Ganesh Bahadur Bista is one of the custodian farmers and practitioners of community-led agrobiodiversity conservation in Nepal. He has been working as a cooperative manager at Biodiversity Conservation Agriculture Cooperative, Doti, Nepal also known as Ghanteshwor Community Seed Bank for more than a decade. His community seed bank is conserving... [ View ]

Guillermo Bretón

Agronomist Farmer, Global Farmer Network

Guillermo Bretón is an agronomist and farmer in the Mexican highlands. Guillermo produces barley for Heineken, as well as corn, triticale, and forages. He is transitioning to sustainable agricultural practices. Additionally, Guillermo is a cattle grower, specializing in the Angus cow-calf system. [ View ]

Sharon E. Burke

President, Ecospherics

Honorable Sharon E. Burke is the Founder and President of Ecospherics, a consulting firm that focuses on climate change, energy, critical minerals, water, food security and national security. She is also the Co-Founder of the Ecosecurity Council, a non-profit organization that studies and advocates for better solutions to Earth systems... [ View ]

Oscar Castañeda

Senior Vice President of Americas Programs, Heifer International

Dr. Oscar Castañeda serves as the senior vice president of Americas programs at Heifer International. He has worked for decades designing, implementing and evaluating community-based sustainable development programs. Before joining Heifer, Castañeda served World Neighbors as country director for his native Guatemala. He has also been a consultant and part-time... [ View ]

Ismahane Elouafi

Executive Managing Director, CGIAR

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi is the Executive Managing Director of CGIAR. She previously held the position of Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Prior to that, she was the Director General at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) based in the United Arab... [ View ]

Cary Fowler

2024 Laureate and U.S. Special Envoy for Global Food Security,U.S. Department of State

Dr. Cary Fowler is perhaps best known as the “father” of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which holds more than 1 million unique crop varieties. Dr. Fowler is the former Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and senior staff member... [ View ]

Rikin Gandhi

Co-Founder, Digital Green

Rikin Gandhi is co-founder of Digital Green which leverages generative AI to increase the efficiency and impact of agricultural development. Frontline agricultural workers and farmers use Farmer.Chat to triage issues on farm with local language voice, text and image. An AI orchestration layer surfaces relevant videos by and for farmers... [ View ]

Bram Govaerts

2014 Borlaug Field Award Recipient and Director General, CIMMYT

Dr. Bram Govaerts is Director General at CIMMYT - the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center. He is an expert in the fields of bioscience engineering and soil sciences. He is renowned for pioneering, implementing, and inspiring transformational changes for farmers and consumers in meeting the sustainable development challenges. He brings... [ View ]

Georgina Gutierrez

Farmer and Community Outreach Agvocate; Global Farmer Network

Georgina Gutierrez is a fifth-generation dairy farmer in the central highlands of Mexico, working alongside her father, a veterinarian, and her brother, an agronomist, in a 550-cow farm, established more than 80 years ago the Valle del Mezquital, in Hidalgo. She has been a member of the Global Farmer Network... [ View ]

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

2021 Laureate and Director of Nutrition, Health and Food Security Impact Area Platform, CGIAR

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, a native of Trinidad and Tobago and a citizen of Denmark, received the 2021 World Food Prize for her groundbreaking research, critical insights and landmark innovations in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. By bringing together interdisciplinary and international collaborators, she drove transformations... [ View ]

Ambassador Joel Hernández García

Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Joel Hernández García, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, has dedicated his professional practice to international law, international organizations, litigation and international negotiation. He holds a Law Degree from the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Master’s Degree in International Law from... [ View ]

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Professor, CGIAR

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is Chair of the CGIAR System Board; is a serving Non-Executive Member of the Nestlé Board; and, Chair of Council, for the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe and Extra ordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria. She is also a serving member of... [ View ]

Mashal Husain

Chief Operating Officer, World Food Prize Foundation

Mashal Husain serves as Chief Operating Officer for the World Food Prize Foundation. In September 2008, Mashal Husain joined the staff at the World Food Prize Foundation as Director of Development and Finance. In 2014, she was named Vice President. In 2022, she was promoted to Senior Vice President and... [ View ]

Jesus Larraguibel Artola

President, Board of Trustees for Agricultural Research and Experimentation, State of Sonora A.C.

Jesus Larraguibel Artola is the President of the Administrative Board of Patronato para la Investigacion Experimental Agricola del Estado de Sonora (PIEAES A.C./ pieaes.com.mx), the largest farmer-funded agricultural research organization in Mexico and a long-time partner of CIMMYT and INIFAP. Member of the Administrative Board of Union de Credito Agricola... [ View ]

Aditi Mukherji

Director of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Impact Action Platform, CGIAR

Dr. Aditi Mukherji, CGIAR's Director of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Impact Action Platform, led research at IWMI and ICIMOD, contributed to IPCC reports, and received the Norman Borlaug Field Award. With a PhD from Cambridge, she's widely published and quoted by global media. [ View ]

Swati Nayak

2023 Borlaug Field Award Recipient and Scientist, CGIAR International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Dr. Swati Nayak is an agriculture scientist affiliated with the Phillipines based CGIAR International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). She is also the 2023 Borlaug Field Award recipient from the World Food Prize Foundation. Dr. Nayak currently serves as the South Asia Lead for Seed Systems at IRRI and also holds... [ View ]

Khuloud Odeh

Global Director of Digital & Data, CGIAR

Khuloud Odeh is the Global Director of Digital and Data, and the Executive Director (a.i.) of the CGIAR System Organization. She brings a unique blend of education, IT organization leadership, change stewardship, and a deep understanding of global and local sustainability challenges. A thought leader on digital innovation for impact, she successfully led mission-driven organizations transformative... [ View ]

Manuel Otero

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

Dr. Manuel Otero has served as the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) since January 15, 2018. He holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Development from Wye College of the University of London, a Master in Animal Production from the Tropical Agricultural Research and... [ View ]

Yvonne Pinto

Director General, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Dr. Yvonne Pinto has a long career focused mainly on technology generation, innovation ecosystems and international development. Yvonne began her early career in agricultural research and academia followed by 15 years in private philanthropy - creating and implementing investments in agriculture, enterprise, finance, and education, including the establishment of successful... [ View ]

Marilia Regini Nuti

Sr. Reseacher, Sustainable Agriculture for Nutririton & Health, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp

Marília Regini Nuti is a highly accomplished food engineer with extensive experience spanning academia, industry, and international organizations. Her career highlights include roles such as researcher, lecturer, technical director, product development manager, and regulatory affairs manager. Notably, Nuti has been deeply involved in addressing hidden hunger through biofortification programs aimed... [ View ]

Alice Ruhweza

Senior Director, Policy Influence and Engagement and CIMMYT Board member, WWF International, CIMMYT

Alice Ruhweza is a Global Thought Leader with over 28 years of experience in Economic, Environmental, and Social Development Policy and Practice. She possesses deep knowledge and understanding of the global, regional, and local agendas on Food Systems, Nature Conservation, Environment, Sustainable Finance, Climate Change, and interrelated issues. She is... [ View ]

Jai Shroff

Chairman and Group CEO, UPL

Jai Shroff is the Chairman & Group CEO of UPL. He is a well-recognized global leader in sustainable agricultural development and across agribusiness, with over 30 years’ experience in India and internationally. Jai has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global multinational. Today,... [ View ]

Gabriela Soto Laveaga

Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

Gabriela Soto Laveaga is Professor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico at Harvard University. Her award-winning first book Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects and the Making of the Pill narrated the impact of the search for medicinal plants at the local,... [ View ]

Roy Steiner

Senior Vice President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Roy Steiner is currently the Senior Vice President, Food Initiative at the Rockefeller Foundation leading multi-year initiatives to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system. Previously he was a Senior Director at the Omidyar Network where he worked across strategic initiatives and with the board to build a... [ View ]

Ann Vaughan

Deputy Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development

Ann Vaughan is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID's Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security (REFS) where she advances Feed the Future global hunger initiative objectives and oversees the REFS Center for Agriculture-led Growth; the Feed the Future Office of Policy, Analysis, and Engagement; and the Bureau’s Secretariat supporting... [ View ]

Hon. Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula

Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mexico

The Honorable Dr. Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula is Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. An expert with over 40 years experience in agronomy, agricultural economy and environment sciences, Villalobos holds an engineering degree in Agronomy from Mexico’s Agriculture School and an MSc in Plant Genetics from the Graduate College... [ View ]

Marco Wopereis

Director General, World Vegetable Center

Dr. Marco Wopereis joined the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) as Director General in April 2016. An agronomist with a Doctorate in Tropical Agronomy from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, he has global expertise in agricultural science and management, and previously served as Deputy Director General and Director of Research for Development... [ View ]

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