The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Natalie Bidner has joined the organization as Program Manager, International Dialogues.
“Natalie brings substantial expertise, specifically in global agriculture issues and event management,” said Barbara Stinson, President, World Food Prize Foundation. “ Her knowledge and experience in several important settings will be invaluable as the Foundation continues to evolve our International Dialogue programming.”
In this position, Ms. Bidner joins the International Dialogues team in coordinating and overseeing the Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue, an annual symposium that brings together global leaders to discuss the importance of unified action when addressing food security and nutrition.
“I am delighted to be joining the World Food Prize Foundation to address fundamental and challenging issues that touch us all,” said Ms. Bidner. “Having the opportunity to work with experts and leaders in agriculture and food security, and creating spaces for collaboration and innovation, is awe-inspiring.”
Prior to joining the World Food Prize Foundation, Ms. Bidner was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Iowa State University, where she was responsible for assisting professors in classroom instruction. She was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award in 2020 and the James A. Socknat Memorial Scholarship in 2019 for her work at the university.
Previously, Ms. Bidner served as the World President for the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences. In this position, Natalie successfully obtained a European Union youth grant while leading global projects for Women in Agriculture, No Food Waste and Good Governance. Additionally, she organized events across seven countries, ensuring they all met organization-wide objectives.
In 2020, Ms. Bidner graduated from Iowa State University with a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations. In 2018, she received dual degrees in Global Resource Systems and Political Science with a minor in Agronomy from Iowa State University.
Ms. Bidner replaces Amy Bettle who left the organization in May 2021 to pursue other interests.