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The World Food Prize Names New Director of International Internships and Career Development


The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that Crystal Harris has assumed a new role at the Foundation as the Director of International Internships and Career Development.

As Director of International Internships and Career Development, Ms. Harris will be responsible for the direction and implementation of the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program as well as the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen relationships with youth program graduates and support them in terms of career development. In addition to these roles, she will continue to serve as the Director of the George Washington Carver College Internship Program at the Foundation.

In making this announcement, World Food Prize President Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn expressed his great pleasure in having Ms. Harris undertake this critically important responsibility. “We have no more important role at the World Food Prize than ensuring the effective placement and safety of the high school students that we send each summer to research positions in Asia, Africa and Latin America,” Quinn said. “Based on her exceptional performance over the past five years, I am absolutely confident that Ms. Harris will do a superb job in this new role.”

Ms. Harris began her involvement with the World Food Prize Foundation in 2012 as a George Washington Carver College Intern. She was then invited to join the World Food Prize Foundation staff first as the Special Assistant to the President, then as the Senior Administrative Officer and subsequently as the Director of the 2016 and 2017 Iowa Hunger Summit.

“I am grateful to our President Ambassador Quinn and to our Vice President Mashal Husain for giving me this opportunity,” said Ms. Harris. “All of my colleagues at the World Food Prize Foundation are incredibly supportive and I am elated to continue working with them in this new role and professional challenge.”

Ms. Harris is a Drake University graduate with a Bachelor’s in Biology. She spent two academic semesters abroad; the first, through a literature studies program in London, England; and the second, at the School for International Training in Durban, South Africa where she completed two research projects including one on the hindrances to tuberculosis control in semi-rural South Africa at a TB/HIV clinic. Ms. Harris has also spent time studying health issues in the United States, interning at the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis, collaborating with the staff to conduct clinic audits.

Ms. Harris replaces Lisa Fleming who retired from the Foundation in September. You may contact Ms. Harris by email at

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ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE:  The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 46 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.

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