The World Food Prize Foundation

2019 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Jessica Adelman

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, 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. Ousmane Badiane

Africa Director, IFPRI

Dr. Ousmane Badiane, recipient of the Africa Food Prize in 2015 and a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, is the Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In this role, he oversees the institute’s two regional offices for West and Central Africa in... [ View ]

Prof. Noble Banadda

Professor, Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Bio Systems Engineering, Makerere University

Noble Banadda is Professor and Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Makerere University in Uganda.He earned his Doctorate degree in chemical engineering at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven,Belgium and followed postdoctoral professional training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).In 2013,he was inaugurated as the youngest fellow of... [ 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. James C. 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 ]

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 ]

H.E. Agnes Kalibata

President, 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, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa. Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture... [ 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 ]

Ms. Heidi Kuhn

CEO, Roots of Peace

A fifth-generation Californian, Heidi Kühn, 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 ]

H.E. Kishore Mahbubani

Professor, National University of Singapore

Prof Kishore Mahbubani has had distinguished careers in two different fields. Firstly, in the area of diplomacy, he served in the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years, notably as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and twice as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. Secondly,... [ 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 a 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, 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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. 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 ]

H. E. 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 ]

Mr. Robert Zoellick

Senior Counselor, Brunswick Geopolitical

Robert B. Zoellick is Senior Counselor at Brunswick Geopolitical, an advisory service of Brunswick Group, and a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Zoellick serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Twitter,... [ View ]

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