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Jocelyn Anderson

Farmer and Vice President, GSA Farms and Glenn County Farm Bureau Board of Directors

A 4th generation farmer from Northern California, Anderson’s family farm operates a walnut huller and grows almonds and walnuts. She currently serves on the Glenn County Farm Bureau Board of Directors as Vice President and as a Farmer Envoy for Solutions for the Land. Jocelyn is also a Board Member... [ View ]

Rev. Dr. David Beckmann

2010 World Food Prize Laureate and Coordinator, Circle of Protection

David Beckmann is one of the foremost U.S. advocates for people struggling with hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. He is coordinator of the Circle of Protection, an advocacy coalition of diverse church bodies with a combined membership of 100 million people. The Circle works to... [ View ]

Maria Rose Belding

Co-Founder, Founding Executive Director and Board Chair,

Maria Rose Belding is the Co-Founder, Founding Executive Director and Board Chair of, a nonprofit tech company that has rerouted more than 2.2 million pounds of food to communities in need across the United States. A frequent speaker on food insecurity, poverty and responsible entrepreneurship, Maria Rose has delivered... [ View ]

Catherine Bertini

2003 World Food Prize 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 ]

Ambassador Terry Branstad

President, World Food Prize Foundation

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad assumed leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation in January 2023, bringing to the organization a legacy of public service, executive leadership and coalition-building on an international scale. He has had an important connection to food and agriculture throughout his career, including leading... [ View ]

Jocelyn Brown Hall

Director, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Liaison Office for North America

Jocelyn Brown Hall is the Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office for North America based in Washington, D.C. Prior to this role she served as the Deputy Regional Representative for the FAO Regional Office for Africa, where she oversaw 47 FAO country... [ View ]

Ambassador Lisa Carty

Representative of the United States to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Lisa Carty was nominated by President Biden on July 13, 2021, to serve as the Representative of the United States of America to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and Alternate Representative of the United States to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.... [ View ]

Hon. Karen Chandler

Director, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Karen R. Chandler is the Director of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM), a position she has held since September 2021. She is responsible for programs that address the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnances and strengthen U.S. national security by preventing... [ View ]

Jennifer Crall

Global Head Partnerships - Growers Engagement & AgriChain Activation, Bayer Crop Science

Jennifer Crall is the Global Head of Partnerships - Growers Engagement & AgriChain Activation at Bayer Crop Science. She and her team are responsible for deepening Bayer’s work with global growers’ networks, youth and women, and partnerships with the grain trader and animal feed value chain. Before coming to Bayer,... [ View ]

Dr. Sarah Davidson Evanega

Vice President of External Relations, Okanagan Specialty Fruits

Sarah is vice president of external relations at Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the company that developed the Arctic® Apple. Prior, she served as the director for stakeholder communication at Pairwise—which brought the first food developed with CRISPR to the US market. Sarah worked in the public sector in various roles at... [ View ]

Hon. Joni Ernst

U.S. Senator and Member, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Senator Joni Ernst, a native of Red Oak, Iowa, has dedicated her life to her state and country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now representing Iowans in the United States Senate. Joni is working to grow a strong economy; stand up for Iowa farmers, families,... [ View ]

Dina Esposito

Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security at USAID

Dina Esposito serves as the Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security (REFS) at USAID, Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development, and the Agency’s Global Food Crisis Coordinator. Most recently, Dina served five years at Mercy Corps (MC), a global organization focused on helping... [ View ]

Hon. Jose W. Fernandez

Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State

Jose W. Fernandez was confirmed by the Senate as Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on August 6, 2021.  He leads the State Department’s bureaus and offices that stand at the center of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts on climate change, clean energy, health, supply chain security and... [ View ]

Dr. Cary Fowler

Special Envoy For Global Food Security Office Of 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 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon described as an “inspirational symbol of peace and food security for the entire humanity.” This facility provides ultimate security for more than 1 million unique crop varieties, the... [ View ]

Sarah Goring

Country Director, MAG Vietnam

Sarah has over ten years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector, including five years of experience in supporting, managing and implementing Humanitarian Mine Action programmes. After qualifying as a solicitor in the UK, Sarah started her development career working to protect people from human trafficking in the Philippines.... [ View ]

Dr. Bram Govaerts

Director General, CIMMYT

Bram Govaerts is CIMMYT’s Director General. He is an international authority in maize, wheat and associated cropping systems who works for a successful transition to sustainable intensification of small-scale farming in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Govaerts advises public, private and social organizations worldwide and is an active member... [ View ]

Jonathan Granoff

President, Global Security Institute

Jonathan Granoff is President of the Global Security Institute and Representative to the United Nations of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is an international lawyer and former professor of international law. Mr. Granoff received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Law Section of the American... [ View ]

Violet Grgich

President, Grgich Hills Estate Winery

Violet Grgich is the current president of Grgich Hills Estate Winery and the daughter of world-renowned winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and noted philanthropist Tatiana Grgich. As a first generation American and daughter of Croatian immigrants, Violet leads with certain principles: diversity, inclusivity, kinship and with service and support of Grgich... [ View ]

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

2021 Laureate and Director, 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 ]

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 ]

Heidi Kühn

2023 World Food Prize Laureate, Founder, Roots of Peace

After winning her own fight against cancer, Heidi Kühn was inspired to found the nonprofit organization Roots of Peace to battle an insidious “cancer of the earth” — by replacing the remnants of war with bountiful farmland. Since 1997, the work of Roots of Peace has impacted over one million... [ View ]

Hon. Jennifer Lester Moffitt

Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture

Jennifer Lester Moffitt is the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the United States Department of Agriculture, the first woman to serve in this position. At USDA, she provides leadership for the Agricultural Marketing Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, working to build a more reliable,... [ View ]

Dr. Jan Low

Jan Low, 2016 World Food Prize Laureate and Managing Director, JWLOW Limited

Dr. Jan Low, a 2016 World Food Prize Laureate, has focused her career on integrating nutritional concerns into agricultural programs. Currently a principal scientist based at the International Potato Center’s regional office in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Low has spearheaded research to build the evidence base demonstrating the nutritional impact of... [ View ]

Chaunté Lowe

Olympian, American Record Holder, Member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

Chaunte Lowe was appointed as a member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition on March 24, 2023, for a 2-year term. Ms. Lowe is an Olympic high jumper who competed in 4 Olympic Games, making her fourth team as a mother of 3. The 12-time U.S. National Champion... [ View ]

Janete Malichi

Deputy Team Leader, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

I am Janete Malichi, I was born in the Angolan town of Luena on March 30, 1990, during the war period and I spent most of my childhood and youthhood as a refugee in the neighbouring country of Zambia. Following the end of the war, I returned home to Moxico,... [ View ]

Ngoie Mulunda Grace

Team Leader, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

I am Ngoie Mulunda Grace, I was born in the Angolan border town of Luau on April 26, 1988, during the war period and I spent most of my childhood and youthhood as a refugee in the neighbouring country of DR Congo. Following the end of the war, I returned... [ View ]

Dr. Elsa Murano

Director, Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University

A native of Cuba, Dr. Murano grew up in Miami, majoring in Biology at Florida International University. She then earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science & Technology from Virginia Tech. In 1990, Dr. Murano began her career at Iowa State University, and then joined the faculty at Texas... [ View ]

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Founder and Executive Chair, African Food Changemakers

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is an expert on food ecosystems, entrepreneurship, social innovation and philanthropy. She has over 25 years of international development experience and is the founder of LEAP Africa and African Food Changemakers. She is also the co-founder of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. and AACE Foods Processing... [ View ]

Paul Schickler

Chairman, Council of Advisors, World Food Prize Foundation

Paul E. Schickler is the current Chairman of the World Food Prize Foundation's Council of Advisors. From 2007 to 2017, Mr. Schickler was president of DuPont Pioneer. In this role, he continued to expand Pioneer's global business with a focus on innovation that improved local productivity and profitability of farmers... [ View ]

Laura Turner Seydel

Director, Turner Foundation

Laura Turner Seydel works with organizations that are solving the biggest existential threats facing humanity. Laura serves on the board for the UN Foundation, which works as a strategic partner to help the UN mobilize people and resources for collective action, and on the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative... [ View ]

Hon. Debbie Stabenow

U.S. Senator and Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

“Made in Michigan” through and through, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow continues to lead on public policy and improve the lives of the people of Michigan and Americans across our country. Her leadership is characterized by an unrivaled work ethic, the ability to build bipartisan coalitions to get things done and... [ View ]

Tambra Raye Stevenson

Founder and CEO, WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics, and Agriculture

Tambra Raye Stevenson is a visionary leader in nutrition advocacy, food and health policy and equity. Hailing from the Heartland as a fifth-generation Oklahoman and former Future Farmers of America card-carrying member, Tambra's roots in agriculture and nutrition run deep. As the Founder and CEO of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition,... [ View ]

Hon. Ramin Toloui

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Ramin Toloui is the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, Toloui leads the Department’s efforts focused on expanding opportunity for American workers and businesses, deepening cooperation with other countries on shared economic challenges and leveraging economic tools... [ View ]

Dr. Hale Ann Tufan

2019 Borlaug Field Award Recipient, Associate Professor, Cornell University

Hale Ann Tufan leads the Equitable Agricultural Research (EQUAL) Lab at Cornell University which brings together researchers with experience in plant breeding, agricultural economics, GIS, anthropology, gender studies and science and technology studies to contribute to equitable crop improvement theory and practice. She explores how agricultural research processes and outputs... [ View ]

Elizabeth Whitlow

Executive Director, Regenerative Organic Alliance

Elizabeth Whitlow serves as the Executive Director of the Regenerative Organic Alliance, leading a transformative movement to drive long necessary changes to our agricultural system through the Regenerative Organic Certified® standard: an innovative benchmark for food, fiber and wellness ingredients grounded in the pillars of soil health, animal welfare and... [ View ]

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