The World Food Prize Foundation

2020 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

H.E. Gilbert Houngbo

President, IFAD

Gilbert F. Houngbo is the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Houngbo has spent more than 30 years working to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, with extensive experience in political affairs, international development, diplomacy and financial management. Prior to his appointment as IFAD President, Houngbo was the Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) where he led field operations in more than 100 countries and managed its bilateral and multilateral partnerships. He served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Togo from 2008 to 2012, where he introduced economic reforms and enhanced the rule of law and civil liberties. From 1996 to 2008, he undertook a number of roles at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) including Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary-General, Africa Regional Director. Prior to this, he spent a decade in the private sector, including at Price Waterhouse, Canada.

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