The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Joachim Von Braun

Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University

Joachim von Braun is a Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change.  He received his doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Goettingen, Germany. His research is on economic development, science and technology policy, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, agriculture, resource economics and trade. He published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in these fields. von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, member of German National Academy of Science - Leopoldina, Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Academy of Arts and Science North Rhine-Westphalia, fellow of African Academy of Science and of American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He serves as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General. He is member of the Board of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and Vice President of the German NGO “Welthungerhilfe”.  He is co-chair of the Malabo-Montpellier Panel on African food and agriculture policy, and co-chair of the International Committee on Bioeconomy. From 2002 to 2009, he was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC. He was elected as President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), received an honorary doctoral Degree from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim and other awards.

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