Dr. Jessica Fanzo serves as Director of the Johns Hopkins Global Food Ethics and Policy Program. Her work has focused on the improvement of food security and nutrition for women and children and to ensure they have high-quality food and better diets. She has developed and coordinated large-scale applied research projects in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and East Africa.
Hon. Dan Glickman
Dan Glickman is currently the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, which educates members of Congress on public policy issues. He served as the Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 to 2001, and led modernization of food safety, creation of conservation programs, and expansion of U.S. markets with international trade agreements.
Dr. Shenggen Fan serves as Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, where he is dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward cutting global food loss and waste. He is a member of the Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, and an advisor to many national governments on agriculture and food security.
Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Plaut is the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. She is also a Professor of Animal Sciences and has an active research program in mammary gland biology. She was previously on faculty at the University of Vermont and Michigan State University, and spent a few years working with NASA as Lead Scientist for the International Space Station.
Purpose of Colloquium
Roger Thurow is a journalist and a senior fellow on global food and agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Mr. Thurow spent three decades at The Wall Street Journal, including 20 years as a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. He is an expert on agricultural development and speaks often on high-visibility platforms related to nutrition, hunger, and agriculture in the United States, Europe, and Africa.
Carrie Vollmer-Sanders is the North America Nutrient Strategy Manager for The Nature Conservancy. She helps coordinate TNC's efforts to reduce nutrient loss from agricultural land impacting our freshwater and oceans. Carrie received the White House Champion of Change Award in 2014 for her leadership in developing the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program for Lake Erie.
Dr. Rob Horsch formerly led the Agricultural Research and Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which manages a strategy and a portfolio of grants aimed at improving agricultural productivity, reducing farmer risk, and increasing nutrition of poor farmers and consumers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He was awarded the 1998 National Medal of Technology by President Clinton for contributions to the development of agricultural biotechnology.
Dr. Woo currently works as a Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University, where she assists Purdue in various international collaborative efforts. She has previously worked as the President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services and as the dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
David Austin is the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the UN World Food Programme where he works with US based private sector organizations, foundations and universities to strengthen WFP’s mission and accelerate the momentum of economic development to help reduce global poverty.
Mr. Gresham Barrett joined the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in August 2018, and currently serves as the Senior Director of the Washington Office. He is a former Congressman from South Carolina and served the 3rd Congressional District from 2003 to 2010.
Dr. Namukolo Covic is a Research Coordinator in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute. Her research has focused on community based micronutrient interventions related to cognitive function in children, infant and young child feeding and broader food and nutrition security aspects of sustainable diets.
Dr. Masters is currently a Professor in the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy at Tufts University, with a secondary appointment in Tufts University’s Department of Economics. His research uses economic methods to inform and improve the food system, especially in developing countries.
Dr. Jayne is a University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He works with African colleagues to respond to the region’s major agricultural policy changes, and serves as the co-director of the Alliance for African Partnership, a university initiative that promotes partnership with African research organizations.
Dr. Bouton is the Acting Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally known expert on India and Asia. He is also President Emeritus of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which is an organization committed to influencing the discourse on global policy issues.
Brady Deaton is the Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Missouri, where he became the 21st chief executive officer of the University in 2004, and joined the faculty as a professor and chair of the Agricultural Economics department in 1989. He retired as chancellor in 2013, and now leads the new Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development.
Prof. Frans Swanepoel is a Research Fellow in Residence with focus on Future Africa at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, and Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa.
Dr. Brouder is a professor of Agronomy at Purdue University, where her research skills and interests are focused on crop nutrient use efficiency, agroecosystem viability, and sustainability. She is currently the director of Purdue’s Water Quality Field Station, where she works to identify practices that minimize chemical runoff into water supplies.
Dr. Hertel is a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics and an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Purdue University. His research and teaching focus is on international trade, food, and environmental security. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project, which maintains a global economic database.
Breakout Session Facilitator
Dr. Prokopy is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center. Dr. Prokopy is an interdisciplinary social scientist who is recognized nationally and internationally for her work incorporating social science into the fields of agricultural conservation, agricultural adaptation to climate change, and watershed management.
Dr. Sandøe is a Professor and the Head of the Section of Consumption, Health and Ethics, in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen. His research has been focused on bioethics, with particular emphasis on ethical issues related to animals, biotechnology, and food production.
Dr. Sanchez was the 2002 recipient of the World Food Prize for his work in restoring fertility to some of the world’s poorest and most degraded soils. He is a Research Professor of Tropical Soils at the University of Florida in the Soil and Water Sciences Department, and core faculty of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems.
Macani Toungara is the Director for Program Development at TechnoServe in Washington, D.C. In this role, she manages the development of a wide range of public-private partnerships and business-oriented poverty reduction programs. She has helped design multi-million dollar initiatives aimed at reducing food insecurity, strengthening supply chain linkages, developing market systems, and building local enterprise around the world.
Dr. Bertram is the Chief Scientist in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, where he serves as a key adviser on a range of technical and program issues to advance global food security and nutrition. He leads USAID’s efforts to advance research, technology, and implementation in support of the Feed the Future initiative.
Dr. Lumkes is a Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, previously serving as Associate Director of the Global Engineering Program. He is actively engaged in international development in the areas of agricultural mechanization, innovation and design in low resource settings, and international service learning.
Dr. Ajuwon is an Associate Professor of Animal Sciences at Purdue University, where his research expertise is in adipose biology and nutritional physiology. His focus is on understanding biological processes in animals and using that knowledge to optimize animal growth. He is also interested in how this knowledge can be used to target the problems of obesity and associated diseases in humans.
Gregory Jaffe is the Director of the Project on Biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He is an expert on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety, and works on regulatory issues throughout the world. He provides biosafety expertise to the International Food Policy Research Institute and Cornell’s Alliance for Science.
Breakout Session Facilitator
Dr. Shively is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Faculty Fellow for Global Affairs at Purdue University. He is an award-winning applied economist with two decades of higher education experience. He teaches and conducts policy-oriented research, with a focus on improving the productivity and sustainability of smallholder agriculture in the developing world.
Alesha Black is the managing director for the Global Food and Agriculture Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She has previously worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she coordinated foundation partnerships. She has also managed a portfolio of investments working to connect smallholder farmers to better market access opportunities.
Danielle Nierenberg is the President and Co-Founder of Food Tank, a global convener and research organization research that brings together all sides of food issues and engages in critical discussion. She also conducts research in over 70 countries to document what’s working to help alleviate hunger and poverty while protecting the environment.
Dr. Baributsa is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University. He is the Project Manager of the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) project, which is a simple post-harvest technique that allows farmers to increase their income and eliminate the need for often misused chemicals.
Emily Weikert Bryant
Emily Weikert Bryant serves as the Executive Director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, the network of Feeding America food banks in the state of Indiana. Previously, she has worked in various aspects of the state legislative process, state offices, and state level policy work providing policy development and legal counsel to the Indiana Senate Minority Caucus.
Dr. Aggarwal is a Senior Sustainability Scientist and an associate professor at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Her research is focused on examining the links between globalization, resilience of social-ecological systems, and well-being. She examines the impacts of globalization and climate change on food security.
Dr. Oliver is an Associate Professor of Food Science at Purdue University. Her research focuses are on the persistence, prevalence, and transmission of foodborne pathogens in food systems, and developing intervention strategies to improve food safety. Dr. Oliver also works to develop food safety and food technology capacity in Afghanistan through USDA FAS and USAID sponsored initiatives.
Scott Graham is the Director of Customer Research and Field Data Services at FINCA, where he covers financial inclusion, household consumption, living standards, business income, women’s empowerment, and the impact of off-grid products. He also established BrightLife, which provides last-mile distribution and end-user financing for solar home systems and improved cookstoves.
Dr. Horvath is the current President of 2Blades Foundation, a charitable foundation that works to implement practical uses of important innovations in plant science that address the rising incidence of crop disease. She is interested in the delivery of seed with improved disease resistance, particular for smallholder farmers.
Dr. Gunaratna is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. Her research aims to identify and evaluate multisectoral interventions involving agriculture that can equitably and sustainably improve nutrition and health outcomes at scale in developing countries. Her current work evaluates technologies such as biofortification and improved livestock.