Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, the 2017 World Food Prize laureate, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015 from Purdue University, where he earned master’s (1985) and doctoral (1988) degrees in agricultural economics. In 2015, Adesina was elected president of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). In 2011, he was appointed Nigeria’s minister of agriculture. Other positions he has held: principal economist for the West Africa Rice Development Association; associate director of food security at the Rockefeller Foundation; and vice president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. In 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as one of the leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals. Forbes magazine named him African Person of the Year in 2013.