Keynote Presentation

Scale Up: A Necessity for Transformative Development

Purdue University is celebrating its sesquicentennial with the Ideas Festival, connecting world-renowned speakers and Purdue experts in conversations on critical problems and opportunities. The Ideas Festival launched with the Scale Up Conference - a giant leap toward a sustainable economy and planet.
The Scale Up Conference focused on effective approaches to grow agricultural technologies and innovations in the developing world. The keynote speaker was Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, and an alumnus of Purdue’s College of Agriculture. Dr. Adesina’s remarks focused on the necessity for transformative development to address issues of global food security. The Scale Up Conference was supported by Purdue University, the African Development Bank Group, the Office of the Executive President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) and the College of Agriculture.

Keynote Speaker

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.​

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