40 CHANCES: FINDING HOPE IN A HUNGRY WORLD
Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Howard W. Buffett, Executive Director, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Interviewed by The Honorable Dan Glickman, former US Secretary of Agriculture; Global Agriculture and Development Initiative Cochair; Vice President, The Aspen Institute; and former US Congressman, 4th District, Kansas
Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett has set an ambitious goal of ending hunger and poverty for the world’s nearly one billion chronically impoverished people by 2045. Between now and then, Howard G. Buffett plans to invest more than $3 billion to find solutions to tackle global food and water security issues. Buffett’s new book, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, written with his son Howard W. Buffett, chronicles their journey to seek out new approaches to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett will share their thinking on the current global food security challenges and present opportunities for all of us to engage in their pursuit to end global hunger.
Howard G. Buffett is the chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation which strengthens food security for vulnerable populations throughout the world. Farmer, businessman, politician, photographer, and philanthropist, Buffett has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation and finding solutions to world hunger. He has traveled to over 130 countries documenting the challenges of preserving biodiversity while providing adequate resources to meet the needs of a growing global population. He is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger, and serves on the corporate boards of Berkshire Hathaway, Coca-Cola Company, and Lindsay Corporation. He operates a 1,500-acre family farm in central Illinois and oversees three foundation-operated research farms in Arizona, Illinois, and South Africa.
Howard W. Buffett is the executive director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. He previously served in the US Department of Defense overseeing agriculture-based economic stabilization and redevelopment programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. For his work, he received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award—the highest ranking civilian honor presented by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Previously, Buffett was a policy advisor for the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he co-authored and directed the president’s cross-sector partnerships strategy. He earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MPA from Columbia University.
The Honorable Dan Glickman is a cochair of The Chicago Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative. He also serves as vice president of The Aspen lnstitute, executive director of The Aspen Institute Congressional Program, and senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where he is cochair of its democracy project. He previously served as US secretary of agriculture from 1995 to 2001. Prior to that, he served for 18 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 4th Congressional district of Kansas. In addition, he is the former chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia Bars. He received his BA from the University of Michigan and his JD from the George Washington University.
The Buffett's book, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.