Global Food Security Symposium 2013

Capitalizing on the Power of Science, Trade, and Business to End Hunger and Poverty: A New Agenda for Food Security

May 21, 2013 | Washington D.C.


Catherine Bertini
Executive Director, UN World Food Program (1992-2002)
Dan Glickman
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture (1995-2001)


The 2013 annual symposium will convene senior leaders from across sectors to chart a course for how science, trade, and business can be mobilized to advance food and nutrition security.  The  event will feature the release of a new study endorsed by the Global Agricultural Development Advisory Group that defines next steps for the US on global agricultural development. 

Confirmed Keynotes

Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO, CARE
Ms. Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO, Creative Director, and Cofounder, FEED
The Honorable Rajiv Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary, US Department of Agriculture

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Subbanna Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education; Director General, The Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam, President, New England Complex Systems Institute
Mr. Brett D. Begemann, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Monsanto Company
Representative Doug Bereuter, President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation
Dr. Gabor Forgacs, Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer, Modern Meadow; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Missouri
Mr. Rikin Gandhi, CEO, Digital Green
Dr. Cutberto (Bert) Garza, Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College
Mr. John Ginascol, Corporate Vice President, Global Supply, Abbott Nutrition 
Ms. Mina Guli, Founder and CEO, Thirst
Dr. Mauricio Antonio Lopes, President, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
Dr. Shadrack Ralekeno Moephuli, President and CEO, Agricultural Research Council
Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Codirector, Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Associate Professor Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Mr. David Nelson, Managing Director, Rabobank
Hon. Prof. Ruth K. Oniang'o, Founder and Editor-in-chief, African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development; Founder CEO, Rural Outreach Africa
Mr. Christopher Policinski, President and CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Dr. Cynthia E. Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Barbara Schaal, Vice President, National Academy of Sciences; Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
Mr. Paul E. Schickler, President, DuPont Pioneer
Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Inc; Senior Fellow, Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis; Distinguished Fellow, The World Agroforestry Centre
Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
Mr. Michael Smart, Vice President, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC
Dr. Ren Wang, Assistant Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


The Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium has been convened annually since 2010 to identify opportunities for US leadership in alleviating hunger and poverty through agricultural development.  The 2012 symposium served as the platform of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition and featured speakers such as President Barack Obama; former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Bono; heads of state from Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, and Benin; and numerous business leaders. 


This event is by invitation only.  For further information please contact Meagan Keefe, assistant director, Global Agriculture and Food.  For more information on The Chicago Council or the Global Agricultural Development Initiative, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more about previous symposia.






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