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Allison Aubrey, Food & Health Correspondent, NPR News
Shawn Baker, Director, Nutrition, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Douglas Bereuter, Cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; former Member, US House of Representatives
Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
The Honorable Dan Coats, Member, US Senate (R-IN)
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., President, Purdue University; former Governor, Indiana
Monica Eng, Food Reporter and Producer, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
David Fleming, MD, Vice President, Public Health Impact, PATH
The Honorable Jeff Fortenberry, Member, US House of Representatives (R-NE)
Julie Gichuru, TV Host and Entrepreneur, ARIMUS Media Limited
Dan Glickman, Cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
C.D. Glin, Associate Director, Africa Region, The Rockefeller Foundation
Julianna Goldman, CBS News Correspondent
Richard S. Greene, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, US Agency for International Development
Mark Hyman, MD, Chairman, the Institute for Functional Medicine; Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Founder and Medical Director, The UltraWellness Center; Medical Editor, The Huffington Post  
Robert H. Miller, Divisional Vice President, Research and Development, Scientific and Medical Affairs, Abbott Nutrition
Salif Romano Niang, Cofounder, Chief Impact Officer, Malô
Gregory R. Page, Executive Chairman, Cargill
Sheila Redzepi, VP, Global Advocacy and Sustainability Strategy, Unilever
Paul E. Schickler, President, DuPont Pioneer
Jennie Schmidt, Owner and Operator, Schmidt Farms, Inc.  
Stefan Schmitz, Deputy Director-General and Commissioner, the "One World - No Hunger" Initiative
Jai R. Shroff, CEO, UPL LTD
Lindiwe M. Sibanda, CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Author, The Last Hunger Season
Shen Tong, Founder, Managing Director, FOOD-X
Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Sunny George Verghese, Cofounder, Group Managing Director and CEO, Olam International
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture
Patrick Webb, MD, McFarlane Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; Policy and Evidence Adviser, Global Panel on Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition; Director, USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab – Asia 

Speaker Bios
 

Allison Aubrey, Food & Health Correspondent, NPR News
@AubreyNPRFood
Allison Aubrey is a correspondent for NPR News.  Aubrey is a 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards nominee for her broadcast radio coverage of food and nutrition.  Along with her colleagues on The Salt, she is also the winner of a 2012 James Beard Award for best food blog.  Her stories can be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She's also host of the NPR video series Tiny Desk Kitchen.
 
Through her reporting Aubrey can focus on her curiosities about food and culture. She has investigated the nutritional and taste differences between grass fed and corn fed beef. Aubrey looked into the hype behind the claims of antioxidants in berries and the claim that honey is a cure-all for allergies.
 
In 2009, Aubrey was awarded both the American Society for Nutrition's Media Award for her reporting on food and nutrition.  She was honored with the 2006 National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism in radio and earned a 2005 Medical Evidence Fellowship by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Knight Foundation. She was a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow focusing on health.
 
Joining NPR in 1998 as a general assignment reporter, Aubrey spent five years covering environmental policy, as well as contributing to coverage of Washington, D.C., for NPR's National Desk.  Before coming to NPR, Aubrey was a reporter for PBS' NewsHour.  She has worked in a variety of positions throughout the television industry.  Aubrey received her BA from Denison University in Granville, OH, and a MA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
  
Shawn Baker, Director, Nutrition, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
@gatespoverty
Shawn K. Baker is Director of Nutrition in Global Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He has over 30 years’ experience in international public health, including 25 years living in sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to joining the foundation he served as Vice President and Regional Director for Africa of Helen Keller International.  Flagship programs that he has shaped include vitamin A supplementation through child health days, reaching over 50 million children twice-yearly, and food fortification programs reaching over 130 million consumers.
 
Other responsibilities during Mr. Baker’s 30 year career include: Copromoter of the Niger Health Information System, Coordinator of the Tulane University Center for International Health and Development, and Coordinator of the Famine Early Warning System in Southern Africa, and representative in Niger.  He also served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaïre). 
 
Mr. Baker received a MPH from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1989 with concentrations in international health and nutritional epidemiology.  He earned his BS in biology from the University of Miami.  He is the author or coauthor of over 80 peer-reviewed publications, presentations at international conferences and monographs.  Mr. Baker’s longstanding commitment to Niger has been recognized by the awarding of “Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite du Niger” by the Presidency of the Republic of Niger and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He serves on many committees and advisory groups, including the Technical Review Panel for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, which he currently chairs. 
 
Douglas Bereuter, Cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; former Member, US House of Representatives
Douglas Bereuter is president emeritus of the Asia Foundation, a nongovernmental development organization he led for more than six years following his 26-year service as a member of the US House of Representatives.  During his congressional career, he was a leading member of the House International Relations Committee, where he served as vice chairman for six years, chaired the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee and later the Europe Subcommittee, had long tenures on its subcommittees on Economic Policy & Trade and Human Rights, and was president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.  He also served on the House Financial Services Committee for 23 years and on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, retiring as its vice chairman.  Mr. Bereuter graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska and has master’s degrees from Harvard University in both city planning and public administration.  He served as an infantry and intelligence officer in the US Army, practiced and taught graduate courses in urban and regional planning, led various agencies and programs in the Nebraska state government, and served one four-year term as a Nebraska state senator.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, and the State Department's International Security Advisory Board.  He is also board chairman of the Arbor Day Foundation and the treasurer of the Nebraska Community Foundation.
 
Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
@C_A_Bertini
Catherine Bertini is a distinguished fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  For five years she cochaired the Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative.  She also chaired the Council's Girls in Rural Economies project as well as the Council’s work on domestic agriculture. Ms. Bertini is also a professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
 
She previously served as UN under secretary-general for management (2003 to 2005) and as executive director of the UN World Food Program, the world's largest international humanitarian agency (1992 to 2002).

For two years she was senior fellow, agricultural development, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before serving in the UN, Ms. Bertini was USDA assistant secretary for food and consumer services, where she ran the nation's then $33 billion domestic food assistance programs. She was fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and policymaker in residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
 
Ms. Bertini is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate. She is a presidential appointee to the Board of International Food and Agricultural Development.  In 2012 she served as a member of the Department of State’s Accountability Review Board on Benghazi.

The Honorable Dan Coats, Member, US Senate (R-IN)
@SenDanCoats
Dan Coats is a United States Senator for Indiana. A graduate of Wheaton College, Coats began his service to our nation in the U.S. Army before attending Indiana University School of Law. After working for a life insurance company in Fort Wayne, he joined the office of then-Congressman Dan Quayle as a district representative. Coats has served Hoosiers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Honoring a term-limits pledge, Coats stepped down from his Senate seat in 1999. In 2001, he was named Ambassador to Germany, arriving in the country only a few days before the tragic events of 9/11. After his time as Ambassador, he worked at a law firm and continued to be active in public service. Coats has served as President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and on the boards of many civic and volunteer organizations. Senator Coats also formed The Foundation for American Renewal with his wife, Marsha, to continue their work with faith-based initiatives. Concerned about the direction of our country, Coats returned to the U.S. Senate in 2011 to help restore fiscal responsibility and ensure that future generations inherit a safe and prosperous America. In the 112th Congress, Coats serves on four Senate committees: Appropriations, Select Intelligence, Energy and Natural Resources and the Joint Economic Committee. Dan and Marsha Coats met in college and have three adult children and ten grandchildren.

 
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., President, Purdue University; former Governor, Indiana
@purduemitch
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. is the 12th president of Purdue University, a post he assumed in January 2013 at the conclusion of his term as Governor of Indiana.
 
He was elected Indiana’s 49th governor in 2004 in his first bid for any elected office, and then re-elected in 2008, receiving more votes than any candidate for any public office in the state's history. During his tenure, Indiana went from bankruptcy to a AAA credit rating, led the nation in infrastructure building, and passed sweeping education reforms, including the nation’s first statewide school choice voucher program.  After a series of reforms, which included the passage of a right-to-work law, Indiana’s business climate is now rated among the nation’s best.
 
At Purdue, President Daniels has made student affordability and student success top priorities, and has pledged to keep a Purdue education within reach for students and families. Reversing a 36-year trend, Purdue commenced a series of tuition freezes in 2013 that will last through at least the 2015-16 academic year. Meal plan rates have also been cut by a total of about 10% over the last two years, and room rates have remained at 2013 levels. In that same amount of time, Purdue student borrowing has dropped 18% — giving graduates and their families some $40 million to invest in other dreams.
 
Previously, Daniels served as President of Eli Lilly’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations, as a senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan and as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.  Daniels earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in 1971 and his law degree from Georgetown in 1979. He is the author of three books.
 
Monica Eng, Food Reporter and Producer, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
@monicaeng 
Monica Eng is a producer and reporter for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio who focuses on food, health and ethnic culture.  Before coming to WBEZ, Eng served as features and investigative reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune for 16 years.  Eng’s food writing on health, culture and sustainability has been nominated for five James Beard Awards and this year she was the recipient of a 2015 Studs Terkel Award.  


David Fleming, MD, Vice President, Public Health Impact, PATH
David Fleming, MD, is PATH’s vice president of Public Health Impact, which houses programs in reproductive health, maternal and child health and nutrition, noncommunicable diseases, malaria control and elimination, and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.  He also oversees cross-programmatic collaboration at PATH, which seeks to maximize the impact of our work across the value chain in critical health areas, including maternal and neonatal health, diarrheal disease, and malaria.
 
Before joining PATH in 2014, Dr. Fleming served as the director and health officer for Public Health—Seattle and King County (PHSKC), with a budget of more than $300 million, serving a resident population of 2 million.  Prior to that, Dr. Fleming was director of Global Health Strategies at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing a grant portfolio of more than $1 billion in vaccine-preventable disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, leadership, emergency relief, community health programs, and human resources and health information.  Dr. Fleming also served as deputy director at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Science and Public Health, and as deputy administrator of the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
 
Dr. Fleming is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Oregon Health Services Center and his preventive medicine residency at the CDC.

 The Honorable Jeff Fortenberry, Member, US House of Representatives (R-NE)
@JeffFortenberry
Jeff Fortenberry was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 to serve Nebraska's First Congressional District.  His work in Congress is rooted in the belief that the strength of our nation depends on the strength of our families and communities.  Jeff is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which appropriates US government expenditures. He serves on three subcommittees with importance for Nebraska: Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and State and Foreign Operations.  Jeff also serves as cochair of the Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East and cochair of the Congressional Study Group on Europe.
 
Jeff previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he placed particular focus on human rights concerns, Middle Eastern affairs, and nuclear weapons non-proliferation. He also represented Nebraska on the Agriculture Committee, where his work on two Farm Bills advanced opportunities for young and beginning farmers and promoted agricultural entrepreneurship.
 
Prior to serving in Congress, Jeff worked as a publishing industry executive in Lincoln, where he also served on the Lincoln City Council from 1997-2001.  Jeff also has significant personal experience in small business, and early in his career he worked as a policy analyst for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.  Jeff earned a BA in economics and two master's degrees, one in public policy. He and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln and have five daughters.
 
Julie Gichuru, TV Host and Entrepreneur, ARIMUS Media Limited
@JulieGichuru
Julie Gichuru is an entrepreneur and African media personality.  Julie conceptualized and hosts the Africa Leadership Dialogues, a syndicated current affairs program with a focus on African development and growth.  She is also a TV Host with East Africa's leading broadcaster Citizen TV. Julie is currently working on growing local productions through her production company Arimus Media Limited, where she has a number of quality African shows in the works. 
 
Julie's career in the media over the past 12 years has seen her work across the fields of broadcast, print and digital media. Julie worked with a team at Citizen TV to conceptualize and host the groundbreaking news show Sunday Live with Julie Gichuru.  This pioneer news and current affairs show launched in 2008 at Citizen TV, redefining the style and delivery of news in Kenya.  In 2009 Julie conceptualized and hosted Fist to Five for Change, which facilitated reconciliation and healing for victims and perpetrators of post election violence in Kenya.  She has also pioneered an impressive number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series The Inside Story, to various current affairs shows, including the celebrated post election peace special, Voices of Reason.
 
Julie is the first African woman to receive the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness for advocacy of non violence following the 2007 election in Kenya.  Julie was declared a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.  She was awarded the Order of the Golden Warrior for her contribution towards nation building by President Mwai Kibaki in 2011.  Julie has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 Young Power Women in Africa.  Recently, Julie was recognized in the Women in Enterprise (WIE) list of the 60 most influential African women in the world.  Julie Gichuru is an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School and Oxford University's Saïd Business School.
 
Dan Glickman, Cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
@DanRGlickman
Dan Glickman is a cochair of The Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative.  He is vice president of the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, which was established in 1983.  Mr. Glickman also serves as a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he is cochair of its Democracy Project.  Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Glickman served as US secretary of agriculture in the Clinton administration.  He also represented the 4th Congressional district of Kansas for 18 years in the US House of Representatives, where he was very involved in federal farm policy on the House Agriculture Committee. He also served on the House Judiciary Committee as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In addition, he is the former chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., and former director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Glickman has served as president of the Wichita, Kansas, school board; was a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda, and Glickman; and worked as a trial attorney at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his BA in history from the University of Michigan and his JD from the George Washington University.  He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia bars.
 
C.D. Glin, Associate Director, Africa Region, The Rockefeller Foundation
@cdglin
C.D. Glin joined the Rockefeller Foundation in July 2011.  As Associate Director, Africa Region based in Nairobi, Kenya, Glin supports and leads the strategy development and execution of several initiatives to enhance the foundation’s mission to expand more equitable growth opportunities and build resilience.  His grant-making and investment portfolio includes the foundation’s emerging work and initiatives to secure livelihoods, to enhance food and nutritional security and to more effectively utilize natural resources by reducing post-harvest loss in the agricultural supply chains. 
 
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Glin was an appointee in the Obama Administration where he served as the first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Global Partnerships for the Peace Corps.  In that capacity, he established the office and led interagency collaboration and public-private partnership efforts on three key development related initiatives: the Global Health Initiative, Feed the Future, and the Global Climate Change Initiative.  Previously, Glin served as Vice President for Business Development at PYXERA Global.  He has worked and consulted for the State Department, USAID and the World Bank while living in Ghana and Nigeria, and he served as volunteer in the first Peace Corps South Africa group during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela.  
 
Glin holds a BA in political science from Howard University, a MBM from Tulane University and a Master’s-level Postgraduate Diploma in strategy and innovation from Oxford University.  He is term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2011, was designated by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his commitment and contributions to international service and civic participation.
 
Julianna Goldman, CBS News Correspondent
@juliannagoldman
Julianna Goldman is a CBS News Correspondent based in Washington, D.C.  Goldman joined CBS News in August 2014. Previously she was a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Television, as well as a weekly panelist on "Political Capital with Al Hunt." She has more than a decade of experience covering stories of national and international significance, and her assignments have taken her around the globe.
 
Along with Charlie Rose, Goldman moderated Bloomberg's first New Hampshire Republican presidential primary debate in 2011. She covered President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, summit meetings around the world, Obama's first trip to China, and his first visit to Israel as president.
 
Goldman began her career at Bloomberg in 2003. In 2013, National Journal named her one of the 25 most influential Washington women under 35.  She grew up in Bethesda, Md., and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College/Columbia University with a BA in political science. She and her husband reside in Washington, D.C.
 
Richard S. Greene, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, US Agency for International Development
Richard Greene serves as Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Food Security.  He began his career as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Ivory Coast (1978 - 80) where he provided assistance to the national immunization program.  He joined USAID in 1984 and served overseas in Sudan (1984-6), Burkina Faso (1986-1990), Cameroon (1990-94), and Bangladesh (1994-9) as a health development officer. From 1999 to 2011, he served in the USAID Washington Global Health Bureau, the last eight as Director of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition.  From July 2011 through September 2013, he returned to Bangladesh as USAID Mission Director. He has also worked short-term in more than 20 countries around the world.
 
In addition to awards received from USAID, Richard was the 2008 recipient of the Partnership for Public Service's Federal Employee of the Year award for his work on the President's Malaria Initiative.  Richard was also a recipient of the 2009 Meritorious Senior Foreign Service Presidential Rank Award.  Richard's education includes a MPH and a MA in history, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is married and has two sons.
 
Mark Hyman, MD, Chairman, the Institute for Functional Medicine; Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Founder and Medical Director, The UltraWellness Center; Medical Editor, The Huffington Post  
@markhymanmd
Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality and is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare.  He works with his teams every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience.  He is a practicing physician, 8-time bestselling author and internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post and a regular medical contributor in the media.  To learn more about Dr. Hyman, visit his website.
 
Robert H. Miller, Divisional Vice President, Research and Development, Scientific and Medical Affairs, Abbott Nutrition
@AbbottNews
Robert Miller is Divisional Vice President of R&D and Scientific and Medical Affairs at Abbott Nutrition.  He is responsible for pediatric, adult, and performance nutrition product development, innovation, education, clinical and preclinical research.  He joined Abbott in 1987 and has held several management positions in R&D, Business Development and Innovation. 
 
Dr. Miller also directed Advanced Technology Development as Director of Biotechnology at Battelle Memorial Institute.  He is cochair of the Abbott Scientific Governing Board, overseeing talent development and programmatic efforts of Abbott’s 2,500 scientists. 
 
Dr. Miller earned his BA in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by a Staff fellowship at NIH.  Rob is married to Anita Miller, an artist whose image of the fallen Marines of Lima Company was recently featured at the Ohio Statehouse and the Marine Corp Museum.  They have three children.
 
Salif Romano Niang, Cofounder, Chief Impact Officer, Malô
@salifrniang
Salif Romano Niang is cofounder and Chief Impact Officer at Malô, a Malian social enterprise with the mission to combat farmer poverty and chronic malnutrition.  Malô designs and builds facilities equipped with efficient processing and fortification technology that transform rice grown by smallholder farmers into international quality, branded rice fortified with life-saving vitamins and minerals.  He is also a cofounder of Tambaroua Business Farming, a solar-powered precision farm in Mali that produces fruits, vegetables, dairy, and poultry year round.  In 2014, he cofounded Timbuktu Renaissance, a Malian non-profit, to leverage Mali’s rich cultural heritage, particularly its music, to promote peace and reconciliation and to highlight impact investment opportunities.  He is a member of the Aspen Institute Food Security Strategy Group and a recipient of fellowships from Echoing Green, The Aspen Institute, and Singularity University.  He holds a MA in international relations from Purdue University where his research centered on the impact of large youth cohorts on democracy, development, and security.  Salif is an Italian-born citizen of Mali and grew up primarily in Ethiopia.
 
Gregory R. Page, Executive Chairman, Cargill
@foodsecureworld
Greg Page serves as executive chairman of Cargill.  He served as Cargill’s CEO from June 1, 2007 to December 1, 2013.  He was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors in August 2000 and elected chairman of the board on September 11, 2007.
 
Page joined Cargill in 1974 as a trainee assigned to the Feed Division.  Over the years, he held a number of positions in the United States and Singapore.  Page worked with the start-up of a poultry processing operation in Thailand, the beef and pork processing operations of Cargill’s Excel subsidiary in Wichita, Kansas, and the Financial Markets Group in Minneapolis.
 
Page serves as a member of the board of directors of Eaton Corporation, Carlson, and Deere & Company. He is immediate past-chair of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and continues to serve on this board.  He is a president of the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
 
Page received a BA in economics from the University of North Dakota.  He was born in Bottineau, N.D.

Sheila Redzepi, VP, Global Advocacy and Sustainability Strategy, Unilever
Sheila Redzepi is responsible for driving Unilever’s global advocacy on key sustainability and strategic business priorities and leads the company’s engagement in the post-2015 SDG process.  Prior to her current role Sheila was VP Sustainable Business and Communications, responsible for External Affairs and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in Europe.
 
Sheila joined Unilever in 2013 from a global communications agency, Weber Shandwick, where she most recently presided over the company’s “Social Impact” practice in the EMEA region – “Social Impact” partners with business, nonprofits and foundations to drive engagement on social and environmental issues.  During this time she was also the firm’s global client relationship leader for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spending periods of time in the US, Africa and Middle East on critical assignments in the field of agriculture development, food security, and global health.  During this period, Sheila also worked with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) focusing on international public policy aimed at improving yields and incomes for smallholder farmers.
 
After leaving university in the UK, Sheila pursued a career in international development, first with the United Nations and then in non-profit gender advocacy in developing countries.  Sheila holds a MPhil in media studies from the University of Bergen, Norway, a MA in international political economy, and a BA in modern history and politics from the University of Sheffield, UK.  

 
Paul E. Schickler, President, DuPont Pioneer
@DuPontPioneer
Paul E. Schickler is president of DuPont Pioneer, the advanced seed genetics business of DuPont. In this role, which he has held since 2007, he has continued to expand Pioneer’s global business by remaining focused on innovation that improves local productivity and profitability of farmers in more than 90 countries.  Since joining Pioneer in 1974, Schickler has served in a variety of finance and administrative leadership roles throughout the business, including vice president of International Operations from 1999 to 2007.  He currently serves on the DuPont Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity in the 21st Century, the DuPont Agriculture Decision Board, and the DuPont Operating Team.
 
Schickler is a graduate of Drake University, where he received a BS and a MA in business administration.  He currently serves as Board Chair of Grand View University. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cultivation Corridor, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Iowa Business Council.  He also serves on the Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative Advisory Group (GADI) and Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP).  A strong contributor to the community, Schickler is an active supporter of United Way and The World Food Prize Foundation.
 
Jennie Schmidt, Owner and Operator, Schmidt Farms, Inc.  
@FarmGirlJen
Jennie Schmidt lives on a family farm with her husband and two children.  Schmidt Farms is a 3rd generation, large and diverse family farm, including grains, vegetables, hay and wine grapes on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Her farm’s mission is to practice “synergistic farming,” using the best of all farming methods to create healthy soils to sustain healthy food production.
 
When she’s not found on a tractor, Jennie spends her time as an “Ag-vocate,” telling the story of agriculture, food and family farming to consumers, dietitians, and legislators.  Jennie is Vice President, and the first (and only) female on the Maryland Grain Producers board of directors.  She also represents the state of Maryland on the US Wheat Foods Council.  She is passionate about connecting people with food and farming, emphasizing the importance of global food access and food security, and highlighting the importance of sustainability in our global food supply.
 
Jennie holds a BS in human nutrition and international agriculture from the University of Massachusetts and completed her MS at the University of Delaware in human nutrition with a focus on food and agricultural biotechnology.  She is an alumni of the International 4H Youth Development Project, having spent 2 years in Botswana working in the Ministry of Agriculture’s 4B program.

Stefan Schmitz, Deputy Director-General and Commissioner, the "One World- No Hunger" Initiative
Stefan Schmitz is Deputy Director-General and Commissioner for the "One World - No Hunger" Initiative at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn. For the last five years he was heading the rural development, agriculture and food security unit at BMZ.  From 2007 until 2009 he worked as senior advisor to the Secretariat of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, leading the work on
 
Managing for Development Results.  Before that he coordinated the German bilateral cooperation program with South Africa and Namibia and was deputy head of the infrastructure division at the BMZ.  Before joining the BMZ in 2001, he held different posts in the German federal administration in the fields of statistical information systems, regional planning and international cooperation on urban issues.  Over the years he held numerous lectureships at different German universities.  He received scholarships of the McCloy Fellowship of the American Council on Germany and of the German Academic Exchange Service.  In 1985 he graduated from Bonn University in geography and mathematics and received a PhD in geosciences from the Free University of Berlin in 2000.
 
Jai R. Shroff, CEO, UPL LTD
Mr. Jai Shroff is CEO of UPL Limited (UPL), named 38th out of 40 most influential figures in the chemicals industry worldwide, ICIS Chemical Business. He has been the driving force for UPL’s foray into the global markets and established it as one of the top 3 leading global producers of crop protection product and seed companies.  His commitment to innovation, research and excellence, along with sustainability, has provided a strong foundation for the UPL Group. 
 
Under his leadership, UPL Group has become the fastest growing company in Agri-input space in the world.  UPL Group is actively involved in the global development agenda, playing an active role in the Grow Africa and Grow Asia initiatives of the World Economic Forum and the Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security Initiatives of IFPRI.
 
Mr. Shroff is engaged in collaborating with the farming community to impart the latest agriculture practices, and he has initiated a one stop solution centre, “Unimart,” dedicated to assisting and informing farmers.
 
Lindiwe M. Sibanda, CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
@lmsibanda
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is the CEO and Head of Mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).  Lindiwe is currently coordinating policy research and advocacy programs aimed at making Africa a food and nutrition secure region. FANRPAN is a multi-stakeholder policy think tank, with offices in 17 African countries and a membership base that includes famers, researchers, business and governments.  In 2009, Dr. Sibanda led the “No Agriculture, No-Deal” global campaign and mobilized African civil society organizations to push for the inclusion of agriculture in the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) negotiations.  Lindiwe is an animal scientist by training and a practicing commercial beef cattle farmer.  She received her BS at the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and her MS and PhD at the University of Reading, UK. She is a serving trustee for two CGIAR boards, CIMMYT and ILRI, and has been involved with the Farming First global campaign, advocating for a holistic approach to sustainable agricultural development since 2008.  In August 2010, Lindiwe was co-opted into the Global Development advisory Panel which comprises some of the world's most influential thinkers and preeminent development experts.  In 2013 she was awarded the Yara Prize, and in 2014 she was recognized for outstanding contributions to research by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).  She is currently leading a multi-country research and technical assistance project addressing the question, “What can agriculture do for nutrition?”
 
Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Author, The Last Hunger Season
@RogerThurow
Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal.  For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century–along with 10 Olympic Games.
 
In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting.  Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations.  Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award.  Thurow’s most recent book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, was published in May 2012.
 
Thurow 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.  In 2013, he spoke about the power of smallholder farmers in Africa at the TedxChange Seattle event, hosted by Melinda Gates.  Thurow graduated from the University of Iowa. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Anne, and their two children, Brian and Aishling.
 
Shen Tong, Founder, Managing Director, FOOD-X
@foodXhealth
Shen Tong is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, foodie, social activist, writer/poet, and film buff. One of Newsweek’s People of the Year in 1989, Shen Tong was an organizer of the democracy movement in 1989 that occupied Tiananmen Square while he was at Beijing University.  After his exile to the US, he finished his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, and went on to study in PhD programs at Boston University and Harvard University.  Mr. Shen became an entrepreneur in the 1990s, founding or cofounding B&B Media and VFinity, among other ventures, in the past two decades.
 
Founded on the belief that the future of food is now, FOOD-X is on a mission to scale change throughout our food system.  This first-of-its-kind, food-business accelerator empowers early-stage food companies through funding, opportunity, and a deep mentor network of food and business experts.  FOOD-X is the food arm of SOSventures, a global accelerator network that includes eight accelerators and a mentor network of 170 people.  FOOD-X is backed by an Evergreen fund, which allows the mission-driven venture to measure its success using long-term, social-impact benchmarks, such as improved access to healthful foods and behavior change, as opposed to the more common metrics within the accelerator community: acquisitions, quick exits, and single-bottom lines.
 
Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
@GAINExecDir
Marc Van Ameringen is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Under his leadership, GAIN has become a leading player globally in the efforts to end hunger and malnutrition.  GAIN programs are today improving the lives of over 800 million people, more than half of which are women and children.  In 2014, Marc was awarded the World Food Program’s “Hunger Hero Award” and in 2010 he received the Visionary Award from Hellen Keller International.
 
Marc is a member of the GSK / Save the Children R&D Advisory Board and the Nutrition Advisory Board of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He has served on the Lancet Nutrition Series Advisory Committee and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on US Commitment to Global Health.  In 2009, he was nominated Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Nutrition.
 
Sunny George Verghese,  Cofounder, Group Managing Director and CEO, Olam International
Sunny George Verghese is the cofounder, Group Managing Director and CEO of Olam International Limited and is responsible for the strategic planning, business development and overall management of the Olam group of companies worldwide.  Olam is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and ranks amongst the top 40 companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalization. In 25 years, Sunny and his team have built the business to S$19.4 billion in Sales Revenues for FY2014.  Today, Olam operates in 65 countries, delivering 44 products to more than 13,600 customers in 70 destination markets, and employs around 25,000 people worldwide.
 
Sunny is presently the Chairman of the Board of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), Singapore, and served as the Chairman of the Board of International Enterprise, Singapore from 2008 to 2013.  Sunny also served on the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and on the Main Economic Review Committee (ERC), set up by the Singapore Government to develop a long term economic blueprint for Singapore.
 
Sunny was awarded the Best Chief Executive for large cap companies in the Singapore Corporate Awards (SCA) in July 2011.  He was also voted Best Executive in Singapore for 2006 and 2010 in the AsiaMoney Awards.  Sunny was named ‘Outstanding Chief Executive for 2006’ in the 2007 Singapore Business Awards (SBA) and Singapore’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.  Sunny was conferred The Public Service Medal by the Government of Singapore in August 2010.
 
Sunny holds a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School.  Sunny was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by IIMA in its Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2011.
 
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture
@USDA
Tom Vilsack serves as the Nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture.  As leader of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack is working hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America.  In six years at the Department, Vilsack has worked to implement President Obama's agenda to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last.  USDA has supported America's farmers, ranchers and growers who are driving the rural economy forward, provided food assistance to millions of Americans, carried out record conservation efforts, made record investments in our rural communities and helped provide a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for the American people.  Prior to his appointment, Vilsack served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
 
Patrick Webb, MD, McFarlane Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; Policy and Evidence Adviser, Global Panel on Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition; Director, USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab – Asia 
@DrPatrickWebb
Patrick Webb is a Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.  He is engaged in research around the globe as Director for USAID’s Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab (fieldwork ongoing in Nepal, Uganda, Malawi, Bangladesh, Egypt and Cambodia), and leads the US government’s Food Aid Quality Review (cost-effectiveness trials in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Malawi).  Until 2005, he worked for the UN World Food Program as Chief of Nutrition.  During that time he was part of the MDG Hunger Task Force reporting to Secretary General Kofi Annan.  Earlier, Dr. Webb spent 9 years with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).  He has worked with ministerial level policymakers on food and agriculture policies and programming across Africa and Asia.  With a PhD in Economic Geography, Dr. Webb’s expertise lies in food policy analysis, nutrition programming, and emergency relief.