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Global Food Security Symposium 2011

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs held a symposium to review progress on the US government’s global food security strategy and provide critical thinking on how best to overcome potential obstacles to success. 
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May
24
Speakers
Bill Gates
Rajiv Shah
Tom Vilsack
Lael Brainard
Jason Clay
Wendy J. Chamberlin
Gordon Conway
Ertharin Cousin
Senator Thomas Daschle
Shenggen Fan
Kay Granger
Julie Howard
Mark Keenum
Namanga Ngongi
Chris Policinski
Ritu Sharma
Josette Sheeran
Robert L. Thompson
Connie Veillette
Ann Veneman
Joachim von Braun
General Charles F. Wald (Ret.)
Derek Yach
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Progress to Date and Strategies for Success 2011

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs convenes an annual symposium to review progress on the US government’s global food security strategy and provide critical thinking on how best to overcome potential obstacles to success.  

The 2011 Symposium: 

  • Evaluates progress to date on the US government’s approach to agricultural development and food security, both celebrating successes and identifying opportunities for further work; 
  • Discusses how long-term US public and private sector support for agricultural development can advance global security, stability, and economic prosperity; 
  • Offers constructive thinking on future implementation challenges.  
About the Speakers
Bill Gates
Cochair and Trustee, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill Gates, Cochair and Trustee, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rajiv Shah
President, Rockefeller Foundation
Rajiv Shah is the former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and is currently the president of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Tom Vilsack
Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
Headshot of Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack is the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture. He previously served in this role for eight years under President Barack Obama. Prior to returning to USDA, he served as president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council.
Headshot of Tom Vilsack
Lael Brainard
Member, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
Jason Clay
Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund
Jason Clay leads the Market Transformation work of WWF-US for agriculture. Dr. Clay invented Rainforest Marketing, one of the first fair-trade ecolabels in the US and has spent more than 30 years with human rights and environmental organizations, is National Geographic's first ever Food and Agriculture Fellow, and the winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability.
Wendy J. Chamberlin
President, Middle East Institute
Wendy J. Chamberlin, President, Middle East Institute
Gordon Conway
Professor, Imperial College, London
Sir Gordon Conway is a professor of international development at Imperial College, and director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant funded by the Gates Foundation. He was chief scientific adviser to the Department for International Development. Previously, he was president of The Rockefeller Foundation, vice-chancellor of the University of Sussex, and recently president of the Royal Geographical Society.
Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Ertharin Cousin
Ertharin Cousin served as executive director of the UN World Food Programme, where she led the world’s largest humanitarian organization, from 2012 to 2017 prior to joining the Council. She also previously served as US ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.
Council expert Ertharin Cousin
Senator Thomas Daschle
 Chair, Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century, DuPont
Thomas Daschle served as a United States senator from South Dakota from 1987 to 2005. A member of the Democratic Party, he became U.S. Senate Minority Leader in 1995 and later the Majority Leader in 2001. Currently, he's the  Chair of the Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century at DuPont.
Shenggen Fan
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
Shenggen Fan is the director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute, with expertise in transition economies and rural development in China.
Kay Granger
Chairwoman, US House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations
Kay Granger is a U.S. Representative from the state of Texas, serving the state's 12th congressional district. She is the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House.
Julie Howard
Deputy Coordinator for Development, Feed the Future Initiative
Julie Howard is the deputy coordinator for development at the Feed the Future Initiative—the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative
Mark Keenum
President, Mississippi State University
Mark E. Keenum is an agricultural economist and president of Mississippi State University. Previously, he served as the US Department of Agriculture Under Secretary (2006-2008) and oversaw the Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, and Foreign Agricultural Service. He also served as Legislative Assistant and Chief of Staff for US Senator Thad Cochran, where he worked on agricultural issues including the 1990, 1996, and 2002 Farm Bills.
Namanga Ngongi
President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Namanga Ngongi is the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, a farmer-centered, African-led, and partnerships-driven institution. He also the former deputy executive director of the World Food Program (WFP).
Chris Policinski
President and CEO, Land O’ Lakes
Ritu Sharma
Cofounder and President, Women Thrive Worldwide
Josette Sheeran
Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Robert L. Thompson
Robert L. Thompson is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, where he held the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy. He is also a nonresident senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a senior fellow on global food and agriculture at the Council. Previously, Thompson also served as director of rural development at the World Bank.
Council expert Robert L. Thompson
Connie Veillette
Director, Rethinking US Foreign Assistance, Center for Global Development
Ann Veneman
Former Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.
Ann M. Veneman served as the executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010, and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. Veneman currently serves on the boards of directors for Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Nestlé SA. She is also a board member for the National 4-H Council and the Global Innovative Health Technology Fund, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Trilateral Commission.
Joachim von Braun
Director, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn
General Charles F. Wald (Ret.)
Director and Senior Advisor, Aerospace & Defense Industry, Deloitte Services LP
Derek Yach
Executive Director, The Vitality Group
Dr. Derek Yach is executive director of the Vitality Group, where he leads the Vitality Institute for Health Promotion. Previously, he served as senior vice president of global health and agriculture policy at PepsiCo, head of global health at the Rockefeller Foundation, and executive director for noncommunicable diseases and mental health at the World Health Organization. He also established the South African Medical Research Council’s Centre for Epidemiological Research.