Over 300 international speakers from Heads of States, Government and Business.
Linah K Mohohlo
Former Governor of the Bank of Botswana
Linah K Mohohlo, a national of Botswana, was the Governor of the Bank of Botswana for a period of 17 years to 2016, following a 23-year career with the Bank, during which she served in a number of operational and policy areas. She has also worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the Special Appointee programme and, in her capacity as Governor of the IMF for Botswana, she has been a member of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, representing the Africa Group 1 Constituency. Ms Mohohlo has been a member of, among others, Commission for Africa, Africa Progress Panel, Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, and has chaired the UN High Level Panel on Recosting as well as the 2011 World Economic Forum for Africa. She is a board member of AGRA, Investment Committee of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund and is Chancellor of the University of Botswana. She is a recipient of a number of awards, among which is Botswana’s highest public service award for efficient and devoted service (The Presidential Order of Honour).
Ms Mohohlo is currently Coordinator of the Economic Revitalization Programme of the Selebi-Phikwe Region, the fortunes of which were negatively affected by the closure of its lifeline, copper and nickel mining.
Dr. Holger A. Kray
Head of the World Bank’s Africa Agricultural Policy Unit
Dr. Holger A. Kray is Lead Agricultural Economist for Africa in the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice and Head of the World Bank’s Africa Agricultural Policy Unit, a unit that carries out and oversees economic and other policy work related to agriculture for development in the region.
Holger is an agricultural economist with expertise in agricultural policy and rural strategy reform, climate-smart and sustainable agriculture and public sector management. He has working experience in Africa, Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has worked extensively on agri-food transformation and rural development policy matters. Before joining the World Bank, he worked as Senior Financial Sector Consultant for an international management consulting firm, mainly in the areas of change management and institutional reforms, and led a consulting firm working with international organizations such as the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), European Commission (EC) and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kiel University, Germany.
Executive Director of the Global Growth & Opportunity Division and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rodger Voorhies is the Executive Director of the Global Growth & Opportunity Division and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reporting to the CEO. Rodger overseas the Agricultural Development, Financial Services for the Poor, Gender, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs within the foundation with approximately $700 million in annual grant payout and program related investments. In this role, Rodger leads the foundation’s efforts to combine policy change with science, technology and business model innovation to:
Alleviate hunger and poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way;
Make high quality digital financial services widely accessible to hundreds of millions of people living in the poorest parts of the world;
Promote sustainable approaches to gender equality and the economic empowerment of women and girls; and
Bring groundbreaking innovations in sanitation technology and new ways to deliver sanitation products and services to people in the developing world.
Prior to his current role, Rodger was director of the foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor program where he refocused the strategy to harness digital platforms and infrastructure to radically lower the cost of reaching lower-income households.
Before joining the foundation, Rodger worked and lived in emerging markets for nearly 20 years (Poland, Zambia, Malawi and Serbia). In sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe, he established and grew successful, fully licensed microfinance banks with client-driven organizational cultures that delivered innovative financial services to SMEs, farmers, poor households and communities. He was CEO of Opportunity Bank of Serbia, where he managed the bank through a successful turnaround, using data analytics to reach smallholder farmers. He founded Opportunity Bank of Malawi, the first commercial microfinance bank in Malawi and grew it to become one of the largest providers of financial services in the country using alternative delivery channels (e.g., biometric smart cards, mobile banking). Prior to being sold, nearly one out of every five Malawi families had a relationship with the bank.
Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence
Sara Menker is founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, a technology company that is bridging data gaps across the global agriculture sector, empowering decision makers and creating a more informed, connected, efficient and productive global agriculture industry.
Prior to founding Gro, Menker was a vice president in Morgan Stanley’s commodities group. She began her career in commodities risk management, where she covered all commodity markets, and she subsequently moved to trading, where she managed a trading portfolio.
Menker is a trustee of the Mandela Institute For Development Studies (MINDS) and a trustee of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). She was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute.
Menker received a B.A. in Economics and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Daniel is a seasoned development finance professional with more than 25 years-experience of global senior leadership in private sector enterprise development, partnership and resource mobilization, management consulting, manufacturing, logistics and oil & gas across Africa. He also has significant prior operations experience at the African Development Bank Group. Prior to AECF, Daniel was the CEO of an SME funding micro-finance entity focused on deepening financial inclusion. His diverse experience cuts across both the public and private sector, with strong interest in SME development. He has lived in West, East, North and Southern Africa. He is a mechanical engineer and holds an M.B.A. in strategic management and an MSc in finance.
Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009.
Dr. Fan joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI’s program on public investment before becoming the director of the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005.
He is one of the Champions of Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward cutting global food loss and waste. He serves as a member of the Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. He serves as advisor to many national governments (including China and Vietnam) on agriculture, food security and nutrition.
In 2017, Dr. Fan received the 2017 Fudan Management Excellence Award. The award is referred to in China as the “Nobel Prize for Management.” This highly prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of management.
In 2014, Dr. Fan received the Hunger Hero Award from the World Food Programme in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting hunger worldwide.
Dr. Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.
Ambassador Ertharin Cousin
Ertharin Cousin, the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a Distinguished Fellow in FSI’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). Cousin was chosen as the Payne Distinguished Lecturer for her international reputation as a leader, with an emphasis on visionary thinking, practical problem solving, and the capacity to articulate clearly an important perspective on the global political and social situation. Cousin also serves the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a Distinguished Global Fellow. Cousin possesses more than thirty years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience. From 2009 until 2017 Cousin led the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as the twelfth Executive Director (ED). As WFP ED Cousin guided the world’s largest humanitarian organization with 14,000 staff serving 80 million beneficiaries in 75 countries meeting urgent food needs; while, championing and serving as a global advocate for longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger. Cousin maintains relationships with Global government, business and community leaders. She has published numerous articles regarding agriculture development, food security and nutrition. In 2009, Cousin was nominated by then President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. In this role Cousin served as the U.S. Representative for all food, agriculture and nutrition related issues. Cousin regularly represented U.S. interest in global leader discussions, regarding humanitarian and development activities. Cousin helped identify and catalyze US government investment in food security and nutrition activities supported by the USAID Feed the Future program. Cousin convened foreign media tours resulting in millions of conventional as well social media impressions, highlighting U.S. program investments delivering results for otherwise vulnerable, hungry people. Prior to her global hunger work, Cousin helped lead the U.S. domestic fight to end hunger while serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of America’s Second Harvest-now Feeding America. In this role Cousin led the operations, budgeting and expenditures as well as the human resources, IT and training activities of this national confederation of 200 foodbanks across America serving over 50,000,000 meals per year. In this role, Cousin mobilized an unprecedented fundraising, volunteer mobilization and media campaign in support of the organization’s successful Hurricane Katrina operational response. Previously, Cousin served as Senior Vice President for Albertson’s Foods. As a Corporate reporting officer, Cousin served as the Albertson lead for community relations, customer relations, legislative and regulatory affairs, industry and external relations including communications serving as the Company’s chief spokesperson. While serving at Albertson she was appointed by the U.S. President to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development where she helped oversee U.S. government agriculture research investments worldwide. Before Albertsons, Cousin also served in government as the White House Liaison to the State Department. She received the Department’s Meritorious Service award for her work expeditiously and successfully addressing foreign policy issues which arose when the U.S. hosted the Atlanta Olympics. A Chicago native, Cousin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago; the University of Georgia Law School and the University of Chicago Executive Management Finance for Non-Financial Executives program. Cousin has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from Universities around the globe. She has been listed numerous times on the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List, as the Fortune Most Powerful Woman in Food and Drink, on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list, and as one of the 500 Most Powerful People on the Planet by Foreign Policy magazine.
Co-Founder, and CEO, of Twiga
Grant Brooke is co-Founder, and CEO, of Twiga. Twiga is a mobile based B2B platform for small and medium size vendors to purchase stock from, and farmers to list their products. Twiga is currently Kenya’s largest seller of bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, and other staple commodities. Since its founding in 2014, Twiga has grown serve 8,000 outlets a week, employ over 400 staff, and source from farmers with collection sites in 20 Kenyan counties. Twiga’s work has been highlighted in the Financial Times, BBC, CNN, and Bloomberg. In 2018, Twiga was recognized as Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Africa and the Africa CEO Forum’s Most Promising Company.
Prof. John W. Mellor
Cornell University and President of John Mellor Associates
He is currently Professor Emeritus, Cornell University and President of John Mellor Associates, Inc. a policy consulting firm. Prior to that he was founding Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Chief Economist of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Washington,) and Vice-President of Abt Associates. At Cornell University he is now Professor Emeritus, and was Professor of Agricultural Economics, Economics, and Asian Studies, Director of the Comparative Economics Program and Associate Director and Acting Director of the Center for International Studies. He received degrees from Cornell University and Oxford University. He was the recipient of the Wihuri Prize (Finland) and the Presidential Award (The Reagan White House, USA) for efforts to alleviate hunger in the World and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He is the recipient of numerous awards for the quality of his research, the author and co-author of ten books, and hundreds of journal articles and conference papers (largely on economic and agricultural development.)
Director for International Relations at DG Agriculture in the European Commission
John Clarke is the Director for International Relations at DG Agriculture in the European Commission. He was previously Head of the EU Delegation to the WTO and the UN in Geneva. He joined the European Commission in 1993 as a trade negotiator. From 1983 to 1993 John Clarke was an official of the Hong Kong Government, working in the team responsible for raising HK’s standard of living and bringing it to developed country status by the late 1980’s.
Vice President Country Support and Delivery, AGRA
Vanessa Adams, Vice President Country Support and Delivery at AGRA, is a proven leader with strong private sector, investment facilitation and project management experience. Ms. Adams has 25 years of progressive experience working in 42 countries, integrating over twelve agricultural and consumer goods value chains into regional and global markets. Previously, she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for DAI. Prior to that, she worked in West Africa as the regional Export Business Development Director, Trade and Investment Director, and ultimately the Chief of Party (Regional Director) on the USAID West Africa Trade Hub program, Chief of Party in Ethiopia on the USAID flagship Agricultural Growth Program–Agribusiness and Market Development Program, and COP of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, managing large multi-cultural teams and budgets. She contributed to founding three pan-African nongovernmental organizations, including the African Cashew Alliance, Borderless Alliance, and Global Shea Alliance, as well as initiating the Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network in Ethiopia and has brokered numerous partnerships with African small and mid-size companies as well as Fortune 500 companies in win-win sustainable frameworks resulting in over half a billion dollars in exports from and investments in in Africa. Vanessa holds an executive MBA from INSEAD.
Frank N. J. Braeken
Frank N. J. Braeken graduated with a degree in Law and holds an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Leuven (Belgium). He is an alumnus of the Wharton Executive Program, Penn University (Philadelphia / USA). In his professional career, he specialized in finance and in general management. From 1996 to 2013, he held various management functions in different countries for Unilever, including a position as Regional President of Unilever China (Shanghai), Regional President of Unilever Namca (Dubai), Regional President of Unilever Africa (Dubai / Durban). Subsequent to leaving Unilever, Frank has acted as investment advisor for large scale agro and food enterprises on the African continent and established his own commercial farming operation in Uganda. He is a member of the board of Swiss engineering group Buhler, Zambia based agro business Zambeef, Agra (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) , Marie Stopes International and myAgro. In 2016 he was elected Chairman of the Board of Feronia Inc., a Toronto listed palm oil producer on the African continent.
Ms Margarita Astralaga
Director Environment Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division/IFAD
Margarita Astrálaga is the Director of the Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division and joined IFAD in 2015.
She is a Colombian biologist, specialized in environmental management from the Danish Water Institute, with a Masters in Regional Development Planning.
She has more than two decades of experience in the environment and sustainable development sector, including a wide-range of responsibilities, at the national and international levels.
The first part of her career was devoted to the Colombian Environmental Agency and after that she has worked with several international organizations on sustainable development and environmental sustainability in several continents.
Chief Operating Officer, Rwanda Development Board
Clare Akamanzi, Chief Operating Officer, Rwanda Development Board, previously served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Business Operations and Services at the RDB. She also served as the Deputy Director General at the Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA) from 2006-2008. In addition, she has been a commercial diplomat in London and a trade negotiator in Geneva for the Government of Rwanda at the World Trade Organization. Clare Akamanzi is also an experienced international trade and investment lawyer.
Member of the CPC Leading Group of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
Wu Hongyao, male, born in 1964, is currently Member of the CPC Leading Group of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. He has long been engaged in the research on China’s agricultural and rural policies, and worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, the General Office of the State Council and the Office of the Central Rural Work Leading Group prior to his current post.
Dr. Belay Begashaw
Director General, The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A)
Prior to being appointed as Director General to the SDGC/A, Dr. Begashaw was the founding Director of the Columbia Global Centers for Africa. He joined Columbia University, Earth Institute (EI), in January 2009, where he served as Senior Agriculture Policy Specialist and Director of MDG center for Eastern and Southern Africa. He also has served as the Associate Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center of the EI.
Dr. Begashaw has over 20 years of experience in agriculture extension and rural development, ranging from a grass-roots development agent to the Minister of Agriculture for Ethiopia.
In the past ten years, Dr. Begashaw has done extensive consulting and advisory work to several public and international organizations in the area of food security, poverty reduction and investment, climate change and resilience building, development finance and governance.
Dr. Begashaw earned his MPA degree from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, M.Sc. from University of Reading and a B.Sc. from Addis Ababa University, Almay College of Agriculture. He also holds a Ph.D. in agricultural policy from Texas A&M University where he was a Borlaug Fellow.
Executive Director, External Relations at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Awo Ablo is Executive Director, External Relations at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Over he career, Awo has worked in the not-for-profit, media and private sectors, with a predominant focus on development as it relates to: health; human rights; governance; media; security.
Previous senior positions have included: Director, External Relations at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a UN collaborating partner, and Director of Business Development at the BBC World Service Trust (now BBC Media Action). Awo held previous roles at the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (a multidisciplinary ‘think and do tank’), Saferworld (an arms and security think-tank), the Royal Geographic Society, and at John Wiley & Sons (academic publishers). She has also contributed as a member of advisory groups and committees, such as the Chatham House Global Health Working Group, and chaired debates at industry, development and media events globally.
Awo has an MA from SOAS, London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Kent, Canterbury. She holds dual Ghanaian and UK citizenship. She feeds her curiosity by voraciously consuming various podcasts
Mr Aliyu A. Abdulhameed
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL)
Mr Aliyu A. Abdulhameed was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) in December 2015.
Prior to his appointment as the MD/CEO, Mr Abdulhameed worked as a pioneer Executive Management Team member of NIRSAL in the NIRSAL Project Implementation Office in the Central Bank of Nigeria.
In a career spanning 25 years, Abdulhameed has worked in various organizations key amongst which is Kewalrams/Chanrai-AFCOTT Group, acquiring deep and hands-on experience in key sub-sectors of the emerging African agricultural economy with special focus on Nigeria.
Through a blend of technical competence, results-focused leadership and passionate advocacy, Abdulhameed has laid a strong foundation for realizing NIRSAL’s vision of transforming the Agriculture sector through de-risking the Agricultural Value Chains to enable the flow of finance and investments to agricultural value chain actors.
Mr Abdulhameed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with specialization in Public Policy from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) with a dissertation on the organic link between food security and national security.
He also holds an Executive Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Project Management College (UK).
Dr Alex Ariho
CEO of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)
Dr Alex Ariho is the CEO of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) that operates in 55 African countries. He holds a PhD in Development Management and specialised in agribusiness value chain development. Alex is global expert in business incubation and business modelling for job and employment creation with special focus on youth, women and start-ups in agribusiness.
Alex Ariho is a World CSR winner of Africa Green Leadership Award 2017. He has worked and served as an international consultant/Adviser /Expert Panel member with World Bank Group, African Development Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and African Union among others on agriculture and agribusiness incubation for job and employment opportunities creation.
Alex is the lead development expert for African Agribusiness Incubation Program (AAIP), Agribusiness Incubation Fund (AAIF), African Agribusiness Incubators Network, Excel Hort Consult Ltd and both institutions and programme now operate at global level.
Before AAIN, Alex worked with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) as UniBRAIN facility coordinator responsible for technology commercialisation and business incubation in Africa He has worked as Chief Executive officer and President of Excel Hort Consult ltd. Alex has worked with International Development, Private Sector and Research Organisations in senior managerial positions some include WWF/Nature Uganda, ICRAF, and UNDP -African 2000 Network.
Alex has published academically and produced several agribusiness incubation models and handbooks. Alex is visiting lecturer in international Universities in Africa, USA, China and Europe .He is Founding Member of Agribusiness Value Chain Development Network, Afri Banana Products Limited, International Centre for skills and Talent Development and Sponsor Ariho cup and founding member Africa Women Incubation and Innovation Hub.
Dr. Anna-Marie Ball
Chief of Staff and Director, External Affairs
In her role as Chief of Staff and Director of External Affairs, Dr. Ball provides a wealth of experience in research, leadership, and the design and implementation of intervention programs. She has previously worked and lived in rural Africa for over 30 years, gaining experience in various sectors, including reproductive health (HIV/AIDS), water and sanitation (WASH), and agriculture-nutrition (biofortification) while leading large, multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams. Dr. Ball has been with HarvestPlus since 2006, serving in various roles including Uganda Country Manager and Head of Strategic Alliances in Africa. Currently based in Washington, DC, USA, she is the interim Chief of Staff and takes the lead on the oversight of communications, advocacy, donor relations, and partnerships.
Dr. Ball has received numerous awards for her research, including: IDRC Young Canadian Researcher’s Award, Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. Award for Population-Based Research, and the International Outreach Research Award. She has also been awarded several fellowships and scholarships, including the NHRDP Fellowship, Manitoba Health Research Council Fellowship, University of Manitoba Fellowship, University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship, and the Herbert F. Crown Award.
She holds a PhD in Community Health Services from the University of Manitoba, a Master in International Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph, and a BSc in Biology (Honors) from Queen’s University (Canada).
Mrs. Cristina Duarte
Mrs. Cristina Duarte has 32 years of professional experience, most of which is in leadership and senior management positions in government and in the private sector. She served Cape Verde as Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration from 2006 to 2016. Prior to that, she was the Director of a reform program on private sector development and competitiveness. In the private sector, she rose to become Vice President, Country Corporate Officer and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking of Citibank, Angola. Over her long career, she has developed strong leadership and strategic management skills, played an instrumental role in public policy making and in the private sector. Mrs. Duarte is committed to public service. She was the only female candidate in the 2015 election for the Presidency of the African Development Bank. She used this opportunity to present her vision for Africa’s transformation. She has an abiding interest in issues of governance, private sector development, and particular competence in international negotiations, strategic and scenarios planning, development policy and management, and institution building.
As Minister of Finance and Planning, she implemented a transformational agenda of the public finance management system in Cabo Verde, which has become a reference in Africa when in 2013 Cabo Verde won “All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards”. Mrs. Duarte has been extensively engaged in visioning and strategic planning exercises throughout her career.
Dr. Bashir A. Jama
Lead Specialist on food security and sustainable developments at the Islamic Development Bank
Dr. Bashir A. Jamais a lead specialist on food security and sustainable developments at the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Before joining the bank nearly years ago, Dr. Jama worked with several organizations: the Alliance for a Green Revolution; the United Nations Development Program, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) – one of the 16 Consultative Group of International Agricultural Centres, and Ministry of Energy of Kenya. Dr. Jama has conducted research on and published extensively on innovations for enhancing food security,onfertilizer, integrated soil fertility and water management technologies under smallholder low-input systems in sub-Sahara Africa. He has also published on strategies for drylands resource management and conservation. Additionally, Dr. Jama has supervised many graduate students on these areas and is also consulted widely on themby both research and development agencies.
Executive Director of Start-Up Nation Central
Wendy Singer has served as Executive Director of Start-Up Nation Central since its founding in 2013.
She worked with the US-based funders to build the infrastructure and professional team in Israel, and to launch its initial activities – connecting Israel’s innovation ecosystem with government and business leaders around the world. Today she heads SNC’s Jerusalem operation and manages its engagements with foreign government leaders.
Before joining SNC, Wendy concluded a 23-year career at AIPAC. She was Director of AIPAC’s Israel Office for sixteen years. In that role, she and her team curated educational seminars in Israel for several dozen senior US lawmakers and political leaders annually. Wendy maintained relationships with Israeli ministers and senior government leaders, members of the opposition, and a wide range of MKs, in addition to US diplomats, and Palestinian officials. She reported to AIPAC-Washington on policy, security and political developments in Israel.
Prior to emigrating to Israel, Wendy served as a registered AIPAC lobbyist on Capitol Hill, where she was the lead contact for 20 Senators and 70 House Members. She also served as a staff aide for three Members of Congress, focusing on foreign policy issues.
Prof. Joachim von Braun
Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University
Prof. Joachim von Braun is an agricultural economist from Germany. He is Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change. von Braun’s main research areas are in economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, food and nutrition security, science and technology policy. He is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican, member of the Board of AGRA; He is co-chair of the Malabo-Montpellier Panel on Food and Agriculture Policy in Africa, Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences; chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the Federal German Government; Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe” (WHH). He was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. from 2002 to 2009.