Advisory Committee Bios

Fazle Hasan Abed
Founder & Chairperson

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed is the founder and chairperson of BRAC. After Bangladesh’s war for independence, he established BRAC to rehabilitate returning refugees in a remote area in northeastern Bangladesh. Under his leadership, within four decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organization in the world. Sir Fazle has received numerous awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award, the Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award, and Gates Award for Global Health. In 2010, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by the British crown. He is a founding member of Ashoka’s Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and was appointed in 2010 by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Eminent Persons Group for the Least Developed Countries. Sir Fazle was educated in both Dhaka and Glasgow Universities.

Aly Abou-Sabaa
Sector Operations Vice President, Governance, Agriculture and Human Development
African Development Bank

Mr. Aly Abou-Sabaa is the vice president of the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Sector Operation (OSVP), in charge of Governance, Agriculture and Human Development. Prior to this position, he was director and chairman of the Climate Change Coordination Committee (CCCC). In that capacity, he managed climate change-related work across the Bank, including advocacy efforts in major Global forums on Climate Change and Green Development. He has also worked as the AfDB’s director of Agriculture and Agro industry Development, manager of the Agriculture Division of North Africa, and manager for the Central and West Africa Agriculture Division. Before joining the AfDB in 1992, he held several managerial as well as professional positions in Egypt and the USA, including manager of the Engineering Division of Agriculture, Engineering and Commerce (AGRENCO) and resident engineer with Engineering Consulting Group and CH2HILL JV Group. He holds a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alexandria in Egypt

Akinwumi Adesina
Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for the Government of Nigeria. He is a distinguished agricultural development expert with experience in leading successful agricultural programs across Africa. Prior to his ministerial appointment, he was the vice president of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); principal economist for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture;associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation; and president of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. Dr. Adesina was also appointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon as one of the 17 global leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals. He has received many awards for his work, including the YARA prize for his leadership in pioneering innovative approaches for improving farmers' access to agricultural inputs in Africa. He received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ife and his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.

Lystra Antoine
Director for Agricultural Development
DuPont Pioneer

Ms. Lystra N. Antoine is Global Director, Agriculture Development with DuPont Pioneer.  Her top priorities are to: (1) develop DuPont Pioneer’s strategy for sustainable agriculture development, (2) lead agriculture development initiatives, including the creation of strategic partnerships to sustainably increase farmer productivity and improve DuPont Pioneer’s competitive context in markets, and (3) represent DuPont Pioneer as an advocate for enabling agricultural development policies particularly in emerging economies.  Prior to joining DuPont Pioneer at the end of April 2012, she spent over 16 years at the World Bank.  She holds an MBA from SUNY Buffalo, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Tom Arnold
Special Representative for Hunger, Concern Worldwide
Director General, Institute of International and European Affairs

Mr. Tom Arnold is the Special Representative for Hunger for Concern Worldwide and the Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs. He served as CEO of Concern Worldwide from 2001 to 2013. He was previously assistant secretary general and chief economist in the Department of Agriculture and Food in Ireland; chairman of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Committee for Agriculture; and served on the UN Millennium Project’s Hunger Task Force. Mr. Arnold has also worked for the European Commission for 10 years, three of which were in Africa, and served as a governor and director of the Irish Times, Ireland’s leading newspaper. He currently serves as the chair of the Convention on the Irish Constitution. Mr. Arnold is a graduate in Agricultural Economics from University College Dublin, and has master’s degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain and Trinity College Dublin.


Christopher Barrett
Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University

Dr. Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Dr. Barrett teaches and conducts research in the areas of international development, environmental and resource economics, international trade, markets and price analysis, agricultural production and distribution, and applied econometrics, subjects on which he has published more than 125 journal articles, books, and book chapters. He is the editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, an associate editor of Environment and Development Economics and the Journal of African Economies and World Development, co-director of the Cornell African Food Security and Natural Resources Management Program, and the former president of the Association of Christian Economists. Dr. Barrett received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, master’s degree from the University of Oxford, and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Catherine Bertini
Senior Fellow
Cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative
Chair, Girls in Rural Economies

Ms. Catherine Bertini is a senior fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She serves as cochair of the Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative and chair of its Girls in Rural Economies project. Ms. Bertini is also a professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University. She previously served as UN under secretary-general for Management, UN security coordinator, and as executive director of the UN World Food Programme, the world's largest international humanitarian agency, where she was credited with assisting hundreds of millions of victims of wars and natural disasters around the world. Ms. Bertini is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate and serves on the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security for the UN's Committee on World Food Security & Nutrition. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the State University of New York at Albany.


Paula Chalinder
Head of Profession, Livelihoods

Ms. Paula Chalinder heads the profession of Livelihoods Advisors in DFID, leading on professional and technical excellence in policy development and programming practice in professional areas related to rural livelihoods. She has twenty years’ experience with DFID, working in sub-Saharan Africa and with teams in Asia as a Senior Adviser, responsible for country strategy and portfolios of large programs in trans-boundary water, land reform, forestry and environmental management, food security, climate change whilst developing donor harmonization and managing relationships with partners. She was formerly a Research Associate with the International Institute for Environment and Development; worked as a community development volunteer with a rural community in southern Africa and with the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Shenggen Fan
Ex Officio
Director General
International Food Policy Research Institute

Dr. Shenggen Fan 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 the chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security and is and has been a member of editorial boards for a number of journals, such as Journal of Chinese Rural Economy, Review of Agricultural Economics, and Food Policy. In 2012, he was recognized as a Fellow by the International Academy of Food Science and Technology for his contributions to food science and technology. 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.

Ato Newai Gebre-ab

Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister and Executive Director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI)

Ato Newai Gebre-ab has been an economic adviser to the President of Ethiopia since 1991 and director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute since 2000. During the 1960s and early 1970s he worked at the Development Bank of Ethiopia and the Planning Commission. He then served as a consultant in the United Kingdom, as well as a staff member or consultant for various United Nations organizations. He returned to Ethiopia in December 1991. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Haile Selassie University, Addis Ababa, and his B.Litt. degree in economics from Oxford University.

Marion Guillou
Chair of the Governing Board of Agreenium

Dr. Marion Guillou is Chair of the Governing Board of Agreenium. Prior to this, she served as CEO and director general of INRA and director general of Food and Nutrition at the French Ministry of Agriculture. Dr. Guillou is a member of the CGIAR Consortium Board and chairs the Governing Board of the Joint Programming Initiative “Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change” and the board of Ecole Polytechnique. Dr. Guillou holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from Ecole Polytechnique and is a general engineer from the French Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering. She is a member of the French Academy of Agriculture.


Michael Hailu
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)


Jeff Hill
Director for Policy
USAID Bureau for Food Security

Mr. Jeff Hill has many years of experience in African agricultural development and currently serves in USAID's Bureau for Food Security (BFS). He started his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone and later served as Associate Peace Corps Director in that country. Prior to USAID, he worked for the World Bank for 10 years in Tanzania and Nigeria. At USAID he has been a team leader for a number of agriculture and food security initiatives for the Africa Bureau and now for BFS. He presently works on Feed the Future initiatives, and prior to that worked on many programs that promoted agricultural growth and built on African-led partnerships to cut hunger and poverty. He has designed, led, and managed a variety of teams on research, private sector development, trade, capacity building and policy. He holds a BS from Weber State University in Utah in public administration and an MS from UC Davis in agricultural economics and agronomy.

Agnes Kalibata
Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources
Government of Rwanda

Dr. Agnes Kalibata is the minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources for the Government of Rwanda. She previously served as permanent secretary in the same ministry, and as a scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. She serves on the boards of the International Fertilizer Development Center and the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry. Dr. Kalibata received her B.Sc and M.Sc from Makerere University, and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Henock Kifle
Senior Adviser to the President
International Fund for Agricultural Development


Sergey Kiselev
Director, Eurasian Center for Food Security
Moscow State University

Dr. Sergey Kiselev is the director of the Eurasian Center for Food Security and professor at Moscow State University. He also serves as advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. Previously, he managed and coordinated projects as a Secretary of State at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and led several teams and ministerial groups in the preparation of legislative acts, formulating laws, regulation and undertaking amendments to existing laws. He was also responsible for the coordination of ministerial work with the State Duma and the Council of Federation between 1997 and 2001. Dr. Kiselev is a member of a variety of professional bodies and has published a number of articles and papers. He graduated from the Moscow State University with a PhD in Economics.

John Agyekum Kufuor
Former President
Republic of Ghana

His Excellency John Kufuor was the president of the Republic of Ghana from 2001-2009. During his presidency, he served as chairperson of the African Union. He was chairman of the Economic Community of West African States for two terms and oversaw the successful negotiations that brought peace and major post-war reconstruction to Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and Liberia. Since leaving office, he has assumed the presidency of the Alliance for Africa working in the health and education sectors on the continent, and has been serving as World Food Programme Ambassador of the UN against Hunger. He serves on the boards of the Netherlands Development Cooperation, Brenthurst Foundation of South Africa, and Leon Sullivan Foundation in the United States. He was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London, and studied at the University of Oxford, where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.

David M. Malone
United Nations University

Dr. David M. Malone is the sixth rector of the United Nations University, holding the rank of under-secretary-general of the United Nations. He previously served as president of Canada’s International Development Research Centre; ambassador and deputy permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations; director general of the Policy, International Organizations and Global Issues Bureaus within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; and president of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute). Dr. Malone has published extensively on peace and security issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales, a master’s in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University.


Bonnie McClafferty
Director, Agriculture and Nutrition

Ms. Bonnie McClafferty is the director of Agriculture and Nutrition at GAIN. She has over 20 years of experience working within CGIAR. Prior to joining GAIN, she headed the HarvestPlus office on Development and Communications, where she brought together agriculture and nutrition scientists and development specialists to breed and test nutrient-rich varieties of staple crops. She also led the communications work for the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division of IFPRI where she was responsible for programmatic and communication and advocacy work that linked food security research with nutrition outcomes. She currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of Helen Keller International, is a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SASHA) and is a board member of the NGO StepUp (Sao Tome and Principe Union for Promotion). She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Agronomy from Cornell University and master’s degrees in Public Policy and Public Administration from the University of Virginia.


Peter McPherson
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

Mr. Peter McPherson is the president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the oldest higher education association in the United States comprised of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. Mr. McPherson is the former chair of the Board of Directors of Dow Jones and Company, the founding co-chair of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa; and chair of the Boards of both IFDC and HarvestPlus. Prior to joining APLU, he was president of Michigan State University; deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury, serving as one of the principal negotiators for the Canadian Free Trade Agreement; administrator of USAID; and special assistant to President Gerald Ford in the White House. Mr. McPherson has been honored with many awards including the U.S. Presidential Certificate of Outstanding Achievement and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Leadership Award. He received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, an MBA from Western Michigan University, and a JD from American University.


Steven Were Omamo
Director, Policy Program
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa


Martin Piñeiro
Grupo Consultores en Economia y Organizacion

Dr. Martin Piñeiro is the director of Grupo CEO, chair of the Committee on Agriculture of the Argentine Council of International Relations and Special Advicer on Strategic Planning to FAOs Director General. He was director of the Postgraduate Program on Agricultural Economics at the INTA-University of Buenos Aires and University of La Plata. He has held various positions in the Argentine government, including undersecretary for agriculture. From 1986-1994 he was the director general of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) and from 1994-2000, he was the chairman of the board at IFPRI. He also served as a board member at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) and the Centro Internacioanla para la Agricultura Tropiical (CIAT). He has been active in consulting with the World Bank, IDB, FAO, IFAD, the Inter-American Foundation, CGIAR, the Ford Foundation, and others. He has published 8 books and over 70 articles on development, agricultural policy, economic integration, and organization of research and institutional development. Dr. Piñeiro holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of California.


Prabhu Pingali
Professor and Founding Director
Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative, Cornell University

Dr. Prabhu Pingali is professor in Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the founding director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative. Prior to joining Cornell in June 2013, he served as deputy director of the Agriculture Development Division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has three decades of experience analyzing global food, agriculture and development policy and was director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN. He has served as director of the Economics Program at CIMMYT; agricultural economist at the International Rice Research Institute; and economist within the World Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department. Dr. Pingali has authored ten books and over 100 referred journal articles and book chapters on food policy, technological change, productivity growth and resource management in the developing world. He has received several international awards and recognitions for his work, and is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Agricultural Economics Association, and the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He earned a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen
H.E. Babcock Professor of Food and Nutrition Policy
Cornell University

Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen is the H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University, and professor of Agricultural Economics at Copenhagen University. He is past chairman of the Science Council of CGIAR and past president of the American Agricultural Economics Association. He served 10 years as IFPRI’s director general and seven years as department head at IFPRI. He also served as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and a distinguished professor at Wageningen University. He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate and the recipient of several awards for his research and communication of research results. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Danish Agricultural University, and a master’s degree and PhD from Oklahoma State University.

Hans-Joachim Preuß
Managing Director

Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuß is the managing director of GIZ. He held various positions throughout his career in Africa and at GTZ Head Office in Eschborn, including as a member of the Corporate Development Unit. He has also worked as research associate at the Centre for Regional Development Research at Justus Liebig University in Giessen; and both head of the Programmes and Projects Department and secretary general and manager director at Welthungerhilfe. Dr. Preuß acts as the deputy chair of the Peter Hesse Foundation and is also on the Advisory Committee on International Programmes at the German Church Development Service (EED); the Board of the German-African Business Association; the Board of Trustees of Welthungerhilfe; and the Advisory Board of the German foreign and security policy quarterly Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Dr. Preuß received a degree in agricultural science at Giessen, followed by postgraduate studies at the German Development Institute.


Jaidev Shroff
Chief Executive Officer
UPL Limited

Mr. Jaidev Rajnikant Shroff is the global Chief Executive Officer at UPL Limited, responsible for managing new ventures and products, and international business and strategic alliances. He is also the director of Uniphos Agro Industries, Uniphos Enterprises Ltd., and Advanta India Ltd, among many other ventures. He previously served as director of Nirlon Ltd. and Mount Everest Mineral Water Ltd. Mr. Shroff is a graduate in chemistry from Bombay University and was named as being among the top 40 most influential figures in the chemicals industry worldwide.

Kathy Spahn
President and CEO
Helen Keller International

Ms. Kathy Spahn is the president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Helen Keller International (HKI), responsible for all operations, programs, finances, communications, and public policy initiatives of HKI. Prior to joining HKI in 2005, Ms. Spahn was president and executive director of ORBIS, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of blindness in the developing world, and executive director of God’s Love We Deliver, a New York-based AIDS service organization. Ms. Spahn serves as board chair of InterAction, and board member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and The Bernadotte Foundation for Children’s Eyecare. She is a founding board member of both the North America chapter of IAPB and the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, and a founding partner of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control. She also serves on the Partnership Council of GAIN.

M.S. Swaminathan
Emeritus Chairman and Chief Mentor
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

Dr. M.S. Swaminathan is the emeritus chairman and chief mentor at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India. He also serves as the UNESCO chair in Ecotechnology. He has been acclaimed by TIME magazine as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century, alongside Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. Swaminathan is widely referred to as the scientific leader of the Green Revolution; his advocacy of sustainable agriculture leading to an evergreen revolution makes him a world leader in sustainable food security. He has served as chairman of both the UN Science Advisory Committee and the FAO Council, and president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. His many awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, the Albert Einstein World Science Award, and the first World Food Prize in 1987. Dr. Swaminathan earned degrees in zoology, agricultural science, genetics, and plant breeding at Maharajas College, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, and a PhD from the Plant Breeding Institute of the University of Cambridge’s School of Agriculture.

Stephan Tanda
Executive Managing Board Director
Royal DSM N.V

Mr. Stephan Tanda is the executive managing board director for Royal DSM, where he is responsible for the Nutrition Cluster. He started his career with DuPont, where he held increasingly responsible positions in Europe and the United States, including director of Corporate Planning and vice president of Strategic Planning and New Business Development, Agriculture, Nutrition and Bio-Based Materials for DuPont. He also served as president of both Protein Technologies International, Inc.; The Solae Company, an innovative food ingredient Joint Venture between DuPont and Bunge; and Freudenberg Nonwovens, a global group of industrial businesses. Mr. Tanda has also held supervisory directorships and other positions including chairman of EuropaBio and board member of both the Swiss Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry Association and Bio, the US Biotechnology Industry Organization. He studied polymer engineering at the University of Leoben, Austria, and Business Administration at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Greg Traxler
Deputy Director for Agricultural Policy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Greg Traxler is a Senior Program Officer on the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He manages a portfolio of research, education and agricultural policy support grants. He joined the foundation in July of 2008, after spending 18 years as a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Auburn University. Dr. Traxler has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, and a B.B.A. from the University of Portland. With expertise in the economics of innovation and agricultural research policy, Dr. Traxler has published papers on the impact of biotechnology innovations in poor nations, including genetically engineered soybeans in Argentina, transgenic cotton in Mexico, and on the valuation of pre-commercial germplasm. Dr. Traxler has acted as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the Inter-American Development Bank and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Dr. Traxler has addressed the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on a number of occasions and served on a NAS committee examining how agricultural biotechnology can be used to address key global problems including food security, health, pollution and natural resource conservation.

Joachim von Braun
Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Dr. Joachim von Braun joined ZEF as professor and director of the Department for Economic and Technological Change at the University of Bonn. He was also director of ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002. Previous to his current post, he was the director general of IFPRI from 2002 to 2009. Dr. von Braun has also served as president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is vice president of the NGO Welthungerhilfe and chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government. His awards include the Bertebos Prize of the Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his research on food security and the Justus von Liebig Prize for his research on international nutrition. He has a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Emorn Udomkesmalee (Wasantwisut)
Senior Advisor, Institute of Nutrition
Mahidol University

Dr. Emorn Udomkesmalee (Wasantwisut) is Senior Advisor at Mahidol University’s Institute of Nutrition. She also serves as associate professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has served as coordinator of the WHO-SEARO South-East Asia Nutrition Research-cum-Action Network and as committee member of the "Nutrition and Immunity" for International Development program for the International Union of Nutritional Science. Dr. Udomkesmalee serves on many international bodies including the Council of the IUNS, the Scientific Advisory Council of the International Obesity TaskForce and the Steering Committee of USAID’s Micronutrient Forum. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Chulalongkorn University, she completed a master’s degree in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Brigham Young and a PhD at MIT.


IFPRI Project Manager

Rajul Pandya-Lorch
Chief of Staff and Head of the 2020 Vision Initiative
International Food Policy Research Institute
United States of America

Ms. Rajul Pandya-Lorch concurrently serves at IFPRI as chief of staff in the Director General’s Office and head of the 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative. She has facilitated four major international conferences on (1) “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health,” in New Delhi, India, on February 10-12, 2011; (2) “Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People,” in Beijing, China, on October 17-19, 2007; (3) “Assuring Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2020,” in Kampala, Uganda on April 1-3, 2004; and (4) “Sustainable Food Security for All by 2020,” in Bonn, Germany, on September 4-6, 2001.The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association presented Ms. Pandya-Lorch, along with David Spielman, with its 2010 Quality of Communication Award for the work on Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development. She has also received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s 2002 award for Distinguished Policy Contribution, along with Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Mark Rosegrant. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.