Speakers

Over seventy speakers from around the world assembled at the Feeding Cities conference to share multi-disciplinary perspectives on the nexus of food security and urbanization.

Gavin Albert has been investing globally in the public markets for nearly twenty years. His career began as an analyst primarily covering the energy and property/casualty insurance industries in the small-cap group at Oppenheimer Capital. Within two years he was named a Vice President and Co-Manager of the Small-Cap Fund. After Oppenheimer Capital, he joined Ulysses Partners, the successor to Odyssey Partners, an approximately $1 billion investment partnership. His career has included positions such as Senior Vice President—Pequot Capital, Senior Managing Director Tremblant Capital, and Portfolio Manager—Soros Fund Management. Additionally, he was the Managing Partner and CIO of Ardea Capital, a global long/short equity fund. He received a BBA in Finance with a concentration in Art History from Emory University and an MBA in Finance and General Management from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

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Drew Becher became the 36th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in June 2010. Under his leadership, PHS has expanded the City Harvest program, which provides fresh produce to more than 1,000 families in need each week during the growing season; and initiated the PHS Pop-Up projects, utilizing vacant city lots to provide new spaces for gardening and community gatherings. He previously served as Deputy Director of Washington, DC’s Office of Planning (2004–06), where he led the creation of the Department of Environment, and before that was Associate Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. He also served as Chief of Staff for the Chicago Park District (1996–2004) and Assistant to Mayor. He helped forge Mayor Richard M. Daley’s acclaimed environmental and beautification agenda that contributed to Chicago’s recent placement on the Forbes list of the world’s most beautiful cities, and he created and led many of the initiatives that are now hallmarks of Chicago’s urban renaissance.

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Ian Bennett is the founder of Harvest Protection Network, an initiative that works with the sub-Saharan farming community to provide coated-steel storage buildings to protect harvested crops against spoilage. Mr. Bennett was previously CEO of The Finance Network LLC providing international trade finance services to help US-based small businesses pursue international trade (1996–2006). He received his MBA from Wharton in 1967.

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Eugenie Birch is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research; Chair, Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR); and Co-Editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Her current research projects include developing the knowledge platform (Research Digest) for the US Department of Energy-sponsored Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, Philadelphia; the Energy Smart Communities knowledge-sharing platform for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Energy Working Group; and a Ford-funded Sustainable Development Indicator Catalog for the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the alliance between the US Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. Her most recent books are: Women’s Health and the World’s Cities (2011) (with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter), Global Urbanization (2011), Neighborhoods and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America (2011) (with Harriet Newberger and Susan Wachter), and Growing Greener Cities (2008) (with Susan Wachter), and Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster, Lessons from Katrina (2006) (with Susan Wachter). Dr. Birch is currently president of the International Planning History Society and has served as Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania; Chair, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College/CUNY; President, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; President, Society of American City and Regional Planning History; Co-Editor, Journal of the American Planning Association; and Chair, Planning Accreditation Board. She is currently Chair, Board of Directors of the Municipal Art Society of New York and Co-Chair, UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Campaign.

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Qin Bo holds a bachelor’s of engineering from the Department of Architecture in Wuhan University, a master’s of science from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in Peking University, and a PhD in urban studies from the National University of Singapore. He joined the Department of Urban Planning and Management at Renmin University of China in 1997 and now serves as the Deputy Head, mainly responsible for international collaborations and postgraduate programs.

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Barbara Burlingame is a nutrition scientist and Principal Officer in the Nutrition Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She obtained her undergraduate degrees from University of California, Davis, in nutrition science and environmental toxicology, and her PhD from Massey University in New Zealand. Her expertise includes food composition, human nutrient requirements, and dietary assessment work. Recently, her efforts have been directed toward work on biodiversity for food and nutrition, and developing models and indicators for sustainable diets. She is a member of several scientific advisory boards and international committees; a recipient of the New Zealand Science and Technology Medal; the author of many scientific papers and UN publications, and several book chapters and reference books; and has served in the role of Editor and Editorial Board Member of several food and nutrition journals during the last twenty-five years.

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Roger Cady currently serves as a Senior Technical Consultant for Elanco Animal Health. In this role, Dr. Cady serves as the science officer assuring Elanco dairy products and marketing efforts are supported by sound science and sustainable
agricultural practices. His research and dairy cattle industry expertise includes training as a quantitative geneticist with a heavy emphasis on statistics and dairy management records. Throughout his career, Dr. Cady has worked to integrate research information with practical on-farm management in the area of heifer management and on-farm economics including how micro-economics the farm and the macro-economics of the industry interact. He is currently focused on applying productivity to environmentally sustainable practices in the dairy industry.

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Wayne Caldwell is a Professor in Rural Planning and Development and Director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He also has a career-long affiliation with the County of Huron. His primary focus has been on planning and change in rural and agricultural communities. He is an active researcher in the area of farmland preservation, rural conflict resolution, governance of nutrient management and community-based approaches to economic and environmental issues. His sixth book, Rediscovering Thomas Adams: Rural Planning and Development in Canada, was published in 2011. He is a founding member and past Chair of the Ontario Rural Council. He is also a founding member of the Huron Stewardship Council and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. He was appointed by the Ontario Government to Chair the Provinces Nutrient Management Advisory Committee and he served as President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute from 2007–09 and as President of the Association of Canadian University Planning Programs from 2010–12.

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Patrick Canning is a Senior Research Economist for USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). He studies the US food system with a focus on research that informs food policy discussions at the Federal level. His recent published research includes two in-depth ERS reports; one that provides a detailed answer to the question “Where do our food-dollars go?” and another that assesses energy use throughout the US food system. His forthcoming article in the journal Economic Systems Research contributes to the field of applied regional studies by demonstrating a general framework to objectively assess input data quality used to calibrate multiregional data systems. He is currently a principal investigator on two transdisciplinary research projects. One project seeks to assess whether policies promoting healthy diets and policies promoting food system sustainability are complementary or competing. Another brings together an interdisciplinary team of scientists and expert practitioners to evaluate the viability of scaling up and scaling out specific value chains to alleviate food insecurity among the underserved populations of the Northeastern US. Dr. Canning holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. He earned his PhD in Economics from George Washington University.

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Carolyn Cannuscio is a social epidemiologist who trained at the Harvard School of Public Health.  She came to Penn in 2005 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar and joined the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health as an Assistant Professor in 2007.  Her work centers on urban health disparities, with a focus on material resources (housing, food, and health care) and population health.  Her research incorporates traditional epidemiological methods as well as novel visual methods for studying urban environments and for engaging marginalized communities in health research.  Her current work incorporates public health interventions launched in collaboration with community-based organizations, including The Food Trust and Mural Arts Program. Dr. Cannuscio also has a keen interest in the use of narrative methods for health communication.

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Bill Clark is President and Executive Director of Philabundance. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Clark grew up seeing the great potential of the Delaware Valley, as well as the overwhelming need of residents struggling to make ends meet. At the beginning of his tenure with Philabundance, in 2001 Mr. Clark oversaw the integration of the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank and Philabundance, resulting in a significant increase in food acquisition and distribution from 10 million pounds to over 25 million pounds in just a few short years. This streamlined operation in conjunction with community outreach, fundraising and public awareness initiatives has enabled Philabundance to reach more people with better resources. Under Mr. Clark, Philabundance has created innovative programs that increase access to emergency food assistance which is strengthening the hunger safety net in the Delaware Valley. Mr. Clark’s creativity and business savvy is evident in Philabundance’s growth and exposure throughout the Delaware Valley. Mr. Clark is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and previously served as a product manager at Swift and Co., makers of Soup Starters and Brown ‘n Serve breakfast meats. From 1982 to 1995, Mr. Clark owned W.J. Clark and Co., a Chicago-based company that produced and marketed specialty foods including Bean Cuisine soups and pastas, salad dressings, wild rice and mushrooms products, and natural licorice.

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Joan Clos is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), appointed at the level of Undersecretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Clos took office at the Programme’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on October 18, 2010. Prior to joining UN-Habitat, Dr. Clos was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona serving two terms during the years 1997–2006. He was appointed Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Trade of Spain in 2006 to 2008. In this role, he helped rationalize the Iberian Energy Market in line with European Union Policies. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan. At the international level, he was elected President of Metropolis, the international network of cities, in 1998. Two years later, he was elected President of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities, (WACLAC). Between 2000 and 2007, Dr. Clos served as Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities, (UNACLA), and between 1997 and 2003, he was member of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, (CEMR). Dr. Clos has received a number of awards which include a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for transforming Barcelona. In 2002, he won the UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for encouraging global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations.

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Olufunke Cofifie works for the International Water Management Institute which is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Her field experience is in Sub-Saharan Africa where she has research, management, coordination and networking responsibilities. Over the past ten years, her research focus has been in the domain of water-sanitation-agriculture linkages in urban and peri-urban areas. From 2004–10, she served as the West Africa (Anglophone) Regional Coordinator for the International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security. Since 2010, she leads the Challenge Program on Water and Food in the Volta River Basin in West Africa.  This is a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research for development program which focuses on the management of rainwater and small water infrastructures for multiple purposes in the Volta Basin. In the 1990s, she worked as a university lecturer in Nigeria and then in Ghana.

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Marc J. Cohen is a Senior Researcher on Humanitarian Policy and Climate Change at Oxfam America and a Professorial Lecturer in International Development at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has several publications on food security in Haiti, and is co-author of the paper “The Food Price Crisis and Urban Food (In)security,” written for the International Institute for Environment and Development and the UN Population Fund (2009). Dr. Cohen is also Co-Editor and contributor to two books on the world food crisis:  The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009) and Global Food-price Shocks and Poor People: Themes and Case Studies (Routledge, 2011). He received his PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Nevin Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School, where he teaches courses in urban food systems, environmental studies, environmental planning, and environmental policy analysis, including cross-disciplinary courses that connect the fields of urban policy, planning, and design. Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on the development of urban food policy, the use of urban space for food production, and planning for ecologically sound urban food systems. He has been involved in food policy development in New York City, and recently co-authored a study (Five Borough Farm: seeding the future of urban agriculture in New York City) to support and strengthen New York City’s urban agriculture system. Dr. Cohen is currently working on two book projects: a study of urban food policymaking in the United States and Canada, and an analysis of urban agriculture projects that focus on social justice goals. Dr. Cohen has a PhD in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, a master’s in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley, and a BA from Cornell.

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Julien Custot is the Facilitator of the Food for Cities programme, a multidisciplinary initiative based within the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Organization is a knowledge network, shares policy expertise between the 191 member countries and also implements projects around the world, with and on behalf of member countries. The Food for Cities programme is a priority action of the FAO looking at all aspects of urban food security.

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Tom Daniels is a Full Professor who directs the concentration in Land Use-Environmental Planning at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.. His main areas of interest are farmland preservation, growth management, and connection between land use and water quality. He often serves as a consultant to state and local governments and land trusts. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where for nine years he managed the county’s nationally-recognized farmland preservation program. Tom has taught at SUNY-Albany, Kansas State University, and Iowa State University. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and in 2002 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla, an Argentine national, is currently a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Previously he served for almost nine years as Executive Director for Argentina and Haiti at the Inter-American Development Bank, where we was directly involved in the recent capital increase of the Bank from 100 billion to 170 billion dollars. He has more than thirty years of experience as an economist, working with the public and private sector in developing countries. He has also been a consultant and staff member with the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA). Dr. Diaz-Bonilla has held several diplomatic positions representing his country in negotiations involving trade and agricultural issues. He has written extensively on economic development, trade, poverty, and food security issues. He holds a master’s in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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Dr. Zhengxia Dou is an associate professor of Agricultural Systems, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where her research focus includes the transformation and transport of nutrients in agro-ecosystems, the environmental fate of manure-borne pathogens, pharmaceuticals, and their implications for public health, as well as agricultural productivity, sustainability, and global food security. Dr. Dou received her MS from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1985) and her PhD from Penn State University (1993).

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James Ferguson is the Section Chief, Animal Production Systems, and a Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include the relationship between nutrition and manure nutrient content and efficient recycling of nutrients on dairy farms as well as the relationships between nutrition, reproduction, and production in dairy cattle. Dr. Ferguson earned his MS (Biomedical Engineering and Science) from Drexel University, 1977 and his VMD from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 1981.

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Raghav Gaiha is a former Professor of Public Policy at the University of Delhi, Faculty of Management Studies. His current research interests lie in income distribution, agriculture, food prices, diets, malnutrition and disease, and rural public works and institutions. His book (jointly with Dr. S. Shankar) Battling Corruption: Has NREGA Reached India’s Rural Poor will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2013. A second book (jointly with R. Jha and Vani S. Kulkarni), Diets, Malnutrition and Disease in India, is being revised for publication by Oxford University Press. Dr. Gaiha has also served as a visiting fellow/scholar at various institutions, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Yale, Penn, and University of Cambridge. He has also received several awards such as the British Council Visitorship (1991 and 1994), the Population Council Fellowship (1985–86), the Ford Foundation Fellowship (1980–81), and, more recently, a research grant from AusAid (2007–09). He obtained his PhD in Economics in 1977 from the University of Manchester in England.

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Patricia Gallagher is Associate professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University. She received her bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and geological sciences from Rutgers University, a master’s in civil engineering from the Ohio State University, and a doctoral degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University, Dr. Gallagher was a consulting engineer involved in the design and construction of infrastructure systems. She is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio. She is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the US National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award and the Alan Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence from Drexel University. She is a Provost’s Fellow in Sustainability. As Provost’s Fellow in Sustainability, Dr. Gallagher is leading the Urban Sustainability Planning Initiative, which is developing an exciting new research agenda at Drexel focusing on urban sustainability through the lenses of food, water, and energy. Her research involves sustainability and resilience of infrastructure. Her current focus is on incorporating lifecycle assessment methods into geo-environmental and geotechnical engineering to provide decision-making tools for enhancing the environmental sustainability of infrastructure and remediation projects.

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David Galligan is a Professor of Animal Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. As Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Animal Health and Productivity, Dr. David Galligan has extensive experience in production agriculture. He earned his Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD) and MBA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and 1985, respectively. Since joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Galligan has conducted extensive research in animal health economics, written sections in numerous textbooks, and spoken extensively at regional, national, and international meetings.

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Udaya Gammanpila was elected Minister of Agriculture, Minor Irrigation, Industries & Environment (Western Province) Sri Lanka in 2009. Previously, he was a member of All Party Representative Committee (APRC) appointed by His Excellency the President to formulate a solution to the crisis in the North and East of Sri Lanka. He was also a member of the Advisory Council for Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration as well as a member of National Economic Council chaired by H.E. the President. In February 2007, Mr. Gammanpila was appointed by the Minister of Environment as his Senior Advisor. Subsequently, H.E. the President appointed him as the Chairman of the Central Environmental Authority during which time he oversaw the introduction of environmental taxes as a mean of implementation of Polluter Pays Principle (PPP). Mr. Gammanpila was awarded a scholarship to Monash University, Melbourne by the Australian Government in 1988 and obtained a Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) degree in 1994.

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Robert Giegengack is Professor Emeritus of Earth & Environmental Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania since 1968. He received his BA and PhD in Geology from Yale University (1960, 1968) and his MS in Geology from the University of Colorado (1962). Dr. Giegengack established the undergraduate major in Environmental Studies at Penn in 1972, and has been undergraduate advisor for that major and for the Geology major in the years since. He is also Faculty Director of the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program, which currently enrolls ~150 students. He has also been Director of Penn’s Summer Course in Geologic Field Methods, based at the facility of the Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association (YBRA) in Red Lodge, MT. Dr. Giegengack teaches courses in Environmental Analysis, Paleoclimatology, Environmental Geology, and Field Geology. He has also developed a series of Academically Based Community-Service courses in urban environmental public health that focus on the hazard of lead-based paint in residential buildings, teenage smoking, and environmental triggers of asthma attacks. He studies geologic archives that enable paleoclimatologists to reconstruct the history of environmental change, primarily climate change, during the very long period of time (~4.5 billion years) that preceded acquisition, during the last ~200 years, of the instrumental meteorological record.  That work provides a useful time perspective on environmental processes currently under way, and an evolutionary perspective on the physical, biologic, and social configuration of the modern world. He has pursued field work on every continent except Australia.

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Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing and Director of a new Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She was formerly (2004–09) Candler Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Research Scholar, and Director of the Emory Prevention Research Center at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. From 1993 to 2004, she was Professor and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program at the Cancer Research Center of Hawai’i at the University of Hawai’i. From 1979 to 1993 she was a Professor in the Departments of Health Education and Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Glanz received her MPH (1977) and PhD (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan. Her research, funded for over $25 million over the past fifteen years, focuses on cancer prevention and control, theories of health behavior, obesity and the built environment, social and health policy, and new health communication technologies. Dr. Glanz is senior editor of Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (Jossey-Bass Inc., 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008), a widely used text recently published in its fourth edition.

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Delia Grace is an epidemiologist and veterinarian with more than fifteen years experience in developing countries. She is a Senior Researcher at the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya, and also leads the Component on Agriculture-Associated Diseases in the new CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Human Nutrition and Health. Her research interests include food safety, gender, and participatory processes.

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Heather Grady joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Vice President for Foundation Initiatives, she sets strategic direction for the Foundation’s broad initiatives of grantmaking and oversees all initiatives in execution, aligning grantmaking with the Foundation’s mission to expand more equitable growth opportunities and build resilience. She provides vision, leadership and direction to the Foundation’s program staff, a diverse group of professionals working in the US, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Grady was the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative, founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. There she managed strategy and operations, and helped lead programs on employment, climate justice, corporate responsibility and women’s leadership. Ms. Grady has managed development and humanitarian programs in East Asia, the Middle East and Africa for nearly two decades with Oxfam Great Britain and other international organizations. She has written and taught on international development, human rights, and climate change, and served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia. She is conversant in Vietnamese and Chinese. Ms. Grady received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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Jim Harkness is the President of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in Minneapolis, MN. Since his arrival in 2006, he has strengthened IATP’s work on food systems, climate change and social justice. He lived and worked in China for sixteen years before joining IATP, serving as Country Director of the World Wildlife Fund in China from 1999–2005, and as the Ford Foundation’s Environment and Development Program Officer for China from 1995–99. He has written and spoken frequently on food and agriculture issues, China and sustainable development, and has served as an adviser for the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Carl Hausmann is Global Policy Advisor at Bunge Limited and has thirty-five years of experience in the agribusiness and food industry. In his current role, he advises Bunge Limited on global agriculture and trade issues and represents the company in multistakeholder groups and at high-level public gatherings. Mr. Hausmann serves as Vice Chair of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR). He retired from Bunge in 2012 as Managing Director, Global Government and Corporate Affairs. Prior to that role he served as CEO of Bunge Europe and CEO of Bunge North America. Mr. Hausmann began his career in the industry in 1978 at Continental Grain and has since worked in South America, Europe, Africa, and North America. Mr. Hausmann serves on the board of directors of several organizations, including the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) and is a past president of Fediol, the European association of oilseed crushers. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business from Boston College and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

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Narayan Hegde studied MSc. Agri (Horticulture) from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India, MS (Horticulture) from the University of Hawaii, PhD (Economics) from Pune University, Post Graduate Programme in Management of Agriculture from the Indian Institute of Management—Ahmedabad, and has served with a reputed nonprofit organization, BAIF Development Research Foundation in India, since 1974. He assumed the responsibility of Managing Trustee and President of BAIF in 1993 and served till 2009. During his tenure, BAIF recorded a ten-fold expansion reaching out to 4 million farmers in fifteen states in the country. While continuing as Principal Adviser and Trustee, BAIF, he is also serving as Chairman, Children’s Future India, Managing Trustee, Nature Cure Ashram, Trustee, Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines, India800 Foundation, UK, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, and several other nonprofit organizations involved in sustainable development. He has served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Government of India and Working Group on Livestock, Environment, and Forestry and Agricultural Extension for IX to XII Five Year Plans of the Government of India. He has also served on various committees of the Ministry of Forests and Environment, Agriculture, Rural Development, Science and Technology. He has published 200 technical and policy papers. Recognized as one of the Ninety Illustrious Alumni over the ninety Years of the University of Hawaii, Dr. Hegde has written books including a series of books on nature, of which, “Mother Nature,” received Best Children’s Literature Award from the Government of India. BAIF, established in 1967, is a Gandhian organization, committed to sustainable livelihood of the rural poor through conservation and development of natural resources.

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Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD became the 12th dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet) on January 1, 2006 making her the third female dean of a veterinary school in the United States. In the role of Dean, Dr. Hendricks is responsible for all faculty affairs, administration, and strategic planning for the School spanning both the Philadelphia and Kennett Square campuses. In addition, she oversees academic affairs and curriculum as well as the School’s two teaching hospitals—the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for small animals in Philadelphia and the George D. Widener Hospital for large animals in Kennett Square on the New Bolton Center campus.

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Amy Hillier teaches courses relating to GIS, built environment and public health, and community development in city planning, urban studies, public health and social work. Her research focuses on issues of geographic disparities and access to services and resources in disadvantaged communities. Her research has included GIS applications in redlining and housing discrimination, affordable housing, and public health. Her dissertation, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), considered the impact of the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation on lending in Philadelphia. She continued this research as a HUD Urban Scholars Post-doctoral Fellow. Most of Dr. Hillier’s current research focuses on public health and the built environment. She frequently collaborates with colleagues at the School of Medicine and The Food Trust.

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Molly Jahn is Professor of Agronomy and Genetics, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and former Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Sustainability Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has had a distinguished research career in plant genetics, genomics, and plant breeding of vegetable crops focusing on molecular genetics of disease resistance and quality traits. She has also worked extensively in developing countries to link crop breeding with improved human nutrition and welfare using innovative approaches to inter-sector partnerships, engagement with emerging institutions, and integrated projects focused on impact and technology transfer. Dr. Jahn has numerous publications, lectureships, and awards for her research, teaching, service, and extension. She has served on boards and advisory groups including The AVRDC World Vegetable Center and World Dairy Expo, and founded and directed the Public Seed Initiative and the Organic Seed Partnership. She was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2006. In 2009–10, she was called to Washington to provide interim leadership as Deputy Under-Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the US Department of Agriculture. In 2011, she was chosen to be one of eleven members on the new CGIAR Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change.

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Ridwan Kamil is Founder and Principal of Urbane Indonesia (UI). Since founding UI in 2004, he has received the International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year award from the British Council Indonesia (2006), and UI has been honored in the Building Design Business category of the BCI Asia Top 10 Awards for three consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010). Among the high-profile international projects completed by UI is the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. He also serves as a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Bandung Institute of Technology. As an individual and through the work of UI, he is committed to grass-roots urban design that empowers urban poor populations and he has been a pioneer in the “Indonesia Berkebun” movement to build amateur gardens in cities across Indonesia. As of 2011, the community project is established in fourteen cities in Indonesia, with membership approaching 4,000. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Bandung Institute of Technology (1995) and a Master of Urban Design degree from the University of California, Berkeley (2002).

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Alan Kelly received his veterinary medical education at Bristol University in England and, having been awarded a National Cancer Institute Fellowship, came to the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a PhD. In 1968 he joined the faculty in the Department of Pathobiology at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine where he taught pathology and conducted NIH-funded research on neuro-muscular development and on the pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 1994, Dr. Kelly became Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and served in this office for the ensuing twelve years, retiring in December 2005. During his deanship the School’s appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania increased from $12 million to $38 million. In 2000, he led a campaign that raised $127 million from private and public sources for construction of the Hill Pavilion, a new teaching and research building at the School. After retiring from the Dean’s office, Dr. Kelly joined the Center for Animal Health and Productivity at the School’s New Bolton Center campus. In 2007, he raised funds to organize an international symposium at Penn entitled Veterinary Public Health in a Global Economy. The goal of the conference was to introduce veterinary students to careers in global health, specifically in global food security. The proceedings of the Conference were published by Penn Press in 2008. Drs. Smith and Kelly are Co-Editors. In 2011, Dr. Kelly co-developed the course Veterinary Medicine and Global Food Security. The course covers broad topics of food security and included lectures from faculty in seven other schools at Penn. In 2012, this course was repeated as a four-credit undergraduate course for the Ben Franklin Scholars program.

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Raj Khosla is a Professor of Precision Agriculture at Colorado State University. Currently, he is serving as the Senior Science Advisor at the US Department of State where he is the US lead on the Policy Partnership on Food Security in the APEC region. He was chosen as the 2012 Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, Dr. Khosla was appointed by NASA to the US Presidential Advisory Committee on Positioning, Navigation, and Timing to work on the US space-based PNT policy. In 2009, he was named the Colorado State University Distinguished Monfort Professor. In addition, Dr. Khosla is an Adjunct Scientist/Visiting Professor at the National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture (NERCITA), in Beijing, China. Dr. Khosla’s main focus has been on “Management of in-field soil and crop spatial variability using innovative geo-spatial and IT technologies for precision management.” He has generated many discoveries in precision agriculture, most widely recognized among them is the innovative technique of quantifying variability of spatially diverse soils using satellite based remote-sensing to create management zones, which is currently being used by farmers in Colorado, across the United States, and in other countries around the world. He currently has projects in China, India, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the US, and is championing efforts to enhance crop input use efficiency, productivity, profitability, and sustainability of large and small scale agricultural production systems. Dr. Khosla has co-authored over 300 publications and was been recognized with numerous national and international awards. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Fellow of Soil Science Society of America, and Fellow of Soil and Water Conservation Society, and is the Founder and Past-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture.

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Marina Khoury is a Partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and has been Director of its Washington D.C. office since 2007. She is a licensed architect with twenty years of professional practice. As Project Director of DPZ’s new town and urban redevelopment plans throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, she has extensive national and international experience in traditional neighborhood development and form-based coding. She was the Project Director for Miami 21 and was instrumental in transforming the City of Miami’s use-based zoning code into the largest-known adoption of a form-based code. Having lived in Florida until 2007, Ms. Khoury served in a number of community leadership positions. She became the first female architect appointed to the City of Miami’s Urban Development Review Board in 2001. She taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Design and Architecture High School (DASH) from 1993-99 and was a member of their Advisory Board from 2000-07. She is an active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and has been a Board member of the CNU-DC chapter from 2007-12.  She currently serves on the following Boards: the Resource Council for the Form-Based Code Institute (FBCI), the Center for Applied Transect Study (CATS), and the Transect Codes Council (TCC).  She is a member of the New Urban Guild and a LEED Accredited professional.  She earned two masters degrees, in architecture and urban planning, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after attending the “Ecole Speciale D’Architecture” in Paris, France. She speaks widely on issues related to creating affordable, sustainable, and walkable communities.

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Katrin Kuhlmann is President of TransFarm Africa and a fellow with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, where she chairs a Legal Working Group for the social enterprise sector.  She is Director of the U.S.-Africa Business Center and a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa.  She is also a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law and International Development Society.  She serves on the boards of the Washington International Trade Association and the Malaika Foundation. She was previously a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She has held other senior positions in the non-profit sector, including as President of the Trade, Aid and Security Coalition and Senior Vice President of the Women’s Edge Coalition. Her work focuses on an opportunity-driven, market-led approach to trade, development and investment policy and on addressing policy and legal barriers faced by entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Ms. Kuhlmann served for six years as the Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where she was responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy with Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. She has also practiced law in New York and Washington, DC.  Ms. Kuhlmann holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University, and she was the recipient of a Fulbright grant in 1992.

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Shiriki Kumanyika is a professor of epidemiology (Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Department of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Section on Nutrition), and the associate dean for health promotion and disease prevention at the University
of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine. She was the founding director of Penn’s Master of Public Health program, serving in this role from the program’s inception in 2002 until May of 2007. From 2008–2011 she was Vice Chair of the
Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2020 Objectives. She currently chairs the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, co-chairs the International Obesity Task Force of the International
Association for the Study of Obesity, and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Panel on Nutrition. Dr. Kumanyika’s research focuses on ways to reduce diet-related chronic disease risks, particularly in African Americans. She
founded and chairs the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AAC ORN—www.aacorn.org), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American
communities. Her current research is funded by the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Aetna Foundation. She has published extensively in the scientific literature and lectured widely within the United States and abroad.

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John Landis is the Crossways Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Dr. Landis’ research interests span a variety of urban development topics; his recent research and publications focus on growth management, infill housing, and the geography of urban employment centers. Together with several generations of PhD students, Dr. Landis developed the California Urban Futures series of urban growth models. He is currently engaged in a National Science Foundation-funded project to model, forecast, and develop alternative spatial scenarios of US population and
employment patterns and their impacts on travel demand, habitat loss, and water use through 2050. Prior to arriving at Penn in 2007, Dr. Landis was on the planning faculties of the University of California, Berkeley (1987–2007), Georgia Tech (1985–1986), and the University of Rhode Island (1983–1984). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association and Housing Policy Debate. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.

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Laura Lawson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research includes historical and contemporary community open space, with particular focus on community gardens and the changing roles of parks in low-income communities. She is author of City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America (University of California Press, 2005) and co-author, with Jeff Hou and Julie Johnson, of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (University of Washington Press, 2009). She received her doctorate in environmental planning and her master’s of landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Yael Lehmann currently serves as Executive Director of The Food Trust, a nonprofit, founded in 1992, that strives to make healthy food available to all. The Food Trust’s work has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama, and described by Time Magazine as being a “remarkable success.” The Food Trust has been the recipient of many national and local awards including the Human Rights Award for a Nonprofit Organization from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations for fostering intergroup harmony and cultural understanding among communities. Before becoming Executive Director of The Food Trust in 2006, Ms. Lehmann served as Associate Director and Deputy Director since 2001. In her tenure at The Food Trust, she has directed the growth of the organization’s farmers’ markets, nutrition education programs, food retail development initiatives, and other programs to promote access to affordable, nutritious food in low-income communities. Ms. Lehmann has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

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Will Martin is Research Manager, Agriculture and Rural Development, in the Development Research Group. He obtained his first degrees from the University of Queensland and the Australian National University, and master’s and PhD degrees from Iowa State University. Before joining the World Bank, he worked as a Researcher and Manager at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He has published extensively on agricultural trade policy and developing countries, with a particular focus on the World Trade Organization and economic development. He has published widely using quantitative models such as the Global Trade Analysis Project, and has a particular interest in using detailed data to build up a complete picture of the effects of policies on welfare impacts at national and household levels.

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Gordon McGranahan is Principal Researcher in the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). He received his PhD in Development and Economics at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before coming to IIED, he worked for two years each at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the World Bank, and went on to spend the 1990s at the Stockholm Environment Institute, leading their Urban Environment Programme. He works on a range of urban environmental issues, with an emphasis on addressing poverty and environmental problems in and around the home, and researching how the critical scale of urban environmental burdens changes as cities become wealthier. He was the convening lead author of the Urban Systems chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Dr. McGranahan has co-authored publications specifically on urbanization and food security, including: Urbanization and Food Prices: Technical Briefing (IIED and UNFPA, 2011), and “Urbanization and its implications for food and farming” (with Satterthwaite and Tacoli) in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences (2010), and “Is urbanization contributing to higher food prices?” (with Stage and Stage) in Environment and Urbanization (2010).

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Marcus Moench is President of ISET-International and has extensive experience working with communities, non-government, government, and international organizations on water, energy and forest management in South Asia, the Middle East, and the Western United States. He combines a strong technical background in environmental science, hydrogeology and forestry with training and experience in the design and initiation of management institutions. He led the India Water Sector Review, Groundwater Component and Yemen Decentralized Management Study for the World Bank. Dr. Moench received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He has published numerous articles and papers on natural resources management.

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Kevin Morgan is Professor of Governance and Development in the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University. One of his main research interests is sustainable food systems and the role that the planning community can play in fostering such systems in the cities of the Global North as well as the Global South. Over the past ten years he has focused on three aspects of the food system: (i) the public food system, where he explored school food service in Europe, Africa, and North America; (ii) the community food sector, where he was part of a team that explored the effects of the Making Local Food Work programme in the UK; and (iii) the urban food system, where he is part of a team at Cardiff University exploring the scope for and limits to sustainable urban food strategies. In addition to his academic research, he is actively involved in food policy activities, being a member of the UK Food Ethics Council, the chair of the Bristol Food Policy Council, and a member of Food and Farming Advisory Panel of the Welsh Government. Under the auspices of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), he is also trying to animate an urban food policy dialogue between planning associations in Africa, Europe, and North America.

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Howard Neukrug is Chief Executive of Philadelphia’s Water Utility and is responsible for providing safe and affordable drinking water and integrated wastewater and stormwater services to over 2.3 million people. Mr. Neukrug is a national leader for urban sustainability and the creator of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program.  He is a Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer and a graduate in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently teaches a course on Water, Science and Politics.

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Eric Olsen is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. He is responsible for the coordination of all resources and research on issues of domestic hunger, public policy, and related topics for Feeding America public policy initiatives, publications, and public education activity. Additionally, he represents Feeding America at governmental and legislative forums, hearings, and other initiatives where Feeding America network food banks show their support for legislation and policy that will bring about positive change in the fight against hunger. Over the course of his career, he has worked on food and agricultural policy issues for more than twenty-five years. Prior to his role at Feeding America, he was Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy at Mars, Inc. He has seven years of experience working for the Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration, including the role of Chief of Staff, and was a partner at Patton Boggs LLP, where he represented food, nonprofit, and agribusiness clients on a variety of policy issues, including nutrition. He holds a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School and a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

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Eric Orts is the Guardsmark Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professor in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department with a joint appointment in the Management Department. He directs the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at Penn/Wharton. He serves also as an academic co-director of the FINRA at Wharton certificate program for securities compliance and regulatory professionals. His primary research and teaching interests are in environmental law and policy, corporate governance, and professional ethics. His scholarly work is widely published in academic journals (mostly law reviews) and books. Prior to joining Wharton’s faculty in 1991, Dr. Orts practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City and was a Chemical Bank fellow in corporate social responsibility at Columbia Law School. He is a graduate of Oberlin College (BA), the New School for Social Research (MA ), the University of Michigan (JD), and Columbia University (JSD). He is a member of the bar of New York and the District of Columbia, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and belongs to a number of other professional and academic associations.

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Kathy Ozer is Executive Director of the National Family Farm Coalition, where she has worked on farm, rural, and fair trade policy for over twenty years. In the mid-1980s she worked for the United States Student Association (USSA) on education access issues. She is on the board of the Citizens Trade Campaign and Jobs with Justice and has worked closely on policy issues with the Community Food Security Coalition. Since 1999, she has been part of the farmer delegations at the WTO in Seattle and Cancun and at the United Nations. Her current work addresses the credit and global food crisis, holding onto farmer wins to restore fairness and competition in farm and food policy, and efforts to address the ongoing dairy farmer crisis. Kathy received her BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and lives in Washington, DC.

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Neal Peirce is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and the chairman of the Citistates Group, America’s only journalist team focused first and foremost on metropolitan regions. With Curtis Johnson, he has co-authored the Peirce Reports (now called Citistates Reports), a publication focused on compelling issues of metropolitan futures for leading media in twenty-five regions across the nation. Recent reports include Boston Unbound, released in May 2004, and a series on the Charlotte Citistate for The Charlotte Observer. He is also a principal author of a major report on approaching global urban challenges, Century of the City: No Time to Lose, based on The Rockefeller Foundation’s 2007 Global Urban Summit in Bellagio, Italy. His ten-book series on America’s states and regions culminated in  The Book of America: Inside 50 States Today and, more recently, has published Citistates: How Urban America Can Prosper in a Competitive World; Boundary Crossers: Community Leadership for a Global Age; and Breakthroughs: Recreating The American City. Peirce is currently working on the development of Citiscope—a global news website focused on innovations and experiments underway in world cities, on topics ranging from climate change to slum upgrading, water, and food security in order to advance steps to protect against natural disasters.

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Barry M. Popkin, PhD, is the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at UNC-CH. He has a PhD in economics and established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at UNC. He has developed the concept of the Nutrition Transition, the study of the dynamic shifts in dietary intake and physical activity patterns and trends in obesity and other nutrition-related non-communicable diseases. His research focuses globally on understanding the shifts in stages of the transition and the programs and policies to improve the population’s health linked with this transition (see www.nutrans.org). He is actively involved at the national and global level in policy formulation for many countries, particularly Mexico and China. He has played a central role in placing the concerns of global obesity, its determinants, and its consequences on the global stage and is now actively involved in work on the program and policy side at the national level. He has been an active consultant to an array of international agencies over his career (including the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, and USAID). He has received a number of major awards for his global contributions (including India’s Gopalan Award, UK’s Rank Science Prize; US’s Kellogg Prize for Outstanding International Nutrition Research, and The Obesity Society Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award). He has published 370 refereed journal articles, is one of the most cited nutrition scholars in the world, and is the author of The World is Fat (Avery-Penguin Publishers, 2009).

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Vincent Price is Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. In his fourteen-year tenure at Penn, he has served as Interim Provost,
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Chair of the Faculty Senate, and Associate Dean of the Annenberg School. He is a leading global expert on public opinion, social influence, and political communication. His Public Opinion (Sage, 1992) has
been published in six languages and taught in courses around the world. His work has been widely cited on such topics as the impact of political polls, the effects of TV news coverage, and the factors that shape public opinion. His most recent research,
conducted with Annenberg colleague Joseph N. Cappella and funded by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health, explores the increasingly important role of online discussion in shaping
public knowledge and opinion. Provost Price earned a PhD (1987) and MA (1985) in Communication from Stanford University, and a BA magna cum laude (1979) in English from the University Honors Program at Santa Clara University. He came to Penn in 1998 from the University of Michigan, where he was Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Political Studies. He became Penn’s 29th Provost on July 1, 2009.

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Cecilia Rocha (PhD, Economics) is the current director of the School of Nutrition and an Associate Professor of Food Security and Food Policy at Ryerson University, where she is also an Associate Researcher and past Director (2005–2010) of the Centre for Studies in Food Security, and an Associate Researcher of the Centre for Global Health and Health Equity. Her research interests are on assessing the social efficiency of food security initiatives and programs, the role of market failures in food insecurity, and the effectiveness of markets as policy tools. Recognized internationally for her academic work, Dr. Rocha has been invited to speak at international meetings, such as the 2009 United Nations High Level Meeting on Food Security for All in Madrid, Spain, and the 2009 Parliamentary Meeting on the Occasion of the World Food Summit in Rome, Italy. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Rocha was the Director of the project Building Capacity in Food Security in Brazil, developed in partnership with the Reference Centre for Food and Nutrition Security in Rio de Janeiro. She has authored some of the key papers on the innovative and pioneering policies and programs in food security in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dr. Rocha was an active member of the Toronto Food Policy Council from 2006 to 2011, and participated in the development of the Toronto Food Strategy (2009–10). She has conducted research on food security conditions among immigrant populations in Toronto, urban food insecurity in South Africa, and the manifestation of food sovereignty in an indigenous settlement in Brazil. In 2012, she was invited to be part of a distinguished Expert Panel on the State of Knowledge of Food Security in Northern Canada by the Council of Canadian Academies.

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Roberto Sainz is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis and the US Lead on the Brazil-US Consortium in Sustainable Ruminant Livestock Production Systems. Dr. Sainz’s research focuses on
ruminant livestock production across a wide spectrum of levels of detail and research projects in his UC Davis lab range from basic cellular aspects of interactions among nutrition, genetics and physiological state, all the way to regional studies
of environmental impacts of different livestock production systems. Dr. Sainz received his BS, Animal Science, from Cornell University in 1982, his MS, Animal Science (1984) and PhD, Nutrition (1986) from the University of California, Davis.

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Emmy Simmons is Co-Chair of AGree, a nonpartisan initiative funded by major foundations to examine the consequence of food and agriculture policy. She completed a career of nearly thirty years with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2005. In her last three years at USAID, she served as the Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade, a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed position. From 1991 to 1994, she served in USAID’s regional office for east and southern Africa as Supervisory Program Economist. She also served as Supervisory Agricultural Officer for Mali and as Regional Agricultural Advisor for West Africa, in addition to holding a number of supervisory positions in the Africa Bureau in USAID’s Washington headquarters. Prior to joining USAID, she worked in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs in Monrovia, Liberia, and taught and conducted research at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. She is currently an independent consultant on international development issues, with a focus on food, agriculture, and Africa. She serves on the boards of several organizations engaged in international agriculture and global development, including: the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, the International Livestock Research Institute, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, the Washington chapter of the Society for International Development, and the Africa Center for Health and Human Security at George Washington University. Simmons Co-Chairs the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability at the National Academies of Science and leads a Roundtable working group on Partnerships for Sustainability. Simmons began her international career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 1962 to 1964. She holds an MS in agricultural economics from Cornell University and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Marilyn Sommers is the Lillian S. Brunner Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelors degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, her masters degree in nursing education from New York University, and her PhD in nursing science with a minor in human physiology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She received postdoctoral training as a Faculty Fellow through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism from 1990–1994 at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Sommers had fifteen years of experience as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse administrator in the areas of critical care and trauma.

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Brian Spooner is Professor of Anthropology and Museum Curator for Near Eastern Ethnology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as Advisor to the Government of Iran (1974-1978), Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Desertification (1975 to 1978), and as President of the American Institutes of Iranian Studies (1994-1996) and of Pakistan Studies (1999-2005). His has been involved in research in Afghanistan, India, Iran, Pakistan, and Central Asia since the 1960s and now focuses on urbanization and globalization in those countries. His recent publications include: Literacy in the Persianate World: Writing and the Social Order (edited with William L. Hanaway, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), and Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and its Neighbors (edited with Harold F. Schiffman, Brill, 2012), and Numerical Notation and Numeracy in the Persianate World (with William L. Hanaway, in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Mathematics, pp. 429-447. His current research is designed to improve methods for the study of qualitative social change under globalization.

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Dr. Peter van der Steen is lecturer in Waste Water Treatment. He holds a MSc degree from Wageningen University in the Netherlands (1994) and a PhD degree from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel (2001).

During his studies he specialized in wastewater treatment, especially anaerobic wastewater treatment and treatment in waste stabilization ponds. Currently he is active in the following fields: Integrated urban water management, Sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse, and Technology selection.

Van der Steen is active within the EU funded SWITCH project on Integrated Urban Water Management, where he coordinates the research theme on “A Paradigm Shift in Urban Water Management”. At UNESCO-IHE he coordinates the modules ‘Integrated Urban Water Management’ and ‘Sustainable Wastewater Treatment and Reuse’ in the MSc programme Municipal Water and Infrastructure.

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James Haig Streeter is the Design Practice Director for AECOM’s US West Region and is based in San Francisco. Prior to this he received a master’s in landscape urbanism from London’s Architectural Association, and spent seven years in AECOM’s London studio. During this period he led the design of a series of award-winning projects including Pier Head, Liverpool, Westfield London and Education City, Qatar, together with leading key aspects of Blackpool coastal protection and the London 2012 Olympic masterplan. Recent work in the US has included New York’s World Trade Center public realm and San Francisco’s preparations for the 34th America’s Cup. Before joining AECOM he worked for Peter Walker and Partners, West 8, and Gross Max. His work has been published internationally, and has been guest design critic at the Architectural Association, London; the Graduate School of Design, Harvard; and UC Berkeley.

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Harry Stokes is a Founder and Director of Project Gaia, Inc. a nonprofit technical and development organization that facilitates the development of alcohol fuels for household energy. As Director of Project Gaia and Principal of Stokes Consulting Group, he has for over two decades provided support to industry, governments, financial institutions, and development organizations on resource management issues, particularly around biofuels. Project Gaia and an associated organization, the Gaia Association, an Ethiopian NGO, have spearheaded projects funded by the Shell Foundation, the USEPA, the World Bank, UNDP, UNHCR, the Nordic Climate Fund, and African governments, as well as corporate and private funders and donors. For its work in the refugee camps of Ethiopia, the Gaia Association won an Ashden Award in 2008, as well as two Energy Globe Awards for Ethiopia, in 2008 and 2011. In 2010, he was recognized by the World Bioenergy Association as runner-up for the First World Bioenergy Award for his efforts to pioneer alcohol fuels for cooking and other household appliance use. In 2012, he won the World Bioenergy Award. He holds a master’s in forestry from Duke University, 1974, and served for over two decades in county and local government, with representations on state boards and national committees. He was Chair of the National Association of Counties Energy Sub-committee and Vice Chair in the Land Use, Environment, and Energy Committee. He served at state and county levels in the US Conservation District movement (National Association of Conservation Districts) and USDA Cooperative Extension.

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John Sugrue, AIA, is an Associate and Senior Urban Designer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) in San Francisco. His work at SOM involves large-scale city design and urban planning throughout China and Asia. These projects focus on bringing a sustainable framework to urban redevelopment and new transit-oriented developments while maintaining and enhancing local culture and identity to create livable and environmentally responsible cities. Prior to joining SOM, he was a practicing architect in Chicago and New Orleans. He received a master’s in urban design degree from University of California, Berkeley and a master’s of architecture from Tulane University.

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Mary Summers teaches academically based community service courses on the Politics of Food and Agriculture and Healthy Schools. She has worked with community partners to develop several health-related projects including the Coalition Against Hunger’s Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign and the West Philadelphia Recess Initiative, which involves Penn students in organizing games at recess as a way to promote exercise and prevent bullying. She was the P.I. for the USDA grant that established the Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign and continues to investigate barriers to food stamp access. Her research interests include institutionally based approaches to service-learning, federal nutrition programs, Farm Bill politics, and the USDA.

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Marilyn Jordan Taylor was appointment as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in October, 2008. In addition to her role as Dean, as Partner in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP and the first woman to serve as Chairman of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, she is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. Over a thirty-five year career with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, she has led many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects around the world. She was also both the first architect and the first woman to serve as chairman (2005–07) of the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research and educational institution, where she championed a renewed focus on cities, sustainable communities, and infrastructure investment. She attended the MIT Graduate School of Architecture (1969–70), and received her M. Arch in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1971, in the firm’s Washington office, and was elected Partner in 1985. She received a prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship from the Partnership for New York City in 1995.

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Joyce Turk is Senior Livestock Advisor at the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Science and Technology, Office of Agriculture, where she develops, supervises and evaluates global livestock production, health, and research programs, and manages multidisciplinary teams of scientific researchers in the United States and developing countries. She also advises developing country governments on strategies for livestock production, health, and marketing, and conducts policy analyses on livestock marketing issues. She joined USAID in 1980 following her service as a livestock advisor in the US Peace Corps, Philippine Islands. She enjoyed three years in the former Sudan overseeing a multilaterally funded agricultural research project that built livestock research stations and trained staff in North and South Kordofan and Darfur states. Ms. Turk has been the primary organizer and chair of the Inter Agency Donor Livestock Group comprised of livestock representatives from the EU, BRIC, Japanese, and Australian governments, and the domestic Global Livestock Discussion Group which meets periodically to promote communication and networking among organizations that support international livestock development. She also represents the US Government at European Union, United Nations, and other international venues. Ms. Turk attained a BS in Animal Science from The Ohio State University and an MS in Animal Science (ruminant nutrition) from Cornell University. She has been a multi-year recipient of USAID Meritorious Performance Awards.

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David Vaccari is a Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. He has bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees in environmental science, and a master’s degree in chemical engineering, all from Rutgers University. He is a licensed professional engineer, and a specialist in the modeling and control of biological wastewater treatment and in modeling the fate and transport of pollution in rivers and streams. This work has led him to develop new methods for nonlinear time series analysis in a wide range of applications. His work in pollution control and in long-term life support systems for NASA led him to an interest in phosphorus resources, for which he is engaged in modeling material flow analyses and in forecasting resource supply and demand. He is author of the textbook Environmental Biology for Engineers and Scientists published by John Wiley. He has been prominent on the educational front, currently as a member of the Board of Directors of ABET Inc., the engineering accreditation organization. He recently won the Wiley/AEESP award for outstanding contribution to environmental engineering and science education, and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey Educator-of-the-Year Award.

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Anu Vedantham is the Director of the Weigle Information Commons at the Penn Libraries. She came to Penn in 2007 from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where she directed the Southern Regional Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) for six years providing professional development for K-12 teachers. At Stockton, she also served as Interim Associate Provost and as Director of Instructional Technology. Her research on global warming has been recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a significant contribution to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. She served for two years as Director of Grants and Community Initiatives at Stafford Township School District. In the mid-90s, she served as Program Officer at the Telecommunications Opportunities Program at the United States Department of Commerce. She holds her doctorate in Higher Education Management from Penn’s Graduate School of Education, her New Jersey Principal Certificate, her Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and her Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Domenic Vitiello helps lead the Community and Economic Development concentration. He teaches courses on strategic planning, food systems, immigration, and urban history. He also teaches for Penn’s Urban Studies Program (http://urban.ssc.upenn.edu) and is a senior fellow of Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives (www.cphi.upenn.edu). Trained as a planner and historian, His research focuses on community and economic development institutions, migration, and urban agriculture. His historical scholarship includes books on the economic development and decline of Philadelphia. As a practitioner, He has worked with public, private, and third sector organizations in community development and food system planning. He has served as founding president of the Philadelphia Orchard Project (www.phillyorchards.org); board chair of JUNTOS/Casa de los Soles (www.vamosjuntos.org) and on the boards of the African Cultural Alliance of North America (www.acanaus.org) and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (www.dcp.ufl.edu/sacrph).

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Susan Wachter is the Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management at The Wharton School and Professor of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. She is the Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, along with Eugenie Birch with whom she edited the volume “Growing Greener Cities” (Penn Press, 2008). As Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at HUD from 1998 to 2001, she was responsible for national housing and urban policy. During that time she served as a member of the White House Interagency Taskforce on Livable Cities and directed the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing for the development of sustainable design in housing. In addition, Dr. Wachter is the Founder and Director of the Wharton GIS Lab and the Wharton Geospatial Initiative. The author of over 100 articles, she is a past President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and past Editor of Real Estate Economics.

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Caitlin Welsh is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security (S/GFS) at the US Department of State. She assists in the coordination of all aspects of US diplomacy related to food security and nutrition, particularly in African countries. Her portfolio covers the US global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, and aspects of global donor coordination and accountability, including under the $22 billion L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI), the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and the G-8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. She was a Presidential Management Fellow at the US African Development Foundation and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. Caitlin holds an MPA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a BA from the University of Virginia. She speaks Arabic and French.

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Peter White has, over the past twenty-five years, worked with international commercial banks (Citibank, HSBC) and development agencies (IFC, World Bank, USAID, US Peace Corps), promoting and financing private sector investments in emerging markets. While his experience spans numerous global markets, including China, India, and Turkey, his particular regional focus is West Africa, which is home today to 300 million people and will see its food consumption double over the coming two decades. Most recently, he was responsible for IFC’s Agribusiness investment program in West and Central Africa, based in Accra. He has lived and worked extensively in both English- and French-speaking Africa. He currently consults for the World Bank Group and others and is a frequent speaker on agribusiness investment, trade policy, and food security. He has written or collaborated on publications analyzing the challenges and cost implications of intra-regional trade (West Africa), marketing of food staples, and accessing credit for SME and larger scale investment. Peter is an MBA graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Malik Kenyatta Yakini is an activist and educator committed to freedom and justice for African people in particular and humanity in general. He is a founder and the Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a seven-acre farm in Detroit. DBCFSN also spearheaded efforts to establish the Detroit Food Policy Council, which Yakini chaired from December 2009–May 2012. He served as a member of the Michigan Food Policy Council from 2008–10. He serves on the steering committee of Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System. From 1990–2011 he served as Executive Director of Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy, one of Detroit’s leading African-centered schools. In 2006 he was honored as “Administrator of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology from 2004–11. He is CEO of Black Star Educational Management. Mr. Yakini is dedicated to working to identify and alleviate the impact of racism and white privilege on the food system. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Black farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa. He views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice, and equality. Mr. Yakini is featured in the book Blacks Living Green, and the movie Urban Roots and is currently an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellow.

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