Martien Van Nieuwkoop
Global Director, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank Group
As a Global Director for the World Bank’s Agriculture and Food Global Practice, Martien provides leadership to the formulation and implementation of the Bank’s strategy and knowledge in agriculture and food, oversees the operationalization of the Bank’s vision on agriculture and food in regional and country programs, and acts as a senior spokesperson for agriculture and food Bank-wide and globally. Before his current position, he has held numerous managerial and leadership positions covering the Bank’s engagement on agriculture in Africa, Latin-America, and South Asia. Martien is a Dutch national who holds post-graduate degrees in Agricultural Economics from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and in Business Administration from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, USA.
Dr. Lawrence Haddad
Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Dr Lawrence Haddad became the Executive Director of GAIN in October 2016. Prior to this, Lawrence was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report from 2014 to 2016. From 2004 to 2014, Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world's leading development studies institute. Before joining IDS in 2004, he was Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 1994 to 2004. From 2009 to 2010, he was the U.K. representative on the Steering Committee of the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the U.N. Committee on World Food Security (CSF). From 2010 to 2012, he was the President of the U.K. and Ireland's Development Studies Association. An economist, Lawrence completed his PhD in Food Research at Stanford University in 1988. In June 2018, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded the 2018 World Food Prize to Lawrence Haddad, and David Nabarro, former Special Adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General. Announcing the award - Ambassador Quinn, World Food Prize President - cited the recipients for their "extraordinary intellectual and policy leadership in bringing maternal and child nutrition to the forefront of the global food security agenda and thereby significantly reducing childhood stunting".
Core Faculty, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics, The Johns Hopkins University
Jessica Fanzo, Ph.D. is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as the Director of Hopkins' Global Food Policy and Ethics Program, and as Director of Food & Nutrition Security at the JHU Alliance for a Healthier World. From 2017 to 2019, Jessica served as the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report, the U.N. High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition, and the EAT Lancet Commission. Before coming to Hopkins, she has also held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Jessica has a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Madhur Gautam
Lead Agriculture Economist, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Dr. Madhur Gautam is a Lead Agriculture Economist with the Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and a Masters in Economics. The current focus of his work is agriculture and food policies, food security, and rural development strategy. In addition to leading major evaluations, he has authored and contributed to numerous country and sector development strategies, sector and topical analytical and diagnostic reports, policy notes and journal papers. His research interests include food security, productivity growth, structural transformation, risk management, agricultural markets and price analysis, social safety nets, public expenditure analysis, and broadly agriculture and rural development policy.
Dr. Geeta Sethi
Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Dr. Geeta Sethi is the Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems at the World Bank. She manages the World Bank’s program on Food Loss and Waste Reduction. She has more than 20 years of experience working as an economist in fragile, low-, and middle-income countries. Her work has focused on issues of rural development, service delivery, and intergovernmental fiscal policies around the world. She has delivered many lending programs to the World Bank Board and published books and articles in refereed journals on issues relating to rural labor markets, trade policy, and fiscal decentralization. Previously, she was the Chief of Staff to the Climate Change Vice President and Special Envoy, the Operations and Strategy Manager for Climate Change, and worked as the Program Manager for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. She has an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics.