Former UK Chief Scientific Advisor

Sir John Beddington is the Senior Adviser to the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Natural Resource Management at Oxford University.

Former President of Ghana

John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor was the second President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana (2001–2009) and Chairperson of the African Union (2007–2008).

Panel Members

President of the African Development Bank

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is the President of the African Development Bank. He was also Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria. He is the eight President of the African Development Bank, and the first Nigerian to hold the post.

Director General, Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA)

Tom Arnold is Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA). 

Director General, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

José Graziano da Silva has worked on issues of food security, rural development and agriculture for over 30 years. He was elected Director-General of FAO by the Organisation’s Conference of Member nations on 26 June 2011.

President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

As President of AGRA, Dr. Kalibata leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers.

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy; and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy. 

President, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

Maurício Antônio Lopes is an agronomist from the Federal University of Viçosa- Minas Gerais (Brazil).

President, Public Health Foundation of India

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy is presently President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Co-Chair, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa/AGree

Emmy Simmons is an independent consultant on international development issues with a focus on food, agriculture, and Africa. She serves as co-chair of AGree, an initiative that brings together a diverse group of interests to transform U.S.

Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission

Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace is the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission (AUC).