Panel Members

Co-Chairs

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 eighth President of the African Development Bank, and the first Nigerian to hold the post.
Chair, Task Force on Rural Africa, European Commission
Tom Arnold is Chair of a Task Force on Rural Africa established by the European Commission in May 2018. He is also former Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA).
Executive Director, Research and Development, EMBRAPA - Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária
Celso Moretti is the Executive Director for Research and Development with Embrapa. Researcher with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) for twenty-four years, Dr. Moretti has dedicated the last ten years to public administration.
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009.
President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (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.
Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University
Rachel Kyte is the Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to this role, Ms Kyte was Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) initiative and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy.
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).
Senior Adviser, Non-resident, to the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Food Security Project
Emmy Simmons is currently an independent consultant on international development issues with a focus on food, agriculture, and Africa.
Former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
Until January 2017, her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace was the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission (AUC).
Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Dr Qu Dongyu has been Director-General of FAO since 2019. Prior to this role, Dr Dongyu worked as the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in China.