MODERATOR: Glenn Denning
Professor of Professional Practice at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and Director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia’s Earth Institute
With more than 25 years of field experience in Asia and Africa, Denning is an authority on international agriculture and food security. He teaches at Columbia and advises governments and international organizations.
Denning joined the Earth Institute in 2004 as Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director of the Tropical Agriculture and Environment Program. He helped establish The MDG Centre, East and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and served as its Director for 5 years. Denning provided leadership to the Centre's agenda in agriculture and rural development and its support to the African Green Revolution. He previously held senior management positions in the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya.
Managing Director, Global Government and Corporate Affairs, Bunge Limited
Mr. Hausmann is Managing Director, Global Government and Corporate Affairs for Bunge Limited. He coordinates Bunge’s government affairs, corporate sustainability and community relations on a global level. Previously, he was CEO of Bunge North America, CEO of Bunge Europe and CEO of Cereol S.A. before its acquisition by Bunge in 2002. He started his agribusiness career at Continental Grain, where he served in leadership roles in North America, South America, Africa and Europe. Mr. Hausmann is a past president of Fediol, the European association of oilseed crushers. He received a B.S. in business from Boston College and an M.B.A. from the INSEAD.
Gary H. Toenniessen
Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation (ROLE OF DONORS)
Gary H. Toenniessen joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 1971. As Managing Director, he leads the strategic direction for the Foundation’s initiatives in agricultural development. He has also served as the Assistant Director for the Natural and Environmental Sciences Division, Assistant Director, Associate Director and Deputy Director for Agricultural Sciences and Director, Food Security. In 2006 he served as Founding President (on an interim basis) of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, a joint project of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Toenniessen has written and edited numerous papers and books on biotechnology, agriculture and international food issues, many co-authored with other Foundation officers. He continues to develop ideas and theories on how the world’s growing population could and should be fed and how agricultural development could be a more effective engine for economic growth. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of the Adolph E. Gude Jr. Award of the American Society of Plant Biology. Mr. Toenniessen has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Senior Research Scientist in the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program of the Earth Institute
Cheryl A. Palm is a Senior Research Scientist in the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program of the Earth Institute at Columbia University where she is also the Science Director of the Millennium Villages Project. A tropical ecologist focusing on land use change, Dr. Palm received her Ph.D. in soil science from North Carolina State University after completing her bachelor's and master's degrees in zoology at the University of California, Davis. She served as Principal Research Scientist of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Program in Nairobi, Kenya from 1991-2001. She has served on the faculties of North Carolina State University, Colorado State University and spent a year as visiting scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. She was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomists in 2005 and is currently the chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI).
Dr. Palm’s research focuses on land use change, degradation and rehabilitation, and ecosystem services in tropical landscapes. She led a major effort quantifying carbon stocks, losses and net greenhouse gas emissions following slash and burn and alternative land use systems in the humid tropics in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon, Indonesia and the Congo Basin. She has spent much of the past 15 years investigating nutrient dynamics in farming systems of Africa, including options for land rehabilitation. Most recent work includes the Millennium Villages Project, an integrated approach to achieving the Millennium Development Goals in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. The approach combines evidence based interventions and community based participation. The team is currently working with the Millennium Villages sites developing carbon offset projects for carbon sequestration in degraded landscapes that will provide additional ecosystem services and benefit local communities.
Photo by Prasanth Chandran
Wednesday April 25,
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Low Memorial Library
435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027