Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo is the Executive Director of FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa). FARA is an apex organization bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa. Dr. Akinbamijo, a Nigerian national, has spent the past 28 years of his career in Africa and Europe working in the International Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development domain. He was Head of Division of the Agriculture and Food Security Division at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Director of the AU Inter-African Phytosanitary Council based in Yaoundé Cameroon; Read More
Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production and delivery of healthy foods to under-served urban populations. As the son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and longtime farmer, he is recognized as a national leader in urban agriculture and food policy. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter & Gamble, Will Allen returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner-city land with greenhouses, where he established and functions as the CEO of the country's preeminent urban farm and Read More
Elisabeth Atangana is a farmer by profession. Her involvement in community life, including the creation and animation of development associations, professional organizations began in 1979.
Her experience and commitment have been marked nationally by: the establishment in 1980 of the Association of Women for Sustainable Development "Entre Nous" in the town of Esse; the establishment in 1991 of the Chain of Solidarity and Support of Actions for Sustainable Development (CHASAADD-M), organization of integrated local development and vocational training center for farmers; Read More
Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji
Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji is Bhutan's second democratically elected Minister of Agriculture and Forests from the People's Democratic Party (PDP). His Excellency was appointed as the Minister for Agriculture and Forests on 27 July, 2013.
Born on 20 February 1972, His Excellency is from Zhongmaed, Metsho, Lhuentse. He is married with three daughters and a son. He has a Masters in Biology specializing in plant systematics from University of Missouri, USA. He also attended several meetings, workshops and seminars related to natural resources both abroad and in country. He served as a researcher and as a senior planning officer in the Ministry Read More
Christian Felber is a writer and a lecturer at the University of Economics Vienna. He co-founded Attac Austria and is the initiator of the "Economy for the Common Good" and "Bank for the Common Good" in Austria. He is an internationally popular speaker and the author of a couple of best-sellers: 50 Suggestions for a Fairer World, New Values for the Economy, Let's Save Euro, The Economy for the Common Good, Money.T he new rules of the game. He is also a contemporary dancer. He was born in 1972 and he studied Spanish, Psychology, Sociology and Political Sciences in Madrid and Vienna, where he lives. Read More
Anna Lappe is a bestselling author and a nationally recognized advocate for organic farming and justice along the food chain. With her mother, Frances Moore Lappe, Anna founded the Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education. She is also a founding principal of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised and given away nearly $1 million to grassroots social movements addressing the roots of hunger worldwide, two of the leaders of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund's founding in 2002. Named one of TIME magazine's "Eco" Who's Who, Anna's most recent book is Diet for a Hot Planet: Read More
Kathleen Merrigan is Executive Director of Sustainability at The George Washington University, where she leads university efforts in sustainability education, research and outreach. From 2009-2013, Dr. Merrigan was U.S. Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overseeing a $150 billion budget and 110,000 employees. As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Merrigan created and led the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative to support local food systems; was a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign; and made history as the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Read More
Pat Mooney, a Canadian, is the co-founder and executive director of ETC group -- an international civil society organization headquartered in Canada with offices in Ethiopia, Mexico, Philippines and USA. ETC group has consultative status with ECOSOC, FAO, UNCTAD, UNEP, UNFCCC, IPCC and the UN Biodiversity Convention. Since 1977, ETC group has focused on the role of new technologies on the lives and livelihoods of marginalized peoples around the world. Pat Mooney has almost half a century of experience working in international civil society, first addressing aid and development issues and then focusing on food, agriculture and commodity trade. Read More
Andre Leu is the President of International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), the world umbrella body for the organic sector.
Andre has more than 40 years of experience in all areas of organic agriculture from growing, pest control, weed management, marketing, post-harvest, transport, grower organisations, developing new crops and education in Australia and in many other countries.
He has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems across Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa from 40 years of visiting Read More
Gürsel Tonbul was born in 1954. She graduated from the Gazi Teacher Training Institute, the Department of English Language. She was married in 1975 and moved to Kuşadası in the Aegean coast of Turkey. Until 1980, she worked as an English teacher in Kuşadası. She then worked actively as a manager in the family business in tourism and hotel management. She established Çiftlik and Değirmen restaurants in 1995 and created the brand Yerlim. Since 2000, she has been doing certified organic farming. In her farm she produces vegetables, fruits, olives and grapes among many other products. Read More