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
Jason Clay leads the Market Transformation work of WWF-US for agriculture, aquaculture, business and industry, finance, fisheries and forests. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and spent more than 30 years with human rights and environmental organizations. In 1989, Dr. Clay invented Rainforest Marketing, one of the first fair-trade ecolabels in the United States, and was responsible for co-creating Rainforest Crunch and more than 200 other products with combined retail sales of $100 million. 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
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.