At the world Food Convention – “Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way”
latest presentations from leading experts await you. Find out who they are and follow their
live discussions on June 24th from 2:00 pm CEST (+2UTC)

You can also watch all contributions from our last year´s speakers, by klicking the links.




David Beasley
Executive Director for the UN World Food Programme (WFP)

As Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley’s work transcends political, religious and ethnic boundaries to promote economic development and education. At WFP, Beasley uses leadership and communication skills spanning four decades to mobilize more financial support and public awareness for the global fight against hunger.

Before joining WFP in April 2017, Beasley worked for over a decade in more than a hundred countries with influential leaders and managers on projects to promote peace, reconciliation, and economic progress. As governor of the US state of South Carolina, Beasley headed the state from 1995 to 1999. Beasley was the first governor in South Carolina to publicly demand that the Confederate flag be removed from the roof of the State Capitol – for which he was awarded the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” award.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a doctorate in law (Dr. Jur.) From the University of South Carolina, and also taught at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.


World Food Convention 2021
Closing Speech


Ertharin Cousin
Former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme 

Panel: Carbon Market / Farming
live stream | June 24 at 5:00 p.m. CEST


Christoph Heinrich
Director of the Conservation Department at WWF Germany

Christoph Heinrich, born in 1965, is a member of WWF’s Executive Board and is responsible for WWF’s nature conservation work to preserve biological diversity. The focus is on the protection of endangered habitats and species in international priority regions of the tropics and temperate latitudes, as well as in Germany.

After studying law and geography in Giessen, Christoph Heinrich began his professional career at NABU, where he headed the Nature Conservation and Environmental Policy Department at federal level until 2004.

As a member of numerous nature conservation organizations, the geographer has been active in nature conservation on a voluntary basis since his youth.

Panel: Farm to Fork
live stream | June 24 at 4:00 p.m. CEST


Dr. Agnes Kalibata
President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

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

Since 2019: United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. In this role, she provides leadership, guidance, and strategic direction on behalf of the Secretary-General to develop and deliver a Summit that will be a key contribution to the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

2008-2014: Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), where she drove programs that moved her country from a food insecure to a food secure status and became a reference point for other countries that sought to deliver agriculture transformation.

Various boards, councils and commissions: Global Commission on Adaptation, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Global Panel for Agriculture & Food Systems for Nutrition, Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP), Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, Malabo-Montpellier Panel etc.

Doctorate degree in Entomology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Panel: Carbon Market
live stream | June 24 at 5:00 p.m. CEST


Julia Klöckner
German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

Panel: Farm to Fork
live stream | June 24 at 4:00 p.m. CEST


Michaela Küfner
Chief Political Editor, Deutsche Welle

World Food Convention 2020


Dr Gerd Müller
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Member of the Bundestag since 1994

until 2005 foreign and European policy spokesman of the CSU state group

2005 to 2013 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

(Copyright Foto Gottschalk/photothek.net)

Panel: Food Security
live stream | June 24 at 2:00 p.m. CEST

Watch last year´s keynote


Prof Dr Joachim von Braun
Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change

His research is on economic development, science and technology policy, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, agriculture, resource economics and trade.

He serves as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General.

von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, member of various other academies.

From 2002 to 2009, he was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC.

Panel Discussion: Food Security
live stream | June 24 at 2:00 p.m. CEST