Speakers

At the world Food Convention – Digital Edition 2020 latest presentations from leading experts await you. Find out who they are and follow their
live discussions on June 25 from 3.00 pm CEST (+2UTC)

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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.

 

Panel Discussion: Food Systems
live stream | June 25 at 3.00pm CEST

How should resilient food systems look like in and after the COVID-19 crisis?

Amar Bhattacharya 
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution

• Former Director, Group of 24
• Senior Advisor, World Bank

Keynote

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Stephan-Andreas Casdorff
Publisher of the Berlin daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel

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Dr. Theo de Jager
President of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO)

  • Former president of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU, 2013-2018) and of the Pan African Farmers Union (PAFO, 2014-2017)

  • Chairman of the board of Agri All Africa, a board member of FANRPAN and serves on the board of Agri Limpopo (responsible for land reform, transformation, farmer development and Africa Liaison since 2004)

  • Has farmed in South Africa since 1997 (in the South African Lowveld region) with timber and subtropical fruits (avocados, mangoes and macadamia nuts) and also keeps goats

Panel Discussion: EU Green Deal
live stream | June 25 at 4.00pm CEST

What opportunities for the future does the EU Green Deal offer leaders, policymakers and society?

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Dr. forest Christoph Hoffmann
Member of the German Bundestag and Development policy spokesman, FDP parliamentary group

  • From 2007 to 2017 I was mayor of the community of Bad Bellingen (town in Germany).
  • Within the framework of the Technical Cooperation of the GTZ (today GIZ) he worked for two years in Ivory Coast to improve forest management and strengthen nature conservation.

  • After studying forestry at the University of Freiburg and passing the state examination in 1985, he worked as a forester for over 15 years, specialising in forest management and timber sales.

Keynote

Food Systems

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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 Discussion: Food Systems
live stream | June 25 at 3.00pm CEST

How should resilient food systems look like in and after the COVID-19 crisis?

Julia Klöckner
German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

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Michaela Küfner
Chief Political Editor, Deutsche Welle

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Prof. Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen
Head of Research Area II (“Climate Impact and Vulnerability”) at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

  • Hermann Lotze-Campen grew up on a farm and studied Agricultural Sciences and Economics at the University of Kiel and the University of Reading (England).
  • For his doctoral studies he stayed in Kiel, at the University of Minnesota (USA) and at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1998 with distinction.
  • In 2001 Hermann Lotze-Campen joined the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, where he developed a global land use modelling framework for assessments of the interplay between climate impacts, global food and bioenergy demand, agricultural land and water use, trade, and the environment.
  • Hermann Lotze-Campen is Head of PIK´s Research Department “Climate Resilience” and Professor of Sustainable Land Use and Climate Change at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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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

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Anna Rainer
Manager German Agribusiness Alliance, The German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein e.V.)

Video Statement

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Juliane Schäuble
US-Korrespondentin, Juliane Schäuble berichtet seit Juni 2018 aus Washington für den Tagesspiegel.

  • Zuvor arbeitete sie in der Wirtschaftsredaktion und leitete zuletzt das Politikressort des Tagesspiegel.

 

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Stefanie Sabet
Managing Director and Head of Brussels Office Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie

Stefanie Sabet is a degreed International Economist and collected already during her university studies several political lobbying experiences in Brussels and Washington, D.C.. She joined the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries in 2011, being in charge of economic policy, foreign trade and sustainability. Since 2017 Stefanie Sabet is a member of the management board and head of the Brussels office.

Panel Discussion: EU Green Deal
live stream | June 25 at 4.00pm CEST

What opportunities for the future does the EU Green Deal offer leaders, policymakers and society?

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Frank Terhorst
Member of the Executive Leadership Team and Head of Crop Strategy & Portfolio Management for the Crop Science division of Bayer AG

Terhorst has worked at Bayer for over 25 years in the agriculture industry, bringing deep experience in crop strategy, crop protection, seeds and traits, strategic business initiatives, business modeling, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and lifecycle crop management. After beginning his career in crop protection in Germany, Terhorst held various positions in global portfolio management, marketing and controlling, as well as Managing Director/Country Head roles based in the Netherlands and Italy. In 2011, he served as Head of Strategy for Fruits and Vegetables and Insecticides in Germany before becoming Global Head of Seeds. In addition to his responsibilities leading Seeds, Terhorst was most recently responsible for Pre-Merger Planning, which paved the way for Bayer’s successful acquisition of Monsanto.

Panel Discussion: Food Systems
live stream | June 25 at 3.00pm CEST

How should resilient food systems look like in and after the COVID-19 crisis?

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Janusz Wojciechowski
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Union

  • 2019 – present: European Commissioner for Agriculture
  • 2016-2019: Member of the European Court of Auditors
  • 2014-2016: Member of the European Parliament
  • 2001-2004: Deputy Speaker of the Polish Parliament (Sejm)
  • 1995-2001: President of the Polish Supreme Audit Office (NIK)
  • 1994-1995: Under-Secretary of State in the Cabinet Office with responsibility for Legislative Affairs
  • 1993-1995: Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm)
  • 1991-1993: Judge at the High Court of Justice

Panel Discussion: EU Green Deal
live stream | June 25 at 4.00pm CEST

What opportunities for the future does the EU Green Deal offer leaders, policymakers and society?