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Conference Speakers (2008)

Global Food Security Conference


  • Shellemiah O. Keya, Advisor to Director General, Africa Rice Center (WARDA)
  • Ato Tefera Derbew, Head, Amhara Regional State Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development Ethiopia
  • Carole Robert, President, Biotechnology for Sustainable Development in Africa Foundation (BDA)
  • Gaétan Lussier, Chairman of the Board, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
  • Ted Boyle, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Douglas Hedley, Executive Director, Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
  • John Scott, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
  • Jim Cornelius, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  • Sheri Arnott, CHF-Partners in Rural Development, on behalf of the Canadian Food Security Policy Group
  • Aly Shady, Canadian international Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Sandra Polaski, Senior Associate and Director, Trade, Equity and Development Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Neil Conklin, President, Farm Foundation
  • Daniel Gustafson, Director, Liaison Office for North America, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
  • Mohamed Ait Kadi, President, General Council of Agricultural Development, Rabat, Morocco
  • Al Mussell, George Morris Centre
  • M. Gopalakrishnan, Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
  • Caroline Pestieau, International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
  • Jack Wilkinson, International Federation of Agricultural Producers
  • Mohammed Mukhier, Head, Disaster Policy and Preparedness Department, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Switzerland
  • Maximo Torero, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Kanayo F. Nwanze, Vice-President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • François Dagenais, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
  • Robert Zeigler, Director General, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • Philip Oxhorn, Director, McGill Centre for Developing-Area Studies, McGill University
  • Nicholas Kasirer, Dean, Faculty of Law, McGill University
  • Zhu Jing, Deputy Director, Department of Economics and Finance, College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University
  • Ken Ash, Deputy Director, Trade and Agriculture, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Gordon Bacon, CEO, Pulse Canada
  • Hon. Robert Persaud, Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Guyana
  • Galina Stulina, Soils and Agronomy Specialist, SANRI and Scientific Information Center of the Interstate Commission Water Coordination, Uzbekistan
  • Nicolas Carpentier, Sun Youth Organization
  • K. Thangavel, Professor, Food Process Engineering, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Daniel Uza, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
  • Jean-Paul Laforest, Doyen - Dean, Faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation, Université Laval
  • Tim Ogilvie, Dean, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Derek Byerlee, World Bank
  • Henk-Jan Brinkman, Senior Adviser for Economic Policy, World Food Programme
  • Experts from: Canada, China, Egypt, Europe, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Kenya, Morocco, United States