2008 Capitol Hill Forum and Riley Memorial Lecture Agriculture, the Fuel for Sustainable Economic Development
12:00 noon February 28, 2008 Rayburn House Office Building Rooms B-339/40, Washington, D.C. (enter on Independence Avenue)
Joachim von Braun Director General, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Last degree: Doctoral Degree, Agricultural Economics, University of Gottingen, Germany. As IFPRI's Director General, he guides and oversees the Institute's efforts to provide research-based sustainable solutions for ending hunger and malnutrition. Before becoming IFPRI's Director General in 2002, he worked as a division director and research fellow of the Institute for 11 years. He also served in this period as Director of the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, Germany; Head of the Department of Economics and Technological Change of the Center; and Professor at the Institute for Agricultural Policy and Applied Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn. He has served on the faculty of the University of Kiel, Germany; the University of Gottingen; and worked as a visiting fellow, Institute of National Planning, Cairo, Egypt. Dr. von Braun has provided extensive short-term assistance in Egypt, Gambia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Sudan, Ethiopia, China Bangladesh, and Russia. As a result of his research, he has published extensively, chiefly on the topics of science and technology and on policy issues relating to trade and aid, famine, health, and nutrition. He was President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists in 2000-2003, and has served numerous scientific societies and advisory councils/boards around the world.