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Kanayo F. Nwanze

kanayoKanayo F. Nwanze is President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which is dedicated to ensuring that agriculture is a central part of the international development agenda, and that governments recognize the concerns of smallholder farmers and other poor rural people. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010. He was previously Director-General of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Africa Rice Center for a decade, where he was instrumental in introducing and promoting New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, a high-yield, drought- and pest-resistant variety developed specifically for the African landscape. Nwanze graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and has a Doctorate in Agricultural Entomology from Kansas State University.

Nwanze was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize in September 2016 for his leadership of IFAD and his advocacy in putting Africa’s smallholder farmers at the centre of the global agricultural agenda. He has also received honorary degrees from McGill University, Canada, and the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, as well as numerous honours and awards from governments, and national and international institutions. He has published extensively, is a member of several scientific associations and has served on various executive boards.


The Rt. Hon Lord Bates

lord batesLord Bates was appointed as a Minister of State at the Department for International Development in October 2016. He was previously a Minister of State at the Home Office from May 2015 until March 2016. Lord Bates holds an MBA degree from Said Business School, University of Oxford and is a Conservative member of the House of Lords. Lord Bates joined the Conservative Party in 1979.

Between 1992 and 1997 he was the Member of Parliament for Langbaurgh constituency. In the House of Commons he served as a senior Government Whip, Paymaster-General in the Cabinet Office and Sponsor Minister for North East England. In 2008 he was appointed to the House of Lords. Between 2008 and 2010 he held a number of Shadow Ministerial posts including: Communities and Local Government, Cabinet Office and the Whips’ Office.

In 2013 he was appointed a Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of the House of Lords. He then was appointed Whip for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on broadcasting in October 2013. At the same time he was also appointed as a Lord-in-Waiting. Following this he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Criminal Information at the Home Office in 2014; the Lords spokesman and Whip at the Department for Work and Pensions; and the Whip at the Department for International Development.


Gordon Conway

unknownGordon Conway is a Professor of International Development at Imperial College, London and Director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on European support of agricultural development in Africa.

From 2005-2009 he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development. Previously he was President of The Rockefeller Foundation and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.

He was educated at the Universities of Wales (Bangor), Cambridge, West Indies (Trinidad) and California (Davis). His discipline is agricultural ecology. In the early 1960's, working in Sabah, North Borneo, he became one of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2005. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex. He was recently President of the Royal Geographical Society.

He has authored The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st century (Penguin and University Press, Cornell) and co-authored Science and Innovation for Development (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)). His most recent book One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World? was published in October 2012.


Alison Evans

lordAlison is a development economist with 30 years of experience in research, policy and evaluation and with geographic experience in southern and eastern Africa, south-east Asia and the Balkans. After gaining degrees from Sussex and Cambridge Universities, she began her career as an academic before joining the staff of the World Bank in 1994. There she worked in country economics, policy and evaluation and was part of the team that produced the World Development Report 1997 and the Bank’s first Annual Review of Development Effectiveness.

Most recently she was Executive Director of ODI, the UK’s leading think tank in international development and humanitarian affairs. Alison specialises in issues of aid and development effectiveness and is a frequent adviser to senior decision makers across the bilateral and multilateral development system.


Paul Winters

paul wintersPaul Winters is Officer-in-Charge, Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) and Director, Research and Impact Assessment (RIA) Division in the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

As Director of Research and Impact Assessment, Winters is responsible for advancing IFAD's research and impact assessment agendas as well as supporting the development effectiveness of IFAD's operations. As Officer-in-Charge of the Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) he oversees the activities of RIA and the Global Engagement, Strategy and Knowledge Division.

From 2004-2015, Winters was a professor in the Department of Economics at American University in Washington, DC where he taught courses on impact evaluation, development economics and environmental economics.

Before American University, he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, the University of New England, and the International Potato Center. He has published numerous journal articles in the areas of impact evaluation, migration, cash transfer programs, rural development and smallholder agriculture.

Winters holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego and a BA in Non-Western Studies from the University of San Diego.


Oriana Bandiera

OrianaOriana Bandiera is Professor of Economics and the Director of the Suntory and Toyota Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics, and a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society, CEPR, BREAD and IZA. She is director of the research programme in State Capabilities within the International Growth Centre (IGC), and of the research programme in Development Economics at CEPR. She is co-editor of Microeconomic Insights, the Journal of Labor Economics and Economica. Her research focuses on the ways in which incentives affect people’s behaviour, and how far these effects depend on social context or social relationships. Professor Bandiera was the 2011 recipient of Carlo Alberto medal, which is awarded biennially to an Italian economist under the age of 40 for outstanding research contributions to the field of economics.


Siobhan Benita

siobhanSiobhan is the Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London (WiL) and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab (WPL).

Before starting her current role of Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London, on 1st August 2016, Siobhan was the Chief Policy and Strategy Officer of the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick for just under three years.

Previous to that, Siobhan was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ government experience and worked in many of the major departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government as well as spending several years at the heart of Government with senior roles in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

She resigned in January 2012 to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election, where she secured around 250,000 votes which was a remarkable achievement for a previously unknown independent with no party machine.

Siobhan has broad experience of TV and radio commentary and speaks regularly on issues, including public policy and gender equality.


Constanza di Nucci

constConstanza Di Nucci is a Technical Specialist for the SKD: Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She coordinates research and development projects on rural transformation and public policy issues, and was acting coordinator of IFAD's Rural Development Report 2016. Previously, she was Program Officer for several regional portfolios at the IFAD Environment and Climate Division.

Ms. Di Nucci has worked for more than 10 years with national and regional civil society organizations in Latin America, strengthening their institutional capacity in accessing public information and productive markets, and participation in public policy processes. Ms Di Nucci was Coordinator of Governmental Agencies and International Cooperation for WWF Argentina, and Project Coordinator of the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC).

She has collaborated with international organizations including the World Bank, the World Food Program, the Global Development Network, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UNICEF, among others.

Ms. Di Nucci was a Fulbright Fellow, and holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She completed her Postgraduate Degree on Social Organizations at the University of San Andres and Torcuato Di Tella University (Argentina), and also earned B.A. on International Relations from the University of San Andres (Argentina).