Keynote speakers


Keynote speaker 1: Sir John Beddington - Chief Scientific Officer UK

Sir John Beddington was appointed as Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) on 1 January 2008. Since being in post, the GCSA has led on providing scientific advice to Government during the 2009 swine flu outbreak and the 2010 volcanic ash incident. The GCSA has also been responsible for increasing the scientific capacity across Whitehall by encouraging all major departments of state to recruit a Chief Scientific Adviser.
Throughout 2008 and 2009 Sir John raised the concept of the “Perfect Storm” of food, energy and water security in the context of climate change, gaining considerable media attention and raising this as a priority in the UK and internationally.
Prior to his appointment as GCSA, he was Professor of Applied Population Biology and headed the main departments of environmental science and technology at Imperial College. His main research interests are the application of biological and economic analysis to problems of Natural Resource Management.
Sir John has previously been advisor to a number of UK Government departments including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office. He has also advised several Governments and international bodies including the Australian, New Zealand and US Governments, the European Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme and Food and Agriculture Organisation.
He was, for six years, a member of the Natural Environment Research Council. In June 1997 he was awarded the Heidelberg Award for Environmental Excellence, in 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004 he was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by Her Majesty the Queen and in June 2010 was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Keynote speaker 2: Ms Lindiwe Sibanda – CEO of FANRPAN

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda has held the position of CEO of FANRPAN since 2004. She is currently coordinating policy research and advocacy programs in 14 southern African countries, all aimed at making Africa a food-secure region. Her portfolio includes policy research and advocacy work on food policies, agricultural productivity, natural resources and environment, and the impact of HIV/ Aids on agriculture and food security in southern Africa. In 2009, Dr Sibanda led the "No-Agriculture, No-Deal" global campaign and mobilised African civil society organisations to push for the inclusion of agriculture in the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) negotiations.

Lindiwe is an animal scientist by training and a practicing commercial beef cattle farmer. She received her BSc at the University of Alexandria, Egypt; her MSc and PhD at the University of Reading, UK. She is a serving trustee for two CGIAR boards CIMMYT and ILRI and has been involved with the Farming First global campaign, advocating for a holistic approach to sustainable agricultural development since 2008.

In August 2010, Lindiwe was co-opted into the Global Development advisory Panel which comprises some of the world's most influential thinkers and preeminent development experts. She has also published numerous policy advocacy materials in international media, journal articles and book chapters.

Keynote speaker 3: Mr Martin Kropff – Wageningen UR

Introduction to the themes

Prof. Martin Kropff took his masters in biology at Utrecht University and his PhD at Wageningen University, both cum laude. After his PhD he went to the Philippines to lead the international programme on systems analysis and simulation of the International Rice Research Institute for a period of four years. He returned to Wageningen University to become professor in, what now is called, the chair group of Crop and Weed Ecology. From 1998 to 2002 he was scientific director of the C.T. de Wit graduate school. In 2000 he was asked to become general director of the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen UR, and in 2005 he joined the Executive Board as vice-president and Rector Magnificus.


Keynote speaker 4: Mr Bruce Campbell - CCAFS Director

Dr Bruce Campbell has degrees in Ecology from Cape Town (B.Sc.  Hons.), Minnesota (M.Sc.) and Utrecht (Ph.D.), but has increasingly moved into inter-disciplinary work, championing new approaches to doing applied research on natural resource management. He is Director of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) (, and a staff member of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He operates out of the CCAFS office at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

CCAFS taps into the complementary strengths of the international agricultural system (CGIAR) and the Earth Systems Science Partnership (ESSP), and their respective partners, to address the most pressing and complex challenge to food security in the 21st century. The collaboration brings together some of the world's best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science and Earth System science.
He serves on several editorial boards, and is a scientific committee member of PECS, the ICSU Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society.
He was previously based in Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Australia, where he has worked in agricultural and forestry research for development. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and more than a dozen books.

Keynote speaker 5: Mr John Ingram - NERC Food Security Leader

Following a BSc in chemistry from King’s College, University of London (1979) and a MSc in soil chemistry from the University of Reading (1980), John Ingram gained extensive experience in the 1980s working in East and Southern Africa, and South Asia in agriculture, forestry and agroecology research projects. In 1991 he was recruited by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to help organise, coordinate and synthesise research on global change and agroecology as part of International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, launching and running a series of international research networks on crops, soils, and pests and diseases. In 2001 he was appointed Executive Officer for the Earth System Science Partnership’s Joint Project “Global Environmental Change and Food Systems” (GECAFS). On the close of GECAFS in 2011, he assumed a new role as ‘NERC Food Security Leader’.

John has had substantial interaction with a number of international organisations, especially the UN-FAO and the CGIAR and has worked closely with international and national departments, agencies and NGOs helping to establish region-wide research on the links between food security and environmental stress. Focal areas for his work have in the Indo-Gangetic Plains of south Asia, southern Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. He has published on a wide range of topics ranging from soil organic matter dynamics to food security issues. His recent activities have included promoting, coordinating and integrating international research related to the interactions between global environmental change and food security, as researched through analysis of food systems. Much of this work was brought together in his PhD thesis “From Food Production to Food Security: Developing interdisciplinary, regional-level research” (Wageningen University, NL: 2011).

John is based in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

Keynote speaker 6: Mr William Moomaw – The Fletcher School

Dr. William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy and Director of the center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School Tufts University. He earned a PhD in physical Chemistry at MIT, and has worked on stratospheric ozone, climate, energy, forests, water and sustainable development issues for over 20 years. He has served as a lead author for three Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports addressing mitigation options in the context of development, and a convening lead author of both the IPCC Third Assessment Report (2001) and the Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change (2011). He was a lead author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a co-author for a major report on nitrogen pollution for the EPA Science Advisory Board, a report on Financing Forests for the UN Forum on Forests, written reports for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and United Nations Environmental Program and is coauthor of a soon to be completed book on Sustainable International Forest Diplomacy and Governance.  He was also a member of the Technical Steering Committee that published the new forest management recommendations for Massachusetts that have just been adopted. He has lead training sessions for climate, environment and resource negotiators, and facilitated international environmental negotiations. He has advised corporations, governments, UN agencies and The World Bank on climate, sustainable energy and forest issues. He serves on the board of directors of several climate organizations and the Consensus Building institute.  He lives with his wife, Margot, in a recently completed zero net energy home in Massachusetts that is powered by grid connected solar energy, and heated by a ground source heat pump.


Keynote speaker 7: Mr. Namanga Ngongi– Director AGRA

Namanga Ngongi has been the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) since 2007.  He has diverse professional experience at national and international levels in areas related to agriculture, food security and management of international organizations.  He began his career in Cameroon working as an Extension Officer and Deputy Head of Projects in the Ministry of Agriculture.  In 1980, he was appointed Representative to the United Nations (UN) food agencies in Rome. 

He joined the World Food Program (WFP) in 1984 and became Deputy Executive Director in 1994.  In 2001 he was appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and led the peace keeping mission (MONUC) for two years.  He helped put together the transitional government.  Dr. Ngongi retired from the UN in 2003.  He has since undertaken several high –level missions for the UN, including a study on food reserve systems in Africa and coordination of an international conference on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in Sierra Leone. 

Namanga holds a PhD (Agronomy/Crop Science) 1976 from Cornell University.















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