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Thursday, September 15 • 8:00am - 10:00am
Opening Plenary

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Welcome by Andre Laperriere, Executive Director, GODAN Secretariat
Welcome by Amir Dossal, GODAN Summit Master of Ceremonies
Remarks by Kerry Kennedy, President, Kennedy Human Rights
Remarks by Kate Van Waes, Policy Director, ONE Campaign
Video Address by David Nabarro, Special Advisor, United Nations
Lightning Presentation Panel and Q&A
  *Moderated by: Nancy Stetson, U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security
  *Derrick Easton, Willis Towers Watson
  *Sumair Sayani, Project 8
  *Prasanta Kalita, Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss, ADM
  *Sanjeev Krishnan, Seed 2 Growth
Remarks by Trevor Nicholls, CEO, CABI
Remarks by John Rossant, Chairman, New Cities Foundation
Remarks by Willy Bett, Minister of Agriculture, Kenya 
Remarks by Judith Rowland, Head of U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Global CItizen

Session Speaker
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Willy Bett

Cabinet Secretary, Republic of Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
Willy Kipkorir Bett is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. By the time of his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Bett was serving as the Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Seed Company, a position he held for six years (2009-2015). During his tenure, the company’s financial performance grew significantly from a turnover of KES2.9 billion in 2011 to KES5.0 billion in 2015 with a paradox profit of KES50 million... Read More →
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Derrick Easton

Managing Director, Alternative Risk Transfer Solu, Willis Towers Watson
Derrick Easton is the Managing Director of Alternative Risk Transfer Solutions at Willis, Towers, Watson. Derrick joined Willis in 2015 from Aon where he was Managing Director and Leader of their US Risk Finance, Captive Consulting and Captive Reinsurance practices. He was also a member of the US Risk Consulting Senior Management Team. Prior to Aon, he was a Senior Vice President in the Alternative Risk Solutions team of Marsh USA where his focus... Read More →
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Prasanta Kalita

Associate Dean, University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Scie
Dr. Prasanta K. Kalita is the Director of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss and a Professor and Leader of the Soil & Water Resources Engineering Division in Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department at the University of Illinois. He currently also serves as the Assistant Dean of Research in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and a Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the... Read More →
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Kerry Kennedy

President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
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Sanjeev Krishnan

Managing Director, S2G Ventures
As Managing Director at Seed 2 Growth, Sanjeev is active in developing investments and managing portfolio companies. He has over 15 years of experience in sourcing, executing, managing and governing venture and private equity investments. He began investing in the food and agriculture sectors in 2003 as a co-founder of the life sciences practice of the IFC, the $20 billion private investment arm of the World Bank. His previous investment roles... Read More →
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Andre Laperriere

Executive Director, GODAN Secretariat
Mr. André Laperriere joined the Global Open Data Initiative on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) as its first Executive Director, in September 2015. During his career, Mr. Laperriere has led/managed numerous projects on behalf of large Private Corporations and subsequently, within the United Nations and the World Bank. In this context he played a senior role in the design and the implementation of major reforms within a number of... Read More →
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Trevor Nicholls

CEO, CABI
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John Rossant

Founder and Chairman, New Cities Foundation
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Judith Rowland

Head of U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Global Citizen
Judith Rowland (@JudithJRowland) is the Head of U.S. Policy and Advocacy at Global Citizen. Ms. Rowland holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Missouri State University and a graduate degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. In her current role, Judith leads Global Citizen’s advocacy within the U.S. government. Judith helped secure over 100 cosponsors on the 2014 Water for the... Read More →
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Sumair Sayani

Vice President, The Demand Institute / Project 8
Sumair Sayani is a Vice President at The Demand Institute and Nielsen. Sumair leads The Demand Institute’s delivery of key research programs. Prior to this role, Sumair led the Nielsen’s Public Development & Sustainability Vertical for Middle East North Africa & Pakistan (MENAP) region working with a diverse range of clients from the private sector and government ministries to NGOs and multilateral donors. Sumair has been... Read More →
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Nancy Stetson

U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security, U.S. State Department
Dr. Nancy Stetson is the U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security. As head of the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security she is responsible for leading all aspects of U.S. diplomacy related to food security and nutrition. Dr. Stetson’s diplomatic efforts to advance global food security and nutrition target donors, developing countries, emerging economies, multilateral organizations, civil society, and the private... Read More →
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Kathryn Van Waes

Policy Director, ONE
Kate (Russell) Van Waes is a Policy Director at ONE, leading the organization’s policy on global security and development, agricultural development, nutrition, energy poverty, education, women and girls, climate change, and trade and investment.  Kate was the lead author of ONE’s 2015 Poverty is Sexist Report, directed the 2016 global nutrition campaign, and led the 2015-2016 founding of the SDG2 Accountability Framework... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2016 8:00am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

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