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Friday, September 16 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
Open Data Revolution: Pipe Dream or Global Solution?

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Massive, freely available ag and nutrition data is potentially the single greatest accelerator towards a zero hunger world. The CGIAR and Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) tackle the challenges of transforming research to create a greater global public good with open data and the resultant access to big data approaches.

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Paula Hunker

Director of Strategy and Policy, HSI, Auburn University
Paula Hunker is the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University. She was posted to Auburn University by WFP to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor, representing the United Nation’s World Food Programme in their joint fight against hunger. She works closely with Dean June Henton and her team in supporting Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) and also building the Hunger Solutions Institute as a... Read More →
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Steven Prager

Senior Scientist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Steven Prager is a Senior Scientist for Integrated Modeling at CIAT where he leads activities supporting ex-ante impact assessment of different agricultural technologies and policies. He also co-leads a team of agricultural and climate system modelers whose work is used throughout the world to support agriculture decision-making. He has a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University where he studied economic development and the throughput of... Read More →

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Samantha Custer

Director of Policy Analysis, AidData/College of William & Mary
Samantha directs AidData’s policy and communications efforts to encourage greater visibility, uptake and use of open data for decision-making, advocacy and research. She leads AidData’s work to produce rigorous policy analysis on development investments and results, as well as leveraging social surveys to learn from the experiences of decision-makers in low and middle income countries regarding impact of external money and ideas on... Read More →
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Steve Dauphin

Director, Kirchner Impact Foundation
Steve has over 20 years of venture capital, and fund management experience with particularly focus on the agriculture sector. Steve has worked with funds totaling in excess of $200M. Steve presented a market-based technology commercialization strategy for advanced fertilizer technologies in 2010 to a gathering of global agricultural experts assembled at the World Bank. The Food Security Group and eventually Kirchner Agricultural Partners were... Read More →
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Brady Deaton

Chancellor Emeritus and Executive Director, Deaton, University of Missouri
Brady J. Deaton was Chancellor of the University of Missouri from 2004–2013 and now serves in emeritus status and as Director of the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development at Missouri. He was appointed Chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development by President Obama in 2011, and reappointed in 2012 for a four-year term. Brady earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and a... Read More →
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Julia Finkelstein

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Cornell University
Dr. Julia Finkelstein is the Follett Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. She is also an adjunct Associate Professor at St. John's Research Institute in Bangalore, India, and a Fellow at the Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University, Master of Public Health... Read More →
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Glenda Humiston

Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
Dr. Glenda Humiston became Vice President of UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources in August 2015.  Humiston brings over 25 years of experience working on public policy development and program implementation supporting sustainability; prior experience includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia and several years as a consultant on environmental and agricultural issues throughout the western states.  Prior... Read More →
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Mark Keenum

President, Mississippi State University
Dr. Mark Everett Keenum became Mississippi State's 19th president Jan. 5, 2009, following a distinguished public service career. Keenum serves as chairman of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges' Executive Council. In 2016, Keenum was elected president of the Southeastern Conference where he is a member of the SEC Executive Committee and continues to serve on the SEC’s Content Committee that oversees... Read More →
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John McHarris

Deputy Chief Vulnerability Analysis Mapping/VAM, UN WFP
Mr. John McHarris graduated from Syracuse University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.  John earned a Master’s of Science (M.S.) in Forestry in 1991, with a focus on GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Remote Sensing at the State University of New York’s School of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. Since 2012, John has been working with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) Rome... Read More →
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Charles McKeown

Owner, MTS LLC
Charles McKeown is a decision support, geospatial, and outreach practitioner with experience in higher education and in the private sector. In his work at Michigan State University, he has performed energy efficiency and renewable energy analysis, resource assessment, cluster analysis, ecological assessments, and developed decision support and analytics systems and education for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Michigan Public Service... Read More →
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Matthew McNaughton

Executive Director, SlashRoots Foundation
Matthew McNaughton is the Executive Director of the SlashRoots Foundation, a civic tech non-profit building technology and communities to address development issues in the Caribbean. In this role he develops strategies and leads projects to improve the design and delivery of public services and development programmes. He focuses on the process by which institutions be become more data-driven, utilizing open data, user-centred design, and... Read More →
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Steven Prager

Senior Scientist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Steven Prager is a Senior Scientist for Integrated Modeling at CIAT where he leads activities supporting ex-ante impact assessment of different agricultural technologies and policies. He also co-leads a team of agricultural and climate system modelers whose work is used throughout the world to support agriculture decision-making. He has a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University where he studied economic development and the throughput of... Read More →
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Daniel Jiménez R

Scientist, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)
Colombian agronomist Daniel Jiménez is a scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences (Agriculture) from Ghent University, Belgium and currently is the leader of the group of Big Data at CIAT. Daniel’s data-mining approach to agronomy is now rapidly gaining proponents at all levels – from farmers and technicians to government decision makers and... Read More →

Friday September 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
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