Speakers

Alex de Waal

Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed famine, conflict and peacebuilding, and the ‘political marketplace’ as an alternative framework for understanding state fragility and failure. De Waal’s most recent books are:

  • The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, war and the business of power (Polity Press, 2015).
  • Mass Starvation: The history and future of famine (Polity Press 2018).

Alex de Waal has served as an advisor to the African Union for mediation efforts in Sudan. He was on the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 most influential public intellectuals in 2008 and Atlantic Monthly’s 27 ‘brave thinkers’ in 2009. 

 

Connell Foley

Connell Foley is currently Director of Strategy, Advocacy and Learning at Concern Worldwide.

He is responsible for the key functions of programme policy and strategy, programme quality, technical support, research, learning and innovation as well as global advocacy. Concern’s international advocacy is focused primarily on hunger (especially nutrition and community resilience) and humanitarian reform. Leading organisational strategy, he has spearheaded the drive for results and evidence and led the development of an action-research portfolio of programmes.

He has visited over twenty developing countries in Africa and Asia providing technical assistance. He has been a support manager and technical adviser specialising in issues of programme quality, livelihoods, community development, partnership, capacity building, civil society and organisational learning.

Previously, he worked for six years in Cambodia with a variety of organisations: UN, Irish Government and an American NGO.

Cormac Ó Gráda

Cormac Ó Gráda is Professor Emeritus, School of Economics, UCD.  He is an economic historian and his most recent books are Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce (Princeton, 2006); Famine: A Short History (Princeton, 2009);  Eating People is Wrong: Essays on the History and Future of Famine (Princeton, 2015); and (co-edited with Guido Alfani), Famine in European History (Cambridge,2017).  Much of his research these days is on British economic history,  with his colleague Morgan Kelly as a frequent collaborator.  He was awarded the RIA’s Gold Medal in the Humanities in 2009 and is currently (2017-18) President of the Economic History Association.

Shenggen Fan

Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009.

Dr. Fan joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI’s program on public investment before becoming the director of the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005.

He is one of the Champions of Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward cutting global food loss and waste. He serves as a member of the Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. He serves as advisor to many national governments (including China and Vietnam) on agriculture, food security and nutrition.

 In 2017, Dr. Fan received the 2017 Fudan Management Excellence Award. The award is referred to in China as the “Nobel Prize for Management.” This highly prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of management.

 In 2014, Dr. Fan received the Hunger Hero Award from the World Food Programme in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting hunger worldwide.

Dr. Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

 

Tanya Khara

Tanya Khara is a Public Health Nutritionist (MSc LSHTM 1996) whose experience is rooted in nutrition programming at country level in emergency and development contexts, both as manager and technical adviser. She has worked with a number of NGOs, Valid International, UNICEF and most recently with DFID concentrating on the design, management and review/evaluation of interventions and supportive policy.  She is driven by a desire to better shape and translate research into doable, effective and equitable programmes. As an integral member of the research team responsible for developing Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and subsequently driving the uptake of the approach within UNICEF, she was able to do exactly that. Over the last few years she has broadened her focus, developing a number of technical reviews, exploring neglected areas in international nutrition, including maternal and adolescent nutrition, and the relationship between wasting and stunting, always highlighting key opportunities for improvements in programming and policy. After a number of years working for them as a consultant on technical projects, Tanya was delighted to join the ENN as a technical director in September 2017.

Steve Collins

Starvation in the 21st century is a disgrace. Steve is driven by the imperative to end this and the vision to do so at global scale. He started in famine relief in 1985, working in all major African famines of the 1990s. Whilst treating starving adults, he developed management protocols, later adopted by WHO. Later, he pioneered a new community-based treatment paradigm, led the manufacture and development of effective nutritional products in developing countries and innovated M&E tools. In 1999, he started Valid International to drive global change in the management of undernutrition and in 2005, Valid Nutrition to manufacture effective nutritional products in developing countries made from locally-grown ingredients.

His philosophy is not to import solutions into the developing world, but to add value to local society, industry and farming.

He is a qualified medical doctor (1989), has an MD(lond.) doctorate (2000) and a DSc(hc.) from Long Island University in the USA (2012) and an MBE (2001).  He is a Senior Ashoka fellowship (2009) and has published multiple articles in top peer reviewed journals.

Stineke Oenema

 

STINEKE OENEMA is nutritionist (Wageningen University) and agricultural economist (London University). She worked several years for FAO and UNICEF in Ghana, Vietnam and Latin America. From 2004-2015 she worked with a Dutch NGO (ICCO) being in charge of food and nutrition security policy and programme development. During this period, she was member of the editorial board of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch. She chaired the European Food Security Group and was part of the Coordinating Committee of the Civil Society Mechanism for the Committee on World Food Security. In the Netherlands, she has been chair of the Netherlands Working Group on Nutrition, a working group of NGOs, private sector actors and knowledge institutes. As member of the Independent Expert Group, she supported the development of the Global Nutrition Reports during its initial years. Before joining the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) in 2016, she worked at Wageningen University, the Centre for Development Innovation. In her current function as Coordinator of the UNSCN, she contributes to maximising nutrition policy, advocacy and programming coherency and consistency in the UN system.

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