World Food Day 2021 – Symposium Agenda

Friday, October 15
9:00 am Central Time



9:00 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Mark Ritchie, President, Global Minnesota
  • Hon. Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota
  • Governor David Beasley, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
  • Dr. Qo Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Jocelyn Brown Hall, Director, North American Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

9:30 am – Global Action for Food Security – Focus on the Social Gastronomy Movement

  • Nicola Gryczka, Co-Founder, Social Gastronomy Movement
  • Charles McNeill, Senior Advisor, Forest and Climate at UN Environment Program
  • Michelle Grogg, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development, Cargill
  • Mariana Vasconcelos, CEO/Founder, AgroSmart
  • Tulsi Giri, Co-Creator, Food Networks
  • Maureen Muketha, Youth Activist/Founder, Tule Vyema
  • Carina Nilsson, Mayor of Malmo, Sweden
  • Mauricio Esteban Rodas Espinel, former Mayor of Quito, Ecuador
  • Moderator: Charles Holmes, Owner, CE Holmes Consulting Inc., and Co-Founder, Academy for Systemic Change

Key Drivers Affecting Global Food Security

10:50 am – Climate Change and Food Security

    • Joyce Chang, Managing Director and Chair, Global Research, JPMorgan Chase

11:10 am – COVID-19 and Food Security

    • Ambassador Ahmed Awad, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Federal Republic of Somalia

11:30 am – Violent Conflict and Food Security

    • H.E. Ambassador Collen Vixen Kelapile, President, UN Economic and Social Council

12:00 pm – Keynote Discussion: Building Food Security from the Bottom-Up

  • Dr. James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Group, 2020 Recipient, Oslo Business for Peace Award

Finding Solutions that Promote Food Security

1:00 pm – Climate-Smart Measures that Promote Food Security

    • Paula Caballero, Managing Director, Lands for Life Program, Rare
    • Tim Rhodd, Tribal Chairman, Iowa Tribe of Nebraska and Kansas
    • Brett Ramey, Climate Resilience Planner, Iowa Tribe of Nebraska and Kansas, and Program Consultant, Regenerative Agriculture Foundation
    • Dr. Eduard Müller, President, University of International Cooperation, Costa Rica

2:00 pm – Public Health Measures that Promote Food Security

    • Dr. Mary Bussell, Lead, Vaccine Ecosystem Initiative, Economist Group
    • Dr. Mark Steffen, Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
    • Dr. Raj Patel, Research Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas Austin
    • Dr. Rupa Marya, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Founder/Executive Director, Deep Medicine Circle

3:00 pm – Conflict Resolution that Promotes Food Security

    • John Ellenberger, Senior VP, Land O’ Lakes Venture37
    • Johanna Mendelson Forman, Founder/CEO, Conflict Cuisine, School of International Service, American University
    • Michael Chaney, Founder and Executive Director, Project Sweetie Pie

4:00 pm – Final Remarks

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Thank you to promotional partners: Agriculture & Trade Policy, Books for Africa, Conflict Cuisine, Eating City, Food Tank, Global Ties U.S., GREATER MSP, International Relations Council, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Minnesota Women’s Press, MyFormulary Health, Public Diplomacy Council, Second Harvest Heartland, Social Gastronomy Movement, South Dakota World Affairs Council, United Nations Association of Minnesota (UNA-MN), and Upstate International and World Affairs Council Upstate.