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
  • Moderator: Charles Holmes, Owner, CE Holmes Consulting Inc., and and Co-Founder, Academy for Systemic Change

Key Drivers Affecting Global Food Security

Climate Change and Food Security

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

COVID-19 and Food Security

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

Violent Conflict and Food Security

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

12:00 pm – Supply Chain Solutions that Advance Food Security

  • Sonya Roberts, President, Cargill Salt, and MBOLD Co-Chair

Keynote Discussion: Building Food Security from the Bottom-Up

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

1:00 pm – Finding Solutions that Promote Food Security

Climate-Smart Measures that Promote Food Security

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

Public Health Measures that Promote Food Security

    • Dr. Mary Bussell, Lead, Vaccine Ecosystem Initiative, Economist Group
    • Jenna Carter, Public Affairs and Government Relations Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota 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

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

4:00 pm – Final Remarks

Get to Know the Speakers


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Thank you to promotional partners: Conflict Cuisine, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Minnesota Women’s Press, MyFormulary, Public Diplomacy Council, Second Harvest Heartland, Social Gastronomy Movement, and South Dakota World Affairs Council.