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Dr. Margaret M. Zeigler, Executive Director
Margaret has dedicated her career to addressing global hunger and food security, most recently serving as deputy director at the Congressional Hunger Center, where she spent the past 18 years working closely with the public and private sectors, non-profit organizations, industry leaders and policy makers to promote food security and reduce hunger.
Margaret is a recognized thought leader on food security issues, serving as a media commentator and writer for several publications and news networks around the world.
Ann M. Steensland, Deputy Director
Ann served as chief of staff of the Alliance to End Hunger from 2008 to 2012 where she advised and supported the executive director, Ambassador Tony P. Hall; led the Alliance’s work on global agriculture, food security, and nutrition; and liaised with the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.
For the last 15 years, Ann has worked and consulted for a variety of international non-profits, arts institutions, and advocacy organizations. She has a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in African History.
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Doyle Karr, Biotechnology Public Policy Director, DuPont
Doyle Karr is the director of DuPont Biotechnology Public Policy. His role includes the development and implementation of company-wide strategies for biotechnology policies, acceptance and communications across business units and functional areas.
Doyle began his career at DuPont Pioneer in 1989 with the marketing communications group for North America operations. He held a variety of communications roles before being named the director of global communications for Pioneer in 2004. While in that role, Doyle also led global public affairs for DuPont Ag & Nutrition business. He was named director of DuPont biotechnology public policy in 2013.
Prior to joining Pioneer Karr was a journalist in Illinois and Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois in Journalism and Agriculture and was raised on a small farm in central Illinois.
Grady Bishop, Senior Director, North America Market Access, Elanco Animal Health
Grady Bishop was raised on a row-crop farm in the Southwest Kansas town of Sublette. He attended West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, TX where he developed interest and experience in feedlot beef production. After receiving a B.S. in Animal Science from WTAMU, Grady worked for ContiBeef (now part of JBS Five Rivers) for two years in various roles within one of their large commercial cattle feeding operations in Oklahoma.
Following his time at ContiBeef, Grady worked with Certified Angus Beef, one of the first and most successful branded beef companies in the US, while pursuing a M.S. in Ruminant Nutrition from Kansas State University.
Grady has worked for Elanco Animal Health since 2002 in various roles in US and Global sales & marketing leadership, including two years in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Director of Elanco’s Southern Cone Affiliate. During his time in South America, he developed a deep appreciation for the role technology and modern agriculture play in feeding the world and was exposed first-hand to a broad spectrum of food insecurity. Grady has been an active spokesperson for Elanco’s food security platform, both locally and globally and he and his family are active volunteers in community hunger initiatives. Since January 2015, Grady has been the Sr. Director of North American Market Access for Elanco, focusing on government affairs and food chain engagement in the US and Canada. He is based at Elanco’s global headquarters in Greenfield, IN where he lives with his wife and two children.
Luca Fabbri, Chief Financial Officer, Farmland Partners Inc.
Luca Fabbri is the Chief Financial Officer of Farmland Partners Inc., a position he has held since the company’s inception. Besides overseeing the company’s financial and administrative functions, he interacts with the investor and financial analyst community, and leads the company’s headquarters office in Denver, Colorado. He has been active in the agricultural industry for over a decade, first evaluating farmland investments and then in an operating role as Senior VP of American Agriculture Corporation.Luca was also a tech entrepreneur (Co3 Systems and HomeSphere), served as head of corporate development for a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer (Jazz Technologies, now part of TowerJazz), worked as a consultant in technology, finance, and corporate development (Elk Creek Ventures), and worked in investment banking (Merrill Lynch).
Luca was also a tech entrepreneur (Co3 Systems and HomeSphere), served as head of corporate development for a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer (Jazz Technologies, now part of TowerJazz), worked as a consultant in technology, finance, and corporate development (Elk Creek Ventures), and worked in investment banking (Merrill Lynch).Luca has a B.S. with Honors in Economics from the University of Naples (Italy) and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in the mountains near Denver with his wife Carol (an accomplished personal finance author and coach) and son Alex.
Luca has a B.S. with Honors in Economics from the University of Naples (Italy) and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in the mountains near Denver with his wife Carol (an accomplished personal finance author and coach) and son Alex.
Benjamin J. Pratt, Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs, The Mosaic Company
Ben Pratt is Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs at The Mosaic Company, the world’s largest producer of phosphate and potash fertilizers. Ben leads internal, executive, investor, media and crisis communications, as well as the company’s community investment activities and its sustainability reporting.
Prior to joining Mosaic in February 2012, Ben was Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Ameriprise Financial, Inc., in Minneapolis.
Earlier in his career, Ben worked in a variety of communications and investor relations capacities at The PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh, and at Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, both in New York. A graduate of Duke University, Ben lives in Deephaven, Minn., with his wife and two children.
Pam Strifler, Vice President, Global Sustainability, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, Monsanto Company
Pam Strifler is Vice President, Global Sustainability, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement. In this role, Pam is responsible for the Monsanto brand, development of key sustainability initiatives such as Monsanto’s recent commitment to achieve Carbon Neutral Operations by 2021. Pam, along with her team, is responsible for key stakeholder collaborations and societal outreach.
Prior to this role, Pam was the Vice President, Precision Agriculture, in Corporate Strategy where she was responsible for the development of the company’s integrated farming solutions strategy.
Pam joined Monsanto as Director of Marketing for its Dairy business in 1996. She also served in a number of other roles at the company – including Commercial Development Manager Animal Agriculture; U.S. Marketing Operations Lead; Director of Customer Operations; Business Director for the Regional Seed Brands; as well as Vice President of Marketing US Row Crops.
Prior to joining Monsanto, Pam held leadership roles in marketing at Mallinckrodt Medical, Sherwood Medical and Bock Pharmaceutical. In addition, Pam was a critical care nurse in St Louis. Pam has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and earned her Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.
Aaron Wetzel, Vice President, A&T Global Platform, Crop Care, Agriculture and Turf Division, John Deere
Aaron L. Wetzel is Vice President, A&T Global Platform, Crop Care, for the Agriculture & Turf Division, a position he has held since September 2012. He is responsible for the design, manufacture, and sourcing of the crop care platform of products for Deere’s global agriculture and turf equipment operations.
Wetzel joined the company in 1988 as a summer student in accounting and began full-time in 1990 as an auditor. Wetzel’s previous assignments include Group Product Manager- Utility Vehicles and North American Sales manager for Golf & Turf with the Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division (C&CE).
In 2005, Wetzel served as Director, Region II C&CE Sales based at the European office in Mannheim. In 2006, he was Director, Strategic Planning and Customer Focus for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for the Agricultural Division. He was named Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Planning in South America for the Agricultural Division in April 2007. He was named Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Latin America, Agriculture and Turf Division in May 2009. Wetzel received his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Augustana College and his master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.
J.B. Penn, Chief Economist, John Deere
J.B. Penn is Chief Economist for Deere & Co, a position he has held since 2006. He is responsible for heading the office which helps guide the company’s policy development and corporate growth initiatives worldwide, through the analysis of global trends in economics, business conditions, and governmental policies.
Prior to joining John Deere, J.B. had served for more than five years as undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Before appointment to the USDA, J.B. had an extensive career in the private sector. He was senior vice president and manager of Sparks Companies, Inc.’s Washington office for more than a dozen years. Prior to joining Sparks, he was president of Economic Perspectives, Inc. J.B.’s former government experience includes service as deputy administrator for economics of the USDA’s then Economics and Statistics Service and as senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
J.B. holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Arkansas State University, a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University. He is a member of several professional organizations, a recipient of the Order of Australia, and a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association.