GHI Leadership

Staff

Dr. Margaret M. Zeigler, Executive Director

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Dr. Margaret Zeigler

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.

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Ann M. Steensland, Deputy Director

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Ann Steensland

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, an M.A. in African History, and is completing a graduate program in child and maternal nutrition.

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Board of Directors

Board Chair

Benjamin J. Pratt, Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs, The Mosaic Company

Benjamin Pratt

Benjamin Pratt

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.

 

Board Members

Grady Bishop, Senior Director, North America Market Access, Elanco Animal Health

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Grady Bishop

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.

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Colin Bletsky, Vice President of BioAg, Novozymes

Colin Bletsky

Colin Bletsky

Colin Bletsky grew up in Eastern Saskatchewan on a third-generation family farm growing canola, oats and wheat, a tradition he and his family continue each year during seeding and harvest. Today the majority of Colin’s time is spent helping other farmers grow their business, both locally and globally.

As Vice President of Novozymes BioAg, Colin is responsible for managing the company’s global business, ensuring sustainable growth for Novozymes and its partners. Colin sets strategy and direction, and also manages the partnering activities with internal and external stakeholders. Colin is also a member of the Monsanto and Novozymes Alliance board. From 2010 to 2014, Colin worked in Novozymes BioAg Business Development and Account Management, which spanned North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Asia. With all of his responsibilities, Colin maintains the passion of helping farmers produce more with less.

In addition to the family farm, Colin gained agricultural experience through his time in the retail and seed industry with several companies, including Pioneer, in Canada in the late 90s. He then spent close to ten years with increasing management and project responsibilities in sales and marketing, nationally and internationally, in the crop protection industry with Syngenta.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Certified Crop Advisor. He is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his wife and two children.

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Luca Fabbri, Chief Financial Officer, Farmland Partners Inc.

Luca Fabri, Farmland Partners Inc.

Luca Fabri

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.

 

Doyle Karr, Biotechnology Public Policy Director, DuPont

Doyle Karr

Doyle Karr

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.

 

Jesus Madrazo, Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Monsanto Company

Jesus Madrazo

Jesus Madrazo

Jesus joined Monsanto in 1999, as Legal Director for Latin America North. He has lived in Mexico, Colombia, United Kingdom and the United States.

Prior to Monsanto, Jesus worked as legal counsel and lecturer in Mexico and the US; his professional experience includes Banamex, TAMSA and the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade.

In 2005, Jesus moved to Colombia to lead the operations for Central America, Caribbean and Andean Countries. A year later, he was promoted to Latin American North Business Lead, based in Mexico City. In July 2009, Jesus assumed the International Row Crops Business Lead role and moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri.

In January 2013, Jesus assumed the International Corporate Affairs Lead position and lead the Monsanto Corporate Affairs teams outside of the United States.

Jesus holds his legal degree from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and has studied post-legal degrees from UNAM and the University of Arizona, and an MBA from the Cardiff Business School in the United Kingdom.

 

Cory Reed, Senior Vice President, Intelligent Solutions Group, John Deere

Cory Reed

Cory Reed

Cory Reed is Senior Vice President, Intelligent Solutions Group, a position he has held since August 2013. In this role, he is responsible for managing the growth and profitability of Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group and leads the company’s efforts to develop strategies for delivering innovative technology solutions and data that result in agronomic and productivity insights. Prior to this, Cory was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Services, where he was responsible for global marketing activities in support of the division’s regions and platforms, including strategic marketing, customer support, order fulfillment, and shared services.

Cory joined the company in 1998 and has held a variety of regional and platform-based marketing and sales positions. In 2007, Reed moved to John Deere International in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, where he was responsible for sales and marketing in Northern/Central Europe as well as Africa and the Near and Middle East. Cory was also Director, Global Strategic Marketing, and subsequently was named Vice President, Global Marketing Services for the Agriculture & Turf Division in August 2011.

Reed graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. In 1995, he received a JD from The Ohio State University College of Law and worked for the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue until joining John Deere.

 

Treasurer

J.B. Penn, Chief Economist, John Deere

J.B. Penn

J.B. Penn

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.