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Chairman Laurence B. Alexander


Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Buff, Arkansas

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Dr. Laurence B. Alexander has served for eight years as Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a public historically black land-grant research university that offers degrees in more than 40 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels, including extension services provided through a variety of programs in its School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Sciences. Prior to joining UAPB, Alexander had a distinguished 22-year career as a professor and administrator at the University of Florida, the state’s land-grant flagship research institution that is a member of the Association of American Universities. He joined the UF faculty in 1991 as an assistant professor and rose through the academic ranks to become a tenured full professor in the UF College of Journalism and Communications. While at UF, Alexander served as a Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Provost Administrative Fellow in the Office of Academic Affairs, Director of the Office of Graduate Minority Programs, Associate Dean of the 12,000-student Graduate School, and Chair of the Department of Journalism. He was selected as the 12th UF Distinguished Alumni Professor, was named a UF Research Foundation Professor, and was inducted into the UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

His current community engagement includes service on the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, the Board of Directors of Jefferson Regional Medical Center, and the Board of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, Arkansas. He also serves as Vice Chair of the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum and Chair of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors. A native of New Orleans, Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans, a master’s degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida, a Juris Doctor from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University.

Pamela K. Anderson

Director General Emerita, International Potato Center
West Palm Beach, Florida

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Dr. Pamela Anderson served as Director General of the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, Peru, one of the research centers within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), from 2005–2013; and as CIP’s Director of Research from 2002–2005.  Dr. Anderson also served as a senior entomologist and Coordinator of the Tropical Whitefly IPM Program at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia from 1996-2002.  Prior to joining the CGIAR system, Dr. Anderson spent two decades working with national programs in Latin America, including 11 years teaching at the national agricultural university in Nicaragua.  She has also served as an advisor to the Federation of American Scientists, a research consultant at Harvard University, a member of the Government of Ireland Hunger Task Force, and a Board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). 

Returning to the United States in 2013, Dr. Anderson served as Director for the Agricultural Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2014 –2016, where she lead the team that works to reduce hunger and poverty for farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Dr. Anderson holds a B.A. in Biology from Northwestern University, an M.Sc. in Entomology from the University of Illinois, and an M. Sc. in Human Ecology as well as an D.Sc. in Population Sciences/Vector Entomology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Marie Boyd

Associate Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law
Columbia, South Carolina

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Marie Boyd is an associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Her research focuses on the regulation of food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Her current work examines the relationship between FDA regulation and state tort law, focusing on how these areas of law impact women and people of color. Her prior work explores topics including the relationship between law and culture in the context of the regulation of insects as human food and the regulation of food allergens. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Boston University Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and the Yale Law & Policy Review, among other journals. She teaches Food and Drug Law, Food Law and Policy, Administrative Law, and Torts. Professor Boyd is a past chair of the Agricultural and Food Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools and the Editorial Advisory Board for the Food and Drug Law Journal. She was a member of the inaugural City of Columbia Food Policy Committee. She has also served on the boards of South Carolina Humanities, the Palmetto Health Foundation, and the South Carolina HIV/ AIDS Council.

Before joining the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Boyd practiced law with Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC. At Covington, she advised companies on the federal and state regulation of drugs, biologics, devices, and foods. She also advised and represented low-income DC residents through the Neighborhood Legal Services Program. Professor Boyd earned an A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

Rattan Lal

Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration, The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

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Rattan Lal, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration at The Ohio State University; an Adjunct Professor of the University of Iceland and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute; and a Visiting Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile. Dr. Lal is widely recognized globally as a pioneer in soil-centric agricultural management to improve food security globally and develop climate-resilient agriculture through soil carbon sequestration, sustainable intensification, enhancing use and efficiency of agroecosystems, sustainable management of soils, and soil health.

He served as President of the World Association of the Soil and Water Conservation, the International Soil Tillage Research Organization, the Soil Science Society of America, and the International Union of Soil Sciences, Vienna, Austria. He has served as a member of various U.S. and international committees, such as the Federal Advisory Committee on National Assessment of Climate Change, Senior Science Advisor to the Global Soil Forum of IASS, and the United Nations Food Systems Summit Science Committee.

Dr. Lal has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Padma Shri Award of the Government of India, the World Food Prize, Arrell Global Food Innovation Award of Canada, Japan Prize, U.S. Awasthi IFFCO Prize of India, GCHERA World Agriculture Prize, and Glinka World Soil Prize of FAO, Rome, Italy. Dr. Lal earned his bachelor's in science degree from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, a M.Sc. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, Columbus. 

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

MSU Foundation Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

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Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie is MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. She has lived in East Lansing, Michigan for over 10 years. Her research focuses on emergent issues related to smallholder productivity and welfare within dynamic and transforming food systems in sub Saharan Africa and alongside poorly functioning markets in the region. She has extensive experience with program evaluation in Africa using various quantitative methods. She has designed, implemented, and analyzed data from field surveys across the continent and has looked at gendered access to land and other inputs. Dr. Liverpool-Tasie’s research work covers several countries on the continent including Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Gambia, Niger, Malawi, and Zambia. She continues to lead efforts on designing and implementing capacity building projects in Africa. Currently, Dr. Liverpool-Tasie is the principal investigator of various research projects that strive to support policy processes with evidence, based on scientific research. She is active in several multidisciplinary teams focused on issues of food security, food safety, and value chain transformation in developing countries.

Henri G. Moore

Vice President/Head of Responsible Business, Haleon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Henri G. Moore is Vice President/Head of Responsible Business at Haleon, which incorporated in July 2022. Moore is also establishing the NewCo Foundation, where she will also serve as the president. Moore is responsible for the design, implementation, administration, and communication of the new Consumer Health Company’s mission of delivering better everyday health with humanity to key stakeholders and communities in which they operate around the globe. Her role will capitalize on the 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, philanthropy, community outreach, sustainability and sponsorships. Prior to this appointment, Moore served as Vice President/Head of Global Responsibility and President of the foundation at Corteva Agriscience. She was responsible for the development and execution of a Global Responsibility strategy, inclusive of Community Investment, Sustainability, and Agriculture Development in more than 140 countries.

Moore is active in community service that helps youth and young adults realize their potential. She serves on the Board of the FFA Foundation, Rodel Foundation, Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee, and Food Bank of Delaware, as well as the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the Satell Institute. Moore is also an active member of the Forum of Executive Women and the Executive Leadership Council. Moore received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Wittenberg University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Economics. She completed executive leadership programs at the Yale School of Management, Babson College Executive Development Center, and UCLA Anderson School of Management. A resident of Philadelphia, Moore and her husband Tony are parents of two daughters and a son. 

Kathy Spahn

President and CEO of Helen Keller International
New York, New York

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Kathy Spahn is President and CEO of Helen Keller Intl, a global health organization that partners with communities to overcome longstanding cycles of poverty. By delivering the essential building blocks of good health, sound nutrition, and clear vision, Helen Keller helps millions of people in more than 20 countries create lasting change in their own lives and reach their true potential. Prior to joining Helen Keller in 2005, Spahn was President and Executive Director of Orbis, an international non-profit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of blindness, and was Executive Director of God’s Love We Deliver, dedicated to combating malnutrition and hunger among people living with HIV/AIDS.

Spahn currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Access to Nutrition Initiative and previously served on the boards of InterAction, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and the Bernadotte Foundation for Children’s Eyecare. She also serves on the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Leadership Council Compact of 2025 and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a founding board member of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies and a founding partner of the former Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control.

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Last updated: September 27, 2022

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