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Wednesday, October 17 • 9:00pm - 10:30pm
dialogueNEXT: A Call to Action

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Ellen Gustafson - Founder, 30 Project/ Co-founder, FEED
Molly Mattessich - Manager of Online Initiatives, National Peace Corps Association
Nii Simmonds - Program Director and Co-Founder, The DAIN Network 
Michael Deal - Executive Director, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance 
Cooper Munroe - Member of the Board, ONE Moms 
Tony Thelen - Head, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group
Pape Samb - President and CEO, Phelps Stokes
Danielle Nierenberg - Director, Nourishing the Planet Program, Worldwatch Institute
With Special Guest, Celebrity Chef José Andrés - Owner, ThinkFoodGroup

Moderator: Bian Li, Director of Planning, The World Food Prize Foundation

As a special part of the Borlaug Dialogue, based on popular demand from last year’s focus on the next generation of leaders, we will be launching dialogueNEXT, our inaugural workshop series on the evening of Wednesday, October 17. This forward-thinking, youth-engaging program will include a variety of lightning talks and case studies, including the effective use of mobile applications, social media, the future of social entrepreneurship in agricultural development and the emerging thought leaders who are transforming the dialogue with new ideas, concepts and achievements. 

The inaugural 2012 Borlaug Dialogue will focus around a Call to Action. How do we engage and mobilize young people to participate in the future of agricultural development? How do we cultivate their ideas and involve them in the conversation - talk with them rather than at them? How do we incentivize young people to view agriculture as a career path, a social venture, or an entrepreneurial engine?

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Bian Li

Director of Planning, The World Food Prize Foundation
2012 Borlaug Dialogue Area of Responsibility: Symposium & Side Events | Bian Li joined The World Food Prize Foundation in 2011 as Director of Planning. Her primary responsibilities include conceiving, planning and coordinating the World Food Prize's annual events, including the annual Laureate Announcement Ceremony at the State Department in D.C., the Borlaug Dialogue and the Iowa Hunger Summit. She also works closely with Ambassador Quinn... Read More →

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José Andrés

Owner & Chef, ThinkFoodGroup
Named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. TFG is the team responsible for Washington, DC’s renowned dining concepts Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, and minibar by José Andrés, as well... Read More →
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Michael Deal

Executive Director & CEO, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
Mr. Deal directs the operations of the 18-member VEGA alliance, representing the world’s largest consortium of not-for-profit, volunteer organizations providing technical experts in private, public and NGO sector economic growth activities.  Mr. Deal has a widely-varied professional background in international business and development, having served in a number of executive management positions over his career. He was USAID Mission... Read More →
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Ellen Gustafson

Founder & Executive Director, 30 Project
Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the 30 Project, a new way to connect global hunger and obesity and envision long-term food system change. She is also the Co-Founder of FEED Projects, LLC, a charitable company that creates good products that help FEED the world, and Co-Founder and former Executive Director of FEED’s non-profit partner, the FEED... Read More →
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Molly Mattessich

Manager of Online Initiatives, National Peace Corps Association
Molly Mattessich launched and now manages the online platforms for the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), Africa Rural Connect.org and Peace Corps Connect.org, as well as NPCA’s social network that boasts over 27,000 members. Her specialties include marketing, branding, digital strategy, and online communications. She has caught the attention of major media outlets for her work on Africa Rural Connect, the online collaboration... Read More →
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Cooper Munroe

Member of the Board, ONE Moms
Cooper Munroe is co-founder of the award-winning website for mothers, The Motherhood.com. Parents Magazine recently listed her as one of the most powerful moms on the web.  A two-time Webby finalist, The Motherhood creates unique campaigns that connect organizations and brands with mothers, including B Kind 2 Earth Day for Nickelodeon and The National Wildlife Federation; national breakfast clubs for Kellogg; Cooking... Read More →
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Pape Samb

President & CEO, Phelps Stokes
Pape Samb is a social entrepreneur focused on international development, who has over seventeen years of leadership experience in program and resource development, fundraising, partnership building, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, training and facilitation, global leadership, content management, and public speaking. Mr. Samb is the youngest and first non-American President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phelps Stokes, America’s... Read More →
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Nii Simmonds

Program Director and Co-Founder, The DAIN Network
Nii Simmonds is a recognized speaker and consultant on African entrepreneurship/SME development and innovation in Africa. He is a proven leader and manager, with over 10+ years of experience in private and public sectors. Nii has helped to grow a vast network in Africa, Europe, and North America that has led to growing public-private-partnerships, managing collaborations, and influencing policy. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Tony Thelen

Director of Operations - Intelligent Solutions Group, Deere & Co.
Tony Thelen is Director, Operations, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG), a position he has held since June 2010. ISG is responsible for designing, developing, delivering and supporting integrated technology solutions for John Deere agricultural and construction equipment worldwide. This organization includes operations in Torrance, CA, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Urbhandale, IA. ISG delivers and supports a wide range of agricultural... Read More →

Wednesday October 17, 2012 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Iowa Ballroom (2nd Floor) Downtown Des Moines Marriott