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Bob Thompson

Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Scholar

Dr. Robert Thompson is a professor emeritus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, most recently holding the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy. He is also senior fellow of global agricultural development and food security at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Dr. Thompson serves on the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council and Land O’Lakes board of directors; is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and of the Ukrainian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Dr. Thompson has previously served as director of rural development at the World Bank; president and CEO of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development; dean of agriculture and professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University; assistant secretary for economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and senior staff economist for food and agriculture at the Council of Economic Advisers; former president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists; and has received honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania State University and Dalhousie University.

Dr. Thompson is a widely published scholar of agricultural policy, development, and trade. His research interests include agricultural policy, trade and commodities, developing nations, food security, foreign aid and global poverty, globalization, and rural development. Besides English, Dr. Thompson also speaks Portuguese and Danish. He holds his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

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Friday, October 19

10:00am CDT