Interview with Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn of the World Food Prize Foundation and Dr. Louise Fresco, University of Amsterdam
World Food Prize / Borlaug Dialogue – October 2013, Des Moines, Iowa
Amb. Quinn and Dr. Fresco discuss the contributions of Norman Borlaug (1914-2009) after whom the Symposium was named. Dr. Borlaug, often known as ‘Norm’ by those he helped, also won the Nobel Peace Prize 1970, Presidential Medal of Freedom USA 1977, Congressional Gold Medal 2007, because his plant breeding work saved the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Only four others have won all these prizes and awards – Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Elie Wiesel. He is often described as the ‘Father of the Green Revolution’ due to his plant breeding breakthroughs in India, Mexico and many other places.
Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn – President, World Food Prize Foundation
“On January 1, 2000, Kenneth M. Quinn assumed the presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, following a 32-year career as an American diplomat which focused significantly on refugee and humanitarian relief efforts and culminated with his service as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
For the past 13 years, Ambassador Quinn has endeavored to build the World Food Prize, founded by the Father of the Green Revolution, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, so that it could come to be seen as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” and to inspire efforts to alleviate hunger around the globe. Each October, more than 1,400 people come from 75 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.”
Dr. Louise Fresco – Professor of Foundations of Sustainable Development in International Perspective at the University of Amsterdam
“Dr. Louise Fresco was born in Meppel, the Netherlands. Her graduate work in Zambia and UN volunteer services in Papua New Guinea led to further extensive international experience in Africa and Latin America. She received her Ph.D. in Tropical Crop Science from Wageningen University and then served as Professor of Plant Production Systems and Chair of the Department of Agronomy at the same institution.
From 1997 to 2006, Dr. Fresco held various positions at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including that of Assistant Director-General of the Agriculture Department in Rome, Italy. She is now Professor of Foundations of Sustainable Development in International Perspective at the University of Amsterdam.
Dr. Fresco has served in various capacities (member, director, etc.) at numerous national and international institutions including the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, the Real Academia de Ingeniería in Spain, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Asia Vegetable Research Development Center and CIRAD. She has served as President of the Advisory Council for Research on Nature and Environment in the Netherlands, Vice-Chair of the Council of the United Nations University, and is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Supervisory Board of Rabobank and Crown member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands. She currently serves as non-executive director at Unilever and has been appointed as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) as well as a member of the independent review committee of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the InterAcademy Council.”