Dr. Mark A. Constas is an Associate Professor in the International and Development Economics group in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at Cornell University. He also holds the position of International Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and is a Fellow of the Atkinson Center for Sustainability. With a specialization in impact evaluation and measurement, his research is focused on the development of assessment tools and evaluation designs to measure the ways in which households and communities situated in stressed and shock-prone contexts can achieve and maintain well-being. His work has appeared in a selection of competitive peer-reviewed journals intended for academic audiences and in other publication outlets intended for policy audiences. Professor...

Dr. Tenkouano is Executive Director of CORAF, the West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development, an International not For Profit Association of National Agricultural Research and Development institutions from 23 countries, with headquarters based in Dakar, Senegal. He also is a guest lecturer at University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and adjunct professor at University of Ghana Legon (Ghana) and KU Leuven (Belgium). His academic background is in crop sciences, with a PhD in Genetics (1993) and a MSc in Plant Breeding (1990) from Texas A&M University (College Station, USA) as well as a degree of “Ingénieur Agronome” (1985) from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), complemented by executive education in leadership and management provided by the Indian Institute...

Mr. Abdoulaye Ka is a public health and social development specialist with over 20 years of experience with maternal and child health and nutrition programming for governmental and non-governmental organizations in Senegal. He is presently a Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, Abdoulaye Ka was the Executive Secretary at the National Council for Nutrition Development - General Secretary, Government of Senegal and project coordinator of successive (and successful) World Bank investment operations. He has led a team that orchestrated Senegal’s nutrition policy reforms including the creation of the National Nutrition Coordination Committee (CLM) in 2001, the National Council for Nutrition Development in 2020 and the national nutrition program (PRN). Abdoulaye has overseen: (i) the...

Dr. Heike Baumueller is the Coordinator of the Program of Accompanying Research (PARI) at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her research focuses on the role of information andcommunication technologies in facilitating agricultural innovation along agricultural value chains in developing countries. Prior to joining ZEF, she was a Senior Research Fellow with the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House in London and coordinated the Environment and Natural Resources Programme at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Bonn and a Master of Environmental Studies from Macquarie University, Sydney....

Dr. Racine Ly is the Director of Data Management, Digital Products and Technology at AKADEMIYA2063. He is a 2018 Obama Leaders Africa program fellow, and holds a Master's degree in Mathematical Modeling and Multi-Scale Simulation through a joint degree program between the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris) and the Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée University. He subsequently earned a doctoral degree in engineering sciences applied to space transportation systems through the French Space Agency and the University of Bordeaux....

Prof. Amos Laar is a tenure-track academic at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. He is the Principal Investigator of the IDRC-funded ‘MEALS4NCDs project’, which is providing Measurement, Evaluation, Accountability and Leadership Support for NCDs prevention in Ghana.  Currently, his research and professional practice focus on three distinct, yet related areas of public health: Bioethics (including food ethics, ethics & public health, health & human rights); Public Health Nutrition (including food environments, food systems, and nutrition-related non-communicable diseases); and Social Public Health (including structural violence, social, and commercial determinants of health). Through these, Professor Laar’s work contributes to a deeper understanding of how physical environments, social environments, and structural factors affect health....

Dr. Liangzhi You is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His current research focuses on assessing the impacts of technology changes in agricultural production and modeling agricultural land use systems as well as on estimating the impact of climate change and climate variability on food security. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and many reports and policy briefs. Liangzhi earned a B.S. in hydraulic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 1990, and an M.S. in environmental economics and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1999....

Dr. Ebenezer Miezah Kwofie is an assistant professor of food systems sustainability and resilience at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He holds a joint appointment at the Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and the Food Science Departments. He has PhD in Bioresource Engineering from McGill University, Canada. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, he was a Research Associate at the Food and Bioprocess Research lab at Bioresource Engineering Department, McGill University, where he served as manager for International Food Systems Development projects, working in developing countries including Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Honduras. These projects were focused on enhancing food systems sustainability and strengthening capacity of stakeholders (farmers, farmer cooperatives, small-scale food enterprises, NGOs, and local government departments) Dr....

Dr. Marco d’Errico is an economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Holder of a PhD in Economics, he joined FAO in 2009, and since then, he has collaborated with World Bank, IFAD, and UNICEF. He is currently Team Leader for the RIMA (Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis) team and the Impact Evaluation Task Force coordinator under the Chief Economist.  ...