A panel consisting of Jacqueline Novogratz, Helene Gayle, and Robert Hormats discuss Confronting the Food Crisis: Elements of the Strategy to End Hunger at the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival. The event was moderated by C. Ford Runge.
Dr. Helene Gayle
Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on humanitarian issues, Gayle previously held senior positions with the Centers for Disease Control and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gayle serves on several boards, including those of the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive, and the US Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chaired the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and currently serves on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
The Honorable Robert D. Hormats
Bob Hormats was sworn in as Under Secretary of State on September 23, 2009.
Bob was formerly vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International). He joined Goldman Sachs in 1982.
Bob served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 1981 to 1982, Ambassador and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 1979 to 1981, and Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State from 1977 to 1979. He served as a senior staff member for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council from 1969 to 1977, where he was senior economic advisor to Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Brent Scowcroft and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. Bob was a recipient of the French Legion of Honor in 1982 and the Arthur Fleming Award in 1974.
Bob has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and served on the Board of Visitors of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bob’s publications include The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars from the Revolution to the War on Terror; Abraham Lincoln and the Global Economy; American Albatross: The Foreign Debt Dilemma; and Reforming the International Monetary System. Other publications include articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, American Banker and The Financial Times.
Bob earned a BA with a concentration in economics and political science from Tufts University in 1965. He earned a MA in 1966 and a PhD in International Economics in 1970 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund. Prior to starting Acumen, she worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she created and directed the Philanthropy Workshop and the Next Generation Leadership program.
Novogratz has also worked at the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and has served as a consultant to UNICEF and the World Bank in various African countries. She helped found a micro-finance institution for women in Rwanda and began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank.
Novogratz holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA from the University of Virginia.
C. Ford Runge
C. Ford Runge is the distinguished McKnight University professor of applied economics and law at the University of Minnesota, where he also holds appointments in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Department of Forest Resources.
He has served on the staff of the House Committee on Agriculture, and as a science and diplomacy fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He continues as subdirector in charge of Commodities and Trade Policy of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Every country in the world has the potential to grow enough food to feed itself, but 54 nations currently do not produce enough food to feed their populations, nor can they afford to import the necessary commodities to make up the gap.
The panel discusses hunger, one of the most serious and solvable problems facing the world. Many countries face food shortages, despite having the capacity to produce enough to support the entire population.