2016 Keynote Speaker
M. Ann Tutwiler meeting a banana farmer in Uganda.
M. Ann Tutwiler is the Director General of Bioversity International, an international research for development organization that is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.
As the Director General, Tutwiler is responsible for leading Bioversity International, forging effective research partnerships and overseeing the organization’s strategic priorities and research agenda.
Tutwiler has almost 30 years of experience in agricultural policy and development working in the public and private sectors. Tutwiler served as Deputy Director General, Knowledge, at FAO from January 2011 through November 2012, where she coordinated the development of cohesive Rome food agency positions on Rio+20 for FAO, with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Bioversity International. As a member of senior management at FAO, she managed five technical departments including Agriculture & Consumer Protection, Natural Resources Management & Environment, Forestry, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Economic & Social Development and Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research & Extension.
From June 2009 to January 2011, she worked for the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), leading and coordinating USDA’s participation in the President’s 'Feed the Future' initiative and developing USDA’s international research strategy. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor of International Affairs for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She created and managed the agricultural markets program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2006 to 2009. Tutwiler was Government Relations Director for a multinational agribusiness firm for ten years and co-founded a global think tank in agricultural trade policy.
Tutwiler holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, where she received the John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service in 2005. She holds certificates in Agribusiness from Purdue University and INSEAD.
2015 Keynote Speakers
Mr. Sidi Cherif, Executive President of the World For World Organization (WFWO) will be the Thursday keynote speaker on 03 December 2015.
WFWO’s mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain the hope for better future and improve their quality of life through the access to food security, drinking water, health, education, poverty, HIV-AIDS programs, micro credit, using local skills and practical, sustainable technologies to support development humanitarian projects on relief and rehabilitations programs, to secure the empowerment of indigenous peoples, local communities, women, groups and individuals in developing countries.
Dr. Stefano De Caro, Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) will be the Friday keynote speaker on 04 December 2015.
ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage. Its members are individual states which have declared their adhesion to it. It exists to serve the international community as represented by its Member States, which currently number 134. It is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage, both movable and immovable.
ICCROM aims at improving the quality of conservation practice as well as raising awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage.
2014 Keynote Speaker
- Dr. Howard A. Walters, Professor, Dwight Schar College of Education, Ashland University, USA
2013 Keynote Speakers
- Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- Mr. Paolo Dieci, Senior Policy Advisor of the International Committee for the Development of People (CISP)
Previous Guest Speakers
- Dr. Edem Adubra, Chief of Teacher Policy and Development Section, UNESCO, Rome
- Ms. Joan Colin Carpenter, Co-Founder, American University of Rome
- Mr. James Creagan, President of John Cabot University, Rome, and former U.S. Ambassador
- Mr. Paolo Dieci, Senior Policy Advisor, Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP)
- Dr. Maria Amata Garito, President, UNINETTUNO
- Dr. Cristina Giorcelli, Professor of American Literature, University of Rome Tre
- Mr. D. Brent Hardt, Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, Vatican City
- Dr. Rose Lee Hayden, President, Worldviews Multimedia and Editor of the new Michel Thomas Method Vocabulary courses
- Dr. Richard A. Hodges, President, The American University of Rome
- Mr. David J. Lane, Ambassador, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome
- Ms. Thenjiwe Mtintso, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to Italy
- Mr. R. James Nicholson, Ambassador, U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, Vatican City
- Dr. Franco Pavoncello, President, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
- Mr. Wojciech Ponikiewski, Ambassador, Republic of Poland to the Italian Republic, Republic of San Marino and the Republic of Malta
- Mrs. Katérina Stenou, Director, Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, UNESCO
- Mr. Michael E. Sweet, Founder, Learning for a Cause, and Member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
- Mr. Gaddi H. Vasquez, Ambassador, United Nations, Rome