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Time:March 23-25, 2019
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Sponsor:Development Research Center of the State Council
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FAN Shenggen

Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute International Organizations and Other Institutions

Dr. Shenggen Fan is world renowned for his work on transition economies, global food systems, and agricultural and rural development and has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009. IFPRI is arguably the world’s preeminent food policy think-tank, founded in the early 1970s to improve the understanding of national agricultural and food policies to promote the adoption of innovations in agricultural technology.

He is one of the Champions of Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilising action, and accelerating progress toward cutting global food loss and waste. He serves as a member of the Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. He serves as advisor to many national governments (including China and Vietnam) on agriculture, food security and nutrition.

In 2017, Dr Fan received the highly prestigious Fudan Management Excellence Award, referred to in China as the “Nobel Prize for Management,” which recognises individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of management. In 2014, Dr Fan received the Hunger Hero Award from the World Food Programme in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting hunger worldwide.

 Dr. Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China. He grew up on a small farm in south eastern China where the family raised chickens and pigs and eked out rice and wheat on a plot about half the size of a football field.