Des Moines-based World Food Prize names new leader

DES MOINES, Iowa- The Des Moines-based World Food Prize Foundation has named a new leader. Barbara Stinson has been named President of the organization, effective January 4, 2020. 

Stinson previously served as a co-founder and Senior Partner of the non-profit Meridian Institute. She will succeed Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, who has led the World Food Prize for the past 20-years. Stinson will become the second president of the Foundation since Dr. Norman Borlaug established it in 1986.

“The Board, Council of Advisors and I are delighted Barbara will join the World Food Prize Foundation as our next President. We look forward to her leading the Foundation’s next era as we continue to advance Borlaug’s mission of increasing agricultural productivity and education globally,” said John Ruan III, Chairman of the World Food Prize Foundation. “Based on her impeccable policy credentials, ability to convene diverse groups of people to advance a common purpose, proven business management skills and passion for our purpose, I am confident that Barbara is the right leader to uphold the outstanding reputation of the World Food Prize while expanding the impact of our programs to address pressing global challenges, including nutrition, climate change, water and soil management, gender equity and youth engagement.”

“I am excited and honored to lead the World Food Prize Foundation. I am committed to shaping the strategic direction of the Foundation, expanding the reach of its collaborations and programs to continue Dr. Borlaug’s mission to end hunger,” said Ms. Stinson. “I look forward to working alongside the Council of Advisors, Laureates, partners and talented team to make a meaningful impact in the lives of smallholder farmers, specifically women and youth. It’s imperative that public and private partners collectively mobilize to address critical global challenges that are impacting the health of our people and planet. Together, I am confident we can make significant progress by 2050.”

Ambassador Quinn, who announced his retirement in March 2019, will continue to lead the World Food Prize until the end of the year.

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