WISHH Perspectives

ASA/WISHH Food Security Dialogue 2023

Program Agenda

Program Venue: U.S. Naval Academy Club, U.S. Naval Academy, 2 Truxton Road, Annapolis, Maryland.

Entrance requirements: Please review carefully https://ndw.cnic.navy.mil/Installations/NSA-Annapolis/Operations-and-Management/Security/Frequently-Asked-Questions/

A driver’s license alone for visitors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Washington State, and an ID card from American Samoa will NOT provide access to the USNA.  A second personal identification card will need to be presented along with the driver’s license. Note that a valid U.S. Passport will gain admittance to anyone regardless of the state they are from.  

Dress Code for Wednesday dinner and Thursday program: Jackets and ties are required for gentlemen. Women should wear comparable dress. Jeans are not permitted.

To view speaker bios, please click the hyperlink on each name.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

6 – 8 p.m.Welcome: WISHH Chair Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare

WISHH Committee Member Scott Gaffner

Keynote SpeakerSean Buck,
Vice Admiral US Navy (retired)
Remarks and Q&A with attendees
Naval Academy Club Midway/Coral Sea Rooms

Thursday, December 14th, 2023

Return through Naval Academy Security EntranceU.S. Naval Academy Club—entire day
8-9 a.m.BreakfastLeyte Gulf Room
9-9:30 a.m.Welcome from WISHH Executive Director Gena Perry

Global Food Security Is Strategic for U.S. Farmers
Moderator WISHH Executive Director Gena Perry
• WISHH Vice Chair Morey Hill
• United Soybean Board Chair Steve Reinhard
• Dairy Management Inc. Chair Marilyn Hershey
• Delaware Diversified Crop Farmer David Marvel who participates in Growing Hope Globally
Coral Sea Room
9:30-9:40 a.m.Special Remarks

Agnes Kalibata, Ph.D., AGRA President
Coral Sea Room
9:40-10:30 a.m.WISHH International Strategic Partner Panel
Moderated by WISHH Chair Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare
• CTC Group Technical Sales Manager Elsy Alvarez
• Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor Lahore College for Women University Shafaq Fatima, Ph.D.
• Yedent CEO Samuel Kwame Ntim-Adu, winner of Ghana’s National Best Agro Processor Award
• Rockland Poultry Farms CEO Edith Wheatland, winner of the U.S. Agency for International Development Feed the Future Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Prize
Coral Sea Room
10:30-11 a.m.Introduction by WISHH Vice Chair Morey Hill

Brooke Jamison, U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service Associate Administrator
Coral Sea Room
11-11:30 a.m.Introduction by WISHH Secretary Craig Williams

Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Coral Sea Room
11:30-11:40 a.m.10-minute Break
11:40-12:10 p.m.Introduction by WISHH Committee Member Dawn Scheier

American Food as a Pathway to Global Peace
Chase Sova, Ph.D., World Food Program USA Senior Director of Public Policy and Research
Coral Sea Room
12:10-12:40 p.m.Dialogue between WISHH Committee Member Bob Suver & Joanna Veltri, International Fund for Agricultural Development Chief of Americas Liaison OfficeCoral Sea Room
12:40-1 p.m.Dialogue between WISHH Senior Advisor Karen Coble Edwards &
Margaret Zeigler, Ph.D., Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Representative in the United States
Coral Sea Room
1-1:15 p.m.Dialogue between WISHH Senior Advisor Karen Coble Edwards & Lara Moody, Institute for Feed Education and Research Executive DirectorCoral Sea Room
1:15-1:45 p.m.Buffet Lunch & NetworkingLeyte Gulf Room
1:45-2:10 p.m.Panel: Organizations represented at WISHH’s 2021 Food Security Dialogue report on their organization’s actions taken since the 2021 event:

Moderated by WISHH Executive Director Gena Perry
• United Soybean Board Immediate Past Chair Meagan Kaiser
• Edesia Nutrition Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Maria Kasparian
• Tiger Soy Commercial Director Adam Thomas
• Professor and Acting Chair, Lead of the 1890 Center of Excellence for Global Food Security and Defense Stephan L. Tubene, Ph.D.
Coral Sea Room
2:10-2:45 p.m.Discussion Groups
Group Leaders:
5. Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare—LIGHT BLUE CIRCLES ON NAMETAGS

Discussion Items:
• What does global food security mean to my organization?
• What are three actions that my organization could take with others in the room to pave progress for global food security?
Groups 1, 2 & 3: Coral Sea
Groups 4, 5 & 6: Leyte Gulf
Group 7: Porch
2:45-3 p.m.BreakLeyte Gulf Room
3-3:50 p.m.Discussion Group ReportsCoral Sea Room
3:50-4 p.m.Closing Remarks: WISHH Chair Roberta Simpson-DolbeareCoral Sea Room


Caitlyn Abbey, International Markets Specialist, Illinois Soybean Association

Elsy Alvarez, Technical Sales Manager, CTC Group Global

Matt Amick, Director of Market Development, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council

Kimberly Atkins, Director of Strategic Partnerships, U.S. Soybean Export Council

Nagesh Borse, PhD, Executive Director, Global Fund for Widows

Sean Buck, Vice Admiral US Navy (retired)

Judy Buddensick, Representative of Sean Buck, Frances Marketing Group

Kim Cooper, Director of Governmental Affairs, North American Millers’ Association

Shane Danielson, Senior Director – International Food Assistance Division, Global Programs, USDA

Emily Dimiero, Director Federal Government Relations – Nutrition & Food Policy Strategy, Cargill

Karen Edwards, Senior Advisor, ASA/WISHH

Shafaq Fatima, PhD, Associate Professor and Fulbright Research Scholar, Lahore College for Women

Scott Gaffner, WISHH Program Committee, ASA/WISHH

Caron Gala, Government Affairs Director, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Chris Greene, CEO, Medicines Foods for Kids – Haiti

Stephanie Grunenfelder, Principal, Greenfield Strategies

Liz Hare, Strategic Advisor, ASA/WISHH

Marilyn Hershey, Chair, Dairy Management Inc

Morey Hill, WISHH Executive Committee, ASA/WISHH

David Hong, Senior Policy Advisor, Kyle House Group

Virginia Houston, Director of Government Affairs, American Soybean Association

Brooke Jamison, Associate Administrator, USDA Foreign Agricultural Services

Sam Jennett, CEO, American Natural Processors

Nicole Jennett, Director of Quality, American Natural Processors

Meagan Kaiser, Immediate Past Chair, United Soybean Board

Philip C. Karsting, Senior Policy Advisor, Olsson, Frank, and Weeda (AGRA)

Maria Kasparian, Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Edesia Nutrition

Douglas Kerr, Vice President Business Development, International Fertilizer Development Center

Diego Lara Lavarreda, Vice President US, GrainPro

Madison Layman, Demand & Market Development Manager, Ohio Soybean Council

David Marvel, Delaware Farmer, Growing Hope Globally

Shannon Maynard, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center

Tony Mellenthin, Director, United Soybean Board

Denny Mertz, WISHH Program Committee, ASA/WISHH

Lara Moody, Executive Director, Institute for Feed Education and Research

Samuel Ntim-Adu, Founder and CEO, Yedent Agro-Group

Julie Ohmen, CEO, Soy Nutrition Institute Global

Leila Payer, Program Coordinator, ASA/WISHH

Liz Payne, Government Affairs Director, Bunge

Gena Perry, Executive Director, ASA/WISHH

Tom Pesek, Senior Liaison Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Bryan Pride, Director of Technical Programs, Rise Against Hunger

Ryan Quinn, Senior Director, Advocacy and Coalitions, World Food Program USA

Steve Reinhard, Chairman, United Soybean Board

Nicholas Romano, PhD, Professor/Extension Specialist, Virginia State University

Dawn Scheier, WISHH Program Committee, ASA/WISHH

Vasit Sagan, PhD, Professor of Geospatial Science, Saint Louis University

Jerry Schmitz, Executive Director, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council

Jane Shey, Senior Policy Consultant, World Food Program USA

Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Chair, ASA/WISHH

Chris Slemp, Africa Division Director, ASA/WISHH

Chase Sova, PhD, Senior Director of Public Policy and Research, World Food Program USA

Bob Suver, WISHH Program Committee, ASA/WISHH

Adam Thomas, Commercial Director, Tiger Soy

Charlie Townsend, Director of Strategic Engagement, KCE Public Affairs

Stephan Tubene, PhD, Lead of the 1890 Center of Excellence for Global Food Security, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Joanna Veltri, Chief Americas Liaison Office, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Becky Garrison Warfel, RDN, LD, Director of Public Policy, Nutrition, Food Systems and Food Safety, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Edith Wheatland, Founder, Rockland Farms

Craig Williams, WISHH Executive Committee, ASA/WISHH

Margaret Zeigler, PhD, IICA Representative to the United States, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

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