Keynote Speakers at the 18th Organic World Congress

The 18th IFOAM Organic World Congress  will be held in Istanbul on October 13-15, 2014. One of the many highlights of this conference are the nine world-renowned keynote speakers who will share their expertise and opinion with us.

Do not miss this great opportunity to come and hear what they have to say!

Yemi Akinbamijo is the Executive Director of FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa). Dr. Akinbamijo, a Nigerian national, has spent the past 28 years of his career in Africa and Europe working in the International Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development domain. Dr. Akinbamijo has published extensively and served on several international research panels.

Will Allen is an urban farmer who established and functions as the CEO of USA’s preeminent urban farm and NGO, Growing Power. He is a former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and longtime farmer, and he is recognized as a leader in urban agriculture and food policy. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will one of Time 100 World’s Most Influential People and in 2011 Allen was named one of the World’s Most Powerful Foodies in Forbes Magazine World Power Issue. Will is a published autobiographer of the book, THE GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.

Elisabeth Atangana is a farmer by profession. Since 2005, she has been the president of PROPAC (Sub-regional Platform of Peasant Organizations of Central Africa). In 2012, she was appointed as Special Ambassador for Cooperatives by the FAO. She has made it a priority to focus on women and rural youth in policies and strategies for sustainable development.

Lyonpe Yeshey Dorji is Bhutan's second democratically elected Minister of Agriculture and Forests. He has a Masters in Biology specializing in plant systematics from University of Missouri, USA and served as a researcher and senior planning officer in the Ministry of Agriculture before joining politics in 2008. Bhutan is transitioning to organic farming as part of the countrywide Gross National Happiness program.

Christian Felber is a best-selling author and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics. He co-founded Attac Austria and is the initiator of the "Economy for the Common Good" and "Bank for the Common Good”.

Anna Lappe is a bestselling author and an advocate for organic farming and justice along the food chain. Anna co-founded the Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education.  Anna directs the Real Food Media Project, which produces videos, online movie contests, events, and educational resources to educate, inspire, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming.

Kathleen Merrigan is the former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture. As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Merrigan created and led the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative” to support local food systems. Time Magazine named Dr. Merrigan among the "100 most influential people in the world" in 2010. She is currently the Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University.

Raþit Pertev is the Secretary of IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development). He was formerly the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in Cyprus. Mr. Pertev is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. In Paris, he worked as the Assistant Secretary General of the World Federation of Farmers. He has also taken part in the projects restructuring agriculture in Turkey.

Pat Mooney is the co-founder and executive director of ETC group, which is an international civil society organization that focuses on the role of new technologies in the lives and livelihoods of marginalized peoples around the world. He has almost half a century of experience working in international civil society. He received The Right Livelihood Award (the "Alternative Nobel Prize”), the Pearson Peace Prize and the "Giraffe Award”, which is given to people who stick their necks out. Mooney is widely regarded as an authority on issues of global governance, corporate concentration, and intellectual property monopoly.

  • More information about the speakers can be found here

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  • For an appointment to interview the speakers in Istanbul, please contact Gözde İvgin at gozde [at]

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