Uma Lele, an independent scholar and development economist, is currently writing a book tentatively titled Food for All: International Institutions and the Transform Agriculture. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and four decades of experience in research, operations, policy analysis, and evaluation in the World Bank, universities and international organizations. Among her notable works are Food Grain Marketing in India: Private Performance and Public Policy (1973), The Design of Rural Development: Lessons from Africa (1976), Managing Agricultural Development in Africa (1991), Transitions in Development: From Aid to Capital Flows (1991), Intellectual Property Rights in Agriculture: The World Bank's Role in Assisting Borrower and Member Countries (1999), and Managing a Global Resource: Challenges of Forest Conservation and Development (2002). She has also written papers on Agricultural Productivity Growth and Structural Transformation, and on the changing roles of forests and water in the course of economic development. As Senior Advisor in the World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department (now called the Independent Evaluation Group), she led evaluations of the World Bank’s Forest Strategy(2002),the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) (2003), and the World Bank’s approach to global programs (2005).She co-chaired an International Taskforce of the China Council on Environment and Development on Forests and Grasslands (2000-2002), served on the panel for the independent external evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (2007), and co-authored a theme paper for the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development. She has served on numerous advisory, expert and award panels in international organizations including on the Sasakawa 2000 Program (1992-94), the World Food Prize (1987-94) and the McArthur Foundation (1991-95).She was a Graduate Research Professor (1991-1995) and Director of International Studies (1992-93) at the University of Florida co-chaired an international taskforce on Global Research on the Environmental and Agricultural Nexus (GREAN) (1992-95), and established and directed the Global Development Initiative of the Carter Center and the Carnegie Corporation (1992-93). She was on the founding board of the CGIAR’s Centre for International Policy Research (1993) and a member of the CGIAR’s Technical Advisory Committee (1994-95). She is Fellow of the American Agricultural and Applied Economic Association and of India’s National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. In 2011 she established an award for Best Research on Gender in Agriculture at the International Agricultural Economic Association, and in 2013 she established the Uma Lele Mentorship Program for students from developing countries at the American Agricultural Economic Association.
Travis Lybbert - Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis
Travis Lybbert is an associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at University of California, Davis. His areas of research interest are Economic Development, Poverty Dynamics, Risk & Uncertainty, Technology Transfer & Adoption, Intellectual Property, Environment & Biodiversity. He completed his PhD and M.S from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Agricultural Economics respectively. He has published his work extensively into books and book chapters, journal articles, working papers and reports. His research has been published in journals such as American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Development Policy Review, World Development, European Review of Agricultural Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Development Economics and many others. His paper, “Risk Averters that Love Risk? Marginal Risk Aversion in Comparison to a Reference Gamble” (with David R. Just), Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, 2010 has been awarded as the Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article.
Manoj Panda holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute. He is currently Director of Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He has earlier served as Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad (2008-2012), as Professor and Associate Professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai (1992-2012) and as Economist and Senior Economist at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi (1982-92). He has also spent a year at the Yale University, USA on a post-doctoral fellowship (1996-97). His research areas span monitoring and analysis of macroeconomic trends and prospects, evaluation of alternative trade and fiscal policy options from the point of view of growth and distribution, development and application of computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, construction of Social Accounting Matrices (SAM), measurement and policy issues in poverty and human development and interaction of carbon emission with economic growth and its pattern. He has undertaken short term assignments for several international organizations including the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, FAO, UN-ESCAP, IFPRI, MacArthur Foundation and Carnegie Endowment. He has published extensively in journals and edited books.
Prabhu Pingali is a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative. Prior to joining Cornell in June 2013, he was the Deputy Director, Agricultural Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, from 2008–May 2013. Pingali was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Fellow in May 2007, a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) in 2006, and a Fellow of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) in 2009. He served as the President of IAAE from 2003–2006, and was named the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus of North Carolina State University. He has received several international awards for his work, including the Research Discovery Award from the AAEA. Pingali has over three decades of experience working with some of the leading international agricultural development organizations as a research economist, development practitioner and senior manager. He was the Director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations from 2002–2007, and the Director of the Economics Program at CIMMYT, Mexico, from 1996–2002. Prior to joining CIMMYT, he worked at the International Rice Research Institute at Los Banos, Philippines, from 1987 to 1996 as an Agricultural Economist, and at the World Bank's Agriculture and Rural Development Department from 1982–1987 as an economist. Professor Pingali has written 10 books and over 100 referred journal articles and book chapters on food policy, technological change, productivity growth, environmental externalities, and resource management in the developing world. He did his PhD from North Carolina State University and M.A from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, 1977.
Bharat Ramaswamy is a professor and the head of Economics and Planning Unit at Indian Statistical Institute. He completed his PhD from University of Minnesota. His areas of interest are economics of risk and insurance, commodity markets, food policy and technology supply in agriculture. Some of his selected work focuses on the issues on agricultural food policy reform, delivery of food subsidy, status and time allocation of women in rural India, unemployment, economic growth, public distribution system, impact of technology, agricultural market structure and others. He has published his work in Economic and Political Weekly: Review of Agriculture, The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics and Society, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, The Journal of Agro-biotechnology Management and Economics and many other journals as well.
David J. Spielman, a U.S. national, joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 2004, and is currently a senior research fellow based in Washington, DC. His research agenda covers a range of topics including agricultural science, technology and innovation policy; seed systems and input markets; and community-driven rural development. Prior to this, David was posted to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with IFPRI’s Knowledge, Innovation, and Capacity Division. Earlier in his career, he worked on agriculture and rural development issues for the World Bank (Washington, D.C.), the Aga Khan Development Network (Pakistan), and several other organizations. His work maintains a regional emphasis on East Africa and South Asia. David received a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in 2003, an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 1993, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University in 1992.