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Watoto Children's Choir The Watoto Children's Choirs of Uganda have traveled the world since 1994 as advocates for the 50 million children in Africa who have been orphaned because of HIV/AIDS, war, poverty, and disease. The choirs have toured Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Australasia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, United States, South America, Hong Kong, China, and Japan. Read more »


Mark BittmanMark Bittman, whose "Minimalist" column ran in the Dining section of The New York Times for more than 13 years, is a New York Times opinion columnist as well as the lead food writer for The Magazine.


In 2009, Bittman, who has been urging Americans to change the way we eat for 30 years, published Food Matters, which explored the crucial connections among food, health, and the environment and provided tangible guidance for Americans rethinking their diets. (This was followed, in 2010, by The Food Matters Cookbook.)

Bittman promotes the simple and rewarding pleasures of the kitchen in How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and other books, on markbittman.com, and in his ongoing presence in The Times, on The Today Show, and elsewhere. His television series (Bittman Takes on America's Chefs, The Best Recipes in the World, and Spain: On the Road Again) took viewers on adventures in new eating. His current show, a series based on “Minimalist,” is running on the Cooking Channel. As a regular on the Today show, he solves the daily dilemma of what’s for dinner.

As he speaks about food and its role in American culture and health, Bittman translates the critical issues of our day into an argument for better, saner, more enjoyable eating.

Patrick C. Fine is vice president for compact implementation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Prior to this, he was a senior vice president and director of the Global Education Center for the Academy for Educational Development (AED).


Previously, Fine served at USAID as the senior deputy assistant administrator in the Africa Bureau and a member of the Senior Foreign Service. In 2004-2005, he was the USAID mission director in Afghanistan, where he oversaw rapid expansion of U.S. assistance for reconstruction and development.

Fine is a senior consultant on education in developing countries and on delivering development assistance in conflict and post-conflict settings. He is a frequent guest lecturer on development topics with expertise in international education, private sector and livelihood development, development finance, donor coordination, decentralization, community development, and fostering public-private partnerships.

Fine has lived in Pakistan, Swaziland, Lesotho, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, and Afghanistan and worked in more than 20 countries. In 2004, Senegal awarded him the Ordre du Merite for outstanding contributions to education. His federal government awards include the Distinguished Career award.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in international education from the University of Massachusetts.


Sandra F. Joireman Sandra F. Joireman is a professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College in Illinois. She received her B.A. in anthropology and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Joireman specializes in comparative political economy with an emphasis on Africa. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has had visiting appointments at the University of Addis Ababa, Makerere University, and Queen Elizabeth House International Development Centre at Oxford University. She has also taught at Meserete Kristos College in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia.  

Joireman has written numerous articles on property rights and legal development, most recently appearing in Law & Society Review, World Development, Comparative Politics, Constitutional Political Economy, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. Most recently she has an edited volume, Church, State and Citizen (2009), and a book, Where There is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa (2011), with Oxford University Press.

Joireman is on the boards of Bread for the World, Chicago Mennonite Learning Center, and Upendo Village. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two children.


Associate Professor, University of GhanaAnna Lartey is an associate professor in the department of nutrition and food science at the University of Ghana. Her research focuses on maternal child nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, a subject on which she has published extensively. She won the University of Ghana’s “Best Researcher Award” in 2004.

Lartey has served on several World Health Organization expert consultations on child nutrition. She currently leads the Ghana delegation to the Codex Committee on Nutrition for Special Dietary Uses, where Ghana chairs the electronic working group to revise the Codex guidelines on formulated supplementary foods for older infants and young children.

She holds the IDRC Canada Research Chair in Nutrition for Health and Socio-Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is currently president-elect of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences.

Lartey attended University of California-Davis as a Fulbright student and received her Ph.D. in nutrition in 1998. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and her master’s degree from the University of Guelph, Canada. She is married to Ernest Lartey, and their two children are 24 and 22 years old.


Ched MyersChed Myers is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for 35 years. Currently with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries in southern California, Myers is a popular educator who animates scripture and issues of faith-based peace and justice.

He has authored more than 100 articles and a half-dozen books, including Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus (1988), The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics (2001), and most recently, Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A N.T. Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (with Elaine Enns, Orbis, 2009).

Myers is a co-founder of the Word and World School, the Sabbath Economics Collaborative, and the Bartimaeus Institute. He has a degree in New Testament studies.


Dr. David Nabarro studied at Oxford and London Universities and qualified as a physician in 1973. After a short period in the U.K. National Health Service, he worked for six years in child health and nutrition programs for Save the Children in Iraq, South Asia, and East Africa, taught for six years at the London and Liverpool Schools of Tropical Medicine, served as chief health and population adviser to the British government’s Overseas Development Administration, and in 1997 became director for human development in the U.K. Department for International Development.

Download Nabarro's Keynote Address from 1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children on June 13, 2011.

In 1999, he was selected to lead Roll Back Malaria at the World Health Organization (WHO). He was later appointed WHO’s executive director and worked on a variety of issues, including the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, Health Systems Assessments, and the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Nabarro was appointed to lead the WHO cluster handling food safety, emergency health action and environmental health. In 2003, he led WHO’s Department for Health Action in Crises.

In 2005, Nabarro joined the office of the U.N. secretary general as senior U.N. system coordinator for avian and pandemic influenza. In January 2009, he was given the additional responsibility as coordinator of the U.N. system’s High Level Task Force on the Food Security Crisis. In October 2009, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Nabarro as his special representative for food security and nutrition.


Rev. Gabriel Salguero Rev. Gabriel Salguero is president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, a national coalition of Latino evangelicals focused on the common good and justice advocacy. He is lead pastor at The Lamb's Church in New York.

Salguero's life work is to bring an ethical framework to public policy and empower multicultural leadership. He has worked on issues of indigenous leadership development, faith and public policy, and racial, economic, and immigration justice. He is currently a featured panelist for the Washington Post's On Faith panel.

Salguero serves on the boards of Sojourners, Evangelicals for Social Action, and the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. In 2008, he was recognized by El Diario/La Prensa as one of the 25 most influential Latinos in the country and by Charisma magazine as one of the “Voices of Our Generation.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a M.Div. magna cum laude from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Christian social ethics at Union Theological Seminary.


Dr. Shamim Hayder Talukder is the founder and chief executive officer of Eminence, a nonprofit organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that addresses issues related to nutrition, reproductive health, and the environment. Eminence recently partnered with Bangladesh’s ministry of health and family welfare to enhance health services for thousands of people through 30,190 community clinics in 11 districts. The organization has conducted more than 40 evaluation studies on nutrition, child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and water sanitation.

 Download Dr. Talukder's presentation from 1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children on June 13, 2011.

Talukder is a member of several professional associations in Bangladesh, including the Non-Communicable Diseases Forum, Bangladesh Urban Health Network, and the recently-formed Bangladesh Nutrition and Food Security Network. He has participated in national and international conferences and seminars all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. He is also editor and managing director of The Editor, a national web-based daily newspaper.

He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rajshahi University in Bangladesh in 1996, and earned his M. Phil. in international community health from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2003. He lives in Dhaka with his parents, spouse, and three children.


Rev. Dr. Frank Anthony ThomasRev. Dr. Frank Anthony Thomas, senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, TN, is a preacher, teacher, scholar, lecturer, author, and coach called to preach and teach nationally and internationally. His life mission is to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in creative and relevant sermonic forms to offer people hope for life (Hebrews 6:19).

Thomas published They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching, considered by many to be a preaching method classic. Among his other books are 2010’s Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present, co-edited with Martha Simmons.

He is the host of the weekly radio ministry program 15 Minutes of Faith with Dr. Frank A. Thomas and teaches preaching in churches, ministerial associations, and denominational groups all over the country. He is completing training to be a professional coach with special interests in pastors, pastors’ spouses, and preaching.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. in communications (rhetoric) from the University of Memphis; D. Min. degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary; a M.Div. from Chicago Theological Seminary; and a master’s degree in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.


Robert B. Zoellick is president of the World Bank Group, which works with 185 member countries. Prior to joining the Bank, Zoellick served as vice chairman, International of the Goldman Sachs Group, managing director, and chairman of Goldman Sachs' board of international advisors from 2006-07.

In 2005-06, Zoellick served as deputy secretary of the U.S. State Department. He was the department's chief operating officer and policy alternate for the Secretary of State, in addition to having lead policy responsibility in other areas.

From 2001-2005, Zoellick served in the U.S. cabinet as the 13th U.S. Trade Representative. He forged an activist approach to free trade at the global, regional, and bilateral levels, while securing support for open markets with the U.S. Congress and a broad coalition of domestic constituencies. He worked with ministers from nearly 150 economies to launch the Doha Development Agenda in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, and then to complete the framework accord for opening markets in 2004. He was instrumental in completing the accession of China and Chinese Taipei to the WTO. He also completed or substantially advanced the accessions to the WTO of Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Viet Nam, Russia, and others.

Zoellick graduated from Swarthmore College in 1975. He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government in 1981.

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