Forum: Food Security and Global Hunger

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Date(s) - 05/19/2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am



Speaker: Gary Burniske

Gary Burniske is Managing Director of Purdue’s Center for Global Food Security.  He is responsible for managing the Center and collaborates with Purdue’s faculty and scientists to take a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling global challenges affecting food security.  Fluent in five languages, he has 35 years of experience in international development covering 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Former Soviet Union. Holding senior level technical and managerial positions with humanitarian organizations and international public institutions, he served as Country Director for Colombia, Tajikistan, and Russia.  He worked as Regional Technical Advisor in Agriculture and Natural Resources with CARE covering 25 countries in Asia and Latin America. He headed the International Tropical Timber Organization’s conservation efforts globally, and was Principal Technical Advisor to the Nicaraguan Forest Service with a leading role drafting forest policies and legislation. He also served as the Executive Director of Rainforest Foundation International, promoting indigenous rights and ownership to tropical forests in Latin America, Africa and Asia.  Burniske holds a BS in Natural Resources and an MS in Forest Economics – both from the University of Massachusetts.

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