On November 17, the Cornell Alliance for Science will celebrate the inaugural class of the Global Leadership Fellows Program in New York City. During the gala event, which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, the 25 Fellows will share their own stories to launch a compelling global conversation about hunger.
“Those with the most at stake have been largely absent from provocative discussions about ending hunger and achieving food security,” says Dr. Sarah Evanega, director of the Cornell Alliance for Science. “The Fellows, with their 25 unique stories, will help initiate a much broader conversation that includes these often unheard voices.”
The Fellows, who represent 10 nations, are leaders in a growing consortium of “science allies” — partners committed to solving complex global hunger issues by leveraging advances in agriculture and innovative communications.
They are the first to complete a 12-week intensive Global Leadership Fellowship at Cornell University, to broaden their understanding of agricultural technology and to hone their communication skills. Fellows will use their knew knowledge and resources to bring scientific perspective to public policy debates about biotechnology, agriculture advancement, and food security in their own nations and around the globe.
The Fellows class, which arrived in Ithaca, NY in August 2015, hail from Bangladesh, the Philippines, India, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Indonesia, Hawaii, and the mainland United States. They represent a wide range of professions and life experiences, including a Catholic priest, vegan activists, broadcast journalists, and scientists.
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