Prof. Joachim von BRAUN

Professor Joachim von Braun is the Director of ZEF (Center for Development Research) at University of Bonn, Germany. He received a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from University of Goettingen. He was a Professor at University of Kiel during 1993-1997, Director of ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002, and Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. 2002 to 2009. He re-joined ZEF in his current position in 2009.

Professor von Braun's research addresses international and development economics topics, including markets and trade; poverty; health and nutrition; agriculture, and science and technology.  He has served as President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe”, and Chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government. He is a member of Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

Among the prizes received by Professor von Braun are the Bertebos Prize (2009) by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry for his research on food security, and the Justus von Liebig Prize (2011) for his research on international nutrition. He also received an honorary doctoral degree from University of Hohenheim (2005).