Pedro Sanchez

Pedro Sanchez is Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center, and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's Earth Institute. He served as Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya from 1991-2001, as Co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Project Hunger Task Force and as Director of the Millennium Villages Project from 2004 – 2010. Dr. Sanchez is Professor Emeritus of Soil Science and Forestry at North Carolina State University, has written successful books on tropical soil science and hunger, serves on many boards, has received three honorary degrees and decorations from universities and governments. Sanchez was anointed Chief by the Luo in Western Kenya with the name of Odera Akang'o, and by the Ikaram of Southern Nigeria with the name of Atunluse. He is the 2002 World Food Prize laureate, a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, and was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2012.