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Panel Discussion: Water: California - A resource in crisis

  • FotoWeekCentral @ Nat Geo 1145 17th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

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Moderator: Edward Silva

I believe in leveraging the power of technology to create a more food secure world. As Executive Director of Thought For Food and co-founder of Henlight – a solar powered solution to help small-scale poultry farmers – I actively support next-gen innovation in building solutions to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Throughout my career, I have been afforded the opportunity to participate in an array of activities in the U.S. and abroad related to food and agriculture. Winning the 2013 Thought for Food Challenge, being selected as U.S. Delegate for the Y20 Summit, and studying international agricultural development at the University of California, Davis have allowed me to gain a unique global perspective. My specialties include: entrepreneurship, appropriate technology for small scale agriculture, food insecurity, post-harvest, business model canvas, project management, and youth leadership.

Panelist: Jessica Fanzo

Jessica Fanzo, PhD, is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics and Global Food & Agriculture at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health.. Dr. Fanzo has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and East Africa for more than a decade. Her area of expertise focuses on the multi-sectoral and system approaches to ensure better nutrition and diets. Her research is concentrated in three areas: (1) on the linkages between agriculture, water, and health to improve diversity and quality of maternal and young children’s diets in low-income rural communities, (2) the importance of regaining livelihoods in post-conflict regions through better nutrition governance (3) metrics and ethics for the emerging area of equitable, sustainable diets and value chains.

Panelist: William Sarni

William Sarni is a director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of its Enterprise Water Strategy practice. For more than three decades he has been providing environmental and sustainability services to private and public-sector enterprises. Will is also an internationally recognized thought leader in developing and implementing corporate-wide water stewardship and sustainability strategies.

Panelist: Mustafah Abdulaziz

Mustafah Abdulaziz is the photographer behind Water:California, on view at FotoWeekCentral

Panel will be followed by light reception in the exhibition.

Earlier Event: November 14
States of Consciousness by Gaby Herbstein
Later Event: November 14
WiLDSPEAK: Meet the Photographers