Greetings from IFAMA’s Board President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce exciting organizational changes and a brand new initiative for IFAMA in 2015. We have embarked on a new partnership with the Global Business School Network (GBSN), a nonprofit that works to improve management education for the developing world. As of January 1, IFAMA operations are embedded with the staff at GBSN. Page Buchanan – IFAMA’s new Director of Operations, Dale Baker – Program Officer, and Nicole Zefran – Administrative Coordinator, are working closely with the IFAMA Board  of Directors and IFAMR Administrative Editor, Kathryn White to plan a dynamic and innovative program for the coming year.

Key in those plans is the new IFAMA Become the Solution: Food Security 2050
initiative, a three-year effort to address major issues our global community faces in providing food security for the estimated 9 billion people that will inhabit the planet by 2050. IFAMA’s core mission remains to unite industry, students, academics, government leaders and other key stakeholders across the value chain of food production and consumption to improve the global food and agribusiness system in response to the changing needs of the world. Become the Solution: Food Security 2050will use the IFAMA platform to address the intersecting issues of People, Climate and Big Data in achieving food security in the developed and developing world.

Become the Solution: Food Security 2050 will officially launch at our 25th Annual IFAMA World Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota June 14 – 17, 2015. I look forward to the important conversations we will have there about how industry, academia and future leaders in the food and agribusiness sector will tackle the challenges ahead.
Our goal is to make IFAMA an organization that engages and serves its members year-round.

The new IFAMA team is based in the GBSN offices in Washington, DC. The IFAMA phone number will remain +1-202-429-1610 and you can use it to reach Page, Dale and Nicole directly, or feel free to email them at the addresses listed below.

Page Buchanan: pbuchanan@ifama.org
Dale Baker: dbaker@ifama.org
Nicole Zefran: nzefran@ifama.org

Kathryn White remains the key contact for the Symposium and Student Case Competition for the 2015 World Conference, and will  continue her work managing and growing the  IFAMA journal, The International Food and Agribusinesss Management Review.  Kathryn can still be reached at mkwhite@ifama.org.

You may have already noticed a new energy in our social media channels, which will be a key conduit for communicating with you throughout the year. I encourage you tofind us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates on the 25th Annual IFAMA World Conference, as well as the food and agribusiness management sector and member activities.

Our goal in making these changes is to increase our programs, services and support for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how we can serve you better.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon on the 25th Annual IFAMA World Conference plans and much more. It’s going to be a great year for IFAMA!

Thad Simons
Board President, IFAMA

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