Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, Patron of World Food Prize
On January 1, 2000, Kenneth Quinn assumed the presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, following a 32-year career as an American diplomat, which focused significantly on refugee and humanitarian relief efforts and culminated with his service as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
For the past 18 years, Ambassador Quinn has endeavored to build the World Food Prize Foundation, founded by the Father of the Green Revolution, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, so that it could come to be seen as the “Nobel Prize for food and agriculture.” Each October, more than 1,200 people come from 50 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium, which has been called the "premier conference in the world on global agriculture." Ambassador Quinn’s foundation also operates one of the most unique youth education programs for high school students in America.
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