Wharton Award: Previous Recipients


Dr. Randolph Barker is Professor Emeritus in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (formerly the Department of Agricultural Economics) at Cornell University.  He served as Director of the Southeast Asia Program (1989 to 1994) and was an International Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (1978 to 1994), Cornell. Randy has spent approximately half of his career conducting research and teaching in Asia.  He served for thirteen years as head of the Economics/Social Science Division at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines (1966-78 and 2007-2008), and he was on the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria (1987-1993) serving as chairman the last two years.  He then spent nine years at the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka (1995-2005). During that period, he was principal investigator on the project “How to Grow More Rice with Less Water” with Wuhan University. He also taught a short-course once a year (1999-2004) in Agricultural Development to sixty mid-career Vietnamese students in the Harvard-Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Saigon.  Among his numerous publications, the most widely cited is “The Rice Economy of Asia” (Resources for the Future, 1985), co-authored with Robert Herdt. His most recent publication is “Water Productivity in Context: The Experience of Taiwan and the Philippines over the Past Half-century,” co-authored with Gilbert Levine. (International Water Management Institute Research Report 145, 2012) Randy began his academic career at Princeton, received his BS from Cornell University in 1953, MS from Oregon State University in 1957 and PhD from Iowa State University in 1960.


2016: Ambassador James Joseph

Ambassador James Joseph has served four U.S. Presidents, beginning with President Jimmy Carter who appointed him Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior in 1978, and including President Bill Clinton who appointed him the United States Ambassador to South Africa in 1996. He was also appointed to national commissions under President Ronald Reagan and the first President George Bush. In South Africa, he was the first and only American Ambassador to present his credentials to President Nelson Mandela. In 1999, President Thabo Mbeki awarded him the Order of Good Hope, at that time the highest honor the Republic of South Africa bestowed on a citizen of another country.

Ambassador Joseph has also had a distinguished career in business, education and organized philanthropy. From 1982-1995, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Foundations, an international organization of more than 2000 foundations and corporate giving programs. He served as a Vice President of Cummins Engine Company and President of the Cummins Engine Foundation from 1971-1976. An ordained minister, he has taught at Yale Divinity School and the Claremont Colleges where he was also University Chaplain. In 1985, he was a Distinguished Visitor at Nuffield College at Oxford University. He is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies and Executive Director of the United States – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke University. He is also an Honorary Professor and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.

2015: Dr. Norman Uphoff

Dr. Norman Uphoff, professor emeritus in the Department of Government and a former director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD) and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), joined the Cornell faculty in 1970 after completing his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as chair of Cornell’s interdisciplinary Rural Development Committee between 1970 and 1990, when he was appointed first director of CIIFAD and also a professor of International Agriculture. His work has focused on local institutions and participatory development, and since 2000 on agroecology and particularly on the system of rice intensification (SRI) developed in Madagascar.

His publications include two books with Warren Ilchman, The Political Economy of Change (1969) and The Political Economy of Development (1972); also Local Organizations: Intermediaries in Rural Development (1982), Local Institutional Development (1986); Learning from Gal Oya (1992); Puzzles of Productivity in Public Organizations (1994); and Reasons for Hope: Instructive Experiences in Rural Development (1997) and Reasons for Success: Learning from Instructive Experiences in Rural Development (1998). His most recent book (2006) is an edited volume on Biological Approaches to Sustainable Soil Systems, and his most recent articles, co-authored, were published last month in Plant and Soil and Advances in Agronomy. He has served on USAID’s Research Advisory Committee, and he has been a consultant for the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations, the CGIAR, and other agencies. In March 2015, he received the first international Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security for his work with SRI.

2014: Malden C. Nesheim

Malden C. Nesheim is Professor of Nutrition Emeritus and Provost Emeritus. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1959. In 1974 he was named Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences, a post which he held until the summer of 1987, when he became Vice President for Planning and Budgeting. He was named Provost of Czornell University in September 1989, a position he held until 1995. Dr. Nesheim has served on numerous NIH, USDA and DHHS advisory committees and was the Chair of the 1990 US Dietary Guidelines Committee and was appointed by President Clinton to Chair a Commission on Dietary Supplements. He has served as President of the American Institute of Nutrition a group that awarded him the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for public service. In 1995 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences in 1997. Dr. Nesheim earned a B.S. in agricultural science and an M.S. in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois followed by a Ph.D. in nutrition from Cornell. His research interests have been aspects of nutritional biochemistry.

2013 : Brady J. Deaton

Brady J. Deaton became the 21st chief executive officer of the University of Missouri on Oct. 4, 2004. Prior to his time at the University of Missouri, he taught at the University of Tennessee, where he was appointed as staff director of the Special Task Force on Food for Peace for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia Tech. In 2011 President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Deaton chairman of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD).  He also chairs the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE), and served as chair of the Academic Affairs Council of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Dr. Deaton participates in advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and maintains active membership in the American and International Agricultural Economics Associations.


2012 : Per Pinstrup-Andersen

Per Pinstrup-Andersen is a Danish economist and policy-maker who won the 2001 World Food Prize for having personally initiated the research effort which enabled several governments to reform their food subsidy programs and dramatically increase food availability to the severely impoverished. This research laid the foundation for the establishment of “Food for Education” programs, in which families receive food subsidies when their children stay in school. Driven by a deep desire to alleviate the suffering of malnourished and starving children, Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen initiated a global effort to uplift those most at risk by formulating IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative, which helped reverse the trend of decreasing global developmental assistance, and led contributed to significant decreases in hunger and poverty levels in many countries.


2011 : Willene A. Johnson

Willene A. Johnson is an economic consultant specializing in finance and development. She currently designs and facilitates courses in conflict management and peace building, including ones on economics and conflict at the U.S. Institute of Peace and others on security issues at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Reflecting a strong interest in microfinance and financial sector development, she also serves as the Vice Chair of the Africa Advisory Council of the Grameen Foundation. Johnson has worked extensively in Africa, starting as a volunteer teacher and, more recently, as the U.S. Executive Director of the African Development Bank. She worked for twenty years in the Federal Reserve System, where her assignments included research and operational responsibilities in foreign exchange and international financial markets. She speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swahili and holds degrees in social studies (Radcliffe College, Harvard University) and African History (St. John’s University) as well as a doctorate in Development Economics (Columbia University).

2010 : Robert W. Herdt

Robert W. Herdt is International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Adjunct, at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. For 17 years he worked at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York as Director of Agriculture and later as Vice President. He joined Cornell as advisor to the Director of Cornell’s International Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Management. Herdt received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Cornell and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. His career has focused on improving the well-being of poor, agriculturally-dependent people in developing countries through increasing the productivity of their farming systems. Before joining the Rockefeller Foundation he worked in agricultural research institutions in India and the Philippines, at the University of Illinois, and the CGIAR Secretariat at the World Bank. His current work on research management, intellectual property rights, and the economics of technological change is designed to foster understanding of the role of new technology as an important force generating agricultural productivity and income gains over the past century.

2009 : Frank Pedraza

Frank Pedraza is an International Management Consultant, specializing in the solution of marketing and strategic planning issues faced by consumer products enterprises in emerging countries. Pedraza has extensive experience resolving marketing and management challenges in Asia, Latin-America, and the USA as Vice-President or Divisional CEO for leading consumer companies including Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and Chiquita Brands. Pedraza firmly believes in the power of marketing to generate strong economic development that rewards producers and other stakeholders while also satisfying consumer needs. Pedraza grew up in Colombia, S.A. and his education includes a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and an MBA from Cornell University and an AMP from the Harvard Business School. Frank is a member of the Cornell University Council and of the International Board of Advisors of Zamorano University, Honduras.


2008 : Peter Matlon

Peter Matlon has led a distinguished career in international development. In his most recent position as Managing Director of the Africa Regional Office of The Rockefeller Foundation (Kenya), he supported program planning and grant making in health, food security, education, and information systems throughout Africa. He also served as Interim President for Programs for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. In addition, he has served as a member of the United Nations’ Millennium Program Hunger Task Force, the InterAcademy Council Panel on African Agriculture, and the editorial boards of several international journals. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and other international organizations and serves on the advisory committees of numerous scientific cooperation arrangements in agriculture. He has published extensively on the economics of African agriculture and rural development. Matlon holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Cornell University, a MPA in development economics from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


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