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Recent factors such as rising petroleum prices, severe weather, and production of biofuels have converged to cause a global hunger crisis. In this panel discussion at the Aspen Institute in Colorado, experts from business and the nonprofit sector explain how this situation came to be over the past 20 years, how it is affecting the global poor, and what can and should be done about it.
Robert D. Hormats is vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a managing director of Goldman Sachs & Co. Hormats has served as US assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, ambassador and deputy US trade representative, and senior deputy assistant secretary for economic and business affairs at the US Department of State. He was a senior staff member on the National Security Council and senior economic advisor to National Security Advisors Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft, and Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Helene Gayle is president and CEO of CARE. She also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Gayle has served as a health consultant to international agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the World Bank and UNAIDS and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. She also served as the director of CDC's Washington Office. Prior to assuming her current position, Gayle was the director of the HIV, TB, and Reproductive Health Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gayle has published numerous articles on public health, especially related to HIV/AIDS, and has received many awards for her scientific and public health contributions.
Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund. Prior to starting Acumen, she worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she created and directed the Philanthropy Workshop and the Next Generation Leadership program. Novogratz has also worked at the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and has served as a consultant to UNICEF and the World Bank in various African countries. She helped found a micro-finance institution for women in Rwanda and began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Novogratz holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA from the University of Virginia.