Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative
Dr. Margaret Zeigler is the Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative (GHI). She is a thought leader in the international agriculture and food security arena with expertise in international poverty alleviation, agricultural development, organizational leadership and program management. She has worked in non-partisan and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration with a variety of food security organizations and institutions, including United Nations agencies, NGO’s, U.S. government and the OECD, regional development institutions, foundations and the private sector.
GHI is a collaborative private-sector voice to advance sustainable agriculture solutions for meeting the world’s growing demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel. As the global population increases to nearly 9.7 billion in 2050, along with rising incomes and changing consumer preferences, GHI proposes five key policy goals that will enhance global agricultural productivity while conserving natural resources.
Dr. Zeigler speaks in domestic and international venues about how these policies along with public-private partnerships are advancing global food security and agricultural productivity. Dr. Zeigler co-authors the annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) published by the Global Harvest Initiative, and is a regular media contributor. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography and International Development Studies and between 1997 and 2001 was an adjunct faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, Washington, DC. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the United States Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and is on the board of directors for the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD).