WFP Executive Director Travels To World Economic Forum

Published on 24 January 2012

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 in Davos, Switzerland, beginning on Wednesday, 25 January.

ROME-- The World Economic Forum is an opportunity for WFP to engage with the world’s political, economic and business leaders to discuss their role in supporting efforts to alleviate global hunger - the world’s greatest solvable problem.

Sheeran will attend a number of panels and will moderate Thursday’s interactive session “Ensuring Food Security: How are new models of collaboration and innovation driving investment in food and nutrition security?” Participants will include Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization; Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of Nigeria; Stefan Lippe, CEO of Swiss Re; and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and co-chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.

In addition, Sheeran will meet WFP’s private sector partners in order to discuss ways in which they can use their business knowledge and expertise to engage with WFP in the fight against hunger.