Joachim von Braun
Joachim von Braun, a citizen of Germany, joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as its director general in September 2002.
Prior to that, he was director of the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, Germany. Von Braun's association with IFPRI includes seven years as a research fellow and three years as director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division.
He has worked in developing countries for many years and is known for his work on food security and mitigating and preventing famines. He holds a Doctoral degree and a Professorial title, both in agricultural economics from the University of Göttingen in Germany.
Von Braun has published widely in his various areas of expertise, including the economics of bio-diversity and biotechnology in low-income countries, and the relationship of development to governance, trade, food and agriculture, and information and communications.