2017 Judges



Dr. Mahfuz Ahmed Senior Operations Assistant
Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Dr. Ahmed has over 30 years of professional work experience in agriculture, natural resources management and rural development in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and books. One of his most Recent contributions include: Climate Change and Food Security in the Pacific. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a financial intermediary fund administered by the World Bank.

We asked Dr. Ahmed several questions on the topic of food security:

1. What impact has ADB had on food security?
In its 50-year history , ADB has hundreds of agriculture and natural resources projects, starting in 1967 with first technical assistance on food grain production in Indonesia. Innovation on the farm and introduction of new technologies have revolutionized food production in the Asia and Pacific region, giving it a remarkable degree of self-sufficiency in staple foods and economic stability.

2. Why do you like working on issues surrounding food security?
I have spent most part of my more that 30 years professional life working on policy, institution, technology, market and distribution issues surrounding food security. I strongly believed that food is a basic human rights, and if I could make a small contribution to this basic human welfare through my work. I have seen visible differences in peoples lives as a result of my work during this long journey as a professional in agriculture and food security, which me inspired and continue to do more for the sector.

3. Do you have any advice for public policy and public administration students who are trying to get into this field?
Public policy and public administration play a huge rule in shifting the comparative advantage for those that are engaged in agriculture. Policy analysis and public administration have resulted in many reforms and supportive measures , such as land reform, seed, water and inputs supply, and pricing of produce, which helped the sector to grow and advance over the decades. Going forward, I see a growing role for public policy and administration in addressing newer problems such as climate change, demographic shifts, land and water conflicts.



Thank you to our 2016 Judges!

2016 Judges

Super Judges: 

David Andersen, Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany – SUNY

Steve Cohen, Executive Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Steve Kaagan, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University


David Eaton, Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Sarah Jones, Executive Director, ASU REACH Institute

Spiro Maroulis, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University


Roy Heidelberg, Assistant Professor, Public Administration Institute, Louisiana State University

Catherine Horiuchi, Program Director and Associate Professor, University of San Francisco

Dan Mazmanian, Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California


Joseph Hacker, Clinical Assistant Professor, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Margaret Henderson, Lecturer in Public Administration, UNC School of Government

Jeryl Mumpower, Department Head and Professor, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University


Kim Novick, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington

Saba Siddiki, Assistant Professor,  School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Rod Thompson, Adjunct Faculty, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


Anand Desai, Section Head, Evaluation and Assessment Capability, National Science Foundation

Peter Linquiti, Associate Professor, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Administration

James Stillwell, Program Manager, School of Public Policy

Maastricht, Netherlands:

Valerie Graw, Senior Researcher, University of Bonn

Dorcas Mbuvi, Researcher, University of Maastricht

New York:

Anthony D’Agostino, PhD Candidate, Sustainable Development, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Betty Cremmins, Supply Chain Project Officer, Carbon Disclosure Project

Stacy Lee, Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability


Eileen Chou, Assistant Professor, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

William Shobe, Professor, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

John Stephens, Associate Professor, UNC School of Government