2017 Judges:

Super Judges:

Josette Sheeran – President and CEO of Asia Society (previously served as Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme)
Steve Cohen – Executive Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Anand Desai Section Head of Evaluation and Assessment, National Science Foundation
Mahfuz Ahmed Technical Advisor in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ASIAN Development Bank


Erin Lentz – Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin (worked or consulted with CARE, the United Nations World Food Program and numerous other international NGOs on markets, food security and food assistance programs)
Samuel Richard – 
Executive Director at Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition
Elisa Jane Bienenstock – 
Associate Research Professor, Arizona State University

New York:

Isabelle Tsakok – Experienced Economist in Agriculture and Rural Development , Adjunct Professor at SIPA
Anouch Missirian –
Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainable Development at Columbia SIPA
Suzanne Lipton –
Project Manager, Earth Institute Center for Environmental University, Columbia University


Marina Negroponte – Philanthropic Partnership Officer, Vulcan, Inc. (previously served as Government Partnership Officer with the UN World Food Programme)
Roy Heidelberg – Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University’s Public Administration Institute
Jose Manuel Magallanes – Visiting Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance (expert on computational approaches to public policy analysis)


Anand Desai – Description under global super judges
Ted Lyng – Director, Global Food Security Program, U.S. Department of State
Rajul Pandya-Lorch —  Chief of Staff in the Director General’s Office, International Food Policy Research Institute
Yuko Akune – Associate Professor, Reitaku University (Japan) and Visiting Scholar, GMU’s Schar School of Policy and Government


Marlene Walk – Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI
Adam Ward – Environmental Scientist and Assistant Professor, Indiana University in Bloomington
Alyssa Newerth – Director, Indy Reads Books
Jerome Dumortier – Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI

Bogotá, Colombia:

Mónica Pachón – Dean of Political Science, Government and International Relations at Universidad del Rosario
Diego Lucumi – Associate Professor of Public Health, School of Government, Universidad de los Andes
Mauricio Velasquez – Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes (expert on rural issues such as land and land distribution)

Maastricht, Netherlands:

Valerie Graw – Senior Researcher, University of Bonn’s Center of Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (expert on land use, land degradation, agriculture technologies in Africa)
Dorcas Mbuvi – Senior Researcher, UNU – MERIT (expert on economic and human development, public policy and global governance)
Chase Sova – Director of Public Policy and Research, World Food Program USA

Beijing, China:

Yumei CHEN– Public Administration, Political Methodology, Information Technology and Politics Professor, Jinan University
Zhiyong LAN – Professor specializing in Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University
Chengyu  ZHAN – Associate Professor, School of Political Science and Public Management, China University of Political Science and Law