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ICEIME 2013: Key Note Speakers

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun is a Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and Professor for Economic and Technological Change at University of Bonn, Germany. ZEF is a multi-disciplinary research institute with a comprehensive doctoral studies program held in English. From 2002 to 2009 he has been Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC, the world's premier research institute addressing food, agriculture, nutrition and related development policies. Before these positions, von Braun was professor of Food Economics and Food Policy at Kiel University, Germany. He received his doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Goettingen, Germany in 1978. Von Braun serves on the boards of several academic journals, as well as on the international advisory boards of a number of research and policy organizations. From 2000 to 2003 he was president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the Academy of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and a member of the international advisory board of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS). He received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim in Germany, and from the Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry he received the Bertebos Prize.

Dr. Retha Wiesner is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior in the School of Management and Marketing at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on the development of organizational capabilities and enhancement of firm performance through scenario planning and the effective improvement and implementation of people management strategies, organizational change strategies and environmental sustainability strategies. Retha is a frequent speaker to professional and academic audiences and have been engaged in several large national and international research projects. In addition, Retha has consulted on the topics of employee management, organizational change and development of strategies through scenario planning with dozens of companies around the world. Retha has published her research widely in credible national and international research journals and conference proceedings and has been the recipient of several research grants over the years. She has co-authored six books since 2001 on the topic areas of management, organizational behavior, human resource management and business sustainability.