A Devex newsmaker event

On the table:

A conversation with Action Track 1 lead
Lawrence Haddad in advance
of the UN Food Systems Summit

September 15, 2021 — 9 a.m. ET | 3 p.m. CET


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About the Event

This year the United Nations will host the first Food Systems Summit with the goal of uniting multiple sectors and actors around building more equitable and sustainable food systems as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. A week before the summit — and on the launch date of Devex’s new food systems newsletter, Devex Dish — Devex senior reporter, Teresa Welsh, sits down with Lawrence Haddad, executive director at GAIN and chair of Action Track 1, to discuss how governments and the global community can ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all.

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Save your Spot on Wednesday, September 15 at 9 a.m. ET | 3 p.m. CET


9:00 a.m. ET

Welcome & introduction

• Kate Warren, EVP, Devex
• Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex

9:05 a.m. ET

One-on-one interview

• Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN and chair of U.N. Food Systems Summit Action Track 1
• Moderator: Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex

9:35 a.m. ET

Closing remarks

• Kate Warren, EVP, Devex
• Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex


Dr. Lawrence Haddad

Dr. Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director, GAIN and chair of U.N. Food Systems Summit Action Track 1

Dr. Lawrence Haddad is GAIN’s Executive Director since 2016. Since 2020, Dr Haddad also chairs Action Track 1 of the United Nations Food Systems Summit to ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all and is the co-convener of the Standing Together for Nutrition. In June 2018, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded the 2018 World Food Prize to Lawrence Haddad, and David Nabarro, former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General.

Teresa Welsh

Teresa Welsh

Senior Reporter, Devex

Teresa Welsh is a Senior Reporter at Devex. She has reported from more than 10 countries and is currently based in Washington, D.C. Her coverage focuses on Latin America; U.S. foreign assistance policy; fragile states; food systems and nutrition; and refugees and migration. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa worked at McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She was a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.

Kate Warren

Kate Warren

Executive Vice President, Devex

Kate Warren brings two decades of global development and digital media experience to cover and shape the important conversations driving the Sustainable Development Goals. In her role as EVP and Executive Editor, Kate leads Devex’s special coverage including news events, Devex Pro, and other editorial initiatives tied to key moments on the global development calendar. Kate is a frequent speaker and author on human capital, talent, leadership, skills development and career trends in the social impact and global development space. As the parent of a transgender child, she is also an active advocate for the rights of transgender youth.