Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009.
Dr. Fan joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI’s program on public investment before becoming the director of the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005.
He is one of the Champions of Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward cutting global food loss and waste. He serves as a member of the Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. He serves as advisor to many national governments (including China and Vietnam) on agriculture, food security and nutrition.
In 2017, Dr. Fan received the 2017 Fudan Management Excellence Award. The award is referred to in China as the “Nobel Prize for Management.” This highly prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of management.
In 2014, Dr. Fan received the Hunger Hero Award from the World Food Programme in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting hunger worldwide.
Dr. Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.
Languages spoken: Chinese, English
Honors and Awards
• Fudan Management Excellence Award, 2017
• Hunger Hero Award, World Food Programme, 2014
• Fellow, International Academy of Food Science and Technology, 2012-Present
• Doctor of Science degree (honoris causa), Panjab University, India, 2011
• Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota,
• Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, University of Minnesota, USA, 2006
• Outstanding Young Scholar award from the National Science Foundation, China, 2005
• First Prize Award for the article “Public Investment, Growth and Poverty Reduction in Rural
China,” Journal of South China Agricultural University (Social Science Edition), 2003