Dr. Joachim von Braun is an agricultural economist from Germany. He is Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change. von Braun’s main research areas are economic development, poverty reduction, agriculture, food and nutrition security, trade, science and technology policy.
He is chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the Federal German Government; Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe”, Vice Chair of the Board of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). He was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. from 2002 to 2009.
The International research community of agricultural economists (IAAE) elected von Braun as President in 2000.
Pope Francis recently appointed Professor Joachim von Braun as the new President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.