A group of heavy-hitters will from the corporate, government, media, research and foundation sectors will be in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 14, for the Global South Summit, to be held from 7 a.m to 9:30 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
The group, some members of which are internationally known in various circles, will serve as speakers and panelists during the event. Held annually in Nashville, the summit focuses on how world food production impacts the global economy and helps define solutions that "create nutritional abundance through innovation." This year’s event will, in part, serve to launch a series of global food summits leading up to Expo Milano 2015, which will focus on the theme "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life."
CumberlandCenter, a Cumberland, Tenn.-based alliance of academic and business officials, oversees the Global South Summit.
Participants will include the following:
• Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
• Francis Collins, director, National Institutes of Health
• Ted Abernathy, president and CEO, South Growth Policies Board
• Rajiv Shah, administrator, USAID
• Ernesto Brovelli, senior manager, sustainable agriculture, The Coca-Cola Company
• Steve Currall, dean of the Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
• Juergen Voegele, director, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, The World Bank
• Edward Zhu, chairman and CEO CHIC Global
• Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor, UCSDConnect