Dr. Hans R. Herren

President & CEO, Millennium Institute

Hans Herren is an internationally recognized scientist who lived for 27 years in Kenya, Benin and Nigeria, and worked across Africa in agriculture, health and environmental research and capacity development.

Hans’ interest in international development, in particular policy development issues, is based on the conviction that knowledge and science led sustainable development can only be achieved through empowerment that enables countries to make their own informed and evidence based development policy choices. As such, he advocates for holistic and multi-stakeholder approaches to development planning that take cognizance of the three dimensions of sustainability – economy, environment, society – and result from a shared vision of sustainability by all the key actors.

He is the recipient of numerous awards that recognize his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research for sustainable development, among them The Right Livelihood Award, which he received in 2013 and The World Food Prize, which he was awarded in 1995. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Third World Academy of Sciences, and served as a Co-chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).

As Millennium Institute’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Hans’ priorities are to internationalize the Institute and develop its public sector component with new core and project funding.