Joachim von Braun is Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn (Germany). He was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute and President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. His research addresses development and agricultural economics topics: markets and trade, poverty, health and nutrition, agriculture, and science and technology.
He is a member of the Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia and the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart), and has received the Bertebos Prize of the Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his research on food security, and the Justus von Liebig Prize for his research on international nutrition.