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Keynote Speaker: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria

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IFT has just announced that Fareed Zakaria will be the keynote speaker at the Opening General Session on Sunday, July 14, from 8:30-10:15 a.m. The host of CNN’s international affairs program—Fareed Zakaria GPS—Dr. Zakaria is also the Editor-at-Large of TIME, a Washington Post columnist, and best-selling author. In 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers.

Dr. Zakaria’s presentation comes at a critical time for food professionals who face extreme challenges in both developed and developing nations ranging from food waste, food safety, and food insecurity to new nutritional demands and limitations on natural resources.

Fareed ZakariaAbout Fareed Zakaria
Since 2008, he has hosted Fareed Zakaria GPS, which airs Sundays worldwide on CNN.  Dr. Zakaria’s in-depth interviews with the Dalai Lama, heads of state including Barack Obama, Manmohan Singh, King Abdullah II, Dmitry Medvedev, Moammar Gadhafi, and Lula da Silva, as well as countless intellectuals, business leaders, politicians, and journalists have been broadcast in more than 200 million homes in over 210 countries.  Within its first year, GPS garnered an Emmy nomination for an interview with Premier Wen Jaibao.

Dr. Zakaria was introduced as TIME Editor at Large in October 2010 after spending 10 years overseeing all of Newsweek’s editions abroad.  His cover stories and columns—on subjects from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America’s role in the world—reach more than 25 million readers weekly.   While his columns have received many awards including a 2010 National Magazine Award, his October 2001 Newsweek cover story, “Why They Hate Us,” remains the most decorated.  Before joining Newsweek in October 2000, he spent eight years as managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a post he was appointed to at only 28 years old.

The Post-American World, which is Dr. Zakaria’s most recent book, was heralded in the New York Times book review as “…a relentlessly intelligent book” and The Economist called it “…a powerful guide” to facing global challenges.  Like The Post-American World, his previous book, The Future of Freedom, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into over 20 languages.

Born in India on January 20, 1964, Dr. Zakaria went on to receive a B.A. from Yale College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has received honorary degrees from numerous universities including Brown, the University of Miami, and Oberlin College. He lives in New York City with his wife, son, and two daughters.

One Response to “Keynote Speaker: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria”

  1. Venkat Munukutla says:

    I and my wife make it a point to watch the GPS of Fareed Zakaria on every Sunday morning for its content and the experts he brings in to clearly explain the subject matter on very important global issues. My very favorite phrase in his show is ‘let’s get started”
    That is when my eyes and ears get alerted and one hour of the show passes in minutes!

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