Ellen S. Levinson
Executive Director, Alliance for Global Food Security (AGFS)
President, Levinson & Associates
Ellen Levinson, President of Levinson & Associates, serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for Global Food Security, a coalition of private voluntary organizations and cooperatives that conduct food security programs in over 100 developing countries in partnership with local institutions, organizations, and businesses. Their international programs help people overcome hunger, increase incomes, and improve agriculture productivity and nutrition. The Alliance provides information about the underlying causes of hunger, methods to boost food security, and the interrelationship of U.S. agriculture, foreign aid, trade, and development policies.
Ms. Levinson is President of Levinson & Associates, which assists clients with strategic planning, project development and financing, and a variety of public policy and regulatory matters. Her clients have included non-profit organizations, trade associations, universities, commercial firms, financial institutions, and foreign governments. She has presented at a variety of forums and served on committees hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Trade Representative Office. She has worked on projects in many countries, including Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Prior to starting her own consulting firm in 2004, for 10 years Ms. Levinson served as Government Relations Director for the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and for 7 years held a similar position at the law firm Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith. In 1983 and 1984, Ms. Levinson was Legislative Director to Congressman Richard Durbin, who is now the senior Senator from Illinois. Ms. Levinson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Maryland.
Co-Chair, Alliance for Global Food Security (AGFS)
CEO & President, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Jonathan Duffy is CEO/President of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and serves as the Co-Chair of the Alliance for Global Food Security.
Jonathan began his career as a biology and physical education teacher; it was this combination of science and health which would guide him to work in the public health sector. Jonathan enjoyed 28 successful years facilitating over 1000 community programs which encouraged Australians to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. As a result, Jonathan has been influential in transforming tens of thousands of people’s lives, whether it was through smoking cessation programs, weight and stress management initiatives or through many other lifestyle-related activities.
During his time as the Director of Health for the South Pacific Region of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Jonathan discovered many of the Pacific clinics were in disrepair. Shocked, but motivated, Jonathan began to develop a new scheme called ‘Adopt a Clinic’. This venture encouraged churches to support a clinic, which for many villages was the safest and only medical option available but were lacking important essentials. This initiative continues to grow, and to date 60 village clinics have been adopted.
It was during this phase of his career that Jonathan began to work specifically for youth, and began to study how to reduce risk behaviour and has gone on to be published in the Medical Journal of Australia. It was here he discovered his passion for educating communities on the importance of ‘connectedness’.
As a way of raising awareness surrounding the importance a community plays in developing strong, resilient young people, Jonathan dreamt up a new idea. Jonathan led a team of cyclists from Perth to Sydney, stopping each night in rural towns to remind them of the significance of staying connected with their youth. After much success in Australia Jonathan organised a similar ride in New Zealand that again spanned the entire country. His work in this area inspired Macquarie University to commence in-depth research into the issue of youth resiliency and would spark Jonathan on his next quest – to provide local communities with useful resources on how to stay connected with their young people. The BSomebody2Someone mentoring resource is widely used around the world.
Before coming to ADRA International, Jonathan Duffy was Chief Executive Officer of ADRA Australia. In this role Jonathan oversaw the operations and strategic direction of ADRA Australia.
In his current role of CEO/President of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, Jonathan continues to be heavily involved with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action and in developing initiatives that promote youth connectedness.