World Food Center Welcomes New Director

Ermias

The UC Davis World Food Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Ermias Kebreab as Director of the World Food Center. Dr. Kebreab will serve as the Associate Dean of Global Engagement within the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, which includes the World Food Center.

A distinguished scholar and skilled administrator with extensive experience, Dr. Kebreab has held several key positions at UC Davis, including Associate Vice Provost of Academic Programs for Global Affairs and Deputy Director for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute. As the Sesnon Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science, he has conducted extensive research in developing strategies for using feed additives to reduce methane emissions from livestock.

Dr. Kebreab's significant international experience and vision for international engagement make him uniquely suited to support the mission and goals of both the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and the World Food Center. He will oversee the advancement of the college’s international goals while working in collaboration with extensive internal and external partnerships to magnify the grand challenges facing our global food system through the World Food Center.

Dr. Kebreab is chair of the United Nations FAO Technical Working Group on Feed Additives, a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Panel on Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States and also serves on the NAS Committee for Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle. He is a recipient of this year’s Bouffault International Animal Agriculture award and also received the American Feed Industry Ruminant Nutrition award from the American Society of Animal Science in 2014. In addition to his extensive leadership in sustainable agriculture both nationally and worldwide, Dr. Kebreab is an active member of the USDA National Animal Nutrition Program and a founding member of Dairy 2050, a think tank in scientific leadership towards sustainability of the US dairy industry in the global market.

Dr. Kent Bradford, who has served as interim director of the World Food Center since October 1, 2017, has graciously agreed to continue supporting the World Food Center's transition in leadership by staying on as Associate Director until June 30, 2019.

For more information on this announcement, please contact Kaylee D'Amico, Program Manager for the UC Davis World Food Center, via kgdamico@ucdavis.edu or Caren Weintraub, Director of Communications for the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, via cweintraub@ucdavis.edu.