Joachim von Braun


Joachim von Braun (July 10, 1950 Brakel, Westphalia) is a German agricultural scientist and currently director of a department of the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn and president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Joachim von Braun (2019)

Previously, von Braun was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington. In the course of his research, he focuses primarily on agricultural policy, bioeconomics, food security, and sustainable resource use.[1]


Von Braun studied agricultural sciences at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn from 1970 to 1975. He received his doctorate in 1978 with a thesis on agricultural labor markets and habilitated afterwards in agricultural economics on food security in developing countries, both at the Georg August University of Göttingen.

From 1983 to 1993, von Braun was a Research Fellow and then Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC. In 1993, he came back to Germany to take up the position of Professor (C4) of Food Economics, Food Policy and World Food Issues and Director of the Institute for Food Economics and Consumer Analyses at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel.

After several research stays in Africa, Russia, and China, von Braun was appointed founding director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn in 1997. In 2002, Braun returned to Washington became director of IFPRI. In 2009, he returned to the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn as director and took over the professorship for economic and technological change.[1] Since July 2019, von Braunhas also served as co-spokesperson and co-coordinator of the Transdisciplinary Research Area "Innovation and Technology for a Sustainable Future" in the Excellence Initiative of the University of Bonn.[2]

In addition to numerous reports on the world food situation in recent years, von Braun's works include studies on food security, the economics of famine, technical progress, agricultural trade policy, rural financial systems and environmental policy. Von Braun was a speaker at the Rio Conference in 1992, the World Food Summits in 1996 and 2002, and the "World Food Forum" of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in Beijing in early December 2007. In 2020, he was appointed by the United Nations to chair the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.[3]

Von Braun has been:

  • Vice president of Welthungerhilfe since November 2012,[4]
  • Board member of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) since 2012 and Vice Chair from 2013 to 2018,
  • Board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) since 2015,
  • Member of the HighTech Forum of the German Government, appointed by the Federal Minister of Education and Science, from 2016 to 2017,
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Bosch Stiftung since 2017,
  • Science Platform for Sustainable Development 2030, Member of leadership group, and chair of sustainable consumption since 2017,
  • Co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel on African Food, Nutrition, Agriculture since 2017,
  • Member of the International Advisory Board, Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Research (ZMT) Bremen since 2019,
  • Member of the Executive Board, Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust), since 2020,
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP), China Agricultural University since 2020,[1][2]
  • member of the Corps Borussia Bonn since 1971.


Other memberships in scientific associationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f Leopoldina. "Mitgliederverzeichnis | Expertensuche: Joachim von Braun". Leopoldina: Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e Center for Development Research. "Curriculum Vitae 2020: Joachim von Braun" (PDF). Center for Development Research. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  3. ^ United Nations. "The Science behind the Summit". United Nations Food System Summit 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  4. ^ Welthungerhilfe. "Supervisory Board". Welthungerhilfe. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  5. ^ Radio Vatikan. "Joachim von Braun wird Mitglied in der Päpstlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften". Radio Vatikan. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  6. ^ Vatican. "Nomina del Presidente della Pontificia Accademia delle Scienze". Bollettino. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  7. ^ Theodor Brinkmann Stiftung. "Theodor Brinkmann Preis". Theodor Brinkmann Stiftung. Archived from the original on 2018-02-09. Retrieved 17 June 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Literature of and about Joachim von Braun at the German National Library
  • Joachim von Braun on the Website of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences