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Institutional Framework

From its inception, the vision for the Water for Food Global Institute has been that of a non-traditional institute that would operate as a creative network with several constituent parts, strengthened by national and global partners including other universities, public sector institutions, private sector partners and NGOs. WFI’s institutional strategy is thus based on the concept of the institute as a ‘distributed institute,’ with a core group of staff and drawing on faculty across all four campuses and disciplines of the University as well as its network of partners and affiliated faculty at other institutions, benefiting from the advice of both internal and external advisory bodies, and governed by a Board of Directors.


Board of Directors  
Mogens Bay
Chairman, Robert B. Daugherty Foundation
Mike Johanns
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Senator of Nebraska
Hank Bounds
President, University of Nebraska; Board Chair
James B. Milliken
Chancellor of The City University of New York
Howard W. Buffett
Management Advisory Board, Earth Institute, Columbia University
International Advisory Panel  
Margaret Catley-Carlson
Vice Chair, Canadian Water Network, Vancouver, Canada
Colin Chartres
Director of Training and Master Classes, Crawford Fund, Australia; Adjunct Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia
Marcos Folegatti
Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Bashir Jama
Division Manager, Agriculture and Food Security Division, Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Uma Lele
Independent Scholar and Development Economist, Washington, D.C.
Letitia Obeng
Independent Scholar, Washington, D.C., USA
Martin Pasman
President, Valmont Industries de Argentina, Buenos Aires
Pasquale Steduto
Deputy Regional Representative for the Near East & North Africa Region, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Cairo, Egypt

Faculty Advisory Panel  
Tala Awada
Professor, School of Natural Resources and interim associate dean for the Agricultural Research Division
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Kenneth Cassman
Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Dean Eisenhauer
Professor, Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering and School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lilyan Fulginiti
Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Peter Longo
Professor, Dept. of Political Science
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Bob Oglesby
Professor, School of Natural Resources and Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Pinaki Panigrahi
Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology and Pediatrics and director of the Center for Global Health and Development
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Sandra Zellmer
Professor, Nebraska College of Law
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Water for Food Global Institute  
Peter G. McCornick
Executive Director
Yulie Meneses
Water for Food Processing Specialist
Lacey Bodnar
Research Project Manager
Caleb Milliken
Program Associate
Nicholas Brozović
Director of Policy
Molly Nance
Public Relations &
Communications Director
Connie “C.K.” Duryea
Director of Development
Christopher Neale
Director of Research
Dean Eisenhauer
Coordinator, UNESCO-IHE Partnership
Emeritus Professor, UNL
Lameck Odhiambo
Research Associate Professor, UNL
Craig Eiting
Web Developer and Graphic Design Specialist
Amber Poythress
Events Coordinator
Ellen Emanuel
Program Coordinator
Visiting Research Scholar
Kate Gibson
Program Coordinator II
Vijay Prajapati
Visiting Research Scholar
Karen Hansen
Proposal Development Coordinator
Alka Rani
Visiting Research Scholar
Rachael Herpel
Assistant Director
Aziz Galvao da Silva, Jr.
Visiting Research Scholar
Janet Means
Administrative Specialist
Jesse Starita
Education Outreach Coordinator
Daugherty Distinguished Fellow  
E. Robert Meaney Roberto Lenton
Professor, Biological Systems Engineering,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Water for Food Postdoctoral Researchers  
Ivo Zution Goncalves Babak Safa
Mesfin Mergia Mekonnen  
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2014-2015 Student and Postdoctoral Grantees  
Water for Food Interns & Students  
View the Water for Food Student Interns  
Nebraska Water Center  
The Nebraska Water Center was established in 1964 by Congressional mandate as one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes in the United States. It supports the University of Nebraska as an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach.
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Faculty Fellows

WFI Faculty Fellows are faculty within the University of Nebraska system who contribute to the Institute’s research, scholarship, engagement and education programs. Faculty Fellow status gives formal recognition of an individual’s accomplishments and expertise and includes the Fellow in a community of faculty with complementary interests. It is intended for faculty who collaborate with the Institute for a sustained period of time. Appointments are non-salaried and made for one year, beginning January 1.

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Global Fellows

Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Global Fellows are faculty members and researchers external to the University of Nebraska who provide significant and sustained contributions to the Institute’s global research, scholarship, engagement and education programs. Global Fellows substantively and geographically complement the Institute Leadership’s and Faculty Fellows’ areas of expertise, thereby expanding the Institute’s capacity to implement projects internationally. Appointments are non-salaried and made for one year, beginning October 1.

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The University of Nebraska

The Institute’s principal asset to address the challenges described in the previous section is that it is an integral part of the University of Nebraska with its significant expertise in a range of disciplines related to water and food and a strong track record of research in the subject. The University of Nebraska system includes the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney (UNL, UNO and UNK respectively); the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC); the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis; and four system-wide institutes, including WFI and the Rural Futures Institute (which supports rural communities and regions to achieve their desired futures). The University has faculty experts in water sciences, agricultural sciences, information sciences, social sciences, law and public health and administration as well as specialized centers on issues of great relevance to water and food.
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Nebraska Water Center

Within Nebraska, the WFI carries out its programs with the strong support of the Nebraska Water Center and the NWC’s Water Sciences Laboratory. NWC’s education, communication, and engagement programs help to make research results easily available. The NWC also carries out important liaison functions, including facilitating the University of Nebraska Water Resources Advisory Panel (WRAP) and providing research and other information as needed to decision and policy makers.

National Drought Mitigation Center

The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute works closely with the National Drought Mitigation Center on projects related to water and food security in selected areas of the world. The NDMC helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management. Established in 1995 and based in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the NDMC monitors drought and participates in the U.S. Drought Monitor; develops the U.S. Drought Impact Reporter; a suite of web-based drought management decision-making tools; drought planning and mitigation; and is active in developing drought policy. The NDMC also participates in numerous international projects, including the establishment of regional drought preparedness networks in collaboration with the United Nations’ Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

Global Assets and Partnerships

The Water for Food Global Institute develops cooperative research programs with organizations working nationally and internationally, to enable access to complementary expertise, extend its global reach, and amplify its impact, rather than trying to achieve its mission on its own. WFI strives to keep abreast of the work of other participants in the water and food security sectors and collaborate where appropriate. Collaboration with private sector partners is particularly important in this context, given their important role in advancing innovation in agricultural, irrigation, information and food-processing technologies as well as WFI’s comparative advantage in working with industry and the private sector.

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