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Dr. Cedric Habiyaremye        

Crop Scientist & Agricultural Entrepreneur developing solutions for a Zero-Hunger & Malnutrition-free World

Cedric often went hungry as a kid, living in a refugee camp and through a national famine in Rwanda. Today he is a world-renowned TED Speaker, crop scientist, and agricultural entrepreneur developing solutions for a zero-hunger and malnutrition-free world. He is the scientist who brought quinoa to Rwanda and other parts of Africa. As a scientist, Cedric serves as Research Associate at Washington State University and Rwanda Research Lead at Food Systems for the Future Institute. As an entrepreneur, Cedric is the Founder and CEO of QuinoaHub Ltd, Co-Founder and Vice-President of Farmwella SPC, and Co-Founder of PAGRIC. He also serves as a member of the United Nations Association; the Vice-Chair of Building Bridges with Rwanda; and a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

As a global hunger fighter and nutrition thought leader and advocate, Cedric served as the youngest member of the Global Agriculture Task Force of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and contributed to the 2019 Global Food Security Report. He also served as a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a fellow of the US Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security; the Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program; and the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development. In 2018, Cedric was awarded the World Hunger Leadership Award for his contributions to agricultural development and the fight against hunger and malnutrition. He has more than ten years of experience in international agricultural development with focus on the links between agriculture, food systems, and nutrition.

His work was featured by several media outlets and podcasts, including BBC World News, Forbes, Al Jazeera News, Phoenix TV, the Yahoo! News, NPR News, The UN Foundation, AllAfrica, The New Times, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) News Article & Podcasts, the WCIA News, the WSU News Posts, the UC Davis Borlaug LEAP, The Lewiston Tribune Newspaper, and the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. Cedric is regularly invited to speak around the world. He gives talks and lectures in colleges, universities, and other institutions and various international meetings and conferences around the world as a scientist covering topics on global food security and other related issues. As a motivational speaker, he transmits uplifting messages relevant to real-life to help others rise above their circumstances and thrive for self-reliance. He is the surefire choice for audiences in all industries because his work focuses on what makes us all human: our incredible potential in life and business and the obstacles that stop us from reaching it.

Cedric holds an MS and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy and Crop Science from Washington State University, a BS in Agricultural Science with Honors in Irrigation and Drainage, and an Advanced Diploma in Soil and Water Management from the University of Rwanda.

Speech Topics

Inspirational, Motivational, Leadership, Agriculture, Health and Wellness, Education

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