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A warm welcome to SLU Youth Institute, we are happy that you will participate in the roundtable discussions! During the year, 300 students from Ystad in the south to Sollefteå in the north worked on the essay Global Challenge and now it's time for some of you to meet and tell us what you have come up with!

Below you can see the programme for the days and read about some of the experts who will participate. Once again, a warm welcome!

Programme 6 May 13.00-16.00 CEST:

  • Welcome to this final! - Sara Gräslund, Head of SLU Global

  • Round table discussions with the experts

  • Break

  • Short lectures and group discussions

  • Inspiration from our colleague at World Food Prize Foundation

  • Conclusion 

Welcome to the round table talks on 6 May! Here you will find zoom links to the four different rooms. You have previously received an email about which group you belong to and the password for the meeting.

Get to know our lecturers! (Links go to the lectures in zoom)
Meet some of our experts!

Jonathan Yeun, Professor SLU

I was born in Washington, D.C., USA , but soon became interested in the role of agriculture in international development after my BA degree from the University of Chicago and a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. I received my PhD in plant pathology (plant diseases) from Cornell University and then worked as a plant pathologist in Taiwan, at SLU in Uppsala and at the University of Hawaii.

After working as an epidemiologist for human diseases at Uppsala University, I returned to SLU, became a professor and retired in 2017. My work in Sweden focused mainly on late blight and Phytophthora infestans. My interest in the role of agriculture and the development continued at SLU and I have had several global, cooperative projects. Nowadays, I still find time to serve on the plant health panel of the European Food Safety Authority.


Kristina Yngwe, Member of Parliament (C)

I am a soil/plant agronomist educated at SLU and have been working for several years as a Member of Parliament for the Center Party. I am also chairman of the Environment and Agriculture Committee and at the same time run a small farm outside Ystad. I previously worked as an agricultural adviser, among other things with advice on the environmental and climate impact of agriculture. I am driven by the vision of a sustainable society based on the green carbon atom, that is, what grows in our fields and in the forest.

Sofia Boqvist, Assoc. Professor SLU

My research mainly focuses on transmission and prevention of infections transmitted between animals and humans (so called zoonotic infections), particular in the food value chain. I have a strong interest in global research and collaborates with several partners in Africa and Asia, not only in research but also in how to translate research into policy and practice contributing to food security. Epidemiology and veterinary public health are my key areas. I am also Director of the Sida funded Agriculture for Food Security 2030 programme contributing to SDG2. 

Johan Schaar, Vice Chairman EBA

I am an agronomist and have worked for the Red Cross, the Swedish Afghanistan Committee, Sida, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the World Resources Institute. I am now Vice Chairman of the Expert Group for Aid Studies, EBA and Associate Senior Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI.

Johanna Bergman Lodin, Researcher SLU

I am a cultural geographer and at SLU I research about gender relations in African agriculture. More specifically, I examine the opportunities and challenges that new agricultural technologies, such as new rice and maize varieties, create for female and male farmers, respectively. I also try to understand what differences can be due to.

What I have seen in my research is that often, unfortunately, restrictive norms lead to how and what women and men are expected to be and do to inequality. Women and men do not always have the same opportunities to grow new crops, and the distribution of work and income from these is not always fair either. Through my research, I therefore hope to be able to contribute with a better understanding of these social processes and show the need to not only focus on technical solutions to develop agriculture.

Meet our colleague at World Food Prize Foundation!

Keegan Kautzky, Senior Director of Global Youth Programs & Partnerships

Keegan leads the World Food Prize Foundation’s global youth programs and partnerships, developing strategic relationships and opportunities to engage, inspire, and empower the next generation of young leaders in the global effort to end hunger and poverty.

Raised on a small diversified farm in Iowa, Keegan's passion for resilient, regenerative, equitable, and healthy food systems was shaped by his family's struggle to survive the U.S. Farm Crisis; witnessing the effects of food insecurity among his classmates and neighbors in his rural farming community; and experiencing the inequity and injustice smallholder farmers, indigenous communities, women, youth, people of color, and poor families face every day in food systems around the globe. 

Keegan has worked in Malawi, India, South Africa, Iowa, and Washington DC throughout his career and he holds a B.A. in Political Science from Iowa State University, as well as an M.A. in International Development Studies and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

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