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Dr. Margaret Zeigler

Global Harvest Initiative
Executive Director

Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI).  The Global Harvest Initiative is a private sector voice for agricultural productivity growth throughout the value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world.  To produce enough food to feed over 9 billion people by 2050, GHI proposes key policies that enhance global food and nutrition security through increases in agricultural productivity while conserving natural resources. GHI’s website address is www.globalharvestinitiative.org 

Dr. Zeigler is a thought leader in the international food security arena with expertise in international poverty alleviation, agricultural development, organizational development and program management.  She is known for working in non-partisan and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration with a variety of food security organizations and institutions, including United Nations agencies, NGO’s, U.S. government, foundations and the private sector. 

Prior to joining GHI, Dr. Zeigler served as Deputy Director of the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC), a bi-partisan non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.  At CHC she founded the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship Program and directed international policy initiatives that provided education and advocacy on agriculture, food security, nutrition, and sustainable development issues. 

Dr. Zeigler has visited agriculture, nutrition and food security programs in 40 countries and has authored a number of articles and essays on global food security in the past 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, and formerly served as an adjunct faculty at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, teaching graduate level courses on food security, political geography, and complex humanitarian emergencies.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.