Johanna Wilkes

With a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Johanna focuses on development issues from the ground up.Her education has been built around understanding the fundamental relationships between agriculture and its ability to permeate all facets of development. Johanna recently defended her Masters of Science thesis in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph where see explored the effects of non-emergency direct transfer food aid on agricultural production throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Johanna is now working on expanding her knowledge of international public policy, human security, and challenges in policy implementation.

During her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, Johanna traveled around the world learning how natural resource and agricultural markets function. Studying in a variety of locations as diverse as the coffee fields of Costa Rica, the Rungis Wholesale Market of Paris and the water processing facilities of Ukraine, she has gained a vast knowledge of the challenges we face in development, especially in agriculture and natural resources. During her time in the United States, she spent time in Washington, D.C. lobbying for farmer’s rights and meeting with Senators, USDA employees, and other various stakeholders to discuss the future of the agricultural sector. In the summer of 2010, Johanna began working for the Food and Resource Economics department where her duties included engaging students with industry opportunities, recruiting industry representatives to speak in the department, and piloting a study abroad program to Ireland.

From agricultural production to consumer-direct marketing, Johanna has experienced all facets of the agricultural industry. She has extensive leadership training through the University of Florida and has held several key student leadership positions. Johanna spent two years as an Ambassador for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. During her tenure she flew around the United States representing her college and assisted in cultivating new leaders for the agricultural industry. In addition, she was the President of the Agricultural and Life Science College Council.

Johanna looks forward to growing under the Balsillie and CIGI communities. After graduating from the Masters in International Public Policy program, Johanna hopes to utilize her research and policy skills to persue a career in research and policy implementation.