UofSC’s Folks Center for International Business hosting forum on March 29 on the humanitarian cost of the global food crisis featuring David Beasley

(Columbia, S.C.) — The University of South Carolina’s Folks Center for International Business will feature a special address by David Beasley, former South Carolina governor and executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme, which was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Joining him for a panel discussion on “Business and the World Food Programme” will be Johann Baar, an executive board member and the director for affordable housing and technology for the Hilti Foundation, and Val Dolcini, head of the business sustainability and government affairs North America for Syngenta.

Beasley (’79 UofSC B.A. interdisciplinary studies, ’83 UofSC School of Law) will share global insights as to how the conflict in Ukraine is driving hunger around the world and is creating the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. The panel will discuss how business can approach this crisis through partnership and be the building blocks for prosperity around the world.

“The private sector is absolutely essential to addressing world hunger. Without the private sector, we can’t get the job done; it’s that simple,” Beasley says. “Businesses can contribute so much to reducing suffering from hunger — not just money but also their expertise, skill and know-how — and the World Food Programme stands at the ready to work with them.”

Beasley served as South Carolina Governor between 1995-99. He has been the executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme since 2017.

Moderated by Sonoco International Business Department associate professor Andrew Spicer, the Folks Center forum will be held in person in the Darla Moore School of Business W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall in room 101 and virtually from 5-6:15 p.m. March 29. The event is free and open to the public. Register and learn more.

The event is sponsored by The Rachel and Jim Hodges Fund, generously given by another former South Carolina governor and his wife, with corporate participation by Hilti North America and Syngenta.
On the same day as the event, the South Carolina Legislature is honoring Beasley, recognizing his dedicated public service to South Carolina and the world along with his presence at the Folks Center special address at the Darla Moore School of Business.


The Folks Center for International Business is the hub for global business education, research and leadership at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Established in 2015, the Folks Center builds upon and accelerates the school’s investment and leadership in international business; the Moore School has been recognized for international business for more than 40 years. The center engages companies, government agencies, international organizations and academic institutions on key issues impacting international strategy, risk, innovation and leadership development. The Moore School’s international business program has been nationally ranked as
No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report for more than 20 years. Learn more at sc.edu/moore/folkscenter

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina is among the highest-ranked business schools in the world for international business education and research. Founded in 1919, the school has a history of innovative educational leadership, blending academic preparation with real-world experience through internships, consulting projects, study abroad programs and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Moore School offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as distinctive executive education programs. In 1998, the school was named for South Carolina native and New York financier Darla Moore, making the University of South Carolina the first major university to name its business school after a woman. Learn more at sc.edu/moore.

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