Sam Dryden

Senior Fellow



Sam Dryden, senior fellow, Global Development, works with key external influencers, networks and partners to keep agriculture and nutrition on the global agenda in service of smallholder farmers.
Prior to serving as a senior fellow with the foundation, he joined the foundation as, director, Agricultural Development in 2010. 

Prior to joining the foundation, Sam served as a managing director of Wolfensohn & Company, a corporate advisory and investment firm founded by former World Bank President James Wolfensohn.

Sam has written and lectured on food security and economic development issues and served as an advisor on rural development for the World Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation. Until 2006, he led Emergent Genetics, Inc., which develops and markets seeds. Previously, Dryden served as president and CEO of Agrigenetics Corporation, a seed company, and founded Big Stone Inc., a private venture and development company. He began his career as an analyst with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Dryden was previously on the U.S. board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, served on the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Global Sustainability, and served on the World Bank’s steering committee for the International Assessment on Agricultural Science and Technology. He was a member of the executive council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, on the board of the South/North Development Initiative, and a member of the Design Advisory Committee of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation effort.

A native of eastern Kentucky, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University.


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