Joachim von Braun is the Director of The Center for Development Research (ZEF), at the University of Bonn.
He is an economist, with a Doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany.
He joined ZEF as Professor and Director of the Department for Economic and Technological Change in December 2009.
He was also Director of ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002. von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, USA from 2002 to 2009. His research addresses international and development economics topics, including markets and trade, poverty, health and nutrition, agriculture, and science and technology.
von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican and was President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), he is member of Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe” and Chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government.
Among awards received by von Braun are a honorary Doctoral degree from the University of Hohenheim, and the Bertebos Prize of the Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his research on food security, and the Justus von Liebig Prize for his research on international nutrition.