Sep 27, 2019
Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

Dr. Kenneth Quinn served for 32 years as a career American diplomat, including as ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. During his diplomatic career, Amb. Quinn served: as a Rural Development advisor in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam; on the National Security Council staff at the White House; as Director of Iowa SHARES, the humanitarian campaign that sent lifesaving aid to starving Cambodian genocide victims.


Since retiring in 2000, he has been president of the World Food Prize (WFP) located in Des Moines Iowa. Established in 1986 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, individuals from 19 countries and the United Nations have received the $250,000 annual award for their break through achievements to reduce hunger and malnutrition. The WFP also holds the Borlaug Dialogue symposium (2019 theme-Peace Through Agriculture) and a Global                   Youth Institute for high school age students.(

Ambassador Quinn has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Maryland.