Profile: Ray Goldberg, Supporter of Agribusiness

September 1, 2010 08:13 AM
Profile: Ray Goldberg, Supporter of Agribusiness

> Ray Goldberg urges global partnerships and cooperation throughout the food chain. In order to feed a population of 9 billion in a few decades, he says, "the farmer has finally become global—and farmers elsewhere are no longer competitors but partners in the production of food for the global population."

The Godfather of Agribusiness

Ray Goldberg’s influence circles the world and extends from farm to fork. From coining the word "agribusiness" to teaching the first class on the subject at Harvard Business School (HBS) to founding the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, he has played a key role in bringing this sector together. As the first professor of agribusiness at HBS, he has taught 7,000 MBA students and 10,000 participants in the school’s Executive Education program—renowned for its case studies of more than a thousand agricultural firms, ranging from small tomato growers to global giants. Many of these graduates now head equally renowned agribusiness firms around the world. "Those Ray has mentored have gone forth and made extraordinary contributions," says longtime Harvard associate James E. Austin. As a scholar, Goldberg has written more than 20 pathbreaking books, 100 articles and 1,000 case studies. The intellectual capital that he has generated has greatly advanced the frontiers of knowledge of agribusiness. As a mentor, he has helped countless individuals realize their potential by providing a helping hand and guiding advice. As a statesman, Goldberg has tirelessly taken the higher road, encouraging all he meets to work for the greater good. —Linda H. Smith

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