Azzeddine Azzam is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Azzam has worked in the field for about 34 years, and his teaching and research interests include microeconomics and agricultural and natural resource economies.
The Washington Post reported about Azzam’s research on how Americans could lose weight by switching to diets common in other countries. He was also quoted by the Norfolk Daily News in 2018 on the Trump administration’s trade policies. He has written about topics such as how a greenhouse gas tax would affect the price of a burger for the industry publication Beef Magazine.
Azzam previously taught as a Fulbright scholar at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. He chaired the economics department at the University of Dubai, and served as senior economic adviser at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Sylvia Partida is the CEO of the National Center for Farmworker Health, where she oversees efforts to train medical professionals at community health centers serving uninsured or underinsured patients on the health needs of agricultural workers. The organization works with 174 community health centers across the country that receive federal funding to serve farmworker families. The center also collaborates with state health departments, universities and the CDC.
Partida has been interviewed by HuffPoston why migrant farmworkers face high health risks during the coronavirus pandemic, and by U.S. News & World Reportfor a story about how children of migrant farmworkers in rural Yakima Valley in Washington state receive treatment for cancer.
Prior to Partida’s role at NCFH, she researched and developed community programs for at-risk youth, many of whom were Latino, and those impacted by HIV/AIDS. At the University of Texas Health Science Center, she led a project studying the HIV risks of farmworkers in South Texas in order to provide them with accessible care.
Farha Aslam leads Stephens Inc.’s food and agribusiness equity research coverage. She joined this private investment bank in December 2004. Prior to joining Stephens, Aslam was part of Merrill Lynch’s equity research effort, where she worked on companies such as Kellogg, Kraft Foods, and the J.M.Smucker Company. She is an expert on the food and agriculture business.
Aslam received her B.A. from the University of California and an MBA from Columbia University.
Ben Chou analyzes policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program in Santa Monica, CA, where he works on issues relating to climate change and water resources as part of the water and climate team. Chou’s work has focused on how local and state governments and the federal government are preparing for the water-related impacts of climate change.
Prior to joining NRDC in 2011, he spent three years working on drinking water regulatory issues at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. He also has worked previously at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University and with the Climate and Air Program at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Chou graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2005 and received his master’s degree from Columbia University in 2007.
Water Policy Analyst of the Water Program at Natural Resources Defense Council
Areas of Expertise: Water Infrastructure and Climate Change Resiliency, Urban Water Efficiency for Drought Management, Importance of Soil Health for Agricultural Climate Resiliency