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Dr. Ray Goldberg

Dr. Ray Goldberg

George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School

Together with John H. Davis, Dr. Ray Goldberg developed the Agribusiness Program at Harvard Business School in 1955 and then served as the Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business and head of the program. Since July 1997, as emeritus professor, he has chaired the Agribusiness Senior Management Seminars at Harvard and currently teaches a course on food policy and agribusiness at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a junior tutorial seminar on climate and its impact on the global food system at Harvard College. He is also an honorary professor and member of the Royal Agricultural College in England. Goldberg is the author, co-author or editor of 23 books, more than 110 articles and 1000 case studies on positioning firms and institutions in the global value-added food system. He also has authored and supervised the development of more than 1000 case studies. He is conducting research on the biological, logistical, packaging and informational revolutions that affect global agribusiness managers amidst the volatile restructuring of major commodity systems. Goldberg has served on more than 40 major agribusiness firms’ boards of directors, farm cooperatives and technology firms. He has advised financial institutions on their agribusiness investments such as Rabobank, John Hancock and Agriculture Technology Partners. He is one of the founders and first president of the International Agribusiness Management Association and is a lifetime board advisor and consultant to numerous government agencies and private firms. He currently serves as a director emeritus of Smithfield Foods, Inc.; on the advisory board to Teays River Investments LLC; an advisor to Synthetic Genomics, Inc.; overseer emeritus of the Beth Israel Medical Center; a member of the Science Advisory Board of the IFT/FDA Research Contract; chairman of the advisory panel for a World Bank guide to developing agricultural markets and agro-enterprises; and coordinator of the Joint Business, Scientific, Public Policy, Consumer Policy Technology Committee of the U.S. Food System. He is a fellow of the International Agribusiness Management Association and the American Agricultural Economic Association.  A native of North Dakota, Goldberg received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota.

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