Widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on food in Indonesia, Wirakartakusumah is a professor of food science and technology and the former rector of Bogor Agricultural University. But these days, his most prominent role is as his country’s ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In that capacity, Wirakartakusumah has advanced educational programs to address malnutrition and promote food safety and championed enhanced fitness and health education in schools. A fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, he has been a strong advocate for the development of standards for research on biodiversity and biotechnology in Indonesia, where issues such as genetically engineered crops and conservation of natural resources are pressing. He also finds time to stay connected with UW-Madison, serving on a global advisory panel for the dean of international studies.
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