October 15, 2009 Amb. Kenneth Quinn
The 2009 Laureate Award Ceremony at which Dr. Gebisa Ejeta received the World Food Prize, took place in the Iowa State Capitol on the evening of October 15. Ambassador Quinn served as Master of Ceremonies for the televised event, which also featured several unique pieces of entertainment. Ambassador Quinn had flown in Chachi Tadesse a leading pop singer from Ethiopia, who performed songs that brought a smile to the face of Dr. Ejeta. In a particularly stirring tribute, Ann Langguth, a former Borlaug-Ruan International Intern and a medical school student, performed a violin tribute in honor of Dr. Borlaug. She indicated that her performance represented the special thanks of all the Borlaug-Ruan interns for Dr. Borlaug.