October 14, 2012 Amb. Kenneth Quinn
In October 2012, Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, traveled to Des Moines to take part in the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue and to join in presenting the World Food Prize sculpture to Dr. Daniel Hillel of Israel. Ambassador Quinn also gave the Secretary General a tour of the Hall of Laureates. Of historic importance, Dr. Hillel an Israeli Jew, had been nominated by three Muslim scientists for his pioneering work in irrigation. Also participating in the symposium was Princess Haya bint Hussein, the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, and a UN Messenger of Peace.