The Micronutrient Forum benefits from the leadership, guiding hand and dedication of extraordinary professionals to oversee the implementation of the strategic plan and the delivery of the biennial global conference.
Members of the Board
Howarth (Howdy) Bouis, Ph.D. - Chair of the Board of Directors
As director of HarvestPlus (2003-2016), Howarth Bouis coordinated an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional effort to develop, test, and disseminate micronutrient-rich staple food crops to reduce mineral and vitamin deficiencies among malnourished populations in developing countries. Since 1993, he has sought to promote biofortification globally. In 2016, Bouis was awarded the World Food Prize, in recognition of the accomplishments of the HarvestPlus team.
Dr. Bouis received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Food Research Institute, a program in agricultural economics. His past research at the International Food Policy Research Institute (he joined IFPRI in 1982 as post-doctoral fellow) focused on how economic factors affect food demand and nutrition outcomes.
During 2018 and until June 30, 2019, Dr. Bouis served as the interim CEO of HarvestPlus. He now resides in the Philippines, undertaking activities as HarvestPlus Founding Director; Emeritus Fellow, IFPRI; Senior Fellow, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA); and Guest Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). In addition, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Micronutrient Forum. In 2017, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, by the University of Greenwich.
Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Bouis worked for three years (1972-75) as a volunteer in the Philippines with Volunteers in Asia.
Jay Solomon has over 50 years of executive business and financial management experience. He founded, owns and manages several businesses in western Washington State, principally in the health care industry. He served as a Senior Business Development and Financial Planning Consultant for HarvestPlus and has extensive experience in executive financial and operations management positions with several major corporations including Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for both Titanium Metals Corporation of America and Cascadian Farm (now a division of General Mills). He was a Director of Planning for Rockwell International’s Corporate Offices, Corporate Controller for a division of Westinghouse Telecomputer Systems Corporation, Management Advisory Services Partner with Alpern Rosenthal & Co., a regional CPA firm in Pittsburgh, PA, and Audit Manager with Coopers Lybrand in Chicago, IL. He received his BS in Accounting from Indiana University (1964), MBA from The University of Washington (1999) and holds CPA Certificates in the States of Washington, Illinois and Indiana. He presently resides in Bellingham, WA with his wife of 57 years, Donna.