Experts' profiles - Jeffrey D. Klein
Jeffrey D. Klein
Jeffrey D. Klein has been President and CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) since January 2011.

GFN is a global non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating world hunger by creating, supplying, and strengthening food banks and food bank networks around the world, in countries outside the US. Under Kleins leadership, GFN has significantly increased its donor base and has expanded its reach. GFN currently supports existing and developing food banks and national food bank networks in more than 25 countries, home to more than one-third of the worlds undernourished people.

Klein is a sought-after expert on issues pertaining to food rescue and alleviating hunger through food banking. He recently presented information on Food Reuse and Recovery at a think tank meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Food Chain Analysis Network, and was a content advisory board member and panelist at The Economist Feeding the World Conference Asia-specific Summit. Klein also presented at The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium (2012), part of the World Food Prize, an annual event addressing cutting-edge issues in food security and nutrition.

In addition to those engagements, Klein has presented at conferences of the United States Department of Agriculture, Production and Operations Management Society, Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals, and The Conference Board.

Prior to joining GFN, Klein spent three decades financing, investing in and selling private and public companies in the United States, Latin America and Asia. He also served as managing director of Equity Group Investments (EGI), Sam Zells private investment firm, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing growth strategies for various industries. In the food industry, his work included everything from investments and board membership, to business advising, and raising capital for grocery companies in the United States and Brazil. Klein also was a senior banker with Citibank and Mellon Bank.

Klein currently serves on the board of Barri Financial Group and as an advisor to grocery retailer and distributor Progreso, LLC, both of which focus on Hispanic consumers in the United States. Previous board positions include McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurants, Inc., and Chart House Enterprises.

Klein holds a B.S.B.A. in finance from Georgetown University.
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