Mr. Buffett is Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private charitable foundation investing in global food security and conflict mitigation. He oversees a 1,500-acre family farm in central Illinois and farms with his son in Nebraska. He oversees four foundation-operated research farms in Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska and South Africa totaling 18,500 acres.
Mr. Buffett currently serves on the Corporate Boards of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, and Lindsay Corporation. He has served on the boards of Archer Daniels Midland, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Agro Tech Foods, and Sloan Implement. He is a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger on behalf of the World Food Programme. He has been honored over the years for his leadership and contributions to agriculture, conservation, journalism and philanthropy.
Mr. Buffett serves as an Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff and Undersheriff in Macon County, Illinois. He has traveled to 139 countries and authored eight books on conservation, wildlife, and the human condition, including the New York Times bestseller 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. Mr. Buffett is the executive producer of Virunga, an award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary about Africa’s oldest national park.
Howard W. Buffett is a lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches management techniques for improving the effectiveness of foreign aid and global philanthropy. He is a trustee of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and previously served as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Prior to joining the Foundation he served in the U.S. Department of Defense overseeing agriculture-based economic stabilization and redevelopment programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. For his work, he received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award – the highest ranking civilian honor presented by the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the request and approval of the Combatant Commanders. Prior to that, Howard was a Policy Advisor for the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he co-authored the President’s cross-sector partnerships strategy. He earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MPA in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University. He is from Omaha, Nebraska, where he and his father operate a 400 acre conservation-based farm.