Amy Fuller

Amy Fuller is a Consultant for Global Health Policy at PepsiCo, where she works on agriculture, health, nutrition and environmental issues. She engages members of the international research, policy, and advocacy communities and is working to get the linkage between agriculture, health, and the environment embedded in PepsiCo product development.

Previously, Ms. Fuller headed the Center for Science, Technology, and Sustainability at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her responsibilities at AAAS included interfacing with the sustainability science community and encouraging international science cooperation. Prior to her time at AAAS, Ms. Fuller was a Commitment Development Fellow at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where she engaged and advised CGI members in the development of business models and partnerships to address global health and environmental issues. She researched best practices, defined metrics for concrete action plans and composed talking points for high-level speakers. Other professional experiences have included health policy work at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, program evaluation for an NGO in Senegal, and financial duties at the Wharton Small Business Development Center.

Ms. Fuller received a dual Masters in Public Health and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the Ohio State University in Speech and Hearing Science.

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The Benefits of Chickpeas

PepsiCo’s Global Health and Agriculture Policy team recently worked with professors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to organize a meeting on Chickpea Plant and Nutrition Science in Tel Aviv, Israel. The conference brought together experts in health, agriculture, and food engineering to offer insights into the cultivation, nutritional benefits and food processing characteristics of chickpea. We were pleased to be joined by representatives from the Strauss Group, a leading Israeli food company and our partners in a joint venture under the Sabra brand, Ethiopian agriculture experts, Israeli technicians, and an expert from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The Middle East seemed a natural location to hold the meeting because its history of crop domestication and intersecting trade routes corresponds with a natural biodiversity of species. In fact, we were delighted to find wild populations of chickpea, barley, and wheat... Read more

PepsiCo at the 2010 World Food Prize

During her keynote at last year’s World Food Prize, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi stressed the need for public-private partnerships, a recognition that has been mirrored at meetings of entities such as the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization. Last week’s 2010 World Food Prize furthered the idea, with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announcing the creation of the Feed the Future Private Investment Center. Shah described the project as “a new public-private partnership hub that… will expand on existing relationships with multinationals and local businesses, and facilitate engagement with new private sector partners.” It is therefore fitting that PepsiCo officials were present at the event to continue Nooyi’s outreach of the year before. The World Food Prize allows for networking with experts in the agriculture, health, and nutrition fields, and it contributes to company knowledge of how to put our goals and commitments into... Read more