Tania Strauss
Head, New Vision for Agriculture Initiative
World Economic Forum

Tania Strauss has over 12 years of experience in international development, public-private partnership facilitation, business development and strategy and development economics, in the areas of food security, sustainable agriculture, inclusive growth, gender, and health systems. 

She is currently a Director and Head of the New Vision for Agriculture global initiative at the World Economic Forum, managing multistakeholder partnership initiatives that together have mobilized over US $11 billion in investment commitments, of which over US $2.5 billion have been implemented, reaching over 10 million smallholder farmers. She is responsible for partnership facilitation and strategic advisory support to senior leaders from industry, government and civil society to align priorities for sustainable development in the agriculture and food systems worldwide. Specific geographies of specialty include ASEAN, India, China and Pakistan, with additional experience in Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Brazil, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and Zambia. 

Prior to this role, Tania has extensive experience in development economics and inclusive growth engaging employers such as USAID, World Bank, UNDP and the Government of Pakistan. 


Recipient of a Master’s Degree in Economic and Political Development from Colombia University and an Executive Master’s degree in Global Leadership with the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders Fellowship, a partnership with the Wharton School, Columbia University, INSEAD, the London Business School and CEIBS.