Keynote Speakers

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Frank Wolf


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Frank Wolf has been widely recognized as the "conscience" of the Congress. He left the House of Representatives in December 2013 at the end of his 17th term to focus exclusively on human rights and religious freedom.

Wolf authored legislation to create a National Hunger Commission to find ways to alleviate hunger in the United States.

In January 2015, Wolf was appointed the first-ever Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University and also joined the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a newly created religious freedom group, as Distinguished Senior Fellow.

He is the author of the International Religious Freedom Act, which infused religious freedom into U.S. foreign policy by creating the International Religious Freedom Office at the State Department headed by an Ambassador-at-Large. It also established the bipartisan, independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom as both a watchdog of repressive regimes and a truth-teller to our own State Department.

Wolf also founded and served as co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan organization made up of nearly 200 Members of Congress who work together to raise awareness about international human rights issues.

Wolf has been honored by a number of organizations for his work on human rights and religious persecution, and received the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. He also received the 2014 Democracy Service Medal from the National Endowment for Democracy and the Leadership Award from Freedom House.

Wolf received his B.A. degree from Penn State University in 1961 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1965. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Carolyn. They have five adult children and 16 grandchildren.

Tony Hall


Tony Hall

Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Ambassador Tony P. Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights in the world. Ambassador Hall serves as Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger. As such, Ambassador Hall acts as an emissary at meetings with leading policymakers and international officials, builds relationships with Alliance members, and speaks on issues of food security at conferences around the country. Ambassador Hall meets regularly with Members of Congress to encourage them to become more actively engaged on hunger issues - especially by taking leadership for a Hunger Free Community program in their own district or state. Ambassador Hall also leads the Alliance’s engagement with the global Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition through the National Alliance Partnership Program.

Ambassador Hall served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy, from 2002 to 2005. Prior to his diplomatic service, Ambassador Hall represented the Third District of Ohio (Dayton) in the U.S. Congress for twenty-four years, their longest serving representative in history. During his tenure, he authored legislation that supported food aid, child survival, basic education, primary health care, micro-enterprise, and development assistance in the world's poorest countries. A founding member of the Select Committee on Hunger, Hall served as its chairman from 1989 to 1993. In response to the abolishment of the Hunger Committee in April 1993, he fasted for 22 days to draw attention to the needs of hungry people in the United States and around the world. Ambassador Hall founded and chaired the Congressional Hunger Center, a non-governmental organization committed to ending hunger through training and educational programs for emerging leaders. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Ambassador Hall and his wife Janet live in Arlington, Virginia, where they raised two children.