Wayne Lord, Ph.D.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Dr. Lord is the president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and a professor of international executive education in the J. Mack College of Business at Georgia State University, leading executive education programs, academic courses and research focused on international business, emerging markets, commercial diplomacy and corporate social responsibility. He teaches in the Executive M.B.A. and Executive Doctorate in Business programs while leading the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Previously, he held the position of vice president at Gold Kist, a large Atlanta-based agribusiness company, and was responsible for the company's government, community, media and investor relations. He simultaneously served as executive director of the Gold Kist Foundation. Before coming to GSU, he was vice president of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation.
From 1989 to 2001, he was president of Southco Commodities, an international commodities trading company. During his career, Dr. Lord served as chairman of the board of the American Peanut Council and chairman of the National Peanut Research Foundation. For many years, he served on the Advisory Council of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Georgia.
Dr. Lord has extensive experience in international business and wide connections in Georgia's corporate, educational, legislative and NGO communities.