Engaging Keynote Speaking
that informs and captures the imagination
on today's pressing social and sustainability issues.


Presentations on sustainability, social issues, economics, and history
with a multi-cultural perspective and international style.


"Definitely one of the most interesting people I have ever met." • "Great presentation - I definitely learned a lot!"

"Wonderful!" • "You have the ideas of the future!"

"I came here just to meet you!"

Just a few locations where various presentations have been given:

Harvard University • American Economics Association • University of Massachusetts Lowell
The Noble Company • California Polytechnic University • Rotary International • The American Legion
Parks and Protected Area Forum of Manitoba • Suzhou University, China • The University of Minnesota

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Papa Rutherford Johnson, PhD, ALM is an exceptional global leader and speaker in economics, sustainability, social justice, history, international culture, and diplomacy. His presentations are where cutting-edge research and real-world problems meet.

With degrees from Harvard University Extension School, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, coupled with over two decades of worldwide experience spanning the fields of sustainability, economics, social justice, and international humanitarian service, he brings a wealth of training and experience to his presentations. His own stories and recollections add a personal touch that both inform and entertain.

Rutherford is widely published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, magazines, and print media, where he is regularly invited as an expert author. He is a tireless advocate in public and diplomatic circles for the poor and marginalized around the world, leading an international organization in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Experienced in academic leadership and global non-profit organizations, he teaches at the University of Minnesota's Crookston campus, where he also serves on the Professional and Administrative Senate for the University of Minnesota System. Rutherford is a recognized global religious and civic leader and consults in strategic policy, media, diplomacy, sustainability, social justice, and international culture. He led field research on three continents and was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London in 2018.

But life is about balance! Rutherford is an experienced sailor, mountain climber, and historian. He has a passion for Italian and Latin culture and history, with his main languages being English and Italian. With a dedication to linguistics related to his heritage and beyond, he also speaks Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Korean at various levels of proficiency.

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A Brief Bit of Background Information

University of Kentucky
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Agricultural Economics

Harvard University Extension School
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM), Sustainability
Graduate Certificate (Grad. Cert.) in Corporate Sustainability & Innovation
Graduate Certificate (Grad. Cert.) in Social Justice
Graduate Certificate (Grad. Cert.) in Business Communications

Harvard Business School Online
Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Master of Science, School of Economics
Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics with Honor


Some Recognitions and Memberships:

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Harvard Alumni Association
U.S. President's Lifetime Achievement Award
U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal
Colonel of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Kentucky Colonel)
Founding Member (Plankowner), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Honourary Gabalie Chair, Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos, Argentina


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