Keynote Speakers

The #GLAG18 keynote speakers are Appiah Boateng, founder and executive director of 4-H Ghana, and Trent McKnight, founder of AgriCorps.

Appiah "Boat" Boateng

As the founder and Executive Director of 4-H Ghana, “Boat” has worked as a Youth Development Worker for 33 years.  He has traveled across many countries and built development partnerships with many organizations on youth development programming. He is currently serving as a Global Board Member of the Global 4-H Network representing the Africa Region.

He holds a Diploma in Youth Development Work from University of Ghana and the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), a Diploma in Social and Political Science from Komsomol Advanced Institute of Higher Learning, Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Master of Arts on Governance and Sustainable Development at the University of Cape Coast, in Ghana. He believes that the 4-H positive youth development program is key to growing leaders and is grateful to be part of it.


Trent McKnight

Trent McKnight is a lifelong rancher and businessman in Throckmorton, Texas, with bachelors and masters degrees in Agricultural Economics and Comparative Politics from Oklahoma State University and The London School of Economics. He is a past national president of the Future Farmers of America and appointee of Governor Rick Perry to the Brazos River Authority. In 2012, he was narrowly defeated in a runoff election for the Texas Legislature.

Trent has served as an agriculture advisor to the U.S. Military in Iraq, agricultural economist to the United Nations in West Africa, agriculture researcher for the Borlaug Institute of International Agriculture and chairman of the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Agriculture, rural communities and international development are his passions. In 2013, he founded AgriCorps, a non-profit organization that connects young, American agriculture professionals to capacity-building efforts for school-based agricultural education in developing countries.