Ambassador Tony Hall
Former US Ambassador and Three Time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Ambassador Tony P. Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions in the world.
Tony Hall retired from official diplomatic service in April 2006, and is currently serving as Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse institutions in building the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. The Alliance has more than 85 members. In February 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Prior to diplomatic service, Ambassador Hall represented the Third District of Ohio in the U.S. Congress for almost 24 years.He founded the Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors, and authored legislation that supported food aid, child survival, basic education, primary health care, micro-enterprise and development assistance in the world’s poorest countries. Ambassador Hall also founded and chaired the Congressional Hunger Center. A founding member of the Select Committee on Hunger, Ambassador Hall served as its chairman from 1989 to 1993.Ambassador Hall has worked actively to improve human rights conditions around the world, especially in the Philippines, East Timor, Paraguay, South Korea, Romania, and the former Soviet Union. In 2000, he introduced legislation to end the importation of conflict diamonds mined in regions of Sierra Leone, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ambassador Hall served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1969 to 1972, and in the Ohio Senate from 1973 to 1978. On Nov. 7, 1978, Mr. Hall was elected to the 96th Congress. He served on the Foreign Affairs and Small Business Committees before being appointed to the Rules Committee at the beginning of the 97th Congress.
Ambassador Hall was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 1998, 1999 and 2001 for his humanitarian and hunger-related work.