– Cargill’s director of international business relations, Devry Boughner Vorwerk, has been named one of 214 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum for 2014.

The designation recognizes individuals 40 and under believed by forum members to be “the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders.”

Vorwerk, 40, was honored for her extensive work as a key player in Cargill’s efforts to promote free trade agreements around the world. Based in Washington, she serves as Cargill’s liaison to a network of free trade groups in the nation’s capital and has testified before Congress.

Beyond her work on free trade, Vorwerk helps oversee Cargill’s efforts to guarantee global food security.

“Young Global Leaders are not just exceptional people in their own right; they are leaders that already have a track record in improving the state of the world,” David Aikman, the economic forum’s managing director, said in a statement. “We welcome the Class of 2014 into our community and look forward to collectively engaging them to deliver change of genuine global significance.”

Vorwerk, a California native, joined Cargill in 2004. She came from the U.S. International Trade Commission where she served as economic adviser to the chairman. She also served as senior economist in agricultural affairs in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the George W. Bush administration.