IPC's members represent a geographically diverse set of leaders and experts in agricultural trade policy.
Dr. Manzoor Ahmad
Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD);
Chief Executive, World Trade Advisors
IPC Member since 2012
Dr. Manzoor Ahmad has served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to WTO and as Director at FAO. He is a regular panelist in WTO dispute settlements and is one of the theme leaders on the recent ICTSD/IPC Expert Group Dialogue on the challenges pertaining to agricultural trade and food security in the 21st century. He is also leading various initiatives relating to normalization of trade between India and Pakistan. Dr. Ahmad has published several papers on international trade, particularly on agricultural trade policy and food security.
Dairy Farmer and Member of the Board
Fonterra Coopertive Group, Ltd.
IPC Member since 2004.
Malcolm Bailey is currently a dairy farmer and Member of the Board of Fonterra Cooperative Group, Ltd. Bailey is a former National President of Federated Farmers, a former Fonterra Shareholder Counselor, and has been a Special Agricultural Trade Envoy for the New Zealand Government. He is presently an External Monetary Policy Adviser to the Reserve Bank. Bailey has nine years experience as a member of the Technology NZ Reference Group analyzing research and development projects and has served on the Animal Remedies and Pesticides Boards, as well as a director of Embryo Technologies Ltd. since 1993.
Centre for Policy Dialogue
IPC Member since 2010.
Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya is the Special Advisor on LDCs at UNCTAD. He is a macro-economist and a public policy analyst, the former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Office, World Trade Organization (WTO) and other International Organizations in Geneva, and Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Vatican. Prior to his this post, he was the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) – a leading think tank in South Asia. He has earlier worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).
Joachim von Braun
Director, Center for Development Research and Professor of Economics and Technical Change
University of Bonn
IPC Member since 2007.
Joachim von Braun returned to his post at the University of Bonn after serving as Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2002-2009. Under his leadership, IFPRI significantly expanded its teams based in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in response to research challenges and partners' needs. Before coming to IFPRI, von Braun was director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and professor of Economics and Technological Change at the University of Bonn. He was also professor of Food Economics and Policy at Kiel University, Germany. He received his doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Goettingen, Germany in 1978.IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Within the CGIAR, von Braun has helped to organize the creation of a Global Food and Agriculture University, and chairs a platform on agriculture and health and one that liaises with the private sector.von Braun serves on the boards of several academic journals, as well as on the international advisory boards of a number of research and policy organizations. From 2000 to 2003 he was president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). He has published research on international development economics topics, including science and technology; on policy issues relating to trade and aid, famine, health, and nutrition; and on a wide range of agricultural economics research issues. von Braun has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, Egypt, Russia, and China.
Formerly Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Trade,
Minister of Development Cooperation, and former President,
Dutch Farmers Union
IPC Member since 2001.
Piet Bukman is former Dutch Minister of Trade, Development Cooperation, and Agriculture. A former president of the Dutch Farmer's Union, Bukman is a member of the Supervisory Boards of Central Sugar Co., Duna Vermeer, and the Netherlands Development Finance Company. He was the president of EuronAid, a European operational NGO network, specialized in the field of food aid and food security. Bukman also served as special advisor to the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the World Food Conference in 1995.
Pedro de Camargo Neto
Former Secretary of Agricultural Production and Trade
IPC Member since 1995.
Pedro de Camargo Neto is an agricultural trade and policy consultant. He is presently President of ABIPECS Brazilian Association of Pork Producers and Exporters. He was Secretary of Production and Trade of the Ministry of Agriculture from 2000- 2002. In this capacity, he was responsible for agriculture negotiations at the WTO, FTAA, MERSOSUR - European Union and other bilateral agreements. He was responsible for the development and formal consultations of sector disputes such as the US - Brazil cotton case and the Brazil - European Union sugar case. He was also President of the Sociedade Rural Brasileira from 1990 to 1993 and founder and President of FUNDEPEC Fundo de Desenvolvimento da Pecuaria de São Paulo from, 1991 to 2000. He holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of São Paulo and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President,
World Wildlife Fund
IPC Member since 2008.
Dr. Jason Clay is Senior Vice President, Market Transformation at World Wildlife Fund. He leads WWF-US’ work on forests, fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture, and finance. He is lead in the WWF Network on aquaculture and agriculture, as well as supply chain management. Clay studied at Harvard and the London School of Economics before receiving his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1979 in anthropology and international agriculture. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and spent more than twenty-five years working with human rights and environmental organizations. In 1988, Clay invented Rainforest Marketing, one of the first fair-trade ecolabels in the United States and was responsible for co-creating Rainforest Crunch and more than 200 other products with combined sales of $100 million.
From 1999-2003, Clay co-directed a consortium with WWF, World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and National Aquaculture Centres of Asia/Pacific to identify and analyze better management practices that address the most significant environmental and social impacts of shrimp aquaculture. Since then he has co-convened (with the IFC and others) multi-stakeholder roundtables of investors, buyers, producers, researchers and NGOs to identify and reduce the social and environmental impacts of such products as salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton, and palm oil. Clay leads WWF’s efforts to work with private sector companies to improve their supply chain management, particularly with regard to ingredient sourcing and carbon and water neutrality, and with industries to transform entire sectors by improving their overall performance. Clay is the author of 15 books, more than 250 articles and 500 invited presentations. His most recent books are World Aquaculture and the Environment (in press, 2009), Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Unilever in Indonesia (2005) and World Agriculture and the Environment (2004).
Member, Monetary Board
Hungarian National Bank
IPC Member since 1992.
Csába Csáki is currently a member of the Monetary Board of the Hungarian National Bank. He is formerly the Senior Advisor of Strategy and Policy for the Rural Development Division of the World Bank. Csáki was Past Senior Agricultural Adviser for the Europe and Central Division of Agriculture Industry and Finance of the World Bank. He is also former Professor at Budapest University of Economic Sciences. Csáki is former Rector at Budapest University and former Task Leader of the Food and Agriculture Project for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, located in Laxenburg, Austria.
Chair, Center for Agriculture Policy Studies and
Former Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture
IPC Member since 2003.
H.S. Dillon is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Agricultural Policy Studies for Governance Reform in Indonesia. Dillon originally joined the government as the Secretary of Rural Dynamics Study Agro-Economic Survey under the Ministry of Agriculture in 1974. Dillon later became the Director of the Commodity Analysis Division in the Ministry of Agriculture from 1985 to 1990. He became the Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture for Commodity Trade and Development in 1990. He has served as commissioner for the National Commission on Human Rights and has been a member of the Council for the National Economy and the Joint [Anticorruption] Investigation Team. Dillon is a strong advocate for agriculture and agriculture-based industrialization in Indonesia.
Former Commissioner for Agriculture
IPC Member since 2003.
Franz Fischler was Austria's European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, and Fisheries from 1995-2004. He originally worked as a University Assistant at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Vienna, where he previously studied. Fischler then worked for the Tyrol Chamber of Agriculture and became the Director in 1985, a position he held until 1989. Between 1989 and 1994, Fischler was the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry and was elected as Member of the National Parliament in 1990.
Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP)
IPC Member since 2009.
Ashok Gulati is currently the Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). Previously he served as IFPRI Director in Asia based in IFPRI's New Delhi Office. During January 2001 to February 2006, he was Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division of IFPRI in Washington D.C. Before joining IFPRI, Ashok Gulati was a NABARD Chair Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi; Chief Economist at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, Delhi. Dr. Gulati has also been a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India; a member of the State Planning Board of Karnataka; a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh; a member of the Board of Directors of ICICI Banking Corporation; and many other such positions. Dr. Gulati has done Masters in Economics and Ph.D. from Delhi School of Economics. His special areas of research include analysis and policy advice on issues related to agricultural markets and development of value chains; agriculture trade liberalization and negotiations in WTO with a focus on the likely implications on developing country interests; etc. Dr Gulati has published widely in national and international research journals, rendered policy advice to the Government of India, and interacted closely with the corporate sector involved in agri-business, the farmer groups, and the civil society organizations.
Dr. Eckart Guth
Former Ambassador of the EU to the WTO
IPC Member since 2012.
From 2007 to 2009 Eckart Guth was Ambassador of the EU to the WTO and the International Organisations of the UN in Geneva. He represented the EU as negotiator in the WTO trade negotiations (Doha Round). From 1979 to 2006 Dr. Guth held different positions in the EU-Commission (Head of Unit for Agricultural Trade in the Directorate General for External Relations, Head of Unit for EU- US relations in the same DG, Director of Expenditures in DG Budget, Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Budget and Deputy Secretary General in the Secretariat General of the Commission). As Deputy Secretary General he represented the Commission as “ sous-sherpa” in the G-8. He started his professional career in the Ministry of Agriculture in Bonn (Germany) in 1974. He studied agricultural economics at the University in Gottingen, where he got his PhD in 1972. In 1973 and 1974 he was post-doctoral fellow at the Michigan State University. He has published on policy issues relating to trade including GATT negotiations, agricultural labour market, cost benefit analysis, reform of the CAP, EU-Enlargement, EU-US relations and the EU-Budget. He works for the time being as Consultant for the “Global Forum for Food and Agriculture Berlin e.V.”
Vice Chair, CGIAR Consortium Board;
Global Policy Advisor, Bunge Limited
IPC Member since 2006.
Carl Hausmann has more than thirty years of experience in the agribusiness and food industry. Formerly the managing director of global government and corporate affairs for Bunge Limited, Mr. Hausmann joined the company in 2002 when Bunge acquired a majority stake in Cereol S.A. He served as CEO of Bunge Europe and Bunge North America. Mr. Hausmann began his career in the industry in 1978 at Continental Grain and has since worked in South America, Europe, Africa and North America.
Mr. Hausmann previously served as Vice Chair of the International Policy Council for Food and Agricultural Trade and is currently the Vice Chair of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He is also a past president of Fediol, the European association of oilseed crushers. Mr. Hausmann received a bachelor’s degree in business from Boston College and an M.B.A from INSEAD.
International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
IPC Member since 2012
Charlotte Hebebrand is the Director General of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). Prior to her term at the IFA, Charlotte served as Chief Executive of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council from February 2006 – July 2012. Charlotte has written several papers and articles on international agricultural matters and edited many more. Charlotte came to IPC from the European Commission's Washington Delegation, where she served as Special Advisor, respectively, on international development, trade, agriculture and food safety issues. Prior to her time with the EC, Charlotte worked at the Brookings Institution's Foreign Policy Division. Charlotte has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Relations.
(People's Republic of China)
Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy
Chinese Academy of Sciences
IPC Member since 2002.
Jikun Huang is founder and director of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Huang's research and publications cover a wide range of issues relating to China's agricultural and rural economy. He has received a number of awards and prizes from China's government including: the Prizes for Young Scientists of China; Top Ten Outstanding Youths (Scientists) of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Distinguished Scientist Award from the Ministry of Agriculture and Outstanding Youths in National Government Organization. Huang has also received Outstanding Scientific Progress Awards from the Ministry of Agriculture on four occasions.
Head, Global Public and Government Affairs
Crop Protection AG
IPC Member since 2008.
Sarah joined Syngenta as Head of Corporate Affairs NAFTA in 2003, responsible for Public and Government Affairs and Communications in Syngenta's largest business region. She moved to Syngenta Headquarters in Switzerland to assume her current position in 2008, where she is responsible for public policy strategies, stakeholder engagement, issue management and government relations. She currently chairs the agriculture industry Plant Biotech Strategy Council of Crop Life International. Prior to Syngenta, Sarah spent three years with Monsanto as Senior Vice President Communications, based in the St. Louis, Missouri headquarters. She spent nine years with the leading global communications firm Fleishman-Hillard, where she was a Senior VP and Partner working with corporate and public sector clients on strategic issues management and crisis communications. She started her career in Washington DC where her experience spans media responsibilities for Presidential, Gubernatorial and Congressional political campaigns, working on Capitol Hill as Press Secretary to Congresswoman Louise Slaugher, current chair of the House Rules Committee, and leading grassroots communications programs for the lobbying firm Robinson, Lake, Lehrer and Montgomery. A native of Weston, Missouri, she holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri.
IPC Member since 2007.
Nicolas Imboden, a Swiss national, graduated in law at the University of Geneva, holds a degree in development studies of the then African Development Institute; a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston and was an AMP student at Harvard. He is partner and cofounder of IDEAS Centre. Previous he was Senior Vice President with SGS (1999- 2002), a Swiss Government trade and aid official with the rank of an ambassador (1992- 1999), Governor of the regional development banks (ADB, AFDB, IDB) and Executive Director at the EBRD (1992). He was the Swiss negotiator for market access and agriculture during the Uruguay Round negotiations (1987- 1992). He also worked in the World Bank as an agricultural economist (1978- 19982), OECD (1974-1978 as researcher on aid monitoring) and UNDP (1972- 1974 as Program Officer in Chad). He was member of the Board of the Foundation of the "Institut Universitaire d'Etudes de Développement" (Geneva) and of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Canada. He has been a member of various Expert Groups of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and of the UNDP Human Development Report.
Former President and CEO
IPC Member since 2010.
Marcos Sawaya Jank is the Former President and CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Associaton (UNICA). He is also the former President of the Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE), he worked as Special Counselor to the Minister of Development, Industry and Trade of Brazil, as Special Expert in Trade at the Integration and Hemispheric Issues Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington-DC, and as visiting professor at Georgetown University and University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been a consultant and coordinator of projects at the World Bank, IDB, OECD, FAO, UNDP, the Hewlett Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the UK International Cooperation Department (DFID), and other international organizations, Dr. Jank has over 20 years of experience in topics related to the sugar-ethanol industry.
President, Cargill Foundation
Senior Advisor, Global Policy Studies, University of Minnesota
IPC Member since 1994.
Robbin Johnson retired from Cargill effective January 1, 2007. He was elected Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, in June 2000. In that role he worked with Cargill’s senior leadership team on public policy and communications strategies. Johnson currently is President of The Cargill Foundation and serves on the boards of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, Second Harvest Heartland and the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council. He is past chair of the U.S. Feed Grains Council and the Canada-Minnesota Business Council. Johnson Currently is Senior Policy Advisor, Global Policy Studies at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Johnson joined Cargill in 1971. He was named an assistant vice president in 1976, vice president, Administrative Division, in 1982 and was elected Corporate Vice President, Public Affairs, in 1993. Johnson graduated from Yale University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree, did graduate study as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England from 1968 to 1970 and attended Yale Law School from 1970 to 1971. Johnson was involved in the development of the first APEC Food System proposal ten years ago and worked with ABAC members to advance its recommendations.
Corporate Head of Agriculture and Assistant Vice President, Nestlé
IPC Member since 2000.
Hans Jöhr is the Corporate Head of Agriculture at Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland. As such, Jöhr is responsible for providing technical and strategic leadership in the groups' worldwide agricultural raw material supply chain. This includes agricultural policy, raw material quality control, and R&D. Jöhr joined Nestlé in April 2000. Prior to moving to Nestlé, Jöhr served as CEO of AFC Consulting in Brazil engaged in agribusiness and forestry consulting and management. Jöhr is on the Board of Directors of CATIE Costa Rica (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center). Jöhr is also a past-President of IAMA, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association.
Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus, Institute for International Studies
IPC Member since 1997.
Timothy Josling is Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, and a Professor Emeritus at Stanford's Food Research Institute. He also holds a post as a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. Josling's work focuses on agricultural trade and food policy issues, as well as economic integration, with a special emphasis on the World Trade Organization, bilateral and regional trade agreements, the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, and US-EU trade relations. Before taking his current positions at Stanford University, he has held positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
Director of Global External Affairs Unilever
IPC Member since 2008.
Willem-Jan Laan is Director, Global External affairs at Unilever and based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A Dutch national, he joined Unilever in 1995 as Agricultural Economic Adviser. Before joining Unilever he headed the Trade Policy Division of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. Mr. Laan represents Unilever in external associations like CIAA and BUSINESSEUROPE in Brussels (areas: Agricultural Policy, Trade Policy, Biotechnology, Sustainable Agriculture and Renewable Energy). Current positions include Chairman Committee Multilateral Trade Policy of VNO-NCW (The Hague); Chairman WTO Agriculture Working Group of the Confederation of European Business (BUSINESSEUROPE); Vice-Chairman of the Food and Agriculture Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC); and Vice-Chairman of the Trade and Competitiveness Committee (TCO) of the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA).
Former Deputy Director of International Affairs for the (former) Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in The Hague
Former Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture of the OECD.
IPC Member since 2011.
Gerrit Meester worked until his retirement (in 2009) in the (former) Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in The Hague, as Deputy Director International Affairs and Spokesman for the Netherlands in the EU 's Special Committee on Agriculture, as Head of the Strategic Policies Division within the Minister's Office and as Agricultural Policy Adviser. He was meanwhile also Part-time Professor in Agricultural Economics, later European Economic Integration, at the University of Amsterdam and Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture of the OECD in Paris. He is a member of various advisory committees of the Netherlands government. He wrote and edited several publications about the Common Agricultural Policy, amongst others: Arie Oskam, Gerrit Meester and Huib Silvis (editors), EU policy for Agriculture, Food and Rural Areas. Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, 2010.
Gerrit Meester graduated in 1970 in Agricultural Economics and received his PhD degree in 1985, both at Wageningen University.Early in his career, Gerrit Meester worked as assistant-professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and as Researcher at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) in The Hague.
President, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc.
IPC Member since 2003.
Raul Montemayor is currently the National Business Manager and Program Officer of the Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc. (FFFCI), and its mother organization, the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) of the Philippines. He was recently elected as Vice-President of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP). He is a private sector advisor to the Philippine government in the WTO and other negotiations involving agricultural trade.
Ambassador of Japan to Chile
IPC Member since 2010.
Hidenori Murakami was appointed Ambassador to Chile in 2011. Prior to that he served as International Policy Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan. He is the former Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries for International Affairs. He started his career as a civil servant of MAFF in 1974. He served as an agricultural attaché at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C (1984-87) and, since then, was involved in various bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. He was Chief Negotiator of Agriculture for Japan under the current round of trade negotiations up until July, 2009. He was also involved in many important policy decisions on domestic agriculture and food policies of Japan, the latest of which includes policies on rice, wheat and agro-food industry as Director-General of Food Policy Bureau of MAFF.
President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
IPC Member since 2009
Dr. Namanga Ngongi is the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. He has diverse professional experience at national and international levels in areas related to agriculture, food security, management of international organizations, and peace and security. He began his career in the fields alongside farmers in Cameroon, where he worked as an agricultural extension officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, helping farmers improve yield and diversify and market their crops. He was then assigned to the Cameroon Embassy in Rome in 1980 before joining the UN World Food Program (WFP) in 1984, eventually becoming deputy executive director in 1994. He held that position until his appointment by the UN Secretary-General as Under Secretary-General and as his Special Representative and Head of UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001. Dr. Ngongi retired from the United Nations in 2003. He has since undertaken several high-level missions for the UN, including a study on food reserve systems in Africa and coordination of an international conference on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in Sierra Leone.
John Deere & Company
IPC Member since 2007.
J. B. Penn is Chief Economist for John Deere & Co. Before joining the company in August 2006, he served as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services in the United States Department of Agriculture for more than five years. Penn is a native of Arkansas and holds an undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University, M. S. from Louisiana State University and a Ph. D. from Purdue University. He began his career with USDA where he held several increasingly responsible positions including Deputy Administrator for Economics in the Economics and Statistics Service. He also served as Senior Staff Economist in the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Following his work in the federal government, Dr. Penn moved to the private sector for more than two decades. He was a founding principal and president of Economic Perspectives, Inc., a firm of economic and food consultants that was acquired by Sparks Companies, Inc., a larger firm in the same field where he served as Senior Vice President and head of the Washington office from 1988 until 2001. Penn is a member of the Farm Foundation Board of Trustees, the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council, the United States Trade Representative’s Africa Trade Advisory Committee and a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association.
Carlos Perez del Castillo
Former Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the World Trade
IPC Member since 2006.
Carlos Perez del Castillo is currently an independent international consultant involved in various assignments with governments, private sector, and international organizations. He is the Chairman of the WTO Panel established to examine the dispute over large civil aircrafts between the US and EC (Boeing-Airbus) and is currently working on an Independent External Evaluation of Governance of the Global Environmental Facility. He was a member of the core team assigned with the Independent External Evaluation of FAO until 2007. From March 2004 until October 2005, he was the Special Advisor on International Trade Negotiations to the President of the Republic of Uruguay. Mr. Perez del Castillo has had a long and distinguished career in public and international service that has spanned over 35 years. Most notably, he served as the Chairman of the WTO General Council, as Vice-Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay (1995-1998) and Permanent Secretary of the Latin American Economic System (1987-1991).
Professor, Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen, Montpellier and
Former Director, Rural Development, World Bank
IPC Member since 1998.
Michel Petit has been a professor of agricultural economics in various French higher education institutions since 1968. He served as World Bank Director between 1988 and 1998, first for the Agriculture and Rural Development Department and then as founder of the Agricultural Research & Extension Group. In the 1970s he was for two years Program Adviser for Agriculture at the Ford Foundation in New Delhi, India. Petit co-founded the European Review of Agricultural Economics where he served as co-editor and as President. He has also served as President of the International Association of Agricultural Economics and is a Member of the Académie d'Agriculture in France. Petit is currently a Professor at the Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen in Montpellier.
Lord Henry Plumb
Former President, European Parliament and
Former President, National Farmers Union
IPC Member since 1987.
Lord Henry Plumb, knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, founded IPC in 1987. Lord Plumb was first elected to the European Parliament, representing the Cotswold's constituency, in 1979 and was re-elected in 1984, 1989, and 1994. In the European Parliament, from 1979-1982, Lord Plumb was the Chairman of Committee of Agriculture and was then the Chairman of the European Democratic Group from 1982-1987. Lord Plumb is most recognized as holding presidency of the European Parliament from 1987-1989, the first and only Briton to have held this high office position. As President of the EP, Lord Plumb initiated the World Food Conference in April 1988, held in Iowa, USA. After his term as the EP's President, Lord Plumb continued to be involved, and hold a seat, in the European Parliament until 1999. Before his career in politics, Lord Plumb was the President of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) of England and Wales. Currently, Lord Plumb involves himself in many charitable organizations, such as the Sargent Cancer Care for Children and the Cotswold's AONB Partnership.
Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad de San Andres.
Former Secretary of Agriculture
IPC Member since 2003.
Marcelo Regúnaga is a Partner of PROMESUR Consulting Group, involved in the advising of agribusiness, trade, and investments. He is Profesor at the University of Buenos Aires and at the University of San Andres. Regúnaga has been a part-time consultant for several national and international organizations, such as the UNDP, OAS, World Bank, IDB, ECLA, IICA, IFAD, CIMMYT, CIAT, USAID, and others. Mr. Regúnaga has had much experience engaging in relationships with many Latin American and European countries. Mr. Regúnaga is also the former Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries of Argentina (1991-1993) and Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Food of Argentina (2001). He has also been the Secretary of Industry, Commerce and Mining of Argentina (2006).
Coordinator of the Getulio Vargas Foundation Agribusiness Center
President of the Superior Council of Agribusiness of São Paulo’s Federation of Industries
IPC Member since 2009.
A well-known agribusiness leader, Roberto Rodrigues served as President of the prestigious Brazilian Rural Society and the Brazilian Agribusiness Association. He is also a member of the Board of dozens of Brazilian producer’s associations. In that capacity, Minister Rodrigues represented the Brazilian agribusiness sector in several an advisory committees established by the Government, such as the National Agricultural Policy Council, the National Monetary Council, and the National Foreign Trade Council. He also chaired the National Agribusiness Forum
Former Counselor, Japan International Agriculture Council, Former
Director, Mitsui & Co.
IPC Member since 1997.
Hiroshi Shiraiwa is a visiting provessor at Tokyo University of Agriculture. He has served as a Councilor for the Japan International Agriculture Council and has worked in Tokyo, NY, Milan, London, Antwerp, Portland and Chicago, mostly engaged in export and import of grain and byproducts and in management of grain export and import companies. Mr. Shiraiwa joined Mitsui & Co., a corporation focusing on sales, manufacturing, importing, exporting, and international trade and services in metal, mineral, machines, chemicals, energy, and consumer products, such as food and agricultural products, in 1962. He has held the positions of the Director of Mitsui & Co., the President of Mitsui Grain Corp., the Chairman of United Grain Corp., and Director of the International Corn Company. Shiraiwa was also the Director of JAFTA (Japan Feed Trade Association) and NAEGA (North American Export Grain Association).
Former Vice President, Universal Corporation and
Former Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs, US Department of Agriculture
IPC Member since 1997.
James Starkey is formerly the Vice President of the Universal Corporation and the Senior Vice President of the Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, one of the world's leading leaf tobacco merchants and processors. Mr. Starkey is also the Chairman of the Board of the Tobacco Merchants Association and a former Member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations (APAC). Involved in the US Government, Mr. Starkey served as the Acting Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs & Commodity Programs for the US Department of Agriculture, as well as the Assistant US Trade Representative for the Executive Office of the President of the United States.
Professor Emeritus at Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen
IPC Member since 2009
Stefan Tangermann was the Director for Trade and Agriculture at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), until 2008. Currently he is professor emeritus at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Before joining the OECD in 2002, Mr Tangermann was a professor of economics and agricultural economics at the universities of Frankfurt/Main and Göttingen. His academic work has concentrated, among other topics, on the need and options for reforming agricultural policies in OECD countries, and on strengthening the rules for agricultural trade, with a particular emphasis on the WTO. Mr Tangermann has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in Germany. He also was a member of the Science Council of Germany. He is a Member of the Academy of Science at Göttingen. He was awarded the Order of Merit, First Class, by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is Fellow of the European Association of Agricultural Economists. He has advised several governments and international organisations.
Robert L. Thompson
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Former Director, Rural Development, World Bank
IPC Member since 1987.
Bob Thompson held the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2004 until his retirement in 2010. He is a member of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade. He previously served as Director of Rural Development at the World Bank (1993-1998) and President and CEO of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development (1993-1998). He was Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University from 1974 to1993, during which time he served as Purdue’s Dean of Agriculture (1987-1993), as Assistant Secretary for Economics at the US Department of Agriculture (1985-1987) and Senior Staff Economist for Food and Agriculture on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors (1983-1985). Thompson, a founding member of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), served as its chairman from 2000 to 2006. Thompson, who received his B.S. degree from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, holds honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania State University and Dalhousie University (Canada). He is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and of the Ukrainian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is a Past President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.
Former Ambassador of the European Commission to the WTO
IPC Member since 2007. Chairman since 2008
Carlo Trojan studied Law at the University of Leyden specializing in European and International Law. He started his professional career as legal adviser in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in the Netherlands.He joined the European Commission in Brussels in 1973 as Deputy Chief of Staff of Commissioner Lardinois (Agriculture). In 1977 he was Agricultural Counselor at the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.In 1981 Mr.Trojan became Chief of Staff of Frans Andriessen, Vice-President of the European Commission dealing successively with Competition Policy and Agriculture. In 1987 he was appointed Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission to become Secretary General in 1997. His last posting was in Genève (2001-2007) where he acted as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the European Commission to the WTO and other International organizations. In that capacity he was the EU Negotiator in the WTO Trade negotiations (Doha Round). Presently Mr.Trojan is member of the Dutch Advisory Council for International Affairs and of the Dutch Energy Council. He is Professor of International Trade and European Studies at the Maastricht School for Management and associated with the Chair for International Trade and Regional integration at the University of Barcelona.
Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions
IPC Member since 2003.
Ajay Vashee is a top African farm leader, currently serving as the President of the Zambian National Farmers Union (ZNFU). Vashee was instrumental in the foundation in 1992 of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), a loose federation of farmers' organizations in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia, for which he serves as the President as well. He was a member of Zambia's delegation to the WTO Ministerial Meetings in Seattle and Cancún and works closely with the International Trade Department on regional, bilateral, and multilateral trade negotiations, in particular the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Conference (SADC), the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. He represents ZNFU and SACAU in several international organizations, including as a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP).
Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Berkeley
IPC Member since 2010.
Brian Wright’s interests in economics uncertainty and innovation date from his early experiences on his family’s sheep station in the Riverina district of New South Wales, Australia. He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (First Class honors) from the University of New England, Armidale, and won one of two Frank Knox Fellowships given annually to Australian students by Harvard university, where he received an A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics. He then joined Yale University’s Economics Department and is now Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has co-authored or co-edited several books, including Storage and Commodity Markets; Reforming Agricultural Commodity Policy; and Saving Seeds: The Economics of Conserving Genetic Resources at the CGIAR Centers. Wright is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association. He served as the economist member of the Subcommittee on Proprietary Science and Technology of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).