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Robert Thompson (Chairman)

Bob Thompson is currently Chairman of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) and the Gardner Chair in Agricultural Policy at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.  He previously served as Director of Rural Development at the World Bank. From 1993-1998 he was President and CEO of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development.  Before that he was Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University from 1987-1993, Assistant Secretary for Economics at the US Department of Agriculture from 1985-1987, and Senior Staff Economist for Food and Agriculture on the Council of Economic Advisors. Dr. Thompson is a founding member of the International Policy Council and is Past President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.