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IPC Members

IPC's members represent a geographically diverse set of leaders and experts in agricultural trade policy.


  Manzoor Ahmad
   Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development     (ICTSD)

   Regional Trade Advisor, Deloitte Consulting LLP
   IPC Member since 2012

Dr. Manzoor Ahmad is currently a senior fellow with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and regional trade advisor with Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he focuses on promoting Pakistan's trade with Central and South Asia.  He has served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to WTO and as Director at FAO. He has been 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.


Malcolm Bailey Malcolm Bailey
(New Zealand)
Dairy Farmer and Member of the Board

Fonterra Cooperative Group, Ltd.
IPC Member since 2004.

Malcolm Bailey is a farmer and Board member of Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. He is also a director of the NZ bank, Westpac NZ Ltd. Bailey was previously national president of Federated Farmers of NZ and Special Agricultural Trade Envoy for the NZ government. He began his career as an economist with the Reserve Bank of NZ and later served the same organisation as an External Monetary Policy Adviser.


   Debapriya Bhattacharya
    Distinguished Fellow

   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 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 helped to organize the creation of a Global Food and Agriculture University, and chaired 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.


  Piet Bukman
  (The Netherlands)
  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.


  Jason Clay
  (United States)
  Senior Vice President, Market Transformation

  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 (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).


Csába Csáki
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.


H.S. Dillion H.S. Dillon
Indonesia’s Presidential Special Envoy for Poverty Alleviation
IPC Member since 2003.


H.S. Dillon is currently Presidential Special Envoy for Poverty Alleviation. Prior to his current position, he was 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.


Franz Fischler Franz Fischler
Former Commissioner for Agriculture

European Union
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.


Ashok Gulati
Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
IPC Member since 2009.

Ashok Gulati became the Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in March 2014. From March 2011-February 2014, he was the Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), a body responsible for recommending minimum support prices of 23 important agri-commodities to the Government of India. Previously Dr. Gulati served as a director of IFPRI from January 2001-February 2011, including in its offices in New Delhi and Washington D.C.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Gulati served as NABARD Chair Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi and 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 a Master's 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, and agricultural trade liberalization and negotiations in the WTO with a focus on the likely implications on developing country interests. Dr Gulati has to his credit more than 10 books on issues related to Asian agriculture with a focus on India and published widely in national and international research journals. He has rendered policy advice to the Government of India, and interacted closely with the corporate sector involved in agribusiness, the farmer groups, and the civil society organizations.


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.”


  Carl Hausmann
  (United States)
  Former CEO Bunge North America
  IPC Member since 2006.


Carl Hausmann has more than thirty years of experience in the agribusiness and food industry. Formerly the CEO of Bunge North America, Mr. Hausmann joined the company in 2002 when Bunge acquired a majority stake in Cereol S.A.  He has served also as CEO of Bunge Europe.  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 the Vice Chair of the Consortium Board 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.


Charlotte Hebebrand  Charlotte Hebebrand

  (United States/Germany)

  Director General

  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 and 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.


Jikun Huang Jikun Huang
(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.


Jikun HuangSarah Hull
Head, Global Public and Government Affairs

Syngenta 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 Slaughter, currently ranking minority member 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.


  Nicolas Imboden
  Executive Director

  IDEAS Centre
  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.


  Marcos Jank

  Executive Director

  Global Public and Government Affairs

  BRF S.A.

  IPC Member since 2010.

Marcos Sawaya Jank is the Executive Director for Global Public and Government Affairs at BRF S.A., a global agribusiness company.  He is also President of the BRF Institute.  He formerly served as President and CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). Jank has held the positions of President of the Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE), Special Counselor to the Minister of Development, Industry and Trade of Brazil, Special Expert in Trade at the Integration and Hemispheric Issues Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC, and 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.


Robbin Johnson   Robbin Johnson
  (United States)

  President, Cargill Foundation

  Senior Advisor, Global Policy Studies, University of Minnesota

  IPC Member since 1994.

Robbin Johnson currently is Senior Policy Advisor, Global Policy Studies at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.  He had a distinguished career at Cargill, retiring January 1, 2007.  He  had been 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 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 over ten years ago and worked with ABAC members to advance its recommendations.

Johnson currently is President of The Cargill Foundation and serves on the boards of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation and Second Harvest Heartland. He is past chair of the U.S. Feed Grains Council and the Canada-Minnesota Business Council. 


Hans Jühr Hans Jöhr
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.


  Timothy Josling
  (United Kingdom)
  Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus, Institute for International Studies

  Stanford University
  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.


   Gerrit Meester
   (The Netherlands)

   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.


  Raul Montemayor
  National Manager, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc.
  IPC Member since 2003.


Raul Montemayor is currently the National Manager 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.


  Hidenori Murakami
   President, Japan Food Industry Association.
   Former Japanese Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry
   and Fisheries for International Affairs.
   IPC Member since 2010.

Hidenori Murakami is President of the Japan Food Industry Association (JFIA). He served as Japan's ambassador to Chile from 2011 to 2014.

During his career he served in many capacities at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan, including as International Policy Adviser to the Minster and as the Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries for International Affairs. He was Chief Negotiator of Agriculture for Japan in the Doha Development Agenda round of the WTO trade negotiations until July 2009. 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 also involved in many important policy decisions on domestic agriculture and food policies of Japan, including those on rice, wheat and the agro-food industry as Director-General of Food Policy Bureau of MAFF.


  JB Penn
  (United States)
  Chief Economist

  Deere & Company
  IPC Member since 2007.


JB Penn is Chief Economist for Deere & Company. 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).


Michel Petit
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 and 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 Lord Henry Plumb
(United Kingdom)
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.


  Marcelo Regúnaga
  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).


  Hiroshi Shiraiwa
  Former Councilor, Japan International Agriculture Council

  Former Director, Mitsui & Co.
  IPC Member since 1997.


Hiroshi Shiraiwa is a visiting professor 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 metals, minerals, 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).


James Starkey James Starkey
(United States)
Former Vice President, Universal Corporation

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). Mr. Starkey served as the Acting Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity Programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Executive Office of the President of the United States.


Stefan Tangermann


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.


Carlo TrojanCarlo Trojan
(The Netherlands)

Former Ambassador of the European Commission to the WTO
IPC Member since 2007.


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 Doha Development Agenda round of trade negotiations.

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.

Ajay Vashee



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), and 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).


   Brian Wright


   Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

   University of California, Berkeley
   IPC Member since 2010.

Brian Wright’s interests in economic 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).


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