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IPCPress Release



September 11, 2012


Katharine Shaw


IPC Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer Ellen Terpstra

September 11, 2012, Washington DC -- The Board of Directors of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) today announced the appointment of A. Ellen Terpstra as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Chairman of the Board Carlo Trojan welcomed Ms. Terpstra to IPC: “I am delighted to have Ellen on board. Her experience and background constitutes an important asset for IPC in advocating for a more open and equitable global food and agricultural system.”

Ms. Terpstra spent much of her career working for liberalized agricultural trade on the basis of internationally recognized rules. For the past three years, Ms. Terpstra has worked as a consultant, providing strategic advice on U.S. food and agricultural policy issues, particularly international trade and development matters.  Before this, she served as Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she participated in the Doha Development Agenda’s agricultural negotiations and many bilateral trade discussions with America’s trading partners.  Prior to her service at the USDA, Ms. Terpstra led the USA Rice Federation and the U.S. Apple Association, and served as an agricultural trade policy advisor in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, and for the U.S. Congress.

“I am excited to join an organization that advocates for the crucial role that trade plays in food security, sustainability, and development. I look forward to working with the members to achieve IPC’s objectives,” Ms. Terpstra said.

The IPC search committee was excited by Ms. Terpstra’s experience as a trade negotiator, in the policy realm dealing with food security, development, technology, and trade, as well as her experience leading agricultural industry associations. Ms. Terpstra will be headed to Geneva  later in September to participate in the WTO Public Forum and meet with IPC stakeholders.

Ms. Terpstra replaces Charlotte Hebebrand, who left IPC in July to head the International Fertilizer Association. Ms. Hebebrand will continue to be involved with IPC as a member.



About the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council

The International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) promotes a more open and equitable global food system by pursuing pragmatic trade and development policies in food and agriculture to meet the world’s growing needs. IPC convenes influential policymakers, agribusiness executives, farm leaders, and academics from developed and developing countries to clarify complex issues, build consensus, and advocate policies to decision-makers. More information on the organization and its membership can be found on our website:


For media inquiries, please contact Katharine Shaw at 202-328-5117 or shaw[at]agritrade[dot]org.

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