Keynote Speakers

The ICAE Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the following Keynote Speakers who will be presenting at the Conference:

Abdulai, Awudu (University of Kiel)

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kiel, Professor Abdulai (Ghanaian citizen) taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH) and also held visiting positions at the Departments of Economics at Yale University and Iowa State University, as well as the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC. His fields of interests span over Development Economics, Consumer Economics and Environmental and Resource Economics. He was Cargill Visiting Professor at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at the Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (2010 - 2011). He received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in 1994 from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. Awudu is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief, Agricultural Economics (Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists).




Acosta, Alejandro  (FAO)

Alejandro Acosta is an Agricultural Economist and Policy Officer at FAO. He has a special focus of interest in quantitative policy analysis, a strong track record of leadership and delivery in the food security and sustainable development policy spheres. Alejandro has more than fifteen years of working experience conducting quantitative policy analysis and supporting the formulation of sector strategies and investment programs in various developing regions, including specific field positions in Southern Africa, South America and Europe.  Alejandro is currently managing the Livestock Policy Lab (LPL) at FAO, which aim is to identify windows of opportunity for policy reforms to enhance the contribution of the livestock sector to sustainable development. He has a keen interest in Food Policy, Industrial Organization, and Price Transmission. Alejandro holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Göttingen. 





Adamowicz, Vic (University of Alberta)

Vic Adamowicz is the Vice Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta. He obtained his BSc and MSc from the University of Alberta (1981, 1983) and his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1988. His research has focused on the economic valuation of environmental amenities and ecosystem services and the incorporation of environmental values into economic analysis. His research also involves the analysis of choice behavior with applications to food demand, recreation, and environmental quality.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy II – Social Sciences (awarded in 2007). He became a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2011. He was awarded the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in October, 2004.



Ainembabazi, Herbert (AGRA)

John Herbert Ainembabazi (PhD) is an Agricultural Economist, working as a Program Officer for Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Herbert is responsible for research, agriculture sector policy analysis and identifying ‘problem’ policies limiting private sector investments in agricultural transformation in 11 African countries. In particular, he co-leads a program model that identifies policies that are outdated and irrelevant to the current situation, missing or ambiguous, economically flawed, excessively implemented or poorly implemented. The model’s approach is to work with and within government to reform ‘problem’ policiesin collaboration with other development partnersby facilitating and fast-tracking the implementation of administrative and legislative processes through approval of the legal framework. The model has been attested with considerable successes in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. The model is now being rolled out in six other African countries.  



Alston, Julian (University of California Davis)

Julian M. Alston is a distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the University of California at Davis, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in microeconomic theory and the analysis of agricultural markets and policies. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne, a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from La Trobe University, and a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University, all with the support of the Victorian Department of Agriculture. Prior to beginning in his current position in 1988, Dr Alston had served for several years as the Chief Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in Victoria, Australia, where he had been employed in various capacities since 1975. Alston’s experience in public policy analysis and advice, and administration of a large scientific organization shaped his research interests in the economic analysis of agricultural and food policy.



Anderson, Kym (University of Adelaide)

Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor of Economics, foundation Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (1977-83), following doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford University (1974-77); and in 2012 he re-joined ANU part-time as a Professor of Economics in the Arndt-Corden Dept. of Economics in its Crawford School of Public Policy. He was on extended leave at the Economic Research division of the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva during 1990-92 and at the World Bank’s Development Research Group in Washington DC as Lead Economist (Trade Policy) during 2004-07. He has published more than 300 articles and 30 books, including The Political Economy of Agricultural Protection (with Yujiro Hayami), Disarray in World Food Markets (with Rod Tyers), Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda (with Will Martin), The World’s Wine Markets: Globalization at Work and, during 2008-10 following a large World Bank research project that he led, a set of 4 regional and 3 global books on Distortions to Agricultural Incentives


Ariga, Joshua (IFDC)

Joshua Ariga is Senior Economist, Markets, Economics and Policy Unit, the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). Ariga has provided leadership for research on agricultural policy, institutional reforms, rural development, subsidies, and market assessments in Asia and African countries. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, IFPRI, FAO, donor and other organizations, and as Research Fellow with Michigan State University & Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development (Kenya) on agricultural productivity and policy advocacy. He has extensive experience advising policy makers, coordinating household surveys, conducting market assessments, cost-benefit analysis of input technologies and investments, training and capacity building, developing partnerships, and organizing and managing workshops, with the goal of alleviating poverty. He has authored and co-authored a number of publications and chapters in books covering a range of agricultural issues. In recognition of outstanding impact on agricultural and related policy, he received the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for applied policy analysis in 2017. Ariga is an agricultural economist with a doctorate (Michigan State University, USA), a master’s (University of Arizona, USA), and a bachelor’s degree (Egerton University, Kenya), and over 17 years of experience on agricultural markets and policy research.


Badiane, Ousmane (IFPRI)

Dr Ousmane Badiane, recipient of the Africa Food Prize in 2015, is the Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In this role, he oversees the institute’s two regional offices for West and Central Africa in Dakar and Eastern and Southern Africa in Addis Ababa. He coordinates IFPRI’s work program in the areas of food policy research, capacity strengthening, and policy communications in Africa. He is also in charge of IFPRI’s partnerships with African institutions dealing with the above areas. As an Advisor to the NEPAD Secretariat from 2004 to 2007, he was instrumental in developing and guiding the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Before his current tenure at IFPRI, Dr Badiane, a national of Senegal, was Lead Specialist for Food and Agricultural Policy for the Africa Department at the World Bank from January 1998 to August 2008. He previously worked at IFPRI as Senior Research Fellow from 1989 to 1997, when he led the institute's work on market reforms and development. While at IFPRI, he taught Economics of Development in Africa, as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies from 1993 to 2003. Dr Badiane received a Master’s Degree and PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Kiel in Germany. He is also recipient of a Doctoral Degree Honoris Causa from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa..


Banse, Martin (Thünen Institute of Market Analysis)

Martin is the Director of the Thünen Institute of Market Analysis in Braunschweig, Germany and has over 15 years’ experience in quantitative analyses of agricultural policy and international trade. He has done much work in agricultural sector analysis and quantitative modelling, and has extensive experience in working with partial and general equilibrium models. Martin’s educational history includes Agricultural economics (Habilitation: Development and application of equilibrium models to analyse the competitiveness of the agricultural and food economy and the impact of increasing demand for bioenergy on agricultural markets) at Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany, in 2009. He holds a Ph.D. (Thesis: Transition of Hungarian Agri-food Industries) and Masters (Thesis: Economy-wide impact of agricultural policies in Germany) from Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany. Prior to his current position, Martin was a senior researcher at Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute (2006 – 2009) and an Assistant Professor (2001 – 2006) focusing on modelling with partial and general equilibrium models and agricultural policy advice at Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany.


Birner, Regina (University of Hohenheim)

Regina Birner is Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.  Her research focuses on the political economy of agricultural policy processes and on the role of governance and institutions in agricultural development, with a focus on smallholder farming. Gender is a cross-cutting concern in her research. Regina Birner has extensive empirical research experience in Africa and in South and South-East Asia, and she has published widely in these fields. She is a member of the Advisory Council on Agricultural Policy of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and a member of the Advisory Council on Bioeconomy of the German Federal Government. She has been consulting with international organizations, including the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Regina Birner holds a postdoctoral degree (“Habilitation”) in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Socio-Economics of Agricultural Development, both from the University of Göttingen. She received her M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Sciences from the Technische Universität München-Weihenstephan, Germany.


Birol, Ekin (HarvestPlus)

Ekin joined HarvestPlus in 2010 as the Head of Impact Research Unit. She first joined IFPRI in 2007 as a Research Fellow with the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. From 2004 to 2007 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge, she conducted research on the development and application of economic methods to inform sustainable policies for environmental conservation and natural resources management. From 2000 to 2004 Ekin was a Research Fellow of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), University College London. She also worked as a consultant for IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division from 2004 to 2005, and for Bioversity International from 2001 to 2004. Ekin taught graduate and undergraduate level courses at the universities of Cambridge, London and Reading. She obtained a PhD in economics with a concentration in agricultural and resource economics; an MPhil in economics with a concentration in development economics and econometrics, and an MSc in environmental and resource economics, all from University College London. She is a citizen of Turkey and UK.


Bohman, Mary (ERS)

At the end of 2011, Dr Bohman took over as Administrator of the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), an agency that carries out economic research that helps public and private decision-makers stay informed of economic and policy issues involving food, farm production, natural resources, rural development and foreign demand and competition. Bohman earned her B.S. in Foreign Service from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1980, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of California at Davis in 1991, with a dissertation entitled, “The impact of the International Coffee Agreement on policy in exporting countries.” She had already obtained academic employment, working as Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver from 1990 to 1997. Her specialty was international trade and development. She served as Director of ERS’s Resource and Rural Economics Division from circa 2000 to July 2011.



Boxall, Peter (CAES and University of Alberta)

Peter is President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) and a Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Department of Rural Economy, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Biology from Queen’s and Calgary respectively, after which he earned MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Alberta. Peter’s research focuses on the economic valuation of environmental goods and services and utilises both revealed and stated preference methods. Peter and his students try to incorporate these values into the development and analysis of environmental and conservation policy. He is the leader of the Linking Environment and Agriculture Research Network (LEARN) as a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program. Recent research in his research group has involved determination of the costs and benefits of restoring wetlands on agricultural landscapes in the prairie pothole region. These efforts are leading to the design of market-based instruments, such as reverse auctions and offset trading systems, to encourage increased provision of ecological goods and services from private land managers. Much of this research involves the use of experimental economic techniques to design market-based approaches that target incentives to address specific environmental outcomes.


 Brooks, Karen (IFPRI)

Karen Brooks joined IFPRI in 2012 as Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. Prior to that she worked for the World Bank for more than 20 years, primarily on agricultural development in Africa, Europe, and Central Asia. For the last 10 years of her tenure at the World Bank, she managed analytical and operational programs in the Africa Region. Brooks has published on issues related to price and land policy in countries transitioning from planned to market economies, and on challenges of youth employment in Africa South of the Sahara. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Brooks received both her PhD and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Chicago, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.




 Cardwell, Ryan (University of Manitoba)

Ryan Cardwell is an associate professor in the Department of Agribusiness & Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba. Ryan is president of the Canadian Council of the International Association of Agricultural Economists and is a member of the editorial board at Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. Ryan’s research focuses on international trade regulation and foreign aid, with a focus on food assistance. Recent research topics include the distributional effects of Canadian agricultural policies, the merging of aid agencies with departments of international trade, and the untying of food assistance from domestic procurement. His work on the distributional effects of agricultural policies was recently awarded the John Vanderkamp Prize, given by the Canadian Economics Association for the best article in the journal Canadian Public Policy.





Carletto, Gero (World Bank)

Calogero (Gero) Carletto is a Lead Economist and Manager of the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) in the Development Data Group at the World Bank. As part of the LSMS activities, he is also coordinating a large methodological research program on the improvement of productivity measurement in agriculture, as well as a new research program on poverty and food security measurement. His research interests are in the areas of poverty, food security, agriculture and rural development, as well as data collection methods and measurement issues. Most recent research includes publications in the Journal of Development Economics, World Development and Labour Economics. He has previously worked for various UN agencies and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.




Christiaensen, Luc (World Bank)

Luc Christiaensen is a lead agriculture economist in the World Bank’s Jobs Group and an honorary research fellow at the Maastricht School of Management. He takes a keen interest in issues related to poverty and food security, the rural-urban transformation, and project impact evaluation. Luc has written extensively on poverty, secondary towns, and structural transformation in Africa and East Asia. Currently, he is also leading the “Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths” project. He was a core member of the team that produced the World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development and a Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University-WIDER in Helsinki during 2009-2010. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics from Cornell University.




Conijn, Sjaak (Wageningen University and Research)

Sjaak is a senior scientist at the business unit Agrosystems Research, part of Wageningen University and Research. He and his colleagues conduct contract research on sustainable agronomic systems and land use. Our approach is based on agroecology, where processes from different levels are integrated to better understand the behavior of a system. He has an extensive experience in modelling various ecosystems from the field level up to the global food system, concentrating on the central theme of producing enough with a lower environmental footprint. An important part of his research focuses on understanding trade-offs and synergies as a function of the system’s boundaries. His latest work is about calculating the multiple effects of combining measures in a food system in relation to planetary boundaries.



Donaldson, Dave (MIT)

Dave Donaldson teaches and carries out research on topics at the intersection of International/Intranational Trade, Development Economics, Economic History and Environmental Economics.  He has studied, among other topics: the welfare and other effects of market integration, the impact of improvements in transportation infrastructure, how trade might mediate the effects of climate change, and how trade affects food security and famine.  This work has been awarded the 2017 John Bates Clark Medal, given by the American Economic Association to the US-based economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge, as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and several grants from the National Science Foundation.  He currently serves as a co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, as an editorial board member at the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of International Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and as a program director (for Trade) at the International Growth Centre.  A native of Toronto, Canada, Donaldson obtained an undergraduate degree in Physics from Oxford University and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.


Dumortier, Jerome (Indiana University)

Jerome Dumortier joined Indiana in August 2011 after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University. His research focuses on energy and agricultural economics, especially bioenergy and land-use change. In the past, the interaction between the agricultural, energy, and carbon policies have been subject of his work. Among others, he has worked as a consultant for the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) to evaluate the land-use change implications of EU biofuel policy. His current research agenda emphasises on the economics of switch grass for biomass co-firing and biofuel production; and the market penetration of electric vehicles. He has published peer-reviewed academic articles that use simulation models to determine the effects of biofuel and carbon policies on agricultural productions. Jerome’s most recent research focuses on transportation related issues such as plug-in vehicles and fuel taxation.



Forbes, Chris (AAFC)

On May 29, 2017, Chris Forbes was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Prior to returning to AAFC, Mr. Forbes served as Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Finance from November 2016 to May 2017. He was Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from January 2015 to November 2016. From May 2013 to January 2015, Mr. Forbes was Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch and Regional Directors General Offices at Environment Canada. From November 2010 to May 2013, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch at the Department of Finance. Mr. Forbes joined the federal government in 2000, and has held several senior positions in the areas of policy development, economic analysis and regulations and managed a range of regional programs. He has also worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Toronto Dominion Bank. Mr. Forbes holds a Masters in Economics from McGill University.


Gerber, James (University of Minnesota)

James is the co-director and lead scientist of the Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. He and his research team develop solutions for improving global food security while improving environmental outcomes. The team has published broadly in the area of quantifying the impact of agriculture on the earth’s ecosystems. Dr Gerber’s research focus is the interrelation of climate variability, crop yields, and systemic trends in food security. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.





José is serving on the advisory board of EUROCHOICES and is a Professor in Agricultural and Food Economics and the Director of the Center for Agro-food Economy and Development (CREDA), a research and development system promoted by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Catalonia Polytechnic University (UPC)) and the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA)). He completed his Bachelor in Business Economics (1985), Degree Thesis (1986), and PhD in Economics (1991) all at the University of Zaragoza, whilst graduating with Masters of Science in Agro-Food Marketing degree (1990) from Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Mediterraneennes (CIHEAM) in Zaragoza. His scientific contributions include 12 books, 17 book chapters, and over 170 journal articles.



Glauber, Joe (IFPRI)

Joe Glauber is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC where his areas of interest are price volatility, global grain reserves, crop insurance and trade. Prior to joining IFPRI, Glauber spent over 30 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture including as Chief Economist from 2008 to 2014. As Chief Economist, he was responsible for the Department’s agricultural forecasts and projections, oversaw climate, energy and regulatory issues, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. From 2007-2009, Glauber was the Special Doha Agricultural Envoy at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he served as chief agricultural negotiator in the Doha talks. He served as economic adviser at the so-called Blair House agreements leading to the completion of the Uruguay Round negotiations. He is the author of numerous studies on crop insurance, disaster policy and U.S. farm policy. Dr. Glauber received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and holds an AB in anthropology from the University of Chicago. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.


Grebitus, Carola (Arizona State University)

Carola is an assistant professor of food industry management at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Her research is focused on modelling consumers’ food choices in general, and consumers’ decision strategies in particular. She has worked extensively on determinants of consumer behaviour, purchase decision making, and food quality from consumers’ perspective. Her current research includes consumer preferences for local food, urban agriculture, and sustainable (food) products; willingness to pay for new technologies; and the influence of food labelling on purchase decisions. Furthermore, she investigates the role of social networks on healthy food choices and adoption of genomics. Also, she has conducted research using retail surveys regarding consumers’ use of quality certification and country-of-origin information. In her research Professor Grebitus applies a variety of methods ranging from auctions and choice experiments to eye tracking and taste tests. At ASU, she teaches courses in Food Product Innovation and Development and Food Promotion and Advertising, with heavy emphasis on food retail.


Hayashida, Kōhei  (University of Tokyo)

He started his academic career in agriculture as an undergraduate at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. He is currently a graduate student at the Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo.






Hazell, Peter (Independent consultant)

Peter Hazell has devoted most of his career to research and advisory work on policy issues related to agricultural development, with his present focus on bioenergy issues related to agriculture, the links between agriculture and the environment, and the role of agriculture in the development of Africa and South Asia. As a trained agriculturalist he has had a long and distinctive career in research and policy analysis involving various positions at the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) between 1972 and 2005. Having worked throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central America during his career in research and policy analysis, he is now based in the UK as a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Peter’s extensive and widely cited publications include works on mathematical programming; risk management; insurance; the impact of technological change on growth and poverty; the rural nonfarm economy; sustainable development strategies for marginal lands; the role of agriculture in economic development: and the future of small farms.


Headey, Derek (IFPRI)

Derek Headey is a Senior Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), where he has worked since 2008. A development economist, his research currently focuses on agricultural development and nutrition, though he has also worked on food security and poverty reduction issues. He has published in a variety of journals in economics, development, agriculture and public health, including World Bank Economic Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), World Development, World Bank Research Observer, Population and Development Review, PLOS One, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and many others. He also co-authored a widely cited book on the global food crisis with Shenggen Fan, and a number of journal articles on the cause and consequences of higher food prices. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Queensland in 2008.



Herrington, Caitlin (HarvestPlus)

Caitlin Herrington is a Research Analyst II at the International Food Policy Research Institute, working in the HarvestPlus Program. Her work is focused on conducting economic research predominately in the areas of impact assessments, adoption studies, and consumer acceptance to target and maximize the impact of biofortified crop delivery throughout Africa and Asia. She holds an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and two B.S. degrees in Agricultural Business Management and Plant Biology from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining HarvestPlus in October 2014, Caitlin worked at an international microfinance nonprofit based in Chicago, IL where she served as a research and evaluation associate. 




Hobbs, Jill (University of Saskatchewan)

Jill E. Hobbs is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Aberdeen in 1995. Her research focuses on food policy, consumer behaviour, and supply chain economics. Her work has examined a range of issues including consumer trust, food safety and quality, traceability in agri-food supply chains, and the regulation of health foods. She is a former president of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. She served as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics from 2013-2016, and has served on the editorial advisory board of several academic journals. She was appointed to an honorary chair in the School of Business and Management at Aberystwyth University (2014-2019) and became a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2017.



Jayne, Thomas (Michigan State University)

Thomas Jayne is University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University and Co-Director of the Alliance for African Partnership, a university-wide initiative to promote long-term collaborations with African research and policy organizations. Jayne is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.  His current research focuses on land policy and economic transformation.  Thom has mentored dozens of young African professionals and supported the development of African agricultural policy research institutes. In 2017, he became the Flagship Co-Leader of the CGIAR Policies, Institutions and Markets research program on Economy-wide Factors Affecting Agricultural Growth and Rural Transformation. Over the past decade, he has received six research excellence awards, including the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics and the 2017 AAEA Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis.


Josephson, Anna (Purdue University)

Anna is currently an Assistant Professor in Economic Development. Anna’s research examines issues of gender, labour, and households, focusing on the context of agriculture in economic development. Her current research extends her doctoral work on households facing risky conditions in Africa. Additionally, she studies entrepreneurship and small business disaster resilience, following Hurricane Katrina. These two strands of study are tied together through the focus on how stakeholders, whether they be rural households in the developing world or small businesses in North America, mitigate risk and cope with realized crises. Dr Josephson also studies instructional pedagogy, including active learning techniques and peer-to-peer evaluation. She researches these methods and their impacts on student learning, for best use in the classroom environment. The holds a Ph.D. (2017) in Agricultural Economics and Masters (2013) from Purdue University, whilst completing a Bachelors (2011) in Economics and Geology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Kishore, Avinash (IFPRI)

Avinash Kishore joined IFPRI in September 2012 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow after completing his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. He obtained Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University before joining the PhD program. Avinash studied at IRMA and worked for four years with International Water Management Institute (IWMI) before going to the US for higher studies. Avinash is interested in agriculture, environment, and development economics. At IFPRI, he will work on projects that seek to bridge the gap between laboratories and farms in Indian agriculture using action research in collaboration with agricultural universities, agribusiness firms and farmers.



Koutchadé, Philippe (INRA SMART-LERECO)

Phillippe is currently enrolled for a Ph.D. at Inra’s Smart-Lereco research unit in Rennes with a topic covering farmers' production choices modelling: accounting for unobserved heterogeneity and for agricultural production dynamics. The aim of the thesis is to investigate two issues for improving agricultural production choice micro-econometric models: to account for unobserved heterogeneity by using random parameter specifications on the one, and to account for crop rotation effects by considering dynamic models on the other hand. His supervisor is Alain Carpentier. Phillippe’s research interests and topics include applied micro-econometrics and agricultural production micro-economics. Together with Carpentier and Féménia, Phillippe is working on: “Accounting for farms’ and farmers’ heterogeneity in agricultural production micro-econometric models: a random parameter approach” as well as “Corner solutions in empirical acreage choice models: an endogenous switching regime approach with regime fixed costs.”


Kramer, Berber (IFPRI)

Berber Kramer is an applied micro-economist in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division of IFPRI. She joined IFPRI in 2013 and has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute in the Netherlands. Her research analyses programs and policies that can help smallholder farmers in developing countries cope with unexpected expenditures or income losses, due to, for instance, illnesses and injuries or to extreme weather events damaging their crops. Berber leads the cluster of research on agricultural risk management for the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM), co-leads the learning platform on agricultural index insurance for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and is the lead Principal Investigator for the Picture-Based Insurance (PBI) initiative, which develops and evaluates crop insurance products that use smartphone camera data for claims settlement and risk management advice. In other projects, she uses high-frequency panel data and field experiments to study the impact and take-up of health insurance, the effects of liquidity constraints and time inconsistency on household savings and health-seeking behaviour, and interventions intended to make agricultural value chains more nutrition-, health-, and gender-sensitive.


 Kumar, Vipin (University of Minnesota)

Vipin Kumar is a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota, where he holds the William Norris Endowed Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Kumar received the B.E. degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, in 1977, the M.E. degree in Electronics Engineering from Philips International Institute, Eindhoven, Netherlands, in 1979, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park, in 1982. Kumar's current research interests include data mining, high-performance computing, and their applications in Climate/Ecosystems and health care. He has authored over 300 research articles, and has coedited or co-authored 10 books including two text books ``Introduction to Parallel Computing'' and ``Introduction to Data Mining'', that are used world-wide and have been translated into many languages.



 Mabaya, Edward (Cornell University)

Dr. Ed Mabaya is an academic and practitioner with two decades of experience in agricultural development, agribusiness value chains and food security issues in Africa. He is a Senior Research Associate in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He is involved in several research and outreach programs that seek to improve the lives of African farmers through promotion of private enterprises and public policy reform. He founded and currently leads The African Seed Access Index ( and the Seed of Development Program. He conducts applied research on food marketing and distribution, seed systems, enabling environments, and the role of efficient agricultural markets in Africa’s economic development. In 2007 he was an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow and in 2016 he was an Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellow. Ed is the current president of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (2016-2019). 


 Martin, Will (IFPRI)

Will Martin is a Senior Research Fellow. He is also President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He trained in economics and agricultural economics at the University of Queensland, the Australian National University and Iowa State University and worked at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics; the Australian National University and the World Bank before joining IFPRI in 2015. His recent research has focused primarily on the impacts of changes in food and trade policies and food prices on poverty and food security in developing countries. He has also examined the impact of major trade policy reforms—including the Uruguay Round; the Doha Development Agenda; and China’s accession to the WTO—on developing countries; implications of climate change for poor people; and the implications for the poor of improvements in agricultural productivity in developing countries.



McCluskey, Jill (Washington State University) 

Jill J. McCluskey is Distinguished Professor of Sustainability and Associate Director of the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 1998 from the Univ. of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on product quality and reputation, sustainable labeling, consumer preferences for new technology, and women in STEM. An award-winning researcher, she has published over 100 journal articles, many of which are highly cited. Her research has been funded by private foundations, NSF, and USDA. She has served as major professor to 36 Ph.D. graduates. She is past President and 2018 Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. She has served on editorial boards and as guest editor for several academic journals. She is member of the Board on Agricultural and Natural Resources of the National Academies of Sciences. Her research has been highlighted by various media outlets including the New York Times, National Public Radio, and Newsday.


Meenakshi, J.V. (Delhi School of Economics)

J.V. Meenakshi is on the faculty of the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India, where she teaches courses in econometrics and food and agricultural policy. Her recent research has focused on the economics of malnutrition, and on agriculture-nutrition linkages. Her other research areas include the microeconomics of cereal and water markets in rural India, food demand and poverty. She serves on various technical committees of the Government of India, including the National Statistical Commission and is currently a member of the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the CGIAR. She obtained her Master’s and PhD degrees from Cornell University in Agricultural Economics.




Mellor, John (Independent Consultant)

John Mellor is currently Professor Emeritus, Cornell University and President of John Mellor Associates, Inc. a policy consulting firm. Prior to that he was founding Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Chief Economist of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Washington,) and Vice-President of Abt Associates. At Cornell University he is now Professor Emeritus, and was Professor of Agricultural Economics, Economics, and Asian Studies, Director of the Comparative Economics Program and Associate Director and Acting Director of the Center for International Studies. He received degrees from Cornell University and Oxford University. He was the recipient of the Wihuri Prize (Finland) and the Presidential Award (The Reagan White House, USA) for efforts to alleviate hunger in the World and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He is the recipient of numerous awards for the quality of his research, the author and co-author of ten books, and hundreds of journal articles and conference papers (largely on economic and agricultural development.) 


Mogues, Tewodaj (IFPRI) 

Tewodaj joined IFPRI in 2005, and is a Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division. She leads the research cluster on Public Investments and Institutions under the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. Her research interests include public investments in rural areas, local public finance and decentralisation, political economy, public service delivery, and social capital. Much of her empirical research has been on Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Uganda. Dr Mogues received her Bachelors in Economics from Kalamazoo College (1995), and her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005). She was born in Ethiopia and is a German citizen. Tewodaj has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, serves as co-editor of the 'European Journal of Development Research', and is editor of the book 'Public Expenditures for Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa'.



Muyanga, Milu (Michigan State University)

Milu Muyanga is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  Muyanga’s research focuses on agricultural land and water constraints, agricultural markets, and poverty and inequality issues. He was the first prize winner of the 2007 Global Development Network’s medal on the best research on household exposure to risk theme. Prior to his doctoral studies, Milu Muyanga worked as a Research Fellow with Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University (Kenya) between 2004 and 2007. Before then he worked as an Economist in the Ministry of Planning and National Development in the Government of Kenya between 1997 and 2003.



Nankhuni, Flora (New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support (NAPAS)) 

Dr. Flora Nankhuni is associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  Before joining Michigan State University in 2014, she worked in the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank (IEG), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) unit of the World Bank, and the Independent Evaluation Arrangement of the CGIAR hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She was also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center and an Intern at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).  In 2003, Dr. Nankhuni was awarded the T.W. Schultz Prize for best contributed paper to the 25th International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) conference and the Gerald T. Gentry award for best graduate student research paper in the School of Agricultural Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. She was also awarded the David E. Bell Fellowship in Population and Development Studies from Harvard University in 2005. Before her doctoral studies she was a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Malawi. Currently, she is in-country Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy (FSP) in Malawi, the New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support: Malawi (NAPAS:Malawi) project, under which she is a Senior Policy Advisor, based in the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development of the Government of Malawi. 

 Ochieng, Dennis (IFPRI)

Dennis received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany and holds a Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Egerton University/University of Pretoria. His research interests are in global agri-food systems transformation and its implications in the small farm sector in developing countries. Prior to joining IFPRI, he was food security programme manager, implementing SORUDEV/ZEAT-BEAD projects in South Sudan on linking farmers to input and output markets and strengthening their resilience in post-conflict contexts. He has worked with CIAT and UNWFP (P4P pilot) on similar themes in Africa, Asia and Central America.




Omamo, Steven Were (WFP)

Dr Omamo is the Coordinator of Food Systems Strategy, Policy and Support and Deputy Director of Policy and Programme at the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Since joining WFP in 2006, he has served as Chief of Social Protection and Livelihoods, Chief of Food Security and Safety Nets, Deputy Director of Policy, Planning and Strategy, and Director of WFP Office and Representative to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa, based in Addis Ababa. He also served as Director of Global Engagement and Research with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Eastern Africa Food Policy Network with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Research Officer with the International Service for National Agricultural Research, Research Scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Technical Advisor with both the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), and Lecturer at Egerton University, Kenya. Dr Omamo holds a BSc in Agribusiness from California State University, Fresno, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Connecticut, an MA in International Development Policy and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Stanford University.


Palm-Forster, Leah H. (University of Delaware)

Leah is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics. As an environmental and resource economist, Leah is particularly interested in how working agricultural lands can be managed to simultaneously produce market and non-market goods and services. For her Ph.D. dissertation, from Michigan State University’s Agricultural, Food, & Resource Economics Department (2015), she identified cost-effective conservation programs using experimental and real auctions that promote coordinated management of row crop systems to enhance aquatic ecosystem services while maintaining farmer profitability. Leah graduated with dual Bachelors in Animal & Poultry Science and Agricultural & Applied Economics (2009) as well as a Masters in Agricultural & Applied Economics (2011) from Virginia Tech.



Pardey, Philip (University of Minnesota)

Philip G. Pardey is professor of science and technology policy in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He is also the Director of Global Research Strategy for the College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and directs the University’s International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) center. Previously he was a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C., and prior to 1994 at the International Service for National Agricultural Research in The Hague, Netherlands. His research deals with productivity measurement and assessment, the finance and conduct of R&D globally, methods for assessing the economic impacts of research, and the economic and policy (especially intellectual property) aspects of genetic resources and the biosciences. Pardey is author of more than 300 books, articles, and papers, including, Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), Saving Seeds: The Economics of Conserving Crop Genetic Resources Ex Situ in the Future Harvest Centers of the CGIAR (CAB International 2004), Agricultural R&D in the Developing World: Too Little, Too Late? (International Food Policy Research Institute, 2006), and Persistence Pays: U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth and the Benefits from Public R&D Spending (Springer 2010).


Pingali, Prabhu (Cornell University)

Prabhu Pingali is a professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). Prior to joining Cornell, he was the Deputy Director of the Agricultural Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, from 2008 to May 2013. Pingali was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2007. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Agricultural Economists. He has over three decades of experience working with some of the leading international agricultural development organizations as a research economist, development practitioner, and senior manager. He has written ten books and over 100 refereed journal articles and and book chapters on food policy.



Pinstrup-Andersen, Per (Cornell University)

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, currently Professor Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School, was most recently the H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University and Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen University. He has a B.S. from the Danish Agricultural University, a M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, and India. He served 10 years as the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Director General and seven years as department head; seven years as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia; and six years as a distinguished professor at Wageningen University. He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate and the recipient of several awards for his teaching, research and communication.  His recent publications include “The African Food System and its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition” and “Food Policy for Developing Countries” (Cornell University Press, 2010 and 2011, respectively), co-authored with Derrill Watson. He recently edited a book entitled "Food Price Policy in an Era of Market Instability: A Political Economy Analysis," which will be published by Oxford University Press.

Ramankutty, Navin (University of British Columbia)

Navin is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change and Food Security at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. His research uses global Earth observations, geospatial analysis and ecosystem models to understand how humans use and modify the Earth’s land surface for agriculture, evaluate the global environment consequences, and explore solutions to the problem of feeding humanity with minimal global environmental footprint. He was a lead author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report, and a contributing author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.




Rickard, Brad (Cornell University)

Brad Rickard is the Ruth and William Morgan Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Management. His teaching and research focus on the economic implications of policies, innovation, and industry-led initiatives in food and beverage markets. Professor Rickard is currently writing a book titled "Agricultural Policy and Global Food Markets" that will be published by Routledge in 2018. Professor Rickard's research program examines issues at the intersection of agricultural markets, food policy, and international trade. His research has assessed how markets for specialty crops respond to changes in nutrition and health information, food labelling practices, promotional efforts, agricultural policy reform, trade liberalization, and the introduction of new technologies. Current work is studying the economics of food waste and the effects of policy initiatives that might be used to mitigate food waste.



Swinnen, Jo (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Johan Swinnen is a Professor in Development Economics and Director of LICOS Center for Institutions and Economic Performance at the KU Leuven. From 2003 to 2004 he was Lead Economist at the World Bank and from 1998 to 2001 Economic Advisor at the European Commission.  He has been advisor to many international institutions and governments.  His research focuses on institutional reform and development, globalization and international integration, media economics, and agriculture and food policy.  His latest books are “Global Supply Chains, Standards, and the Poor” and “From Marx and Mao to the Market”.  He has been a guest editor for World Development, Development Policy Review, The World Economy, the European Review of Agricultural Economics, and is associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He is also a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels; coordinator of the European Network of Agricultural and Rural Policy Research Institutes (ENARPRI); member of the Advisory Committee of the Regoverning Markets Global Project; and of the Programme Committee of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC). He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.


Takeshima, Hiroyuki (IFPRI)

Hiroyuki Takeshima joined IFPRI in January 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow of IFPRI Nigeria office, and joined IFPRI Washington office as a research fellow in 2012. Hiroyuki has conducted research on market participation, transaction costs, agricultural technology adoption, biodiversity, and political economy of seed policies in sub-Saharan Africa. His recent research also focuses on the linkages between market and climatic risks and farmers’ investment, roles of modern production technologies such as irrigation, mechanisation, and fertiliser on agricultural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. Hiroyuki earned his PhD from Agricultural and Consumer Economics from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2008. Hiroyuki is a citizen of Japan.



Van Campenhout, Bjorn (IFPRI)

Bjorn Van Campenhout obtained his PhD in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in 2009. During his PhD, he was employed as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IOB) of the University of Antwerp. He has taught econometrics at University of Antwerp and has been working as a post-doctoral fellow at the KU Leuven (LICOS). Prior to his PhD, he worked as a researcher in various academic positions at different Universities. He also worked as a methodological advisor to a local NGO in Tanzania. Furthermore, he worked as a researcher at the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.



Van Eenennaam, Alison (University of California Davis)

Dr Alison Van Eenennaam is an Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genomic approaches to select for cattle that are less susceptible to disease, and applied uses of DNA-based information on commercial beef cattle operations. She also has a keen interest in making publicly-accessible educational materials and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She has provided a credentialed voice on some controversial topics including cloning and genetically engineered animals. She earned her B.S. from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees were earned from the University of California, Davis, in animal science and genetics, respectively.


Vink, Nick (Stellenbosch University)

Nck is Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University and is Editor of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and a past president of the African Association. He serves as a non-Executive Director on the Boards of the South African Reserve Bank, and of Rooibos, Ltd. Nick’s main research interests include agricultural development on the African continent, land reform and structural change in South African agriculture, agricultural policy and wine economics.





Von Braun, Joachim (University of Bonn)

Joachim is an economist, with a Doctoral degree in agricultural economics from University of Göttingen, Germany. He joined ZEF as Professor and Director of the Department for Economic and Technological Change in December 2009. He was also Director of ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002. From 2002 to 2009 he was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. His research addresses international and development economics topics, incl. markets and trade; poverty; health and nutrition; agriculture, and science and technology. Among awards received by von Braun are an honorary Doctoral degree from University of Hohenheim, and the Bertebos Prize of the Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his research on food security, and the Justus von Liebig Prize for his research on international nutrition.



Von Cramon-Taubadel, Stephan (University of Göttingen)

Stephan has held the Chair for Agricultural Policy at the University of Göttingen since 1999. He studied agricultural economics at McGill University (BSc) and the University of Manitoba (MSc) in Canada, and completed his PhD at the University of Kiel in Germany. He was editor of Agricultural Economics, the official journal of the IAAE from 2000 to 2006, and has been Secretary-Treasurer of the IAAE since 2015. His research focuses on the analysis of agricultural policies and the empirical study of price transmission and market integration. He is currently involved in research projects in Chile, China, Georgia and India, and he coordinates joint MSc programs between his university and partners in Chile (Universidad de Talca) and Indonesia (Institut Pertanian Bogor).



Winters, Paul (IFAD)

Paul is the Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Previously he was the Director of Research and Impact Assessment (RIA). From 2004-2015, Winters was a professor in the Department of Economics at American University in Washington, DC where he taught courses on impact evaluation, development economics and environmental economics. Before American University, he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, the University of New England, and the International Potato Center. He has published numerous journal articles in the areas of impact evaluation, migration, cash transfer programs, rural development and smallholder agriculture. Winters holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego and a B.A. in Non-Western Studies from the University of San Diego.



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