IATRC 2021 Speakers

Speak­er Biographies

Marcel Adenäuer

OECD, Paris

Dr Mar­cel Adenäuer is a pol­i­cy ana­lyst at the OECD. He is a mem­ber of the team respon­si­ble for the annu­al OECD-FAO Agri­cul­tur­al Out­look report, par­tic­u­lar­ly focussing on cere­al mar­kets. Next to this he is inter­est­ed in glob­al land mar­kets, long term devel­op­ments of the agri­cul­tur­al sec­tor as well as its role for cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion. Pri­or to his posi­tion at the OECD he has been senior researcher at the Insti­tute for Food and Resource Eco­nom­ics of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bonn. There he spe­cialised on glob­al agri­cul­tur­al sec­tor mod­el­ling. He holds a Doc­tor­al Degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bonn. Mr Adenäuer is an expert in agri­cul­tur­al sec­tor mod­el­ling being one of the devel­op­ers of the CAPRI and Aglink-Cosi­mo mod­els. In his doc­tor­al the­sis he analysed the impacts of the reform of the Com­mon Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy for sug­ar from 2006.

Vincent Amanor-Boadu

Professor, Kansas State University

Vin­cent Amanor-Boadu is an agribusi­ness eco­nom­ics and man­age­ment pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics at Kansas State Uni­ver­si­ty, where he teach­es both grad­u­ate and under­grad­u­ate cours­es. He received his PhD from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Guelph, in Ontario, Cana­da. He worked as the Direc­tor of Research at the George Mor­ris Cen­tre, and as man­ag­ing direc­tor of Agri­Food Inno­va­tions, an agri-food tech­nol­o­gy com­mer­cial­iza­tion com­pa­ny he co-found­ed. He has served on the edi­to­r­i­al advi­so­ry board of the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Chain and Net­work Sci­ence (JCNS) and the edi­to­r­i­al board of the Inter­na­tion­al Food and Agribusi­ness Man­age­ment Review (IFAMR). His research encom­pass­es entre­pre­neur­ship and strat­e­gy, inter-orga­ni­za­tion­al rela­tion­ships and gov­er­nance, and the enter­prise of sci­ence, includ­ing tech­nol­o­gy com­mer­cial­iza­tion. In near­ly two decades at Kansas State, he has men­tored near­ly 140 grad­u­ate stu­dents, act­ing as a major advi­sor for nine PhD, 16 MS, and 55 Mas­ter of Agribusi­ness grad­u­ates. Vin­cent serves on a num­ber of cor­po­rate boards in the US, Cana­da, and a cou­ple of African coun­tries. He has also served on the board of the Inter­na­tion­al Food and Agribusi­ness Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion. He says bal­anc­ing aca­d­e­mics with ser­vice to indus­try ensures his abil­i­ty to bring real-world sit­u­a­tions into his class­room and research-dri­ven evi­dence to boardrooms.

Titus Awokuse

Professor, Michigan State University

Dr. Titus Awokuse is Chair­per­son and Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al, Food and Resource Eco­nom­ics at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty (MSU). Pri­or to join­ing MSU he was Chair­per­son and Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Applied Eco­nom­ics and Sta­tis­tics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware. He is an inter­na­tion­al­ly respect­ed schol­ar who has con­sult­ed for var­i­ous nation­al gov­ern­ments, inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment agen­cies, non-gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions and pri­vate busi­ness­es. He has taught under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate cours­es in inter­na­tion­al trade, agri­cul­tur­al and food pol­i­cy, and applied sta­tis­tics. Pro­fes­sor Awokuse’s research inter­ests and pub­li­ca­tions are focused on empir­i­cal and pol­i­cy analy­ses in the fol­low­ing areas: the growth-enhanc­ing role of inter­na­tion­al trade and for­eign direct invest­ment, pover­ty reduc­tion effects of changes in glob­al food val­ue chains and pol­i­cy reforms to mar­ket insti­tu­tions, and food secu­ri­ty pol­i­cy. He has pub­lished schol­ar­ly research papers in lead­ing pro­fes­sion­al jour­nals in his field. 

Pro­fes­sor Awokuse also made notable con­tri­bu­tions to the agri­cul­tur­al and applied eco­nom­ics pro­fes­sion through his lead­er­ship roles and ser­vice on var­i­ous com­mit­tees, advi­so­ry boards, and pro­fes­sion­al asso­ci­a­tions. He served as jour­nal edi­tor of Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics Review from 2007 – 2010. He was a for­mer Chair of the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics Admin­is­tra­tors (NAAEA) sec­tion of the Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ic Asso­ci­a­tion (AAEA). He is mar­ried and blessed with three children.

Richard Barichello

Professor, British Columbia

Rick Barichel­lo is a Pro­fes­sor (Food and Resource Eco­nom­ics) at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia, work­ing there since his PhD (Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go). He was Head of the UBC Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics 1988 – 1994, and Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for South­east Asia Research (UBC Insti­tute of Asian Research) 2007 – 13 and 2016 – 18. He was Vis­it­ing Senior Research Fel­low at the Asian Research Insti­tute, Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Sin­ga­pore, and Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at Yale, Stan­ford, Har­vard, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia-Davis, Leu­ven (Bel­gium), and ISEAS in Singapore. 

He worked for the Har­vard Insti­tute for Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment in Jakar­ta 1986 – 1988, and sub­se­quent­ly on var­i­ous devel­op­ment projects in Indone­sia, Viet­nam, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, Philip­pines, Malaysia, Myan­mar, Chi­na, Cam­bo­dia, Korea, Poland, and Ethiopia. This includ­ed farm-lev­el field work focused on agri­cul­tur­al projects in Indone­sia, Viet­nam, Myan­mar, and Ethiopia. 

He was Pres­i­dent of the Cana­di­an Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics Soci­ety and award­ed the des­ig­na­tion of Fel­low of that Soci­ety in 2008. In 2015 he was named to the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tion­al Agri­cul­tur­al Trade Research Con­sor­tium, and elect­ed IATRC Chair for three years, 2016 – 2018

His research has con­cerned the eco­nom­ic analy­sis of pub­lic pol­i­cy, par­tic­u­lar­ly trade and agri­cul­tur­al poli­cies and insti­tu­tions, Cana­di­an dairy quo­ta mar­kets, and a vari­ety of agri­cul­tur­al devel­op­ment issues, most­ly in South­east Asia. This devel­op­ment work focus­es on trade pol­i­cy, domes­tic farm poli­cies, world food mar­kets, rur­al labour mar­kets, agri­cul­tur­al pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, the eval­u­a­tion of invest­ment projects, and food security.

Jayson Beckman

Senior Economist at Economic Research Service

Jayson is an Econ­o­mist in the Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy and Mod­els Branch in the Mar­ket and Trade Eco­nom­ics Divi­sion of ERS. He is engaged in a vari­ety of research projects relat­ed to pol­i­cy, includ­ing trade, ener­gy and agri­cul­tur­al policy.

John Beghin

Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

John Begh­in joined the Uni­ver­si­ty of Nebras­ka-Lin­coln in 2019 as a pro­fes­sor and the Mike Yan­ney Chair in Inter­na­tion­al Trade and Finance in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics and the Clay­ton Yeut­ter Insti­tute of Inter­na­tion­al Trade and Finance. John’s teach­ing, research and out­reach pro­grams focus on inter­na­tion­al agri­cul­tur­al trade and non-tar­iff bar­ri­ers. John is a fac­ul­ty fel­low with the Daugh­er­ty Water for Food Glob­al Insti­tute at UNL and with the Cen­ter for Agri­cul­tur­al and Rur­al Devel­op­ment at Iowa State University.

Pri­or to join­ing UNL, John was a Pro­fes­sor of Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics (ARE) at NC State Uni­ver­si­ty and Iowa State Uni­ver­si­ty. Begh­in earned his MSc in agri­cul­tur­al eco­nom­ics at NC State and then received his Ph.D. from UC Berke­ley in 1988. After return­ing to NC State for 10 years, Begh­in went on to Iowa to serve as Direc­tor of the Food and Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy Research Insti­tute and Mar­lin Cole Pro­fes­sor of inter­na­tion­al agri­cul­tur­al eco­nom­ics at Iowa State Uni­ver­si­ty, from 1998 to 2016. Begh­in returned to NC State in Jan­u­ary 2017 and served as depart­ment head for 2 years.

Through­out his career Begh­in has held var­i­ous appoint­ments, worked as a con­sul­tant for var­i­ous orga­ni­za­tions and pri­vate clients, and pub­lished over 100 arti­cles and book chap­ters. He is con­sid­ered an expert in inter­na­tion­al agri­cul­ture and food mar­kets eco­nom­ics. His areas of inter­est include non­tar­iff mea­sures, trade and the envi­ron­ment, glob­al food secu­ri­ty, and pol­i­cy analy­sis. His work is wide­ly cit­ed. He is a Fel­low of the Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ics Asso­ci­a­tion, the main pro­fes­sion­al asso­ci­a­tion of agri­cul­tur­al econ­o­mists. John is mar­ried to Yalem Teshome, a pro­fes­sor of prac­tice at UNL. They have a daugh­ter named Car­la, an econ­o­mist, who lives in Cincin­nati, and 2 fero­cious labradoo­dles, Jack and Jill.

David Blandford

Professor Emeritus , Penn State

John Bovay

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

John Bovay is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in Food and Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy. Much of his work focus­es on the eco­nom­ics of reg­u­la­tion, with appli­ca­tions to the top­ics of food-safe­ty reg­u­la­tion, food label­ing (includ­ing label­ing of genet­i­cal­ly engi­neered food), food waste, and analy­sis of vot­ing on reg­u­la­tions affect­ing farms and food. He strives to be active­ly engaged with agri­cul­tur­al pro­duc­ers, orga­ni­za­tions, and com­mod­i­ty groups in Vir­ginia and the Mid-Atlantic to ensure that these groups have access to time­ly eco­nom­ic analy­sis of rel­e­vant policies.

Lars Brink

Expert Advisor

Bernard Cantin

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Angela Cheptea


Jonathan Coleman

U.S. International Trade Commission

Annelies Deuss

OECD, Paris

Dr. Annelies Deuss is an Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy Ana­lyst at the Organ­i­sa­tion for Eco­nom­ic Co-oper­a­tion and Devel­op­ment (OECD), where she leads the work on agri­cul­tur­al trade and man­ages and con­ducts eco­nom­ic research on agri­cul­tur­al pol­i­cy issues. She is the OECD rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the G‑20 Agri­cul­tur­al Mar­ket Infor­ma­tion Sys­tem (AMIS) Ini­tia­tive. Her recent work focus­es on pub­lic stock­hold­ing poli­cies, agri­cul­tur­al export restric­tions, marine trans­porta­tion costs and SPS mea­sures. She also con­tributes to the annu­al OECD-FAO Agri­cul­tur­al Out­look, which pro­vides mar­ket pro­jec­tions for major agri­cul­tur­al com­modi­ties, and to the Review of Agri­cul­tur­al Poli­cies in India. 

Pri­or to join­ing OECD, Dr. Deuss was a Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor of Eco­nom­ics at Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty and served as an Agri­cul­tur­al Econ­o­mist with the Food and Agri­cul­ture Orga­ni­za­tion (FAO) of the Unit­ed Nations. Dr. Deuss is a Bel­gian nation­al. She holds a Ph.D. in Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics from Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty (USA), an M.A in Devel­op­ment Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bologna (Italy), a M.Sc in Agri­cul­tur­al Engi­neer­ing and B.Sc in Bio-engi­neer­ing from the Katholieke Uni­ver­siteit Leu­ven (Bel­gium).

Charlotte Emlinger

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

Char­lotte Emlinger is assis­tant pro­fes­sor at the depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ics at Vir­ginia Tech. Her research revolves around two main issues: the deter­mi­nants of trade com­pet­i­tive­ness in the agri-food sec­tor and the impact of trade poli­cies on trade pat­terns. As a mem­ber of the Agri­cul­tur­al Trade Cen­ter at Vir­ginia Tech, she works on sev­er­al on the impact of recent trade pol­i­cy shifts (trade war, phase one agree­ment…) and non-tar­iff mea­sures on agri­cul­tur­al and agri-food trade. In her oth­er research projects, she inves­ti­gates firm’s qual­i­ty and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion strat­e­gy and their impact of export per­for­mance. Pri­or to join­ing Vir­ginia Tech, Char­lotte worked for ten years as an econ­o­mist at CEPII in Paris. She holds a PhD from Mont­pel­li­er SupA­gro in France.

Dela-Dem Doe Fiankor

Agroscope, Switzerland

I am an Agri­cul­tur­al Econ­o­mist at Agro­scope (the Swiss Fed­er­al Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ic Affairs, Edu­ca­tion and Research). My research lies at the inter­sec­tion of inter­na­tion­al agri­cul­tur­al trade, food safe­ty stan­dards and agri-food pol­i­cy. I received a Ph.D. in Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Goet­tin­gen Ger­manyin 2020. Pri­or to start­ing my cur­rent role, I was a Con­sul­tant with the Agri­cul­ture and Food Glob­al Prac­tice of the World Bank Group. I was also pre­vi­ous­ly a Post­doc­tor­al Researcher at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Goet­tin­gen where I worked as a Research Asso­ciate at the Cen­tre for Bio­di­ver­si­ty and Sus­tain­able Land Use (CBL).

Alla Golub

Research Economist, Purdue University

Alla grad­u­at­ed from Pur­due in 2006 with Ph.D. in Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics and joined the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics at Pur­due as a Research Econ­o­mist in the Cen­ter for Glob­al Trade Analy­sis (GTAP). The focus of Alla’s work is on glob­al eco­nom­ic pol­i­cy issues includ­ing trade, land-use, and cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion poli­cies. She under­takes research using GTAP frame­work and devel­op­ing new mod­el­ing tools.

Munisamy Gopinath (Gopi)

Professor, University of Georgia

Gopinath (Gopi) Munisamy is Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Agri­cul­tur­al Mar­ket­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Geor­gia (UGA), Athens, USA, where he con­ducts research and teach­ing in inter­na­tion­al mar­kets, trade and agri­cul­tur­al pol­i­cy. He has pub­lished over 100 arti­cles on agri­cul­tur­al trade, pol­i­cy and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment. Pri­or to join­ing UGA, he was the Direc­tor of the Mar­ket and Trade Eco­nom­ics Divi­sion of USDA’s Eco­nom­ic Research Ser­vice (201219) and a Pro­fes­sor at Ore­gon State Uni­ver­si­ty (19972012). Gopi received a PhD in Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Minnesota.

Jason Grant

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

Dr. Xi He

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University

Dr. Xi is a post­doc­tor­al research asso­ciate at the Cen­ter for Agri­cul­tur­al and Rur­al Devel­op­ment at Iowa State Uni­ver­si­ty. Her major research fields are agri­cul­tur­al eco­nom­ics, trade, and food pol­i­cy analy­sis. Xi received her PhD in Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut in July 2019. She also holds an MSc and a BSc in Eco­nom­ics from Bei­hang Uni­ver­si­ty, China.

Bernard Hoekman

Professor, European University Institute

Bernard Hoek­man is Pro­fes­sor and Direc­tor, Glob­al Eco­nom­ics, at the Robert Schu­man Cen­tre for Advanced Stud­ies, Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty Insti­tute, where he also serves as the Dean for Exter­nal Rela­tions. Pre­vi­ous posi­tions include Direc­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Trade Depart­ment (200813) and Research Man­ag­er in the Devel­op­ment Research Group (2001- 08) at the World Bank. He served as an econ­o­mist in the GATT Sec­re­tari­at dur­ing the Uruguay Round of trade nego­ti­a­tions (198893).

A CEPR Research Fel­low and a senior asso­ciate of the Eco­nom­ic Research Forum for the Arab coun­tries, Iran and Turkey, he has been a mem­ber of sev­er­al World Eco­nom­ic Forum Glob­al Future Coun­cils. A grad­u­ate of the Eras­mus Uni­ver­si­ty Rot­ter­dam, he holds a Ph.D. in eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan.

His research focus­es on trade and devel­op­ment, com­mer­cial pol­i­cy, trade in ser­vices, pub­lic pro­cure­ment, design of trade agree­ments, glob­al gov­er­nance and the WTO.

Kristen Hopewell

Associate Professor, British Columbia

Kris­ten Hopewell is the Cana­da Research Chair in Glob­al Pol­i­cy in the School of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy and Glob­al Affairs at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia. Her research spe­cial­izes in inter­na­tion­al trade, glob­al gov­er­nance, and devel­op­ment, with a focus on emerg­ing pow­ers such as Chi­na, India and Brazil. She is the author of Clash of Pow­ers: US-Chi­na Rival­ry in Glob­al Trade Gov­er­nance (Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2020) and Break­ing the WTO (Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2016). Her pol­i­cy analy­sis has appeared in venues such as The Wash­ing­ton Post, For­eign Affairs, The South Chi­na Morn­ing Post, The Globe and Mail and the BBC. She has held vis­it­ing fel­low­ships at Peking Uni­ver­si­ty in Bei­jing, the Max Planck Insti­tute in Cologne, Ger­many, and the Grad­u­ate Insti­tute of Inter­na­tion­al and Devel­op­ment Stud­ies in Gene­va. She is cur­rent­ly a Wil­son Chi­na Fel­low at the Wil­son Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Dr. Lee Ann Jackson

Head of the Agro-Food Trade and Markets Division

Dr. Lee Ann Jack­son is the Head of the Agro-Food Trade and Mar­kets Divi­sion in the Trade and Agri­cul­ture Direc­torate (TAD) at the OECD. She joined the OECD in 2020 after 16 years at the WTO where her most recent posi­tion was as Coun­selor of Food and Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy Research in the Eco­nom­ic Research and Sta­tis­tics Divi­sion. Dr Jack­son man­ages a team that works to devel­op and com­mu­ni­cate evi­dence-based advice to gov­ern­ments with the aim of help­ing them improve the domes­tic and inter­na­tion­al per­for­mance of their poli­cies for agro-food trade and markets.

She was pre­vi­ous­ly the Sec­re­tary to the WTO’s Com­mit­tee on Agri­cul­ture in the Agri­cul­ture and Com­modi­ties Divi­sion where her respon­si­bil­i­ties includ­ed the imple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of WTO rules on agri­cul­ture and mul­ti­lat­er­al agri­cul­ture nego­ti­a­tions. Pri­or to the WTO, Dr. Jack­son held var­i­ous research roles includ­ing as a Research Fel­low in the School of Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide in South Aus­tralia and a researcher in the Envi­ron­ment Divi­sion of the Inter­na­tion­al Food Pol­i­cy Research Insti­tute in Wash­ing­ton DC

Dr. Jack­son com­plet­ed her Ph.D. in applied eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta; has joint Mas­ter’s degrees in pub­lic and pri­vate man­age­ment and envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies from Yale University.

Keithly Jones


Keith­ly Jones sup­ports USDA-For­eign Agri­cul­tur­al Ser­vice Office of Glob­al Analy­sis pri­or­i­ty projects as a senior econ­o­mist and devel­ops and main­tains exper­tise in glob­al pol­i­cy issues. Pri­or to his recent appoint­ment at the For­eign Agri­cul­tur­al Ser­vice, Keith­ly was a senior econ­o­mist at USDA-Eco­nom­ic Research Ser­vice. He led the agency’s research exam­in­ing import and export demand for meat, poul­try, fish and dairy prod­ucts. His research looks at the influ­ence of var­i­ous fac­tors includ­ing exchange rates, qual­i­ty, inputs, ani­mal dis­ease, cloning, coun­try of ori­gin label­ing (COOL), and trade pol­i­cy on ani­mals and ani­mal prod­ucts. His prin­ci­pal respon­si­bil­i­ties include analy­sis that pro­vides a per­spec­tive of the eco­nom­ic sit­u­a­tion and pol­i­cy envi­ron­ment for meat and live­stock trade and he com­mu­ni­cates this infor­ma­tion to pub­lic and pri­vate deci­sion-mak­ers. Keith­ly earned the Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Hon­or Award for Excel­lence twice in 2 con­sec­u­tive years — 2011 and 2012. Keith­ly has com­plet­ed the Key Exec­u­tive Lead­er­ship Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­si­ty. This pro­gram has equipped him with skills in cre­at­ing a lead­er­ship plan for the future, facil­i­tat­ing and team build­ing, lead­ing in the con­text of a con­sti­tu­tion­al gov­ern­ment, lead­ing orga­ni­za­tion­al change, lead­ing through strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pro­gram goal set­ting, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion, and lead­ing effec­tive pol­i­cy implementation.

Lynn Kennedy

Louisiana State University

Dongin Kim

PhD Candidate, University of Connecticut

Don­gin Kim is a doc­tor­al can­di­date in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut. His research inter­est is inter­na­tion­al trade and invest­ment pol­i­cy eval­u­a­tion. his cur­rent research is about for­eign direct invest­ment, study­ing the deter­mi­nant of bilat­er­al invest­ment pat­terns, and their impact on the labor mar­ket and growth, espe­cial­ly in agri­cul­ture and food indus­tries. In addi­tion, he leads an ongo­ing research project fund­ed by USDA-NIFA-EWD, inves­ti­gat­ing the impact of glob­al trade shocks on U.S. agriculture. 

Emilia Lamonaca

University of Foggia

Emil­ia Lam­onaca is a research fel­low at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Fog­gia (Italy), where she received her doc­tor­ate in Inno­va­tion and Man­age­ment of Healthy Food. Since 2021, she has been award­ed the Nation­al Sci­en­tif­ic Habil­i­ta­tion for Asso­ciate Professor. 

Emil­ia Lam­onaca has been a grant hold­er for the OIV in 2019 and the AXA Research Found in 2020. She has authored more than thir­ty peer-reviewed arti­cles and is coau­thor­ing with more than thir­ty col­leagues from Italy, Spain, Switzer­land, the UK, the USA, Lebanon.

Her research has been pub­lished in top jour­nals such as Jour­nal of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics, Land Use Pol­i­cy, Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence & Pol­i­cy, Jour­nal of Clean­er Pro­duc­tion, Health Policy.

Her main research inter­ests include eco­nom­ics of cli­mate change, deter­mi­nants of inter­na­tion­al trade as well as the role of trade pol­i­cy and eco­nom­ic geog­ra­phy on trade. She has a spe­cial inter­est in applied econo­met­rics and has been focused on the method­olog­i­cal issues of the meta-analysis.

Sunghun Lim

Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University

Sunghun Lim is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ics at Texas Tech Uni­ver­si­ty. His research is in the areas of agri­cul­tur­al glob­al val­ue chains, agri­cul­tur­al trade pol­i­cy and polit­i­cal econ­o­my, and agri­cul­tur­al devel­op­ment. His recent stud­ies main­ly look at the impacts of agri­cul­tur­al glob­al val­ue chains on struc­tur­al trans­for­ma­tion, employ­ment growth, and inter­na­tion­al agribusi­ness out­sourc­ing in both OECD and devel­op­ing coun­tries. He also inves­ti­gates the unin­ten­tion­al polit­i­cal out­comes of agri­cul­tur­al trade dis­putes, the US-Chi­na trade war in par­tic­u­lar. Dr. Lim holds a Ph.D. in Applied Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta. He received a bach­e­lor’s degree in Eco­nom­ics and a mas­ter’s degree in Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia-Davis. Pri­or to join­ing Texas Tech Uni­ver­si­ty, he also researched at the Nation­al Food Pro­tec­tion and Defense Insti­tute (FPDI)‘s Glob­al Food Sup­ply Chain team. 

Matias Margulis

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Matias is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the School of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy and Glob­al Affairs and Fac­ul­ty of Land and Food Sys­tems at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia. His research and teach­ing inter­ests are in glob­al gov­er­nance, devel­op­ment, human rights, inter­na­tion­al law and food pol­i­cy. He has pre­vi­ous­ly held aca­d­e­m­ic posi­tions at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh, Uni­ver­si­ty of Stir­ling, Uni­ver­si­ty of North­ern British Colum­bia and Max Plank Insti­tute for the Study of Soci­eties. In 2010 – 2011, he was the Cadieux-Léger Fel­low at Glob­al Affairs Canada.

In addi­tion to his aca­d­e­m­ic research, Matias has exten­sive pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence in the field of inter­na­tion­al pol­i­cy­mak­ing and is a for­mer Cana­di­an rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion (WTO), Orga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nom­ic Coop­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment (OECD) and UN Food and Agri­cul­ture Orga­ni­za­tion (FAO). He has also advised the UN Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on the Right to Food and the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment and con­sult­ed for inter­na­tion­al NGOs and the Brook­ings Institution.

Will Martin

International Food Policy Research Institute

Will Mar­tin is a Senior Research Fel­low at the Inter­na­tion­al Food Pol­i­cy Research Insti­tute (IFPRI), and Past-Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Agri­cul­tur­al Econ­o­mists. Martin’s recent research has focused pri­mar­i­ly on the impacts of shocks such as food price changes, COVID-19, and farm pro­grams on pover­ty and food secu­ri­ty. He has also mobi­lized research teams to exam­ine WTO’s Uruguay Round and Doha Agen­da, and China’s acces­sion to WTO. Grow­ing up on an Aus­tralian dairy farm when Britain joined Europe showed him the impor­tance of agri­cul­tur­al trade-relat­ed issues. He trained in eco­nom­ics and agri­cul­tur­al eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Queens­land, the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty and Iowa State Uni­ver­si­ty. He began his career at the Aus­tralian Bureau of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics, before mov­ing to the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty and the World Bank. He was the World Bank’s Research Man­ag­er for Agri­cul­ture for six years before join­ing IFPRI in 2015.

Tais Cristina de Menezes

PhD Candidate, University of San Paulo, Brazil

Taís Cristi­na de Menezes is a PhD can­di­date of the Applied Eco­nom­ics Grad­u­ate Pro­gram at Luiz de Queiroz Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture (Esalq), Uni­ver­si­ty of São Paulo, Brazil. Menezes is also a researcher on the Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy team at the Cen­ter for Advanced Stud­ies in Applied Eco­nom­ics (Cepea/​​Esalq). Menezes’ research is focused on agri­cul­tur­al poli­cies, ani­mal health eco­nom­ics and inter­na­tion­al trade. Cur­rent­ly, Menezes is a vis­it­ing schol­ar in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics at Col­orado State Uni­ver­si­ty, fund­ed by the Ful­bright Commission.

Dr. Andrew Muhammad

Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Dr. Muham­mad cur­rent­ly serves on sev­er­al Advi­so­ry Boards, includ­ing the Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee (APAC), which pro­vides trade pol­i­cy coun­sel to the Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture and U.S. Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive. He pre­vi­ous­ly served as Asso­ciate Direc­tor of the Mar­kets and Trade Eco­nom­ics Divi­sion at the Eco­nom­ic Research Ser­vice in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., an agency of the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (20162018). He also served as Chief of the Inter­na­tion­al Demand and Trade Branch at the Eco­nom­ic Research Ser­vice (20132016) where he rep­re­sent­ed the agency on inter­na­tion­al trade issues.

David Orden

Professor, Virginia Tech

David Orden is pro­fes­sor of Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ics at Vir­ginia Tech. His research focus­es on the polit­i­cal econ­o­my of agri­cul­tur­al sup­port poli­cies, domes­tic sup­port issues at the WTO and tech­ni­cal bar­ri­ers to agri­cul­tur­al trade. He held a joint appoint­ment at the Inter­na­tion­al Food Pol­i­cy Research Insti­tute dur­ing 2003 – 16.

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

Service Professor, University of Chicago

Este­ban Rossi-Hans­berg is the Glen A. Lloyd Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Pro­fes­sor in the Ken­neth C. Grif­fin Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go (since 2021). Pre­vi­ous­ly, he was the Theodore A. Wells 29 Pro­fes­sor of Eco­nom­ics at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty. Pri­or to Prince­ton, he was an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. He earned a Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go in 2002.

His research spe­cial­izes in inter­na­tion­al trade, region­al and urban eco­nom­ics, as well as growth and orga­ni­za­tion­al eco­nom­ics. He has pub­lished exten­sive­ly in all the major jour­nals in eco­nom­ics. In 2007, he received the pres­ti­gious Alfred Sloan Research Fel­low­ship and in 2010, he received the August Lösch Prize and the Geof­frey Hew­ings Award. He is an elect­ed fel­low of the Econo­met­ric Soci­ety since 2017 and won the Robert E. Lucas Jr. Prize in 2019.

Fabio Santeramo

Associate Professor, University of Foggia

Fabio San­ter­amo is Pro­fes­sor in Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Fog­gia and Research Fel­low at the Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty Insti­tute. He is PI of two major projects on the links between the Agri-food Sec­tor, Trade and Envi­ron­men­tal Poli­cies, and on the effects of Cli­mate Change, Trade and Eco­nom­ic Inequal­i­ties. Cur­rent­ly serv­ing as a mem­ber of the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the IATRC, his works focus on agri­cul­tur­al mar­kets, trade and poli­cies, and have been pub­lished on top-field Journals.

Rakhal Sarker

Professor, University of Guelph

Born and raised in Bangladesh , Rakhal com­plet­ed his B.Sc. Agr. Econ. and M. Sc. at the Bangladesh Agri­cul­tur­al Uni­ver­si­ty then came to Cana­da for high­er stud­ies lead­ing to a Ph. D. Besides aca­d­e­mics, he enjoys music, sports and the splen­did Cana­di­an outdoors.

Andrew Schmitz

Professor Emeritus, University of Florida

Pro­fes­sor Andrew Schmitz is the Ben Hill Grif­fin, Jr., Emi­nent Schol­ar and Pro­fes­sor of Food and Resource Eco­nom­ics, Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da; Research Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley; and Adjunct Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan.

Joseph S. Shapiro

Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Joseph S. Shapiro is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, in Agri­cul­tur­al & Resource Eco­nom­ics and the Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ics. He also serves as Asso­ciate Edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Polit­i­cal Econ­o­my, Co-Edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Pub­lic Eco­nom­ics, Research Asso­ciate at the Nation­al Bureau of Eco­nom­ic Research, and Research Asso­ciate at the Ener­gy Insti­tute at Haas. His research agen­da focus­es on three gen­er­al ques­tions: (1) How do inter­na­tion­al trade pol­i­cy and envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy inter­act? (2) What are the costs, ben­e­fits, and inci­dence of water pol­lu­tion and oth­er envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy? (3) How impor­tant are the invest­ments that peo­ple make to pro­tect them­selves against air pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change? Shapiro has received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fel­low­ship and Mar­shall Schol­ar­ship, and fund­ing from the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion and the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency. He was pre­vi­ous­ly Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ics at Yale. Shapiro holds a Ph.D. in eco­nom­ics from MIT, Mas­ters degrees from Oxford and LSE, and a BA from Stanford. 

Dr. Ian Sheldon

Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy, Ohio State University

Dr. Shel­don’s pri­ma­ry research inter­ests are in ana­lyz­ing inter­na­tion­al trade and pol­i­cy. Recent projects include exam­i­na­tion of the inter­ac­tion between trade and envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies; analy­sis of the effects of exchange rate volatil­i­ty on inter­na­tion­al trade flows; exam­i­na­tion of the effects of pol­i­cy on trade in ethanol; and analy­sis of China’s exchange rate poli­cies. He is cur­rent­ly work­ing on issues relat­ed to car­bon tar­iffs, and also the impact of intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty rights on US seed exports. Dr. Shel­don has recent­ly com­plet­ed a term as Chair of the Inter­na­tion­al Agri­cul­tur­al Trade Research Con­sor­tium, and also served as Fea­tured Arti­cles Edi­tor of Applied Eco­nom­ic Per­spec­tives and Pol­i­cy from 2010 to 2013, and he was elect­ed as a Fel­low of the Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ics Asso­ci­a­tion (AAEA) in 2019

Dr. Shel­don serves as Ohio State’s Ander­sons Chair of Agri­cul­tur­al Mar­ket­ing, Trade and Pol­i­cy. In this role, he over­sees the Ander­sons pro­gram, which focus­es on research and out­reach in the area of inter­na­tion­al trade and pub­lic policy. 

Sharon Sydow

Senior Economist in Office of the Chief Economist (OCE)

Sharon Sydow is a Senior Econ­o­mist in the Office of the Chief Econ­o­mist (OCE). In OCE, her focus is on pro­vid­ing eco­nom­ic analy­sis of agri­cul­tur­al trade poli­cies and mar­ket devel­op­ments. She began her career with the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (USDA) in 1991 at the Eco­nom­ic Research Ser­vice (ERS), where she was hired as the grains and oilseeds ana­lyst for the Sovi­et Union. After the breakup of the Sovi­et Union, her research focused on agri­cul­tur­al trade and pol­i­cy reform in Rus­sia and oth­er for­mer Sovi­et coun­tries. In 1998, she moved to USDA’s For­eign Agri­cul­tur­al Ser­vice (FAS) to work on mul­ti­lat­er­al trade nego­ti­a­tions at the World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion (WTO). In 2001, she was named Direc­tor for Agri­cul­tur­al Trade Pol­i­cy in the Office of the U.S. Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (USTR), where she worked on a num­ber of bilat­er­al and mul­ti­lat­er­al agri­cul­tur­al trade issues. After sev­er­al years of pri­vate sec­tor work on agri­cul­tur­al trade issues, she returned to USDA in 2015 to work in OCE. She received her B.A. from Mia­mi Uni­ver­si­ty (Ohio) and a Mas­ters in Inter­na­tion­al Affairs from Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, where she also attend­ed the W. Averell Har­ri­man Insti­tute for the Advanced Study of the Sovi­et Union.

Konstantinos Syrengelas

Virginia Tech

Kon­stan­ti­nos G. Syren­ge­las is a Ph.D. Can­di­date in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ics of Vir­ginia Tech. He earned his BSc from the Agri­cul­tur­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Athens (Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics and Rur­al Devel­op­ment) and his MSc from the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee-Knoxville. His research inter­ests con­cern the impact of ani­mal dis­eases and adverse weath­er on agri­cul­tur­al and food trade, the eval­u­a­tion of eco­nom­ic inte­gra­tion agree­ments and their func­tion­ing as trade volatil­i­ty absorbers or atten­u­a­tors, and the con­sumer pref­er­ences and will­ing­ness-to-pay for char­ac­ter­is­tics of agri­cul­tur­al and food prod­ucts. He has pub­lished two jour­nal articles.

Stefan Tangermann

Professor Emeritus, University of Göttingen

Ste­fan Tanger­mann was until end-2008 Direc­tor for Trade and Agri­cul­ture at the Organ­i­sa­tion for Eco­nom­ic Co-oper­a­tion and Devel­op­ment (OECD), Paris. He is now pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics and Rur­al Devel­op­ment, 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 is a Mem­ber of the Göt­tin­gen Acad­e­my of Sci­ences and Human­i­ties and was Pres­i­dent of the Acad­e­my from 2012 to 2016. For a long time he was a mem­ber of the Sci­en­tif­ic Advi­so­ry Coun­cil of the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion, Food and Agri­cul­ture in Ger­many and also a mem­ber of the Sci­ence Coun­cil of Ger­many. He was award­ed the Order of Mer­it, First Class, by the Pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­al Repub­lic of Ger­many. Mr Tanger­mann is a Fel­low of the Euro­pean Asso­ci­a­tion of Agri­cul­tur­al Econ­o­mists and of the Ger­man Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics Asso­ci­a­tion. He has advised sev­er­al gov­ern­ments and inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tions and con­tin­ues to do so.

Mr Tanger­mann is a Ger­man nation­al. He is mar­ried and has four children.

Jingyang Yang

Virginia Tech

Jinyang is a fifth-year Ph.D can­di­date in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Applied Eco­nom­ics at Vir­ginia Tech. He is also pur­su­ing a simul­ta­ne­ous Mas­ter’s degree in Data Analy­sis and Applied Sta­tis­tics in the Depart­ment of Sta­tis­tics. He is an applied econo­me­tri­cian, with a focus on inter­na­tion­al trade and food and health eco­nom­ics. His research projects in trade includes eval­u­at­ing the effects of tar­iff and non-tar­iff mea­sures on agri­cul­tur­al trade.

Xiting Zhuang

University of Connecticut

Xit­ing is a doc­tor­al stu­dent in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut. His research inter­ests lie at the inter­sec­tion of inter­na­tion­al trade, envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy, and eco­nom­ics of social prob­lems. He is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in eval­u­at­ing the envi­ron­men­tal impacts of trade poli­cies, with a spe­cif­ic focus on Chi­nese envi­ron­men­tal trade poli­cies. Xiting’s cur­rent work also assess­es the trade impact of the glob­al mar­itime trade con­cern­ing var­i­ous glob­al sup­ply chain, envi­ron­men­tal, and polit­i­cal issues.