Co-chairs

Stéphane Le Foll, France

Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood, and Forestry

Stéphane Le Foll is a Professor of Economics and was appointed Minister for Agriculture, the Food Processing Industry and Forestry in May 2012. In 2014, he was also appointed spokesperson for the government. Mr Le Foll began his political career in France as city counsellor of Longnes (France) from 1983 to 1995, before becoming adviser to Louis Le Pensec, Minister for Agriculture, in 1997. In that same year, he became chief of staff for François Hollande who was, at the time, the leader of the Socialist Party. He was elected to the European Parliament in June 2004, and remained a member until his election to the French Parliament in 2012. Following the election of François Hollande as President of the French Republic in 2012, he was appointed Minister for Agriculture, the Food Processing Industry and Forestry.

 

Tom Vilsack, United States of America

United States Secretary of Agriculture

As leader of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Mr Vilsack is working hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. In more than six years at the Department, Mr Vilsack has worked to implement President Obama's agenda to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last. USDA has supported America's farmers, ranchers and growers who are driving the rural economy forward, provided food assistance to millions of Americans, carried out record conservation efforts, made record investments in rural communities and helped provide a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for the American people. Prior to his appointment, Mr Vilsack served two terms as Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate, and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

 

Heads of Delegations

Ricardo Buryaile, Argentina

Minister of Agro-industry

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Mr Buryaile was appointed Minister of Agro-industry in December 2015. In 2009 and 2013 he was elected to Argentina’s Congress as a Representative for the Province of Formosa under the Unión Cívica Radical party. In Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, Legislative Secretary of the Group of Unión Cívica Radical party Representatives, and as General Secretary of this Group in 2015. He was also the Secretary of the Joint Committee for the Promotion and Monitoring of Audiovisual Communication and a member of the Committees on Budget and Finance and Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, he played a leading role in agricultural trade associations. Mr Buryaile graduated in Public Accounting from Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA).

Paul Morris, Australia

Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Mr Morris has been a professional public servant in the agricultural, fisheries, forestry and resources areas for more than 30 years. During this time he has served in research, policy and senior management positions across a number of policy areas within the Australian Government agriculture portfolio. Mr Morris is a former Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences and has held positions on the secretariats of a number of Commissions, and as Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture and Resources) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Mr Morris recently led the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper initiative which established the Australian Government’s current policy direction for enhancing the profitability of the sector, and boosting agriculture’s contribution to economic growth, trade, innovation, productivity and regional communities.

Marlies Stubits-Weidinger, Austria

Ambassador to the OECD

Ms Stubits-Weidinger took up her duties as Ambassador to the OECD in 2013. From October 2011 until her nomination as Ambassador to the OECD, Ms Stubits-Weidinger was Deputy Head of the Cabinet of the Federal Chancellor, and Head of the Office of the Secretary of State. Previous posts included Expert for EU and international financial institutions in the Department for European Intregration and International Financial Institutions in Vienna in 2003; and from 2004 to 2011, she was Chief Representative of the OeNB at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels, alongside being appointed, from 2010 to 2011, Senior Advisor to the Vice-Governor of the Austrian Central Bank in Vienna. Ms Stubits-Weidenger holds a Master in Law from the University of Vienna (1995), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Leadership and Social Management (2010), and a Master of Science (MSc) in Coaching and Organisational Development from the ARGE Bildungsmanagement/Sigmund Freud University (SFU) in Vienna.

Willy Borsus, Belgium

Federal Minister of Small Business Owners, the Self-employed, SMEs, Agriculture and Social Integration

Mr Borsus has been Federal Minister of Small Business Owners, the Self-employed, SMEs, Agriculture and Social Integration since October 2014. He is also responsible for food safety (including animal and plant health). Before entering the Federal Government, Mr Borsus was mayor of Somme-Leuze between 1995 and 2014, and member of the Walloon Parliament between 2004 and 2014.

Lawrence MacAulay, Canada

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay was first elected to the House of Commons in November 1988, to represent Cardigan, and won his ninth consecutive election in October 2015. Mr MacAulay’s Cabinet appointments have included Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of Labour, Secretary of State (Veterans), and Secretary of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). He has also served as Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and Seniors, as well as Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. He was previously a farmer and a businessman.

Carlos Furche, Chile

Minister of Agriculture

Between 1994 and 2004, Minister Furche served as National Director of the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies in the Ministry of Agriculture, a period during which several support instruments were launched and the international insertion of Chilean agriculture strengthened. As General Director of the International Economic Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2004 to 2010, Minister Furche concluded several Free Trade Agreements, including with China, Japan, Colombia, and Turkey. In recent years, he worked with FAO, ECLAC, IBRD and OXFAM America as a consultant. Minister Furche holds an Agronomist MSc in Sociology, he has developed his career in the fields of trade and agricultural policy.

Juan Pablo Pineda, Colombia

Deputy Minister of Agricultural Affairs

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Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini, Costa Rica

Minister of Agriculture and Livestock

Mr Arauz has been Minister since 2014. Previously, he held the positions of Professor, Researcher and Director of the School of Agronomy, the Institute of Agricultural Research, and Dean of the Agro Sciences Faculty at the University of Costa Rica; he was also Associate Professor at North Carolina State University. Mr Arauz was a member of the Director’s Board of the Costa Rican Agricultural Engineers Association and the Institute for Innovation and Transfer of Agricultural Technology. He is an agricultural engineer and biologist with a PhD in Phytopathology obtained from North Carolina State University, with a specialty in integrated pest management.

Jiri Sir, Czech Republic

Deputy Minister, Agricultural Commodities, Research and Consultancy Section

Mr Sir has been Deputy Minister since February 2016. Prior to that, he served as diplomat and joint spokesperson for the EU Council Special Committee on Agriculture and was Head of Unit for Agriculture and the Environment. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Adviser to the Deputy Minister for the EU Common Agricultural Policy and Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture. From 2003 to 2009 he was posted to the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union.

 

Klavs Arnoldi Holm, Denmark

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ambassador of Denmark to the OECD

Mr Holm has been Ambassador to the OECD since 2013. Previous postings include Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris in 2012, Director and Ambassador to the Artic from 2007 to 2011, and Ambassador to Singapore from 2005 to 2007 (Australia, New Zealand and Brunei are also accredited to this embassy). Mr Holm has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

Urmas Kruuse, Estonia

Minister of Rural Affairs

Mr Kruuse has been Minister of Rural Affairs since April 2015. In 2014-2015, he served as Minister of Health and Labour. He was also elected as mayor of Tartu from 2007-2014, of Elva from 2002-2007. Prior to becoming an elected official, Mr Kruuse worked in the private sector. Mr Kruuse obtained the speciality of Business Management at International University Audentes.

Phil Hogan, European Union

Commissioner

Mr Hogan has been EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since November 2014. From 1989 to 2014, he represented the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency in Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament, where he served in the Fine Gael Party shadow cabinet and as spokesman on Europe, the food industry, consumer affairs and regional policy. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Minister for the Environment and Local Government. During this time, he successfully implemented a broad-ranging agenda, including the biggest reform of local government since the foundation of the Irish State. Mr Hogan has also occupied various senior posts at local, national and European levels. Prior to his entry to politics, he established and subsequently directed an insurance and real estate business. He is a graduate of University College Cork, with a BA in Economics and Geography (1981).

Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finland

Minister of Agriculture and the Environment

Mr Tiilikainen has been Minister of Agriculture and the Environment of Finland since May 2015. He has been a member of Parliament since 2003 and held the post of Minister of the Environment from 2007 to 2008. Mr Tiilikainen obtained a Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry in 1991 from the University of Joensuu.

Peter Bleser, Germany

Deputy-Minister of Food and Agriculture

Parliamentary State Secretary Peter Bleser has been a member of the German Parliament since 1990 representing the Christian Democratic Union. In various functions, Parliamentary State Secretary Bleser has dealt with the topics of nutrition, consumer protection, agriculture, animal welfare and EU policies. Since 2011, he has served as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Minister of Food and Agriculture; in this office, he campaigns to make agriculture more sustainable at the national, European and international levels. Since December 2013, he has been Chair of the Bundestag group of CDU/CSU parliamentarians from Rhineland-Palatinate.

George E. Krimpas, Greece

Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of Greece to the OECD

Mr Krimpas was nominated to his present position in 2001. After studies abroad, Mr. Krimpas returned to Greece in 1977 to take up the position of Professor of Political Economy at the University of Athens. In 1982 he was made Chairman of its Department of Economics. In 1985, he was appointed Vice‑Rector and in 1988 Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Politics. In parallel to these responsibilities, Mr. Krimpas served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Senate. He was Director of the University's Political Economy Section from 2000 until his appointment as Permanent Representative of Greece to the OECD in 2001. Mr Krimpas obtained a PhD in Economics from Brunel University in 1974.

István Nagy, Hungary

Deputy Minister of Agriculture

Dr Nagy has been Deputy Minister of Agriculture since June 2014. He has been a member of several committees, including the Committee on Agricultural of the Hungarian Parliament (2013), of the ad hoc Committee on Innovation and Development (2011), and the Committee on Auditing and Budget (2010). In 2008, he was named Honorary Associate Professor at the University of West Hungary (UWH) and in 2000, also at UWH, he was lecturer on apiculture, rabbit and furred animal husbandry in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Institute of Animal Sciences. From 1995 to 2000, he was Assistant Professor at Pannon University of Agricultural Sciences. Dr Nagy obtained a PhD from the University of West Hungary (UWH), Doctoral School of Animal Sciences in 2007.

Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, Iceland

Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of Iceland to OECD

Ms Ásgeirsdóttir is currently Ambassador to France, Italy, Spain, Andorra, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, Djibouti and Monaco and Permanent representative to the Council of Europe, OECD and UNESCO. She has more then 35 years experience in the civil service in Iceland and international organisations including: Deputy Secretary General to the OECD, responsible for social environmental health and sustainable development; Secretary General for housing municipal affairs, social questions, social security and health, Ministry of Welfare; Director for Economic and European Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Secretary General of the Nordic Council, Copenhagen; and Counselor, Embassy of Iceland in Bonn and Stockholm and Deputy permanent representative to the Council of Europe. Ms Ásgeirsdóttir obtained an MA in International Relations from Boston University in 1985.

Tahlim Sudaryanto, Indonesia

Senior Agricultural Economist at the Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socio Economic and Policy Studies (ICASEPS), Ministry of Agriculture

Mr Sudaryanto also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines. He holds a PhD in economics from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to his current position, he held the following positions in the Ministry: Assistant Minister for International Cooperation, Director, Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socio Economic and Policy Studies; Director, Bureau of Planning and Finance; Executive Secretary, Directorate General of Food Crop Production and; Executive Secretary, Agency for Agricultural Research and Development.

Aidan O’Driscoll, Ireland

Secretary General of the Irish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Mr O’Driscoll has been a public servant for most of his career in Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. He was appointed as Secretary General of the Department in 2015. He previously served as Assistant Secretary for EU Affairs, Economics and Climate Change, and as Chief Economist. He played a lead role in the latest CAP reform negotiations during Ireland’s EU presidency in 2013, and chaired the FAO Committee on World Food Security (2001-2002). He has also previously served as the Agriculture Attaché to Italy and FAO; Chief Technical Adviser to the FAO in Tanzania, and Adviser to the Irish Aid Programme, Ministry of Agriculture, Zimbabwe. Mr O’Driscoll has graduate and post-graduate degrees in economics, statistics and strategic management.

Itzhak Ben-David, Israel

Deputy Director-General, Foreign Trade, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr Ben-David joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 1978 as a Senior Economist at the Planning Authority. From 1989 to 1995 he served as Economic Advisor to the Director General of the Ministry, and from 1995 to 2000 he was Agricultural Counsellor at the Israeli Delegation to the European Union in Brussels. Mr Ben-David obtained an M.A. in agro-economy from Hebrew University in Rehovot.

Andrea Olivero, Italy

Deputy Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies

Mr Olivero was appointed Deputy Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies in February 2014, with a mandate that covered the following: the Department of the Central Inspectorate for Fraud Repression and Quality Safeguarding of agrifood products, the tobacco sector at the national and EU levels, activities relating to the rural network, organic farming, social agriculture and biodiversity, beekeeping, relations with universities and schools on issues relating to training in agriculture, and mafia involvement in the agricultural sector. Mr Olivero has also been President of the Christian Associations of Italian Workers (ACLI); Spokesperson for the Third System Forum; President of the International Federation of the Christian Associations of Italian Workers (FAI); Board Member of the Foundation with the South; Board Member of the National Observatory on Associations; and Member of the Committee for the Cultural Project of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI). He holds a degree in Classics.

Hidemichi Sato, Japan

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Mr Sato was appointed as Vice-Minister in September 2014. He was first elected to the House of Representatives (HR) in December 2012 and has since held a number of positions within the HR. Prior to his current appointment, he was Director for the Special Committees on Okinawa and Northern Problems. He has also served as a member of the Committee on the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the Committee on Financial Affairs. Mr Sato obtained an MA in Economics from Soka University in1986.

Kyung-Tae Oh, Korea

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Mr Oh joined the Korean Ministry of Agriculture in 1984, working in the areas of grain policies, international affairs, and rural development. He was a Counsellor at the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea from 1997-2003. In 2011, Mr Oh was appointed Director General of the National Agricultural Products Quality Management Service, and from 2012 to 2013, he served as Secretary to the President for Agriculture in the Presidential Office. Mr Oh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Economics.

Ringolds Arnitis, Latvia

Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture

Mr Arnitis was appointed Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture in March 2016, with the task of ensuring cooperation between the Ministry and the Parliament, as well as to represent the Minister of Agriculture in the European Union and in international organisations. He began his career in the State Plant Protection Service in 1993 and was its Director from 2000 to 2010. Between 2011 and 2013 he was Director-General of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) based in Paris. From 2014 to 2016, Mr Arnitis was Head of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Gintas Saulius Cironka, Lithuania

Vice-Minister of Agriculture

Mr Cironka has been with the Ministry of Agriculture since 2014. He is responsible for rural development, agricultural production and the agro-food sector, plant protection, phytosanitary and agrochemical industry. Mr Cironka held various positions (including Director) with the Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service, he has chaired the Council of the Lithuanian Farmers’ Union, and has worked with other similar agricultural organisations. He has a University degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lithuanian Academy of Agriculture and Master’s degree in psychology from Vilnius University.

Fernand Etgen, Luxembourg

Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection and Minister for Relations with Parliament

Mr Etgen has held the position of Minister since December 2013. He has also served as mayor of his hometown Feulen since 1994 and from 2009 to 2013 he was Vice Chairman of the Committee for Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development. Before embarking on his national political career, Fernand Etgen worked as a civil servant at the Administration de l’Enregistrement et des Domaines.

Raul Urteaga, Mexico

General Coordinator of International Affairs

Martijn van Dam, Netherlands

Minister for Agriculture

Mr van Dam was appointed Minister for Agriculture in November 2015. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2003 and has been a member of the House for the Labour Party (PvdA) up to 3 November 2015. The issues he covered included economic affairs, integration, media and foreign policy. Since November 2012, he has also been Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. Mr van Dam holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Nathan Guy, New Zealand

Minister for Primary Industries

Mr Guy is the MP for Otaki and the Minister for Primary Industries and Racing. He entered Parliament as a list MP in 2005 and has been Junior and Senior Whip prior to becoming a Minister in 2009. Since 2009 he has been the Minister of Internal Affairs, Immigration and Veteran Affairs, as well as the Associate Minister of Justice and Transport. He has now been Minister for Primary Industries and Racing for over three years. Nathan Guy had an extensive political career before entering Parliament, previously serving eight years on the Horowhenua District Council. He also has a background in agriculture, having managed the family dairy and beef farm and receiving a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study beef exports to the United States.

Jon Georg Dale, Norway

Minister of Agriculture

Mr Dale was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Food in December 2015. From 2014 to 2015 he was State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. Between 2013 and 2014, he was State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications. From 2009 to 2013 he was First Deputy Member of Parliament from Møre and Romsdal County. He represents the Progress Party and holds various public office positions at the local, regional and national levels.

César Sotomayor Calderón, Peru

Vice Minister of Agricultural Policy

Mr. César Sotomayor Calderón is Vice Minister of Agricultural Policy since 2014. He has over 25 years of experience in rural development and leading agricultural projects in different Peruvian regions. Before becoming Vice Minister, he was founder and Executive Director for the Water Management and Environment Institute (Peru– Netherlands Convention); Deputy Director for the Rural Development Project in Small Peruvian Regions; and Executive Director for the Project “Management of Natural Resources in the South Sierra”, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He has also been the Executive Director for the Cooperation Fund for Social Development (FONCODES) and Official of Peru for the International Operations in the IFAD.

Krzysztof Jurgiel, Poland

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr Jurgiel has been Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development since November 2015, after having occupied this position from November 2005 to May 2006. He was first elected to Parliament in 1997 and, in addition to his role as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, he served as Chairman of the Podlaskie Regional Assembly, was elected Senator for the period 2003-2005, and was Chairman of the Sejm Committee of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011-2015. Mr Jurgiel obtained a Master’s degree at the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography of the Warsaw University of Technology.

Luís Medeiros Vieira, Portugal

Secretary of State of Agriculture and Food

Achim Irimescu, Romania

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Mr Irimescu was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in November 2015. Between February 2014 and November 2015, he was Plenipotentiary Minister, Head of the Agriculture Section, at the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union as well as Representative of Romania to the Special Committee for Agriculture. Mr Irimescu has held a variety of other high level positions that deal with the agricultural sector within the government, including Secretary of State within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development from May 2012 to February 2014. Mr Irimescu obtained a a PhD in agriculture economics from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

Hamad A. Albatshan, Saudi Arabia

Deputy Minister for Animal Resources

 

Gabriela Matečná, Slovak Republic

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Ms Matečná was appointed Minister in March 2016. From April 2012 to March 2016, she was Director General of the Slovak Land Fund (a non-profit organisation established by the Act of the Slovak National Council on land consolidation) after having occupied different medium-level management positions between 2008 and 2012. From 2004 to 2007, she worked at the Slovak Agricultural Paying Agency. She previously worked at the Agroecology Research Institute, as well as in the private sector as an independent consultant. Ms Matečná finished her university studies at the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra in the field of crop production. Her post-gradual study focused on the topic of consultancy services to support the development of primary agricultural production.

 

Bheki Cele, South Africa

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

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General Bheki Cele has been Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries since May 2014. From 2009 to 2011, he was the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service. From 2004 to 2009, he was a member of the Executive Committee for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal. He also was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. He is a founding member of the National Education Union of South Africa. General Bheki Cele holds a Teacher’s Diploma.

Dejan Židan, Slovenia

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

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Mr Židan, was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture in May 2010. In March 2013 he was reappointed as Minister of Agriculture and the Environment and, since September 2014, he has been Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovenian Government and the Minister of Agriculture. In 2011, he was elected as a member of the National Assembly and chaired the Committee for Agriculture. He graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana in 1992 and obtained a Master's degree in 1999.

Carlos Cabanas Godino, Spain

Secretary General of Agriculture and Food

Mr Godino has been General Secretary for Agriculture and Food since May 2014. He has held numerous positions in the Spanish Department for Agriculture and Fisheries since 1990, including Director General for Production and Agricultural Markets, Deputy Director General for Regional Fisheries Organisations and Agreements, and member and Advisor in the Technical Cabinet of the Under Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Mr Godino is a veterinarian.

Sven-Erik Bucht, Sweden

Minister for Rural Affairs

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Mr Bucht was appointed Minister for Rural Affairs in September 2014. He became well-known throughout the country when, as the Social Democratic municipal chair of Haparanda, which is located just south of the Arctic Circle, succeeded in making Haparanda one of Sweden’s leading high-growth municipalities. He was named Swede of the Year in 2007 for this work. Mr Bucht’s commitment to rural affairs and regional growth has continued on a national level. In 2010, he was elected to represent Norrbotten County in the Swedish Parliament.

Bernard Lehmann, Switzerland

Secretary of State

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Bernard Lehmann was appointed Director General of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) on 1 July 2011. Before taking up this post, he was Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). He was Director of the Institute for Agricultural Sciences, and subsequently Head of Department for Agricultural and Food Sciences. After working at the Swiss Farmers' Union Secretariat, he obtained a doctorate from the Institute of Agricultural Economics of the ETH. He returned to the Swiss Farmers' Union. From 1987 to 1991 he was Deputy Director of the Swiss Farmers' Union. Mr Lehman holds a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Engineering.

Nusret Yazici, Turkey

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock

Mr Yazici was appointed Undersecretary of the Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock in January 2016. He began his civil service at the Ministry of Finance in 1998, and was Director General of the Turkish Labour Agency from April 2012 to January 2016. Mr Yazici obtained his PhD in 2007 in financial accounting from Atatürk University. He has published several academic articles and has undertaken academic research in several universities.

Oleksii Pavlenko, Ukraine

Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Mr Pavlenko has been Minister since December 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of European Milk Technologies, and a consultant with Agroprogress Holding Ltd. and Forum Capital on investments in the agricultural sector. He began his career with KPMG Ukraine in 1997, and in 2004-2006 became CEO of the Rise Group (Ukraine), responsible for the general, strategic and investment management in the Ukraine, the Russian Federation and Moldova. From 2007-2009, he was CEO of Foxtrot, responsible for general and investment management in the Ukraine and Moldova. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy since 2009. Mr Pavlenko obtained an MBA from Nyenrode Business School, Netherlands (MBA).

George Eustice, United Kingdom

Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment

Mr Eustice was appointed Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in May 2015. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth in 2010. Coming from a farming background, his family still run a fruit farm, restaurant and farm shop in Cornwall where they also have a herd of South Devon cattle and the country’s oldest herd of the rare breed of pig, the British Lop. The family have shown a keen interest in educating children about farming and have opened their farm to 3000 schoolchildren a year. Mr Eustice has served on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee of the UK Parliament from 2010.

Tran Kim Long, Viet Nam

Director General of the International Cooperation Department (ICD), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr Long has worked for the ICD of MARD since 2000 and was appointed Deputy Director General in 2003. Mr. Long was appointed as Director General in 2013, responsible for the overall management of ICD, the advisory and management unit to the MARD Minister in matters of international cooperation and international economic integration in the agriculture and rural development. Under his management, ICD has taken the leading role in coordinating with donors, other relevant agencies, and NGOs the preparation, appraisals and negotiations of ODAs and FDI in Viet Nam’s ARD Sector. Mr Long holds a Master of Science degree in Tropical Forest Management.

Social partners

Metin Akman, BIAC

Chair, Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) Food and Agriculture and General Manager, Trouw Nutrition TR, Nutreco

Mr Akman serves BIAC as Chair of the Food and Agriculture Committee and TUSIAD as Member of the Board. He is also a member of IEC and the Turkish Egg Producers Association. He began his career at Unilever. As an entrepreneur, he implemented successful investments since 1994 in the areas of chemistry, agriculture, food, stockbreeding and renewable energy. He contributes to Agriculture and Food, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Development Working Groups, with a focus on next-generation solutions. As the creator and coordinator of “Youth Project”, he worked with undergraduates to seek solutions for youth unemployment from an entrepreneurial perspective. This project was awarded Best Practices in ProYouth Project by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity. Mr Akman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from METU and an LL.M degree in Law and Economics from Bilkent University.

Barbara Bindner, TUAC

Federal Secretary

Ms Bindner is with the Fédération agroalimentaire CFDT (Agro-Food Federation of the CFDT). She is responsible for the coordination of employment, training, health and security issues in the agriculture and forestry sectors. As a member of EFFAT’s Agriculture Bureau (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions), she is responsible for the coordination of activities for the Benelux-France region, and participates actively in agriculture issues at the European level. Ms Bindner is also representative of the sector in EFFAT’s Women’s Committee as well as a Board Member of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF). Ms Bindner obtained a Master’s in Geography in 2003.

International Organisations

Kostas G. Stamoulis, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

Assistant Director-General ad interim

Mr Stamoulis has served as Director and Strategic Programme Leader at the FAO. In this capacity, in 2015 he was project leader in the design and guidance of FAO’s Strategic Programme on Food Security and Nutrition, which cuts across several disciplines and geographical regions. Between 2008 and 2015, he was Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division, which undertook the majority of the analytical and evidence-based policy work of the FAO. Prior to that, he was Secretary of the Committee on World Food Security. Mr Stamoulis holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics fro the University of California at Berkeley.

Kanayo F. Nwanze, IFAD

President, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Mr Nwanze has been a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010. He was previously Director-General of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Africa Rice Center for a decade, where he was instrumental in introducing and promoting New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, a high-yield, drought- and pest-resistant variety developed specifically for the African landscape.

Shenggen Fan, IFPRI

Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009. Dr Fan joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI’s program on public investment before becoming the director of the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005. He now serves as the Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security, after serving as Chair of the Council from 2012 to 2014. In 2014, Dr. Fan received the Hunger Hero Award from the World Food Programme in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting hunger worldwide. Dr Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

Gabriel Ferrero, Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition

Senior Policy Adviser and Team Leader

Mr. Ferrero de Loma-Osorio is currently serving in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary General, as Team Leader and Senior Policy Adviser in the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. Until December 2015, he was policy advisor in the Post-2015 Development Planning Team of the Executive Office of the Secretary General. In March 2011 he joined the United Nations High Level Task Force for the Global Food Security’s Coordination Team as Senior Policy Advisor, based in New York. Before joining the United Nations, he served as Deputy Director General of Development Policies, Planning and Aid Effectiveness on the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation from 2006 to 2011. In this position, he chaired the design and the participatory process conducting to the approval of the 2009 2012 Spanish Development Cooperation Master Plan – of which he was lead author. He has represented Spain in the OECD-DAC Senior and High Level meetings, the Committee on World Food Security and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. He holds a PhD on Development Planning and Management by the Technological University of Valencia, Spain.

Cédric Pène, World Trade Organisation

Counsellor

Diplômé de l'École Centrale de Paris et de l'École nationale du génie rural des eaux et des forêts ainsi que d'un Diplôme d'études approfondies en microéconomie et sciences de la décision, Cédric Pène est Conseiller au sein de la Division de l'agriculture et des produits de base de l'OMC depuis août 2010 où il assure le lien avec l'OCDE. Plus particulièrement en charge du domaine de la concurrence à l'exportation, il a été impliqué dans la préparation de la décision ministérielle de Nairobi de décembre 2015 sur ce sujet. Il a également participé en 2011 aux travaux du G-20 sur la volatilité des prix des matières premières agricoles et à la mise en place du système d'information sur les marchés agricoles AMIS sous l'égide de la FAO et de l'OCDE.

OECD Secretariat

Angel Gurría, OECD

Secretary General

Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes. As OECD Secretary-General, since June 2006, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a “hub” for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernisation and reform. Mr Gurría holds a B.A. degree in Economics from UNAM (Mexico), and a M.A. degree in Economics from Leeds University (United Kingdom).

Mari Kiviniemi, OECD

Deputy Secretary-General

Mari Kiviniemi took up her duties as OECD Deputy Secretary-General on 25 August 2014. She is responsible for the strategic oversight of the OECD’s work on Efficient and Effective Governance; Territorial Development; Trade and Agriculture, as well as Statistics. She is also responsible for advancing the Better Life Initiative. Ms Kiviniemi was Finland’s Prime Minister from 2010 to 2011. Previously, she was Special Advisor on Economic Policy to the Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Minister for European Affairs and Minister of Public Administration and Local Government. Elected for the first time at the age of 26, she was a Member of Parliament from 1995 to 2014, chairing and participating in a vast number of committees. She also held a variety of leadership positions in her political party, the Finnish Center Party. An economist by training, she studied political science at the University of Helsinki and holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences.

Ken Ash, OECD

Director of Trade and Agriculture

Prior to becoming OECD Director of Trade and Agriculture in 2008, Ken Ash had served as Deputy Director since 1999. Mr Ash leads OECD efforts to develop and communicate evidence-based advice to governments, with the aim at helping them improve the domestic and international performance of their policies in the areas of trade, food, agriculture and fisheries. Upon joining the OECD Mr Ash brought with him 20 years of extensive experience from the Government of Canada where he held several senior positions in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As Director General, Economic and Policy Analysis, from 1995-1999, he provided strategic policy guidance on key agriculture and trade policy issues and on government-wide policy and institutional reforms. Mr Ash, a Canadian national, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA in International Business and Resource Management.

Carmel Cahill, OECD

Deputy Director of Trade and Agriculture

Carmel Cahill is Deputy Director in OECD’s Directorate for Trade and Agriculture where she is responsible for a wide range of strategic planning, coordination and communication activities covering food, agriculture and international trade issues. During her career at OECD she has led an international team of economists and policy analysts on a broad range of domestic and international policy issues relating to food and agriculture; food security and price volatility; measurement and evaluation of support and protection levels; impacts of domestic and trade policy reform; decoupling; multifunctionality; and structural adjustment issues. She holds B. A. and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from University College, Cork and a Master of Science degree in Statistics from Trinity College, Dublin.