Francois Bourguignon (Paris School of Economics & GDN Board)

Dr. François Bourguignon is the former Director of the Paris School of Economics (2007-2013). He is Professor of Economics at École des hautes études en sciences sociales. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank. He is a Statistician from École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration économique and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Bourguignon also has a DEA Mathématiques appliquées, Université de Paris and a Doctorat d'Etat en économie, Université d'Orléans. His fields of research include income distribution, inequality and poverty, redistribution, economic development. He has authored a number of books and articles published in international journals related to these issues. He has received several awards and merits for his works.

Joachim von Braun (Center for development research-Zentrum für Entwicklungforschung, ZEF)

Joachimvon Braun is Professor for Economic and Technological Change and Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn, Germany. . His research addresses international and development economics topics, including markets and trade, poverty, health and nutrition, agriculture, and science and technology. He is an economist, with a Doctoral degree in agricultural economics from University of Göttingen, Germany. Joachim von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. from 2002 to 2009Joachim von Braun was President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), he isAssociate Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, member of Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe” and Chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government. Among awards received by Joachim von Braun has 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. 

Paul Collier CBE (Oxford University & Blavatnik School of Government)

Professor Sir Paul Collier CBE is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government; a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College; and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford. He is also Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC), a research initiative hosted by LSE in partnership with the University of Oxford. From 1998–2003, he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po, and at Paris I. In 2008, Paul Collier was awarded a CBE ‘for services to scholarship and development’. Paul Collier is currently adviser to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund, adviser to the Africa Region of the World Bank, and adviser to DfID. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies.

Shantayanan Devarajan (The World Bank) 

Dr.Shantayanan Devarajan  is the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region.  Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, South Asia, and Africa Region. He was the director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Dr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla (International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI)

Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla joined IFPRI as a visiting Senior Research Fellow in 2012. He received a PhD. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. in Economics and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla has more than 30 years of professional experience working on development and poverty issues, including grass-roots work, academic activities, consulting work, and positions of institutional leadership in international organizations and governments. He has resided and worked for extended periods in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and has acted as consultant and staff member with several international organizations: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), and World Bank. He has extensive experience as advisor and consultant to governments in different developing countries on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation, and food security programs and extensive involvement in project preparation, financing, and implementation in developing countries, mainly on agricultural and rural development operations. He has led diplomatic and negotiating activities as a senior diplomat for Argentina, focusing on agricultural trade issues in bilateral, regional, and multilateral negotiations. Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla served as a member of the Board of Executive Directors of the IADB for almost nine years, as well as occupying leadership positions as Chairman and Vice Chairman of several Board Committees responsible for the governance of the Bank.

Rachid Doukkali (Institut agronomique et vétérinaire Hassan II)

Rachid Doukkali  is a professor of applied economics at the department of social sciences at the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Institute Hassan II (IAV – Hassan II) of Rabat, where he teaches production economics, mathematical programming, macro-economic, and sectoral policy modeling. , since 1981. He is the coordinator of the Economics and Social Sciences Doctorate (PhD) program and the coordinator of the Research Unit of Economics and Social Sciences Applied to Agriculture (UR-SESAA). He is the actual president of the Moroccan Association of Agricultural Economics (AMAEco) and Senior Fellow at OCP Policy Center.

Prof. Doukkali performed several consultancies with the Ministry of Agriculture of Morocco, and national and international organizations (World Bank, FAO, UNDP) in Morocco and several Mediterranean and African countries (Syria, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Burundi, etc.). He is coordinator or member of several national and international networks and teams related to agricultural policies, natural resources management, and rural development. Prof. Doukkali collaborates, in his fields of expertise, with several national research institutions, such as INRA-Morocco, and with foreign and international research institutions, such as CIHEAM , CIRAD, IFPRI and ICARDA. 

Karim El Aynaoui (OCP Policy Center)

Karim El Aynaoui is currently Managing Director of OCP Policy Center and advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP, a global leader in the phosphate sector. OCP Policy Center is an autonomous Moroccan think thank created by OCP Foundation to further objective policy debate and analysis of key social, economic, and geopolitical issues that affect the future of the private sector and the country. Previously, he was during five years the Director of Economics and International Relations at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco, where he provided strategic leadership in defining and supporting monetary policy analysis and strategy. He was also in charge of the Statistical and International Relations Divisions of the Central Bank. Earlier within this Institution, where he stayed from 2005 until 2012, he contributed to establish and led the Research division, and was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Before joining Bank Al-Maghrib, Karim El Aynaoui worked for eight years at the World Bank, both in its Middle Eastern and North Africa, and Africa regions as an economist. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux, where he taught for three years. He has published articles in scientific journals on macroeconomic issues in developing countries.

Shenggen Fan (International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI)

Dr.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-Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security, after serving as Chairman 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.

Ahmed Galal (Economic Research Forum, ERF)

Ahmed Galal is Managing Director of the Economic Research Forum and President and Chairman of the Board of Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Économiques. He is a Board member of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the MENA Health Policy Forum. Mr. Galal was Egypt’s Finance Minister from July 2013 to February 2014. Previously, he worked for the World Bank for 18 years, conducting research and providing policy advice to governments.  From 2000 to 2006, he was the Executive Director and Director of Research of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies. Mr. Galal authored more than a dozen books and several journal articles. In 2004, he was awarded the regional prize for Economic and Social Sciences by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. He holds a PhD in Economics from Boston University.

Alia Gana (Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain, IMRC & CNRS)

Alia Gana  is research professor at CNRS (Université Paris-Panthéon Sorbonne) and deputy director of the Research Institute of Contemporary Maghreb (IRMC) in Tunis. Holding a PhD in rural and environmental sociology (Cornell University), she has done extensive research on issues such as social systems of farm production, agricultural policies, rural and farm livelihoods, governance of water resources. Her empirical work covers a variety of rural and farm communities in the Mediterranean region (France, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt) and is mainly carried out within the framework of international and multidisciplinary teams (social sciences and biophysical sciences). Her professional career has included work at the Rural Economy Department of INRA Tunisia, at the Rural Sociology Department of Cornell University, and at the CNRS research unit LADYSS.

She is involved in several international research networks devoted to the analysis of current transformation of agri-food systems and natural resources management systems. She is member of the executive board of the research committee on the sociology of food and agriculture (RC40, International Sociological Association), member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food (IJSAF), member of the scientific council of Agropolis foundation (France), of the scientific council of the FARM foundation (France) and president of the scientific council of the Maison des sciences de l'Homme de Montpellier (MSHM) 

Marion Guillou (Institut Agronomique Vétérinaire et Forestier de France, IAVFF)

Présidente de l’Institut Agronomique Vétérinaire et Forestier de France (IAVFF) depuis avril 2015. Administratrice du Consortium des centres internationaux de recherche agricole (CGIAR) depuis 2013, et Présidente d’Agreenium de 2012 à 2015. Présidente de l’Inra de 2004 à 2012 et Directrice générale de l’Inra entre 2000 et 2004. Directrice générale de l'Alimentation au ministère de l’Agriculture de 1996 à 2000, elle a conduit la réorganisation de la DGAL qui a désormais au coeur de ses préoccupations la qualité et la sécurité des produits agricoles et des aliments. Née en 1954, ancienne élève de l’école Polytechnique (X73), dont elle a été présidente du conseil d’administration de 2008 à 2013, docteur en physico-chimie, ingénieure générale du génie rural des eaux et des forêts, membre de l’Académie d’Agriculture de France et de l’Académie des Technologies, Marion Guillou est mariée et mère de trois enfants. Elle est également membre du comité d’experts auprès du Comité Mondial pour la Sécurité Alimentaire (FAO – HLPE). Elle a publié « 9 milliards d’hommes à nourrir » (2011, Editions François Bourin) et rendu récemment deux rapports au gouvernement français : le projet agroécologique (mai 2013) et la politique de sécurité sanitaire des aliments (juin 2014).

Pierre Jacquet (Global Development Network, GDN)

Pierre Jacquet  is the fourth President of the Global Development Network (GDN). Formerly Chief Economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) between 2002 and 2012, he also served as the Executive Director in charge of strategy from 2002 to 2010. Preceding AFD, he was Deputy Director of the French Institute on International Relations (IFRI), where he was responsible for the economic program and was Chief Editor of IFRI's quarterly review Politique Etrangère. From 1994 to 2012, Pierre Jacquet was President of the Department of Economic and Social Sciences and Professor of International Economics at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a renowned French graduate engineering school. He is a member of the Cercle des Économistes, a think tank in France comprising 30 economists that maintains a systematic presence in the public debate. He received a mission from the President of the French Republic to make proposals for the G20 to help developing countries better respond to food price volatility, which he conducted from February to October, 2011. He co-authored the textbook Economic Policy: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University & GDN Board)

Ravi Kanbur  is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. Professor Kanbur has served on the staff of the World Bank as Economic Advisor, Senior Economic Advisor, Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the African Region of the World Bank, and Principal Advisor to the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He has also served as Director of the World Bank's World Development Report. He has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Warwick, Princeton and Columbia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford. Professor Kanbur's main areas of interest are public economics and development economics. He is particularly interested in bridging the worlds of rigorous analysis and practical policymaking.

Frannie Léautier (Mkoba Fund LLC)

Dr. Frannie Léautier is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Mkoba Private Equity, a fund created to support small and medium enterprises in Africa. Previously, she was Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). Dr. Léautier has had a varied career in the private sector and in international development having served as Vice President of the World Bank and Head of the  World Bank Institute (2001-2007). She served as Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank (2000-2001). In 2007, she founded the Fezembat Group, a company focused on risk management and leadership development, serving as its Managing Partner until 2009. Dr. Léautier was recently listed among the 100 most influential people in Africa. In 2013 she was honored with the title of Nkosuohemaa --Queen of Development-- of the Agona Traditional Area in Ghana. Dr. Léautier has published widely and sits on several boards including the Advisory Board for MIT Open Course Ware. She is also a member of the MIT Corporation visiting committee for Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a board member of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology in Africa (founding member), the Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity (founding member), and of UONGOZI, a leadership institute in Tanzania. She is member of the WISE-Haiti Task Force, established by Qatar Foundation to assist in rebuilding Haiti’s education sector. Dr. Léautier was the Co-chair for the World Economic Forum Africa 2013 and Vice Chair for the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment in 2014. She is also a member of the Knowledge Advisory Commission of the World Bank. Dr. Léautier holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam, an MS degree in Transportation from MIT, and a PhD in Infrastructure Systems from MIT. She is a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Development Program. In 2013 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from North Central College in Naperville, IL (USA) in recognition of her contribution to Africa’s development. Since 2007 she has taught a course on leadership at Sciences Po, Paris

Mariame Maiga (Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles, CORAF/WECARD)

Dr. Mariame Maiga is a Rural Development Sociologist, Agricultural Policy and Project Analyst, and Gender Specialist. She attained a PhD in Rural Development Sociology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 2010, and holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Philosophy from Abidjan-Cocody University in Cote d’Ivoire. Her PhD dissertation is entitled, “Gender, AIDS, and Food Security: Culture and Vulnerability in Rural Côte d’Ivoire’’. Dr. Maiga has worked with national and international institutions for conception, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agricultural development programs and projects, with interest on gender issues. She did extensive work with Winrock International in Cote d’Ivoire on empowering resource-poor farmers for food security, reducing and preventing child labour in agricultural sector through education, and sustaining natural resources. She obtained a PhD Research Intern fellowship with the United Nations in Helsinki, Finland in 2010. She was Expert Group Member for the peer review of the Sectoral African Gender and Development Index on Agriculture (AGDI), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Centre for Gender and Social Development in 2007. Dr Maiga was the Africa Region HIV and AIDS expert for the evaluation of FAO’s role and work related to gender and development, with country visits in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Congo-Brazzaville and Niger in 2010-2011. She was the Gender and Livelihoods Expert in the development of a gender manual for West Africa Regional Agricultural Investment Programme, for FAO. She was also assigned to assist FAO Representation in Cote d’Ivoire with advisory services to improve its programs and projects in the country, and to serve as Gender Specialist for the Representation in 2011-2012.  Dr Maiga was the Team Leader for the baseline study that led to mapping out of potential beneficiaries, i.e. post-conflict vulnerable farmers of IFAD Agricultural Rehabilitation and Poverty Alleviation Project in Cote d’Ivoire, in collaboration with FAO in 2012. She also consultanted for the World Bank in Cote d’Ivoire, as Gender and Social Development Specialist in the Agriculture Sector Support Project, for FAO Investment Center/TCIA, Cooperation Program FAO/World Bank in 2012. Since January 2010 she seats in the Board of Trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) headquartered in Nairobi.  From September 2012 to date, she is the Regional Gender and Social Development Adviser of CORAF/WECARD, the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development that covers 23 countries, and coordinates the World Bank West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), the EU and CIDA Multi Donors Trust Fund (MDTF) to sustain improved productivity, competitiveness and markets in the National Agricultural Research Systems of West and Central Africa, the USAID Feed The Future and West Africa Seed Program (WASP), AfricaInteract a continental project that aims to enabling research-to-policy-dialogue for adaptation to climate change in Africa, and the Australian Aid program for improving agricultural productivity and food security in West and Central Africa.

Oumar Niangado (Syngenta Foundation)

Oumar Niangado is Delegate for West Africa at the Syngenta Foundation. He is a former Director of Mali's Cinzana Research Station and then Director General of the Mali Institute of Rural Economy. He has been a member of CIRAD's scientific commission and of what is now the Science Council of the CGIAR, as well as numerous other scientific institutions. He currently sits on the Montpellier Panel and the Scientific and Technical Committee of CERAAS. Oumar holds a PhD in Agricultural Science from Paris-Sud University, France.

Emmanuel Nnadozie (African Capacity Building Foundation, ACBF)

Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie is Executive Director of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). Prof. Nnadozie, a Nigerian national, is an Educator, Economist, Professor of Economics and Author. His work spans or 20 years in the development sector. Prior to his selection for ACBF, he was Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Development and NEPAD Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) which he joined in 2004. At the UNECA, Prof. Nnadozie led the production of the well acclaimed African Economic Report for 2010 and 2011 and the least developed Countries Monitor. He also served as a UN Representative at various intergovernmental and continental forums and as Coordinator for the UN system-wide  support to Africa’ s development as well as the focal point for UN/UNECA's relations with African Union Commission, NEPAD Secretariat and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Before joining the UNECA, Prof. Nnadozie taught economics from 1989 to 2004 at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. While at Truman, he also held a fellowship at University of Oxford and a visiting professor at University of North Carolina. In 1992 he obtained a federal grant to establish the university's McNair Scholars Program. He served as the Director of the Program until he left the university in 2004. Additionally, he was a Co-founder and  Faculty Advisor of the African Students Association at Truman

Michel Petit (Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier, IAMM)

Michel Petit is an agriculturalist (Ingénieur Agronome, Paris 1958) having become economist (PhD Michigan State University, 1964). He is now associated with the Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen in Montpellier (France), one of the four centers of Centre international des hautes études agronomiques méditerranéennes (CIHEAM). He was a researcher at the Institut National de la Recherche  Agronomique (INRA, France), Professor at ENSSAA in Dijon, France (1968-1988), Program Adviser in the Delhi Office of the Ford Foundation (1975-1977), Director of the Agriculture and Rural Development department of the World Bank (1988-1994), where he then created and led a special unit supporting agricultural research. He subsequently returned to France in 1998 and was Professor of agricultural economics at the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, now Agro-Paristech, creating a new research and teaching unit on public policies (1999-2003). For about the first twenty years of his career, he worked on farmers’ decisions, and the implications of his research for farmers’ education. He then switched to the comparative analyses of US and European agricultural policies, as well as their conflicts in GATT. He has resumed the same interest after his return from the World Bank. Michel Petit was President of both the European Association of Agricultural Economists (1978-1981) and of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (1985-1988). He has been a member of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) since 1999 and of the Académie Française d’Agriculture since 1997. He is also the chairman of the scientific council of the Fondation pour l’Agriculture et la Ruralité dans le Monde (FARM).

Prabhu Pingali (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management)

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 Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi). Prior to joining Cornell in June 2013, he was the Deputy Director, Agricultural Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, from 2008–May 2013. Pingali was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Fellow in May 2007, a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) in 2006, and a Fellow of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) in 2009. He served as the President of IAAE from 2003–2006, and was named the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus of North Carolina State University. He has received several international awards for his work, including the Research Discovery Award from the AAEA.

Pingali 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 was the Director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations from 2002–2007, and the Director of the Economics Program at CIMMYT, Mexico, from 1996–2002. Prior to joining CIMMYT, he worked at the International Rice Research Institute at Los Banos, Philippines, from 1987 to 1996 as an Agricultural Economist, and at the World Bank's Agriculture and Rural Development Department from 1982–1987 as an economist.

Professor Pingali has written 10 books and over 100 referred journal articles and book chapters on food policy.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen (Cornell University)

Per Pinstrup-Andersen is Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen University and Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security (HLPE).  He is past Chairman of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Past President of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA).

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 is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Agricultural Economics Association. 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 research and communication of research results. His research includes economic analyses of food and nutrition policy, globalization and poverty, agricultural development and research and technology policy. Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen’s publications include “Seeds of Contention,” co-authored with Ebbe Schiøler and published in five languages, and more than 400 other books, refereed journal articles, papers and book chapters.  His most recent book is “Food Price Policy in an Era of Market Instability”, published in 2015.

Jean-Philippe Platteau (University of Namur & EUDN & GDN Board)

Jean-Philippe Platteau is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Namur, Belgium, and Professor at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Associate Editor of World Development for the economics papers.  He has published widely and most of his work is centered on questions of informal institutions and their change. In particular, he has written on the determinants of collective action, common property resource management in village societies, land tenure institutions, family structures, the role of custom, the political economy of religion, aid effectiveness and elite capture. His books include Culture, Institutions, and Development: New Insights Into an Old Debate (2011), Institutions, Social Norms and Economic Development (2000); Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action (2001) with A. de Janvry, E. Sadoulet, and G. Gordillo, editors; and Halting Degradation of Natural Resources: Is there a Role for Rural Communities? (1996) with J.M. Baland

Alexandros Sarris (University of Athens)

Alexandros (or Alexander) Sarris  since 1982 is professor in the department of economics, University of Athens, Greece. Between 2003 and August 2010 he was Director of the Trade and Markets Division, of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and has also held a faculty appointment at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, from 1976 to 1982. He has authored or co-authored more than 15 books and monographs, and more than 70 journal and book articles on various issues of international trade and development, has received the Best Paper Award by the American Agricultural Economics Association, in 1984, and the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, by the American Agricultural Economics Association, in 1978, and has served in the editorial boards of several academic journals. He has advised extensively many UN organizations, the World Bank, the European Commission, and other national and international agencies, and has field research and policy advice experience in over 20 countries. He has served as chairman of the Athens based Center for Planning and Economic Research, and as chairman of the Brussels based Center for Development of Enterprise. His professional and research interests include; Development Economics; Commodity Market and Price Analysis; Food and Agriculture Policy; Applied International Economics; Agricultural Risk Management; Macro-Micro Modelling; Income Distribution and Poverty

Stefan Tangermann (University of Göttingen)

Stefan Tangermann  is now a retired professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and President of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He was until end-2008 Director for Trade and Agriculture at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris.

Before joining the OECD in 2002, Mr. Tangermann was a professor of economics and agricultural economics at the universities of Frankfurt/Main and Göttingen. His academic work has concentrated, among other topics, on the need and options for reforming agricultural policies in OECD countries, and on strengthening the rules for agricultural trade, with a particular emphasis on the WTO.

Mr. Tangermann has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in Germany. He also was a member of the Science Council of Germany. He has been a Member of the Academy of Science at Göttingen since 1994. He was awarded the Order of Merit, First Class, by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is Fellow of the European Association of Agricultural Economists and the German Association of Agricultural Economists. He has advised several governments and international organizations.

L. Alan Winters CB (University of Sussex & GDN Board) 

L. Alan WintersCB  is Professor of Economics in the University of Sussex. Before this, he was Chief Economist at the Department for International Development (DFID), London. He is a Research Fellow and former Program Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) London, and Fellow of IZA, Munich. He is also the editor of The World Trade Review. Alan has had a long association with the World Bank. He was Director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank (2004-2007), and had previously been Division Chief and Research Manager (1994-1999) and Economist (1983-1985) in the Bank. He has also advised, inter alia, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission (EC), the European Parliament, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Inter-American Development Bank. Professor Winters has published over 200 articles and 30 books in areas such as regional trading arrangements, non-tariff barriers, European integration, transition economies' trade, international labor mobility, agricultural protection, trade and poverty, and the world trading system.

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