Speakers


Alain Riddell

Alain Riddell

Partner – Deal Advisory - KPMG Corporate Finance, São Paulo, Brazil

Alan is responsible for Debt Advisory & Restructuring in KPMG Brazil practice. Since 2004 he has been directly involved executing debt raising in both local and international markets, advising in structuring bank loans and capital market transactions. Previously, he has been responsible for various Merger and Acquisition projects, Capital Market and Structured transactions at both KPMG Corporate Finance and at ITAÚ-UNIBANCO (in NY). He has experience in company valuations, acquisitions, strategic and tax planning in various segments, including Consumer Products, Retail, Agribusiness, Automotive, Financial Services and Healthcare. Education He has a degree in Accounting from UFRJ (1993), Law from Universidade Cândido Mendes (1995), and an MBA from INSEAD/France (1998).


Alan Jorge Bojanic

Alan Jorge Bojanic

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Brazil, Brasilia,Brazil

Mr Bojanic, a national of Bolivia, holds a Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Gabriel René Moreno University of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, a Diploma in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, UK, and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of London, U.K. He also has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and an M.Sc. in Political Sciences from the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica. He carried out post-graduate studies in the Netherlands. From 1981 to 1990, Mr Bojanic worked as Agricultural Economics Programme Officer, Deputy Director and Technical Director at the Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research (CIAT), Santa Cruz, Bolivia. From 1991 to 1992, he worked as Sector Specialist on Research and Transfer of Agricultural and Livestock Technology to support the Bolivian Institute of Agricultural and Livestock Technology (IBTA) in research management, Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Bolivia. From 1992 to 1994, he was Executive Director of the National Secretariat for the Environment of Bolivia, and in that same year was appointed Under-Secretary for Forest Development and Fisheries, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Agriculture, Bolivia. From 1994 to 1995, he worked as Consultant for the Embassy of the Netherlands, the UNDP and the Inti Raimy Foundation (Oruro). From 1995 to 1997, he worked with UNDP as Adviser on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Bolivia. In 2001, he was appointed Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Bolivia and, in 2002, Senior Adviser to the Minister for Agriculture. In 2004, he was Executive Director of the Bolivian National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety. Mr Bojanic has also worked as a consultant in a variety of areas relating to agricultural technology transfer for a range of international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID and UNICEF. From March 2005 to August 2010, Mr Bojanic was FAO Representative in Costa Rica. In September 2010, he was appointed Deputy Regional Representative and Head of the Multidisciplinary Team for South America, Regional Office for the Caribbean, RLC, Santiago, Chile, where, from February to June 2011, and then from December 2011 to May 2012, he acted as Officer-in-Charge. In January 2012, he resumed his duties as Deputy Regional Representative, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, RLC, Santiago, Chile. Mr Bojanic succeeds Mr Hélder dos Santos Félix Monteiro Muteia as FAO Representative in Brazil.


Alberto Morelli

Alberto Morelli

President, Associación Maiz Y Sorgo Argentina - MAIZAR, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

• Agricultural Engineer University of Buenos Aires 1981 • Agricultural Producer in San Antonio de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina • Current and Former President of MAIZAR, the Corn and Sorghum Association of Argentina (2011-2013) • Former President of MAIZALL (International Maize Alliance) (2016-2017) • Former President of Chamber of the Corn and Dry Milling Industry (2003-2017) • Professor on the subjects of Climate, Soils and Cereals at the Higher Institute of Teaching, Studies and Agricultural Extension (ISEA) of the Rural Society of Argentina (1998 to the present)


Aldo Rebelo

Aldo Rebelo

Former Minister of Defense and Minister of Science, Technology and Inovation, Brasilia, Brazil.

Coming soon.


Alexandre Ugadin

Alexandre Ugadin

VP Head of Media, Wieden Kennedy Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

Graduated in Social Communication at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Alexandre Ugadin has been working with Media Strategy and Marketing for the past 21 years, focusing especially on Comms Planning and Digital Media, developing analytic strategies, multi platform solutions and generating businesses results with performance and brand equity campaigns. He worked in major agencies in Brasil as Y&R, Africa, Talent, Dentsu, and FCB. Nowadays, he works at Wieden Kennedy for clients such as Mondelez, Nike, P&G, The Walt Disney Company, Facebook, Ambev, Subway, Johnson&Johnson, Danone, Delta Airlines and Dr. Consulta and AirBnB, heading the media team at disciplines like Media Strategy, Planning, Buying, Digital Media, SEM, Social Media, Influencers Strategy, Mobile Marketing, Media Research, E-CRM, Programmatic Media, Audience Building and Media innovation. • Caboré Award winner - Media Professional of the Year. • Gold Lion in Media category at Cannes Creativity Festival. • Grand Prix in Mobile category at Cannes Creativity Festival. • Media Jury in the Cannes International Creativity Festival 2015.


Alysson Paolinelli

Alysson Paolinelli

Executive President, Abramilho, Brasília, Brazil

Mineiro de Bambuí, nascido em 1936, Alysson Paolinelli tornou-se agrônomo em 1959 pela Escola Superior de Agronomia de Lavras (Esal), que depois tornou-se universidade federal. Em 1971, assumiu a Secretaria de Agricultura de Minas, a convite do governador Rondon Pacheco, e criou incentivos e inovações tecnológicas que tornaram Minas o maior produtor de café do Brasil. Em 1974, aceitou convite do presidente Ernesto Geisel para tornar-se ministro da Agricultura, e tratou de modernizar a Embrapa e promover a ocupação econômica do cerrado brasileiro. Paolinelli implantou um ousado programa de bolsas de estudos para estudantes brasileiros nos maiores centros de pesquisa em agricultura do mundo. Cuidou também da reestruturação do crédito agrícola e do reequacionamento da ocupação do bioma amazônico. Após deixar o Ministério, ainda exerceu cargos de destaque na vida pública brasileira; - Presidente do Banco do Estado de Minas Gerais,- Deputado constituinte - Presidente da CNA (Confederação Nacional da Agricultura) - Voltou a ser secretário de Agricultura no governo Hélio Garcia e permaneceu no cargo até 1978. Em 2006 foi também agraciado com o World Food Prize, premio que equivale ao Nobel da Alimentação. Hoje exerce o cargo de Presidente Executivo da ABRAMILHO (Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Milho).


Ana Paula Malvestio

Ana Paula Malvestio

PwC Partner on Secondment, US Brazil Business Center Leader, New York, USA.

• Ana Malvestio is exclusively dedicated to the consulting activity, focused on the corporate and tax area. Based in Ribeirão Preto, she coordinates the rendering of tax and corporate services in the agribusiness area, where she has a significant experience; • Ms. Malvestio has more than 19 years of experience related to the administration of the tax burden for companies of the agribusiness sector, specially sugar and ethanol. In this sense, she coordinated and worked in important due diligences in the sugar and ethanol sector. • Expert in corporate restructuring processes, she idealized and coordinated various corporate restructurings in companies linked to agribusiness area. Furthermore, she has vast experience in services provided to family businesses and groups and has worked for three years with international tax consulting.


André  Rocha

André Rocha

President, Fórum Nacional Sucroenergético, Brasília, Brazil

- Current CEO of Sifaeg and Sifaçúcar - Former President of Companhia Energética de Goiás - CELG - Graduated in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering of Universidade Federal de Goiás - Goiânia - GO - Member of the Infrastructure Thematic Council of the National Confederation of Industries (“CNI”) since March 2004


André Guimarães

André Guimarães

Executive Director, Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), and Coalition Facilitator Brazil Climate Manaus, Brazil

Mr. Guimaraes graduated in agronomy from the University of Brasília (UnB) and has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University (USA). He began his career at Imazon (Amazon Institute for Mankind and the Environment), where he served as senior researcher (1992-1993) and Executive Director (1994-1995), and is currently the Chairman of the board. Returning from Cornell, he has worked at the World Bank (1997-2000) as project manager of the Rain Forest Pilot Program (PPG7) and as an executive for the Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF). Mr. Guimaraes has also been a director at A2R Environmental Funds (2000-2002), a venture capital firm, where he designed and capitalized the Clean Tech Venture Capital Fund – CTF. Between 2002 and 2009, he was the executive director of the BioAtlântica Institute (IBio), a joint venture NGO among major Brazilian corporations and international NGOs – CI and TnC. More recently (2009-2011) he founded and served as the CEO of Brazil Forests, a company focused on forest management aimed at the conservation and restoration of natural resources. From 2012 until 2015 he served as the Vice President for Brazil and Vice President for Development at the America´s Division, both positions at Conservation International - CI. Mr. Guimaraes is currently the Executive Director of IPAM – The Amazon Environmental Research Institute, a Brazilian think tank focused on the Amazonian challenges for reaching deforestation zero and sustainable development.


Arnaud Petit

Arnaud Petit

Executive Director, International Grains Council (IGC), London. UK

Arnaud Petit was appointed Executive Director of the International Grains Council (IGC) in February 2018. IGC is an intergovernmental organisation based in London offering independent analysis on grains, oilseeds and rice markets to its member governments to promote international trade in grains. It also provides information to non-government subscribers. IGC provides an important international platform for discussions between policy makers and the private sector. It also serves as the Secretariat for the Food Assistance Committee helping to facilitate networking within the donor community to improve the efficacy of food assistance. From 2005- 2017 Mr. Petit was the Director for Commodities and Trade at the European Farmers and agri-cooperatives Union (Copa-Cogeca). He was also a Member of the Executive Committee of the European Technology Platform “Plants for the future” (2009-2017) and a Member of the Experts Group on EU-US trade negotiations at the European Commission (2014-2017). From 2000 -2005 he served as Policy Advisor for European Affairs at the National Chamber for Agriculture in Paris, and Deputy Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (2000-2005). He holds an M.A. in Agricultural Economics from the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Montpellier – France.  


Ashok Das

Ashok Das

Ambassador of India in Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil.

Ambassador Ashok Das is a career diplomat. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1987. He has served in India’s diplomatic missions in Portugal, Cambodia, Chicago and has been India’s Assistant High Commissioner in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He has also been India’s Consul General in Vancouver. He has served as Deputy Director General in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi. He was Ambassador of India to the Republic of Iceland. He was in charge of the Latin America & the Caribbean Division in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi since August, 2015 before being appointed the Ambassador of India to Brazil. Ambassador Das has studied Portuguese and speaks a number of Indian languages. He possesses an M. Phil. degree from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Ambassador Das is married to Dr. Erika Das. They have two children – a daughter and a son.


Ben Allomes

Ben Allomes

Director, Dairy NZ, Woodville, New Zeland

Ben lives and runs his farming business in Woodville with his wife Nicky and four children. He has a degree in Applied Science, Natural Resource Management from Massey University. Ben was president of New Zealand Young Farmers for three years, has twice reached the grand final of the National Bank Young Farmer Contest and, together with Nicky, won the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year title in 2008. He is currently the DairyNZ representative on the Primary ITO partnership group and is Chair of the Dairy Industry Awards Trust. Ben is also a 2015 Nuffield Scholar.


Blairo Maggi

Blairo Maggi

Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supplies, Federative Republic of Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil

Blairo Borges Maggi, em apenas oito anos de vida pública ele se consolidou como um dos homens mais influentes do mundo. Gaúcho, natural de Torres (RS), Blairo nasceu em 29 de maio de 1956, na família dos pequenos produtores rurais de descendência italiana André Antônio Maggi e Lúcia Borges Maggi. Com a aposta do pai no cultivo da soja em áreas inexploradas, Blairo graduou-se em Agronomia na Universidade Federal do Paraná. Sob seu comando, a pequena empresa Sementes Maggi, fundada em 1973, transformou-se no Grupo André Maggi com a chegada da família ao Cerrado mato-grossense. Em Mato Grosso, o empresário venceu as eleições para governador do Estado, com 51% dos votos no primeiro turno. Blairo defendeu explicitamente na administração pública os princípios de honestidade, eficiência, ousadia e transparência que regeram sua bem-sucedida saga empresarial. Em 2006, se reelegeu governador com 63,59% dos votos. Durante sua gestão, Maggi conseguiu conciliar o desenvolvimento econômico do Estado à difusão de novas práticas de sustentabilidade. A prosperidade social também chegou durante a gestão de Maggi - em 1996, 28,1% das famílias mato-grossenses viviam com até meio salário mínimo. Em 2008, o índice baixou para 15,8%. Blairo Maggi tem sido constantemente citado pela revista Forbes como um dos líderes mais influentes do mundo. Entre os 30 líderes mais influentes do Brasil da Revista Época, o ex-governador também figurou. A Revista Veja publicou em setembro de 2009 um perfil de Blairo enfatizando sua disposição em rever posturas e posicionamentos pessoais. Participou de encontros mundiais em prol da preservação do meio ambiente. Inspirou a mudança de comportamento de agricultores do País. Após ações eficazes, ganhou o respeito de ambientalistas. O homem que aportou em Itiquira (distante 353 km de Cuiabá), ganhou prestígio entre as principais autoridades do País com o dinamismo e alcance de seu trabalho econômico e social. Seu feito rendeu-lhe importantes ‘marcas', como ao deixar o Governo do Estado de Mato Grosso, em abril de 2010, receber 92% de aprovação popular, de acordo com o Instituto Vox Populi. Foi por essa razão, por representar a vontade da maioria da população mato-grossense, que Maggi lançou-se à candidatura ao Senado Federal. Com seus mais de 1 milhão de votos ele recebe, em 2010, a confiança da população do seu Estado para - diante dos olhos do mundo-, levar a todo Brasil sua maestria em aliar desenvolvimento e prosperidade com seu jeito singular de fazer política: mudar realidades para melhor.


Caio Penido

Caio Penido

Director, Água Viva Farm, President of Working Group on Sustainable Livestock – GTPS, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

coming soon.


Cesário Ramalho da Silva

Cesário Ramalho da Silva

President of the Board, Global Agribusiness Forum, Brazil

Coming soon


Cleber Oliveira Soares

Cleber Oliveira Soares

Executive Director of Innovation and Technology, Embrapa, Brasilia, Brazil

ENGLISH Cleber Soares is the Executive Director of Innovation and Technology at Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. He obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro in 1996, where he also got his master's degree in Veterinary Parasitology in 1998 and his PhD in Veterinary Sciences in 2002. With experience in parasitology, zoonotic diseases, biotechnology, immunology and genomics applied to animal health, he has been working in the last 14 years in the management of Science, Technology and Innovation for agribusiness. While working as a researcher at Embrapa Beef Cattle since 2001, he was the Deputy Head of Research and Development from 2005 to 2010 and the Head of the center from 2011 to 2017. He has been a member of several committees, boards and forums, such as the Global Network for Research and Innovation in Animal Health - Star-Idaz, and Fórum do Futuro. Married to the PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology Gracia Rosinha, with whom he has four children, Dr. Soares believes that both technology and knowledge transfer and technological, business and marketing innovation are vital axes for the repositioning of Embrapa and Brazil as protagonists in world agribusiness.


Daniel Baladan

Daniel Baladan

Director, World Food Programme- WFP, Brasili, Brazil.

Economist, MBA in Finance, Specialist in Public Budget and Master in International Relations. Since August 2011 he is the Director of the World Food Program Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil. Balaban acted for over ten years in the areas of finance and planning in business consulting firms and foundations of welfare facilities. In 1994, he became Finance Analyst of the Brazil’s Ministry of Finance, having served as Economic Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury and National Coordinator for Economic Studies of the Secretariat of National Treasury. In 2003, he served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Economic and Social Development of the Brazil’s Presidency of the Republic. From March 2006 to August 2011 he was President of the Brazilian National Education Development Fund (FNDE), responsible, among other actions, for the National School Feeding Program, that feeds more than 47 million students around the Country, and acted in the creation of the Brazilian School Feeding Law. He chairs the school feeding network for Latin America. He is a Board Member of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. He is also member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils.


Deputado  Evandro Gussi

Deputado Evandro Gussi

President, Frente Parlamentar do Biodiesel, Brasília, Brazil

EVANDRO GUSSI is the Comptroller General of the Brazilian House of Representatives. Congressman elected in 2014 (2015-2019 term), Gussi was Green Party Chief Whip (2016-2017). Lawyer, registered in the Brazilian Bar Association, He is currently member, at the House of Representatives, of The Constitution and Justice Comittee as well as The Education and Culture Comittees. Under his leadership, the Brazilian Congress approved the “RENOVABIO” act, of its authorship, an important landmark for the biofuels sector. GUSSI is S. J. D., Law, by University of São Paulo Law School (2009) and received a Master’s degree in Law from the Law School of Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2005).


Fernando Galletti de Queiroz

Fernando Galletti de Queiroz

CEO, Minerva S.A, São Paulo, Brazil

Coming Soon.


Francisco Turra

Francisco Turra

Executive President, Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal (ABPA), São Paulo, Brazil

Formado em Comunicação Social pela PUC/RS e Bacharel em Direito pela Universidade Federal de Passo Fundo/RS, atualmente é Presidente Executivo da Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal – ABPA, vice-presidente da Associação Latinoamericana de Avicultura – ALA e Diretor da Divisão de Produtos de Origem Animal do Departamento de Agronegócios da FIESP. Deputado Emérito, outorgado pela Assembleia Legislativa do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul e empossado como membro da Academia Nacional de Agricultura da Sociedade Nacional de Agricultura. 2010–2014 – Presidente Executivo da União Brasileira de Avicultura UBABEF 2008–2009 – Presidente Executivo da Associação Brasileira dos Produtores e Exportadores de Frangos 2005–2007 – Vice-Presidente da Comissão de Agricultura, Pecuária, Abastecimento e Desenvolvimento Rural da Câmara dos Deputados, eleito membro do Conselho Superior do Agronegócio da FIESP/SP 2007 – Diretor de Desenvolvimento do BRDE 2003–2006 – Eleito Deputado Federal e Presidente do PP Partido Progressista do Rio Grande do Sul 2000–2003 – Superintendente Executivo do SEBRAE/RS e Diretor Institucional da FIERGS 1998–1999 – Ministro de Estado da Agricultura e Abastecimento 1996–1997 – Presidente da CONAB – Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento 1995–1996 – Diretor de Desenvolvimento do BANRISUL 1987–1995 – Eleito Deputado Estadual constituinte, reeleito para Deputado Estadual 1976–1986 – Vice-prefeito de Marau-RS e eleito Prefeito de Marau


Franke Dijktsra

Franke Dijktsra

Top Farmer Corn 2017, Frak'Anna Farm, Carambeí, Brazil.

Comming Soon.


Gabriel Nunes

Gabriel Nunes

Director General, TNS Nanotecnologia, Brazil

"Materials engineer UFSC/TUHH - Brazil and Germany, with technical articles publications. Former co-founder member of the Brazilian team champion in the 1st solar challenge Brazil - 09, a team member who won the award for best work of cooperation between Brazil and Germany by IBE - 11. Voluntary mentor and evaluator of startups to Sinapse of Innovation program, 100 startups and Inovativa Brazil program with different competences from short courses in Stanford University, ANPEI, European coatings and IXL Center – Boston. Business partner and Managing Director of TNS Nanotecnologia, where has been recognized in prizes/innovative projects, as Stemmer innovation award - 14, best Brazilian incubated startup 15, different projects from science and technology ministry, scale-up entrepreneur from Endeavor corporation 15-17, Startup connected award by German Chamber – AHK in 2017, acceleration program by BASF 2017 and Startout Brazil – Germany program 2018."


Guilherme Nastari

Guilherme Nastari

Director, DATAGRO, São Paulo, Brazil.

Director of DATAGRO since 2005. Director of the Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol Exporters Association (AEXA), since 2009. He has been engaged in several Sugar and Ethanol Market Advisory Projects at DATAGRO. Main customers were sugar, ethanol and biodiesel producers, trading companies, banks, fuel distributors, input suppliers, governments and NGOs. - M.Sc. in Agroenergy – Fundação Getúlio Vargas – São Paulo - Brazil - Bachelor in Economics – IBMEC São Paulo – São Paulo - Brazil


Gustavo Spadotti A. Castro

Gustavo Spadotti A. Castro

Supervisor of the Strategic Territorial Management Group, Embrapa Territorial, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation - EMBRAPA, Campinas, Brazil.

Under Graduated (2005), Graduated (2009) and PhD (2012) in Agronomy\Agriculture by UNESP/Botucatu. He was a professor and researcher in fertilizer companies. In 2012, he joined Embrapa Amapá in the Technology Transfer sector. Since 2017 he has been a supervisor of the Grupo de Gestão Territorial Estratégica (GGTE) of Embrapa Territorial, coordinating a team of 10 analysts and researchers in the following projects: Agricultural Macrologistics, Rural Environmental Cadastre and Intelligence System, Management and Monitoring of Cerrados. He is a reviewer of 23 scientific journals and development agencies. He published 61 articles in indexed journals, 6 chapters of books and presented more than 130 lectures and technical-scientific work in national and international events.


Jason Clay

Jason Clay

Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Washington, DC, USA.

JASON CLAY is senior vice president for markets and food. He is also executive director of the Markets Institute, which was created to identify and address global issues and trends in more timely, cost-effective ways. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the US Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and spent 15 years with human rights NGOs working with indigenous people, refugees, and famine victims. In 1988, he invented Rainforest Marketing, created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels, and set up a trading company within an NGO. He was responsible for co-creating Rainforest Crunch and more than 200 other products with sales of $100 million. From 1999 to 2003, he codirected a consortium with WWF, the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the National Aquaculture Centres of Asia/Pacific to identify the most significant environmental and social impacts of shrimp aquaculture and management practices that measurably reduced them. Since then he has co-convened multi-stakeholder roundtables of producers, investors, buyers, researchers, and NGOs to identify and reduce the impacts of salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton, and beef. In the past, Clay has launched aquaculture, agriculture, and market transformation programs within the WWF Network. More recently, he has helped create corporate commitments around deforestation and brought attention to global issues such as illegality, degraded land, and long-term contracts as a way to use the market to change it. He is the author of 20 books and is National Geographic’s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. He was awarded the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a PhD in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.


João Martins

João Martins

President, Brazilian's National Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock - CNA, Brasilia, Brazil.

Born in the state of Bahia, João Martins da Silva Junior is the President of the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA). As a graduate of Business Administration, João Martins has been involved in the agricultural sector for over 50 years. This story began in the generation before him, when his father supplied beef to markets in the capital-city of Salvador in the 1930s. In the 1965s, João Martins has established itself as cattle farmer producing milk and beef in Grande Vista Farm in Feira de Santana, Bahia. The farm is part of Agropecuária João Martins S/A, in which he was director. He was a founder and treasurer of Bahia’s Central Dairy Cooperatives (CCLB) and acting president of Bahia’s Breeders Association (ABAC). In the 1980s, he was director and 1st Vice President of the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of Bahia (FAEB). He became the president of FAEB in 2000 and held such position until January 2018. He was the 1st vice-president of the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) from 2012 to 2015, when he became acting president of the organization. On September 19, 2017, he was elected president of CNA for a four-year term, from 2017 to 2021. João Martins is also president and shareholder of Agropecuária João Martins S/A. Among the positions he has formally held are: President of the Administrative Council of the National Rural Apprenticeship Service - Bahia Regional Administration - SENAR / AR / BA (2000- 2015); Alternate Member of the National SEBRAE Deliberative Council, Representing the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil - CNA (2012-2014); Chairman of the SEBRAE Bahia Deliberative Council (2009 - 2014); Member of the Board of the State Committee of Transport Logistics - CELT, of the Bahia Government, representing the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of Bahia - FAEB (2013-2014); Member of the Economic and Social Development Council of Bahia - CODES, representing the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of Bahia - FAEB (2010-2015); and Member of the State Council of Science and Technology - SECTI, Representing the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of Bahia - FAEB (2004-2014).


José Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho

José Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho

Deputy Secretary-General for Environment, Energy, Science and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brasilia, Brazil

Born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. A graduate of Law, José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho has been a diplomat since 1976. He is specialized in regional and economic international negotiations. During eight years, he was the Head of the Regional Integration Department of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations. He worked in the Brazilian Embassies of Washington and Havana and in the Brazilian Mission to the UN in New York. He also served as the Brazilian Representative to FAO and Ambassador to Venezuela. He has been Undersecretary for Environment, Energy, Science and Technology, and Brazil's chief negotiator for climate change since August 2013.


José Goldemberg

José Goldemberg

President of FAPESP, São Paulo Research Foundation, Former Secretary of Environment for the State of São Paulo, Former Minister of Science and Technology, São Paulo, Brazil

Professor José Goldemberg earned his Ph.D. in Physical Sciences from the University de São Paulo in 1954. A Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he has served as the President of Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science. He was Rector of the University from 1986 to 1990. He did research and taught at the University of Illinois, Stanford University, University of Paris (Orsay) and Princeton University. Between 1990 and 1992, he was Secretary of State for Science and Technology and Minister of State for Education of Brazil. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Secretary for the Environment of the State of São Paulo.In 2008 he was awarded the Blue Planet Prize 2008 of the Asahi Glass Foundation (Japan) and in 2013 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Since 2015 he is President of FAPESP, São Paulo Research Foundation and early 2017 he received the title of Professor Emeritus of the University of São Paulo


José Manuel Silva Rodríguez

José Manuel Silva Rodríguez

Former Director General Agriculture, European Commission, Brussels,Belgium.

Jose Manuel Silva Rodriguez, born 1949 in Chantada, is Spanish agronomist (Polytechnic University of Madrid). He started his professional career in 1975 at the Ministry of Economy and Trade and served as a member of the team that negotiated the accession of Spain to the European Union during the period 1980-1986 He is since 1986 working for the European Commission where he occupied various positions with increasing responsibilities. He led 2 major European policies, agriculture and research, as Director General for Agriculture from 1995 to 2006, followed by a term as Director General for Research 2006-2010 and again for Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011-2013. At the top of the agricultural department of the European Commission, Mr. SILVA RODRIGUEZ led several reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, conducted significant international high level negotiations on agriculture and had the responsibility for more than half of the total EU budget. During his term as Director General for Research, he implemented the 7th Research Framework Programme, thereby given a new and strong impetus to European research. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute Brazil Europe (IBE), University of Sao Paulo (USP).


José Orive

José Orive

President, International Sugar Organization (ISO), London, United Kingdom

José Orive Jose Orive was born July 31, 1958, in Guatemala, and is an attorney at Law. “Summa Cum Laude” in Common Law Studies/ International Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. 1985, and “Cum Laude” in J.D., Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala City 1983, has had multiple, such as: • Executive director of the Central American Sugar Association (AICA), entity which negotiates for the private sugar industry, with emphasis on coordination of joint actions on priority issues, clearinghouse for information relevant to the sector, publications. • Partner at Artlex law firm, in charge of large corporate clients, distribution contracts and environmental issues, arbitration. • Chairman at the ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE OF LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN (AACCLA), Washington, D.C. • Board Member of the PANAMERICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (PADF), Washington, D.C.


Julius Schaaf

Julius Schaaf

Former President, United States Grains Council (USGC), Washington, DC, USA.

Julius Schaaf 5th generation farmer raising corn and soybeans in Iowa Past President and current Board member of MAIZALL. Past Chair of Iowa Corn and US Grains Council. Bachelor Degree of Science, University of Iowa. Married, two children and six grandchildren


Li Jinzhang

Li Jinzhang

Embassador of the Republic of China in Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil.

Coming soon.


Lucas Di Grassi

Lucas Di Grassi

Pilot, FIA Formula E Championship

Comming soon.


Luis Roberto Pogetti

Luis Roberto Pogetti

Chairman of the Board, Copersucar, Brazil

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Copersucar S.A. since 2009, after have held various executive positions since joining the Company in 2001. In January 2011, he assumed the Presidency of the Board of Directors of CTC – Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira S.A., technological center in the sugarcane production chain. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eco-Energy, a leading company in ethanol marketing and logistics in the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Alvean Sugar SL, a global sugar trading company, and Lógum Logística S.A., an ethanol pipeline logistics company in Brazil. He is also a member of the Deliberative Council of the União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar - ÚNICA, sugar cane industry union. He holds a degree in Business Administration from PUC-SP, with a specialization in Finance and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas de São Paulo (FGV-SP).


Luiz Fernando Sá

Luiz Fernando Sá

Director, Plant Project, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Luiz Roberto Barcelos

Luiz Roberto Barcelos

President, Associação Brasileira dos Produtores Exportadores de Frutas e Derivados - ABRAFRUTAS, Brazil.

- CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER For AGRICOLA FAMOSA LTDA (Produce and Export Company of Melons/Watermelons) - PRESIDENT of THE NATIONAL FRUIT GROWING COMMISSION of CNA - PRESIDENT of THE FRUITGROWING SECTOR CHAMBER of MAPA - PRESIDENT of ABRAFRUTAS (Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Derivatives) - PRESIDENT of COEX (Executive Committee of the Control of Flies in RN) A strategic visionary with a clear sense of purpose and urgency when faced with diverse situational challenges during periods of both declining sales and rapid growth. Skilled at establishing operational excellence within culturally diverse environments, translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies, and planning/executing multi-faceted global business development campaigns designed to improve market share, gross revenue and EBITDA. EDUCATION University of Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1987 B. A. in Law EMPLOYMENT HISTORY BATISTA & BARCELOS Law Firm 1991 - Partner Sao Paulo, Brazil ALBA, COMERCIAL & EXPORT LLP 1991 - Partner Sao Paulo, Brazil AGRICOLA FAMOSA 1995 - Present - Co-Founder & CEO Mossoro, Brazil OTHER: Fluent in Spanish and English Intermediate Italian


Marcelo Rizério

Marcelo Rizério

Creative Director, CP+B Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

Marcelo Rizerio has over 15 years experience in the advertising industry. He started working at CP+B Brazil since the beginning of the operation in São Paulo, and today he is Creative Director of the agency. Before CP+B, he acted as Art Director of AlmapBBDO, LewLara\TBWA, FCB and Leo Burnett. According to the Gunn Report, he was the seventh most awarded Art Director in the world in 2014. He has won 15 Cannes Lions and further others at D&AD, The One Show and Clio Awards. Rizerio has worked with clients such as Volkswagen, Fiat, Nissan, Jeep, Samsung, Pepsi, Stella Artois, Absolut, Johnny Walker, Smirnoff, Gatorade, Pedigree, Netflix, P&G and VISA.


Marcelo Vieira

Marcelo Vieira

President, Sociedade Rural Brasileira - SRB, São Paulo, Brazil

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Marília Rangel Campos

Marília Rangel Campos

Secretary General of the International Poultry Council, Brasília, Brazil

Marilia Rangel Campos is the Secretary General of the International Poultry Council, the global organization that represents 95% of the poultry trade and 80% of the world poultry production. She represents the IPC at the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Codex Alimentarius and FAO. Marilia holds a BA of International Relations from the University of Sao Paulo and is now a Master candidate in Global Food Law at Michigan State University. Prior to this position at the IPC, Marilia was Markets Coordinator at the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein for almost 10 years, responsible for market access strategy, representation of the poultry sector with the Brazilian and foreign governments and litigation at the WTO with the law firms and the Brazilian government.


Maurício Antônio Lopes

Maurício Antônio Lopes

President, EMBRAPA, Brazil

Mauricio Lopes, a plant geneticist by training, received his BSc degree in Agronomy (1983) from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, his MS degre in Plant Genetics (1989) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA and his PhD in Molecular Biology (1993) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He was leader of the Maize Breeding Program at the Embrapa Maize and Sorghum Center, and Head of Research and Development of the Maize and Sorghum Center, the Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Center, and the Department of R&D of Embrapa. He was responsible for the coordination of the process that led to the development and implementation of Embrapa´s current R&D Management System. Mauricio was also visiting scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO, in Rome, member of the Scientific Council of Agropolis Foundation, in Montpellier, France, and coordinator of Labex Korea, an international cooperation program of Embrapa in South Korea. He was the Executive Director of Research of Development and he is urrently the President of Embrapa.


Miguel Ivan Lacerda de Oliveira

Miguel Ivan Lacerda de Oliveira

Director of Biofuel Department at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brasilia, Brazil.

Economist with a degree in Agribusiness from the Federal University of Goiás, held strategic positions such as Manager at Sebrae, Director of Regional Development Programs, National Secretary of Irrigation, and International Advisor to the minister at the Ministry of National Integration, and Chief of Strategic Planning at Metro DF. He is a Class A analyst at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa) in its Business Secretariat. Since November 2016, holds the position of Director of Biofuel Department at the Ministry of Mines and Energy. He believes biofuels present themselves as a strategic policy for economic, social and environmental development to Brazil and to the World.


Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer

Chief Economist, US Grains Council, Washington, DC, USA

Michael Dwyer serves as the chief economist for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). As chief economist, Dwyer provides trade, marketing, and policy analysis of developments in global supply and demand and helps the USGC staff and its members stay abreast of developments in the global market. Dwyer also directs the Council’s worldwide ethanol market development activities. He travels extensively in Asia, Latin America, and Europe and speaks frequently at professional conferences and to the news media in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, he serves on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee advising the Secretary of Commerce on matter pertaining to biofuels. Prior to the Council, Dwyer worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) for 35 years, most recently as its chief economist and as a director of global policy analysis. In these positions, he was responsible for conducting and coordinating trade and policy analyses on a wide variety of strategic issues that affected U.S. and world agricultural trade, including those that affected the emerging global biofuels market. Dwyer holds a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College in international affairs and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University in agricultural economics with a specialization in international trade, marketing and econometrics. With full-time presence in 13 key markets and representatives in an additional 15 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S.


Pam Johnson

Pam Johnson

Farmer & President, MAIZALL, Washington, DC, USA.

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Paulo Herrmann

Paulo Herrmann

President, John Deere, Indaiatuba, Brazil.

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Pierluigi Londero

Pierluigi Londero

Director General Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Pierluigi Londero works in the economic analysis unit of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission. With a team of 20 people, he is responsible for providing economic and quantitative analysis needed for the conception, the management and the evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy. Pierluigi graduated in economics from Rome University La Sapienza and since joining the European Commission in April 1999 has worked both on domestic and trade policy issues, including two major CAP reforms as well as providing supporting analysis for bilateral and multilateral negotiations. His team also produce the short-term outlook for grains, meat and dairy products, supply balance sheets for the current and next year published three times a year. The medium-term prospects for EU agricultural markets and income is also a product of his unit. His team is also in charge of coordination in terms of agricultural statistics with Eurostat. Pierluigi participates to both the G20 AMIS market information group and policy response forum.


Plinio Nastari

Plinio Nastari

President, DATAGRO, Brazil

Brazil´s leading consulting company on sugar and ethanol market analysis, offering consulting services to producers, banks, trading companies, fuel distributors and governments, with offices in São Paulo, Recife, and Santos. M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University, 1981 and 1983. Professor of Economics (micro and macro), for Graduate and Undergraduate programs (B.Sc., M.Sc., M.B.A. and Ph.D. programs) at Fundaao Getulio Vargas, in Sao Paulo, from 1984 to 1999. Former President of the Board, and Executive Director of the Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineers. Member of Technical Committees in National Energy Commission (1985/87), Commission for the Reexam of the Energy Matrix (1990/91), and Interministerial Council on Sugar and Alcohol (1998-2000). Lead author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), AR2. Expert Economist for Brazil in the trade disputes involving: ethanol exports from Brazil to the United States, at the International Trade Commission, in Washington, DC (1985/86); subsidized sugar exports from the European Union, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2002-05); two arbitrations on bananas with the European Union, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2005); and Brazilian tyres import regime, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2006-07).


Rajan Gajaria

Rajan Gajaria

Vice President Global - Crop Protection Business Platform Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, USA

Rajan Gajaria is vice president, Crop Protection Business Platform, for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. In this role, he is responsible for shaping the business strategy, defining capital and R&D investment priorities and overseeing supply chain. Most recently, he was Vice President, Latin America and North America, for Dow AgroSciences. His career spans several decades, continents and functions as he helped build the business and advocate for modern agriculture. Rajan originally joined Dow AgroSciences’ Indian joint venture partner in Mumbai. He served in both sales and marketing as well as human resource roles before moving to the company’s global headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. He ascended through leadership roles in corporate strategy, marketing, and e business before serving as Global Supply Chain Director. He was named Marketing Director for the company’s U.S. business before being tapped to lead Latin America and Asia Pacific geographies. A champion of diversity and inclusion, he was past chairman of the International Center of Indiana, a not-for-profit aiming to be a catalyst for a global Indiana. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership which brings together leaders of Central Indiana’s prominent corporations, foundations and universities in a strategic and collaborative effort dedicated to the region’s continued prosperity and growth. Rajan holds a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering from the University of Bombay in Mumbai, India, and a master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow, India. He is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.


Renato Buranello

Renato Buranello

Partner, VBSO Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil

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Ricardo Ramos

Ricardo Ramos

Director, Brazilian Social and Economic Development Bank - BNDES, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ricardo Ramos, mechanic engineer, joined BNDES in 1993 and until April 2016 he was responsible for operations of sanitation, urban mobility, health, education, public administration and major events (World Cup and Olympics). In this function he commands all the financing and credit analysis of that projects, to optimize the applications of resources invested by the BNDES system to the Brazil States and Municipalities, as well as another publics and privates agencies. In June 2016, he was appointed Director of BNDES, where, since April 2018, he is at the head of the Strategic Planning division, Administration and Human Resources division, Information Technology division and Digital Operations and Channels.


Roberto Ignácio Betancourt

Roberto Ignácio Betancourt

Board Member International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), Chairman of the Board SINDIRAÇÕES, São Paulo, Brazil

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Roberto Jaguaribe

Roberto Jaguaribe

President, Apex-Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil.

Roberto Jaguaribe was born in Rio de Janeiro on December 27, 1952. He holds a degree in Systems Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, having acceded the diplomatic career through a public entrance exam in 1978. Throughout his career, he has held high-level positions both abroad and in Brazil in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as in other federal agencies of the Brazilian Government. He served in the Mission of Brazil to the United Nations in New York (1983-87), and at the Embassy of Brazil in Montevideo (1987-90). He headed the sections of Intellectual Property and Disarmament in the Mission of Brazil to the UN in Geneva (1993-95). He also served as Minister Counselor – Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) – at the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC (2000-03). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasilia, he was head of the division of Intellectual Property and Sensitive Technologies (1992); Director-General of the Department of Commercial Promotion (1998-2000); and Undersecretary of Political Affairs for Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific (2007-10). In other areas of the federal government, he has served as Secretary of International Affairs at the Ministry of Planning and Budget (1995-98) and as Secretary of Industrial Technology at the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (2003-05). He also served as President of the National Institute of Industrial Property – INPI (2005-07). He was Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2010-15) and to the People's Republic of China and the People's Republic of Mongolia (2015-16). Since 2016, he is the president of the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency – Apex-Brasil.


Roberto Rodrigues

Roberto Rodrigues

Coordinator, Agribusiness Center of FGV-EESP, Special Ambassador of FAO for Cooperativism, São Paulo, Brazil.

Roberto Rodrigues, former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture from January 2003 to June 2006, Coordinator of the Getulio Vargas Foundation Agribusiness Center (GV Agro), is an agricultural producer and an agricultural engineer by training, following in the steps of his father and grandfather. His sons have continued the family tradition. FAO Special Ambassador for Cooperatives - He was made a Special Ambassador for Cooperatives by FAO , to mark the International Year of Cooperatives. A strong supporter of the cooperative movement, Minister Rodrigues chaired the Brazilian Cooperatives Organization, the World Committee on Agricultural Cooperatives and the International Cooperative Alliance. He has traveled the word in that capacity, visiting – as he likes to point out – 80 countries while performing his duties. A well-known agribusiness leader, Roberto Rodrigues served as President of the prestigious Brazilian Rural Society and the Brazilian Agribusiness Association. He is also a member of the Board of dozens of Brazilian producer’s associations.


Roberto Schmidt

Roberto Schmidt

Marketing Director,Rede Globo, São Paulo, Brazil

Roberto Schmidt is the Marketing Director at Globo TV. He is responsible for the creation of business models and commercial opportunities regarding national and local programs, product placement, multiplatform, musical events, promotional projects and movies. He holds a BA in Computer Science and a BA in Philosophy, has specialization courses in Marketing, in Business Administration, in Media Planning and in Culture Management and has a MA and a PhD in Communication and Semiotics.


Sarita Rodas

Sarita Rodas

President, Junqueira Rodas Group, Monte Azul Paulista, Brazil.

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Sergio Bortolozzo

Sergio Bortolozzo

President,Brazilian Association of Corn Producers - ABRAMILHO, Brasilia, Brazil.

- Natural de Araraquara-SP; - Formado em Administração de Empresas e pós-graduado em Gestão Empresarial pela Universidade Estadual do Piauí (UESPI). - Presidente Institucional da Abramilho - Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Milho; - Presidente da Maizall – International Maize Alliance e - Vice-Presidente da FAESPI - Federação da Agricultura e Pecuária do Estado do PIAUÍ. - A partir de 1988, iniciou a produção de grãos na Fazenda Canel- Uruçuí/PI.


Thomas Timm

Thomas Timm

Executive Vice-President and CEO of the German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce São Paulo, Brazil

Born on 12th March 1956 in Pinneberg, Germany 1976 – 1980 University of Hamburg, Business Administration and Law Master of Business Administration 1980 – 1984 Research Scientist at the Institute for Business Administration and Market Research of the Federal Dairy Research Center Kiel, Germany Project Manager in Europe and USA for research programs of the European Community: "The use of milk protein and soy protein in food applications" Complementary studies in Agribusiness at the University of Kiel 1984 – 1996 BASF South America 1984 Insurance Analyst 1986 Assistant to the President 1987 Marketing Manager Audio Video Tapes 1991 Managing Director Business Unit Automotive Refinish South America since 1997 German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce São Paulo, Brazil 1997 Vice-President Marketing and Sales November 2004 Executive Vice-President and CEO.


Walter Horita

Walter Horita

President, Grupo Horita, Bahia, Brazil.

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Warren Preston

Warren Preston

Deputy Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, USA

Dr. Warren Preston serves as Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), advising the Chief Economist, the Secretary of Agriculture, and top policy officials on the economic implications of policies, programs, and legislative proposals affecting the U.S. food and fiber system and rural areas. He supports USDA policy decision making by evaluating policy options on complex domestic and global agricultural issues. After serving as USDA's Acting Deputy Chief Economist beginning in February 2015, Dr. Preston transferred permanently to the Office of the Chief Economist as senior economist for agricultural policy in August 2015. Prior to joining the Office of the Chief Economist, Dr. Preston served as an economist and associate deputy administrator, analyzing and overseeing programs and policies across the full spectrum of marketing activities administered by the Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. From 1992 to 2001, he worked as an economist and branch chief in the Packers and Stockyards Programs of USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, playing a key role in integrating economic analysis into investigative procedures and processes. From 1986 to 1992, he held a research and teaching position as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Virginia Tech, focusing on agricultural marketing and the interface between public policies and food system performance. Dr. Preston earned his bachelor's degree in dairy science from The Ohio State University and his master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University.