Executive Committee Bios
Johan Swinnen holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is a Professor at the University of Leuven, Director of the LICOS-Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels. He was Lead Economist at the World Bank and Economic Advisor at the European Commission. He was the keynote speaker at several IAAE Conferences, chair of the AAEA International Section, chair of the EAAE Congress Program Committee, on the IATRC Programme Committee, associate editor of Agricultural Economics, AJAE, ERAE, and guest editor of several journals. He published extensively in the leading journals. Among his latest books are "Political Power and Economic Policy", "Global Supply Chains, Standards, and the Poor", "From Marx and Mao to the Market". He was elected Fellow of the European Association of Agricultural Economists.
Will holds a Phd from Iowa State University and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural Economics Society. Currently, he is Chair-Elect of the International Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He organized the Theme Day on Agricultural Price Volatility and Food Security for the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium in December 2011 and the G-20 seminar on Commodities in May 2012. Martin is Research Manager for Agriculture and Rural Development in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, leading a broad program of research on some of the most important issues in economic development. Most of his recent research focuses on policy issues in agricultural trade and food security, including widely-cited estimates of the impacts of high food prices on poverty and of the collective action problems associated with countries seeking to insulate themselves from increases in world food prices. He has written extensively on the WTO and its implications for world trade and agriculture.
Keijiro Otsuka is a Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He received a Ph. D. in economics from the University Chicago in 1979. After working for the Economic Growth Center of the Yale University as a post-doctoral fellow for one year, he served as an associate professor and a professor of economics at the Tokyo Metropolitan University until 2001, when he joined the FASID. Prior to that, he worked with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as visiting research staffs for three and five years, respectively. He is the incoming chairman of the board of trustees of IRRI from January 2004, and a new associate editor of the Economic Development and Cultural Change in October 2003. He has published 11 books and 90 articles in leading journals of agricultural economics, development economics, and environmental economics. He has been working extensively on the Green Revolution, land tenancy, property rights and natural resource management, land inheritance and schooling by gender, and the poverty dynamics in both Asia and Africa.
Dr. Walter J. Armbruster is President Emeritus, Farm Foundation. During a thirty year career there he organized numerous conferences in collaboration with colleagues from the land grant universities, government agencies and industry to bring forth the best research possible on economic and policy issues facing agriculture and rural areas. Walt earlier spent 8 years with the Economic Research Service, USDA where his research focused on pricing, institutions and policies in the food and agricultural marketing system, and then served two years as Staff Economist to the administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. Walt has been president of the AAEA, the American Agricultural Law Association, and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer of IAAE since 1991. Dr. Armbruster is a fellow of the AAEA, IAMA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; has received distinguished service awards from the American Agricultural Law Association and The Chicago Farmers; and is a distinguished Agricultural Alumni, Purdue University.
Member at Large
Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor of Economics, foundation Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (1977-83), following doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford University (1974-77); and in 2012 he rejoined ANU part-time as a Professor of Economics in its Crawford School of Public Policy. He was on extended leave at the Economic Research division of the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva during 1990-92 and at the World Bank’s Development Research Group in Washington DC as Lead Economist (Trade Policy) during 2004-07. He is a Fellow of the AAEA, AARES, AAWE, ASSA and CEPR. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute, and of the Commission of Australia’s Centre for International Agricultural Research. He has published more than 300 articles and 30 books. His publications have received a number of AAEA and AARES awards, including the 2010 Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis.
Member at Large
Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel is Professor for Agricultural Policy in the Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the University of Göttingen. Stephan did his BSc and MSc in Canada and his PhD in Germany. From 2000 to 2006 he was Editor-in-Chief of Agricultural Economics, the official journal of the IAAE, and he is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AfJARE). His work focuses on the analysis of agricultural policies as well as on price transmission and market integration. Stephan has worked extensively in the EU, the countries of the Former Soviet Union, and Latin America. He has ongoing research projects in China, Mongolia, Israel, Palestine and the EU. He currently coordinates a joint Masters program between the University of Göttingen, the Universidad de Talca in Chile and Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia. Stephan is married with 4 children and is a dual citizen of Canada and Germany.
Member at Large
Nick Vink is from South Africa and has been Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Stellenbosch since 1996; prior to that he was a policy analyst and policy manager at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He is currently President and an Honorary Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists and a Fellow of the American Association of Wine Economists. He also served as President of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa in 1991-1993. He was Editor of Development Southern Africa for more than 10 years, and of Agrekon, the Journal of AEASA, from 2002 to 2010
Gerald Shively is a University Faculty Scholar at Purdue University and a past recipient of Purdue's Agricultural Research Award. He conducts nationally and internationally recognized research on agriculture, the environment, and natural resource management. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, after which he joined the faculty of Agricultural Economics at Purdue. His research focuses on the links among poverty, land use, and natural resource management in developing regions of the world. His interests also include the environmental and distributional implications of sector-specific and macroeconomic policies. Prof. Shively's international experience includes research collaborations in numerous African and Asian countries, and he holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Economics and Resource Management at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He is the author of numerous articles, books and book chapters and currently serves with Awudu Abdulai as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the IAAE Journal, Agricultural Economics.