Executive Committee Bios
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.
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
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.
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
Julian Alston (PhD 1984 NCSU) is a distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis (1988–present). At UC Davis, Julian teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in microeconomic theory and the analysis of agricultural markets and policies and leads a program of research on the economics of food and agriculture and related public policies, with emphasis in recent years on agricultural science, obesity, and wine. He also serves as the director of the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics and as associate director for science and technology policy at the University of California Agricultural Issues Center. Julian was born and raised in Australia and began his career there. Before he moved to California, Julian was the Chief Economist in the Department of Agriculture in Victoria, Australia, where he was employed 1975–1988.
Member at Large
Karen Brooks is Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a position she has held since August, 2012. Before joining CGIAR, she spent 22 years at The World Bank working on analytical and operational programs in agriculture. In the latter part of her tenure at the World Bank she managed the agricultural portfolio in the Africa Region, and in the earlier period she focused on countries in transition in Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Karen Brooks received both her PhD and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Chicago, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She has published in the areas of policy reform in centrally planned economies, land issues in transition economies, and youth employment in Africa south of the Sahara
Member at Large
Dr. Steven Were Omamo, a Kenya national, currently serves as Director of Global Engagement and Research at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Prior to joinnig IFAD in August 2015, he was Senior Advisor in the Policy and Program Division of the World Food Program, where he held several other senior positions. Omamo has also served as Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and held teaching positions with Egerton University (Kenya) and research positions with the former ISNAR, ILRI, and IFPRI. He has published widely on several aspects of smallholder agriculture. Omamo was co-founding Chief Editor of the African Journal of Agricultural Economics and is currently a member of the Editorial Board. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Global Security. He has also served on the Editorial Board of Agrekon, the Journal of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa. He was Facilitator of the Policies and Institutions Workstream of the AU/CAADP 2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security, a member of the Organizing Committee of the Global Forum for Agricultural Research 2006 Conference, and member of the High Level Task Force Senior Steering Group to develop the Updated Comprehensive Framework for Action (UCFA) on global food and nutrition security. He has served as thesis supervisor and external examiner for several PhD and MSc students and has been a peer reviewer for several major professional journals. Omamo holds a BS from California State University - Fresno, an MS from the University of Connecticut, and an MA and PhD from Stanford University.
Awudu Abdulai, a citizen of Ghana, is professor of Food Economics and Food Policy, and head of Department of Food Economics and Consumption Studies at the University of Kiel, Germany. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kiel in 2004, he taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH-Zurich) and also held visiting positions at the Departments of Economics at Yale University and Iowa State University, as well International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC. He spent 2010-2011 as Cargill Visiting Professor at the Center for Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University. In 2010 he was named a Distinguised Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. Awudu is also an Associate Editor of American Journal of Agricultural Economics and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Food Policy.
Ashok K. Mishra is Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Chair in the Morrison School of Agribusiness at the WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA, where he conducts research and teaching activities in public policy, finance, agribusiness, development economics, and food security. Dr. Mishra has published more than 115 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 10 book chapters, and more than 170 presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Mishra was selected for leadership role in the agricultural economics profession by serving as either an editor and/or associate editor for four journals in addition to service work for the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). Recently, Dr. Mishra has expanded his research interest in developing economies by working jointly at International Institutes. He was appointed a Research Fellow at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Philippines. Also, he is working with economists at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico. He received a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University (1996) and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (1989).