Cristian Amarilla

Cristian Amarilla has a degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires, he has completed a Masters’ degree in Economic History and Economic Policy at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the UBA (thesis pending) and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property at FLACSO. He is a researcher at the Research Center for Agricultural Studies at the Faculty of Economics (UBA), where he also serves as Professor of Argentine Economic and Social History. He specializes in issues related to agricultural history, mainly technological change. He currently serves as the National Director of Political Coordination of the Secretariat of Political Coordination of MAGyP.

Ann Berg

Ann Berg is a leading expert in commodities, commodity futures, and food security issues. She is a former grain exporter, futures trader and CBOT director. She has worked for intergovernmental organizations, policy think tanks and multinational corporations. As an emerging market specialist, she has worked on commodity-related issues in Turkey, Egypt, India, Vietnam, and Ukraine. Currently she is a senior advisor to the United Nations - Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Italy.

Marcel Bruins

completed his studies in plant breeding and plant pathology at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands in 1989.

Based on the research he did in Fusarium resistance in wheat at Plant Research International, he was awarded a PhD in 1998.

After that, he was responsible for the patent portfolio of a large public research institute for a number of years and then worked in Rotterdam at the Innovation Center for Inventions where he was active in the commercial aspects of agricultural and biotechnology inventions.

In 1998, he joined the plant breeding company Seminis Vegetable Seeds where he was manager Plant Variety Protection WW but also worked on other aspects of intellectual property, like patents and trademarks.

During this period, he was a member of several international committees in organizations like the European Seed Association (ESA), the Dutch Seed Association (Plantum) and the International Seed Federation (ISF). He has been chairing several of these committees.

Marcel Bruins was Secretary-General of ISF from 2007-2014. He guided the ISF into the modern era of communication, and greatly increased the service to its members. The annual ISF World Seed Congress reached new record levels of participation under his leadership. He brought in many new members and in total 15 new position papers were unanimously adopted.

Since Oct. 2014, he has been leading the Secretariat of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC). He has guided the IGTC towards formal establishment as a non-profit NGO, based in Switzerland.

Verónica Caride

With a Ph.D. in Economics from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and various postgraduate studies and research conducted in Argentina and abroad (Italy and the Netherlands), she serves as the National Director of International Agri-food Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Argentine Republic. She is responsible for the development of bilateral, multilateral and regional international agri-food relations, dispute settlement and agri-food cooperation in a variety of areas, including agricultural development, food security, technology, climate change, sanitary, phytosanitary, and educational issues, among others. Argentina's five agricultural attaché offices (US, EU, China, Brazil and MERCOSUR) report to the National Directorate she manages. In the past, she held other positions in the public and private sectors and worked as a consultant in international bodies such as IICA and IDB. She coordinates the Diploma in Agribusiness at the Universidad de Belgrano, she is the director of several master's theses, and she has served as an external jury member of a doctoral thesis on agricultural markets in the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA).

Andrew Conner

Andrew Conner is the Manager of Global Biotechnology for the U.S. Grains Council, a non- profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn and sorghum and related products worldwide. In this capacity, Conner assists in directing USGC biotechnology programs and represents the Council in biotechnology forums and coalitions. Conner serves as the staff liaison to the Council’s Biotechnology Advisory Team.

Prior to joining the Council in 2011, Conner served as a Legislative and Regulatory Assistant at D.C. Legislative and Regulatory Services. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, where he majored in history and minored in Spanish.

The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of agribusinesses and producers committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and their products. The Council has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Support for the Council comes from its producer and agribusiness members and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Luiz Cornacchioni

Luiz Cornacchioni is Executive Director of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association ( ABAG ) and has 27 years of experience in the pulp and paper, forest plantations and sugarcane sector.

Prior to joining ABAG, Cornacchioni held the CEO role of Planted Forests Producers Brazilian Association (ABRAF), having also gone through executive positions at Terracal Food and Bioenergy and Suzano Papel e Celulose.

Cornacchioni graduated from ESALQ - College of Agriculture Luiz de Queiroz at the University of São Paulo – USP and an MBA from Kellogg School in the United States.

Ramiro Costa

Ramiro Costa chief economist at the Buenos Aires grain exchange. He presides its Institute of Economic Studies, the Department of agriculture projections and estimations, and the Department of training. He is author of several research papers, he has contributed in the publication of several books. In addition, he has presented his papers in numerous international conferences. He specializes in the analysis of agricultural value chain. He is the coordinator of the Good Agricultural Practices Network of Argentina. His professional experience includes work as a consultant to several international organizations including the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), among others.

Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla

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. 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. 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.

María Beatriz Giraudo

Maria Beatriz Giraudo, mother of two children, is an agronomist from National University of Rosario, had achived a postgraduate degree in Agribusiness in 2003. She has been president of Aapresid since 2014. She has also become treasurer and directive of CAAPAS in the same year.

She is also Secretary of MANA (Conin Fund) in Venado Tuerto and runs her family business “Gynko Inmuebles” and “La Carolina agropecuaria S.R.L” in Santa Fe and Cordoba provinces since 1993.

Randal Giroux

Randal Giroux currently holds the position of Vice President at Cargill Incorporated located at the World Headquarters in Wayzata, Minnesota. Randal leads Cargill businesses in the areas of Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory and has overall global responsibility in these areas for Cargill’s agricultural supply chain businesses; Cargill’s Grain and Oilseeds businesses, World Trading, Sugar, and Palm.

Randal is involved professionally with both science and trade organizations across the supply chain, and recognized for expertise in both Food Safety and the integration of Agricultural Biotechnology in global food and feed supply chains. He holds a number of leadership positions in the trade and has served on several advisory committees.

Before joining Cargill, Dr. Giroux was a Program Manager with the Canadian Grain Commission and previous to his public service; he was a National Needs Fellow with USDA. Randal graduated with a PhD in Agriculture from the University of Guelph (OAC).

With his background in the Life Sciences and extensive experience with Cargill’s global supply chain businesses, Dr. Giroux possesses unique skill sets that allow him to operate at a highly technical level and effectively identify and manage Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory opportunities for global agricultural businesses and stakeholders.

Patricio Grassini

Dr. Patricio Grassini is an Assistant Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Center for Great Plains Study. Patricio earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has authored 22 papers published in peer-review journals, including Nature Communications, PNAS, and Global Change Biology, and also 4 book chapters and many extension publications. His research interests center on crop yield potential, yield-gap analysis, resource- and energy-use efficiency in cropping systems, and simulation modeling. Patricio’s past research have encompassed a diverse range of cropping systems, including rainfed crops in Argentina and Sub-Saharan Africa and high-yield irrigated crops in the U.S. Corn Belt. Major on-going project is to develop a Global Yield Gap Atlas that provides estimates of gaps between actual and potential yield for major cropping systems. Dr Grassini is also leading a project to benchmark on-farm yields and input-use efficiency maize-soybean systems in the US Corn Belt and another project on yield forecasting. Dr. Grassini was recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Fling Fellowship, and other two fellowships and six awards. Patricio is also member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Field Crops Research journal.

Geoff Honey

Geoff has been involved across the agricultural supply chain starting with family farming experiences through to managing a futures and grain marketing advisory firm. Overseas experience was gained in 1998 as the Team Leader on an agricultural commodity marketing project funded by the World Bank in Kyrgyzstan Central Asia.

Geoff has been the Chief Executive Officer of Grain Trade Australia, since July 2003. Within Australia, GTA is tasked with the development of grain standards and terms of trade to facilitate commercial grain transactions across Australia.

The complete review by Federal Government into agricultural commodities export arrangements saw Geoff as the Chairman of the Export Grain Certification Program which oversaw substantial changes to existing industry protocols.

In 2014, Geoff was the International Grain Trade Coalition delegation leader to the UN Biosafety Protocol meetings held in Korea which lead to successful outcomes for the global grain trade.

Geoff is a Churchill Fellow with professional qualifications in agricultural science, arbitration and teaching.

Martín Lema

Bachelor´s degree in Biotechnology, Director at the office of Biotechnology at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Adjunct Professor at the National University of Quilmes. Executive Secretary of the CONABIA and CABUA. Author of several publications in biotechnology and biosafety.

Gary C. Martin

has served since June of 2000 as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA,) www.naega.org. Since 2014 he has served as the President of the International Grain Trade Coalition www.igtcglobal.com.

Among several related activities, Gary currently serves as Co-chair of the International Task Force of the U.S. Biotechnology Crops Alliance, a Co-chair of U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialog for Trade Agreements, and a Co-Chair of the Canada-U.S. Grain and Seed Trade Task Group www.canada-usgrainandseedtrade.info.

Before assuming the presidency of NAEGA, Gary was a NAEGA Board Director and officer, representing Farmland Industries, Inc. At Farmland he had several responsibilities including Director of Trade and International Relations, Director of Grain Marketing, and Founder and President of Farmland Graños in Mexico. From 1990 to 1992 Gary served the Administration of George H.W. Bush at the US Department of Agriculture as Deputy Administrator of Commodity Operations and as an officer of the Commodity Credit Corporation. In the first year of the Clinton Administration, from 1992 to 1993, he served as an advisor to the Special Ambassador to the former Soviet Union at the US Department of State.

Gary earned a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is also a graduate of the University of Missouri, Institute of Cooperative Leadership, and has graduate studies in International Transactions at the George Mason University.

Daniel Mason-D'Croz

Daniel Mason-D’Croz is a development economist and economic modeler at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. Daniel is one of the lead economic modelers of IFPRI’s IMPACT model, a global multi-market model focusing on issues surrounding agriculture, rural development, and food security. Recently, he has been focusing on the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security globally, as well as in several regional projects.

Prior to joining IFPRI, Daniel has worked on international trade issues with the International Trade Commission in Washington, DC. He also worked in community based development in Guatemala with Trickle Up, and in Eastern Bolivia with the U.S. Peace Corps, where he served for more than three years. He has a Master’s degree in International Development and Economics from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Seth Meyer

Dr. Seth Meyer was appointed Chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board on May 31, 2015. Dr. Meyer joined the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) in June 2013 as a Senior Economist.

Before joining OCE, Dr. Meyer spent the last 2 years as a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in the Global Perspectives Studies Unit, examining the long-term drivers of agriculture demand and the allocation of productive resources to meet that growing demand.

Prior to that, Dr. Meyer spent 12 years as a researcher and faculty member with the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), analyzing policies affecting grain and oilseed markets, cotton, biofuels, and agricultural commodity transportation. He has authored numerous publications including several examining U.S. biofuel Policy.

Dr. Meyer has spent time as an invited researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) in Tsukuba, Japan, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) in Rome, Italy.He grew up in eastern Iowa and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri.

Jammie Penm

is Chief Commodity Analyst and Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Commodities and Trade Branch at Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). His professional expertise and achievements revolve around commodity analysis and economic research important to Australia’s primary industries.

Jammie has a PhD in econometrics from the Australian National University and a Master’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before joining ABARES, Jammie worked at the Australian National University, the former Industries Assistance Commission and the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the United States.

Maria Marta Rebizo

Maria Marta Rebizo is the Manager of Economic and Business Affairs of the Argentine Vegetable Oil Industry Chamber (CIARA) and the Center of Grains Exporters (CEC). Prior to that, between 1999 and 2011, she was the Chief Economist of the Foundation International Agriculture Negotiation Institute (INAI Foundation). Also she has developed consulting work for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina, among others

Agustín Tejeda Rodriguez

is currently Chief Economist at the INAI Foundation, which was created by the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, the Bahía Blanca Grain Exchange and the Rosario Board of Trade to achieve the best possible outcomes for Argentina in the international agricultural negotiations. As Chief Economist, he is the main researcher of topics relevant to the insertion of the Argentine agro industrial products into international trade -including value global chains, Argentinean and other countries commercial and productive policies, international trade negotiations, commercial controversies, restrictive measures to trade and sustainable production- and coordinator of INAI´s agricultural long-term projections (ERAMA). He is also external consultant on agricultural and trade policies at different international organizations and institutions, such as ECLAC and ICTSD.

Mr. Tejeda is professor at University of Belgrano, and teaches in postgraduate and graduate courses in different national universities. He has published several articles and papers in journals and magazines. Additionally, he is advisor to the House Committee on Agriculture of Argentina. Finally, Mr. Tejeda has a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires and postgraduate studies in International Relations at the University of La Plata. In 2014, he attended to the International Visitor Leadership Program of the United States Department of State, where he studied US economic policies affecting trade and agriculture.

Eduardo J. Trigo

Is PhD in Agricultural Economics (Wisconsin University), He is currently director of Grupo CEO S.A. and advisor of Science ministry. He used to work for different organizations, such as IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture) and ISNAR (International Service for National Agricultural Research) where he served as research director. He has also been consultant of IDB, World Bank, FAO, UN and many other research institutions for Latin America and the Caribbean. He is specialised in agricultural science and natural resource management focused in bioeconomy, he has published several books and papers about it.

BART Vrolijk

Bart Vrolijk received his degree in agricultural economics at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Over the last 20 years he had different positions in international trade policy. Bart worked 5 years for the Food and Agricultural Organization FAO, and started in 2001 to work for the Ministry of Agriculture in the Netherlands, where he held different positions. Since 2012 Bart has been Agricultural Counselor at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Buenos Aires.

Luis Zubizarreta

Zubizarreta has a degree in Economics and has beenworking in theexportation and grainindustralization sector for more than 30 years. He iscurrentlyserving as regional manager of institutionalrelations of Louis DreyfusCommodities. He alsoserves as CARBIO President, Buenos Aires Grain Exchange Director, Private and commercial Port Chamber director and ACSOJA vice president.