«Multi-year Expert Meeting on Commodities and Development 9–10 April 2014 Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXVI Bios of the speakers and moderators ...»
CONFÉRENCE DES NATIONS UNIES SUR UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE
LE COMMERCE ET LE DÉVELOPPEMENT ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT
Multi-year Expert Meeting on Commodities and Development
9–10 April 2014
Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXVI
Bios of the speakers and moderators
Samuel K. Gayi, Head of the Special Unit on Commodities,
Samuel Gayi started at UNCTAD in 1994 as an Economic Affairs Officer in the Office of the Special Coordinator for Least Developed Countries. He is currently Head, Special Unit on Commodities. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the University of Manchester and has taught in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He was also the Principal Planning Economist/Acting Manager, Strategic Planning Division, African Development Bank, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Samuel has researched and published on a range of development issues of relevance to the least developed countries and Africa, including, Trade Diversification, Financial Sector Reforms, Domestic Financial Resource Mobilization, WTO/trade issues, Structural Adjustment and Poverty Reduction, and Trade Performance and Commodity Dependence.
Boubaker Ben-Belhassen, Deputy Director of the Trade and Markets Division, Economic and Social Development Department, and Secretary of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Mr. Ben-Belhassen holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in agricultural economics and an M.A. in economics, all from the University of Missouri, USA. His areas of specialization include commodity market modeling, price and policy analysis and food security issues. He has also strong experience in intergovernmental processes. In September 2013, he was designated as FAO Focal Point for the post-2015 development agenda, coordinating FAO’s contributions to the post-2015 process. Previously, he had served as Senior Attaché de Cabinet in the Office of the Director-General of FAO. Mr. Ben- Belhassen has written on several issues related to food commodity markets, policy developments and global food security.
Nathan Kemp, Economist, International Grains Council, London Nathan Kemp graduated with an honours degree in Economics & Politics from the Un
1 Loke Fong Han, Senior Economist, International Cocoa Organization, London LOKE FONG HAN is the Senior Economist of the International Cocoa Organization based in London, United Kingdom. He began his career as an assistant secretary in the research and planning division of the Ministry of Primary Industries, Malaysia, before moving to the international division and to eventually head the palm oil development division. His has wide experience in research, market situation analyses of major commodities (palm oil, forestry, rubber, cocoa, pepper), country briefs, assisting in the ministry’s publications, providing inputs for the National Agriculture Policies, the Industrial Master Plans, the annual IMF consultations, Economic Reports, the various Inter Agency Planning Groups for the Malaysian Economic Planning Unit’s five year plans. He has presented papers at national, ASEAN and international forums on issues related to commodities, and undertook negotiations in the WTO in the Committee on Agriculture, Non-agriculture products and trade policy review mechanism for Malaysia, and the Common Fund for Commodities. As Under-Secretary of the palm oil division, he extended his expertise to formulate national policies to promote the development of the palm oil industry, working closely with the various stakeholders of the industry. He was engaged in the roundtable process in the development of criteria and indicators for sustainable palm oil. He was a Member of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and has served the Malaysian government for 26 years. As the senior economist of ICCO, he conducts research, prepares terms of reference for economic studies, documents for ICCO Council’s and the Consultative Board’s deliberations, strategic action plan, organization’s work programmes, certification, sustainability, farmers’ organizations, diversification, and traceability issues. He has helped organized two roundtables on sustainable world cocoa economy, international workshop on safe use of pesticides in cocoa and harmonized legislation for food safety, certification workshops, and the World Cocoa Conference. His current focus is on the implementation of the Global Cocoa Agenda, the road map for the cocoa sector.
Ammar Assabah, Deputy Director, International Olive Oil Council, Madrid, Spain Mr. Ammar Assabah, Algerian, Ingénieur en chef, holds a PhD in rural economics. He is Deputy Director in the International Olive Council (IOC) since 2011. Before that Mr. Ammar Assabah was, Central Director at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Director-General at the National Seed & Plant Inspection and Certification Centre (CNCC), Secretary-General at the Technical Field Crops Institute (ITGC), Head of Department at the Technical Field Crops Institute, Policy officer at the National Olive Products Board (ONAPO) and Head project officer at the Technical Field Crops Institute. He has managerial responsibilities, being President, Board of Governors, National Agricultural Research Institute of Algeria (INRAA); President, Board of Governors, Algerian Grain Agency (OAIC); Member, Supervisory Board, National Tobacco Agency–Agricultural Development Agency (SNTA-SAGRODEV); Member, Board of Governors, National Insurance Board–National Agricultural Mutual Insurance Fund (CNA-CNMA), and Professional responsibilities as Member of the Central Negotiations Coordination Unit for the accession of Algeria to the World Trade Organization, 2002–2011, and Member of the Standing Committee on the EU-Algeria Association Agreement 2004–2011 (March). Mr.
Ammar Assabah is 62, is married and has 4 children.
2 Carlos Risopatron, Director of Economics and Environment for the International Copper Study Group, Lisbon, Portugal Carlos Risopatron, Director of Economics and Environment, International Copper Study Group, Portugal Carlos holds degrees in Economics and Engineering from the University of Chile. He has been producing research for different institutions for over 30 years. In 1983-1989 he worked as a consultant for the UN-ECLAC Dept of Natural Resources. In 1990-1995 he was Economic Advisor to the Ministries of Mines & Planning and ENAMI Corporation in Chile. In 1996he ran his own consulting practice, then in 2002-2004 he was an Inter-American Development Bank Economic Advisor for the Venezuelan National Assembly. In 2005he was a UN staff officer for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and then a UNDP Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of East Timor. Since 2007 he has been a staff member at the International Copper Study Group in Lisbon, Portugal. ICSG is an intergovernmental organisation that serves to increase copper market transparency and promote international discussions and cooperation on issues related to non- ferrous metals.
Tang Ke, Professor, Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance, and School of Finance, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China Ke Tang is a Professor in the Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance and School of Finance at the Renmin University of China, where he teaches courses in finance in the graduate programs. He received his B.A. in Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2000, Master of Financial Engineering from University of California, Berkley in 2004, and his Ph.D. in Finance from Cambridge University in 2008. His research has covered such topics as: commodity markets, Chinese stock markets and continuous-time asset pricing models. His works and views have been presented in various conferences held by institutions such as UNCTAD, OECD and FAO etc. He currently serves as the managing editor of Quantitative Finance.
Alexandra Laurent, Statistician, Special Unit on Commodities, UNCTAD, Geneva Alexandra Laurent joined the Special Unit on Commodities (SUC) of UNCTAD in 2001 (formerly known as the Commodities Branch). For 10 years, she contributed to the development of the Infocomm, an electronic portal on commodities, and supported the implementation of the Infoshare, a sharing database implemented in Cameroon, the Pacific islands and the Caribbean. In 2011, Mrs. LAURENT was appointed as
statistician of the SUC. In this capacity, she is responsible for two recurrent publications:
(1) The State of Commodity Dependence - a biannual report that provides individual country profiles for 154 developing countries with regard to their commodity-dependence status. The second issue of this document i s currently under preparation, and (2) The Commodities at a glance (CAG), a regular publication - available in both English and French - that presents and disseminates topical information linked to international primary commodity markets in a clear, concise and friendly format. After a fourth edition on food security issues, the upcoming volume of the CAG deals with the rare earths' problematic. Mrs. Laurent holds a Master degree in Management from SKEMA business school, Sophia Antipolis, France and a Master of Arts in International Finance from the University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom.
3 Franz-Josef Wodopia, Member of the Board and Chief Executive of the German Coal Association, Herne, Germany Prof. Wodopia was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on 12 December 1957.
In 1981 he finished his studies at Heidelberg University with a diploma in economics. Afterwards he worked as a research assistant and assistant lecturer at Heidelberg University. In 1985 he obtained his PhD in economics. From 1986 to 1988 he worked as scientific staff member with the German Coal Mining Association in Essen, Germany. In 1989 he started working for the German Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union in Hannover, Germany. His last position there was Head of the Mining and Energy Industry Department. Since 1 July 2005 Prof. Wodopia has been the Chief Executive of the German Coal Association and since 1 May 2006 he also has been a Member of its Board. Since 26 January 2009 Prof. Wodopia has been Vice-president of EURACOAL.
From 2000 to 2007 he held a chair for economics for engineers and since 2007 he has been an honorary professor at Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany.
Valérie Ducrot, Manager, UNECE Gas Centre From 1995 till 2009 Valérie Ducrot held a number of positions such as communication manager, human resources expert, project manager in the Group GDF SUEZ. Her responsibilities included the managerial communication of the merger between Gas de France and SUEZ. During a number of years she, as a human resources expert, took part in negotiations with the French Unions. In April 2009 she joined the United Nations UNECE Gas Centre in Geneva, and in July 2010, she was appointed Head of the UNECE Gas Centre. The UNECE Gas Centre was instituted in 1994 as a technical cooperation programme “Promotion and Development of a Market-Based Gas Industry in Economies In Transition – the Gas Centre”. It was established to assist governments and gas companies in Central and Eastern Europe in their efforts to create market-based gas industries. Today, the Gas Centre is a unique UN platform for sharing best practices, for discussions on topics of interest and policy development, enhancing the network for gas companies worldwide. The Gas Centre’s programme is developed based on priorities of the member companies. Current areas of interest include new gas supply, transit, gas legislation and regulation, security of supply, LNG business, long-term contracts, natural gas vehicles and the Gas Centre database (accessible to members only). The Gas Centre contributes to the UN Secretarygeneral’s global initiative of sustainable Energy. For All in the areas of security of energy Supply, market analysis and sustainable development. She holds an MBA from Ecole Management de Lyon, 1995, and, Political Sciences, Master in International Law, 2004.
4 Euloge Anicet Nkounkou, International Expert in Petroleum, Minerals and Energy Law, Canada Dr. Euloge Anicet NKOUNKOU, the First Philosophiadoctor in International Law of Petroleum, Minerals and Energy (Doctorate thesis topic: Contractual and Extracontractual Modes of Legal stabilization, substantive and procedural of transnational oil and mining investments in 550 pages) is currently international Expert in renewable energy with Garethconsulting Firm. Prior this, he worked as Special Advisor at the office of the Dean of African diplomatic corps in Canada, he was also appointed with Ultramar oil company in Canada belong to Valero US oil Corporation. Before that position, Dr. Euloge Nkounkou has served as Expert and International Negotiator of Treaties, the price of Barrels of Oil and Gas and Exploration-Exploitation Contracts of Natural Resources with the Garethconseil Firm specialize in natural resources cases. In May 2009 he worked as Researcher, Legal Associate Fellow to the Department of Natural Resources to the Centre of International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL). He holds Postgrade Diploma in European Law (University of Lausanne) Switzerland (1995); Master’s Degree in business Law & International Trade (University of Montreal (2002); PhD in International Law of Petroleum, Minerals and Energy, University of Laval, Canada (2011). His doctoral thesis (600 pages) treat the area relatively unexplored in International Law of Petroleum, Minerals and Energy. It’s furthermore, the contribution made in the interest of protecting the rights of oil and mining companies in the World.