Presenter Biographies

David Abler, Penn State University

Dave Abler is a professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics & Demography at Penn State University, and a principal and co-owner of By The Numbers, a consultancy. He obtained a B.A. degree in economics and mathematics from Macalester College in 1982 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1987. His research focuses on international economic development, global food and agricultural markets, environmental policies for agriculture, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Alejandro Acosta, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Alejandro Acosta is a FAO Livestock Development Officer for Central America. At FAO he has conducted research on price transmission and market transparency of food markets in Africa and Latin America. Currently he is coordinating two regional initiate one on "Policy guidelines for the sustainable development of the livestock sector in Central America" and other about the "Socio-economic cost of trade restrictive animal diseases in Central America." He is a PhD candidate on Agricultural Economics from the University of Gottingen in Germany, holds a M.Sc on Agricultural Economics, a M.Sc on Tropical Agriculture and a B.Sc on Livestock Production.

Robert Beach, RTI International

Robert Beach is a senior economist in the Environmental, Technology, and Energy Economics Program at RTI International. He specializes in the development and application of economic models to analyze agricultural, environmental, energy, and natural resource regulations, programs, and policies. Research applications include studies evaluating the economic impacts of climate change on agriculture, economic and environmental impacts of bioenergy production, global agricultural GHG mitigation analyses, low carbon development strategies, risk management and crop insurance, and factors influencing forest management. Dr. Beach is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University.

Jean-Claude Bizimana, Texas AgriLife Research

Jean-Claude Bizimana is a post-doctoral research assistant at the Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple, Texas. He recently graduated from the Agricultural Economics Department at Texas A&M University. His main research is on market information economics with a focus on how market information systems help create market transparency and competition in developing countries. His dissertation research studied the cattle market integration in Mali, Kenya and Tanzania. Jean-Claude also has a long experience working in international agricultural and rural development both in his home country of Rwanda and in Mali as a research assistant during his PhD program. 

Don P. Blayney, USDA-Economic Research Service

Don Blayney is an economist in the Markets and Trade Division of USDA's Economic Research Service. Don has focused on domestic U.S. dairy industry issues, including international trade, production, markets, and public policy.

Danhong Chen, Penn State University

Danhong Chen is a third-year Ph.D. student in Agricultural, Environmental & Regional Economics and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in International Economics and Trade. Her research interests include agribusiness management, international trade in agricultural products, environmental impacts of economic growth, inequality, internal and international migration etc. Recently, she has been doing research on contractual choices between agribusinesses and farmers, and innovation in Chinese agribusinesses.

Christopher G. Davis, USDA-Economic Research Service

Christopher G. Davis is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has been employed at ERS since 2002. He works with the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch, in the Market and Trade Economics Division. He conducts research on food consumption, meat and poultry trade, industry organization, and serves as a market analyst for poultry trade.

John N. Giamalva, U.S. International Trade Commission

John Giamalva is an international trade analyst in the Office of Industries, Agriculture and Fisheries Division at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Prior to working in the Office of Industries, he worked in the Applied Economics Division at the ITC. John received an MA in economics in 1994 from the University of Arkansas, where he also worked as a research associate conducting research on consumer willingness to pay for aspects of food safety.

William F. Hahn, USDA-Economic Research Service

William Hahn is an economist in the Market and Trade Division of the USDA Economic Research Service. He has over 25 years of professional experience as an economic analyst.

Keithly Jones, USDA-Economic Research Service

Keithly Jones is an economist in the Markets and Trade Division of USDA's Economic Research Service. Keithly focuses on meat, livestock, dairy, and poultry trade and demand issues. 

David Karemera, Dept. of Economics, South Carolina State University

Dr. David Karemera is a Professor of Economics at South Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1989. David has experience in international agricultural trade. His research interests include Gravity Model Analysis of International Trade Flows, the Impacts of Free Trade Agreements, Policy Analysis, and Stochastic Behavior of Exchange Rates. His research articles are published in numerous journals including Contemporary Economic Policy, International Journal of Finance, Applied Economics, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Management Policy and Practice; The Journal of Forecasting, and others.

Kar Ho Lim, University of Kentucky

Kar Ho Lim is a post-doc research associate at the University of Kentucky. His research interest includes country-of-origin labeling, food safety, and other value-added attributes on meat product.

Paul Lirette, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Paul Lirette joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in 2009 as an economic market analyst. His primary area of expertise began with national and international grain and oilseed markets and was recently reassigned to red meat markets. Paul received his M.A. in Economics from the University of Guelph in 2009 and a B.A. in Economics from Mount Allison University in 2008.

William A. McFall, University of Georgia

William McFall is a second year graduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing a M.S. degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a M.S. Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences. He spent the previous summer as an intern at ERS in the Food Economics Division researching food insecurity in households with children. He has previous work experience at food banks in Georgia and Illinois. He has research interests in international agricultural development, food security, and trade.  He will begin service in the United States Peace Corps in May 2013 in South or Central America.

Cephas Naanwaab, North Carolina A&T

Cephas B. Naanwaab, Ph.D, is a postdoctoral research associate at the L.C. Cooper Jr. International Trade Center, North Carolina A&T State University. He works with other scientists at the Center to develop an outreach program that focuses on recruiting and providing technical assistance to limited-resource farmers, medium-scale businesses, and cooperatives in North Carolina. His research interests include: the effects of trade agreements and product standards on international trade, environmental justice, and the economics of bio-energy resources. Dr. Naanwaab earned his Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Economics from his native country (Ghana), Master's degree in Economics and PhD in Applied Economics from Auburn University, Alabama. 

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University

Derrell Peel is the Charles Breedlove Professor of Agribusiness in the Department of Agricultural Economics. He has served as the Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist since he came to Oklahoma State University in 1989. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Montana State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He previously served as the Superintendent of the Southeastern Colorado Range Research Station in Springfield Colorado. His main program areas at Oklahoma State University include livestock market outlook and marketing/risk management education for livestock producers. Derrell also works in the area of international livestock and meat trade with particular focus on Mexico and Canada and the North American livestock and meat industry. He lived in Mexico on sabbatical in 2001 and has developed an extensive knowledge of the Mexican cattle and beef industry and the economics of cattle and beef trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

Miguel Robles, International Food Policy Research Institute

Miguel Robles is a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. At IFPRI he has conducted research on the behavior of international agricultural commodity markets, price transmission estimations from international markets to domestic food markets in Latin America and Asia, analysis of futures markets and the role of speculation, analysis on the welfare impact of changing food prices in Latin America and Asia, and a new approach to provide weather index-based insurance, among other topics. He holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA.

Fawzi Taha, USDA-Economic Research Service

Fawzi Taha is an economist in the Market and Trade Division of the USDA Economic Research Service. He has over 25 years of professional experience as an economic analyst.

Constanza Valdes, USDA-Economic Research Service

Constanza Valdes is an economist with the International Demand and Trade Branch within the Market and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA. A Brazil specialist, she has extensive experience conducting analysis and research on economic, agricultural and trade policy issues related to Brazil. José Garcia Gasques is an economist with the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and Director of Research at the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture. He has published numerous research reports related to productivity issues for Brazilian agriculture. 

Thomas I. Wahl, North Dakota State University

Dr. Thomas I. Wahl is the Assistant Director for Global Agricultural Initiatives and Economic Development in the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and a Professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. His research focuses on trade policy, consumers' attitudes and preferences, international marketing and trade as well as food demand. Dr. Wahl has traveled extensively in the Pacific Rim and Asia, particularly in China, to better understand potential markets and develop collaboration opportunities. He received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in agribusiness and agricultural economics from Iowa State University.

Norbert Wilson, Auburn University

Norbert Wilson is an associate professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University. He is also a member of Auburn University Food Systems Initiative (AUFSI) and the International Agricultural Trade and Research Consortium (IATRC). Norbert is the chair of the multi-state project S-1043 Economic Impacts of International Trade and Domestic Policies on Southern Agriculture.