Keynote speakers (confirmed)

Miet Maertens

Professor in Agricultural and Development Economics and Head of the Division of Bioeconomics at KU Leuven

Professor Maertens’ research focuses on food trade, supply chain coordination, food standards, and sustainable agricultural intensification – she studies these issues from the perspective of how  they affect low- and middle- income countries and the rural development process in these countries, with specific attention to food security, labor market developments, gender and empowerment.   

Stefano Ponte

Professor of International Political Economy at Copenhagen Business School

Professor Ponte is primarily interested in transnational economic and environmental governance, with focus on overlaps and tensions between private authority and public regulation. His research, fieldwork, teaching and policy work is informed by international political economy approaches, global value chain analysis and convention theory. He is particularly interested in how sustainability labels, certifications and codes of conduct shape power relations in global value chains, and in how different forms of partnerships affect sustainability outcomes.

Ian Sheldon

Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade, and Policy at The Ohio State University

Professor Sheldon’ s primary research interests are in analyzing international trade and policy. Recent projects include the examination of the interaction between trade and environmental policies as well as trade and food standards; analysis of the effects of exchange rate volatility on international trade flows; examination of the effects of policy on trade in ethanol; and analysis of China’s exchange rate policies. He is currently working on issues related to carbon tariffs, and also the impact of intellectual property rights on US seed exports.