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 in Agricultural Marketing, Trade, and Policy at The Ohio State University

Professor Sheldon has published widely in the fields of economics and agricultural economics with a focus on trade and policy issues. His recent research has focused on trade and intellectual property rights, trade and climate policy, product quality upgrading and trade liberalization, agricultural productivity and trade, and evaluating the impact of regional trade liberalization. 

Sofia Berto Villas-Boas

Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley

Professor Villas-Boas’ research interests include industrial organization, consumer behavior, food policy, and environmental regulation. Her recent empirical work estimates the effects of policies on consumer behavior, such a bottled water tax, a plastic bag ban, and a soda tax campaign and its implementation. Other published work has focused on the economics behind wholesale price discrimination banning legislation, contractual relationships along a vertical supply chain, and identifying the role of those contracts in explaining pass-through of cost shocks along the supply chain into retail prices that consumers face.