Keynote speakers (confirmed)
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.
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.