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Policy Advisory Council Members

Researchers collecting soil samples in the Philippines

Professor Kym Anderson AC

  • George Gollin Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide
  • Part-time Professor of Economics, Crawford school of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • Professor Anderson is the President of the Council. 

Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he has been affiliated since 1984. He is also a part-time Professor of Economics at the Australian National Universities Crawford School of Public Policy. He is a Fellow of the AAEA, AARES, AAWE, ASSA, APPS and CEPR. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute. He has published more than 350 articles and 35 books, including The Political Economy of Agricultural Protection (with Yujiro Hayami, 1986), Disarray in World Food Markets (with Rod Tyers, 1992), The World’s Wine Markets: Globalization at Work (2004), Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda (with Will Martin, 2006) and, during 2008-10, a set of 4 regional and 3 global books on Distortions to Agricultural Incentives. In 2014 he was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Economics degree by the University of Adelaide and in 2015 he became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Mr Xaypladeth Choulamany

  • Director General, Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Mr Choulamany is the Laos representative on the Council.

Dr Leah Buendia

  • Director Policy Coordination and Monitoring Division, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development
  • Dr Buendia is the Philippine representative on the Council

Dr Jia Jingdun

  • Director General, China Rural Technology Development Centre, Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Dr Jia is the Chinese representative on the Council.

Mr Jia Jingdun, Deputy Director General, Department of Rural and Social Development, Ministry of Science and Technology has been the serving member of the PAC from China since March 2003. His contribution to the Council has been extremely valuable, particularly his national perspective on agricultural research priorities for China. He was previously Deputy Director General, Department of Rural Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology.

Mr Jia Jingdun has a Master of Engineering (Application of System Engineering in Agriculture), China Agricultural University, 1987 and a Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural Engineering), Shandong University of Technology, 1984.

Dr Nguyen Van Bo

  • President, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Dr Bo is the Vietnamese representative on the Council.

Dr Nguyen Van Bo, the former President of the Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, has been the serving member from Vietnam on the PAC since March 2004. His contribution to the Council has been extremely valuable, both in terms of his national perspective on agricultural research priorities for Vietnam and the contribution associated with his involvement with various international institutions.

Dr Bo worked as Director General of the National Institute for Soils and Fertilizers (1994-1999) and Director General of the Department of Science and Technology and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (1999-2005) before becoming President of VAAS in 2006.

Educational/Professional Qualifications: PhD in Biology, Moscow State University, Russia, 1988; and a BSc and MSc in Agrochemistry, Cuban Agricultural University, Russia, 1978.

Sir Brown Bai KBE CSM CBE

  • Managing Director, Tola Investments Limited
  • Sir Bai is the Papua New Guinean representative on the Council.

He is a distinguished former Public Servant, including Ambassador to Brussels and the European Community, Secretary for Treasury, Managing Director of PNG Banking Corporation as well as Secretary to the Department of Prime Minister & NEC. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea. And he is currently the Chairman of the Petromin, a private consultant and was a director of Ramu Sugar Limited and is currently a director of Hargy Oil Palm Limited, Goodman Fielder (PNG) International, Cargil PNG Ltd, Galley Reach Holdings Ltd, Public Sector Reform Advisory Group, and the PNG Microfinance Ltd. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of PNG Palm Oil Producers Association and the Chairman of the Rural Industries Council.

Professor Ramesh Chand

  • Member, Union Minister of State, National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
  • Professor Chand is the Indian representative on the Council.

Professor Ramesh Chand is currently a Member of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) in the rank and status of Union Minister of State. NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States. Previously Professor Chand was the Director, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi, from 2010 to 2015 and National Professor, National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi, from 2016 to 2010.

Professor Chand was a: Visiting Professor at the University of Wollongong, between April and August 2000; Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO, Chiba Shi, Japan, May to September, 2003; Senior Policy Subscriber (consultant) to FAO RAP, Bangkok, for Three Months, During June 2007 to May 2008, and a Consultant for FAO, ESCAP/United Nations, UNDP, UNCTAD, Commonwealth, World Bank, OECD.

He has chaired various Committees/Working Groups on Agriculture, Food Policy, Food Security, Farm Income, Market and Prices and WTO constituted by various Ministries and Planning Commission, Government of India (GoI) and various States. He was a member, of the Steering Committee on Agriculture for 11th Five Year Plan, GoI Planning Commission, and prepared a model for 4 percent growth in agriculture sector.

Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

  • CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Dr Sibanda is the African representative on the Council.

Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is an animal scientist who and has over the past 27 years worked as a research fellow, university lecturer, business owner, cattle farmer, chief executive officer of a food security policy think tank and head of an international diplomatic organisation.

Dr Sibanda has held the position of CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) since 2004. Under her leadership, FANRPAN was transformed from a small sub-regional network to a global player in the food security agenda giving voice to Africa’s position on the Green Revolution, Climate Change, Food and Nutrition Security. Prior to this she was employed under the Regional Public Policy Program funded Kellogg Foundation, Southern Africa as a Regional Coordinator based in Zimbabwe and operating in 6 African countries.

In December 2015, Dr Sibanda was awarded the Science Diplomacy Award by the South African Government for her efforts to put science at service of fostering international friendship. She is member of the UN Economic and Social Council Committee for Development Policy, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council of the UN and the African Union Commission Leadership Council.

Dr Sibanda completed a PhD in 1992 at the University of Reading, UK, Agriculture/Animal Production. Her thesis was entitled, Improving the productivity and nutrition of the Matebele goat: the effect of supplementary feed during pregnancy and lactation. She has an MSc in Agriculture/Grassland Science, University of Reading and a BSc Agriculture from the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

Dr. Ir. Agung Hendriadi

  • Director General, Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development. Ministry of Agriculture
  • Dr Hendriadi is the Indonesia representative on the Council.

He currently serves as Secretary of the Agency for Agricultural Research and Development since July 18, 2014, previously he served as Head of the Center for Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development. He has also served as the Head of the Agricultural Technology Transfer Management, Head of Program and Information at the Center for Agricultural Engineering Research and Development, and has previously been a Division Head of Administration in 1995.

Dr. Ir. Agung Hendriadi, M.Eng earned a Bachelor of Agricultural Technology (majoring in agricultural mechanization) in 1986 at the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. Postgraduate Education obtained in 1993 from AIT-Thailand (Department of Agricultural Engineering). Education Doctoral (S3) taken at AIT-Thailand (Department of Agricultural Engineering) and graduated in 2002.

Dr Sar Chetra

  • Deputy Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
  • Dr Chetra is the Cambodian representative on the Council.

Dr Sar Chetra is currently Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia. He is also an Adviser to the National Biodigester Program (NBP), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Since 2005 he has held important posts in the Ministry of Agriculture, primarily in the Animal Health and Production Office.

Dr Chetra has also acted as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the FAO, the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) of Cambodia and the Obihiro University of Agriculture & Vet. Medicine, Obihiro, Hokkaido/Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Tokyo, Japan.

Dr Chetra holds a PhD in Animal Production from the Obihiro University in Japan, a Master in Animal Production, and a BSc in Animal Health from the Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Dr Colin Tukuitonga

  • Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Dr Tukuitonga is the Pacific representative on the Council.

Dr Tukuitonga was appointed Director-General of SPC in November 2013.  He has held several leadership positions across the Pacific and globally, including: Associate Professor of Pacific and International Health, University of Auckland; Head of Surveillance and Prevention of Chronic NCDs, World Health Organisation, Former Chief Executive of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Government of New Zealand.  Dr Tukuitonga is the Founding Member of the Niue Arts and Culture Festival, Pacific Language Weeks (celebrating five Pacific languages) in New Zealand, Leadership Development Programme for Pacific civil servants in New Zealand.