The members of the Board of Directors are all volunteers who have made a commitment of time, energy and expertise to assure a successful future for World Potato Congress Inc.
Mr. Griffin brings with him a vast knowledge of the potato industry as President of WP Griffin Inc., a family-owned grower, packer and shipper of potatoes. WP Griffin Inc. packages many different types of potatoes in various sizes and most recently launched microwaveable mini potatoes with multiple spices.
President & CEO
Dr. Nigel Crump,
PhD in Agricultural Science
Mrs. Yayun (Elven) Huang,
Mrs. Huang graduated from the Department of Economic and Trade Foreign languages Quanzhou Agricultural University of Fujian Province in 2000.
After graduation, she engaged in shoes export business in Fujian Jinjiang Minghui Company. From 2002 to 2004, Mrs. Huang worked in Xiamen Powerlink Import and Export Co., Ltd., engaged in bearing and accessories export business. From 2005 to 2008, she joined SPRCOFFEE café (brand from Chicago) in Xiamen ,Fujian. Mrs. Huang founded Hong Kong Gsun Metal International Trading Co., Ltd from 2003 to 2009, mainly engaged in the import and export of precious metals. In 2009, she came to Zhaotong City, Yunnan Province to investigate the humic acid project, and founded Yunnan Greentech Co., Ltd.
In 2015,she established Yunnan Tumama Biotechnology Co., Ltd. Mrs. Huang led the company team to develop the company into a well-known enterprise in Yunnan Province. She always adhered to the management concept of "Enrich the soil, environment friendly, and poverty alleviation", and devoted herself to the protection of soil ecology and sustainable agricultural development. She has obtained many honors: China "high-tech enterprises", "National Science and Technology SMEs Innovation Fund" project, "Yunnan Province agricultural industrialization leading enterprises", "Yunnan Province excellent science and technology small and medium-sized enterprises" recognition, "Yunnan Provincial quality improvement demonstration Enterprise", "Yunnan key New Product", "Yunnan intellectual property advantage Enterprise", and joined in "China Environmental Protection Industry Association" to become a member organization.
In 2016, the company was successfully published in Shanghai Equity Trust Trading Center, won the sixth China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition National Finals excellent Enterprise Award, Yunnan Province third Innovation Entrepreneurship Competition Yunnan Province second prize.
Mrs. Huang is currently serving as a member of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Chinese people’s political Consultative Conference, as vice chairman of the Zhaotong Federation of Industry and Commerce, and a member of the board of the Committee of the Chinese people’s political Consultative Conference.
Bret A. Nedrow,
B.S. in Agribusiness Management and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho
Professor and Extension Potato Specialist
University of Idaho
Prior to being appointed as a WPC Director, André Devaux was named as an International Advisor with WPC Inc. in 2018. He is currently our project lead on the International Potato Day.
Mr. Devaux holds a PhD in Agriculture Science, Université Catholique Louvain (UCL), Belgium, with more than 35 years of professional experience in the global South. Extensive and proven expertise in managing multidisciplinary teams to strengthen agriculture innovation in Latin America, Africa and Asia, with special emphasis on production and utilization of the potato for enhancing food security, in the context of agricultural innovation systems and inclusive value chain development. He has published more than 50 articles, books and reports. Experience mainly with the International Potato Center (CIP) but also working experience with FAO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
With more than 30 years of experience in potato journalism at home and abroad, Jaap Delleman knows how to interpret new developments in the potato sector quickly and enthusiastically. This publisher of various trade books and editor-in-chief of the magazines Aardappelwereld and PotatoWorld also likes to get involved in the potato crop as an enthusiastic potato fan. He shares his knowledge and experience, gained from visiting growers and processors on all continents, with great verve with a rapidly growing international circle of readers. His professional passion and skill with the camera ensures that his written word is complemented by striking photographs and portraits. Besides publishing magazines and books, Jaap, after a recent study also qualified as a digital marketing professional, develops together with his experienced and driven Team Aardappelwereld a professional way of offline and online communication. Through this cross-media strategy, players in the global potato industry are provided with both a platform and a source of information. In a sector that never stands still, Jaap continuously develops himself and his business strategy in order to be of service to all links in the potato chain.