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International Advisors

The members of the International Advisory Committee are all volunteers who have made a commitment of time, energy and expertise to assure a successful future for World Potato Congress Inc.

Dr. André Devaux

Retired Director of CIP Latin America

Dr. Devaux has published more than 50 articles, books and reports. His experience is mainly with the International Potato Center (CIP) however he has also working experience with FAO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Deputy Director-General and Director of the CIP-China Centre for Asia and Pacific (CCCAP)

Mr. Lu graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master Degree of Agricultural Economic Studies in 1994, and also gained a Diploma in English Language and Law from Jiangsu Police Academy, China in 1981. He started his career at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in 1983 and had held a number of positions in the Department of International Cooperation, from Project Officer, Deputy Division Director, Division Director, all the way up to Deputy Director-General of the Department. He was also invited to serve as a senior adviser for the DPRK UNDP Office from 1997 to 1998, and was appointed Counselor in the Chinese Mission to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome from 2003 to 2004, where he played an active role in promoting China’s agricultural connection with the international community.

Mr. Kaguongo is an agricultural economist currently working with the National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK). He joined NPCK in 2011 and has been involved in its establishment, operationalization, strategy development and resource mobilization.

Over the last twenty years Mr. Kaguoungo has worked with agricultural based organizations in impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation of research and development projects. He has conducted research and development projects on livelihood, policy, farming systems, trade-offs analysis, value chain analysis and agricultural marketing in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia and Malawi. He has previously worked with KENFAP and CGIAR centres (International Potato Centre-6 years, International Livestock Research Institute-3 years and International Crop Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics-6 years). His current work has included capacity building of farmers and agricultural extension staff, project implementation, household survey, policy evaluation and formulation and lobby and advocacy. In the course of his work he has worked closely with government departments, national, regional and international partners and public and private sector actors and players.

In 1996, Mr. Kaguongo graduated from the University of Nairobi, Faculty of Agriculture-Kenya with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics. He also holds a BSc Agriculture from the University of Nairobi, Faculty of Agriculture-Kenya.

Willie Jacobs

With his expertise and experience as agricultural economist, Willie has already proven his mettle through a change in focus on enhancing the relationship between producer and consumer and tackling potato industry challenges head-on.

He studied BSc Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State, South Africa and obtained an MBA at North West University.

Up until his appointment as CEO of Potatoes South Africa (PSA) in January 2021, Willie worked on several contracts as an independent consultant. Most of the contracts were agricultural funding and management related.

Previously, he worked as Executive at the Land Bank of South Africa, serving corporate clients and later, as Executive Director of Obaro Financial Services, where farming activities were funded.

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