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International Advisory Committee

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.

John MacQuarrie

Director of Environmental Sustainability for Cavendish Farms

Dr. Marcelo Huarte

Coordinador del SubPrograma Nacional de Papa
Estacion Experimental Agropecuaria Balcarce
Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA)

Dr. Andre Jooste


Potatoes South Africa

Dr. Berga Lemaga

Science Lead: Central Potato Research Institute (CIP)


Mrs. Yayun Huang

Founder of Yunnan Greentech Co., Ltd.

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.


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).

Dr. Nigel Crump

PhD. Sc. (Ag.), Grad. Dip. App.Sc. (Ag.), B.App.Sc. (Ag.)

Dr Nigel Crump is a potato pathologist with over 19 years’ experience working in the Australian potato industry. Nigel is the General Manager for the Australian Seed Potato Industry Certification Authority (AuSPICA), which is an industry-based organisation that operates the seed potato certification Scheme in South Australia, Victoria and northern New South Wales. In addition to seed certification, Dr Crump oversees the day-to-day operation of the Toolangi Elite Business which produces G0 potato minitubers and tissue culture plantlets. AuSPICA also has a significant role in providing a range of professional technical services to the wider potato industry. Dr Crump enjoys a leadership role in the development and delivery of technical knowledge and services, and in so doing works with a small team of potato specialists.

Nigel makes significant contribution to the Australian potato industry through his many adjunct roles which include - secretary of the Australian Seed Potato Council (ASPC), Deputy chair of the UNECE specialised section on seed potatoes, and many other local industry subcommittees.  He is a member of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Crump is actively involved in various research programs and the supervision of post graduate students. Dr Crump has vast experience in knowledge transfer and directly works with the industry and growers across all sectors of the potato industry. Dr Crump has been involved in the delivery of international projects, including projects in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Zealand.

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.

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