Averaging nearly 25 years of experience in the agri-food sectorWPI's uniqueness is in its composition of people. The professional staff of WPI and affiliated consultants average nearly 25 years of experience in the agri-food sector. The firm joins together professionals with extensive industry background, high-level government trade policy and export program management experience, and producer-supported export market development organization experience, all in a concerted effort to provide broad-based services for our clients.
During his Federal career, Mr. Dewhurst:
- Served as a key advisor to 12 cabinet officers in developing, presenting, and executing the $110+ billion annual budget of the Department of Agriculture;
- Reformed the processes by which the USDA develops, analyzes, and presents legislative and regulatory proposals;
- Represented the Department as a main or supporting witness at over 500 Congressional hearings;
- Became a charter member of the Federal Senior Executive Service in 1979 and received Presidential recognition as an outstanding senior executive on five occasions from President Carter (1980), President Reagan (1986), President Bush (1991), and President Clinton (1996 & 1999);
- Served as a national board member and president of the American Association for Program and Budget Analysis--he received this organization's award for distinguished national service in 1991;
- Served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army during 1968-1970 and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his outstanding service.
Mr. Dewhurst is a native of New York City. In 1964, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the George Washington University and in 1967 he received a Juris Doctor Degree from the same University.
Prior to this, Mr. Hazelhoff worked for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality on European agricultural policy and multilateral trade agreements. Joost started his career at World Perspectives as a junior policy analyst. Joost holds a master’s from Wageningen University in International Trade Administration and Policies.
Located just outside Canberra, Australia's capital, Mr. Darby maintains close relationships with industry and government bodies involved in agriculture within Australia. Mr. Darby joins World Perspectives following 12 years as an Agricultural Specialist with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, where he was responsible for analysis and reporting on the full range of Australian agricultural commodity. He has worked as a Trade Policy Analyst for Australia's Departments of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), where he developed a position paper on agricultural industries and multilateral trade reform. He also has worked closely with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) as a field researcher and has experience as a farm lobbyist working with Australia's largest farmer association, NSW Farmers. Mr. Darby maintains a herd of beef cattle and is passionate about coaching junior sports -- particularly Rugby Union.