WPI Spotlight

Averaging nearly 25 years of experience in the agri-food sector

WPI'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.

Stephen B. Dewhurst

Mr. Dewhurst is an affiliated consultant with WPI who has completed several recent high profile evaluations with the firm including budgeting/financial framework evaluations for both for USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility. Steve retired from the Federal Government in April, 2005 after more than 39 years of service including 26 years as Director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis and Budget Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.

Joost HazelhoffJoost Hazelhoff

Mr. Hazelhoff has recently reaffiliated with World Perspectives, Inc. as Director for Europe for the company. Mr. Hazelhoff is located in the Netherlands and will be providing World Perspectives and its clients with international expertise in the farm inputs industries, including the fertilizer, the crop protection and seed industry. Prior to setting up his own firm in affiliation with World Perspectives, Joost was a Director at Rabobank International, a Dutch cooperative bank specialized in food and agribusiness (F&A) financing. In this role he was responsible for research coverage of the farm inputs business, providing oversight to the firm’s analysts based in Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia. He supported credit applications and closely worked together with product groups such as leveraged finance and M&A on buy and sell mandates. The consultant’s responsibilities included strategic advisory projects for corporate clients, and publications and presentations at conferences to profile Rabobank’s F&A expertise.

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.

Mike DarbyMike Darby

Mike Darby is an affiliated consultant with WPI and Director of Mike Darby International, which provides expert information about Australian agriculture to people and organizations around the world. He specializes in agricultural production assessment, trade analysis and policy advice.

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.

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