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WPI Consultants

Global Experience and Insight

WPI’s global reach is enhanced though our network of consultants that touches every continent. Each of WPI’s affiliated consultants brings experience and expertise to our projects, helping ensure our clients receive valuable, insightful analysis and recommendations.

With experience ranging from high-level government positions to managing private brokerages, our consultants have a deep knowledge of the issues facing the agri-food industry. Together, this group of professionals is equipped to help our clients succeed with trade policy and export program management, producer-supported export market development, market analysis, and strategic business management.
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Consultants Bios

John Baize
John Baize Contributor
Mr. Baize provides WPI with international expertise in oilseeds. He has chaired and participated in conferences on oilseeds and oilseed products in Europe, Asia, and Latin America as well as in the U.S. He was actively involved on behalf of U.S. oilseed organizations and companies during negotiations on both the Uruguay Round and the NAFTA. He has been an advisor to the United Soybean Board's Marketing, Trade Analysis, and Audit and Evaluation Committee for 5 years.

Mr. Baize also serves as President of John C. Baize and Associates, an international agricultural trade and policy consulting firm specializing in the oilseeds sector.

Prior to establishing his own firm in 1989, Mr. Baize served for over 10 years as a Staff Vice President in the American Soybean Association's Washington office, where his duties included overall domestic and international policy development and implementation. Prior to joining the American Soybean Association, Mr. Baize served as a member of the staff of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where he was involved in several aspects in the Tokyo Round of GATT negotiations. Mr. Baize also served for four years on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture where he was responsible for domestic livestock and grains policy, as well as international trade and export policy.

Mr. Baize has served as Chairman of the USDA/USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for trade in oilseeds and oilseed products. Raised on a Texas grain and livestock farm, Mr. Baize earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science degree in agriculture from Colorado State University.
Mike Krueger
Mike Krueger Contributor
Michael Krueger is the founder and President of The Money Farm, a grain marketing advisory service located in Fargo, North Dakota that works with individual farmers, country elevators and others associated with agriculture. He is also a senior analyst for World Perspectives, a Washington, DC-based international agricultural consulting company, and has traveled extensively internationally as a speaker at various farm and grain industry meetings and seminars including the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Asia, South America and Latin America.

Mr. Krueger has also worked on numerous consulting projects in the U.S. as well as overseas. He is a licensed commodity broker, clearing through ADM Investor Services. Mr. Krueger is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and began his career with Cargill, Inc., holding a number of management and merchandising positions.
Joost Hazelhoff
Joost Hazelhoff Special Consultant
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.
Stephen Dewhurst
Stephen Dewhurst Special Consultant
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.
Mike Darby
Mike Darby Special Consultant
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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