Panos A. Konandreas, a Greek national, has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of California (Davis and Berkeley) and a M.S. in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.
He retired from FAO in May 2008 as Head of FAO's Liaison Office in Geneva, where he worked since 1998 on trade issues related in particular to the negotiations on agriculture under the WTO. He spent 16 years in Rome (1982-98) at the FAO Commodities and Trade Division, as Chief of Trade Policy and Commodity Projections Service and other senior positions. Earlier posts include: Principal Economist at the International Livestock Centre for Africa (1979-82) and Research Associate at the International Food Policy Research Institute (1976-79).
His main areas of research include international trade policy issues, commodity markets and price volatility, development assistance, food security and food aid policy, biofuel trends and related policies. He has authored some 100 research works on these subjects, including individual research monographs, technical reports and articles in refereed professional journals and books. He was member of the Editorial Board of Food Policy for over 12 years and edited a special issue of this Journal on the Implications of the Uruguay Round for developing countries.