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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

Dawson Williams
Dawson Williams Senior Analyst
Dawson Williams is a WPI affiliate and Senior Analyst that contributes to the firm’s weekly China regional analysis as well as select consulting efforts in Central America, South America and Asia. A Managing Partner at Williams & Lu, Mr. Williams holds an MBA in finance from the HEC School of Management in Paris and an MA in international affairs and economics from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and has worked extensively in trade promotion; evaluating U.S. agricultural cooperator programs; export consulting; and agricultural project finance and development.

Mr. Williams has an established track record in consumer research and marketing and in developing new international markets for U.S. fruit and nut producers. Most recently, Mr. Williams has been a major contributor to evaluations and market assessments in China; a monetization assessment conducted by WPI in Central America as well as an 8-country (including Colombia and Peru) South American market assessment on behalf of the U.S. poultry industry.

Mr. Williams is fluent in Spanish; in addition to his consulting work he manages export business (with primary markets in Central and South America) for a commercial fruit/tree nut (primarily apples and pear) business.
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.
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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