Dr. Josef Schmidhuber is the Deputy Director in the Trade and Markets Division of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). His professional career started as a consultant with the World Food Council. Josef worked as an econometrician and economist with the FAO, a senior economist with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and as the head of FAO´s Global Perspectives Studies Unit.
He has assumed short-term assignments with other international institutions, including the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. His work has been published in numerous books and journals, or as documents of international organizations such as the OECD, the IPCC, and the FAO. His areas of interest include commodity market analysis and outlook, innovations and technologies of agriculture 4.0, trade, nutrition and investment, and climate change. He holds an MSc degree in Agricultural Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Technical University of Munich.