Josef Schmidhuber is the Deputy Director in the Trade and Markets Division of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). He started his professional career as a consultant with the World Food Council, worked as an econometrician and economist with the FAO, as a senior economist with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and as 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, peer-reviewed journals, or as documents of international organisations such as the OECD, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the FAO. His areas of interest include commodity market analysis and outlook; trade and investment in agriculture; global food and nutrition issues; climate change, as well as links between bioenergy and agricultural markets. He holds a M.Sc. degree in agricultural economics and a Ph.D. in economics from the Technical University of Munich.