Dr. Dirk Troskie is the regional Representative, Southern Africa. He is the Director of Business Planning and Strategy, in the Department of Agriculture of the Western Cape Province, South Africa. He has a wide array of experience in agricultural economics and provides expert counsel on agricultural-economics matters for high-level decision making, coordinates transversal strategic planning and reporting processes for the Department, manages and coordinates impact and outcome assessments of the Department’s activities. Dr Troskie has presented 38 scientific presentations, published 27 scientific peer reviewed research papers, 66 substantial reports and published more than 800 popular articles and papers on subjects ranging from macro-economic policy to farm level issues. He has served on various scientific committees including the executive committee of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA). In 2010, Dr. Troskie chaired the local organizing committee that successfully hosted the 3rd Conference of the African Association for Agricultural Economists in Cape Town. In 2013, he convened the American Association of Wine Economics in Stellenbosch. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Farm Management Association of South Africa (FAMASA). An Alumni of the University of Stellenbosch, Dirk obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD in Agricultural Economics from the same institution. He also serves as a special advisor of agricultural economics in the office of the HOD for Agriculture at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Dirk has special academic interest in political economy, the interaction between values, culture, quality, geography and farming (i.e. Geographical Indicators) and developing agrarian economies in a globalising world.