Our team of directors is responsible for the strategic direction that our Center takes in all research matters. We are committed to excellence in applied and up-to-date value-chain research, case for which we invite selected research fellows.

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Bodo E. Steiner, PhD

Bodo Steiner is Professor MSO, Research Director, as well as Director of the Danfoss Center of Global Business in the Department of Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark, where he continues to work on value chain and international marketing issues, with a focus on regional issues (IDEAS publications). Previously, he was Associate Professor in the Department of Rural Economy, University of Alberta (where he continues to be Adjunct Professor), President of the Alberta Agricultural Economics Association, Research Fellow of the Rural Development Research Consortium, University of California at Berkeley, and visiting scholar at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley. His research and teaching interests include entrepreneurship and innovation in food business, regional development and agglomeration economies, and the economics and management of value chains and contracts.

David Sparling, PhD

David is Professor in Operations Management and the Chair in Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Before joining Ivey, David was an Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph, Canada. In 2006 and 2007, he was the Executive Director of the Institute of Agri-Food Policy Innovation, examining issues related to agriculture and food policy. David is a Senior Associate at the University of Melbourne and has taught at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Wilfrid Laurier and McMaster Universities. David farmed near Cambridge for twenty years and has been president of an agribusiness insurance company and a biotechnology start-up. He has published and spoken frequently on the future directions for agriculture and food and has consulted widely with governments and industry associations. His research interests are in agri-food policy and regulation, value chains, innovation and commercializing new technologies. For more information see his website at .

Achim Spiller, Dr. Rer. Pol.

Professor and Chair of Food Marketing, University of Goettingen, Germany, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development. Since 2000, Achim Spiller is Professor and Chair of Food Marketing at the University of Goettingen. Achim’s research interests center around quality management, consumer behaviour, branding and organic food marketing. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Federal German Ministry of Agriculture and serves as Chair of the Stakeholder Board of the German Quality Certification System QS GmbH. Website:

Lloyd Steier, PhD

Lloyd P. Steier holds a Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise and is a Professor in Strategic Management and Organization at the University of Alberta School of Business. He is also Academic Director for both the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise and The Alberta Business Family Institute. Lloyd has researched and published in the areas of strategic management, new venture creation, venture capital governance, management education and family business. He currently teaches new venture creation and strategic management in MBA and Executive Development programs. Website:

Robert D. Weaver, PhD

Professor of Agricultural Economics, Member Operations Research Faculty, The Pennsylvania State University. His research and teaching interests focus on issues related to managing the performance of the extended enterprise through interorganizational collaborations in production and marketing systems. Recent studies have focused on R&D and innovation, management of firm and value chain performance, and collaborative organization of enterprises to enhance performance. His work has considered both market and non-market aspects of performance. Dr. Weaver has served as Senior Project Officer at the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council and been a visiting scholar at I.N.R.A./Rennes; University of Toulouse (France); University of Claremont-Ferrand, France; Catholic University, Louvain-La Nerve (Belgium); Wageningen Agricultural University (Netherlands), Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe, Halle, Germany, and Copenhagen Business School. He has consulted extensively with the World Bank, U.S.A.I.D., U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, Council of Environmental Quality, (Executive Office of the President) and the Office of the President of Korea on growth strategy.