World Potato Congress Announces New International Advisor
The World Potato Congress announced a new international advisor Lu Xiaoping, who has been with the International Potato Center (CIP) since 2011. Since then, he served as the deputy director-general and director of the CIP-China Center for Asia and Pacific (CCCAP), a regional arm of CIP.
Xiaoping brings his vast experience to the table, according to the association. His primary responsibility as CIP is heading the start-up work at CCCAP, the first major presence in China of an international agricultural research organization under the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Prior to working at CIP, he assumed the position of Director of CCCAP Preparation Office, set up by the Ministry of Agriculture for establishing CCCAP. Mr. Lu started his career at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in 1983 and had held a number of positions in the Department of International Cooperation, from Project Officer, Deputy Division Director, Division Director, all the way up to Deputy Director-General of the Department.
He played an important part in negotiating and managing major international agricultural and resource agreements, programs, protocols and treaties.
He was also invited to serve as a senior adviser for the DPRK UNDP Office from 1997 to 1998 and was appointed Counselor in the Chinese Mission to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome from 2003 to 2004, where he played an active role in promoting China’s agricultural connection with the international community.
Commenting on the appointment, World Potato Congress president Romain Cools said the organization is looking forward to an exciting and fruitful collaboration with Xiaoping.