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Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy | University of Dublin Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Alan Matthews is a researcher and academic with research interests in EU agricultural policy, agricultural trade policy, and agricultural trade and development issues. He has provided policy advice to the OECD, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the European Parliament, and the European Committee of the Regions, among others. He is a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists and has been a member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council. He is a regular contributor to the blog CAP Reform on issues relating to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.


Senior researcher at the Thünen Institute of Farm Economics

Frank Offermann coordinates the Thünen model network and his main research activities are in the areas of farm modelling and risk management. He has been providing scientific advice to the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture for over 25 years, supporting the national design, implementation and evaluation of the CAP. Currently, Frank is contributing to the planning, evaluation and adaptation of existing and/or new eco-schemes.


Senior researcher at the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics – Research Centre for Policies and Bioeconomy (CREA-PB)

Fabio Pierangeli is a senior researcher specialised in agricultural policies and economics. Since 2004, he has worked on CAP reforms and implementation, Multiannual Financial Frameworks, CAP monitoring and evaluation. Currently, he is the National Contact Point (GEOhub) with the European Commission for the Italian CAP Strategic Plan 2023-2027.

Fabio is programme manager of the “CAP Strategic Monitoring” under the National Rural Network 2014-2020. Furthermore, he was CREA project manager of the project “New IACS Vision in Action (NIVA), funded by Horizon2020, aiming to boost digitalisation in the administration of agricultural policies.


Senior economist at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Franz Sinabell is a Senior Economist and has been working in the research group “Climate, Environmental and Resource Economics” at WIFO since 2002. He works on agricultural and food policy, environmental and resource economics and risk management. He lectures at the University of Vienna and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna. Franz is an expert advisor to the Commission for the preparation of the annual report on the economic situation of agriculture and a board member of the Austrian Society for Agricultural Economics. In the course of his career, he has been involved in numerous national and international scientific projects. On topics of agricultural and food policy he conducted studies for the World Bank, OECD, the European Commission and national clients. He is scientific coordinator of numerous studies on the impacts of climate policy and the Common Agricultural Policy in Austria.


Senior researcher in agricultural and environmental economics

Deputy head of the economics and social science department of INRAE (French National Research Institute for Food, Agriculture and the Environment)

Sophie Thoyer works as a senior researcher at the Centre of Environmental Economics of Montpellier. She is an economist working on the design and evaluation of agricultural and environmental policies. She has published extensively on the Common agricultural policy, on the following questions: the design of agri-environmental measures; the performance of small farms and the best way to support them in the CAP context; equity in farm support allocation; the behavioural factors hindering the agro-ecological transition. She is a funding member of the REECAP European network. REECAP seeks to enrich the CAP evaluation toolbox with experimental and behavioural approaches. She has created the CAPeye (in French) providing documents, synthesis, courses and videos on the CAP.


Professor at the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute | Head of Department of Economy, Agricultural Policy and Rural Development

Marek Wigier is a professor of economics and finance, graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics. He has been working at IAFE-NRI since 1994. Since 2000, Marek has been a member of the Scientific Council at the Institute and, since 2007, of the Monitoring Committees of subsequent Rural Development Programmes at the Ministry of Agriculture. Marek is an expert on macro and microeconomic issues in relation to the agri-food sector, including the agricultural policy and the allocation and distribution effects of the use of public funds, the economic situation in the agricultural and food industry, rural development, bioeconomy, circular economy and sustainable development, as well as the smart villages and transfer knowledge. He has many years of extensive experience in managing and implementing research and application projects financed from national and international funds from the following programmes: Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020, NCR&D, EU Framework Programmes, as well as FAO.