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Benjamin Wielgosz

Agricultural Economist

Benjamin Wielgosz has been applying quantitative data sciences to a wide range of agricultural economic challenges in Asia and Africa for over a decade. As an agricultural economist with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program, Ben will be advancing efforts to end hunger by identifying environmentally and socially responsible policy, investment and technology solutions.

Ben has a passion for food system innovation, agriculture and technology. He has technical expertise in spatial-econometrics, Bayesian and linear regression analysis, irrigation suitability and logistics mapping using geographic information systems (GIS), integrated pest management, agricultural extension and the application of randomized controlled trial methods to economic policy.

Ben began his career in Pakistan and South Sudan as a GIS specialist for the UN World Food Programme (WFP). He later spent four years as a research analyst with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), delivering evidence-based policy solutions for agriculture in Africa and Asia and conducting primary data collections in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Cambodia.

As a program manager for the World Economic Forum’s Grow Africa Initiative, Ben delivered online investment reporting systems for the New Alliance for Agriculture and investment gap analysis and case studies to support public-private partnerships for agricultural investment across 12 CAADP countries. He also provides business advisory services with a focus on AgTech and emerging market agribusiness strategies.

He is based in Geneva.


  • Education

    Master of Arts in International Economic Relations (2009), American University (AU)

    Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (2004), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

    Bachelor of Arts in Geography (2004), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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