Islam A. Siddiqui

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Global Food Security Project
Associated Programs: Global Food Security Project

Ambassador Islam A. Siddiqui served for four years as chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) under the Obama administration. He was responsible for bilateral and multilateral negotiations and policy coordination on issues related to agricultural trade. In this capacity, Dr. Siddiqui played an active role in the successful 2013 World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial meeting in Bali and served as the lead negotiator in the Brazil cotton case. During this period, he also spearheaded a number of negotiations with trading partners in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere that contributed to record levels of exports by opening or expanding markets for U.S. food and agricultural products. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Dr. Siddiqui was vice president for science and regulatory affairs at CropLife America, where he focused on regulatory and international trade issues related to crop protection chemicals. Before assuming these responsibilities, he was vice president for agricultural biotechnology and trade at CropLife America.

In addition to his work at CropLife, Dr. Siddiqui has held a number of advisory positions on issues related to agriculture and trade. From 2004 to 2009, he served on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, and Health/Science Products & Services at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he advised the secretary of commerce and USTR on international trade issues related to these sectors. In 2001, Dr. Siddiqui was appointed senior associate at CSIS, where he focused on agricultural biotechnology and food security issues. Between 1997 and 2001, he served in the Clinton administration in several capacities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): as undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs; as senior trade adviser to Secretary Dan Glickman; and as deputy undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs. As a result, he worked closely with USTR and represented USDA in bilateral, regional, and multilateral agricultural trade negotiations. Before joining USDA, he spent 28 years with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Siddiqui earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He received his B.S. degree (with honors) in plant protection from the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology in Pantnagar, India. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by his alma mater at Pantnagar.

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