Leo Bill Emerson

Mr. Bill Emerson brings three decades of experience as an expatriate manager of international (int'l) development mainly working in the agricultural and natural resources sectors.  His work focuses on food security, nutrition and livelihoods projects, agricultural advancement targeting small & subsistence farmers, food value chains for economic growth programs, Micro, Small, Medium-Enterprise (MSME) economic growth, and int’l trade hubs/trade facilitation initiatives.  Bill Emerson first worked as an Agricultural Attaché for twenty years with a U.S. Government (USG) Presidential Commission as a the Foreign Service Officer for the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  For most of his work with FAS/USDA, Mr. Emerson was detailed, or assigned, to work with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Embassies in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.  After retiring from the USG, Mr. Emerson has been managed programs & projects supported by USAID, the USDA, the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN), and the World Bank Group (WBG); these projects were also about agricultural and forest development as well as rural environmental and climate change mitigation issues. 

Mr. Emerson has well over 100 publications under his own name about rural economic development, farm management, agricultural & livestock production, and the international food export-import trade.  He has a Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economic, a Bachelors in Biology and Liberal Arts, and completed Doctoral/Ph.D. program studies in the 700-year old Complutense University of Madrid Spain, the George Mason University of Fairfax, Virginia, USA, the University of Maryland (MD) in College Park, Greater Washington DC Area, and “Sewanee” the University of the South in Tennessee, USA.