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Former Washington head named new Deputy Director-General

FAO Council approves appointment of Daniel Gustafson

The FAO Council today approved the appointment of Daniel Gustafson as the new Deputy Director-General, Operations.

Gustafson, a United States citizen, has been with FAO for more than 18 years, serving in the field and at headquarters in a variety of capacities. He joined FAO in 1994, working in Mozambique before being appointed FAO Representative in Kenya in 1998, which also included responsibility for FAO’s programmes in Somalia. He became FAO’s Representative in India and Bhutan in 2002. 

In December 2007 he took up the role of Director of FAO’s Liaison Office for the US and Canada, based in Washington, DC. 

In February 2012, he was appointed Director of FAO’s Office of Support to Decentralization, based at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, where he has led the Organization’s ongoing efforts to strengthen FAO’s country and regional offices.

Gustafson holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and International Relations and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, both from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in agricultural extension from the University of Maryland. 

He started his career at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, supporting Brazil’s agricultural research and extension programmes. 

He then moved to the University of Maryland in 1988 where he worked in the International Development Management Centre, linked to the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, as Programme Director.