Dairy Policy and Economics Conference Speakers

David Walker

Dr Walker was most recently Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. He was Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and also for the New Zealand/China Free Trade Agreement.

As New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the WTO from 2009 to 2011, he represented New Zealand in the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations, and was appointed Chair of the Doha round negotiations on agriculture

Michael Dykes

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association in January 2017. In this role, he represents members that make more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.

Since joining IDFA, Dykes has been a strong advocate for the importance of global competitiveness to the future of the U.S. dairy industry. He has made preserving trade partnerships with Mexico and improving Canadian market access for U.S. dairy exports in all future trade agreements a priority for IDFA.

Prior to assuming his role at IDFA, Dykes served as vice president of government affairs for Monsanto, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a portfolio of U.S. government relations strategies and programs that included agricultural biotechnology policy and led Monsanto’s office in Washington, D.C.