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Will Speller is an advisor on agriculture and investment for the Economic Law and Policy Program. Will provides training and advisory services to developing country governments, primarily in Africa and South East Asia. This work is focused on issues related to foreign investment in agriculture such as the negotiation, drafting and implementation of agriculture investment contracts and national/regional laws and policies aiming at maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks from foreign investment in the agriculture sector.
Will is a professionally qualified development and agricultural economist with a decade of experience in public policy and national development strategies, most recently at the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development and the World Bank Group. He was formerly an emerging countries and financial markets economist at the Bank of England.
WIll holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Econ) from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Science in International Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, and is currently undertaking a Master of Science in Environmental Management at the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London.
His research interests include the environmental impact of agriculture, food waste, the development of inclusive business models for agricultural investments and government approaches to screening prospective investments.
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