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Expert in Agricultural Engineering, Post-Harvest Technology, Grain Storage and Processing, Farm Machinery

Expert ID: 728084 United Kingdom

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Since graduating in Agricultural Engineering (Machine Design) from the National College of Agricultural Engineering at Silsoe (UK), Expert worked as a product design engineer dealing with original designs of tractors, harvesting and planting equipment and carried out analysis of warranty failures and user problems.

In 1986, he began working in Post-Harvest Technology, particularly related to grains and oilseeds and managed the crop storage department of a farm machinery dealership in the UK.

Since 1991, he has worked internationally in both commercial assignments and programmes funded by international development agencies including the UN and European Commission, the governments of the UK, USA, Germany, Denmark, and Japan. He has also worked for major grain trading companies including Cargill and Bunge. He is trained and experienced in working in conflict zones and has carried out multiple assignments in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea.

His training has continued and includes training in HACCP food safety systems to advanced level, Expert Witness reporting from Cardiff University, and Post Harvest Technology from University of California Davis.

He has investigated failures in farm machinery, problems in grain storage including several cases of spontaneous combustion and contamination, personal injury due to contact with grain handling equipment and attack by farm animals. He has also investigated problems in international shipping including spoilage of both bulk and containerised cargoes and resolution of port handling problems.

Food distribution specialist – Scanagri/DANIDA/CPA Basra, South Iraq
-Reviewed grain trading, handling, storage and processing mechanisms in Southern Iraq
-Evaluated grain silo operations at Umm Qasr port and Basra city. Recommended actions required to improve performance and reduce costs.
-Presented strategic plan for transition of food ration system into commercial activities.
-Together with Trade Ministry and WFP staff, identified bottlenecks in the food supply system and presented these to high level CPA working group.
-Procured $500,000 analysis equipment for Umm Qasr port laboratory, investment recovered in less than 2 weeks due to savings in demurrage charges.
Consultant – IOS Partners, Miami, Florida USA
-Prepared feasibility study for privatization of 6 combined flour and feed milling plants in Saudi Arabia
-Made site visits for technical and commercial evaluation of facilities
-Prepared presentation to potential investor groups and Saudi Arabian Minister of Agriculture.
-Discussed privatization options with special advisor to Minister of Agriculture.
-Participated in World Bank subject workshop.
Technical Director, Serbia – for ACDI-VOCA. Community Revitalization by Democratic Action
- Responsible for technical activities during 2 year start up phase of a $40m million 5 year USAID program in central Serbia.
- Responsible for compliance with USAID Environmental Regulations, training of project staff in environmental compliance and documentation.
- Completed 449 projects ranging from $20,000 to $300,000 with 2-year program budget of $12 million primarily using local contractors and suppliers.
- Works included: tube wells, water catchment structures, potable water and electricity distribution schemes, sewage and drainage systems, rural and urban roads and bridges, and refurbishment of education, sports and medical facilities including replacement of heating system in regional hospital. Construction of livestock and commodity market structures, fruit processing plants, community irrigation systems, Supply and installation of diagnostic imaging systems, automated medical analysis equipment, IT installations for municipal and local community offices, schools and social groups.
- Participated in development of 60 community participation groups in 12 municipalities to identify and prioritize community needs and develop projects.
Agricultural Commodities Specialist – Russia – for HLB Ltd.
-Audited 1999-2000 EU Food Aid program to Russian Federation, including transport and logistics of 1.8 million ton food aid shipment from Baltic and Black Sea Ports to recipients, working primarily in Moscow and St Petersburg
-Tracked sea, rail and road freight shipments of wheat, rice, rye, beef, pork and milk powder delivered to elevator, warehouse and cold storage facilities in 63 regions of Russia.
-Interfaced with senior staff in Russian Ministries, State distribution companies, European Commission and monitoring companies located in Denmark, Finland and Holland
Grain Quality Specialist – Russia - for AFC Consultants, Bonn, Germany.
-Developed programme for harmonization of grain quality standards between CIS countries and international commodity trading countries.
-Investigated reasons for limited agricultural commodity trading between CIS member countries.
-Advised “All Russian Institute for Problem Resolution” Government think-tank on findings

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1974 Degree: BSc (Hons) Subject: Agricultural Engineering - Machinery Design Institution: National College of Agricultural Engineering

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1991 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Project Management. Working with insurers and litigators

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2009 to 2009 Agency: UK Department for International Development Role: Procurement Advisor Description: Advised on procurement and distribution of Agricultural Materials in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Years: 2008 to 2008 Agency: United States Agency for International Development Role: Environmental Impact Trainer Description: Trained 30 Iraqi engineers in Environmental Impact Assessment of Development Projects
Years: 2006 to 2009 Agency: Japan International Cooperation System Role: Project Manager Description: Managed the import and distribution of $1.5 billion government to government assistance programme
Years: 2005 to 2005 Agency: United States Agency for International Development Role: Deputy Team Leader/Team Leader Description: Management of $120 million international development programme in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, Southern Afghanistan

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2009 to 2009 Country / Region: Afghanistan Summary: Evaluation of procurement and distribution of agricultural supplies. Monitoring and Evaluation of agricultural supply programme in Southern Afghanistan.
Years: 2008 to 2008 Country / Region: Iraq Summary: Trained 30 Iraqi Engineers in Environmental Impact Assessment in compliance with USAID regulations
Years: 2008 to 2008 Country / Region: Jordan Summary: Prepared privatisation plan for state owned grain storage and processing plants throughout Jordan
Years: 2005 to 2007 Country / Region: Iraq Summary: Stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, co-manager of logistics programme for delivery and distribution of approx $1.5 billion of equipment throughout Iraq. Liaison at Ambassador, Ministerial and Military General Staff level, with civilian and military authorities in multiple countries.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Afghanistan Summary: Responsible for program set up and management in one province and for environmental and technical compliance in two provinces of Southern Afghanistan. Liaised with USAID mission and counterpart agencies. Solicited and evaluated proposals for agri-processing investments and conducted procurement of; -Edible oil expellers and oil refining plants-Aromatic oil production plant-Livestock feed milling equipment-Dried fruit processing equipment.-Automated GPS data-logging equipment-Security Service Provision-Evaluated grain storage facilities in Kabul and Kandahar cities
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia Summary: Tender preparation and presentation
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Afghanistan Summary: Set up small agri-processing operations in 3 regions
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Russian Far East Summary: Develop plans for 3 agri-business enterprises
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: DPR Korea Summary: Evaluate benefits of agricultural support program
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: DPR Korea Summary: Evaluate benefits of agricultural support program
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Tanzania Summary: Advise agri-processing operations in 3 regions
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Ukraine Summary: Due diligence of crop storage equipment manufacturer
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia Summary: Led technical team in privatisation of 11 state flour mills
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: DPR Korea Summary: Evaluate benefits of agricultural support program

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council
Corporate Member, Institution of Agricultural Engineers
Corporate Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Member, British Institution of Agricultural Consultants, Overseas Division
Member, European Society of Agricultural Engineers
Licenses / Certifications
Chartered Engineer
Publications and Patents Summary
Has 4 pubications in Post-Harvest Technology including a technical manual on the operation and maintenance of bulk grain stores

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Since 2007, Expert has prepared 76 Expert witness reports for litigation and insurance cases. He has been trained and is qualified to act as an expert witness by the UK Law Society.
Cases in which Expert has been instructed have involved grain storage, conveying, transportation and drying equipment. These have included the structural collapse of grain silos and storage warehouses. He has also reported on grain and oil seed milling and processing facilities as well as potato and vegetable storage and processing. He has investigated several fires involving crop storage facilities.
Expert has also reported on cases involving the contamination of flour and sugar.
He has reported on cases involving farm machinery, especially field machinery including agricultural tractors, combine harvesters, crop spraying machines and cultivation equipment. These have covered fitness for purpose, fires, road traffic accidents and both fatal and non-fatal personal injuries.
Expert has reported on equipment used on livestock farms including milking facilities, automatic milking robots, cattle handling systems, and egg production units.
Additionally, he has reported on farm waste disposal systems including the performance of pumps and pipelines and accidents involving farm waste including fatalities.
Cases for which he has prepared reports have been located throughout my native UK, Ukraine, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Djibouti.
Expert has given evidence in court, in international arbitration courts and in mediation meetings.
Vendor Selection
Expert has operated local and international procurement procedures to purchase goods, works and services under World Bank, European Commission and USAID regulations.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Basic level only
Russian Basic level only

Fields of Expertise

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