Andrew is the CEO of Agriculture & Food Systems Institute (AFSI) and leads the development and management of AFSI’s extensive international portfolio of biotechnology-related analytical and capacity-building programs, open-access resources, and relationships with key partner organizations and stakeholder groups. His expertise is in agricultural biotechnology, environmental risk assessment, and food safety assessment for biotechnology with a focus on problem formulation.
Prior to joining AFSI, Andrew worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in several different capacities, all related to the regulation of agricultural biotechnology. He began his career at USDA as an AAAS Risk Policy Fellow in the Office of Science of Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS), the group responsible for regulating genetically engineered plants at USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. After spending a year in the New Technologies office of the Foreign Agricultural Service serving as the lead for USDA’s efforts related to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, he returned to BRS to serve in the International Affairs branch where he remained until joining AFSI.
Andrew has a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Rutgers University.