Michael Michener

Michael Michener

VP, Product Policy and Innovation
Tel: 202.617.3159

Michael Michener is USCIB’s vice president of product policy and innovation, joining USCIB in early 2017. Michener is a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive.

Michener most recently served in Brussels as director of multilateral relations for CropLife International, representing the association before a range of international organizations – including the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the UN Environment Program and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – on issues related to crop protection products and agriculture biotechnology.

Previously Michener served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in two different roles. First, as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, he managed 1,100 employees and an annual operating budget of $300 million.  Then, as minister counselor at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, he served as the special representative of the U.S. secretary of agriculture to UN bodies dealing with food and agricultural issues.

Michener has also worked with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Agency for International Development, and he served with the United States Army for seven years in Europe. Michener earned a master’s degree in public administration from Bowie State University and a bachelor’s degree East European studies from the University of Maryland.

Working out of USCIB’s Washington, D.C. office, Michener leads the organization’s policy work on chemicals, health, food, agriculture and intellectual property. He also coordinates USCIB’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

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Recent Articles by Michael

USCIB Geneva Week Highlights US Business Priorities for Inclusive Multilateralism (5/13/2019) - A group of USCIB members joined USCIB’s second annual Geneva Week last week to highlight U.S. business priority issues, underscore USCIB’s continuing commitment to engage constructively in the multilateral system and advance U.S. innovation and partnership for the SDGs and other important shared goals.
Michener Presents USCIB-GAIN Nutrition Partnership Principles to UN Agencies in Rome (4/30/2019) - The Private Sector Mechanism (PSM), an organization representing the agri-business sector at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, invited USCIB to present its public-private partnership recommendations at an event on April 26, Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition.
USCIB Represents Members at UN Chemicals Conference (4/9/2019) - The Third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) convened in Montevideo, Uruguay, April 2-4. Approximately 350 representatives of governments, industry, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations attended the proceedings.

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Michael’s Committees

Intellectual Property - The IP Committee promotes a robust and effective intellectual property framework worldwide that is conducive to global trade and investment.
Product Policy - The International Product Policy Working Group ensures that U.S. products have timely access to markets around the world.
Health Care - The Health Care Committee provides advice to intergovernmental organizations on the economic consequences of national health care policies.
Food and Agriculture - The Food and Agriculture Committee promotes an open and efficient global food system by providing industry expertise to governments and international forums.
APEC Working Group - The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Working Group advocates for open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

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