ICC congratulates Dr Stefan Wagener to his election as ICC President Elect 2017-2018
In the elections for ICC Officials from 3 to 23 November 2016, Dr. Stefan Wagener from The Canadian Grain Commission, Canada received the majority of votes. Dr. Wagener will become ICC President Elect 2017-2018 and succeed Prof. Hamit Köksel from Turkey as ICC President in 2019-2020. Dr. Stefan Wagener has been connected with ICC as ICC National Delegate and member of the Executive Committee. With Dr. Wagener as incoming President ICC will benefit from his international, diplomatic and scientific experience.
To learn more about Dr. Wagener's motivation to serve as ICC's President, please read his election statement:
It is an honor and privilege to be nominated as a candidate for the upcoming ICC President Elect position. With Prof. Hamit Köksel starting his presidency in 2017 and Prof. Fengcheng Wang finishing his presidency this year, the ICC has and will see strong leadership and dedication allowing us as an organization to move forward. The ICC has a solid and effective organizational structure. Thanks to the experience and the dedication of the staff at the office in Vienna and the leadership provided by Michaela Pichler we are also well positioned in assisting the ICC officials and our committees in leading the ICC in the years to come.
Now, internationally the ICC will be challenged to find answers to some of the most pressing questions related to food security, impact of climate change on grains and grain production, future grain quality and research needs, and overall consumer demands for safer and healthier foods. While these issues will be with us for the decades to come they also provide a tremendous opportunity for the ICC to develop more and stronger national and international partnerships, leverage our members experience and expertise for new and enhanced services, research and innovation, and provide even more value to our stakeholders.
Being part of the ICC leadership, it is my desire to work with the ICC team to engage new and old national and international partners in seeking new opportunities for the ICC to grow our organization and our membership especially in Africa, Asia and South America. In addition, leveraging my extensive international experience, my focus will be on helping the ICC become an even stronger partner with international standard setting groups, UN based organizations and regulatory entities around the world. To have the ICC being able to offer more value to our members, we will be looking at key additional services related to accredited training, workshops and specific grain research opportunities that address our member’s needs and help them being better positioned to address the national and international challenges we will face as individuals and as an organization. The future is bright for the ICC. Let’s make it happen together!
We congratulate Dr. Stefan Wagener to his election as ICC President Elect 2017-2018 and we wish him success in his service to the Association, its members and the world of cereals beyond.