IGTC Welcomes New MENA Ambassador & Innovation Emissary

Pictured: Nezar Abou-Ismail, MENA Ambassador, IGTC; Craig Fedchock, Innovation Emissary, IGTC


The IGTC is pleased to welcome Nezar Abou-Ismail & Craig Fedchock to the Association. Nezar joins as the MENA Ambassador and Craig joins as the Innovation Emissary.

Nezar, based in Cairo, Egypt, currently serves as an advisor and board member for Fortuna DMCC, a UAE-based commodity trading and processing company. Nezar also serves on the board of HARM Trade, and Bright Skies Geoscience, where he was CEO from 2019-2023. Prior to these positions, Nezar was managing director in Egypt and North Africa for ION Geophysical, an American Oil and Gas company, and was Ambassador for the Disarmament and Mine Clearance Program in Africa.  He has also worked for the trade ministries of both Morocco and Egypt.

Craig, based in Rome, Italy, previously served as a Senior Advisor to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat and was the Director of the IPPC ePhyto Solution, a successful effort to digitize the exchange of phytosanitary certificates.  Craig also held positions with the U.S. Department of Agricultureā€™s APHIS PPQ, including Associate Executive Director of Plant Health Programs, and Director of Phytosanitary Issues Management. Before joining PPQ, Mr. Fedchock was the Director of Bilateral Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

Nezar and Craig bring an exceptional breadth of experience and expertise to IGTC, and we welcome their contributions to the AssociationĀ“s objectives to facilitate the performance of the supply chain for grains, oilseeds, pulses, and derived products in the context of global food security.

For further information, including contact information, IGTC Participants can access the staff section of the Intranet on the IGTC website.