Alexander J. Stein

Alexander J. Stein

Policy Officer at European Commission

Brussels Area, Belgium
International Affairs

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Alexander J. Stein's Summary

Economist interested in agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, health, technology, sustainability, natural resource management, development. This is a personal account, posts are not always endorsements.

Alexander J. Stein's Experience

Policy Officer

European Commission

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

December 2013Present (10 months) Brussels Area, Belgium

DG MARE, Unit for Common Fisheries Policy and Aquaculture: ICES and sharks

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Research industry

November 2011November 2013 (2 years 1 month) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Director General's Office:
- management of the institute’s annual flagship publication, the “Global Food Policy Report”
- coordination of analyses and syntheses of nutrition, food security and agricultural issues
- liaising with staff, outside experts and stakeholders
- research and writing to support the work of the Director General

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Public Relations and Communications industry

July 2010October 2011 (1 year 4 months) Berlin Area, Germany

Science and Writing Team:
- writing for publicly sponsored websites on plant research and biosafety
- establishment of targeted social media activities, in particular Twitter
- acquisition and implementation of studies on food, agriculture and biotechnology,
e.g. business sector analyses for the private industry or sub-contracts for EFSA
- work on food security and development, e.g. soil ecosystem services in Malawi

Self-Employed; Myself Only; Research industry

November 2009June 2010 (8 months) Sevilla Area, Spain

Freelance Research, Writing & Consulting:
- report on the world food problem for the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament
- drafting, as sub-contractor, of documents for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
- evaluation of a nutrition project in Latin America for the International Food Policy Research Institute

Scientific Project Officer

European Commission

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

October 2006October 2009 (3 years 1 month) Sevilla Area, Spain

Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS),
Unit for Agriculture and Life Sciences in the Economy:
- management of research projects in agriculture, food and health
- writing and editing of technical reports for policy support
- planning and organisation of conferences (GMCC-07, 300 participants from 38 countries) and
workshops (GMO regulation, commercialisation & trade, with 50 technical experts from all the world)

Research Associate

University of Hohenheim

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

March 2004September 2006 (2 years 7 months) Bonn Area, Germany

Division of International Agricultural Trade and Food Security:
- modelling the impact of a novel agriculture-based nutrition intervention
- carrying out cost-effectiveness analyses for related case studies in India
- international collaboration with experts and organisations from different disciplines
- writing manuscripts for publication in international peer-reviewed journals and other outlets
- presentation of results at international conferences, workshops and panel discussions

Research Associate

Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

February 2003March 2004 (1 year 2 months) Bonn Area, Germany

Department of Economic and Technological Change:
- preparatory work for the project that was continued at Hohenheim University (see previous)
- quantification of the public health burden of vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- quantitative analysis of determinants of food consumption based on household data

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DT; Information Technology and Services industry

May 2002November 2002 (7 months) Bonn Area, Germany

Pricing and portfolio management

Product Manager


December 2000June 2001 (7 months) Hamburg Area, Germany

Multi-lingual information retrieval and knowledge management application, online search engine;
until insolvency of the start-up


GFA Management

October 1999November 2000 (1 year 2 months) Hamburg Area, Germany

Afrasia Department (MEDA, Caucasia and Central Asia):
Proposal writing, coordination and backstopping of donor projects (regional development, administrative reform, SME development, trade promotion), fact-finding missions to project countries, preparation of tender documents incl. methodologies, search and selection of local partners and international experts

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; International Affairs industry

May 1999July 1999 (3 months) Brussels Area, Belgium

DG E, IV: Assistance in the reunions of the "Comité 133" (international trade and WTO affairs)

Temporary jobs

various temping agencies

October 1998April 1999 (7 months) London, United Kingdom

Market research and clerical work

Temporary student job


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; SI; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry

May 1997July 1997 (3 months) Nürnberg Area, Germany

Sales and marketing department

Temporary student job


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; PHG; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry

February 1995April 1995 (3 months) Aachen Area, Germany

Purchasing department

Emergency medical technician

German Red Cross

Nonprofit; 10,001+ employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

July 1991September 1992 (1 year 3 months) Albstadt Area, Germany

Patient transport and emergency medical services (as compulsory national service)

Alexander J. Stein's Education

Universität Hohenheim

Dr. sc. agr. (PhD), Agricultural Economics


Grade: Summa cum laude

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Doctoral Programme, Agricultural and Development Economics


Grade: 1.6 (89%)

University of Nottingham

MA, Economic Development and Policy Analysis


Grade: 62/70

Universidad de Salamanca

Course, Spanish Language and Culture


Grade: Sobresaliente

Université Montpellier I

Licence (BA), Rural Economy and Environment


Activities and Societies: Member of the "Comité des Etudiants Européens de Richter"

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Thesis, International Economics


Activities and Societies: Mentor in the students' union's welcome programme

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Intermediate Diploma, Economics and Business


Alexander J. Stein's Publications

  • List of publications


    Complete list of publications on personal website.

  • List of publications

    • Google Scholar

    List of publications and citation metrics from Google Scholar.

Alexander J. Stein's Languages

  • German

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • French

    (Full professional proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Professional working proficiency)

Alexander J. Stein's Skills & Expertise

  1. Agricultural Economics
  2. Health Economics
  3. Development Economics
  4. Economics
  5. Agriculture
  6. Food
  7. Health
  8. Food Security
  9. Food Policy
  10. Nutrition
  11. Public Health
  12. Biotechnology
  13. Impact Assessment
  14. Benefit Cost Analysis
  15. Research
  16. Economic Development
  17. Poverty Reduction
  18. Rural Development
  19. Food Safety
  20. Sustainable Agriculture
  21. Life Sciences
  22. Micronutrients
  23. International Development
  24. Policy Analysis
  25. Policy Support
  26. Public Policy
  27. Report Writing
  28. Writing
  29. Program Evaluation
  30. International Organizations
  31. EU
  32. German
  33. English
  34. Spanish
  35. French
  36. European Union
  37. Statistics
  38. Policy
  39. Science
  40. Fisheries
  41. Natural Resource Management

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Alexander J. Stein's Projects

  • 2013 Global Food Policy Report

    • July 2013 to November 2013
    Team Members: Alexander J. Stein

    The Global Food Policy Report is IFPRI’s flagship publication. It provides an in-depth look at major food policy developments and events. Initiated in response to resurgent interest in food security, this annual report offers an overview of the food policy developments that have contributed to or hindered progress in food and nutrition security. It reviews what happened in food policy and why, examines key challenges and opportunities, shares new evidence and knowledge, updates key food policy indicators, and highlights emerging issues.

  • Re-thinking the measurement of undernutrition in a broader health context

    • December 2012 to October 2013
    Team Members: Alexander J. Stein

    Researchers and policymakers are paying increasing attention to the nexus of hunger, malnutrition, and public health, and to the related measurement of food and nutrition security. However, focusing on proxy indicators, such as food availability, and on selected head count figures, such as stunting rates, gives an incomplete picture. In contrast, global burden of disease (GBD) studies are outcome based, they follow an established methodology, and their results can be used to derive and monitor the burden of chronic and hidden hunger (undernutrition) at the global level. Judging by this measure, the international goal of halving global hunger between 1990 and 2015 has already been achieved—which is in stark contrast to the picture that emerges if the first Millennium Development Goal’s indicator for measuring hunger is used.

    In view of current discussions of the post-2015 development agenda, this discrepancy highlights the need to choose carefully the indicators that are used for operationalizing any new set of goals. Better access to existing data, a more detailed coverage of nutrition-related health outcomes, and more frequent updates of GBD studies would facilitate further analyses and the monitoring of global food and nutrition security.

    While the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) that are used as a health metric in GBD studies may be somewhat abstract, they can be converted tentatively into more easily understood monetary terms using per capita income figures. The resulting preferred estimate of the annual cost of global hunger in all its forms of 1.9 trillion international dollars may be better suited to illustrate the magnitude of remaining food and nutrition insecurity worldwide. Despite the progress that has been made so far in reducing global hunger, the problem is still huge and its eradication requires continued efforts.

  • 2012 Global Food Policy Report

    • August 2012 to March 2013
    Team Members: Alexander J. Stein

    IFPRI's flagship report examines the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions of 2012. By putting into perspective the year's food policy successes and disappointments, it suggests how to move forward those policies that improve the food situation for the poor.

    Reflecting the expertise and experience of IFPRI researchers and other leading food policy experts, the report considers sever crucial questions: Where is agricultural productivity growing and why, and what are the implications for the global food supply? How has sustainable development evolved and is a green economy far behind? What is needed for gender considerations to become an integral part of agricultural and rural development? How can agriculture offer meaningful jobs to the growing number of young people in Africa? What directions are US and EU agricultural policies taking, and how do they diverge? What are IFPRI's scenarios for how Brazil, China, and India will influence global food security to 2050? The 2012 Global Food Policy Report features illustrative figures, tables, indicators and a food policy timeline.

  • 2011 Global Food Policy Report

    • November 2011 to April 2012
    Team Members: Alexander J. Stein

    The 2011 Global Food Policy Report is a new annual IFPRI publication that provides a comprehensive, research-based analysis of major food policy challenges at the global, regional, national, and local levels. It highlights important developments and events in food policy that occurred in 2011, discusses lessons learned, offers policy recommendations, presents IFPRI’s food policy tools and indicators, and takes a look forward into 2012. The Report reflects perspectives from across the globe.

    Its nine chapters, written by IFPRI researchers and other food policy experts, provide state-of-the-art analysis on such crucial topics as: food price levels and volatility; natural and human-caused disasters; climate change; biofuels; the links between agriculture and nutrition, health, water, and energy; sustainable land management; regional developments; new players in global food policy. The Report features numerous tables, figures, infographics, and maps, as well as a collection of stakeholders’ thoughts on what influenced food policy in 2011.

Alexander J. Stein's Additional Information

Honors and Awards:

Biennial prize of the Friends of ZEF for the best doctoral thesis in 2005/06.

Science prize 2006 of the University Association Hohenheim.

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