Do You Remember? - Holger Matthey
Years at CARD: 2000–2005
Current Occupation: Economist, Trade and Markets Division, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations
Currently Resides in: Rome, Italy
Holger first came to the US in 1992, shortly after the reunification of Germany. He had been studying at the University of Leipzig, but the German reunification caused a restructuring of the agricultural college, leaving Holger seeking an alternative place to finish his degree. Fortunately, he was awarded an Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary International, which paved the way for him to come to the United States.
After completing a master’s in agribusiness in at the University of Nebraska in 1994, a master’s in economic and social science of agriculture at the University of Leipzig in 1995, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska in 1999, Holger joined the staff of FAPRI in June of 2000.
“Working at FAPRI gave me a sense of achievement,” Holger says. “We produced a clearly defined output that was appreciated by the clients.” Holger said he remembers the “all-nighters” during Meltdown and Baseline weeks. “[They] were tough, but again, we were proud to complete the job. FAPRI was a great opportunity and a fun place to work,” he said.
In 2005, Holger left FAPRI to take a position with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He has remained there since, and currently serves as an economist at the Trade and Markets Division, leading the team that produces the annual OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook. “[FAPRI] is where I got into the outlook business, and I’m still in it,” he said.
While Holger said he currently has three official addresses, he currently resides in Rome, Italy.