Willem-Jan Laan joined Unilever in 1995 as an Agricultural Economic Adviser.  Before joining Unilever he headed the Trade Policy Division of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture.  He represents Unilever on issues such as agricultural policy, trade policy, biotechnology, food security, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy in several external associations including FoodDrinkEurope and BusinessEurope. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security.