Greg Traxler is a member of the institutional capacity research team. He is an economist with expertise in the areas of agricultural science and technology policy, the impact of crop improvement and biotechnology in agriculture, human capital in developing countries, and the economics of genetic resources. He has authored studies measuring the impacts of genetically modified crops in the U.S. and globally, the effect of monopoly power and economies of size in technology generation, and on the value of pre-commercial germplasm.
Traxler has served on the faculty at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Auburn University. From 2008 – 2014 Traxler was a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation where he developed and managed a portfolio of grants to support building the capacity for agricultural policy analysis and implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Traxler has a Ph.D. from Iowa State University, an MSc. from the University of Minnesota and a BBA from the University of Portland. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economics and served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences committee, Global Challenges and Directions for Agricultural Biotechnology.