Kevin Walker, PhD

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Kevin Walker, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dr. Walker’s career has spanned industry, federal government, international organizations and academia. Following graduate school, he served as a strategic analyst with Farmland Industries, then the largest farmer owned cooperative in the U.S. He later served as the director of the Centers for Emerging Issues within U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The center carried out macro risk assessments for time critical issues such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), E. coli O157:H7, avian influenza, and bovine tuberculosis. From the federal government, he became the director of agricultural health and food safety program within the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture. IICA’s governing board is ministers of agriculture in 34 countries across the Americas and his team worked with national governments to help improve their sanitary and phytosanitary infrastructure and capacity to engage internationally. Approaches and tools designed while at IICA have been used in over a 100 countries. In 2008, he joined the College of Veterinary Medicine to continue work with zoonoses and food systems, including better ways to frame issues and challenges to food systems and sanitary infrastructure. Dr. Walker has worked extensively with the WTO and international standard setting organizations such as CODEX, IPPC, OIE, as well as related sectors in countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.