Lihan Wei to serve as 9th Statistican
Ms. Wei is the 9th Statistician in the history of the Secretariat, following David Murray (1951 – 1980), Tom Bell (1980 – 1987), Terry Townsend (1987 – 1998), Ioannis Kaltsas (1999 – 2000), Gérald Estur (2000 – 2005), Armelle Gruère (Juanuary 2005 – 2013), Caterina Au (January 2013 – October 2013) and Rebeca Pandolph (October 2013 – August 2017).
Ms. Wei is a U.S. citizen; she has recently returned to the US from Paris where she was employed as a Statistician in the Trade and Agricultural Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and where she previously was employed as a Research Assistant between 2005-2010. In addition, between 2010-2011, she worked as an editor for Medi-Science, a medical science news agency based in Beijing.
She has experience across a diverse number of global research projects including agriculture and innovation and is adept at statistical technique design, conducting and coordinating research, developing statistical and survey methodologies, policy analysis, and evidence-based research.
Ms. Wei has a M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from the American Graduate School, Paris; a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and a B.A in Natural Sciences and Behavioural Biology both from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. She is proficient in English, French and Mandarin.