Apex Award Winner 2014 - Mark Petry
Mark Petry is the Deputy Director of the New Technologies and Production Methods Division of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). He served as an Agricultural Attaché and the Director of the USDA Intellectual Property Rights Office in the United States Embassy in Beijing from 2006 to 2010. Major areas of responsibility included food safety, biotechnology, intellectual property protection, WTO policy, and the oilseeds, cotton, forestry, and sugar sectors. Prior to Beijing, he served for over three years as an Agricultural Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. He has served in FAS since 1998 and also previously held positions in the European Union Trade Policy Division and as global sugar and citrus commodity analyst. Prior positions include at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and research positions in the Purdue University Departments of Botany and Agriculture Economics.
Mark graduated from Purdue University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, with a specialty in soil science, and in 1998 with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Food Safety from Michigan State University in 2013.
Mark is currently serving on the Governing Board of the American Foreign Service Association. Mark is a married father of two, speaks four languages, and is currently writing a dual language book about traditional medicinal uses of honey in Russia.