Joao Pacheco has held multiple top- level positions in the European Commission till he retired in 2013. In the period 2011-2013 he was a Deputy-Director General in the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission, in charge of policy management for the European Union agricultural direct payments and agricultural markets. Before this assignment, Mr. Pacheco served as the European Union Ambassador to Brazil from 2005 to 2011. He is now a Senior Fellow in the think-tank Farm Europe. Joao Pacheco was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He graduated in Agronomy at the University of Lisbon, and later obtained a Master in Agricultural Economics at the Wye College, University of London, UK.