Stephan has held the Chair for Agricultural Policy at the University of Göttingen since 1999. He studied agricultural economics at McGill University (BSc) and the University of Manitoba (MSc) in Canada, and completed his PhD at the University of Kiel in Germany. He was editor of Agricultural Economics, the official journal of the IAAE from 2000 to 2006, organized the contributed papers for the IAAE triennial conference in Beijing in 2009, and was a Member-at-Large on the IAAE Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015. Since 2015 he has served as Secretary Treasurer of IAAE.
Stephan’s research focuses on the analysis of agricultural policies and the empirical study of price transmission and market integration. He is a guest Professor at Nanjing Agricultural University (China) and the Universidad de Talca (Chile) and is currently involved in a large multi-disciplinary research project in Bangalore (India). Stephan has worked as a consultant for the FAO, the World Bank and several national governments. He is married and has four children.