Prof. Dr. Meliczek is specialist in rural development, agrarian reform and poverty alleviation. He received his Ph.D. at the Technical University, Berlin, Germany in the field of agricultural economics. He is honorary professor of the University of Goettingen, Germany and of the Economic University of Nanjing, China. He was guest professor at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Kabul, Afghanistan and was teaching in Turkey and China. From 1997 to 1999 he was Director of the Institute of Rural Development at the University of Goettingen. Before his academic activities he was working for 30 years with FAO, both at headquarters and in the field. His final position was Director, Human Resources, Institutions and Agrarian Reform Division. During his assignment with FAO he undertook missions to more than fifty countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean dealing with the design, planning, monitoring and evaluation of rural development projects. On several occasions he has been seconded as team leader or rural development specialist to other UN Organizations like UNDP, UNODC and WFP as well as EU and World Bank. In recent years Mr. Meliczek worked as GTZ consultant/project manager in the Philippines and in Namibia. He has issued several publications on socio-economic aspects of rural development. In 2007 he has been elected chairman of IFSDAA and in 2010 chairman of ISSDA.