Stephane Passeri is a renowned international expert on Geographical Indication (GI) development for food, agriculture and handicraft products. He has contributed to the development of geographical indication national systems and various products across Asia over the past 20 years. In 2017, Mr Passeri was awarded the title of Knight of Order of the Agricultural Merit by the French Government for for his long term contribution to Agriculture Promotion.
Most recently, he was in charge of the management of the UN FAO/AFD (French Development Agency) Project on the Promotion of Rural Development through Development of Geographical Indications (GI) at Regional Level in Asia, as well as the coordination of the regional development of Geographical Indications’ cooperation activities in Asia, stationed at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. This four year project launched in February 2013 aimed to increase the income of small farmers by developing GI value chains, improving market access and increasing the recognition of GI by consumers. Prior to this, his broad experience in Asia, particularly in the ASEAN countries, includes working with the Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture, Ministry of Agriculture of Thailand in the development of strategy and implementation of GI for the protection of Thai silks.