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Walter Gutierrez

United States Assistant Director United states Department of Agriculture

Walter Antonio Gutiérrez was born in Lima, Peru. I received my BS in Agronomy Science and a MSc. from the National Agrarian University –La Molina in Lima-Peru. Upon graduation I worked as an assistant plant breeder for the Small Grain Breeding Program of the same Institution and in 1983 I became a Teacher Assistant in the Plant Pathology Department on the same institution. I worked teaching and doing research in small grains and native cereals in the Andean region of my country and ornamental plants. 

I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in December 1991. In 1997 I earned my Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) and joined the Tobacco Extension Program as Post doctorate and promoted to Senior Researcher later.  During that time, I was responsible for the development of control strategies for the management of different diseases that affect the production of tobacco transplants in greenhouses and in the field. 

In 2007 I joined the Science and Technology (S&T), Plant Pest Risk Analysis (PRRA) unit as risk analyst and authored different reports which resulted in publication of proposed rules and the opening of export markets for agricultural commodities. In 2016 I was promoted as Assistant Director of PPRA unit responsible for the Export and Domestic pest risk analyses portfolio. Walter has been invited to participate as a subject matter expert in bilateral trade discussions and trade dispute delegations, has been invited to give oral presentations, and has taught about pest risk analysis. 

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