- Newsletter 207: Center drafts Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2024
- Center bids goodbye to Dr. KC Lin, welcomes Dr. Su-San Chang
FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe welcomes Dr. Su-San Chang, the 13th Director of the Center, when she reported to the office on the first week of March. Others in the photo are some members of the FFTC staff who also cheerfully welcomed Dr. Chang.
FFTC recently hosted a farewell party for Director Kuo-Ching Lin, whose term ended last January 31, 2020. Dr. Lin, who started his stint with the Center on February 1, 2017, has officially retired and will be focusing on his personal pursuits. In the span of three years, Director Lin has been on top of FFTC’s programs and projects which include its yearly workshops, seminars and symposia. He continued and strengthened the FFTC-Agricultural Policy Platform, a website on agricultural policy articles written by experts and scholars in the Asian Pacific region. Likewise, he also continued the dragon fruit project and initiated the re-strengthening of ties with country partners like Indonesia and Australia. Dr. Lin also initiated the activation of FFTC’s social media posts which made the Center more visible. He has likewise promoted the Center in his various lectures and visits to other agricultural institutes and agencies in and out of Taiwan.In Jaunary 31st handover ceremony, Dr. Lin tuned over important documents and files as well as the Center’s official seal to FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe. Prior to his FFTC post, Director Lin was a Professor of agricultural economics at the National Taiwan University. In 2000-2002, he was also the Deputy Minister of Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture.
Dr. Su-San Chang, former Director General of the Pingtung Biotechnology Agricultural Park (PABP) is FFTC’s 13th and first woman Director.
Meanwhile, the Center warmly welcomes Dr. Su-San Chang, the 13th Director of FFTC, and the first woman to head the International Center. Last February 24, FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe introduced Dr. Chang to all the staff members of the Center during a meeting at the Center board room.
An agricultural chemist and soil scientist, Dr. Su-San Chang first worked for 15 years as a Research Assistant and an Associate Researcher at Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI). After that, she held various positions in the Council of Agriculture (COA), Executive Yuan for 25 years. She has accumulated lots of experiences in policy making, administration and project implementation on international affairs, multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) matters, regulations on pesticides and animal drugs, planning and development and management of science parks, etc. Prior to her appointment as the new Director of FFTC, Dr. Chang used to be the Director General of Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park (PABP), a position she held for three years and seven months. She was posted in the Permanent Mission of Taiwan, Penghu, Kingman and Matsu to the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland as an Agricultural Counselor during 2003 and 2008. From 2008 to 2013, she was the Director General of COA’s Department of International Affairs. After that, from 2013 to 2016, she got promoted and became the Director General of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ).
Former Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin meets Dr. Su-San Chang when the former visited the Center early this year. In the photo is Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe.
A doctorate degree holder in soil science from the University of California at Davis, USA, in 1992, Dr. Chang got her Masters and Bachelor degrees in agricultural chemistry from National Taiwan University in 1976 and 1978, respectively. On March 1st, 2020, she replaced former FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, who recently retired from the Center on January 31, 2020.
FFTC former Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Deputy Director Akira Hasebe during the former’s farewell party.