Biography: Kevin Roepke
Kevin Roepke serves as the regional director of South and Southeast Asia for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the global use of U.S. barley, corn and sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). In this capacity, Roepke identifies and addresses all relevant trade, technical and policy factors relevant to building and maintaining the market for U.S. coarse grains and co-products in the region.
Before relocating to Kuala Lumper, Malaysia, Roepke held various positions for the Council in both the China office and headquarters in Washington, D.C. His most recent position was director of trade development in China, where he assisted with the overall coordinator and management of Council programs in China. In this position he was responsible for all activities involving trade servicing, including issues dealing with risk and freight management, procurement quality assurance and business development throughout China, as well as East Asia.
Prior to joining the Council, Roepke worked for Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) where he held various trading and merchandising positions. His latest position, as senior merchandiser, was based in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was responsible for the Western Divisional soymeal export position-focusing on Mexico.
Roepke grew up on a diversified livestock operation in central Iowa. His family is still actively involved with crop and livestock production.
The Council is a private, non-profit partnership of agribusinesses and producers committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. feed grains and ethanol. The organization has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Support for the Council comes from its producer and agribusiness members and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) through programs authorized in the U.S. farm bill.