Francis Fay is Deputy Head of Unit in DG Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, in the unit for Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific, G20/G8 and FAO. He has been closely associated with the development of agricultural product quality policy, including the protection in the EU of geographical indications. Francis is also part of the EPA negotiation teams with each African region. He formerly worked on the US and Cabada desk in agriculture. He has a background in agri-environment policy and read law at Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland.