Tom Arnold is Chair of a Task Force on Rural Africa established by the European Commission. His previous roles include Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs, Chair of the Irish Constitutional Convention and Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide. He has served on a number of governmental and non-governmental bodies at national, European and international level including the UN Millennium Project's Hunger Task Force, the Irish Hunger Task Force, the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund, and the Irish Government's Commission on Taxation, amongst others. In his earlier career, he was Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary General with the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food, and Chair of the OECD Committee for Agriculture. He has a degree in agricultural economics from University College Dublin and has Masters degrees from Leuven University and from Trinity College, Dublin.