Biography: Ken Eriksen 

Ken Eriksen is the head of the Informa Economics’ Client Advisory and Development group. In this capacity, he directs the group's efforts in client advisory and development, risk management, consulting and events. Since joining Informa in 2001, Eriksen led Informa's Transportation, Industrials and Energy Services team and co-led Informa's project consulting practice. Eriksen regularly speaks on commodity, transportation and infrastructure issues and developments and is an expert witness in the area of transportation, logistics and supply-chain matters. Prior to joining the company, Eriksen worked for U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Agricultural Statistics Service as an agricultural statistician. In that capacity, he conducted national surveys and set national estimates in agriculture. Also while at USDA, he worked for the Agricultural Marketing Service on its transportation and marketing program, conducting research and analysis on domestic and international transportation issues. He also worked as an international longshoreman for the Pacific Maritime Association in Tacoma, Washington. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agribusiness and agricultural economics from Washington State University. While working on his master's degree there, Eriksen was a transportation economist for the Department of Agricultural Economics, performing economic transportation data analysis and modeling.