Sections & Key Officers

Sections & Key Officers
  • Director Sandra Oudkirk
  • Deputy Director Jeremy Cornforth
  • Agricultural Section ChiefErich Kuss
  • Agricultural Trade Office Director –  Emily Scott
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Area Director  – Kelan Evans
  • Commercial Section Chief – Brent Omdahl
  • Consular Section Chief – Deena Parker
  • Economic Section ChiefDannielle Andrews
  • Management Section Chief – Brian R. Reynolds
  • Political Section Chief – Bradley Parker
  • Public Diplomacy Section ChiefDiane Sovereign
  • Regional Security Officer – Timothy Feeney

Agricultural Section ChiefErich Kuss
Agricultural Section Deputy Chief – Erik Syngle

The Agricultural Section represents U.S. agricultural interests on Taiwan with the goal of increasing Taiwan′s agricultural imports from the United States. The section′s responsibilities are to:

  1. analyze and report on Taiwan′s agricultural production, demand for agricultural commodities and products, market opportunities, and the nature of competition from other suppliers;
  2. reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers on U.S. agricultural exports to Taiwan; and
  3. advise and support USDA and the private U.S. agricultural sector regarding market conditions, market development strategies, and the evaluation of market development activities and campaigns.

Contact Information:
Agricultural Section
No. 100, Jinhu Road, Neihu District, Taipei City 11461, Taiwan

Agricultural Trade Office Director –  Emily Scott

The Agricultural Trade Office’s major focus is providing marketing assistance to U.S. companies and associations interested in exporting food and agricultural products to Taiwan. The ATO oversees and supports the activities of more than forty agricultural market development cooperators of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, four of which maintain offices with market directors on Taiwan; the U.S. Soybean Export Council, the U.S. Grains Council, the U.S. Wheat Associates, and the U.S. Meat Export Association. In addition, the ATO assists local Taiwan importers in locating reliable U.S. suppliers through the computerized trade leads service and the resources of the ATO library. Finally, to match exporters’ and importers’ interests, the ATO sponsors food shows and other promotional activities throughout the year.

Contact Information: 

Agricultural Trade Office

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Area Director for Taiwan – Kelan Evans
Agricultural Scientist – Yen-Chi Chen

APHIS’ mission is to “safeguard the health, welfare and value of American agriculture and natural resources.”  AIT’s APHIS Office directly contributes to this mission by working with local authorities in Taiwan to:

  • Safeguard exports of Taiwan-origin agricultural products to ensure quarantine pests and invasive species are excluded and not inadvertently introduced into the U.S. via air or maritime cargo;
  • Promote safe imports of U.S.-origin agricultural products to Taiwan in a manner that ensures animal and plant pests are excluded and the value of U.S.-origin products are maintained;
  • Advance the adoption of bilateral trade protocols that align with internationally recognized science-based standards and guidelines established by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC); and
  • Establish and maintain a strong collaborative working partnership with counterpart Taiwan regulatory agencies through scientific exchanges on animal and plant pest and disease control, management and eradication.

Contact Information:

APHIS Office
No. 100, Jinhu Road, Neihu District, Taipei City 11461, Taiwan
Tel: +886 (2) 2162-2216  Fax: +886 (2) 2162-2215

Commercial Section ChiefBrent Omdahl

The Commercial Section assists U.S. exporters by arranging appointments with potential local business partners or relevant authorities, providing information on the Taiwan market for U.S. goods and services, and maintaining an on-line directory of U.S. suppliers for use by local importers.

Contact Information:

Address: No. 100, Jinhu Road, Neihu District, Taipei City 11461, Taiwan
+886 (2) 2162-2000

Public Diplomacy Section ChiefDiane Sovereign

Cultural Affairs Officer – Luke Martin

Spokesperson – Ed Dunn