Hector McNeill is a British agronomist, agricultural economist and systems engineer with some 49 years professional experience. Besides a practical expertise in agricultural economics and policy he has a hands on capability in the design and implementation of online information systems. Mr.McNeill has post-graduate training in project evaluation, biometry, agricultural economics and macroeconomics at Cambridge University (UK) and post-graduate development economics and systems engineering at the University of Stanford (USA).
At Cambridge, Hector studied under David Wallace the pioneer in the use of Gross Margins for farm and policy planning based on benchmarking. It was this early practical exposure to the role of econometric and mathematical modeling in policy decision analysis that gave rise to this becoming a life-long interest
He was head of the NASA-CNAE Agricultural Remote Sensing Programme in Brazil and the first remote sensing expert to be employed by FAO (Plant Production Division). He led the all Brazilian FAO-ICO team that developed the world's first fully automatic crop inventory system used for crop production forecasting. He worked for some 10 years on natural resources development, agricultural project identification in Brazil as well as quantitative econometric policy and biological systems modeling.
Since 1975, Hector has been the lead international developer of the Real Incomes Approach to Economics (RIAE). This is a macroeconomic policy approach geared towards the promotion of productivity through advances in technology and technique resulting from learning, the accumulation of tacit and explicit knowledge leading to innovation. RIAE is one of most transparent policy approaches with particular advantages for agriculture & rural development in transition, developing and advanced economies.
Hector has worked in the European agricultural domain since 1984. As a Senior Scientific Officer with the Information Technology & Telecommunications Task Force (ITTTF) of the European Commission in Brussels he planned several applications initiatives including agricultural, biomedical, vehicle navigation and learning systems. While at ITTTF and initiated the development of Locational State Theory an advanced object orientated information configuration and analysis approach designed to improve the representation of reality in agricultural production systems. This theory is the basis for the design of the Plamsa systems database a NoSQL system currently under commercial development. Between 1992 and the now he has provided technical assistance inputs to agricultural sector accession processes managing project teams working in Central and Southern Europe.
He was also the environmental economist for the G7 Rain forest Trust Fund at the World Bank in Washington overseeing the contracts on agro-ecological zoning of Amazon regions.
Hector is the Honorary Secretary General of the European Committee on Romani Emancipation (ECRE) and provides voluntary case support (argument logic) to staff members in selected administration cases at the European Commission and World Bank. He is President of the The London-based George Boole Foundation and he manages the Power-ECMAScripting site.