Tomislav Ivančić is a PhD candidate and technical expert in business, global supply chains and responsible sourcing and development in low- and middle-income economies. He is a Lead Advisor on social and environmental risks in business and global agricultural supply chains at the Markets and Trade Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and is a board member on the ESG Advisory Council of Export Development Canada (EDC). Previously, Tomislav worked with several multinationals to address human rights risks in their supply chains at the Shift Project and led the EU’s portfolio on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and Global Supply Chains as a Team Leader at the European Commission. He has also worked as an expert on business, trade, and decent work for the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
He holds an MSc in Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University (CEU), and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto. He is an alum of Harvard Business School’s executive program on social impact in global value chains and is pursuing a Ph.D. on responsible sourcing, global trade, and supply chains at the Institute of Economics and Management (ISEG), University of Lisbon.
Tomislav has authored and contributed to several publications on due diligence, responsible sourcing, and poverty in low- and middle-income economies that depend on the export of globally traded commodities. This includes a focus on the relationship between poverty, due diligence and high impact actors and functions upstream in supply chains such as cooperatives, traders, SMEs and local governments. Tomislav was also a lead author of the OECD-FAO Business Handbook on Deforestation and Due Diligence in Agricultural Supply Chains (OECD Publications, 2023), which guides companies in implementing due diligence to reduce deforestation in commodity sourcing and meet trade, market and regulatory expectations, including the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR).