Ana Ballesteros serves as the deputy regional director – Europe and the Middle East for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products in the international marketplace.
She previously served as the marketing director for the Council’s Latin America regional office. In this capacity, Ana plans and implements the Council’s feed grains related programs and activities in the region.
Ana began working for the Council in late 2016. Prior to this, she worked for almost 7 years in the feed industry in Colombia, where she was responsible for the company’s international purchases, buying nearly one hundred thousand metric tons of feed ingredients per month. In this role, she became conscious of the importance of agribusiness for the global nutrition industry and was provided with considerable knowledge of the ingredients and operations of the feed and livestock businesses in Latin America.
In addition to her enthusiasm for her work in developing markets and enabling trade, she loves cycling and other outdoor activities with her husband and their Australian cattle dog; travelling, which she has done extensively in Europe and the Americas; and living in the country side of Medellin, surrounded by nature.
Ana holds a bachelor’s degree of administrative engineering from Antioquia’s School of Engineers and a master’s degree in business administration from the Monterrey Technological Institute (Mexico). She also participated in an Advanced Management Program at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
About The U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.