Brian Foster is the founder and Principal of Insight Enterprise Consulting, LLC, a government affairs management and international agribusiness development consulting firm.
He is an independent agribusiness and agricultural policy consultant with experience in Eastern Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa and the U.S. His work focuses on livestock, crops and seed value chains; project development, management and evaluation; and business finance and investment analysis. Mr. Foster is also a farmer, raising corn, soybeans and beef cattle in the central US state of Iowa.
Previously, Mr. Foster served as Director of Business Development and Marketing at Christensen Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Privately-held Christensen’s is one of the three largest pork integrators in the U.S.
Before coming to Christensen Farms, Brian established and managed Pioneer Hi-Bred International’s seed production, marketing and sales operations in two eastern European countries, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
He has also worked in Russia in agricultural cooperative development, as a legislative assistant in agricultural affairs for U.S. Congressman Tim Penny, has undertaken numerous short-term international agricultural consulting assignments in Russia, eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in agriculture in Costa Rica.
Brian relaxes by managing the family farms in north-central Iowa, and is a graduate of Iowa State University’s agronomy program and Purdue University’s Executive MBA program in Food and Agribusiness.