Mr. El’vis Beytullyev has been working at the International Labour Office since 2009. He is a rural economy specialist at the Sectoral Policies Department, and is involved in various global and country-level initiatives on the promotion of decent work in rural areas. He leads the ILO’s programme on plantations, which includes, among others, work in Indonesia’s palm oil sector and Malawi’s tea industry. Previously, he served as an External Relations Officer at the ILO’s Partnerships and Development Cooperation Department, where he was responsible for UN affairs and collaboration with members of the UN family of organizations. Prior to joining the ILO, Mr. Beytullayev worked as a researcher at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, Belgium. His work there focussed on the linkages between economic and social issues and security. Mr. Beytullayev received his PhD from the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge. He also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Cambridge and Harvard Universities.