Cao Duc Phat is the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for Vietnam. Prior to holding this position, he was the Director-General of the Department of Policy and the Director-General of the Department of Planning and Projection within MARD. He is also a member of the Party Central Committee and the National Congress of Vietnam.
He has authored a number of research studies and was co-author of the book Dragon Trail: Economic reform in Vietnam. He holds a Doctorate of Economics from the Belarus Academy of Agriculture and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.