Where agriculture & environment meet

Agenda FFA2016

The Sustainable Development Goals implementation: no time for business as usual
Tuesday, March 22, 2016


08:00 – 16:00
Registration
08:45 – 08:55
Introduction
Introductory comments
Presenters:
Tanya Beckett, Moderator
Stephen Sackur, Moderator
08:55 – 09:20
Opening
Opening statements
Speaker
Janez Potočnik, Chair FFA2016, Chairman RISE Foundation

Video message
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations
09:20 – 09:50
Opening keynote address
The environmental dimension of the new agenda for sustainable development
Keynote address:
Achim Steiner, Under Secretary General, United Nations (UN) and Executive Director, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

Questions & answers:
Moderator: Stephen Sackur, Journalist
09:50 – 10:45
Session 1
SDGs: Transforming the agricultural model: what needs to change and what are the solutions? A political debate
Speakers:
José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Questions & answers:
Moderator: Stephen Sackur, Journalist
10:45 – 11:30
Networking break
Grab a coffee or tea and network with colleagues and visit the exhibitor stands
Exhibitors
ApexBrasil
CEMA European Agricultural Machinery
Deutz-Fahr
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
The ELO family
11:30 – 12:30
Session 1 responses
Practical solutions to transform the agricultural model
Panellists:
Tim Benton, UK Champion, Global Food Security Programme
Giovana Baggio de Bruns, Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy
William Rolleston, Vice President, World Farmers' Organisation
Bernard Giraud, President, Livelihoods Venture / Senior Advisor Sustainability and Shared Value Creation, Danone
Jon Parr, Chief Operating Officer, Syngenta

Questions & answers:
Moderator: Stephen Sackur, Journalist
12:30 – 14:00
Networking lunch break
Grab something to eat and drink, plus network with colleagues or visit the exhibitor stands
Exhibitors
ApexBrasil
CEMA European Agricultural Machinery
Deutz-Fahr
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
The ELO family
14:00 – 14:45
Keynote address
SDGs and the economic model: what needs to change?
Keynote address:
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Questions & answers:
Moderator: Stephen Sackur, Journalist
14:45 – 15:50
Session 2
Changing societal behaviours to achieve the SDGs
Panellists:
Allan Buckwell, Director for the Nutrient Recovery and Reuse Project, RISE Foundation
Tim Breitmeyer, Deputy President of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA)
Ursula Hudson, President, Slow Food Germany
Francesco Tramontin, EU Public Affairs Director, Mondelēz

Questions & answers:
Moderator: Tanya Beckett, Journalist
15:50 – 16:50
Session 3
Disrupting and rethinking the innovation model to achieve the SDGs
Keynote address:
John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Panellists:
Maelenn Poitrenaud, Head of Research and Development, Veolia Sede
Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Natural Capital Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance

Questions & answers:
Moderator: Tanya Beckett, Journalist
16:50 – 17:00
Closing
Closing statement
Speaker:
Janez Potočnik, Chair FFA2016, Chairman RISE Foundation

Speakers, panellists & respondents


Details are shown below of speakers at FFA2016.

FFA2016 speakers & respondents

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Janez Potočnik
Chair FFA2016, Chairman RISE Foundation
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Ban Ki-moon (by video)
Secretary General, United Nations (UN)
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Achim Steiner
UNEP Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN)
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José Graziano da Silva
Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Practical solutions to transform the agricultural model,

This informative panel session hosted by Stephen Sackur at FFA2016 responded to the preceding speeches by Achim Steiner, José Graziano da Silva and Phil Hogan. A wide selection of views were presented by Tim Benton, UK Champion, Global Food Security Programme; Giovana Baggio de Bruns, Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy; Dr William Rolleston, Vice President, World Farmers’ Organisation; Bernard Giraud, President, Livelihoods Venture/Senior Advisor Sustainability and Shared Value Creation, Danone; and Jon Parr, Chief Operating Officer, Syngenta.
Janez Potočnik, Chair FFA2016, Chairman RISE Foundation

From 2010 until November 2014, Janez Potočnik was Commissioner for Environment. In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as Shadow Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In November 2014 he was appointed for a three-year term as a member and Co-Chair of International resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme.  He is currently Chairman of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture and Chairman of the RISE (Rural Investment Support for Europe) Foundation.
Ban Ki-moon (by video), Secretary General, United Nations (UN)

Ban Ki-moon took office on January 1, 2007 as the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations and on June 21, 2011 he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly to continue to serve until December 31, 2016. He has a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to his election as Secretary General, Mr. Ban was his country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His 37 years of service with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C. and Vienna, with responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General of American Affairs.
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN)

Achim Steiner has been Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 2006. From 2009 to 2011 he was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Before joining UNEP, he served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and prior to that as Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams. His career has included assignments with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations across the world. He has worked both at grassroots level and at the highest levels of international policy-making to address the interface between environmental sustainability, social equity and economic development.
José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

José Graziano da Silva has worked on food security, rural development and agriculture issues for over 30 years, most notably as the architect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger programme and now as the Director General of FAO since January 1, 2012. He previously headed the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2006 to 2011. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy and a Master's Degree in Rural Economics and Sociology from the University of São Paulo, and a PhD in Economic Sciences from the State University of Campinas. He also has post-Doctorate Degrees in Latin American Studies (University College of London) and Environmental Studies (University of California, Santa Cruz).


Phil Hogan
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
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Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University
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Dr John Ingram
Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK
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Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Phil Hogan has been the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since November 2014. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Minister for the Environment and Local Government in the Irish Government. He has also occupied various senior posts at local, national and European level, including President of the Council of EU Environment Ministers in 2013 and Chairman of the European People's Party of Environment Ministers from 2012 to 2014.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author and syndicated columnist. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership, and has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals and is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. For over thirty years he has advised many heads of state and governments on economic strategy. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University and received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees at Harvard.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author and syndicated columnist. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership, and has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals and is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. For over thirty years he has advised many heads of state and governments on economic strategy. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University and received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees at Harvard.
Dr John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK

Dr John Ingram gained extensive experience during the 1980s working in East and Southern Africa, and South Asia in agriculture, forestry and agroecology research projects. In 1991 he was recruited by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to help organise and coordinate research on global change and agroecology as part of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). In 2001 he was appointed Executive Officer of the international project ‘Global Environmental Change and Food Systems’ (GECAFS) and, in 2011, he became NERC’s ‘Food Security Leader’. Since 2013 he has led the Food Systems Programme in the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute.
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Phil Hogan has been the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since November 2014. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Minister for the Environment and Local Government in the Irish Government. He has also occupied various senior posts at local, national and European level, including President of the Council of EU Environment Ministers in 2013 and Chairman of the European People's Party of Environment Ministers from 2012 to 2014.
Franz Fischler, Chair FFA2008-2015

Franz Fischler served as European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development from 1995-2004, and was also responsible for fisheries policy during his second term. He is a former Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in his native Austria.
Arun Gandhi, Agent of Change & Author, Total Nonviolence

Dr Arun Gandhi is the 5th grandson of India's legendary leader, Mohandas K. ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi. Arun was personally taught ‘Total Nonviolence’ by his grandfather through understanding the nature of violence. Arun shares these lessons across the world. He has participated in Renaissance Weekend deliberations with President Clinton and other well-respected Rhodes Scholars and has spoken at the United Nations. He is an activist, author and educator.
Anne Krueger, Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Anne Krueger joined the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) faculty in 2007 after leaving the International Monetary Fund, where she had served as First Deputy Managing Director from 2001-2006 and as Acting Managing Director for three months during 2005.
Amina Mohammed, Special adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations.

Ms. Mohammed was previously Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals after serving three Presidents over a period of six years. In 2005 she was charged with the coordination of the debt relief funds ($1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria. From 2002-2005, Ms. Mohammed served as coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project.
Jeremy Rifkin, Founder and President, The Foundation on Economic Trends

Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of 20 books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the society. His vision of post carbon economy through a Third Industrial Revolution has been endorsed by the European Union, the United States as well as by several chiefs of state. Jeremy Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group LLC and a senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Martin Stuchtey, Director, McKinsey Center for Business and Environment

Dr Martin Stuchtey is a Director from the Munich office. In 2007 he co-founded McKinsey’s Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice, and continues to lead the firm's activities on water and waste management. In 2014 Martin became Director of the McKinsey Global Center for Business & Environment. Both for strategic and financial investors, he has analyzed the resulting growth opportunities in the “circular economy”
Pavan Sukhdev, Founder-CEO, GIST Advisory

Pavan Sukhdev is Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a consulting collaborative that evaluates performance for governments, businesses, and NGO’s. mr Sukhdev was awarded Yale University’s 2011 McCluskey Fellowship and his campaign “Corporation 2020” presents action plans for rapid reforms to transform today’s business for tomorrow’s world. Earlier, Pavan was appointed Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned project “TEEB” (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity).
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Prior to his Commissioner role, Karmenu Vella was appointed as Minister for Tourism in March 2013, which he had previously also held in 1996-86. In 1984 he was appointed as Minister for Industry and in 1981 he was appointed as Minister for Public Works.
Ren Wang, Assistant Director General of Agriculture & Consumer Protection Department, FAO

In 2013, Dr Wang assumed his current position in Rome, Italy. Previously he served as Director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) for 6 years. During 2000-2007, Dr Wang was Deputy Director General for Research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). He also served on a series of high level international boards and committees in the area of agriculture and agricultural research.

FFA2016 panellists

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Giovana Baggio de Bruns
Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy
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Professor Tim Benton
Champion of UK Global Food Security Programme
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Tim Breitmeyer
Deputy President of the Country Land & Business Association
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Allan Buckwell
Director for the Nutrient Recovery and Reuse Project, RISE Foundation
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Daniel Calleja Crespo
Director General for Environment, European Commission
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Giovana Baggio de Bruns, Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Giovana Baggio de Bruns joined the Nature Conservancy team in 2008 and as a leader of the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy she is responsible for the implementation of science based, multi-stakeholder, landscape planning projects and initiatives for sustainability on agricultural land across Brazil. Prior to her current role she was Environmental Coordinator of the Forestry Division of a pulp and paper company (2003-2008), Environmental Department Manager at Silviconsult Engenharia Ltda (2000-2003) and Planner and Production Controller for Terranova Brasil Ltda (1999). She has also been a guest visitor on forestry issues of the Swedish Cultural Department and was an intern at several companies and organisations including the FAO in Rome.
Professor Tim Benton, Champion of UK Global Food Security Programme

Professor Tim Benton is the “Champion” for the UK’s Global Food Security (GFS) programme, leading, facilitating and coordinating its activities. GFS is a partnership of the UK’s main public funders of research in food security, including the research councils and government departments. GFS ensures that strategically important research is undertaken. It adds value to research via interdisciplinary analysis, collaboration, alignment and engagement with different stakeholders around the challenges associated with ensuring a food system that delivers nutritious food for all in a sustainable way. Professor Benton is also a leading researcher, based at the University of Leeds, on agri-environment interactions and finding ways to make agricultural production more sustainable.
Tim Breitmeyer, Deputy President of the Country Land & Business Association

Tim Breitmeyer has been an active Country Land & Business Association (CLA) member for more than a decade. He chaired the CLA Cambridgeshire branch committee for two years and has also chaired the CLA’s national Agriculture and Land Use Committee and Environment Committee. Tim farms 1,600 acres in Cambridgeshire, growing wheat, spring barley, oil seed rape and sugarbeet, as well as contract-farming a further 3,900 acres. The business also runs a substantial sugarbeet harvesting and delivery operation, rents out 5,500 square foot of office space and has a private shoot. Tim served for 18 years in the Grenadier Guards, retiring in 1996, and is a member of Her Majesty’s Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, providing a ceremonial guard for HM The Queen on state occasions. Tim was elected Deputy President of the CLA in November 2015.
Allan Buckwell, Director for the Nutrient Recovery and Reuse Project, RISE Foundation

Emeritus Professor Allan Buckwell is the Director of RISE's study of Nutrient Recycling and Reuse in European Agriculture and the Director of the Foundation's previous study on the Sustainable Intensification of European Agriculture. Two thirds of his career has been as an academic agricultural economist specialising in agricultural and rural policy. This has involved his work as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (since 2012), fourteen years at Newcastle University and then from 1984-1999 as Professor of Agricultural Economics, Wye College University of London. During 1995/6 he was seconded to the analysis and conception unit of DG Agri in the European Commission where he chaired a policy integration group who laid out a model for the evolution of the CAP. He joined the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as Policy Director in 2000.
Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General for Environment, European Commission

Prior to his current role, Daniel Calleja Crespo was Deputy Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry, in charge of internal markets for goods, competitiveness and innovation, SMEs and entrepreneurship, international negotiations and tourism. Previously he was Director for Air Transport at the European Commission from 2004 to 2011 and, between 1999 and 2004, he was Head of Cabinet of the Vice-president of the European Commission, responsible for Transport, Energy and relations with the European Parliament. During his career he has also been Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Marcelino Oreja, Legal Adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission and a member of the Legal Service of the Commission.

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy
Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, European Parliament
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Bernard Giraud
President, Livelihoods Venture / Senior Advisor Sustainability and Shared Value Creation Danone
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Ursula Hudson
President Slow Food Germany
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Jon Parr
Chief Operating Officer, Syngenta
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Maelenn Poitrenaud
Head of Research and Development, Veolia Sede
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Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, European Parliament

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy was elected in 2009 and 2014 as Dutch MEP for D66. He is member of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Health and Food Safety and coordinator for the liberal group (ALDE). Amongst other roles, he is also the ALDE first spokesperson on Biodiversity and Resource Efficiency. Mr. Gerbrandy began his career as a political assistant to Joris Voorhoeve, former director of the Dutch Clingendael Institute, and has also been personal assistant of Doeke Eisma, MEP for D66, political secretary of the Dutch parliamentary group of D66 and a senior political adviser at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. (Image: © European Union 2014 - Source : EP)
Bernard Giraud , President, Livelihoods Venture / Senior Advisor Sustainability and Shared Value Creation Danone

Bernard Giraud is the President of Livelihoods Venture, a social business that manages two investment funds - the Livelihoods Carbon Fund and the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (Livelihoods 3F). These environmental funds seek to create value for both investors and the rural communities it invests in by supporting large scale projects of ecosystem restoration, which generate long term revenue and food security to the population and high quality carbon credits to the partner companies, contributing to reduce their carbon footprint. Before the creation of Livelihoods, Bernard Giraud was Vice-President Sustainability and Shared Value Creation of Groupe Danone, an international leader in food industry. He played an important role to make Danone a pioneer in social innovation and integrate social responsibility and sustainable development in the core strategy and business practices of the company. Bernard Giraud also served as a board member and CEO of Corporate Social Responsibility Europe (CSR-E) a leading European organization in the field of social responsibility.
Ursula Hudson, President Slow Food Germany

Ursula Hudson PhD started her professional career as assistant lecturer for Intercultural German Language and Literature Studies at the University of Bayreuth. From 1996 to 2004 she lectured at Cambridge and Oxford universities (UK) and from 2005 onwards she has been a freelance researcher and writer. Dr Hudson is a member of the Deutsche Akademie für Kulinaristik e.V. (German Academy for Culinarism) and since February 2010 she has been a board member of Slow Food Deutschland e.V. In June 2012 she became President of the board of Slow Food Deutschland and member of the Executive Board of Slow Food International. (Image: © Sharon Sheets)
Jon Parr, Chief Operating Officer, Syngenta

Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Jon Parr was Head of Global Crops & Assets for Syngenta in 2014. Before that, he was Regional Director for EAME from 2009 to 2013 and Head of Syngenta Flowers from 2007 to 2008. From 2004 to 2007 he was Head of Marketing and Strategy and European Manufacturing Manager from 2000 to 2003. Before joining Syngenta, he worked for AstraZeneca from 1998 to 2000 as a Factory Manager, Global Product Manager Fungicides  and Supply Chain Project Manager. From 1987 to 1994, he held Project and Engineering Management roles at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).
Maelenn Poitrenaud, Head of Research and Development, Veolia Sede

Maelenn Poitrenaud is in charge of innovation and development for SEDE, Veolia subsidiaries dedicated to agronomical valorization (including composts, digestates, fertilizers, biosolids) and relationships with farmers. As an engineer she worked several years in research and innovation at Veolia to develop and optimize biological treatments of organic residues and to ensure safe and useful valorization of composts and other products of these processes. She has also managed for many years, with the French National Research Institut of Agronomy (INRA), a long term field trial dedicated to the study of composts. She is also in charge of coordinating the collaboration within Veolia with the FNSEA (French National Federation of Farmers' Unions - the majority trade union in the agricultural profession in France). This collaboration focuses on water uses and reuse and circular economy in agriculture.

Dr William Rolleston
Vice President of the World Famers’ Organisation
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Humberto Delgado Rosa
Director, Natural Capital Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
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Ana Paula Tavares
Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance
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Francesco Tramontin
Director Public Affairs Europe, Mondelēz
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Dr William Rolleston, Vice President of the World Famers’ Organisation

Dr William Rolleston is Vice President of the World Famers’ Organisation and National President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand. He farms on the South Island of New Zealand and operates a family owned biological manufacturing business supplying biologicals to pharmaceutical, diagnostic and research industries around the world. William has held board positions relating to agriculture, science and economic development. He sits on the New Zealand Government’s Science Board and was the founding chairman of New Zealand’s Biotechnology Industry Organisation (now NZBio) and of the Life Sciences Network – an umbrella organisation of science and industry organisations who advocate for science based regulation of genetic modification. He has a degree in medicine and in 2009 was awarded the Distinguished Biotechnologist of the Year for services to the biotechnology industry.
Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Natural Capital Unit, DG Environment, European Commission

Prior to his current role, Humberto Delgado Rosa was the Director for mainstreaming adaptation and low carbon technology in DG Climate Action, European Commission. He has relevant experience in European and international environmental policy, particularly in climate change issues. He served as Secretary of State for the Environment of Portugal from March 2005 to June 2011. In 2007 he was EU lead negotiator for the UN Climate Change Conference, during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council. Between 1995 and 2002 he was advisor for environmental matters to the Prime Minister of Portugal. He holds a PhD in Evolutionary Biology, and was a professor and researcher at the University of Lisbon, with experience in animal biology, biodiversity and life science ethics.
Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance

Ana Paula Tavares is the Executive Vice President of the Rainforest Alliance and has been with the organization for 15 years. She has dedicated her career to protecting the world’s most threatened ecosystems and ensuring sustainable livelihoods for farmers, forest workers and their families. She has led the Rainforest Alliance's Development division since joining the organization and currently oversees several other functions including Communications & Marketing, Education, Markets Transformation and Claims, Traceability & Trademarks. Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance, Ana Paula was a founding partner at New Frontiers Group, a financial services group in São Paulo, Brazil that promoted investment funds for biodiversity, sustainable forestry, carbon sequestration and renewable energy.
Francesco Tramontin, Director Public Affairs Europe, Mondelēz

Francesco Tramontin is responsible for the coordination of the Mondelēz external engagement strategy in Europe with particular focus on sustainability and health & wellness issues. Francesco worked from 2012 to 2013 in the Mondelez Europe HQ in Zurich as Director of Sustainability and from 2008 to 2012 in Kraft Foods’ HQ in Chicago where he was responsible for issues management coordinating the company’s global external positions on sustainability and environmental issues and managing Kraft Foods' regular relationship with NGOs and external partners. Previously Francesco worked in EU public/government affairs in Brussels for Cargill and also Kraft Foods, focusing on environmental, trade and agricultural policy.
Tim Breitmeyer, Vice President, Country Land and Business Association

Tim Breitmeyer has occupied his current position at the CLA since November 2013. Tim farms 1,600 acres in Cambridgeshire as well as contract-farming a further 3,900 acres. The business also runs a substantial sugarbeet harvesting and delivery operation, rents out 5,500 square foot of office space and has a private shoot.
John Clarke, Director of International Affairs, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission

John Clarke joined the European Commission in 1993. Since May 2013 Mr Clarke has been responsible for International Affairs, in particular multilateral negotiations, industrialised countries including USA and Japan, and Africa in DG Agriculture and Rural Development. Before joining the European Commission, Mr Clarke worked from 1983 to 1993 for the Hong Kong Government.
Mella Frewen, Director General, FoodDrinkEurope

Mella Frewen is currently a member of the EU Commission’s High Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, and of the EU Commission’s Scientific Steering Committee for EXPO2015. She is also member of several food industry-related Boards. Ms Frewen is Chair of the ACEI (the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry).
Mikael Karlsson, President, European Environmental Bureau

Dr Karlsson has been president of the EEB, the largest environmental organisation in Europe, since 2005. He is an agronomist and holds a PhD in Environmental and Energy Systems. His research focuses on environmental policy and risk governance and he has been a member of several high level bodies and expert groups on environmental issues under the Swedish government and the European Commission. From 2002 to 2014, Dr Karlsson was president of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.
Tony Long, Director, WWF European Policy Office

Tony Long heads the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) European Policy Office in Brussels which he started in 1989. Prior to this, he worked in the UK for various environmental organisations, including WWF and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), and two local authorities. He has also worked in the USA as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York and a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association. Mr Long is the author of several publications on environmental campaigning.
Alan Matthews, Professor Em. Of European Agricultural Policy, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin

Alan Matthews’ major research interests are in agricultural policy and trade analysis, and he has been a keen observer and commentator on EU agricultural policy, notably through his contributions to the blog capreform.eu. He is a past-President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists.
Mairead McGuinness, Vice President, European Parliament

Mairead McGuinness MEP, elected Vice-President of the European Parliament in 2014, is an agricultural economist who majors on the future shape of agriculture and rural development, global development policy, the environment, public health and food safety and security. She is also the author of a major report for the Parliament on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy and Global Food Security.
Mike Muller, Commissioner, National Planning Commission, South Africa

Mike Muller is also a Visiting Adjunct Professor in the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Governance. Previous to that he was Director-General of South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. He represented South Africa at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development and chaired the Water Dome programme at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Raed Safadi, Deputy Director of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Prior to his current role, Dr Safadi was the Chief Economist for the Government of Dubai in 2009. Dr Safadi specialises in the empirical and policy analysis of international trade. His current research interests include globalisation and labour market issues.
Ricardo Sanchez Lopez, Director of Sustainable Food Security, Latin America Conservation Council

Ricardo has occupied his current position since 2013. He is responsible for the implementation of TNC’s regional Food Security Strategy to conciliate food production with natural habitat protection by promoting sustainable intensification. Prior to TNC, Ricardo was the Colombian Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Johan Schnürer, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Professor Johan Schnürer is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for external research collaboration at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden. Professor Schnürer has initiated several larger research programs on the biotechnical use of microorganisms in agriculture, food preservation and biofuels production and the formation of a global university network, dealing with the big issues of among others food security.

FFA2016 moderators

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Tanya Beckett
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Stephen Sackur
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Tanya Beckett, Journalist

Tanya Beckett is currently one of the most experienced business journalists on British TV. Tanya spent three years broadcasting from New York and Washington DC as the ‘BBC World US’ Business Anchor. While in the States, she also fronted ‘BBC World News’ on PBS. Since her return she has been working for BBC World News and ‘Newsnight’ on BBC2. Tanya has a degree in Metallurgy and Science of Materials from Oxford. She previously worked as an investment banker. Tanya is a very experienced facilitator at conferences, seminars and other business events.
Matthew Dempsey, Journalist

Matt Dempsey retired as Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal after 25 years in March 2013. He is Chairman of The Agricultural Trust, publishers of the Irish Farmers Journal and The Irish Field. He is also one of the foremost authorities on national and international agricultural policy and industry trends; his knowledge, critique and assessment of Government and EU policy is highly valued by the agri-food sector.
Stephen Sackur, Journalist

Stephen Sackur has been a journalist with BBC News since 1986. Since becoming presenter of HARDtalk in 2004, he has interviewed prominent international personalities, cultural figures, leaders and politicians from around the world. Before taking over on the BBC News Channel and BBC World flagship current affairs interview programme, he was based in Brussels for three years as the BBC's Europe Correspondent.