(in alphabetical order)
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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Deputy President of the Country Land & Business Association
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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.
Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, European Parliament
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President, Livelihoods Venture / Senior Advisor Sustainability and Shared Value Creation Danone
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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.
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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.
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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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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.