Where agriculture & environment meet for an open dialogue


The full agenda and full list of speakers for the next Forum (FFA2018) will be available later.

08:00 – 16:00
08:45 – 09:00
09:00 - 11:00
Session 1
11:00 - 11:30
Networking break
11:30 - 13:15
Session 2
13:15 – 14:15
Networking lunch break
14:15 - 16:55
Session 3
16:55 - 17:00

Speakers, panellists & respondents

Details are shown below of confirmed speakers at FFA2018.

FFA2018 confirmed speakers & respondents

(in alphabetical order)

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Echandi
Minister of Environment and Energy, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica
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Dr John Gilliland OBE
Director of Agriculture and Sustainability, Devenish
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Pascal Hardy
Founder, Agripolis, Paris, France
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David Nabarro
Strategic Director, 4SD
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Janez Potočnik
Chair FFA2020, Chairman RISE Foundation
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Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Echandi, Minister of Environment and Energy, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez is for the second time, the Minister of Environment and Energy for the Republic of Costa Rica. He has been a pioneer in the development of payment for ecosystem services (PES). Mr. Rodriguez understands the political preconditions necessary for successful implementation of PES systems that benefit local communities. As the Minister of Environment, he managed to curb logging and deforestation trends to achieve a national net growth of forested areas through natural regeneration and reforestation. He is also internationally recognized for promoting the concept of identifying and capturing the economic value of standing forests within protected areas, private forests and Indian reserves.

As a result of his passion and hard work, marine conservation is now being fully addressed for the first time in Costa Rica. In recognition of his contributions, he was the first ever recipient of the Global Ocean Conservation Award in 2005. He was former Vice President for Conservation Policy at Conservation International (CI). Before joining CI, Rodriquez was, a lawyer, politician and, above all, a conservationist, Rodriguez held various political posts in Costa Rica, including Director of the National Parks Service. He is also founder and Board member of many environmental NGOs in Costa Rica, in addition to several tropical research institutes.
Dr John Gilliland OBE, Director of Agriculture and Sustainability, Devenish

John Gilliland, is Director of Global Agriculture and Sustainability at Devenish, an innovative livestock nutrition company which creates complete solutions, improving animal, human and environmental health, simultaneously. John Gilliland is highly respected and recognised as an excellent leader and communicator across the breadth of the Agri Food and Sustainable Land Management Sectors. He has been an award-winning farmer in Ireland, President of the Ulster Farmers Union; a Non Executive Director of SRUC, and an Energy Regulator in N. Ireland; while at the same time, he has been a policy adviser for Devolved, National and European Governments on Biotechnology, Climate Change and Sustainability.

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Website – www.devenishnutrition.com
Twitter – @DevenishNutri
LinkedIn – devenish-nutrition
Pascal Hardy, Founder, Agripolis, Paris, France

The story of Agripolis started in 2016 when Pascal had the intuition that growing towers could be used to set large farms on the rooftops of cities. Years after the idea has proven good enough to spread from Paris, then its suburb, and now in other parts of France. Foreign sites are expected in 2021. Agripolis is now opening “Nature Urbaine”, the world largest rooftop urban farm in Paris next spring. After studying agronomics, Pascal worked for consulting firms, first on organisation and strategy issues for many years, then for environmental and sustainability issues from 1998. He is also the founder of the iNex startup, a platform for circular economy between companies, and a co-founder of the "Café Philo" non profit initiative.

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Website – www.agripolis.eu
LinkedIn – Pascal Hardy
David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD

David Nabarro is the Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and supports systems leadership for sustainable development through his Switzerland based social enterprise 4SD. Furthermore, he is Advisor at the Global Commission on Adaptation in Rotterdam. He secured his medical qualification in 1974 and has worked in over 50 countries – in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities, and in United Nations (UN) programs.

David worked for the British government in the 1990s as head of Health and Population and director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development. From 1999 to 2017 he held leadership roles in the UN system on disease outbreaks and health issues, food insecurity and nutrition, climate change and sustainable development. In October 2018, David received the World Food Prize together with Lawrence Haddad for their leadership in raising the profile and building coalitions for action for better nutrition across the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Twitter – @davidnabarro
LinkedIn - davidnabarro
Janez Potočnik, Chair FFA2020, Chairman RISE Foundation

Dr Janez Potočnik graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994), he was appointed Head of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as "shadow Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended in November 2014 and he was appointed as a Co-Chair of UN Environment International Resource Panel and was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre's Advisory Council. From April 2016 he is also the Partner in SYSTEMIQ.

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Twitter – @JanezPotocnik22
Facebook – potocnikjanez
LinkedIn - janez-potocnik-872470a7

Terry Tamminen
President/Founder, Seventh Generation Advisors
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Terry Tamminen, President/Founder, Seventh Generation Advisors

Terry is an author, lecturer and strategist on energy and the environment.  In 1993, Terry founded the Santa Monica BayKeeper and later served as the Executive Director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica, CA and co-founded the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at the School of Law, University of California Los Angeles. He was appointed as the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency in November 2003 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and was later appointed Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor. During his service in state government, Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In February 2007, Tamminen founded the non-profit organization Seventh Generation Advisors and was appointed as an Operating Advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors.  In 2011 Terry was appointed as Strategic Advisor to the Founding Chair of the R20 Regions of Climate Action, created in 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other sub-national leaders. In 2015 Terry was the primary author of R20’s white paper Climate Finance: A Status Report and Action Plan, which was released at COP21.  The white paper was chosen by Big Path Capital as one of the "Top 10 Smartest Reports on the Intersection of Climate Change and Finance.” In 2016 Terry was appointed CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Terry currently serves as the President of Seventh Generation Advisors.

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Website – www.7thgenerationadvisors.org
Twitter – @terrytamminen
Facebook – Terry-Tamminen-194952750545779
LinkedIn - terry-tamminen-b8523ab

FFA2018 moderators

(in alphabetical order)

Femi Oke
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Stephen Sackur
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Femi Oke, Journalist

Femi Oke is an international journalist, broadcaster and moderator. Since the 1980s, she has worked for BBC television and radio, Sky TV, all UK terrestrial television networks, CNN and US public radio. Oke’s reporting has been recognised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Communications Agency and InterAction. She's British by birth, Nigerian by parentage and a Washingtonian by zip code.
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.