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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.

Kofi Annan, Founder and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), Nobel Peace Laureate

Kofi A. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and is the founder and chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Kofi Annan joined the UN in 1962 and served in various roles in Geneva, Addis Ababa, Ismailia and in New York before becoming Secretary-General. He set up the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to mobilise leaders of all sectors to provide leadership where it needed, working on the premise that there can be no long-term peace without development and no sustainable development without peace. The Foundation helps catalyse effective action on the promotion of food and nutrition security, sustainable development, and support for good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Mr. Annan is the founding Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and has held a number of positions at Universities around the world. He is a board member, patron or honorary member of a number of organisations, including the United Nations Foundation.
Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission

Miguel Arias Cañete is the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. He has served in the role since 1st November 2014. He studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid. After graduating in 1974, he joined the Spanish Civil Service working as a State Attorney. In 1978, he became a professor of Law at the University of Cadiz. In 1982 he left his teaching post as he was elected a member of the Parliament of Andalusia until 1986. After serving in the Andalusian Parliament, he became a Member of the European Parliament upon Spain’s accession in 1986. He stayed until 1999, heading the Committees on Agriculture and Regional Development during his time as MEP. Mr Arias Cañete served as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Spain from 2000 until 2004. He also served as Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment in the Spanish Government from 2011 until 2014, before being selected to head his Party List in the European Parliamentary elections.
Leontino Balbo Junior, Exexutive Vice-President, Balbo Group

Leontino Balbo Junior is Executive Vice-President of the Balbo Group and was Agricultural Director of São Francisco and Santo Antonio Sugar Mills from 1988, Commercial Director of São Francisco Mill since 2003 and more recently Executive Vice-President of Native Organic Products since 2011. He graduated as an Agronomist Engineer in 1984 from the “Julio de Mesquita Filho’ São Paulo State University’s School of Agriculture in Jaboticabal. He developed and implemented the “Green Cane Project” covering 22,000 hectares, aiming at the organic production of sugarcane. Leontino idealized and created a new ecological production system which goes beyond organic. The new production system, called ERA -Ecosystem Revitalizing Agriculture, provides more yields then conventional without using any chemical fertilizer nor defensive methods.
Jacob van den Borne, Owner, Van den Borne Aardappelen

Jacob van den Borne, owner of Van den Borne Aardappelen, is a farmer in the south of the province of Babant, the Netherlands. He is a frontrunner in the use of precision agriculture, technology and data on his land. All data of his farm is available on the cloud, he uses drones for field mapping and he uses satellite data for the precision agriculture. In 2004 he graduated as a Bachelor in Agriculture from HAS in Den Bosch.
Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

Mr Calleja has been Director General of DG Environment from September 2015. Previously he was Director General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (Jan 2015 to Aug 2015) and Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry, Special Envoy for SMEs (Feb 2012 to Jan 2015). Before that he was Deputy Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry (Feb 2011 to Jan 2012). Mr Calleja was Director for Air Transport at the European Commission (2004 to 2011). Between 1999 and 2004, he was Head of Cabinet of the Vice-president of the European Commission and between 1995 and 1999 was the Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Marcelino Oreja, In 1995, he was the legal adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission. In earlier roles he advised the Transport Commissioner and was Member of the Legal Service of the Commission and represented the institution in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice. Mr Calleja is the author of several publications and has lectured in European Law in several universities and institutes of various Member States. Mr Calleja has a degree in Law and in Business Administration from the University of Comillas, Madrid.
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.
Giovanni La Via, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament

Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament Giovanni La Via has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. He has been Rapporteur for the new Common Agricultural Policy (2014-2020) and General Rapporteur for the EU budget (2013). Since July 2014, he has served as Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament. He was Regional Minister for Agriculture and Forest in Sicily (2006-2009) and is a full Professor at the University of Catania. As a delegate of the Rector of the University of Catania, he started and co-ordinated the “European Office” working on European projects planning and management between 1994 and 2000. He has been responsible for several research projects (Sprint, Rittz, Fair) and has been named as expert evaluator of the 5th RTD Framework Programme. He is the author of many scientific papers and articles published in referred national and international journals.
Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010, which works with education, business and government to accelerate the transition to a regenerative circular economy. The Foundation has published seminal macro-economic reports featuring analysis by McKinsey, which have received accolades at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Dame Ellen acted as Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Meta-Council on the circular economy, and has sat on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform between 2012 and 2014. She received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Jon Parr, President Global Crop Protection and EAME, LATAM and APAC, Syngenta

Prior to his current role as President Global Crop Protection and EAME, LATAM and APAC, Jon Parr was Chief Operating Officer EAME & Latin America for Syngenta (2015–2016). Before that, he was Head of Global Crops & Assets for Syngenta in 2014 and 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).
Geneviève Pons, Director, WWF European Policy Office

Geneviève Pons took over as Director of WWF’s European Policy Office in July 2015. She is an honorary Director of the European Commission, having served 22 years at this institution. She started at the Commission as a member of the environment team in the Legal Service. She was in charge of environment and climate matters in Jacques Delors’ Cabinet during his two last mandates as President. She played an important part in the design of the first sustainable development agenda for Europe. In 1995 she moved to the Commission’s Industry department where she held several management positions. She took part in the Commission’s Impact Assessment Board (2008-2010) and joined the Better Regulation Directorate of the Secretariat-General (2010). She was appointed Director of the Legal Service of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2013. She holds a law degree from the Sorbonne, a diploma from Sciences-Po in Paris and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).


Phil Hogan
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
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Dr John Ingram
Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK
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Ban Ki-moon (by video)
Secretary General, United Nations (UN)
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Janez Potočnik, Chairman 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.
Olivier De Schutter, Co-Chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems - IPES-Food

Professor Olivier De Schutter teaches at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at SciencesPo (Paris). He was the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the right to food between 2008 and 2014 and is currently a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He co-chairs the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and is a member of the Lancet Commission on Obesity.
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.
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.
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.


Janez Potočnik
Chair FFA2016, Chairman RISE Foundation
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Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University
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José Graziano da Silva
Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Achim Steiner
UNEP Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN)
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.

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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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.