Online event

2022 ForumforAg Final Wrap-up and Land and Soil Management Award Ceremony

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022    Time: 14:30 - 16:15

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Following the Annual Conference, Solutions and Policy events, this online event live from our studio in Brussels summarised and concluded all the ForumforAg activities during the month of March.

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order)



Robert Bonnie
Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, USDA
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Dr Marie Brueser
Entrepreneurship Leader, Thought For Food
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Thierry de l’Escaille
Secretary General, European Landowners’ Organization
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Francisco Garcia Verde
Sustainable and Responsible Business Manager EAME, Soil Health Lead, Syngenta
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Martin Gerzabek
President of the Jury, Land and Soil Management Award
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Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, USDA

Robert Bonnie is the Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation at USDA. Prior to joining USDA, Bonnie was at Duke University first as a Rubenstein Fellow and later as an Executive in Residence at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions working on conservation and environmental issues in rural America. In 2020, Bonnie also worked with the Bipartisan Policy Center on its Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions Initiative. Bonnie was Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA from 2013 to 2017, and a senior advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining USDA, Robert was vice president for land conservation at Environmental Defense Fund where he focused on developing incentives to reward stewardship on private lands. Robert has master’s degrees from Duke in forestry and environmental management. He lives with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Lilly, in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Dr Marie Brueser, Entrepreneurship Leader, Thought For Food

Dr Marie Brueser is the Entrepreneurship Leader at Thought For Food, the world's pioneer and leader of next-gen food and agri-tech innovation for impact. In her role, Marie leads several of TFF's flagship programs, including the TFF Challenge, the sector's largest and most diverse innovation challenge; the TFF Academy, an in-house acceleration program supporting promising early-stage startups; as well as TFF's mentoring and intrapreneurship offers.

Marie holds a PhD in plant genetics and has worked on various multinational sustainable development projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Through her work, she has a unique overview of trends in food and agriculture. She has spoken at and moderated discussions with organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, Danone, Cargill, EIT Food, thhttps://www.forumforagriculture.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=faqe World Food Forum and more. She is passionate about biotechnology and lives as a nomad, always on the lookout for new innovations.
Thierry de l’Escaille, Secretary General, European Landowners’ Organization

Thierry de l’Escaille was born in Belgium on 11 May 1955. He studied first at the Faculté Universitaire Saint-Louis, Brussels (1976-78), where he obtained the Diploma in Law, and then at the Université Catholique de Louvain (1978-1980), where he obtained the Licence en droit. He subsequently carried out his Military Service as a Cavalry Officer, 1er Regiment de Guides (1981-1982) in Germany, current rank: Commandant.

Since 1979 Thierry de l’Escaille has been running a family farming enterprise active in Belgium and the Netherlands, in particular in vegetables, sugar beet, potatoes, cereals and flowers. He was the founder of Agriland in 1985. Since 1994, Thierry de l’Escaille has been Secretary General of the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO).  He is also Vice-President of Landelijk Vlaanderen, Member of the Agricultural Reform Group (London), Board member of the Transatlantic Policy Network, Sorgho EU, Société Royale forestière, President Patrimoine Culturel Immobilier, Chairman of various funds.

Since 1998 he is also Secretary General of Friends of the Countryside (FCS), and member of different committees. He is currently Member of the Board of several agro-industrial companies in Europe, America and involved in Africa. He is a founder of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture, of the Wildlife Estate Label and deeply committed in private conservation such as in reasonable agriculture.

He is member of the Board of Directors of a major protected area in Latin America. President of the board in a work promoting rural development and supporting education of young rural citizens in Colombia.

More information
Website – www.elo.org
Twitter – @EULandownersOrg
Facebook – europeanlandowners
LinkedIn – thierry-de-l-escaille-6728724
Francisco Garcia Verde, Sustainable and Responsible Business Manager EAME, Soil Health Lead, Syngenta

After a period working like a technician in field, first in Morocco and then in Murcia, Francisco started a new period working for Cooperative Spanish Organization, where I was able to combine my fieldwork experience with responsibilities for managing an advisory system for input supply cooperatives. This gave him the possibly of facing to different aspects of agriculture: support cooperatives, technical support, and represent cooperatives toward national and European authorities.

In 2013 he started a challenging journey with Syngenta. He is responsible for sustainability and Stewardship, where he has developed a strong knowledge in sustainable agriculture: biodiversity, water protection and safe use of products, setting up many projects in collaboration with technical support team and salesforce. He also has a strong passion for travelling, mountain and sports in general.
Martin Gerzabek, President of the Jury, Land and Soil Management Award

Martin Hubert Gerzabek is an Austrian ecologist and soil scientist. He is a professor of ecotoxicology and isotope application and was rector of BOKU, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna from 2010 to 2018.


Emeritus Prof. Dr. Franc Lobnik
Prof. Emeritus, Dr. at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Luca Montanarella
Senior Expert, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D – Sustainable Resources, Land Resources Unit
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Jon Parr
President of Syngenta Crop Protection and Member of the Global Leadership Team
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Emmanuelle Mikosz
Forum for the Future of Agriculture Programme Director
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Galina Peycheva-Miteva
Bulgarian farmer, landowner and activist
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Emeritus Prof. Dr. Franc Lobnik, Prof. Emeritus, Dr. at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Franc is Emeritus Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty and former President of Slovenian Council for Environmental Protection. He is vice president of Council for Environmental Protection at Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His current research activities include geochemistry and soil development, soil mapping and GIS, pollution monitoring, analytical methods in soil and environmental science, risk assessment of metal-polluted soils, the fate of pesticides in soil, and bioremediation of contaminated soils. He is also member of ESB-European Soil Bureau, former member of EEA-Scientific Comm., former member of EEAC-European Environment and Sustainable Development Adv. Councils and Alumni of The Prince of Wales’s Business & the Environment Programme (BEP).
Luca Montanarella, Senior Expert, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D – Sustainable Resources, Land Resources Unit

Dr. Montanarella has been working as scientific officer in the European Commission since 1992. He has been leading the Soil Data and Information Systems (SOIL Action) activities of the Joint Research Centre in support to the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and numerous other soil related policies, like the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the UNCCD, UNFCCC, CBD, among others. Dr. Montanarella is responsible for the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC), the European Soil Information System (EUSIS) and the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN). More recently he is in charge of supporting the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership at FAO. He is currently the Chair of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the GSP and the co-chair of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment (LDRA). Dr. Montanarella has more than 300 publications, books and reports, and has received numerous awards and memberships.
Jon Parr, President of Syngenta Crop Protection and Member of the Global Leadership Team

Prior to his current function as President Global Crop Protection, Jon Parr was Chief Operating Officer EAME & Latin America from 2015 to 2016. Before that, he was Head of Global Crops & Assets for Syngenta from 2014, Regional Director for EAME from 2009 to 2013, Head of Syngenta Flowers from 2007 to 2008, Head of Marketing and Strategy from 2004 to 2007 and European Manufacturing Manager from 2000 to 2003. Before joining Syngenta, he worked at AstraZeneca: as a Factory Manager from 1998 to 2000, Global Product Manager Fungicides from 1996 to1998 and Supply Chain Project Manager from 1994 to 1996. From 1987 to 1994, he held project and engineering management functions at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). Apart from his function in Syngenta, Jon Parr holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies. Jon Parr is currently serving as a member of the UK Government Investment Council.

He is a Chartered Engineer and also holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, as well as a master’s degree in Management from the University of McGill, Canada, and a Diploma in International Management from the INSEAD Institute.
Emmanuelle Mikosz , Forum for the Future of Agriculture Programme Director

In January 2022 Emmanuelle Mikosz took the role of 'Forum for the Future of Agriculture' Programme Director. Previously she was the coordinator of the regional events of the Forum. For more than 15 years the Forum has been contributing to the debate on agriculture and the environment in Brussels and is now firmly established as the premier event of its type.

Since 2005 Emmanuelle Mikosz has been an ELO adviser specialised in property rights, agricultural and environmental policies dedicated to Central & Eastern European countries. Trained as a lawyer, she earned a Master of Arts degree from the College of Europe (Natolin). Emmanuelle is involved on a daily basis with the formulation of ELO members' positions regarding national land laws and management of enterprises. The European Landowners’ Organization - ELO asbl, created in 1972, is a unique federation of national associations from the EU27, which represents the interests of the landowners, land and forest managers and rural entrepreneurs at the European political level.
Emmanuelle is the Editor-in-Chief of the ELO bimonthly "Countryside Magazine", edited in English, French and Spanish. She is also an expert representing ELO at different international events as well as at the European Commission Civil dialogue groups or biogeographical consultations processes. She has a personal interest in innovation and research policies, including aviation and protection of data regulations. She believes that the future of European agriculture relies on sustainable development hand in hand with the protection of biodiversity and access to water.
Galina Peycheva-Miteva, Bulgarian farmer, landowner and activist

Galina Peycheva-Miteva is a Bulgarian land manager, landowner and activist. She has been managing the family agricultural business since 2007. She is a member of the Bulgarian Landowners Association, sits on the board of ELO and the Friends of the Countryside and is active in policy-making. She is the proud recipient of the Soil Award for 2017 and has been developing the family business towards a sustainable and regenerative future.


Janez Potočnik
Chair ForumforAg and Chairman RISE Foundation
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Mark Titterington
Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, FFA
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Andrea Vettori
Member of Cabinet, Cabinet of Virginijus Sinkevičius
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Janusz Wojciechowski
Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission
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Janez Potočnik, Chair ForumforAg and 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
Mark Titterington, Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, FFA

Mark has enjoyed a long career in the agri-food sector having previously worked at the United Nations and for Syngenta where he held a number of senior leadership positions in corporate affairs and business sustainability in the EAME region and globally. After leaving Syngenta in 2017, Mark became Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and nurturing STEM skills in young people.

Mark is a co-founder and senior adviser to the Forum for the Future of Agriculture and a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Policy Network. He is also the current Head of Marketing and Public Affairs for Indigo Agriculture Europe GmbH.
Andrea Vettori, Member of Cabinet, Cabinet of Virginijus Sinkevičius

Andrea Vettori is temporarily replacing Camilla Bursi as a Member of Cabinet. His responsibilities include the implementation of the EU-Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 (Biodiversity and Nature Protection) and the EU Forest Strategy and the Strategy for Soil Protection.
Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission

Member of the European Commission since 1 December 2019, responsible for Agriculture, he is a lawyer and an attorney.

Commissioner Wojciechowski’s responsibilities include supporting negotiations on the future of the CAP, developing a long-term vision for rural areas and developing an action plan for organic farming.

Commissioner Wojciechowski grew up on a farm in rural Rawa Mazowiecka, Łódzkie region in central Poland. He had started his professional career as a judge at different levels up to being a judge of the Supreme Court of Poland. Then he held very significant post of the President of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland (1995-2001).

From 2001 Commissioner Wojciechowski represented Łódzkie constituency as a Member and also Vice-marshal of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland - Sejm (2001-2004) and from June 2004 till May 2016 as a Member of the European Parliament of 3 terms. As MEP he was Member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals in the European Parliament since his 1st term in 2004; since 2014 till 2016 its President.
From May 2016 to November 2019 he was the Member of the European Court of Auditors, representing Poland.

More information
Website – www.ec.europa.eu
Twitter – @jwojc

Agenda


Tuesday, March 29, 14:30 - 16:15 (CET)
All timings are CET



14:30 Welcome and run of the session
- Mark Titterington, Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, Forum for the Future of Agriculture



14:33 Summary of the Forum month of March
- Janez Potočnik, Chair ForumforAg and Chairman RISE Foundation
followed by question and answer session



14:45 Special address
- Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission
followed by question and answer session



15:00 Discussion with
- Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, USDA



15:20 Discussion with the next generation
- Dr Marie Brueser, Entrepreneurship Leader, Thought For Food (TFF)
- Galina Peycheva-Miteva, Bulgarian farmer, landowner and activist



15:30 Discussion with Forum co-founders
- Thierry de l'Escaille, Secretary General, European Landowners’ Organization
- Jon Parr, President of Syngenta Crop Protection and Member of the Global Leadership Team



15:45 Land and Soil Management Award Ceremony
- Martin Gerzabek, President of the Jury
- Andrea Vettori, Member of Cabinet, Cabinet of Virginijus Sinkevičius
- Francisco Garcia Verde, Sustainable and Responsible Business Manager EAME, Soil Health Lead, Syngenta
- Emeritus Prof. Dr. Franc Lobnik, Prof. Emeritus, Dr. at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Luca Montanarella, Senior Expert, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D – Sustainable Resources, Land Resources Unit

Closing remarks
- Thierry de l'Escaille, Secretary General, European Landowners’ Organization
- Jon Parr, President of Syngenta Crop Protection and Member of the Global Leadership Team
- Emmanuelle Mikosz, Programme Director, Forum for the Future of Agriculture



16:15 Finish




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About the Land and Soil Management Award
The Land and Soil Management Award has been launched in 2008 by the European Landowners’ Organization, under the auspices of the European Commission (DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre) and in association with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) of Vienna, Syngenta, as well as the Centre for Soil and Environmental Sciences of the Ljubljana University. Since then, the award jury has selected outstanding achievements throughout the EU in the field of sustainable soil and land management.

The prize rewards land use and soil management practices mitigating soil threats i.e. soil degradation, erosion, reduction of organic matter content, diffuse contamination, and compaction as well as the reduction of soil biodiversity, salinization, sealing, flooding and landslides. In doing so, the award sheds light on outstanding achievements, encouraging new concepts of land and soil protection and their implementation in land management, as well as enhancing awareness about the importance of land and soil functions.

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