Online event

Strengthening the transatlantic cooperation for research and innovation in the agri-food system

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021    Time: 16:30 - 18:00 CET

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The Transatlantic Dialogue on the agri-food system was held in conjunction with FFA’s international partner, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. It focused on existing and potential areas of collaboration on research and innovation between the European Union and the United States, particularly with respect to the digitalisation of food and agriculture, climate resilience, environmental protection, and healthy diets.

In addition to representatives from the E.U. and U.S. government / legislative institutions, panelists the event also included stakeholders from industry agri-food and from civil society, who are already contributing to the transatlantic research and innovation agenda in this area.

Michael Doane
Global Managing Director for Sustainable Food and Water, The Nature Conservancy
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Dan Glickman
Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Galina Peycheva-Miteva
Bulgarian farmer, landowner and activist
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Florian Schattenmann
Chief Technology Officer and VP, Innovation and R&D, Cargill
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Nicolae Ștefănuță MEP
Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with the United States & Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
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Michael Doane, Global Managing Director for Sustainable Food and Water, The Nature Conservancy

Michael Doane is the Global Managing Director for Sustainable Food and Water for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Michael leads a team of the organization’s foremost experts to scale up conservation outcomes across productively managed farming, ranching and agroforestry landscapes.

Providing food and water sustainably is a top global priority for TNC with a focus on minimizing the conversion of natural landscapes to agriculture, restoring degraded croplands and grasslands with advanced soil health, grazing and nutrient management techniques, and securing freshwater in basins threatened by pollution or overuse. TNC has significant food, water and climate programs across the America’s and emerging programs in Africa, India and China. Michael and his team are developing creative strategies to build new business models designed to accelerate conservation gains through catalytic finance, innovation, public policy and agri-food supply chain programs.

Michael brings 20 years of relevant business and leadership experience to the role and holds a B.S. in Agribusiness and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, both from Kansas State University. He has led high performing teams in the agribusiness and non-profit sectors across corporate strategy, business development, commercial sales and marketing, public policy and sustainability. In addition, he has played a catalytic leadership role in the development of multi-stakeholder sustainability programs such as the No-Till on the Plains, Soil Health Partnership, Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture, Field to Market Alliance and The Sustainability Consortium.

Michael started farming at a young age and is a partner in his family’s cattle and row crop farming operation located in Kansas. He combines his passion for agriculture with his love for nature as an avid angler and sportsman. He makes his home in Parkville, Missouri, with his wife, Julie, and their two children.
Dan Glickman, Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Dan Glickman is a distinguished fellow of global food and agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. For nine years, he co-chaired the Council's Global Food and Agriculture Program.

Glickman served as US Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration. Representing the 4th Congressional district of Kansas for 18 years in the US House of Representatives, he was very involved in federal farm policy of the House Agriculture Committee and also served on the House Judiciary Committee as a chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In addition, he is the former chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. and former director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Glickman has served as president of the Wichita, Kansas School Board; was a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda, and Glickman; and worked as a trial attorney at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his BA in history from the University of Michigan and his JD from George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia Bars.
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.
Florian Schattenmann, Chief Technology Officer and VP, Innovation and R&D, Cargill

Florian Schattenmann is Cargill’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Innovation and Research & Development (R&D). He oversees a global team that is driven by the vision of relentlessly creating value for Cargill and its customers via research, application and product development, and technical service support across agriculture, food, animal feed and bio-industrial markets.

Prior to joining Cargill in November 2018, Florian spent eight years at The Dow Chemical Company. His most recent role was Vice President for Performance Materials & Coatings R&D, where he led innovation across a diverse set of specialty businesses leveraging unique chemistries and advanced technology to drive market-focused product development. Florian has also held leadership roles at SulphCo Inc., GE-Bayer Silicones, a joint venture of General Electric and Bayer AG based in Leverkusen, Germany, and globally for the Silicone Elastomers Business. Earlier in his career, Florian managed several research laboratories at GE’s Global Research Center.

Florian is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, holds seven U.S. patents and has numerous publications. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards for Texas A&M AgriLife and College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the College of Science and Engineering at University of Minnesota, and the Department of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA and his Diplom Chemiker degree from the Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. Florian and his family live in Golden Valley, MN.  Besides spending time with the family, he loves playing the bass, road cycling and working out.
Nicolae Ștefănuță MEP, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with the United States & Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Nicolae Ștefănuță MEP (Renew Europe) is a full member of the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Special Committee on Beating Cancer. He is a Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with the United States.

He is also Substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, on the Delegation to the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Partnership Committee, the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee and of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Among his areas of interest as a MEP are: climate change, foreign policy, security, public health, European budget and European rights.

Nicolae Ștefănuță is the Vice-President of the Union to Save Romania party and he has been serving as a Member of the European Union since 2019.

He is a graduate of the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, where he obtained a Master of policy management degree. He has a bachelor's degree in economics, obtained in Timișoara, Romania and a master's in advanced international studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria and in European studies from the University of Vienna.

He began his professional career working for the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once Romania joined the European Union in 2007, Nicolae started his European career working for the European Parliament in various public policy areas, including budget and agriculture policy, as well as in the area of Transatlantic relations for the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the United States.

Peggy Yih
Managing Director, Center on Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Peggy Yih, Managing Director, Center on Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Peggy Yih is the managing director of the Center on Global Food and Agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She joined the Council in 2020. Previously, she served in various capacities at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC for more than 14 years.

As a senior program officer with the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources at the National Academies, Peggy worked with the nation’s foremost experts to provide research, analysis, and policy advice on complex challenges in food and agriculture. In this role, she led an advisory panel that identified emerging technologies and developed an innovative strategy to advance food and agricultural research for the next decade. The strategy was incorporated into the 2018 Farm Bill, formed the basis for the 2020 USDA Agriculture Innovation Agenda, and led to the creation of the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority. Her portfolio of work also includes issues such as sustainable development in international agriculture, food systems, biotechnology, biosecurity, food security, food safety, animal health, public health and nutrition, worker safety and health, renewable fuels, climate change, natural resource management, conservation, and agricultural education.

Peggy has a MA in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs and a BS in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Secondary Major in Political Science (International Relations concentration) from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Mark Titterington
Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, Forum for the Future of Agriculture
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Mark Titterington, Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

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.


Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 16:30 - 18:00 CET

  • Moderator introduces Speakers

  • Introduction to the theme

  • Moderator starts Q&A Session

  • Summary and closing