WOMEN IN FOOD & AGRICULTURE
PROMOTING DIVERSITY AND SHAPING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Join us for the inaugural Women in Food & Agriculture summit held on the 3 – 4 December at the NH Grand Hotel, Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam.
This extraordinary global summit will gather the world’s leading agribusinesses and food companies to share insight, challenge, inspire and act on gender diversity.
The event will present an unparalleled combination of the cutting-edge techniques, industry insights and practical strategies used by top international leaders to empower their workforce, innovate their businesses and promote agriculture as an employer of choice to the next generation.
From the barn to the boardroom, women play a crucial role in the global business of food and agriculture. Which is why when research showed that women are acutely under-represented in management roles throughout the industry, it seemed imperative to examine and uncover the gender gap and reveal the incredible stories of the women who work to feed the world.
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Women in Food & Agriculture Summit will be held on the 3-4 December in the stunning 5* setting of the NH Grand Hotel, Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam. A two day conference with over 60 speakers and 400 + attendees.
The summit provides two days of unrivalled networking with senior executives in food and agriculture, centred around a series of presentations, discussions and workshops that will give you access to the people and ideas that will shape the future of the sector
For €499 your ticket includes access to our two day summit and our highly curated panel sessions, keynotes, and workshops from action leaders and change-makers. Plus, an evening reception and social events!
Rosie Boycott is a cross bench peer in the House of Lords. She was appointed in 2018 to work on food policy. For ten years she was chair of The London food Board, responsible to the Mayor of London for food policy in the City. She is a well-known food activist with particular interest in food poverty, health, environment and agricultural sustainability. She is a trustee of the Food Foundation and Feeding Britain and chair of Veg Power. She was the founder of the feminist magazine Spare Rib and the editor in chief of three national newspapers: The Independent on Sunday, the Independent and the Daily Express.
Founder of Spare Rib and
Barbara Baarsma is CEO of Rabobank Amsterdam, and Professor of Applied Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam. Moreover, she is a Crown member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands, member of the Monitoring Committee Corporate Governance Code and member of the Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship. Barbara is also a member of the taskforce of the ministry of Agriculture that aims to increase the earning potential of circular farming
Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie) Applegate serves as President of Global Vegetable Seeds and Environmental Science for the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in St. Louis, she leads operations, strategic planning and product development for both of these key global business units.
Jackie’s career at Bayer began in 1992, and since, she has held leadership positions all over the world. Most recently, Jackie has served as Bayer’s President of Environmental Science (ES), a position she’s held since 2015, and as the Culture and Change Management Lead for the Bayer/Monsanto integration. Immediately before her role leading ES, she served as the Senior Bayer Representative (SBR) for Australia and New Zealand. Her previous positions at Bayer include President of Environmental Science North America, Vice President of Environmental Science Consumer Products, and Head of Global Project Management. Jackie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wright State University, earned her master’s degree from Rockhurst College and holds a doctorate degree in organic chemistry from Iowa State University. She has served on the board of multiple philanthropic, community and business organizations, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her son, Matthew.
President Global Vegatable Seeds
& Environmental Science, Bayer
Lone Andersen is Chairman of the Family Farmers in Denmark and she is Vice President of the Danish Agriculture & Food Council. Mrs. Andersen is chair of the EU Civil Dialogue Group of Organic Farming, and she is member of the Copa-Cogeca Presedium. Lone and Erik Andersen run an organic dairy farm in the western part of Denmark. In 2014 she was awarded ‘Danish business woman of the year’.
Danish Agriculture & Food Council
Rima Al-Azar is an international development expert who has extensive experience in more than 50 countries worldwide. In her capacity as Team Leader at FAO, she has coordinated the publication of the Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Sourcebook and led the drafting of other climate-related publications on youth, good CSA practices and M&E for CSA. Ms. Al-Azar has held several positions with UN agencies, such as UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, IFAD and WFP as well as with multi-lateral financial institutions, including the World Bank. Furthermore, she has provided technical advice to bilateral agencies such as DANIDA, SIDA, USAID and DFID. Her expertise include social development issues (gender, social inclusion, migration, citizen and engagement), agriculture, rural and community-based development and poverty alleviation. She holds Masters degrees from Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Rutgers University. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Italian.
Senior Natural Resources Officer
Climate & Environment Division, FAO of UN
Amy Cornell is a vice president with Bose Public Affairs Group as a member of the firm’s government relations team.
In addition to her public affairs practice, Cornell is of counsel with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in the Agribusiness Group.
Cornell serves as president of Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) and is a member of the Purdue Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council.
Cornell received her juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a LL.M. in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Cornell is on the membership committee of the American Agricultural Law Association, a council member for the Indiana State Bar Association Agricultural Law Section and a participant in the Indiana Leadership Forum’s 2017 class.
Bose Public Affairs Group
Christine Tacon became the UK’s first Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) in 2013 and has achieved significant cultural change in the sector, bringing greater fairness for producers supplying the UK’s largest supermarkets.
She has been much praised for her collaborative approach to the role and a government review concluded the GCA was an exemplary model of a modern regulator with an international reputation.
Currently, she also chairs MDS, which trains graduates in the food and fresh produce industry. As a founder of Women in Food and Farming she has supported women develop their skills and confidence through networking and meeting inspirational speakers.
Groceries Code Adjudicator; Chair
Caroline Drummond MBE, Hon DSc, NSch,
HonFSE, FRAgS, FIAgM, FRSA, FSB, CEnv, BSc(Hons) Agric Chief Executive of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)
Caroline has been running LEAF, the farming and environmental charity since it started in 1991. LEAF develops and demonstrates more sustainable farming and is actively involved in engaging & educating consumers and young people in food, farming and the environment.
She is especially interested in the development of sustainable food and farming with over 38 years experience.
In 2009 Caroline was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen, she has an Honorary Doctorate from Harper Adams University, a Nuffield Scholarship and was awarded Honorary Fellowship for the Society of the Environment. In 2017 she was awarded the IAgrE Award For Outstanding Contribution to the Landbased Sector and the Farmers Guardian Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture. In 2018 she was awarded the RASE National Agriculture Award and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Agricultural University. In 2018 she sat on Dame Glenys Stacey’s advisory committee for the Farm Inspection and Regulation Report.
Caroline is actively involved with the British Nutrition Foundation, North Wyke, the Agri-tech initiative – is a director of the Agri-tech centre on Crop Health And Protection, the Institute of Agriculture Management, and on the advisory board of the agricultural project for the Science Museum.
The OIE was created in 1924 by 28 countries, and thus predates the United Nations. The founding countries wished to implement an international agreement that would enable them to work together to try to put an end to the epizootics that were devastating their livestock. In particular, they sought an undertaking from infected countries to inform the others in case of an important sanitary event, thereby enabling them to take protective action. They also wished to have information on the most effective methods of controlling the most dangerous animal diseases.
Today, these objectives of sanitary and scientific information in the veterinary field are still among the priority missions of our organisation, both for diseases solely affecting animals and those also transmissible to humans.
In 1994, the Agreements that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) included specific measures on the management of sanitary and phytosanitary problems (SPS Agreements) relating to the risks posed by trade in animals and animal products. The standards, guidelines and recommendations issued by the OIE were designated as the international reference in the field of animal diseases and zoonoses. The WTO’s choice of the OIE stems mainly from the fact that our organisation’s decisions are exclusively science-based.
The objectives described above all converge hinge on the implementation of the main mission of our organisation:
To improve the health and the welfare of animals all over the world regardless of the cultural practices or the economic situations in member countries.
I have had the honour of leading this organisation since January 2016, after having long known and appreciated its role, first as a National Delegate to the OIE, then as Deputy Director General of the OIE from 2009 to 2015.
Lotta Folkesson is the chairwomen of Copa’s Women Committee. Lotta is an active farmer and she is a board member of the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF). Since 1989, Lotta runs a farm with arable crops together with her husband in Selsberg, North of Sweden. The farm has 70 hectares arable land and 600 hectares forest. She also run a forest center with two machine groups and 12 full-time employees. Her family also runs a property management firm and shipping company. Lotta is a defender of women’s rights for protecting, developing and supporting the role of women in the EU.
Chairwomen, Board Director
Copa’s Women Committee, Federation of Swedish Farmers
Shawn Harris, originally from Wisconsin, moved to the Netherlands 30 years ago with her bicycle, 2 suitcases and $150.00. She says she got pleasantly stuck here. Shawn founded Nature's Pride in 2001 after several years of developing an understanding of the produce business. Nature's Pride supplies more than 300 customers with 500 kinds of exotics, off season vegetables and berries from 70 countries. NP had EUR 9 million in sales the first year. Sixteen years later, at the time of Shawn’ s exit, Nature's Pride had more than 500 employees and EUR 400 million in sales. The company was one of the first to ripen avocados and mangos and added value to almost every carton. The “EAT ME” brand and the famous purple box is now known all over the world. Nature’s Pride initiated socially responsible sourcing as early at 2005. The focus was on the grower with the customer always top of mind. The company was built on transparency, fairness, team work, adding value and having fun.
Shawn founded Orange Wings BV in 2016 and currently dedicates her time helping other entrepreneurs go for their dreams. Orange Wings invests in promising start ups. Shawn coaches, helps make the major decisions and is on the board of each of her startups. Orange Wings dares to invest more than the average “guy” to accelerate growth and take larger steps in the early phase. http://www.orangewings.nl/
80 Acres Farms was one of her first investments in 2016. 80 Acres uses indoor farming techniques to grow fresh and tasty vegetables and salads for customers
around the corner without the food miles, using less water, and without fungicides or pesticides. Our current customers are several large retailers and food service companies in the USA. We are currently building our 4th generation indoor farm which shows very promising production numbers, top quality and amazing taste. Exciting! https://www.eafarms.com/
The Avocado Show is a new restaurant concept in pretty healthy food. The first restaurant opened in March 2017. The avocado is the shining star in all of our
dishes. The plan is to have at least 100 restaurants in a few more years. We are on our way…. https://theavocadoshow.com/
Petter M. Johannessen joined IFFO in September 2018 as Director General. Johannessen was previously Global Business Director for Risk and Management Sourcing at Cargill Aqua Nutrition and before that Supply Chain Director and Global Sourcing and Purchasing lead at EWOS Group. Johannessen has also worked as director for supply chain management at PwC and Kavli Holding.
Originally from Belgium, Alexia Michiels is the cofounder of The Resilience Institute Europe. After gaining a degree in commercial and consular Sciences, she works 10 years in marketing and media. She then lives 5 years in China where she becomes a certified professional coach and a yoga instructor. That’s where she meets Dr Sven Hansen – founder of The Resilience Institute – and joins his team.
Convinced by this holistic and evidence-based approach, she understands that resilience needs to be cultivated on a daily basis mobilising all our resources : body, heart, mind and spirit. She now accompanies, in many countries, people and organizations that, in a complex environment, want to build their resilience skills and be ready to face, with joy and success, the daily challenges of a transforming world. Alexia is the author of the book « L’Elan de la Résilience » / « The
Resilience Drive » (FAVRE, 2017).
Partner & Co-Founder
The Resilience Institute Europe
Anne-Kristine Øen joined Salmon Group in 2017. Her whole career has been focused around Ocean industries.
She has broad communication and management experience from global shipping and -fish farming industries, having worked for listed companies such as Odfjell, Grieg and Marine Harvest.
Anne is born and bred in Bergen, Norway, where she is also based today.
She holds an MSc Econs degree in Marine Policy from London School of Economics.
Claudia Rossler is Director Agriculture in Microsoft Azure Global Engineering group. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships around digital innovation and ag tech solutions within the agriculture ecosystem. She drives Agtech innovation that helps increase productivity in a sustainable manner leveraging technology such as AI, IoT, and blockchain. Claudia Rossler joined Microsoft in 1992 in Germany. She held several international roles with focus on Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Partner and Industry.
Country President, Sodexo Ireland
Margot has corporate governance and directorial responsibility for all Sodexo’s operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where it employs 3,700 people with a turnover of €141m in 2018. It delivers on-site catering and support services to clients in business and industry, government, healthcare and education. It is part of the French-owned Sodexo Group, the world’s largest multi-services company.
Born into a farming family in the south-west of Ireland, Margot graduated from college as a trained chef, working in Dublin and London before returning home in the early 1990s to become a junior manager at a contract catering company subsequently acquired by Sodexo Ireland. With them, she progressed through several roles, increasing in seniority, until her appointment as managing director in September 2012 followed by country president in 2015.
Recent company awards include the Business All-Star Irish Global Multinational from the All Ireland Business Foundation and the Best French Company in Ireland at the 2018 France-Ireland Chamber of Commerce Awards.Margot has won numerous awards for her role in supporting diversity and inclusion and women in business, including the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and has appeared on the Financial Times’ Top 100 list of OUTstanding LGBT Business Leaders since 2015.
Outside Sodexo, she is chair of the OUTstanding Ireland Steering Committee and a member of the Irish Advisory board for the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). Her board memberships include Business in the Community Ireland, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Sofinsod Insurance DAC, among others.
Sodexo Ireland & NI
Jack Bobo is the CEO of Futurity, a food foresight company that helps food and agriculture organizations understand emerging consumer trends and behaviours to position themselves to thrive in an ever more complex world. Jack previously served as the Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Government Affairs at Intrexon Corporation, a synthetic biology company developing revolutionary solutions to the world’s most pressing problems–in food, energy and health. In 2015, he was named by Scientific American one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology. Prior to joining Intrexon Jack worked at the U.S. Department of State for thirteen years as a senior advisor on global food policy, food security, climate change, biotechnology and agricultural trade. He is an accomplished communicator, having delivered more than 300 speeches on the future of food, the role of science and technology in sustainably and nutritiously feeding the world and how to build consumer trust. Prior to his career at the State Department, he was an attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP. He received a J.D., an M.S. in Environmental Science, a B.A. in psychology and chemistry and a B.S. in biology from Indiana University.
Mariana Vasconcelos is daughter of farmers, co-founder and CEO at Agrosmart, recognized as a technology pioneer company by the World Economic Forum. Biz dev with degrees from UNIFEI, ESALQ/USP, UCLA and Singularity University, Mariana is Forbes under 30, Fast Company 100 Most creative in Business and was elected by the MIT Technology Review as one of the most brilliant Innovators under 35. She is global ambassador of Thought for Food, keynote speaker for Digital agriculture and future of farming, considered one of the top 100 influencers in Agribusiness by Dinheiro Rural and named one of the 50 people that are most impacting the world in 2017 by Kairos Society.
Fiona Kendrick, former Chairman and CEO of Nestlé UK&I, is Deputy Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships Board and Chair of the new University of
Hereford for Engineers. Fiona also sits on the Governments Food & Drink Sector Council and is an Independent Non-Executive Director on PWC’s Public
Having started her career initially in teaching, Fiona joined Nestlé UK in 1980 in a commercial role, and spent her working life with Nestlé in key strategic roles
in the UK market as well as at global level. Fiona led Nestlé’s global coffee business for 5 years in Switzerland.
Fiona has a personal passion for the youth employment and skills agenda, and has led a number of lighthouse projects in this area both for Industry and Government.
Fiona was a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills and played a lead role in supporting the development and delivery of strategies for skills and employment across the four UK nations.
Fiona was President of the Food and Drink Federation, the association that represents the UK food and drink manufacturing industry (2015-2017). She previously led the F&D sector’s skills and competitiveness agenda and co-chaired the UK Food and Drink Export Forum.
In the 2015 New Year’s Honors’ list Fiona was created Dame Commander of the British Empire for
services to the food industry and support for skills and opportunities for young people.
In recognition of services to the food and drink industry and young people’s employment and skills, Fiona has been awarded honorary degrees by Sheffield Hallam University, York University and Warwick University.
Fiona has been awarded the Chartered Management Institute Gold Medal for Leadership 2017.
Formerly Chairman & Chief Executive officer
Nestle UK & Ireland
With over a decade of experience in the environmental finance sector, Tanja has worked with companies, Governmental, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on investments, research, strategy development and advisory. Tanja established Clarmondial (previously BeyondCarbon) in Zurich in May 2010 to
facilitate investments linked to improved natural resource use efficiency, including payments for environmental services (e.g. carbon finance), climate smart agriculture, renewable energy, and sustainable forestry. Tanja previously worked for Climate Change Capital (UK), and has carried out work for organisations including the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), GIZ and BAPPENAS, the Indonesian Ministry responsible for planning, the East African Community (EAC) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).Tanja has an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from University of Kent, and an MSc in
Applied Environmental Economics (Imperial College London) and a BSc (Hons) in Tropical Environmental Science from University of Aberdeen. She was born
and grew up in Tanzania and Kenya. She speaks English and Danish fluently, and limited German, Portuguese and Swahili.
3-4 December 2019
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