Bringing together the world’s leading thinkers, practitioners and academics from top firms in the agricultural and
food sector covering a host of crucial issues and focusing on how agribusinesses, farms, food
and retail companies and agricultural bodies can work together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carla is a Food Scientist by training at the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands. She started her career at Unilever in 1993 as a product developer in the Spreads category. She led and implemented quite a few R&D innovations in the area of Heart Health products. After a number of years, she became responsible for the Global R&D programme for spreads brands like Blue Band. She then made the step to lead the Global Design Centre for margarine, dressings, mayonnaise and dairy. Between 2009-2012 Carla was Vice President of the global Regulatory Affairs function within Unilever, leading a team of colleagues based in more than 100 countries across the globe. In 2012 Carla became Vice President R&D Foods Europe. In 2016 she moved to the role of VP R&D for Savoury globally. Since January 2018, she is Vice President of Global R&D Foods for Unilever.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With more than 13 years of international experience across various geographies in Europe and Asia (Belgium, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Singapore) and functions (D&I, HR, production, logistics, procurement), Caroline is a an experienced senior leader working as Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Syngenta.
She holds a PhD in talent management and master degree in procurement.
She is also certified by INSEAD in D&I and St Gallen university in research in her current role, she works very closely with the company executives to drive the global I&D strategy, contributing to increasing the performance of the company through fostering an inclusive environment where people feel they belong and can be the best version of themselves.
fter a Master’s degree in Physics, Saskia Korink worked for Fokker Space & Systems (1 yr) and Unilever (3 yrs), and subsequently moved to NY to obtain her MBA from Columbia Business School (CBS). She then worked for almost 7 years for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), both in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo, Brazil, after which she joined Cargill in Brazil, Latin America. Saskia became the BU leader for Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate in 2006 and VP, global marketing director for Cargill Animal Nutrition in 2010 (in the USA). She then joined Genus plc in Basingstoke, UK, as CMO (2013), and became the COO for Genus ABS, the ruminant genetics division (2014). After having worked and lived for close to 20 years abroad (in Latin America, the USA and UK) Saskia came back to the Netherlands and joined Trouw Nutrition, the animal nutrition division of Nutreco, as Global Innovation Director. She is married and has 3 teenage children.
After finalising her Business and Economics studies, Ms. Slach began her 21 year career at Rabobank’s international division. Starting in Technology, she fulfilled many diverse front- and back office roles within the international organisation. She gained vast experience working in Wholesale Banking and Capital Markets with her latest roles as Chief Operations Officer for Global Financial Markets, Global Head of Operations and Chief Innovation officer for Trade and Commodity Finance. She is currently acting as board member and COO for Natwest Markets NV.
Claudia Rössler 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.
In this role she is responsible for developing new business platforms based on Novozymes’ leading technology position in enzymes and microbes and existing commercial partnerships with DSM, Boehringer Ingelheim, Adisseo, Bayer Animal Health and Elanco. Susanne has been with Novozymes for 6 years in various roles.
Susanne is passionate about using nature’s own solution to feed a growing population in a sustainable way and enabling a shift away from antibiotic growth promoters.
Prior to joining Novozymes, Susanne was responsible for developing renewable energy solutions as part of the Offshore Wind Division in Ørsted.
Susanne holds a Master of Business Administration in Global Marketing and Management from Copenhagen Business School and has worked in Management Consulting for 10 years.
Jane Rickson is Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation in the School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, UK. She studied agricultural engineering at Masters level, followed by a PhD on geotextiles for soil erosion control.
She has over 30 years’ experience of research, consultancy and teaching in natural resource planning, specialising in land and water management. Her work has focused on the assessment, monitoring and management of soil resources to aid better understanding of soil functions and their role in the delivery of ecosystems goods and services, including water regulation (quantity and quality), agricultural production and carbon storage (climate change mitigation). She has specialised in soil and water engineering, with focus on soil degradation processes (such as soil erosion) and sustainable land management. She has over 25 years’ experience of research project management, specialising in multi-disciplinary approaches that seek to integrate fundamental and applied land resources science at a range of spatial and temporal scales.
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/
With over 25 years of worldwide agricultural experience, appointed to the California Board of Agriculture and Food, National Latino Food Industry, she has served on the advisory worldwide board of Women for Walmart and more. Founder of www.ag.tools allowing farmers and everyone on the food supply chain to make better decisions, increase profits, avoid waste and impact climate change.
Starting over 25 years ago sourcing berries from the Americas to New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. Dealing with farmers and government entities in the southern hemisphere of the globe and sophisticated buyers in Europe and USA, lettuce for Netherlands from Mexico via USA: Asparagus from Peru for France’s; Mangos from for the U.S. marketplace and many more.
Nicky is a Managing Partner and is Head of Operations at The Yield Lab Europe. Nicky oversees the day to day operations, including deal flow management and investments, portfolio management and mentoring of selected companies, capital raising and investor management, and overseeing the back-office operations, including reporting and compliance.
Nicky worked for seven years as Associate Director at KPMG Corporate Finance in Dublin, where she ran the Food & Beverage M&A team, before moving to EY Galway to set up a corporate finance practice, as Director of Corporate Finance. She ran the practice successfully for five years before leaving to set up a charity and her own corporate finance practice in Galway, specializing in working with early stage medtech and technology companies to raise seed and Series A rounds of equity for the last 10 years. She has advised on rounds totalling hundreds of millions over her career, and has extensive links with the venture capital and business community in Ireland and overseas.
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).
From her first job as a graduate grain trader to Head of Supply Chain at Openfield, Sarah has spent 15 years looking both ways along the agrifood supply chain.
Her lived experience of practical agriculture has informed her commercial supply chain strategy documents and ambitious initiatives to reconnect city children with their food. You might call her a rare breed: part down-to-earth pragmatist, part analytical strategist and part dynamic communicator.
She holds a first class honours degree in Food Supply Chain Management, Agriculture and Food Science, is an OFC Emerging Leader and has completed the Windsor Women in Leadership programme.
Sarah has trained with the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership and has a diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has spoken on sustainability at the Financial Times Global Food Systems Summit and on her innovative and ambitious approach to farm profitability at the Oxford Farming Conference.
Sarah’s enduring passion is her family farm: a forward-thinking and efficient mixed operation comprising 1000ac of lowland in Rutland. She brings this passion and experience to her advisory and consultancy work, believing that balancing KPIs with a holistic, cultural perspective is the route to sustainable agrifood business improvement. www.sarahbellagri.co.uk
Kathleen O. Mathisen has a long experience in the International Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. She has worked with HR for more than 18 years, resulting in a broad and extensive experience within the field of HR. Kathleen O. Mathisen’s core skills include organizational development and transformation processes, and she has several years of proactive, results-oriented, diversified corporate experience with an emphasis in human resources.
She has a number of management courses from UIB, BI and NHH and is presently in the process of taking an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria in UK.
In December 2013 she was awarded “Sunnivaprisen”, named after Bergen’s patron St. Sunniva.”
The criteria for the Sunniva Award is that it`s given to a female leader that is on her way up in her career.
Karl Deering has a background in social science and spent his early career in humanitarian response work in Africa and Asia. He has worked for various NGOs in technical, managerial and policy roles in the areas of food security, agriculture and climate change. Karl is currently the senior technical advisor for Partnerships and Research in CARE’s Food and Water Systems team – which includes particular attention to gender transformation. Karl is a member of CARE’s global gender cohort and has published several good practice and policy papers on gender in the context of climate change adaptation and food security.
In Partnership at Stocks Farm, Suckley, Worcestershire UK with her husband Richard and his father Mark, the Cappers specialise in growing hops and apples. They farm dessert & cider apples and hops. www.stocksfarm.net
Ali’s former career was in Advertising & Marketing. Today, in addition to numerous roles at the farm, her work includes membership of the Boards of Wye Fruit, the British Hop Association, the Norton Cider Growers Association and as Chairman of the UK’s NFU’s National Horticulture & Potatoes Board, English Apples & Pears and Wye Hops. Ali is a Nuffield Scholar, a Trustee of The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and a non-executive Director of NFU Mutual.
Erik Pekkeriet is working as a Senior Business Development Manager in Agro Food Robotics at Wageningen University & Research. He is developing agri-food propositions as optimal breeding performance by developing phenotyping tools, precision farming, handsfree automation and objective quality control. With his team he tries to exploit expertise as Vision (2D, 3D, motion), spectral image analysis, artificial intelligence and robotic systems.
Sarah Mukherjee is Chief Executive Officer of the Crop Protection Association, representing plant science companies in the UK, encompassing chemistry, biopesticides and organic inputs. She is also a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference, and on the Advisory Board of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).
Previously, she was Director of Environment at the UK water industry’s trade association, Water UK, and a Board Director of the European Federation of Water Associations, Eureau. She was a founder member of the 21st Century Drainage Programme and a Cambridge University distinguished lecturer.
She was the BBC’s Environment Correspondent for many years, presenting on national and international BBC radio and television news, and working across the world. Sarah has been a Campaign for Real Ale beer judge and a rugby reporter in the past – two activities she still enjoys – and is a runner and yoga addict.
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.
Marieke’s fascination for agriood started while travelling Africa at the age of 17. After receiving a Masters in Agricultural Economics from Wageningen University, she worked on farm data for over 15 years, in more than 40 countries. Smart data are a – if not the – central vehicle for global food integrity.
She returned to Wageningen University to fulfil several management positions, became director AgriPlace, a software company that digitizes the certification process and founded The Fork in 2017. The Fork builds and teaches blockchain for future-proof food systems. Blockchain technology will accelerate data integrity, solve data ownership issues and make food systems more integer.
CEO of DemBiotech®. After graduating with a Pharm. D. degree from Padova University, she developed more than twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector, from business development to strategic marketing in multinational companies such as GSK. She was CEO at IRB Spa (Biotechnological Research Institute) until June 2016, a company she launched in 2009, when she joined as General Director, which was acquired by Croda Int. Plc, in 2012. She is the inventor of twelve patents.
In 2017 she founded DemBiotech®, an Italian green biotech part of Cereal Docks group, that researches, develops and produces vegetable active ingredients using a biotechnological platform, CROP®, based on in vitro plant cultures.
She is coordinator of the Work Group on Food Biotechnologies in Assobiotec–Federchimica and a Member of its Presidential Committee. She is also a member of the academic course commission at the University of Medical Biotechnologies of Modena.
Erik Pekkeriet is working as a Senior Business Development Manager in Agro Food Robotics at Wageningen University & Research. He is developing agri-food propositions as optimal breeding performance by developing phenotyping tools, precision farming, handsfree automation and objective quality control. With his team he tries to exploit expertise as Vision (2D, 3D, motion), spectral image analysis, artificial intelligence and robotic systems.
Lyndsay Chapman, Chief Executive: CIEL (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock)
Lyndsay is the Chief Executive of CIEL and an enthusiast & champion for the promotion of British food, farming and the wider environment. CIEL is one of the UK’s 4 Agri-Tech Centres established as a key pillar of the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy. CIEL works in partnership with leading livestock research institutions and a group of industry Members spanning the entire agri-food supply chain. CIEL aims to use these collaborative partnerships to enhance and accelerate business-led livestock innovation – as well as inspire and identify opportunities which could lead to the development of new products, services and
techniques that can benefit the entire supply chain. Lyndsay has a wealth of experience from the food and farming sector. Prior to joining CIEL in 2017, Lyndsay spent 20 years in the UK dairy sector, with positions including Agriculture Director: Müller Milk & Ingredients and Agriculture & Communications Director: Dairy Crest. She held a variety of roles covering communications, business development and corporate responsibility and during this time worked in collaboration with farmers and other supply chain partners.
Susanne is an animal nutritionists who through started her career in layer parent stock production in Nigeria and a year as a junior scientist working on microbiological research on olive mill wastewater treatment in Israel with the Galilee Society. In 2006 she returned to academia for an industry sponsored PhD linking farm economics to
animal welfare. Since 2010 she has worked for Dr. Eckel in Germany initially in technical sales, later in product management. Her main focus was feed additives focussing on preventative animal health. This led to becoming a product manager specialised in this field for Kemin in 2016. Her main area of interest is sustainable production of
monogastric livestock, particularly novel ways to reduce antibiotic use.
Susanne is an enthusiastic Star Wars fan, a passion she shares with her children of 9, 9 and 4 years of age.
Over 28 years experience of managing and developing complex areas of business, primarily in food, agribusiness and the retail industry. Regular broadcaster on BBC Business programmes and used by media to comment on changes in the UK retail sector. Member of IWF for 26 years from 1991-2017 including serving on the London Board. Co-Founded the Women’s Farming Union to save the UK Top fruit industry and improve the marketing of British Foods built the organisation into a national movement covering all food and farming commodities. First Women Director of Safeway Stores. Chair of London Tourist Board during the two worst crises London faced FMD and 9/11. Involved in £40 million programme to restore London Tourism. Founded TWA Communications, the strategic business consultancy in 1996 and has worked with over 30 major companies at Board level to assist in business development and communications. Worked with Board of Sainsbury’s Stores from 2007 to advise and set up a key stakeholder programme and develop their £1 Billion Corporate responsibility programme.
Asked by Westminster Council to Chair the Ebury Bridge Futures group for the largest affordable housing development in London. Currently serving as a non executive Director of the New Covent Garden Market Authority. Former Governor of the Royal Agricultural University.
Made Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies, Honary Fellow London City and Guilds and Member of Worshipful Company Farmers. Presented with Award for Women of the Decade in FOOD Farming and Innovation at the Women’s Economic Conference 2018.
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.
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.
Pilar Cruz is president and group leader for the feed and nutrition business in Cargill Animal Nutrition, CAN, which represents approximately 11,000 employees worldwide in 21 different countries.
During her tenure with Cargill, Pilar has held management positions within both the animal nutrition and animal protein businesses, as well as in the corporate strategy and development function while living in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and England. Her first role with Cargill was in 2002 working with the strategy and business development group focused on mergers & acquisitions and business development projects in countries throughout Latin America and Europe. Pilar was named president and business unit leader for Cargill Meats Europe in 2013; corporate vice president and head of corporate strategy and development in 2015; and president for Cargill Feed & Nutrition in 2017.
Previously, she worked for the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Group in Bogotá, Colombia where she held different positions in the areas of Credit and Collections, and Finance. Outside of Cargill, Pilar serves on the board of Donaldson Company Inc., a Minnesota-
based public company and global leader in engine and industrial air, oil and liquid filtration solutions; and Avara Food Holding, a leading supplier of chicken, turkey and duck for UK supermarkets and restaurants and located in the United Kingdom.
Originally from Bogotá, Pilar has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad de Los Andes as well as a master’s degree in business from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Pilar and her husband reside in the Minneapolis area with their two children.
Rohini is a seasoned HR Leader with a track record of delivering Business Transformative Results via
deep Partnership skills. She has more than twenty five years of experience in Global footprint
organizations across sectors like CPG, Services and Industrial.
Rohini’s recent and most consuming role was the reverse merger of USL India into Diageo India. In
partnership with the teams, she was able to significantly impact the Organization Footprint, Talent /
Succession Depth, Dial up Diversity-Inclusion whilst keeping Business teams engagements high around
Diageo Culture north pole. Since March 2019, Rohini has moved to Diageo UK as the HR Director for its
International Supply Organization. Amongst her various responsibilities, dialing up diversity from 30:70
to 50:50 whilst narrowing the Gender Pay gap is a key purpose and is backed by robust plans for the
Rohini’s previous roles include HR Head for Reckitt Benckiser & PepsiCo Foods India. She led the
Business Growth – Cultural Transformation at PepsiCo Foods & a clutter breaking 360* Digital Campus
Campaign for Reckitt Benckiser. She also served in various GE Businesses – Genpact (BPO Start Up),
Crotonville Leadership Development (Leadership Development) and GE Advanced Materials
(Unleashing Business Growth via Change Acceleration) and GE Capital ( Steep cycles of Up & Down
Rohini has been awarded the Bill Conaty GE Asia HR Excellence Award and the John Lynch GE Global
HR Excellence Award. In PepsiCo she also won the Harvey Russell Global Inclusion Award and her
function has been voted as the Best Function (by popular vote) consistently over four years.
Rohini graduated from TISS Mumbai with a Masters’ in Human Resource Management and went on to
join Unilever Limited as her campus job. At Unilever her assignments included Brooke Bond-Lipton
Field Force Merger and a Plant Start Up.
Rohini is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, MBTI & Hogan Certified. In her spare time Rohini enjoys traveling,
reading and gardening.
I grew up on a fruit farm in Africa. My dad had a fruit juice concentrate factory
on the one farm and macadamia nuts on the other farm, so you can say I
grew up around fruits and nuts.
My first introduction to the Procurement and Sourcing world was in the early
90’s when I worked for the biggest jewellery company in South Africa as a
high end diamond jewellery buyer for 6 years. From there on I went to Hong
Kong and worked for a Buying Sourcing Office for 2 years where I travelled
around the world and sourced various products and suppliers for our
international retail customers like Next, Target, Top Shop, etc.
After two years I moved back to my home country South Africa and since then
have been working as Procurement Specialist in fruit juice concentrates and
purees for Appletiser and SAB Miller, as well as running my own business,
specialising in frozen fruit, dried fruit and nuts. My professional life has been
built around Sourcing, Negotiating and Procurement.
ugenia Zorila, Vice President of Operations at Bunge Loders Croklaan
Eugenia Zorila currently leads the global operations team of Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC). She is accountable for deploying the Bunge operations strategy and transfer of best practices across the company sites. With over 13 years of experience in the agriculture and food processing industry she has held various operational, commercial and management roles within Bunge.
She joined Bunge in 2004 as a commercial director in Romania and went on to hold the Industrial Operations Director position in Romania, going back to her engineering roots. She also served as Director of Internal Audit and Global Industrial Operations Liason overseeing all the industrial operations audits around the world. After a few years she joined the Food & Ingredients team as Global Business Transformation Director for Food & Ingredients, which led to her current position as VP Operations at BLC.
She holds a Master’s degree in both Engineering and Economics.
Dr. Mark Lyons grew up in the Alltech business, having traveled with his father and Alltech’s founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, from a young age to visit customers. With experience working in all regions and nearly all departments — from palletizing bags in production to researching in the lab — he has a deep and uniquely personal knowledge of the company.
He has spearheaded many critical projects, including simultaneously managing a biorefinery project in Kentucky, the establishment of a plant in Serbia and the creation of Alltech’s flagship yeast production facility in São Pedro, Brazil. He also spent nearly four years in Mexico rebuilding the company’s solid state fermentation plant in Serdan, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
In 2012, Dr. Lyons relocated to China, the world’s largest feed market, as part of Alltech’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Living in Beijing and travelling throughout the country, he led the Alltech China office and focused on building bridges between China and the wider industry through research, education and strategic initiatives.
Under his leadership as director of North America from 2009 to 2011, Alltech expanded its presence with the opening of new offices and a growing involvement in all agricultural sectors. Today, Dr. Lyons is based at Alltech’s headquarters in Kentucky.
He has served as a board member of the American Feed Industry Association and is active in many industry groups, such as the International Poultry Council, the National Turkey Federation, the National Chicken Council and the National Pork Producers Council. He is also vice president of the Soil and Fertilizer Alliance of China and is a committee member of the China Toxicology Association. He is proud to be the only foreign member welcomed to China’s Feed Industry Golf Group, which represents more feed tonnage than all of Brazil.
Dr. Lyons has published papers and patents in areas ranging from enzyme production to global economics and is interested in the assurance of food safety and quality throughout the entire food chain. Recently, he was named as one of “The top 50 Irish business men and women in the BRIC countries” and “40 Under 40” leaders in agriculture by Vance Publishing Corporation.
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental science in 1999 from the University of Chicago. He received his master’s degree in brewing and distilling in 2001, followed by a Ph.D. in the area of solid state fermentation, at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Dr. Lyons is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and German, and he has a working knowledge of Mandarin.
Mayka van Acht is vice president, Human Resources EMEAI for Archer Daniels Midland
Company, based in Rolle, Switzerland. In this role, she is responsible for managing HR
activities in Europe, Africa, Middle East and India, covering a diverse workforce of over
10’000 employees. Her focus is on recruitment, developing talent, organizational
effectiveness and help ADM build a global and high-performance culture. In addition,
van Acht is the human resources lead for ADM’s global Diversity & Inclusion program.
Since joining ADM in 1993, van Acht has held a wide variety of HR positions in Europe
and in the US. Most recently, she served as director of staffing, talent and
organizational effectiveness, where she managed the company’s global talent function,
based in Decatur, Illinois, US.
She holds an M.A. in Human Resources from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.