Cato Institute and the European Centre for International Political Economy
Johan Norberg is a lecturer and author who specialises in the big questions, from liberty and progress to entrepreneurship, globalisation and the hidden dichotomies shaping the world. He has written over 20 books including “In Defence of Global Capitalism” (2003) and “Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future” (2016).
Chief Innovation Officer
Managing Director, Animal Sciences Group
Wageningen University & Research
Dr. Martin.C.Th. Scholten is member of the Board of Directors of Wageningen University & Research responsible for Animal Sciences, Livestock Research, Bioveterinary Research and Marine Research.
As an ecologist by background and now active in the field of agro-sciences, he introduced the principles of “Feeding the World within the Carrying Capacity of Planet Earth”; “Livestock Farming with Care”, “A circular food production in a biobased society”, and “Disruptive Technologies in responsible innovation in Agribusiness”. He is a valued advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality contributing to the vision of Minister Schouten “Agriculture, nature and food: valuable and connected – The Netherlands as a leader in circular agriculture”.
He is part of the leadership of the GRA (Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gasses), leading the Flagship “Climate Smart Agriculture by Circularity” and the past-president of the European public-private livestock innovation platform Animal Task Force (ATF).
Gavin Berry is the Managing Director of 2 Agriculture, one of the UK’s leading poultry feed compounders, producing over 1 million tonnes of feed per year.
Having 30 years’ experience in the broiler industry, Gavin was appointed Managing Director of 2 Agriculture in 2014 having previously spent most of his career in senior finance roles with leading integrated chicken companies in the UK, gaining in-depth knowledge on all areas of broiler production from breeding through to processing.
Responsible for strategic, operational and commercial direction of the business, Gavin is passionate about the poultry industry and improving the quality, safety and sustainability of our feed and agriculture supply chain.
Freija van Duijne
Dr. Freija van Duijne
Dr. Freija van Duijne has been a professional futurist since 2006. Amongst other areas, she has worked in the field of agriculture, food and feed safety, and circular economy.
She is founder of Future Motions, a strategic foresight consulting firm, which supports forward looking organisational strategies. Freija has been chair of the Dutch Future Society (2013-2018).
Policy Officer SPS Export Issues
Hans Joostens is a doctor in veterinary medicine with an additional degree in food hygiene and food technologies.
He started to work for the European Commission in 2002 as an auditor to verify the implementation of EU legislation on Sanitary and Phytosanitary matters (SPS) in EU Member States and in trading partners exporting to the EU.
Since 2007, he works in DG TRADE of the Commission, within the unit dealing with SPS related EU market access issues, mainly with countries in Asia, central Europe, the Gulf countries and North American countries and is involved in trade agreement negotiations and their implementation.
Hamlet Protein and Noveltech Feeds
External Development Director
Mr. Nicolas BESSE, is the Business Insigth & Prospective Director at Adisseo. He joined the group in 2003, was the Executive Business Director for Vitamins and Speciality Products, supervised theav Global Marketing and R&D Nutrition teams, and, set-up the Adisseo Incubator,”Innovlab” and the equity found AVF.
Mr. Besse received his master’s degree in Agronomy from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’ Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires (ENSAIA) and a master’s degree in Marketing from ESSEC in 1990 and 1991, respectively
Chief Advisor, Fish Health
Ingebjorg Savareid holds a Masters degree in Aqua Medicine. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry, developing vaccines and pharmaceuticals for the aquaculture industry in Norway for almost ten years before joining Salmon Group as Chief Advisor for Fish health and nutrition.
Savareid is a strong advocate for good fish welfare as key to growth- both economically and biologically- and is convinced that farmed fish has an enormous potential when it comes to sustainable food production
Plural Strategy Group
Phil is a founder of Plural, a global strategy consultancy launched in 2014. Within Plural, he leads coverage of agri-business, with a specialist focus on animal nutrition and agricultural data, including client engagements during many of the major M&A processes in those sectors (including Provimi, Neovia, Kynetec and Agribriefing). Over the past 15 years he has provided strategic and go-to-market advice to operators across virtually every major animal nutrition and feed additives segment.
Away from Agribusiness, Phil lives with his family in London, and as a side-line has launched an Artificial Intelligence business optimising prices in the Events industry.
Richard is a Director of Gira – the international food research & consultancy firm, since 1991.
He has overall responsibility for the meat sector projects in Gira’s two main business areas:
- management consultancy, which covers a wide range of business, market, competitor, and strategy development mandates in the food sector (and especially in meat)
- strategic market and industrial research, which publishes detailed research reports on many specialist issues in the food market. Richard has an MBA (London Business School), and is a Director of IMS.
He previously worked as a food sector strategist for DZ (the German co-operative bank), and as a commodity trader. He has a livestock & arable farm in the UK.
After finishing his MSc Animal Nutrition in Wageningen (the Netherlands) in 2009, Julius joined De Heus as a commercial nutritionist focussing on liquid pig feeding in Benelux.
After 3 years he moved to the central formulation department to specialise on pig nutrition and raw material evaluation. Since 2015, Julius is managing the formulation team responsible for the European business units.
Senior Aquaculture Officer (Aquatic Animal Nutrition)
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
Rodrigo Roubach is a Senior Aquaculture Officer (Aquatic Animal Nutrition) at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.
He has worked in the aquaculture sector for over 35 years mainly at the research and development aquaculture segment at the Brazilian federal government. He has participated and coordinated several national and international aquaculture projects, and authored a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals. Over the last twenty years, has being involved and focused on sector development and policies within national and international settings.
Nutritionist and Quality Manager
Venjamin Osypov is a chief nutritionist at Ovostar Union group, which is one of the top 5 leading egg producers in Europe, where he works on diet formulations, forecasting purchase volumes and prices for raw materials.
Having university degree on Biochemistry, Venjamin started his professional career as a chemist and as a chief of an analytical lab. After that he worked as a technical manager at Animal Nutrition division of Evonik Industries AG and then held nutrition and QA/QC positions at a range of feed mills and premix plants in Ukraine.
Johanna Fink-Gremmels (DVM, PhD, Dip ECVPT) is emeritus professor in veterinary pharmacology, pharmacotherapy and toxicology at the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University.
Currently she is consulting national and international organisations on veterinary measures related to public health. This includes among others the implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs with emphasis on new developments in the area of special feed ingredients to reduce the need to use antibiotics in animals.
Her recent research interests focus on gut health and the mechanisms of action of new feed additives improving animal health and welfare.
Innovation Manager, Swine
As Innovation manager / Nutritionist, I am leading feed innovations, developments in diet specifications, feed evaluation and production technologies for piglet nutrition at the ForFarmers Group.
I started to work for ForFarmers (Hendrix) in 2008 with the responsibility to develop feed evaluation and raw material evaluation for the business. At ForFarmers I am working within the team of nutritionists and innovation managers, and in collaboration with research institutes and universities. The main tasks of this team are to develop feed concepts in a highly competitive market, with a strong focus on practical application of diets and feed management, and training of colleagues in Sales by the “ForFarmers Academy”.
I have more than twenty-five years of experience in formulation, feed technology, application and training of colleagues in pig nutrition. After graduation at the agricultural university of Wageningen, I have been working as swine nutritionist for six years at a leading feed cooperative in the Netherlands, where after I continued my carrier as pig feed scientist at the research institute Schothorst Feed Research, where I worked for ten years.
In 2008 I returned to the feed industry, in the position of Innovation manager / Nutritionist at Hendrix (a Nutreco company), a company that has been purchased by ForFarmers in 2011.
The Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Margareth Øverland has a BSc and MSc in animal nutrition from Montana State University in Montana USA and a PhD in animal nutrition from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Today, she is a professor in nutrition at NMBU and she is the Center Director of a Center for Research-based Innovation, Foods of Norway.
Margareth’s research focus is to develop high-quality novel feed ingredients based on renewable natural resources such as tree biomass, marine macroalgae, and animal and fish co-products by use of advanced biotechnology. She has a special interest in developing and documenting microbial ingredients as protein sources with functional properties in diets for pigs, poultry and farmed salmonids.
Leo den Hartog
Leo den Hartog is director of R&D at Trouw Nutrition and part-time professor in Sustainable Animal Nutrition in Production Chains at Wageningen University. It was from this same university that den Hartog graduated in Animal Sciences and where he obtained his PhD.
Den Hartog’s extensive experience in animal production is reflected in over 450 scientific and applied articles and seven books as author or co-author. To date, he has given more than 600 lectures in over 35 different countries.
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
Since 1993 Josef Kamphues is the head of the Institute of Animal Nutrition at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation; Hanover, Germany.
He received his diploma degree in agricultural sciences at the University of Bonn, Germany, and afterwards he studied veterinary medicine in Hanover, Germany. His thesis and habilitation were done in animal nutrition at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany. Since decades his research work centers on diseases and disturbances in food producing animals (pigs/poultry) as well as in companion animals (ornamental birds/small rodents) due to dietary faults/lacks.
His current research is focused on effects of the physical form of diets on the development and health of the GIT in pigs and poultry, including gastric ulcers and salmonellosis in pigs, feeding against boar taint in fattening boars, dietary strategies against foot pad dermatitis, and salmonella in fattening poultry, and last but not least dietary concepts to favor wellbeing in food producing animals. His research activities are funded by foundations, governments and by the industry (feed/feed technology, feed additives, pharmaceuticals).
In 2012 he was awarded by the University of California, Davis the “James G. Morris Lectureship in Companion Animal Nutrition” and in 2014 the main prize of the Henneberg-Lehmann-Foundation at the University of Göttingen, Germany, for his research work on dietary strategies for gastrointestinal health in pigs.
Wilfried van Straalen
Senior Researcher and Consultant, Ruminants
Schothorst Feed Research
Wilfried M. van Straalen
Wilfried M. van Straalen (03-03-1964) graduated at Wageningen University in 1988 on Animal Nutrition, Physiology and Husbandry. Directly thereafter he started his PhD on Modelling of Nitrogen flow and excretion in dairy cows at the Institute for Animal Nutrition (IVVO) in Lelystad and graduated in 1995. This research was the basis of the new protein evaluation system in The Netherlands (DVE) that was introduced in 1992.
In 1993 he took a position as Ruminant Nutritionist at Schothorst Feed Research in Lelystad and was responsible for the ruminant research and contact with the feed industry, focussing mainly on the development of feed evaluation for ruminants.
Currently he is Senior Researcher and Consultant Ruminants at Schothorst Feed Research. Main responsibilities:
- Acquisition of research and consultancy projects in ruminant nutrition
- International consultancy and training programs for feed industry on dairy, beef and sheep nutrition (Europe, Turkey, India, Korea, China)
- Coordinating the research program on dairy cow nutrition o Development of SFR feed evaluation and recommendations
- Research projects for feed and supply feed industry
For research on dairy cattle Schothorst Feed Research has an experimental farm with 235 high yielding dairy cows (HF), housed in a modern free stall barn under practical circumstances. The herd has an average age of 5 years with an annual rolling herd average milk production of >10,000 kg with 4.35% fat and 3.50% protein. The free stall barn is equipped to measure individual intake of forage and concentrates of 123 animals. For this purpose a transponder-controlled Calan system with individual entrance gates and automated feeders is used. This makes it possible to conduct research on individual animal level in an accurate way. More than twelve lactating dairy cows are equipped with a rumen fistula for feed evaluation (in sacco/in vitro) and digestion studies.
Dr Hannah Lester
Pen and Tec Consulting
Dr Hannah Lester is a research scientist with over 10 years’ experience in running veterinary clinical trials for regulatory approval.
She studied for a PhD in parasite epidemiology at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh and has an MSc in Veterinary Public Health from the University of Glasgow. Hannah has worked for and managed Contract Research Organisations in the UK, and has also worked in academia and for government, providing science and veterinary policy advice.
Hannah joined Pen & Tec in 2016 and is responsible for feed and food registration projects in EU and other major jurisdictions, and also ensuring scientific and regulatory excellence in the work that Pen & Tec delivers.
Tom Rees is an Industry Manager at Euromonitor International specialising in food and nutrition.
He is responsible for the direction and quality of Euromonitor’s content covering Fresh Food, Staple Foods and Dairy, and provides global expertise, forward-thinking insights, and identifies key market trends.
He also provides wider analysis, authoring publications including Competitor Strategies in Packaged Food and Packaged Food Under the Brexit Scenarios. His current research focus is the future of meat, including consumption trends worldwide and the potential impact of both meat alternatives and cultured meat.
Vice President, Europe
Patrick Charlton is vice president at Alltech and CEO of Alltech Coppens, a specialist aquaculture feeds company, which was acquired by Alltech in 2016.
Before joining Alltech Coppens, Charlton oversaw the activity of 32 Alltech offices across the European region. He graduated from the University of Nottingham and joined Alltech U.K. in 1991, becoming the technical manager in 1995. In 1998, Charlton moved to Cape Town, South Africa, to become technical director for Alltech’s Africa and Middle East region, working with customers in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Iran, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Zimbabwe.
Charlton took on the role of general manager of Alltech Canada in 2000, working with customers, consultants and researchers across Canada. In 2005, he was promoted to global Bioplex® manager, responsible for all activities relating to the Bioplex series of organic minerals. Charlton currently lives in the U.K. and received a master’s degree in fermentation and distilling from Heriot-Watt University in 2006.
Feedinfo News Service
Emma Penny is Managing Director of Global Data Systems (GDS), a division of AgriBriefing, incorporating Feedinfo News Service, FlexNews & Agrimoney.
Emma is from a farming family in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where her parents run a suckler cow and beef finishing enterprise alongside growing arable crops. A journalist for her entire professional career, Emma followed a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture at Aberdeen University by joining RBI as a technical writer for Crops magazine, then becoming livestock editor at Farmers Weekly. She subsequently worked as a journalist and editor in the road haulage, logistics and construction industries before becoming editor of Farmers Guardian, a Briefing Media title, in 2008.
She has won several publishing industry awards as editor of Farmers Guardian, and is an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Society (ARAgS). Besides Feedinfo and Farmers Guardian, AgriBriefing publishes UK titles Dairy Farmer and Arable Farming, the websites Agrimoney.com, LammaXchange.com and FlexNews.com, as well as owning and running events including LAMMA, CropTec and the British Farming Awards. The business also founded and operates the Agri Innovation Den, which offers, in conjunction with key partners, access to a £20m investment fund.
Expert Lead Food Health Research
Dr. Jurriaan Mes started his career as a molecular biologist and now working over 15 years at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research with a focus on the analyses of the nutritional value and health effects of new and promising food products.
He is currently leading the Food & Health Research team, a multidisciplinary group focusing on aspects like taste (e.g. volatiles, sweetness, umami, bitterness), safety (allergens, gut integrity, anti-nutritional factors) as well as positive effects of food with an emphasis on the gut and immune system (digestibility, bioavailability, bioactivity toward intestinal function and gut-brain axis) and more. The team developed and make us of in vitro models, animal models and controlled human clinical trials and studies in real life settings to substantiate effects of food products and diets and by that make a substantial contributions in disease prevention and healthy aging (incl malnutrition, T2D, IBS, Alzheimer’s, infections, inflammation, boosting immunotherapy).
He coordinated programme’s on pre- and probiotics (CarboHealth, EU FibeBiotics), is involved in large project on sustainable protein sources (Future Protein, insects and duckweed) and was involved in other EU projects on quality and health of fruit products (EU Fruitbreedomics and EU Berry). He had and have many project with different types of industry reaching from plant breeding, growers/producers, retail, ingredient suppliers, food and feed companies.
CEO MealFood Europe
Vice President International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed
Adriana Casillas is the co-founder and CEO of MealFood Europe, company roled on the production and processing insects for food, feed, pet food and also industry applications. MealFood is leading the insect industry in Europe, and also is the first large industrial scale insect company in Spain.
She is managing the company since 2014, and she has an Executive MBA specialized in AgriFood Industry. Adriana Casillas acts as Vice-President of IPIFF since 2018.
Adriana Casillas has a big know-how on feed and food industry because of her backround on Spanish companies related with these markets (livestocks, food proccesing and rendering).
Martijn de Cocq
Feedinfo News Service
Martijn de Cocq
Martijn graduated with a Bachelor degree in 2002 as a logistics engineer from the University of Amsterdam. After being active as a logistics consultant for some time, he started working at Provimi Netherlands in 2004 as a purchaser of micro feed ingredients, specializing in vitamins, amino acids and trace elements.
In the years after that Martijn has been active in various purchasing, sales and trading roles around micro feed ingredients, working mainly with amino acids and vitamins. He has built up a lot of experience with the premix and compound feed industry as well as direct sourcing of amino acids and vitamins from several regions, but with a focus on Asia.
In the last 2.5 years Martijn has been working at Cargill Animal Nutrition in The Netherlands as a trading lead for feed ingredients, specialized in amino acids and vitamins. Most recently he has joined Feedinfo News Service as an expansion of the analyst team.
Terra Nova Life Sciences
Formulations and Compliance Manager
Co-operative Animal Health Group
Hanna L. Tuomisto
University of Helsinki
Hanna Tuomisto is an associate professor in sustainable food systems at the University of Helsinki.
Her research interests are focused on estimating the potential of novel food production technologies and dietary change to improve the sustainability of food systems. She has been involved in researching the environmental impacts of cell-culturing based technologies for food production (e.g. cultured meat) already for over 10 years.
Currently, Tuomisto’s research group is running various projects related to environmental impacts, consumer acceptance and societal impacts of novel cell-cultured foods, plant-based proteins and dietary change. Tuomisto holds a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Partner and Head of Venture Capital Investments
Alastair Cooper is a Partner and Head of Venture Capital Investments at ADM Capital. Alastair spent 18 years as an Investment Banker, 16 years of which were at Morgan Stanley, within the Equity Division, as a Managing Director based in London and Hong Kong.
His responsibilities included Head of European Derivatives, Proprietary Trading and Head of Asian Equity. Upon leaving Morgan Stanley in 2002, studied farming at the Royal Agricultural University and has managed his own mixed organic farm since. As an active private investor, Alastair has made a number of investments within clean technology and agriculture.
Alastair holds a BSc in Zoology from Exeter University, England, and is a board director of AeroFarms, Enterra Feed, Rootility and M2i Life sciences
Beyhan de Jong
Beyhan de Jong
Beyhan is working as an analyst in the animal protein team of Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research department in Utrecht, Netherlands. Within the team, she is focusing on the global seafood sector, and alternative proteins as aquafeed ingredient and for human consumption.
Prior to joining Rabobank in 2017, Beyhan got her PhD degree in Agricultural Economics with a focus on international trade policy analysis from the University of Hohenheim in Germany
Feed Nutrition Consultant
Gert Hemke is an industry consultant with broad expertise with respect to nutrition, husbandry, health, welfare, environment, food safety, and positive eating quality in cattle, pigs and poultry.
He has experiences in validating all types of ingredient streams and his consultancy offers project support, training and advice in feed evaluation, animal production and integral chain management. Gert grew up on a dairy farm and studied at Wageningen.
Prior to setting up his consultancy he completed roles at CCL Reseach, Cehave Veghel and Elanco.
Feedinfo News Service
Trouw Nutrition and Co-author of the FAO Guidance
Joost is an Investment Director at Nutreco NuFrontiers, the strategic innovation and investment department of Nutreco.
The aim of NuFrontiers is to accelerate technological change to enable ‘Feeding the Future’ and to identify, develop and invest in next generation sustainable products, models and services throughout the feed and food protein value chain. NuFrontiers invests in start-ups and scale-ups as well as partnerships and joint-ventures with innovative companies. Themes in scope are animal nutrition, animal health, digital farming solutions, and sustainable farming systems (all across both livestock farming and aquaculture) as well as alternative proteins for food.
Joost was raised on a dairy farm in The Netherlands and holds degrees in Animal Sciences and Business Administration. Prior to working for Nutreco he worked for The Boston Consulting Group.
Valerie graduated from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon in 1988, in Animal Production. She began her career by working on cereal substitution products for feed industry.
From the beginning of her career, she has held various positions in several French professional associations dealing with grain storage and industrial compound feed. She has worked for the French compound feed industry for 20 years, first as an expert in raw materials and then in scientific and technical affairs.
For the past 10 years, Valerie was involved as a Deputy Director at Coop de France and she represent the French Association EUROFAC at FEFAC.
University of Milan
Grazia Pastorelli graduated in Animal Science at University of Bologna in 1992 and received her Ph.D in Animal Nutrition in 1996. Since November 2001 works at University of Milano, before as Researcher and from 2015 as Associate Professor at Department of Veterinary Medicine in Animal Nutrition field.
Her research activity is focused on the effects of nutrition, mostly of monogastrics, on meat and product quality and on phytogenic feed additive to be used in livestock, especially in pigs for different aims: growth performance, welfare, oxidative stress, immunity, microbiota. Author and co-author of several international publications in peer reviewed indexed journals
Feed Innovation Services
Giuseppe Luca Capodieci
Technical and Regulatory Manager
Giuseppe Luca Capodieci
Luca is a food technologist with a PhD in agri-food economy and extensive experience in regulatory affairs as well as in the livestock and meat industry.
He is responsible for scientific/technical files relevant to the industry and follows up on feed and food regulatory developments impacting on the strategic interests of the FEFANA membership, including those pertaining to sustainability and innovation.
Luca also provides support to and co-ordination of Expert Groups and advocacy of industry’s interests through contacts with EU competent authorities.
Alexander Belderok is a Senior Partner at Roland Berger and heads the Consumer Goods, Retail and Agribusiness Global Competence Center.
Alexander concentrates on reinforcing the competitive positions of consumer goods, food ingredients, agribusiness, retail, biotech, pharma, and specialty chemicals companies. He has done numerous engagements in the agri-food value chain, from corporate strategy development to performance improvement and restructuring. Alexander is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Protix, an insect protein company based in the Netherlands.
Alexander studied at the University of Twente, IMD and Harvard. He began his career at Unilever and has worked at Roland Berger since 2006.
Animal Production and Health Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Product Law Firm and Member
Food Lawyers Network
Veterinary Medicines Division
European Medicines Agency
Pig Farm owner and Vice President
European Pig Producers
Taru Antikainen is an owner by 23% of MTY Antikainen. A combination farm of 330 sows and 1500 finisher places, 330 hectars of field and 96 hectars of forest in south west of Finland.
The farm produces a HKScan speciality “No antibiotics ever – Omega 3” -meat for both home and export markets. No antibiotics is added either to the feed or water, only sick animals are medicated. The wellbeing and good health of production animals enable the minor use of antibiotics. She is leading the Finnish Pig Sector as a Chairman of The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK).As a part of this position she is a member of Copa Cogeca Pig Working Party.
This year she was elected a Vice President of European Pig Producers (EPP) and is the Chairman of the Finnish EPP. For last three years she has been working as an external expert in the EU Commission’s Tails Team as part of DG Sante’s Work Plan to reduce tail-docking of piglets in the EU.
Feedinfo News Service
Senior Consultant – Supply Chain Advisors
Stijn has 15 years of experience in shipping, ranging from break-bulk and chartering as a third party agent to controlling the European inland operations for a major container line.
Stijn holds an M. Sc. in Transport Economics and an executive MBA in general management from the University of Antwerp Management School. At Drewry, Stijn has lead or contributed to several projects through desk based research as well as field trips in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He brings distinctive insight into inland supply chain processes, inland terminals and multimodal transportation and regularly speaks about these topics at international conferences.
Besides that, Stijn has assisted numerous clients with bespoke market monitoring reports for dry and reefer container freight rates. Early 2014 he started looking after Drewry’s monthly spot rate publication Container Freight Rate Insight for 18 months and since January 2017 he writes the intermodal chapter in our monthly Sea and Air Shipper Insight publication.
University of Parma
Dott. Federico Righi, DVM, PhD in Animal Production, Veterinary Biotechnology, Food Quality and Safety is a researcher in animal nutrition and feeding of the Department of Veterinary Science of the University of Parma since 2005.
Winner in 2008 and 2012 of the Italian Milk Technicians Association (AITeL) award “For the originality and scientific validity of the research” on the effects of nutrition on milk quality, he is scientific referent of two “Industrial research projects, pre-competitive development and technology transfer” funded by the 2013 Spinner Consortium on the use of plant derived additives in dairy cattle nutrition.
He is now scientific responsible (WP leader) for the University of Parma of the European research project H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 named “CowficieNcy”, and scientific responsible (WP co-leader) of the H2020-SFS-2016-2017 project named “Organic-PLUS”, for the study of natural additives alternative to sinthetic vitamins and antimicrobics.
The dott. Federico Righi is author and coauthor of more than 100 publications concerning animal nutrition in national and international journals, newspapers and magazines
International Grains Council
Arnaud Petit was appointed Executive Director of the International Grains Council (IGC) in February 2018. IGC is an intergovernmental organisation based in London offering independent analysis on grains, oilseeds and rice markets to its member governments to promote international trade in grains. It also provides information to non-government subscribers.
IGC provides an important international platform for discussions between policy makers and the private sector. It also serves as the Secretariat for the Food Assistance Committee helping to facilitate networking within the donor community to improve the efficacy of food assistance. From 2005- 2017 Mr. Petit worked at the European Farmers and agri- cooperatives Union (Copa-Cogeca), as Director for Commodities and Trade. He was also a Member of the Executive Committee of the European Technology Platform “Plants for the future” (2009-2017) and a Member of the Experts Group on EU-US trade negotiations at the European Commission (2014-2017).
From 2000 -2005 he served as Policy Advisor for European Affairs at the National Chamber for Agriculture in Paris, and Deputy Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (2000-2005). He holds an M.A. in Agricultural Economics from the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Montpellier – France.
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
President Feed Additives, Ingredients & Amino Acids
ADM Animal Nutrition
A graduate of Ecole Centrale – Paris with an MBA from INSEAD, he has worked for groups in the energy sector (Véolia, BP) as a project manager, deputy director administration and finance, sales director and managing director (Frangaz).
Afterwards, he was director of international development (Great Britain and Ireland regions) in the Roullier Group. Pierre-Joseph Paoli joined Neovia in 2011 as Director of Premixes and Nutritional Specialties and a member of the company’s Management Committee, then director of the EMEA region. He has been appointed President Feed Additives & Ingredients for ADM Animal Nutrition since March 2019.
Hans Blonk Managing director Hans Blonk is a biologist graduated from Leiden University.
He is one of the developers of the first LCA methodology in the Netherlands and has made important contributions to the development of LCA and Carbon Footprinting methods for agri-food products.
In 1999 he established his own business, which is now one of the leading companies in the field worldwide.
Menno Thomas (1968) got his BSc in agricultural engineering from ‘Hogeschool Leeuwarden’ (1990). He obtained an MSc in animal nutrition (1993) and a PhD in feed manufacturing (1998) technology from Wageningen University and Research. He worked in the feed industry in several researcher and management position until he founded Zetadec in 2007. Since then, he and his team provide solutions and conduct research projects for the feed industry.
Since 2018 he is part-time assistant professor at Wageningen University in which capacity he teaches and supervises students in the field of compound feed technology.