Speakers

Dimitri Houtart

Dimitri Houtart is an experienced leader, communicator and a multi-award winning programme editor. He is happy working across television, radio & online. As the BBC’s Rural Affairs Champion, Dimitri helps and advises on the coverage of rural issues across the whole of the BBC including News. Dimitri also has direct responsibility for many of Radio 4’s rural affairs, environment, Natural History & food programming.

Mladen Jakopović

Mladen Jakopović was elected President of the Croatian Chamber of Agriculture in 2017. Mr. Jakopović is the founder and owner of 'Family farm Jakopović'.

Marko Jelić

Marko has been a Croatian politician and the Prefect of the Šibenik-Knin County since 2021.

Ramon Armengol

Ramon Armengol is a farmer who manages a pigmeat livestock farm and has been the President of Cogeca since 2019.

Christiane Lambert

Christiane Lambert is a French farmer and agricultural trade unionist who has headed the Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles (FNSEA) since 2017. In 2020, she became the president of Copa and manages a mixed farm containing crops and pig breeding.

Marija Vučković

Marija Vučković is a Croatian politician serving as Minister of Agriculture in the Government of Croatia since 22 July 2019. She assumed the minister position in the first cabinet led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and continued to hold the position in his second cabinet.

Janusz Wojciechowski

Janusz Czesław Wojciechowski has been the European Commissioner for Agriculture since 2019. He is a Polish politician and was a long-standing Member of the European Parliament, elected from the Lodz Voivodship representing the Polish People's Party (PSL) (2004–2006), the Polish People's Party "Piast" (PSL "Piast") (2006–2010) and, lately, Law and Justice (since 2010).

Zdeněk Nekula

Zdeněk Nekula has served as the Czech Minister of Agriculture in Petr Fiala's Cabinet since January 2022 and is a Czech politician and manager.

Norbert Lins

Norbert Lins has been the chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development since 2019 and is a German politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014.

Maurizio Martina

Maurizio Martina is an Italian politician and member of the Chamber of Deputies, who served as secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from March to November 2018, being appointed after the 2018 Italian general election. He served as Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies since 22 February 2014.

Mykola Solskyi

Mykola Solskyi has been the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine since Marche 2022.

Palle Borgström

Palle Borgström (LRF, SE) is President of the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) and Vice-president of Copa. Since 1981, he runs a farm with arable crops and milk production together with his brother. A herd of dairy cattle with 170 cows, 350 hectares arable land and 200 hectares forest.

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou is head of Farm to Fork strategy Unit at the European Commission’s directorate general for health and food safety (DG Sante). She has been leading and coordinating the work for the adoption of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and she is in charge of some of the main initiatives of the strategy such as the general framework for sustainable food systems, front of pack labelling and nutrient profiles, origin labelling, sustainable labelling, food waste.

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle is a French agronomist and has been the Director for Veterinary and Plant Health Questions, Food and Forestry at the General Secretariat of the Council since 2020.

Roxanne Feller

Roxanne is the Secretary General of AnimalHealthEurope and has been since 2015.

Lotta Folkesson

Lotta Folkesson is an active farmer and a forest and logging contractor in Sweden.

Agnieszka Maliszewska

Agnieszka is the Director and Member of the board of the Polish Chamber of Milk since 2008.

Bernard Ader

Bernard is the Vice-President of Euralis and the 5th Vice-President of Cogeca.

Diana Lenzi

Diana is the President of the Organization of Young European Farmers (CEJA) which brings together thirty agricultural associations and two million EU producers. Diana has been the President since 2021.

Dr George Vlahos

Dr George Vlahos holds a PhD from Department Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens), a MSc in Agricultural Policy from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh). and a MSc from the Department Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens. Dr. Vlahos is currently an assistant professor in the Agricultural University of Athens and has collaborated in various research projects focusing on rural and agri-environmental policies. He has authored and co –authored various articles on these subjects and collaborated in books. He is currently chairing the Board of Trustees of WWF Hellas.

Olivier de Matos

Olivier is an experienced Public Affairs professional, with a focus on media relations and crisis management. He came to CropLife Europe from the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals, where he spent 4 years as Secretary General leading the association and promoting its scientific programme activities and initiatives.

Pedro Gallardo

Pedro has been President of Asaja Cádiz since 2016 and is the Chairman of both the Oilseeds & Protein Crops Working Party and the Phytosanitary Questions Working Party in Copa-Cogeca since 2019. Pedro is a farmer cultivating cereals and oilseeds; his main crops include sunflower, rape seed, wheat, durum wheat, maize and beans. Pedro is also the 4th Vice-President of Copa.

Cristina Rueda Catry

Cristina is a Member of the Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

Dirk Jacobs

Dirk Jacobs is Director General of FoodDrinkEurope and leads the organisation in its mission to create more sustainable food systems.

Lazaro Sandoval

Lazaro Sandoval is the Senior Agricultural Attaché at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to this position, Sandoval served as Senior Agricultural Attaché at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India from 2019 to 2022 and Agricultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2015 to 2019. Mr. Sandoval is originally from Santa Cruz, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from California State University, Fresno and a master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University in Virginia. Mr. Sandoval began his career with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in October 2010 and has worked in different program areas prior to his overseas assignments. He began in the Office of Global Analysis as an economist where he analyzed global livestock and poultry markets and trade. Mr. Sandoval was also an economist at the Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs where he conducted analysis in support of WTO Doha Round negotiations in cooperation with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Sally Shortall

Sally Shortall was twice elected President of the European Society for Rural Sociology (2015-17; 2017-19). She was elected First Vice-President of the International Rural Sociology Association (2016-2020) and is currently President-Elect of the International Rural Sociology Association.

Beth Dooley

Beth Dooley is a qualified lawyer specialising in agricultural and environmental law and policy, with experience working on climate change mitigation & adaptation, international law, and rural development issues. She has lived and worked in the European Union for over a decade researching European sustainable agricultural policy and law for public research projects as well as international environmental conventions, trade and soil protection.

Marija Cafuk

Marija Cafuk is from Croatia and is a renowned ‘varazdin’ cabbage grower and pickler who has also been demonstrating smart agricultural approaches on her farm.

Astrid Brunner

Astrid Brunner is a farmer from Carinthia (Austria) and Vice Chair of the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture Women´s Committee (LKÖ).

Jerónima Bonafé

Jeronima is Vice Chair of Copa-Cogeca Women’s Committee and Chair of Agro-Alimentarias Women’s Committee, and a member of the cooperatives Governing Council in Spain. She is also a farmer from Mallorca producing nuts, cereals and sheep. Throughout her career she has worked to promote gender equality in the rural world and encourage the association of farmers in cooperatives as an instrument to concentrate supply, obtain greater added value from the market and advance in the food chain.

Natassa Antoniou

Natassa is a Project Officer for EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies) and is focused on raising awareness on benefits and applications of geospatial technologies for governance, businesses and citizens.

Zoltan Szantoi

Zoltan is a Land Applications Scientist at the European Space Agency, responsible for defining and implementing projects which support the development of innovative Earth observation land applications, such as WorldSoils, WorldCereal, and the European ECOSTRESS Hub.

Maria Skovager Østergaard

Maria is a farmer and Vice-chair of the Copa and Cogeca Working Party on Direct Payments and Greening. In her daily life, she works for Danish farmers as a Chief Consultant in the Danish Agriculture and Food Council with a primary focus on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Thierry Krier

Thierry is the current President of CEMA.

Roberto Rodriguez Alvarez

Roberto is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and is the Sub-Director of the Direct aid Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (Ayudas Directas Fondo Español de Garantía Agraria) in Spain.

Elli Tsiforou

Elli Tsiforou has been the Director General of GAIA EPICHEIREIN since January 2020. Up to December 2019, she headed the Brussels Office being responsible for its initial launch and development from 2015 to 2020, thus substantially contributing to the networking and recognition of GAIA EPICHEIREIN beyond the borders of Greece, while also transferring expertise, knowledge and information from the EU to the members of the partnership.

Benjamin Perdreau

Currently Deputy Director of the Competitiveness and Ecological Transition Department at La Coopération Agricole, Benjamin Perdreau has been working on sustainability issues in the agri-food industry for over 5 years. He is an expert in the Working Group of EFRAG PTF-ESRS and took part in the development of the ISO 26030 standard defining CSR in the agri-food industry. Previously, he worked at AFNOR Certification as a project manager to develop the CSR offer for companies.

Snjezana Mikulcic-Jakopovic

Years of experience in sales and marketing in running the family business and my own production of ecological cosmetics, delicacies and useful souvenirs. Founder of the "House of Magical Grass" brand and a promoter of the organic cultivation of medicinal herbs. I use my knowledge of phytotherapy and aromatherapy in the production of preparations based on lemon balm, immortelle and other, exclusively natural and ecological ingredients from my own cultivation and also take care of the marketing of the "House of Magical Grass" brand. Dedicated to the education of domestic and foreign visitors to OPG Jakopović, where she manages the entire work process and personally present the cultivation of plants and their processing. Winner of numerous awards for organic products that have been recognized not only by domestic customers, but also by clients from Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the UK and other European countries.

Garlich Von Essen

As Secretary General of Euroseeds, Garlich von Essen is responsible for the overall management of the association and its staff, for the development of strategic policy campaigns on Euroseeds’ priority issues and the positioning of Europe’s seed industry vis-à-vis EU and international bodies and decision-makers. He advises the Euroseeds Board and Executive Committee and takes specific responsibility for outreach and advocacy strategy and planning.

Pasquale di Rubbo

Pasquale is a Policy analyst for the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) at the European Commission.