Speakers

Speakers

Krzysztof Jurgiel
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Responsible for implementing the policy of the Polish government in the field of agriculture, rural development and agricultural markets. The minister specifies the tasks to be performed and oversees their implementation in matters related, among others, to coordination of participation in the Common Agricultural Policy, involvement in the work of European Union bodies, bilateral and multilateral cooperation with foreign countries.

Michel Nalet
President of European Dairy Association (EDA)

The President of the EDA – an organization of entities associating milk producers and processors of EU states. EDA represents interests of European dairy processors in the EU.

Andrzej Babuchowski
Chairman of the Institute of Innovation in Dairy Industry (IIPM)

Associated with dairy for numerous years. A former Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU. Currently, he is responsible for research and development, laboratory analyses and pro-innovation activities IIPM. He is also a member of the Agricultural Markets Task Force set up by European Commission.

Agnieszka Maliszewska
Organiser of the Dairy Cooperatives Forum

Chairman of the Management Board of First Communications, Director of the Polish Chamber of Milk, dairy market and Polish dairy industry expert with over 20 years of experience.

Jukka Likitalo
Secretary General of Eucolait, the European Association of Dairy Trade

Secretary General of Eucolait, the European Association of Dairy Trade, since 2014. Next to leading the organisation, his areas of work include agricultural, food and trade policies as well as dairy markets. Jukka is also the treasurer and member of the presidium of CELCAA.

Stefan Gerschewski
Counsellor for Food and Agriculture, German Embassy in Warsaw

He has accomplished university studies in law and public administration in Germany and France. He has worked for several years for the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture in Berlin and for the Food and Agricultural department of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Commission in Brussels. During this period he was also engaged in several training missions for consumer safety authorities in Egypt and Tunisia. Since 2015 has been temporarily Counsellor for Food and Agriculture at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kiev, Ukraine. He currently holds the same function at the German Embassy in Warsaw.

Alexander Anton
Secretary General of the European Dairy Association (EDA)

He manages the work of an organization concentrates entities associating milk producers and processors from European Union countries. EDA represents interests of European milk processors in the EU.

Pekka Pesonen
Secretary General of Copa-Cogeca

Pekka Pesonen is the Secretary General of Copa, representing European farmers, and Cogeca, representing European agri-cooperatives, which together count more than 70 national farming organisations from across Europe. Previously, he worked as State Secretary for the Finnish Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry.

Czesław Siekierski
Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Member of the European Parliament since 2004, he sit in Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats). Currently, he serves as a Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, earlier first vice-chair. He also works in the Committee on Budgetary Control and Delegations for relations with Canada and People's Republic of China. In 1997-2004, Member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. In 2001-2003 Secretary of State in Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Republic of Poland. He attained the title of doctor in Agricultural Economics at Warsaw University of Life Science (SGGW). He has served as a Researcher at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). Mr Siekierski is author of many science publications.

Riitta Brandt
Senior Vice President, Food and Trade Policy at Finnish Dairy Company Valio Ltd.

She has been working for Valio over 30 years. Since 1993 she has been working with EU-affairs, first mainly with milk market management tools and export refunds. Along the changes in EU policies her responsibilities have changed to agricultural, food and trade policies. Riitta Brandt acts as the Executive Director of the Finnish Milk Processors and Dairy Products Wholesalers Association (MML). This Association deals with international and national policy development. She is member of Board at European Dairy Association (EDA) since 2009. She is also member of Board at EUCOLAIT. She chairs the Finnish National Committee of International Dairy Federation and is member of Standing Committee of Dairy policies and economics.

 

Henrike Burchardi
Senior researcher at the Ife Institute of Food Economics

She works as senior researcher at the Ife Institute of Food Economics in Kiel ( Germany). Her main working and research areas include dairy market analyses, cost analyses in the dairy chain and risk management in the dairy sector. She gives lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Triesdorf.

David Richmond
Fonterra Co-Operative Group, Trade Strategy Manager – EMEA

David is a proud New Zealander and member of the Fonterra family. Fonterra is a New Zealand’s largest organisation and a world leading dairy producer and exporter employing 22,000 people globally and taking dairy nutrition to billions of consumers around the world. During his 7 years working at Fonterra, David has held roles across the areas of milk supply, global operations, and global supply chain. Now based in Amsterdam, David is responsible for trade strategy and stakeholder affairs across Europe, Middle East, and Africa.