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

The President of European Dairy Association (EDA)

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

Andrzej Babuchowski

prof. Andrzej Babuchowski

Chairman of the Institute of Innovation in Dairy Industry

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


Agnieszka Maliszewska

Organizer of Dairy Cooperatives Forum

Chairperson of the Management Board of First Communications, the 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.


Brigitte Misonne

Deputy Head of Unit for Animal Products in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission.

Deputy Head of Unit for Animal Products in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission. She is also Head of Sector for Milk and Milk Products. Ms Misonne coordinates the activities of the team in terms of follow-up of market developments, analysis of economic trends, compilation of market knowledge to access Union intervention and support CAP decisions in the animal products sector, including on the sustainability of the milk sector.


Mr Phil Hogan

Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since November 1 2014.

Commissioner Hogan grew up on a farm in rural Kilkenny, in south-east Ireland. From 1989 until he became Commissioner, he represented the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency in Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament, where he served in the Fine Gael Party shadow cabinet and as spokesman on Europe, on the food industry, on consumer affairs and on regional policy.

Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Minister for the Environment and Local Government in the Irish Government of Prime Minister Enda Kenny TD. During this time, he successfully implemented a broad-ranging agenda, including the biggest reform of local government since the foundation of the Irish State.

He has also occupied various senior posts at local, national and European level, including President of the Council of EU Environment Ministers (2013), Chairman of the European People's Party of Environment Ministers (2012-14), National Director of Elections for the Fine Gael party (2010-11), Fine Gael Director of Organisation (2002-07), Chairman of Kilkenny County Council (1985 and 1998), Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Group (1995-2001) and Minister of State at the Irish Department of Finance (1994-95).

Prior to his entry to politics, he established and subsequently directed an insurance and real estate business. He also managed the family farm between 1981-83 and is a graduate of University College Cork, with a BA in Economics and Geography (1981).


Stefan Gerschewski

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


Jerzy Plewa

He has served as Director-General since 2013. Between 2012 and 2013, he served as Deputy Director-General responsible for rural development and sustainability policy. In 2006-2011 he served as Deputy Director-General responsible for international affairs.

He has also occupied various senior posts at national level including Deputy-Minister, responsible for negotiations on agriculture issues with the EU, other countries and international organisations in Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development or chief negotiator for agricultural affairs in the team negotiating Poland’s accession to the European Union.

H.E. Stephen de Boer

Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Poland.

In 2015 he was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Poland. In 2016 he was accredited to the Republic of Belarus, residing in Warsaw. He has held various positions inter alia in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In 2006, he was named the director of the Softwood Lumber Division. In 2010, he joined Environment Canada as the deputy chief negotiator for climate change and the director general responsible for Canada’s international climate change negotiations and partnerships. Mr. de Boer returned to the department in 2013 as the director general of the Trade Controls Bureau. Prior to joining the Canadian public service, he worked for the Government of Ontario.

Mike Petersen

New Zealand Special Agricultural Trade Envoy (SATE)

He has held this role since July 2013. He is expert as regards the obligations of free trade agreements effects and perspectives for agriculture in an age of globalisation. This unique role was established by New Zealand ministers in close consultation with New Zealand’s agriculture sector. He is also owner of big dairy farm.