09:00 – 09:30  Welcome and Opening Ceremony 

09:30 – 09:40  Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam: The Next Challenge 

09:40 – 11:00  Session 1  World Political and Agricultural Leaders’ Forum 

With a growing world population and finite resources feeding the world with safe, sustainable and nutritious foods requires a strong and vibrant agricultural sector globally as well as efficient trading systems. Join our political and agricultural leaders to hear their views on the future of agriculture and trade as well as the role of dairy in helping to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Then take the opportunity to ask the speakers the questions you’d like them to answer in our interactive debate.

11:00 – 11:30  Break 

11:30 – 13:00  Session 2  World Dairy Leaders’ Forum 

The dairy sector is a vibrant, forward thinking sector which already makes important contributions to food security, sustainability, nutrition and the world economy. Join our dairy leaders to hear their thoughts on the future of dairy and how they deliver profitable, nutritious, sustainable foods via their business strategies. Hear how their businesses deliver for people and the planet in their own countries and globally. Then join us in an interactive debate and ask the questions you’d like to hear answered.


Mr Pan Gang – President of Yili Dairy, China;

Mr Kazuo Kawamura – President of Meiji, Japan;

Mr Paul Vernon – Chief Executive of Glanbia Cheese, UK;

Mr Barry Irvin – Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese, Australia;

Ms Louise Cooke – Chief Executive of Parmalat South Africa;

Mr Tomas Pietrangeli – Managing Director of Arla UK.

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch 

14:00 – 15:30  Session 3  IDF Forum Roundtable: Making a Difference with Dairy 

The IDF Forum is the Federation’s annual showcase of the value and outcomes that IDF generates for the global dairy sector. Moderated by IDF’s President, Dr Judith Bryans, this year’s Forum will also cover IDF’s Programme of Work in the four areas of strategic importance – Sustainability, Food Safety, Food Standards and Nutrition.

The IDF Forum will voice the essential role that dairy plays in nourishing the world with safe and sustainable foods, protecting the environment, safeguarding consumer health and safety, and facilitating the global trade of milk and milk products while supporting sustainable economic growth.

Opening by the Chair – Dr. Judith Bryans, IDF President

Overview of the IDF work programme – Jean-Marc Delort, Chair of IDF Scientific Programme Coordination Committee

IDF promotes sustainable milk production and processing – Dr. Nico van Belzen, IDF Director General

IDF facilitates dairy trade through standards – Dr. Jaap Evers, IDF Leader Global Standards

IDF highlights the nutritional benefits of dairy – Mary Anne Burkman, IDF SPCC Member on Nutrition


Closing words by the Chair

15:30 – 16:00  Break 

16:00 – 16:30  Session 4  World Dairy Situation Report  

The World Dairy Situation Report, produced annually by the IDF, contains a wealth of information on the international dairy sector. Delegates will hear the latest update from the world of dairy  2017

Speaker: Ms Veronique Pilet

16:30 – 17:00  Dairy Sustainability Framework 

The Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) aims to align global ambition on key sustainability issues to regional activity revealing opportunities for development and improvement. The Framework is continuously evolving with delegates being updated on the latest developments.

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