John Allan

John Allan leads all dairy food safety efforts for IDFA and has responsibilities in federal and state regulatory affairs on a variety of topics. Allan also helps represent IDFA’s international interests through engagement with the International Dairy Federation and the Codex Alimentarius Commission.   Prior to joining IDFA, Allan worked for the American Frozen Food Institute and National Yogurt Association; the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization within the Codex Secretariat; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  He graduated from the Univ. of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Master of Science in food science and technology.

Iraz Alper

Iraz Alper holds a MSc in microbiology from Pierre & Marie Curie University (Paris, France) and a PhD in food science and technology from Laval University (Quebec City, Canada). She has worked for 4 years at CNIEL, the French dairy board, as project manager in dairy science and technology. She joined DuPont Nutrition & Health, a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division in 2017 as BioProcess Development Team Manager.

Iraz was part of the Dairy Science and Technology Standing Committee of the International Dairy Federation from 2013 through to 2017.

Corinne Amar

Richard Archer

Thomas lee Bauer

Before joining the World Bank Group, Thomas Bauer was Head of Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory team for Rabobank Asia based in Singapore. He also was a dairy and feed commodity trader with Brock Associates and worked in marketing and sales of Monsanto in Indonesia. He a Masters in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from University of San Francisco. He is currently Principle Dairy Industry Specialist at the World Bank International Finance Corporation where he conducts due diligence, business development and advisory for the dairy, farm inputs and beverage sectors. Bauer also overseas Agri Innovation and Tech investment for the IFC. Prior to IFC. Bauer grew up on a family dairy farm in Wisconsin in the USA and continues to manage the farm along with family members.

Christin Baumgartner

Dr. med. vet. – * 11 May 1959 in Waldkirchen, Bavaria, Germany

1985 state exam Veterinary Medicine, Bavaria, Germany
1986 – 1989 assistant scientist at Institute for Animal Husbandry,
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
1988 DVM at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
1990 – 1995 cattle specialist at Tiergesundheitsdienst Bayern e.V.
1993 certificate as cattle specialist, Bavarian Chamber of Veterinarians
since 1995 Managing Director, Milchprüfring Bayern e.V. (MPR)
since 1997 Managing Director, Analytik in Milch GmbH (AiM)

• President of AFEMA e.V. (Working Group for Promotion of Udder Health and Milk Hygiene in the Countries of the Alps);
• Chairman of the German Working Group of Raw Milk Testing Labs, German Association for Performance and Quality Testing (DLQ);
• Member of International Dairy Federation (IDF) Action Teams and SCs;
• Member of International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) Working Groups;
• Member of National Mastitis Council (NMC);
• Member of several German Professional Organisations DVG, ATF, DGfZ, LBM;

Jonathan Bell

Kevin Bellamy

With a global exposure of €24bn dairy is one of Rabobank’s most important sectors. As Global Sector Head, Kevin leads the team of people around the globe providing services Rabobank’s the banks dairy clients, which include many of the largest global dairy corporations.
Kevin joined the Rabobank dairy team of bankers and dairy experts in 2011, he was previously the Executive Director of the Global Dairy Platform (GDP), a global consortium of over 60 companies with a collective turnover of over USD 100 billion annually, focusing on collaboration across the industry on key issues affecting dairy demand including nutrition, sustainability and marketing.
In the past, Kevin has also been Chief Executive Officer of the UK Milk Development Council, and has served on a number of dairy related Boards around the world.
Kevin Bellamy is a Chartered Director and MBA.

Hanne Bang Bligaard

Hanne Bang Bligaard is Arla Foods Senior Specialist in sustainable dairy farming. She is globally responsible for Arla Foods Sustainable Dairy Farming Strategy. As a dairy cooperative with farmer owners in seven North West European countries, Arla Foods is dedicated in continuously developing our responsibility throughout the entire value chain. Hanne has a background in animal science and project management and has been at Arla Foods since 2013.

Francois Bourdichon

François has been working for the past 15 years in the Food Industry, holding various position within major food business operators such as Danone, Barry Callebaut, Nestlé and Savencia.
Since 2010, he is delegate of France in the Standing Committee on Microbiological Hygiene of IDF (International Dairy Federation) and action team leader of the Safety Demonstration of Microbial Food Cultures, published in 2012 in IDF Bulletin and International Journal of Food Microbiology. The inventory is to be updated early 2018 with around 60 additional species.

Costance Boyer-Gayet

Dr. Constance GAYET-BOYER is a project manager in the scientific department of the French Dairy Board CNIEL. She has a PhD in Nutrition. Before working for the dairy council, she had a career in academic research. During this period she conducted research on food-related disorders such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

She is now in charge from a research point of view and a transfer point of view of several external projects aiming to study the impact on health of dairy products consumption, and has developed an expertise on these products. In this context, she is involved in international and national research projects related to the role of dairy food in metabolic disorders, cognitive function and early-life nutrition.

Paul Brereton

Paul Brereton is Head of Agri-food Research at Fera based in York, UK http://fera.co.uk/. A senior scientist working at science-policy interface, he has over 30 years’ experience of applied research in the area of food safety and quality. As well as leading numerous national activities, Paul has co-ordinated two of the world’s largest research projects in the area of food authenticity and traceability: the €20M TRACE project (Tracing the origin of food) and currently FOODINTEGRITY a €12M EU sponsored research project that aims to address, at a European level, many of the gaps identified during the recent horsemeat incident. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers on food safety and quality and edited the book “New analytical approaches for verifying the origin of food” (Elsevier). He and has close links with the food industry, UK Public sector, academia and the European Commission. In addition to his Fera role, he has also taken up a position at the Institute of Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) a joint Institute between University of Newcastle and Fera that aims to deliver innovation in research across the agr-food chain http://www.ncl.ac.uk/iafri

Christian Bruun Kastrup

Christian Bruun Kastrup, Chief Consultant Dairy at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council/ Danish Dairy Board focuses on European and International aspects of food legislation and trade. Since 2007, Christian has been Chair of the Additives & Contaminants wg of the European Dairy Association and an active member of the IDF SC Food Additives. As such Christian represents EDA in meetings with the European Commission and has also supported and represented IDF at the Codex Committee Food Additives meetings in China at several occasions. Beside the focus on food legislation, Christian is also very much involved in supporting the trade of dairy products from Denmark to the whole world by facilitating the contacts between the food business operators and the relevant competent authorities.

Judith Bryans

Dr Judith Bryans was elected President of the International Dairy Federation in October 2016. She has held a number of positions within the IDF since getting involved with the organisation in 2005 including serving on the IDF Board, serving on the Science Programme Coordination Committee and Chairing the Standing Committee on Nutrition. Judith is also the Chief Executive of Dairy UK. She took over the running of the organisation in October 2013. Prior to that she was Director of The Dairy Council, a position she held from 2006. At European level, she sits on the Board of the European Dairy Association (EDA) and chairs the EDA Scientific Advisory Board Dairy, Nutrition and Health after chairing the EDA Nutrition Working Group. In the UK, Judith is a Board member of a number of organisations including The Dairy Council, Dairy Energy Savings and the Dairy Marketing Forum. Judith has a PhD from King’s College London.

Robert Bryson

I joined the family farm in 1990 after completing a BAAgr Hons in Agriculture at Queens University Belfast.  It was a mixed livestock farm with an emphasis on breeding pedigree sheep and beef cattle with a small dairy herd.  The farm is now totally dairy with a herd of 180 cows averaging 9,500 litres on a moderate input, grass based system with cows calving summer/autumn and grazed from March – November.  I joined the Board of Dale Farm in 2014.

Mary Anne Burkman

Mary Anne Burkman has worked for the Dairy Council of California for twenty-six years, serving in a variety of positions before assuming her present role as Senior Director of Program Services.  In that capacity, she directs all outreach and programming efforts for the community and school audiences.  She participates in strategic planning for the organization and serves as a liaison for several key stakeholder groups.

James Caffyn


Gerard Calbrix


Melissa Cameron

Melissa is a senior leader with extensive experience in research, public health policy and stakeholder engagement and in her current role at Dairy Australia is responsible for providing scientific and strategic direction with a focus on food and nutrition policy and regulation related leadership to the Australian Dairy Industry. Melissa has experience gained from working within a range of sectors including Not-for-profit, Peak body and University. Prior to Dairy Australia, Melissa lead the national rural and remote health workforce policy function for Rural Health Workforce Australia. Melissa has extensive experience in public health and research, having spent 10 years at the Cancer Council Victoria, in the Centre for Behavioural Research, undertaking research into tobacco control, obesity and population cancer and as the Executive Officer for the Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group—Clinical Cancer Network, leading 600 independent cancer clinicians to provide critical clinical research and advice, consumer information and a united clinical voice for the Cancer Council Victoria.

Luisa Candido

Luisa Candido is Nutrition and Technical Manager at Dairy UK, a role in which she coordinates industry positions and responses in the areas of food safety, quality and integrity, as well as food labelling and nutrition.

She is also a member of the UK-IDF Programme Committee and has overseen the development of the Food Safety, Dairy Science and Technology, and Emerging Topics Conferences for the IDF Summit in Belfast.

Luisa joined Dairy UK in 2014 and before then worked for The Dairy Council as a Nutrition Scientist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from King’s College London.

Shri Sangram Chaudhary

Koos Coetzee

Dr. Coetzee is employed by the Milk Producers’ Organisation as agricultural economist. He is a member of the SPCC and the SCFM. He is also responsible for the South African contribution to the annual IDF World Dairy Situation Bulletin.

Dr. Coetzee is the author of 6 scientific articles and more than 700 popular articles on aspects of dairy and general agriculture. He is the author of two books on economics and farm management and co-author of a textbook on agricultural science for secondary School learners. Dr. Coetzee is a member of the International Farm Comparison Network.

Robin Condron

Robin Condron is a veterinary microbiologist who until recently worked at Dairy Australia, where he contributed to the food safety and product integrity program, for the Australian dairy industry, particularly in the areas of biosecurity, animal health, welfare and microbiological risks.

Robin is a member of the IDF Action Team on AMR. He contributed to CODEX Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance and he launched the IDF Guide to Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Dairy Production at the OIE Global Conference on the Responsible and Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents for Animals in March 2013.

Milena Corredig

Milena Corredig is Vice President of Research and Development at Gay Lea Foods,  a cooperative based in Ontario, Canada.  She is also adjunct professor at the University of Guelph.  During her career she has published more than 200 refereed research papers in the area of casein micelles structure function, ingredients interactions in dairy matrices, food emulsions and colloids and food delivery systems.  She is a Canadian representative of the IDF Dairy science and Technology committee.

Lilly Coyle

Eddie Daly

Eddie Daly is InTouch Account Manager responsible for B2B projects and the implementation of InTouch, a real-time nutrition monitoring and support service, in markets such as Canada, USA, South Africa and Australia. He first started working for Alltech in the US in 2014 followed by projects in Portugal and Germany working in business development. In his current role, he works closely with primary producers and industry partners to find the best solution for both parties’ needs. He completed his bachelor’s degree in science from University College Dublin in 2011 followed by a research masters in agricultural science in 2013.

Laurent Damiens

Laurent Damiens is currently the Communications Director at CNIEL in Paris, France, as well as the chairperson of EMF (European Milk Forum). Laurent’s main objective is to convince every French citizen that there is nothing better for their wellbeing than consuming at least 3 dairy products a day, without forgetting the pleasure part of it! And that is not an easy task and the reason why, for more than 9 years, he has been hammering everybody’s mind, eyes and ears through several dairy product campaigns on TV and on the radio. And it is paying off! He is also constantly practicing his Karate expertise with the anti-milk groups. Laurent is also running around the planet, flying all over the world to promote stinky French cheeses and to develop their appreciation! He is the chairperson of EMF, the European Milk Forum, an organization representing 8 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland/United-Kingdom and Norway), with the objective of creating joint trans-European marketing strategies for the dairy sector within the internal European market. Previously, Laurent worked for the fruit and vegetable inter-branch where he founded the International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance. During his several missions, he designed and created the “Five Fruits and Vegetables a Day” signature and successfully had the Health Authorities approve and promote it. Laurent’s past experiences took him to Japan where he managed the Sopexa branch, to New York City as the Marketing Manager for Cartier and to Brazil where he worked for Club Med.

Jeroen De Buck

Dr. Jeroen De Buck is a founding member of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, awarded for his contributions to the development of a new Veterinary Medicine curriculum and Associate Professor in Bacteriology at the Department of Production Animal Health, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, at the Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Bio-Engineering from Ghent University, a second Master’s Degree in Laboratory Animal Sciences and a PhD in Veterinary Medical Sciences from Ghent University. For more than 17 years he studied bacterial infections in humans and animals, with a focus on bovine bacterial infections. Dr. De Buck is a renowned reseacher in Johne’s disease and bovine mastitis. Dr. De Buck is an expert on bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial genomics and diagnostic development. He has published more than 70 papers in peer reviewed journals. Dr. De Buck manages a large and very well-funded lab and he has supervised 17 grad students and 4 postdocs in his lab.

Jean-Marc Delort

Helen Dornom

Helen Dornom works for Dairy Australia (DA), the dairy industry owned service organisation that aims to support the dairy industry as a growing, innovative and sustainable industry. DA has substantial investments in genetic improvements.

Helen has worked in the dairy industry over a number of years in a variety of areas including R, D &E, industry policy, supply chain integrity, industry QA programs and Animal Health and welfare . She is now Dairy Australia’s Manager of Sustainability, including Food Safety and Integrity.

She led a project team for the International Dairy Federation developing the IDF/FAO Guide to Good Dairy Farm Practices and Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents.

She is also Vice President of the Australian Chapter of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Global Platform.

Aurélie Dubois

Aurélie Dubois-Lozier is one of IDF Technical Managers. She coordinates the work of IDF working bodies and represents IDF in international meetings (Codex, ISO, AOAC). In particular, she manages the Science and Programme Coordination Committee, and Standing Committees in the area of Food Additives, Food Safety and Analytical Standards. Aurélie Dubois-Lozier joined IDF in 2005, and holds a Master of Food Science and Technology from the ENSCBP, Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology and Physics of Bordeaux (FR).

Didier Dupont

HDR (highest degree in France), University of Franche-Comte, Besancon, 2004.
PhD, Life Science and Health, University of Franche-Comte, Besancon, 1995.
M.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Franche-Comte, Besancon, 1990.

Dr. Didier DUPONT is Senior Scientist at INRA and is leading the “Bioactivity & Nutrition” group in Rennes that is actively working on the relationships between the structure of dairy and egg products, their digestion in the gastrointestinal tract and the consequences on human health. To reach this goal he has developed in vitro static and dynamic models and has performed in vivo experiments on animal (pig and piglets) and human.
Didier DUPONT is the scientific coordinator of COST Action INFOGEST, an international network of more than 140 research institutions gathering 372 experts on food digestion from 39 countries (2011-present). He’s the main organizer of the International Conference on Food Digestion. He’s currently involved as a Work Package leader in the Pathway-27 FP7 project.
Didier DUPONT acts as an expert for evaluating scientific proposals in France, Spain, Italy, Canada, Ireland, Israel and Serbia and for assessing new COST Actions. He has the member of the EFSA expert group CFT/EFSA/GMO/2012/03 and is also a member of the scientific council of several French organizations.
He has written around 100 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book chapters, has coordinated a book on “Structure and nutritional effects of food”, given 54 international conferences (36 invited) and is a member of the editorial board of Dairy Science and Technology, Food Digestion and Frontiers in Nutrition.

Michael Dykes

Chris Elliot

Chris Elliott is Professor of Food Safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. He leads the Medical and Life Sciences Faculty and holds the position of Pro Vice Chancellor for the university. Prof Elliott has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles and his main research areas of interest include the development of cutting-edge technology to provide early warning of contaminants across the food supply chain. His knowledge and expertise in food authenticity and food fraud led him to be appointed to develop the independent review of Britain’s food system following the 2013 horsemeat scandal. He is a visiting Professor at the China Agriculture University in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Food Science and Technology

Nick Evans

Nick Evans has spent his entire career to date in the agricultural industry. Following graduation in agriculture from Aberystwyth University, Nick joined ICI plc in their fertilisers division in a sales and marketing capacity. After 5 years spent with ICI he joined what was then Bank of Scotland, now Lloyds Banking Group, as the Managing Director of NFU Mutual Finance. After 12 years he left the Bank in 2000 as Director of Agriculture for the Bank in order to set up First4Farming Limited (F4F) with 12 of the leading players in the agricultural inputs sector. From 2000, F4F, expanded domestically through organic growth, acquisition and then globally to become the leading specialist IT integration and solution provider the agricultural and animal health supply network across Europe, North America, Asia and Southern Africa. In 2015 F4F was acquired by Reed Business Information and is now part of the Proagrica business.

David Everett

Dr. David Everett is Director of the Dairy Innovation Institute and holds the Leprino Foods Professorship at the California Polytechnic State University. He has 30 years of experience in research and teaching at universities, government research centres, and the dairy industry in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Riddet Institute, a National Center of Research Excellence in New Zealand, and Chair of the IDF standing committee of dairy science and technology. Dr. Everett’s current research program focuses on understanding how dairy food microstructure impacts upon delivery of nutrients under digestive conditions.

Jaap Evers

Jaap has 30 years of combined experience in analytical R&D and methodology development, quality assurance, global harmonisation of analytical standards and regulatory advocacy. As from 1 March 2015, he holds two 0.5 FTE roles, i.e. Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs at Fonterra’s Group Regulatory team, and Leader – Global Standards at the International Dairy Federation (IDF). Both roles focus strongly on international harmonization of standards affecting the global dairy sector.

Anthony Fardet

I am senior researcher at INRA Clermont-Ferrand in the Unit of Human Nutrition. My main research focus is about the health potential of foods in the worldwide context of diet sustainability at horizon 2050. I am particularly involved in resetting paradigms for a more holistic preventive nutrition to increase the healthy life years. I have worked 12 years on cereal health potential. Today, I am focusing on characterizing the link between degree of processing and food health potential, notably through developing a new holistic classification of foods based on their degree of processing. I am also working on dairy health potential in the framework of global diets. In addition, I am leading expertise for private agro-food industry, and giving conferences about preventive and holistic diets.

Choreh Farrokh

Head of Food Safety Unit – Scientific and Technical Department Master of Science in Dairy Technology – PhD in Food Microbiology The French Dairy inter-branch Association supports milk producers and processors in managing the sanitary quality of milk and dairy products with the ambition to provide high-level of expertise in food safety in relation with pathogens, chemical contaminants and zoonoses. We work on the identification of emerging risks and the development of scientific knowledge on all agents that can contaminate milk & dairy products. To do so, we define studies and research axes, we develop, finance and manage research projects.

Emma Feeney

Dr. Emma Feeney is a Lecturer / Assistant Professor in Food Science and Nutrition, at University College Dublin School. She has previously held the position of Research Programme Manager in Food for Health Ireland (FHI), a Technology Centre aimed at mining milk and dairy foods for health-giving properties, from mining, production, scale-up and delivery of functional food compounds, and their characterisation, from both physical and sensorial perspectives. She previously worked as a researcher within FHI phases 1 and 2, co-ordinating human intervention trials within the Healthy Cheeses Work package, and population-based research examining dairy consumption and markers of health.  She received her PhD from UCD in 2010 in human nutrition, genetics and taste perception, and later conducted postdoctoral research in human ingestive behaviour in the Sensory Evaluation Centre at the Pennsylvania State University. Her areas of research expertise include human nutrition, sensory science, and dairy research, including consumption of different dairy food matrices and their impact on human health.

Mark Feight

As co-founder of IAG and a top consultant to the agricultural industry for almost 30 years, Mark Feight works with individuals, organizations, and corporations, providing expertise on risk management and unique marketing concepts on an exclusive basis. Recognized as a leading expert on the global agricultural economy, Mark has published a number of industry-targeted magazine articles, and performed a multitude of speaking engagements, including testifying before the U.S. Senate Ag Committee and regularly is tapped to be a Group Leader for the annual Harvard Business School Executive Education Agribusiness program. In his role as Managing Director, Mark is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships, directing all commodity market research, and directing all business functions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. Mark’s academic and professional experiences were preceded by years of experience in farming.

Duncan Forbes

Duncan Forbes is Dairy Research Director for Kingshay Farming, the independent research consultants based in South West England. He is heading up the establishment of their state of the art dairy demonstration and research unit in Somerset with 180 cows, robot milked, auto fed and precision grazed which is funded by Innovate UK through the Agri EPI Centre and with substantial industry support. He will speak about the plans for the dairy centre which has already attracted wide interest from research and industry representing as it does a vision of the future of sustainable and profitable dairying in the UK.

Gilles Froment

Gilles Froment joined Parmalat Canada as Senior Vice-President, Government and Industry Relations, in May 2016. Prior to this, he held various positions for almost 20 years with the Canadian Dairy Commission leading up to Chief Operating Officer for 3 years. In the 1990’s, Mr. Froment worked for the Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mr. Froment is currently the Chair of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics. He also serves as President of the Canadian FIL-IDF National Committee. His active involvement with IDF goes back to the early 2000’s. Mr. Froment holds a B.Sc. in Economics (University of Montreal) as well as an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (McGill University). He grew up on a mixed farm near Joliette, Quebec still run by his family.

Monica Ganley

Monica Ganley is the Principal of Quarterra, a boutique strategy consultancy dedicated to helping its clients unlock opportunities within the food and agriculture sectors in Latin America. Quarterra does this by providing market intelligence and bespoke advisory services designed to help identify and capitalize upon the region’s unique characteristics. Each month, Quarterra publishes the Latin America Dairy Market Update, the industry’s premier information source on dairy in the region. Monica has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and has worked for organizations across a broad variety of agricultural and food sectors. She is based in Buenos Aires where she enjoys Argentine asados, Malbec, and of course, dulce de leche.

Steven Gendel

Dr. Gendel works to ensure food integrity as the Senior Director for Food Science at USP. He is a Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance Preventive Controls Lead Trainer, a Certified Food Scientist, and an experienced speaker. Previously he was the Food Allergen Coordinator for the US Food and Drug Administration where he lead policy initiatives, the development of regulatory documents, and assisted in enforcement activities. He has over 25 years of experience in food safety science and policy and over 90 techincal publications. He held postdoctoral positions at Harvard University and the University of Toronto and was on the faculty of the Department of Genetics at Iowa State University before joining the FDA.

Nigel Gibbens

Nigel Gibbens is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer. He was appointed in May 2008 following previous experience in the State Veterinary Service and in policy roles on international trade, BSE controls, animal welfare and international relations co-ordination for Defra’s Food and Farming Group. Prior to joining the UK government services in 1990, Nigel worked in private practice in his early career and in Government veterinary services in Belize and Yemen. Nigel enjoys cycling, walking, at home and abroad, gardening and DIY. Nigel holds an Honorary Professorship from the Royal Veterinary College. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the veterinary profession and animal welfare in the New Year’s Honours list for 2016.

Christoph Glasner

Dr. Glasner finished his studies of mechanical engineering with a specialization in process engineering in 2005. He got his PhD in the field of oil filtration with several separation/membrane technologies in 2009. The PhD thesis was carried out within the framework of two FP6 EU projects he was managing (TRANSMAN, SAFELUBE). Since 2009 he is research assistant at Fraunhofer UMSICHT in the field of biomass conversion and water treatment/management. Currently, he is responsible for international projects in the field of food processing and biomass utilization.

Michael Gove

Michael Hanley

Group Chief Executive, Lakeland Dairies. Michael Hanley is Group CEO of Lakeland Dairies. A highly experienced dairy industry figure, he previously held various senior management positions with Lakeland Dairies since its formation in 1990, including deputy chief executive, general manager of Northern Ireland operations, general manager of dairy operations and manager of member relations. He is originally from a farming background and is an Agricultural Science graduate of University College Dublin.  He is also Chairman of County Cavan Enterprise Fund. Lakeland Dairies is a farmer owned dairy co-operative processing over 1.2 Bn litres of milk annually into a wide range of dairy foodservice products and food ingredients for export to 80 countries globally. The co-operative operates across 15 counties on a cross border basis.

Paul Harris

Paul began his career in finance before switching to a career in sales at the age of 23. He spent 20 years building a highly successful sales and marketing career in a variety of industries before setting up his own business in 2008. Paul delivers training, coaching and consulting primarily within the agricultural sector specialising in leadership development, team cohesion, improved communication, recruitment and managing performance. His work in the dairy farming industry in particular, is rapidly growing his reputation as one of the most respected authorities on team performance together with staff alignment and retention. He speaks regularly at key agricultural events on the subject of people development. Recognised for his down to earth, practical and straight forward approach and alongside his work in the agricultural sector, Paul has worked with companies such as Dixons, L’Oreal, Vodafone and Phones4U as well as wide variety of SME’s across the UK. With a large personal coaching client base, Paul also helps individuals develop a values based approach to their career, business and personal lives.

David Harvey

Currently Programs Director for Land O’Lakes International covering Southern Africa. Joined LOL in November 2004 in his home country Zambia as the Tech manager on a Dairy program. This investment of USGoverment funds facilitated the growth of  small holder production from 5% to now over  30% of milk production within the formal sector. Twenty five years of livelihood development experience within differing agricultural value chains with both private sector and development sector across Africa.  Considerable experience within the Africa region in market linkages and SME development integrating vulnerable households into value chains. Still actively involved in the home farm in Northern Zambia where the herd of prize winning Jerseys is milked supplying the district towns. The farm also runs Pedigree Boran/Red Poll cattle, Dorper sheep, poultry, cropping, wildlife  and tourism sections.

Ida Berg

Ida Berg Hauge is the chief executive officer of the Norwegian Dairy Council. The Norwegian Dairy Council is responsible for creating content and communicate generic information about Norwegian dairy products towards the consumers, opinion leaders and other stake holders in the Norwegian market. This includes a broad range of activities in paid, earned, own and social media channels with special focus on digital communication.
Ida Berg Hauge holds a MBA from the Norwegian School of Business and Administration in Bergen, Norway, and has held several leadership positions in advertising and market research companies. She was the first employee of the Norwegian Dairy Council, founded in 2003, and has been developing the company to what it is today.
She is currently chair of IDF Norway and chair of IDF Standing Committee of Marketing (SCM).

Gerrit Hegen

Torsten Hemme

Torsten Hemme is the Founder and Managing Director of the IFCN Dairy Research Network in Kiel. This network is analyzing global trends of milk production, milk prices, costs and other related economic topics. Since the year 2000 annually the results are summarized in the IFCN Dairy Report. Torsten studied Agriculture economics in Göttingen and USA/Texas. He holds a PHD from University Göttingen.

Jeremy Hill

Dr Jeremy Hill is Fonterra’s Chief Science and Technology Officer, a role he has held for over ten years.  Between 2012-2016 he served as President and Chairman of the Board of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the peak body for the global dairy sector.  In October 2016 on behalf of the IDF he co-signed the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations recognising the critical role of dairy in sustainable development.

Paul Hingley

Takashi Hiranak

1995: Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law

1995: Entered the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)


2013 – Consul, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
Counsellor (Deputy Director), Legal Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MAFF
2014 – Director, Rural Policy Promotion Office, Rural Development Bureau, MAFF
2015 – Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in the UK

Phil Hogan

Mr 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).

Andrew Hoggard

I am an Equity owner/manager of a 300ha dairy farm north of Feilding in the Manawatu Province of New Zealand. Were we milk 550 cows.
I have a Bachelor of Applied Economics degree, majoring in Agricultural Economics, from Massey University, graduating in 1996.
Was a Grand Finalist in the Young Farmer of the Year contest in 2003 placing 7th , and regional runner up in 2008 for the Sharemilker of the Year contest.
I am currently the National Vice President of Federated Farmers of NZ, and a member of the IDF SPCC, and occasionally still milking cows.

Steve Holroyd

Steve Holroyd is a research programme manager for Fonterra. His responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with external research partners as well as coordinating investment in New Zealand’s Primary Growth Partnership programme “Transforming the Dairy Value Chain” He has worked extensively on developing standards for methods of analysis and sampling with IDF, ISO, AOAC and US Pharmacopeia. He is an analytical chemist with 25 years’ experience in the application of both mid and near infrared as well as Raman spectroscopy to food, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. He has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Auckland and post-doctoral experience at Cambridge University.

Thom Huppertz

Thom Huppertz holds an MSc in Dairy Science from Wageningen University, The Netherlands and a PhD in Dairy Science from University College Cork, Ireland. Currently, he works as an Expertise Group Leader and Principal Scientist Dairy Technology at NIZO food research. His research focusses on the physical chemistry of dairy products, with particular emphasis on the protein functionality and product-process interactions. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor in Dairy Science and Technology at South Dakota State University and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Dairy Journal.


Michio Ikeda

Mr Michio Ikeda is Managing Officer and General Manager of the Food Research & Development Institute at Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd, the second biggest dairy company in Japan. He has also been Chair of Japan’s IDF Expert Committee on Manufacture and Technology and a member of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Science and Technology since 2015. He joined Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd over 30 years ago and since then has worked in the R&D departments for the frozen desserts and beverages sections before becoming R&D Department Manager for the beverages section. He then took on the role of General Manager of the International Department, followed by that of Senior Fellow of the R&D Division. Dr Ikeda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Richard Ipsen

Richard Ipsen is professor in food structure engineering at the Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen where he has worked since 1991. His main scientific focus is on structure engineering of dairy products, i.e. how macromolecular interactions influence and determine final product structure and quality. He has worked on milk protein functionality, especially gelation and interfacial properties, as well as with the rheology and microstructure of dairy products, mainly acid milk gels. Modification of the functional properties using enzymatic or other treatments has been a major research interest. Present projects include investigation into how food structure affects satiety, gelation of mixed vegetable and milk protein systems and developing dairy technology suitable for processing of camel milk.

Barry Irvin

Barry Irvin is Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese. After a period of time in the banking industry Barry returned to his dairy farming roots in the Bega Valley in the early 1990’s, and immediately became involved with the Bega Co-operative Society where he became Chairman in the year 2000. When Barry joined the business the Co-operative operated from a single manufacturing site, produced 3,500 tonnes of cheddar cheese, sold only in the domestic market, and employed around 80 people in total.
While Bega Cheese has a long history stretching back to 1899, it is in the last decade that it has truly taken its place in the Australian dairy industry. Today the organisation is a publicly listed company, and at the forefront of continuing development and rationalisation in dairy and food.
The Bega Cheese dairy business has domestic and international sales exceeding $1.2 billion, produces approximately 230,000 tonnes of cheese, milk powders, infant formula and nutritional products, and exports to over 40 countries around the world, employing approximately 1,700 people.
Barry Irvin has led the team that has built the Bega Cheese business, through acquisition and organic growth, and then cemented a number of long term key business relationships. Bega Cheese’s development strategy sees it firmly positioned as a major Australian food company listed on the ASX.
This year Bega Cheese acquired the Mondelez Australian Grocery Business bringing home Vegemite and adding peanut butter, salad dressing, dips and sauces to the Bega Cheese portfolio of products. As part of the acquisition Bega Cheese added in excess of 200 new staff and new skills including significant capability in branded sales and marketing.
Barry is a firm believer in the value of strategic vision and stability being enhanced through shareholders, suppliers and staff sharing a long term history and corporate memory of the organisation. Barry equally believes in the importance of the encouragement of growth, and the development of new intellect within the business.
Social responsibility is something that Barry seeks to embed in all organisations in which he is involved. Barry has chaired the charity Giant Steps since 2002. Giant Steps provides services to children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.
Barry has received the honour of being made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the dairy industry and children with disabilities, he was also named NAB Monash University Agribusiness Leader of the Year and Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year.

Sandra Iuliano-Burns

Jolanda Jansen

Dr. Ir. Jolanda Jansen (1983) studied Animal Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, specialising in Animal Health Communication. In 2010, she obtained her PhD degree with a study on the impact of various communication strategies in achieving improved udder health in dairy cows. She investigated how to reach the ‘hard-to reach’ farmers and how to change behavior of both farmers and veterinarians. After obtaining het PhD degree Jolanda worked as communications advisor for the Livestock Research institute of Wageningen University. She is currently employed as communications advisor for St. Anna Advies, and works in particular on projects that aim to motivate behavioural change, knowledge development and innovation in agriculture and the animal health industry. She supports students, veterinarians, policy makers and farm advisors in improving their communication skills and strategies, both in the Netherlands and internationally.

Yujun Jiang

Dr. Yujun Jiang, Professor of College of Food Sciences, Northeast Agricultural University, is Executive Director of Key Laboratory of Dairy Science, Ministry of Education of China, and Deputy Director of National Research Center of Dairy Engineering and Technology. Also he is expert of Food Safety Commission of the State Council of China. Focus on dairy food safety, Dr. Jiang is the national workgroup leader of Examination Rules for Production License of Infant Formula issued by China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). Recently, Dr. Jiang participate in drafting the Regulation for Infant Formula Registration issued by CFDA. As well, he is an expert of CFDA for Foods for Special Medical Purpose and Health Food.

Zhang Jianqiu

Vice President of China Dairy Industry Association
Representative of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region People’s Congress of the CPC
Vice Chairman of the Inner Mongolia Federation of Industry and Commerce
Awarded the honor “Top-10 Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region”
Awarded the honor “Independent Innovation Annual Economic Figures of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region ”
Awarded the honor “Annual Economic Figure of the Inner Mongolia”

Gwyn Jones

Gwyn Jones was born into a hill farming family in Snowdonia, North Wales. He trained as an engineer with Rolls Royce in Shropshire, and worked in London for a short time before deciding to return to agriculture. He made his home at Crouchlands Farm in West Sussex in 1979, where he built up a dairy unit which peaked at 750 cows in the early 2000s. Today, Gwyn farms with his daughter and is involved in a number of off-farm activities. As well as Chair of RUMA, Gwyn is Chair of AHDB Dairy and a Main Board Member of AHDB. He is also former Chairman of EPRUMA (European Platform for Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals), former Vice Chairman of Copa Cogeca’s Animal Health and Welfare Working Group, and former NFU Vice-President.

Margrethe Jonkman

Dr Margrethe Jonkman is Corporate Director of Research & Development at FrieslandCampina – one of the largest dairy companies in the world – where she has worked for twenty years in varying roles. She has been leading the R&D program since 2014, and she was responsible for the worldwide R&D program on Infant Food & Toddler from 2011 to 2014. She is a member of a number of groups, including supervisory board member at the Watercycle Research Institute and board member of the Applied and Engineering Sciences Domain of Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Dr Jonkman has a masters’ degree in Food Science & Technology from Wageningen University, where she also carried out her PhD.

Kieran Jordan

Dr. Kieran Jordan is Research Officer at the Food Safety Department, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Cork, Ireland. His research interests include microbiological aspects of food safety, including occurrence, persistence and survival of foodborne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes. He sees the implementation of modern genetic technologies as a key aspect of improving the understanding of foodborne pathogens, thus reducing public health issues.

Maria Karlsson


Zoe Kavanagh

Zoe Kavanagh has held the position of Chief Executive at The National Dairy Council since 2011. Key NDC activities include the positive positioning of milk production & dairy products in the minds of consumers and, ultimately, an industry Reputation rooted in impeccable quality standards.

Prior to her role with the National Dairy Council, Ms. Kavanagh worked with PepsiCo for over 16 years including as General Manager (Ireland-Beverages) for almost 4 years.

A BAgSc graduate from UCD (Agriculture & Food Engineering) in 1994, her previous roles with PepsiCo included International Account Manager for foodservice (responsible for 13 European markets); and International Customer Operations Manager. Ms. Kavanagh has worked with leading household brand names including 7Up, Pepsi and Gatorade.

It’s an exciting time to work in the Dairy sector given the positive outlook. Ireland is uniquely positioned to leverage its sustainable pasture-based system and quality standards. Ms. Kavanagh brings to the Diary sector a unique level of commercial and marketing experience spanning the Brand, Consumer and Foodservice sectors.

Kazuo Kawamura

1976, March Bachelor of Law, University of Waseda

Professional Experience
1976, April Joins Meiji Co., Ltd. (at that time “Meiji Milk Product Co”)
1999, June Head of the Corporate Planning Department
2003, October Associated General Manager of Nutritional Consolidated Marketing Division
2007, April General Manager of Nutritional Consolidated Marketing Division, General Manager of Nutritional Marketing Department 2
2007, June Member of the Board, General Manager of Nutritional Consolidated Marketing Division, General Manager of Nutritional Marketing Department 2
2008, March Member of the Board, General Manager of Nutritional Consolidated Marketing Division
2009, May Executive Officer, Nutritional Consolidated Marketing Division
2010, May Managing Executive Officer, General Manager of Nutritional Consolidated Marketing Division
2011, April Senior Managing Executive Officer, Dairy Business Unit
2012, June President and Representative Director of Meiji Co., Ltd. (until present)
2012, June Member of Board of Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd (until present)

Kazuo Kawamura

Alan Kelly is a Professor in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork, Ireland. His teaching responsibilities include food processing and preservation, dairy product technology and new food product development. His research concerns the chemistry and processing of milk and dairy products, particularly novel processing technologies, and has published over 250 research papers, review articles and book chapters (Google Scholar h-index of 51) and supervised or co-supervised over 30 MSc and PhD students to completion, as well as externally examining over 20 PhD theses internationally. He has been an Editor of the International Dairy Journal since 2005 and in July 2009 received the Danisco International Dairy Science award from the American Dairy Science Association for his contributions to research in dairy science and technology.

Marten Knol

Karin Kraehenbuehl

Dr Karin Kraehenbuehl is currently the Operational Food Safety Manager for Chemical Contaminants for Nestlé Infant Nutrition Business. Previously she was leading the Chemical Contaminants Analytical Team at the Nestlé Research Center. She obtained her Ph.D in Organic Chemistry at the University of Lausanne conducted post-doctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. After 2 years in chemical industry with Bachem ltd she joined Nestlé in 1999 where she worked as a project manager and senior scientist in the broad area of Food Process, Food Flavor and Food Bioactives. She co-authored over 50 peer reviewed scientific publications, book chapters and patents. Dr Kraehenbuehl chairs the Standing Committee for Contaminants and Additives within the International Dairy Federation where she co-authored 6 ISO/IDF guidelines and standards. She contributes to CODEX and CEN transversal working groups on food chemical contaminants. She is also a an active member of SNE (Specialized Nutrition Europe).

Hilde Kruse

Dr Hilde Kruse, a Norwegian citizen, graduated as a DVM from the Norwegian College of Veterinary Sciences in 1990. She holds a PhD in microbiology (1994, thesis “Antimicrobial Resistance – Epidemiological Aspects”) from the same university, and has also done post-graduate training in epidemiology. Dr Kruse has dedicated all her professional life to the veterinary public health fields having held different positions in the Norwegian government, worked as a guest researcher at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), been as Fulbright Fellow to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA), having held for ten years the position as Regional Adviser/Programme Manager Food Safety for the WHO Regional Office for Europe, until she in November 2016 joined FAO Headquarters as Food safety and Quality Officer. At FAO her work focuses on food safety emergency preparedness and response, surveillance and foresight. Dr Kruse is a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Public Health and is a former member of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards. Dr Kruse has supervised 4 PhD students and 15 master students. She is the author of more than 50 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr Kruse has been actively involved in communication activities, and has been giving interviews on food safety, antimicrobial resistance and zoonoses to TV, newspapers, and radio – both nationally and internationally.

Hervé Lafforgue

Hervé Lafforgue, Pharmacist, he is currently working as Food Safety Leader in the Danone Food Safety Center (DFSC) in charge of the risk assessment of chemical hazards.
During the last 30 years he was Head Pharmacist (Laboratoire Gallia) – Quality Manager (Blédina) – Food Safety Assessor (Danone)
He is Chair of Technical Working Groups/Commissions on Food Safety (French Trade Associations : ANIA/ Alliance7). He was member of french delegation for Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) and participated in scientific WG in ILSI. He is member of French Academy of Agriculture.

Christina Leighton

Christina Leighton is project manager for the Consumer Education Project Milk South Africa since 2010. The Project communicates health and nutritional benefits of dairy to consumers and opinion leaders. This includes a range of activities such as television advertisements, digital media channels, educational and training initiatives among selected target audiences. Communication messages are tailored to fit each target audience.

Christina Leighton holds a BSc Food Science and Nutrition (Ed) and a MSc Consumer Science. She was a researcher in the field of Consumer Science and obtained her Master’s degree in 2007 in sensory science. She has written numerous articles and reports on sensory and consumer insights of food products. Christina is involved in neuro marketing at the Bureau of Market Research at University of South Africa and assists in various biometric measures for consumer research.

She is currently the president of the South African Society of Dairy Technology and the chair-person of the International Milk Promotions group of the IDF. She is an active member of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) standing committee on marketing (SCM).
Her hobbies include active mountain biking, good food and wine tasting.

Lilly Li

Working experience
10 years of environmental consultant
10 years of environmental solutions & plant performance improvement for food industry
WCM (World Class Manufacture) continuous improvement methodology
Safety, Health & Environmental risk assessment
Energy management & water balance analysis
TCO (Total Cost Ownership) and KPIs calculations
Licentiate in Environmental Medicine of Karolinska Medical School, Sweden
M. Sc. in Environmental Science, Lund University, Sweden
M. Sc. in Economics, Japanese Institute, Jilin University China
B. Sc. In Environmental Chemistry, Jilin University, China
Language: English, Chinese, Swedish

Ann Lindberg

Professor Ann Lindberg is State Epizootiologist of Sweden and Head of the Dept. of Disease Control and Epidemiology at the National Veterinary Institute (SVA) in Uppsala. She took her veterinary degree in 1991, after which she worked for 13 years with large scale disease control at the Swedish Dairy Association (DA), managing the successful national control scheme on bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) and contributing to a new view on BVDV control through her co-leadership in the FP5 Thematic Network on the same topic. During her time with the industry, she was also involved in developing a programme for animal welfare surveillance and an IT infrastructure for blood sampling of cattle in abattoirs.

Professor Lindberg defended her PhD on BVDV in 2002, and in 2007 she was appointed Associate professor in epidemiology at the Dept. of Clinical Sciences, SLU. The same year she moved from the DA to SVA and the Dept. of Disease Control and Epidemiology, and headed the Swedish Zoonosis Centre between 2008 and 2016. In this role she was responsible for compilation and analysis of data on zoonotic agents in food, feed and animals as well as the development and coordination of inter-authority collaboration on zoonoses.

Today, her main activities and responsibilities are institutional preparedness for animal infectious agents of high significance, including epizootics and zoonoses, and development and implementation of national strategies for infectious disease surveillance and control in domestic and wild animals. Apart from management, she is involved in epidemiological research on anthrax, E. coli O157 and Campylobacter, as well as general surveillance and disease control methodology, with past involvement in FP7 project RISKSUR and ANIHWA project SANTERO. Upcoming, starting 2018, is the H2020 One Health European Joint Programme, where Prof. Lindberg is in the Management Team, leading the work package on Joint Integrative Projects.

Brian Lindsay

Brian is UK based and operates a consultancy business bridging the gap between food companies and farming in a quest for mutually beneficial approaches to sustainability challenges.
Brian is the Dairy Sectors Global Lead for Sustainability.
Currently Brian holds the post of Development Director for the Dairy Sustainability Framework, a programme of the Global Dairy Agenda for Action, launched in November 2013.
Until July 2017, Brian also coordinated the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform’s work on sustainable dairy and beef production.
In October 2016 Brian was elected to the Board of the Global Round table for Sustainable Beef (GRSB).
Brian has also completed 2 terms as the Environment Representative on the IDF’s Science and Programme Coordination Committee and prior to this, 2 terms as Chair of the IDF Standing Committee on Environment:
Currently (in addition to the above):

• SAI platform representative for the Global Round Table for Sustainable Beef
• Proposal reviewer for Research and Development Projects for InnovateUK.
• Project Management of InnovateUK Research and Development projects that connect Science with Industry
• Sustainability Expert for the Irish National Accreditation Board
• Member of the International Research Advisory Committee for the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation
Previous deliverables include:

• Two, Two-year terms as Chairman of the International Dairy Federation Standing Committee on Environment.
• The development and publication of the International Dairy Federation’s Common Methodology for the calculation of GHG emissions from dairy farming and processing
• The development and implementation of the UK’s initial National Dairy Farm Assured Scheme (Now RTA Dairy)
• The coordination of dairy producer levy funds in the commissioning of research and development activities for GB dairy farmers – DairyCo
• The establishment and management of the DairyCo Extension service for British dairy farmers
• Coordination, development and publishing of the globally recognised CFP-PCR methodology for the calculation of GHG emissions from Green Coffee.
• Development and publishing of two “state of the Nation’ reports on Cattle Health and Welfare for Great Britain (published under the Cattle Health and Welfare Group)
• Research and publishing on the ‘Mapping of Anti-Microbial Data Availability and Database Resources in the UK Cattle Sector (2015) for the UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
• Coordinator of the GB Health and Welfare Groups for both cattle and Sheep, driving industry and government collaboration is addressing key health and welfare challenges of both cattle and sheep. Including the coordination and publishing of the 2012 and 2014 GB Cattle Health and Welfare Reports.

Ian Lindsay

Ian, not from a farming background, took his first steps into agriculture following a family holiday aged 9. Bitten with the farming bug he worked on local farms at weekends and school holidays before studying at Myerscough College in Lancashire. Ian has worked on a variety of farms in the UK and Canada, most notable the Weeton & Avenham herds in the Northwest of England. Following an on farm career Ian moved into the allied industry with feed and fertiliser consultancy before taking up a franchise with LKL Services in 2008. Through LKL Ian undertakes farm recruitment services and staffing consultancy in the UK and internationally, is a founder of the dairy management academy and set up the national herdsmans conference. In 2013 Ian set up his own consultancy company, Agristaff Consulting to complement his work with LKL Services. Agristaff Consulting provides a varied consultancy service to farm businesses including set up of new farming enterprises, business turnaround and general consultancy with a practical no nonsense approach as well as people management and staffing advice, training and development of the team. Ian enjoys nothing more than to seek more efficient processes in the businesses he works with and to see a team develop into a motivated and productive workforce. Ian has worked across the globe and is currently working with clients in Nigeria, Sudan, the Middle East, Russia, Sweden and the UK. He has provided consultancy services to most farming sectors including Dairy, Beef, Poultry, Pig and Cropping plus the associated processing facilities beyond the farm. Ian has a strong and extensive network of associate people across the globe who he can bring in on projects if required and work alongside him. Ian’s network includes professionals from all food and farming sectors and on a number of occasions have formed a coalition to deliver a fully encompassing service.

Christelle Lopez

John Lucey

Professor John Lucey is the Director of the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR), and Food Science Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Lucey has > 120 peer-reviewed publications, 4 patents, and >20 book chapters. He has made close to 100 presentations at various National and International meetings over the past 15 years. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Dr. Lucey had extensive experience in food research in Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand. His research interests include milk proteins and their properties, cheese technology and interactions between proteins and polysaccharides. He graduated from University College Cork (Ireland) with BS in Food Science (1988) and PhD. in Food Chemistry (1992).


David Luyt

Dr David Luyt is a consultant in paediatric allergy in the children’s services at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Leicester. He completed his undergraduate medical and postgraduate paediatric studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in South Africa. He moved to Leicester in 1996 to take up a post in paediatric intensive care and has also since that time consultant in the children’s allergy service. Under his leadership the children’s allergy service has grown and now provides multi-professional outpatient clinics, an extensive daycare diagnostic food challenge service, sublingual and subcutaneous aeroallergen immunotherapy and oral immunotherapy for milk and egg allergy. The service is accredited as a training unit for paediatric allergy by the national society. He is accredited as a European Paediatric Allergist by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is a member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Standards of Care Committee under whose auspices as lead author he was responsible for the development of guidelines for the diagnosis and management if milk allergy. He has authored over 50 articles on paediatrics and paediatric allergy. He has published articles on the Leicester experience of both milk and egg oral immunotherapy.

Sharon Madigan

Sharon graduated from the University of Ulster with an MSc / PGD in dietetics and commenced work in the Belfast Trust as a community dietitian in 1995. She has a PhD in Nutrition Education

From 2003-present she has been the performance nutritionist with the Irish Boxing Team working with young right up to the elite international team. From 2002-2009 Sharon delivered services at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland. From 2008-2011 she was the performance dietitian with the Senior Ulster Rugby Team.

In 2010 she joined the Sport Ireland Institute. She is responsible for delivery and aids coordination of nutrition services for elite Irish athletes across a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports. A strong focus of her position within Institute of Sport is also the engagement in high performance research. Sharon’s main research interests focus on the interaction between diet and health and diet and sports performance. She is currently involved in co-supervision of a number of performance nutrition research projects. She is a member of the science and medical team of the Olympic Council of Ireland and was the performance nutritionist with the Irish Team in London and Rio.

Ulf Magnusson

Ulf Magnusson is a Swedish veterinarian and professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala. The last decades he has mainly been working on animal health and reproduction issues in low income countries in Asia and Africa. Currently he is leading the animal health work in the research program “Livestock Agri-food system” hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi and the action network on Antimicrobial resistance in the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock hosted by FAO.

Tsukasa Matsuda

04/2009 – 02/2011
The Research Center for Science Systems,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Senior Program Officer
06/1995 – present
Nagoya University, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences
Professor (Department of Applied Molecular Biosciences)
01/1991 Nagoya University, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences
Associate Professor (Department of Applied Biochemistry)
02/1990 Conferral of Ph.D. degree in Medical Science
09/1986 – 08/1988
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Visiting Researcher of Microbiology Dept. (Prof. Elvin A Kabat’s Lab.)
07/1984 Conferral of Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Science
06/1981 Nagoya University, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences
Research Associate
04/1978 – 05/1981
Nagoya University, Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences
Ph.D. student (Food Science and Technology)
04/1974 – 03/1978
Nagoya University, Faculty of Agricultural Science
Undergraduate student (Agricultural Chemistry)

Biochemistry of milk proteins, Biology of intestinal epithelium and mammary gland

Ron Maynard

Partner in 300 head dairy farm in PEI. Canada
Involved in Dairy Organizations ,provincial, regional, national, and international
Involved in IDF since 2007, member and chair of SCFM, member of SPCC, presently IDF board member .

Luc Mirabito

Moshe Mishali

B.A. Psychology and Criminology, Bar Ilan University 1987-1990
M.A Psychology Department, Vocational and Counseling Ppsychology 1992-1994
2003-2007 Ph.D. Psychology Department, Tel Aviv University
• Psychologist ,at “Hospitalization Treatment Center for Alcohol and drug Addiction, Ramat Gan” (diagnosis, staff training, counseling and therapy). In this capacity, I established and managed the ambulatory unit. I have developed a program to prevent relapse following treatment period.
• Owner and CEO of A. Mishali Counseling Firm. The company is giving consulting services to leading firms in Israel and abroad.
• Private Practice, Addictions and Habit-retraining and Counseling (Institute in Tel Aviv and Tiv’on)
• Psychological training to medical teams at Novo nordisk Israel – conducting workshops on diabetes treatment and compliance to medical regime.
• The Israel Dairy Board – The Anti-Milk Phenomenon – conducting research, strategy building…

Reena Mistry

Reena is a member of Edelman’s European Issues & Crisis team, headquartered in London. She advises clients on issue management, reputational risk and crisis planning, and has particular experience working with consumer, health and purpose-led brands. Her wider portfolio includes environmental & social impact, health & safety, ingredient and regulatory issues.
Reena also leads Edelman’s Brand Guardian advisory team, which helps brands identify and prepare for issues before they take hold – particularly ahead of high-profile campaigns, launches, partnerships, re-brands and purpose-led initiatives.

Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm helping business and organisations evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Reena has been with the firm for 10 years and has over 15 years’ reputation management and corporate communications experience.

Reena Mistry

Dr Leon Mol was educated as an agronomist at Wageningen University. He started his career by an international, technical and commercial job in the potato sector. Later, Leon was employed as Agronomist at Albert Heijn (The Netherlands) working on long term availability and sustainability of fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers and plants, with a main activity on getting implemented social and sustainability audits. In his current role, Leon is Director Product Safety & Social Compliance at Ahold Delhaize. The (global) scope of the activities includes product safety, social compliance, animal welfare and sustainability of the animal related product categories. The big challenge and opportunity is to coordinate and align activities in a very diverse market and supplier landscape to achieve impact.

Donald Moore

Donald is the Executive Director of the Global Dairy Platform (GDP), based in Chicago USA, and serves as Chairman of the Dairy Sustainability Framework, Chairman of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and Chairs the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) to the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
GDP was formed by four of the world’s leading dairy companies in 2006, its mission is to align and support the dairy sector to promote sustainable dairy nutrition. GDP’s work programme spans; Nutritional Security, Sustainability, Dairy Development, Marketing/Communications and engaging on behalf of the dairy sector with the United Nations agenda.
Today GDP has almost 90 members from across the globe.
Before joining GDP in 2010, Donald spent 10 years with Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd., in New Zealand. Where he represented the cooperative on the boards of many of its joint venture businesses in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Prior to his involvement in the dairy sector, Donald spent 10 years as Chief Executive of New Zealand’s largest independent business and information management consulting firm where he oversaw its international expansion, opening offices across South East Asia.

Charles Nicholson

Toshiharu Ninomiya

2014- present: Professor in the Department of Medicine and Clinical Science, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan
2003-2006: Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,
Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan
2006-2009: Visiting Research Fellow in the Renal & Metabolic Division, The George Institute for International Health, Australia
2009-2013: Clinical Fellow (2009-2011) and Assistant Professor (2011-2013) in the Department of Nephrology, Hypertension and Stroke, Kyushu University Hospital, Japan
2013-2014: Senior Research Fellow in the Renal & Metabolic Division, The George Institute for Global Health, Australia
2014-2016: Professor in the Center for Cohort Studies, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan,
2000: Ph.D. (Dr. of Medical Science) Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Japan
1993: M.D. Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Japan

1. Epidemiological research on dementia
2. Epidemiological and clinical research on the development cardiovascular and kidney disease
3. Meta-analysis with regard to risk factors for cardiovascular disease and kidney disease

Andrew Novakovic

Bernadette O’Brien

Bernadette is a senior research officer at Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Cork, Ireland. Her work has previously focused on milk quality, milking technology and milking frequency. Currently she is leading research in the areas of automatic milking, ICT tools for grazing management and on-farm labour efficiency. Bernadette has previously, and is currently coordinating EU projects in the areas of automatic milking and precision grazing.

Katie Olson

Katie Olson, Ph.D. grew up on a 250 cow mixed breed dairy farm the US and developed a passion for dairy cattle genetics at a young age. She received her doctorate from Virginia Tech in Animal Science- Dairy with a specialization in Animal Genetics. Her Post-Doctoral studies were with the National Association of Animal Breeders at USDA-AIPL labs in Beltsville Maryland where she worked on validation methods for dairy genomic evaluations. She is an author on 9 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 abstracts and has done numerous talks globally on dairy genetics and genomics. Katie is active in industry organizations and has sat on the ADSA genetics program committee, is a board member for the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) and was part of the planning committee for the Advancing Dairy Cattle Genetics: Genomics and Beyond workshop. Since joining ABS Global in 2012 as a research scientist, she has managed the dairy genetics research group where she led the effort to build in house proprietary traits which are now included in ABSs’ TransitionRight index. Currently, she is the Global Director for Dairy Product Development where she is responsible for leading the effort to deliver the pipeline of global dairy genetics for ABS Global. This includes the acquisition of dairy genetics, progeny test, and dairy genetics developmental research.

Pernilla Olsson

Olav Østerås

DVM from VetSchool in Oslo, Norway 1976, PhD (Dr.Scient) Oslo 1982 on mastitis control program. Worked as practitioner vet, on mastitis lab, Veterinary Institute in Oslo and in TINE SA – the Norwegian Dairy Cooperative since 1987 till now. Also professor in Preventive VetMed and Health Management at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (Production animals) 2007 to 2011 and part time professor 1998 till 2014. Previous chair of the Norwegian Cattle Health Services (1994 till 2015). Courses in epidemiology and statistics at University of Guelph 1996/97. Now working with risk assessment and data analyses. At present chair of Standing Committee Animal Health and Welfare IDF.

Jason Osterstock

Dr. Jason Osterstock is Senior Director and Interim Head of Global Genetics for Zoetis, responsible for managing all commercial, strategic, and operational elements of the Genetics business. He received his BS and DVM from The Ohio State University and completed an internship at Colorado State University in food animal medicine and surgery. Following a brief stint in private practice in rural Nebraska, Dr. Osterstock spent 7 years at Texas A&M University including completion of a PhD in genetic epidemiology, faculty service in the veterinary teaching hospital, and leading ruminant health research efforts as an assistant professor at Texas AgriLife Research in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Osterstock joined Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health, in 2010 as a member of the genetics technical services team. During his tenure at Zoetis, he has led Global Technical Services, Quality and Product Delivery, and Global Strategic Marketing. He currently lives in Kalamazoo, MI with his wife and 3 children

Prunelle Paquette

Prunelle Paquette is a Project Leader at Saputo since 2013 and is responsible for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability within the Canadian Division. She is responsible for environmental compliance, execution of Risk Assessment audits as well as managing environmental capital projects. She develops environmental performance monitoring tools and manages sustainability metrics and ensures that the dairy plant’s are efficient in the usage of natural resources and energy. Previously, Prunelle was employed by PUMA as project manager for the sourcing Accessories division where she was responsible for designing and implementing projects that support PUMA in ‘becoming the most desirable and sustainable sportlifestyle company in the world”. She has collaborated in designing, managing and successfully implementing a number of key projects, including; The GRI’s Global Business Transparency Program and the environmental bench-marking of PUMAs global supply chain E-KPIs monitoring via the software Enablon.

Ylva Persson

Ylva Persson is Associate State Veterinarian in ruminant diseases at the Department of Animal Health and Antimicrobial Strategies at the National Veterinary Institute of Sweden. She is also working as a consultant at Växa Sverige, Sweden’s largest advisory health services for dairy herds, where she is an expert on calf health, mastitis and antibiotics/AMR. Ylva Persson is involved in many different projects focusing mainly on udder health and antimicrobial use, both in Sweden and in low-income countries like Rwanda and Bangladesh. For example, she has been doing research on mastitis in cows and small ruminants, on alternative to antibiotics in cattle and on AMR in calves fed waste milk from cows treated with antimicrobials. Dr Persson has also worked a lot with policies and guidelines and is one of the authors behind the Swedish policy for antimicrobial use in cattle. She is also vice chair of the Standing Committee of Animal Health and Welfare within IDF.

Stephan Peters

Dr. Stephan Peters is manager nutrition research and food legislation at the Dutch Dairy Association. Stephan Peters has a bachelor’s degree in biochemical engineering and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Toxicology. He obtained his PhD based on research on the effects of nutrition on involuntary weight loss (cachexia) in cancer patients. He has worked as researcher at TNO Food and Nutrition Research (1995-2000), Danone Research (2000-2007) both in the Netherlands. Between 2007-2015 he worked as science manager at the Netherlands Nutrition Centre and was involved in establishing the new food-based dietary guidelines in the Netherlands. Since 2015 Stephan works at the Dutch Dairy Association.

Jaap Petraeus

After completing his civil engineering training, Jaap Petraeus started at the engineering firm Arcadis in 1975 as a developer of wastewater treatment installations and sewers. Since 1980 he has been advising companies on areas including waste water, waste materials, permits and environmental policy.
In 1992 he entered employment with the business consulting firm KWA Business Consultants. From 1998 he was involved as Head of the Environmental department and as a partner.

In 2003 he entered employment with Campina as Head of Environment. He coordinates corporate sustainability aspects of the business units and is actively involved with CSR.
After the merge in 2009 of Campina and Friesland Foods to FrieslandCampina he is responsible for the Corporate Environmental and Sustainability policy of one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world, with 80 productions sites all over the world and 20,000 member farmers as shareholders.
After his education as civil engineer he has completed his education Environmental Techniques and his Masters education Environmental Quality Management at the University of Leicester (UK).

Jaap Petraeus represents FrieslandCampina on various committees including the Environment committee at VNO-NCW (Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers), the industry organisation for the food industry FNLI, the European food industry organisation Food and Drinks Europe and SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative). He is chairman of the Dutch Dairy Association Energy and Environment working group, chairman of the Dairy Industry Consultation group on energy saving (OGE) and chairman of the Raw material and sustainable products Steering Group at VNO-NCW.

Toma Pietrangeli

Tomas has over 20 years experience working in senior roles for global FMCG companies including Procter & Gamble, Royal Unibrew and Reckitt Benckiser.
He has worked across a number of countries such as Sweden, Germany, Italy and the UK.
Tomas joined Arla Foods in 2014 as Managing Director of the Danish market and on 1 March 2016 was appointed head of the UK business – Arla’s largest market.

Veronique Pilet

Bert Popping

Dr. Bert Popping is managing director of the strategic food consulting company FOCOS. He previously worked as Chief Scientific Officer and Director Scientific Development and Regulatory Affairs for multi-national contract laboratories. Dr. Popping has more than 20 years experience in the food industry and authored over 50 publications on topics of food authenticity, food analysis, validation and regulatory assessments. He also edited one book in this field. Dr Popping is a member of the editorial board of J.AOAC, J. Food Additives and Contaminants, J. Food Analytical Methods and Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods.
He serves on the Thought Leaders Advisory Committee of AOAC International and on panels of several other international organisations. He also acts as evaluator for the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 (H2020) program. Dr. Popping is an active member of numerous national and international organisations like CEN, ISO, BSI and several German methods working groups.

Kirsty Pourshahidi


SK Rana

Completed his B V Sc. & AH as well as M V Sc. (Veterinary Microbiology) from Bidhan Chandra Khishi Viswavidyalaya, Kolkata, India with the fellowships from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). He completed PhD in Microbiology from the M S University of Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Dr. Rana also undergone several trainings on advanced laboratory techniques from Austria and Germany in addition to India.

Current Professional Engagement:
Senior Scientist and Group Head (Animal Health), National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand, India. This position involves in policy making in the area of Animal Health, planning and implementation of field projects on animal disease control, he is also heading NDDB’s R&D Laboratory (An ISO: 9001:2008 certified and ISO 17025:2005 accredited Laboratory).

Professional Experiences:
Dr. Rana has worked extensively in the field of animal disease research, diagnosis, disease surveillance as well as on prophylactic measures through development of vaccine. His priority area of work was on viral and bacterial diseases of dairy animals especially foot and mouth disease (FMD), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), bovine mastitis including zoonotic diseases viz. bovine brucellosis, bovine tuberculosis, rabies etc. Dr. Rana dynamically engaged in conceptualizing, strategic planning and implementation of animal disease control and management animal diseases especially bovine brucellosis, FMD, mastitis, IBR etc. Bio-security in animal farms and bio-safety in the laboratory remained his area of interest.
Dr. Rana is widely travelled in India and abroad, has authored several research articles published in national and international peer-reviewed journals, patent and guided several Ph.D scholars in Indian university. Dr. Rana has been deputed several times to overseas assignments as a member in Indian Delegation in the area of Animal Health.

Sanjeewa Ranathunga

Sanjeewa Ranathunga is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Dairy Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI. He received his B.S. degree in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and first M.S. in Biochemistry from the Pukyong National University where he received his second M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science from South Dakota State University. He conducts research on dairy nutrition, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from the dairy industry, developing laboratory methods, life cycle assessment of dairy production systems, and modeling of future dairy production in the US.

Margaret Rayman

Margaret Rayman is Professor of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey and Visiting Professor at the First Affiliated Hospital Xi’an Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Xi’an, China.  She has a first-class honours degree in chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast and a doctorate in Inorganic Biochemistry from Somerville College, Oxford.  She has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College, London. In 1998, she set up the highly respected MSc Programme in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey. Her research, which includes a number of randomised controlled trials, centres on the importance of trace elements to human health with particular emphasis on selenium and iodine in populations with marginal selenium or iodine status. She has published widely on the effects of selenium on human health including a number of highly cited reviews in The Lancet. As part of her extensive work on iodine, her group found a significant association between mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency in UK pregnant women of the ALSPAC cohort and poorer IQ and reading ability in the offspring at ages 8 and 9 (Lancet 2013).  She has also published on the importance of milk and dairy products for iodine intake in the UK.

Angela Rhodes


David Richmond

David is a proud New Zealander and member of the Fonterra family. As a co-operative which is owned by 10,500 farmers and their families, Fonterra is 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.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington majoring in management, industrial relations, and commercial law; a Bachelor of Commerce with first class honours from the University of Auckland specialising in organisational change and innovation; and a Master of Commerce with first class honours from the University of Auckland specialising in corporate strategy.

Laurie-Eve Rioux

Laurie-Eve Rioux is a chemist and she completed a PhD in food science followed by a postdoctoral fellow in 2010 in physiology and endocrinology. She is currently working in the research team of Prof. Turgeon at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Food (INAF) at Université Laval in Canada. Her role is to manage studies dedicated to the better understanding of the relationship between the food matrix and its nutritional properties. Her presentation will focus on the role of the cheese matrix on postprandial lipemia.

Mickey Rubin

Mickey Rubin, Ph.D., joined National Dairy Council in the United States in 2010 and currently serves as NDC’s Vice President of Nutrition Research, overseeing NDC’s sponsorship of nutrition research aiming to enhance our understanding of the health benefits of dairy foods in the context of sustainable food systems. Beginning his career in the food industry at Kraft Foods where he served as a senior nutrition scientist, Dr. Rubin then served as principal scientist at Provident Clinical Research, a contract research organization that focuses on executing clinical research for the food and pharmaceutical industries, before joining NDC in 2010.

Dr. Rubin graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor of science in kinesiology, then earned a master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Memphis. Dr. Rubin later earned a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut, where his research interests included exercise endocrinology, sports nutrition, and the effects of dietary interventions on metabolic health outcomes. Dr. Rubin is also the author or co-author of numerous peer reviewed scientific papers and text book chapters covering the topics of nutrition and exercise science.

Laurence Rycken

Laurence Rycken is Technical Manager – Nutrition at the International Dairy Federation, Brussels, Belgium where she provides scientific, technical and strategic direction in an international setting. A nutritionist and registered dietician from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, she has proven experience in facilitating the collaborative work of global nutrition experts and intergovernmental organizations. She ensures the objectives of the different working groups are met and fit into the overall policy of the Federation. In 2008-2009 she engaged in a humanitarian project in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the “Evaluation and prevention of iodine deficiency in Kapalowe, Lubumbashi, RDC”. As the only nutritionist in a multidisciplinary environment, she bridged the diverse disciplines and translated the scientific information into practical guidance on more nutritional local eating habits.

Kjell Sandahl


Allen Sayler

Allen Sayler is Managing Partner for the Center for Food Safety and Regulatory Solutions in the US, where his technical expertise is strongest in the area of dairy processing. Mr. Sayler has 16 years of experience as a state, FDA and USDA dairy regulatory or program manager, specializing in enforcement of Grade A, manufacturing grade and USDA requirements. He has worked for the last 18 years as a dairy processing industry advisor, specializing in evaluation, assessments and trouble-shooting of food plant processing operations and their food safety and quality programs. He is a certified ISO 22000 (HACCP) and FSSC22000 auditor, a BRC auditor and has been an SQF trainer and consultant for 7 years. In 2009, Mr. Sayler received the Harold Barnum Industry Award from the International Association of Food Protection as a result of outstanding industry contributions to furthering food safety.

Martin Scuccimarri

Martin Scuccimarri, BSc., EP., is an Environmental Professional and is the Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at Saputo. He is responsible for overall environmental compliance and setting up the platform for the accounting of sustainability metrics for the Canadian Division. Martin has a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) and is experienced in the risk management of dairy processors’ wastewater discharge as well as project management of the remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater. He is a member of the IDF’s- SCENV (Standing Committee – Environment) and is active in supporting the AT (Action Team) on Eco-Friendly Practises for Dairy Processing. He is a member of CIPEC (Canadian Industry Program for Energy Efficiency) and the IDFA (International Dairy Foods Association); which he offers support with the carbon and water footprinting from the production of cheddar and mozzarella via a LCA (life cycle analysis). He spends most of his free time entertaining his 2 children and playing hockey.

Sascha Siegel

Sascha Siegel is Head of Agricultural Commodities at EEX and joined the company in January 2015. Before he was Vice President, Product Research & Development at Eurex in Frankfurt, where he has built up the agricultural product portfolio since 2009 and accompanied its development as a product manager.

Diarmuid Sheehan

Dr. Diarmuid (JJ) Sheehan is a Senior Research Officer based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. Coming from a background in technology transfer, he has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals and invited contributions to books in his field. His research group is primarily focused on investigating interactions between cheese matrix physico-chemistry and microstructure and the microbial metabolic activity of bacteria entrapped within. Previously he was programme manager for a public private partnership focused on commercialising research output. He co-chaired the 9th international cheese symposium and 2017 ADSA cheese conference and is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Dairy Technology.

Shabbir Simjee

Dr Simjee graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in England in 1992, he then specialised in infectious diseases completing a MSc in 1994 and a PhD in 1998 also from the University of Birmingham Medical School. After a brief time in research he went to work at the US FDA between 2000-2003 at the Centre for Veterinary Medicine specifically looking at gene transfer between animal and human pathogens and also heading the enterococcus part of the US National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring Systems (NARMS) program. He returned back to the UK in 2004 to take up a position at Elanco Animal Health where he is a microbiologist with global responsibilities related to R&D and Regulatory Affairs.

Dr Simjee is past-chair of the VetPath program a Pan European AMR monitoring program and is currently the co-chair of the CLSI veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility testing sub-committee. He is also advisor to the FAO on setting up national AMR monitoring programs across SE Asia. Dr Simjee has served 9 years as editor for Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 10 years as editor for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and continues to serve as editor on International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan joined Waitrose in January 2007 as Agriculture Manager covering the Meat, Poultry, Fish and Dairy sectors. He has responsibility for the Waitrose livestock supply chains, which have been established over the last 25 years, and works closely with the processors’ and their teams. The Waitrose Farming Partnership is the framework for focused activity and development of the producer groups moving forward.

In 2013, Duncan was co-opted onto the Farm Animal Welfare Committee to advise on their Beef opinionand has been a member of the Red Tractor Beef & Lamb Board since 2010. Prior to joining Waitrose he spent 17 years at the Meat and Livestock Commission where he was Economics Manager for Beef and Lamb. In 2015 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies of the United Kingdom.

Jess Sloss

Marianne Smith Edge

Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND is Founder and Principal, The AgriNutrition Edge, a consultancy committed to assisting food, health and agriculture organizations better understand and navigate the changing consumer environment. In addition, she is a senior associate with The Context Network, the premier global agribusiness consulting firm in advancing agriculture production and sustainability. Marianne is an agriculture native and 6th generation farm owner living with the values and appreciation of the food-farm connection since the day she was born and advancing science and nutrition thought leadership for her entire professional life. Marianne is also a trained group facilitator. Prior to founding The AgriNutrition Edge, Marianne served as Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety Communications and Senior Advisor, Science & Consumer Insights for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in Washington, DC. Before joining IFIC, she was the owner of MSE and Associates, LLC providing strategic nutrition and foodservice consulting services for the food and healthcare industry. Marianne brings over 30 years of experience to her clients as an experienced communicator, strategic planner, and facilitator. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker in consumer insights and food systems issues, in addition to being a featured speaker at major international nutrition and food conferences and U.S. professional societies and trade organizations. Marianne is a former president of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and a member of the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). She is a co-author of over 25 peer-reviewed publications and a member of the Board of Editors for Nutrition Today. Marianne served two terms on the USDA National Research, Extension, Education, & Economics Advisory Board, the advisory board to the Secretary of Agriculture. In 2015, she was one of the four nutrition “voices” at the U.S. Pavilion Expo Milano and a member of the eight-member Presidential delegation to the Expo Milano USA Day July 4th celebration. Marianne has recently been appointed to the Kentucky Hunger Task Force by the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture. Marianne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky where she was a former member of the Board of Trustees. She has a master’s degree in public health-nutrition from Western Kentucky University and earned a certification in Appreciative Inquiry from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Trygve Solberg

PhD in Statistical Genomics from Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 2008. Started in Geno as a researcher, with special emphasis on genomic selection. Became head of R&D from 2011 and until 2017. Started as director of international business development from 2017, and also do some technical support to specific accounts. Before Geno, I worked in pharmaceutical industry for almost 10 years, and I have a MSc in quantitative and population genetics from 1995. Grew up on a farm with milking cows, but we do not have animals anymore on the farm, just crop and forestry. I am married with two children, and love cycling, mountaineering and kayaking.

Hanne Sondergaard

Jonas Sondergaard

Yvette Soustre

Yvette Soustre, PhD in Nutrition
Nutrition Manager for the French Dairy Board (Cniel/Nationals Cross-industry for the French Dairy Sector)

Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone is a veterinary epidemiologist from New Zealand, and the Deputy Director General – International Standards and Science at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at their Paris headquarters. He gained his Bachelor and Master degrees in veterinary science and veterinary epidemiology from Massey University, New Zealand, and after five years in mixed veterinary practice joined the government veterinary authority of New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries. Over a 20 year period Matthew worked in numerous veterinary and management roles, with responsibilities for international trade, surveillance, incursion investigation, incursion response, food safety and animal welfare. He became the New Zealand Delegate to the OIE, and in that capacity served as the Secretary General for the OIE Asia Far East and Oceania region. Matthew has served as President of the Epidemiology Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association; and as a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the New Zealand Veterinary Council; the Stakeholder Council for the New Zealand Tb Free and National Animal Identification and Traceability programmes; and the Wellington SPCA Board.

Andrew Suddes

Andrew Suddes is a Regional Consultancy Manager for Promar International, the UKs largest Agri-consultancy business, which is part of Genus ABS. He has a wide range of experience of working with dairy businesses, from smaller family based units to larger dairies. He is focussed on improving profits from technical and financial performance.

His previous experience includes agricultural banking, which gives a strong insight into how to drive profitability and improvement on farm. He also focuses on delivering sustainable improvement for businesses up and down food supply chains.

Yoshinori Suzuki

1958 born in Tokyo.
Graduate from the Azabu University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Joined Meiji Co., Ltd (former Meiji Dairies Corporation) in 1981.
Worked for Meiji as a field officer to support dairy farmers improve raw milk quality,
Also as a procurement officer to import dairy ingredients from overseas,
Since 2003, spent nearly 10 years in Melbourne, Australia exporting dairy ingredient and hay (feed) to Japan representing subsidiary company Meiji Dairy Australasia Pty,
Transferred to j-milk (Japan Dairy Association) Public Relation Section mainly gathering International Dairy Sector information.

Niloufar Rafiee Tari

Alexander Tolkach

Alexander Tolkach is Vice President of Cheese Applications at Saputo Inc., where he plays a significant role throughout Saputo’s global operations bringing his expertise related to product performance, product development and overall innovation. Before joining Saputo, Dr Tolkach was Head of Research and Development at the Bavarian Dairy Industry Coop. (BMI) in Germany – in this role, he established a new R&D department and initiated collaborations with universities and other industry partners. After his studies, he was Associate Professor in Dairy Process Technology at the University of Copenhagen. Dr Tolkach has a degree in Dairy Science and Technology from the Mogilev State University of Food Technologies (Belarus) and carried out his PhD on fractionation and denaturation of whey proteins at the Technical University of Munich.

Nico van Belzen

Since May 2012, Dr. Nico van Belzen is Director General of the International Dairy Federation, which represents the global dairy sector. From 2003-2012, he was the Executive Director of the European branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI Europe). From 1998-2003, he held R&D management positions at DMV International, B2B division of Campina, where he established a new laboratory to study the efficacy of bioactive ingredients. He was research group leader at the departments of Hematology (1994-1998) and Pathology (1990-1994) at Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL) where he cloned cancer-related genes.

Izak Van Heerden

I moved to England from South Africa in 2002 and managed and milked cows on large- intensive and extensive systems in the Sussex area. I went on to lecture in dairy production and management at Plumpton College & University of Brighton for 5 years, before joining the DairyCo extension officer team in June of 2011.
In my current role as Knowledge Exchange Senior Manager for AHDB Dairy I lead three national teams, respectively responsible for working with All Year Round Calving farmers, Progressive Dairy Farmers and our Knowledge Transfer team who is responsible for the creation and updating of our tools and services. I also head up the Strategic Dairy Farm Programme. In my spare time I enjoy the British countryside.

Guy Vergères

Dr Guy Vergères is head of the research group Functional Nutritional Biology at Agroscope, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research in Bern Switzerland. He is also a lecturer on nutrigenomics at ETHZ and the University of Lausanne. The translational research of Guy Vergères focuses on the nutritional properties of fermented dairy products making use of the recent advances in analytical strategies in food (foodomics) and nutrition (nutrigenomics) sciences.

Maretha Vermaak

Maretha Vermaak is the dietitian for the Consumer Education Project Milk South Africa since 2008. The Project communicates health and nutritional benefits of dairy to consumers and opinion leaders. This includes a range of activities including various training initiatives among selected target audiences. The Communication messages are tailored to fit each target audience. Maretha was also co-author of the scientific paper of the SA Food Based Dietary Guideline “Have milk, maas and yoghurt every day”.

Maretha Vermaak holds a B Dietetic degree and a Post-graduate Hospital Diploma from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She worked as Registered Dietitian in private practice for 20 years, specialising in Diabetes. During her career, she also worked as a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria. She was a co-worker and developer of a Nutrition Screening tool for youths in SA, as well as a computer programme for diet planning and did various product development projects.

Maretha served on the Association of Dietetics in South Africa’s executive committee for five years. Currently she is an active member of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) standing committee on health and nutrition (SCHN). Her hobbies include hiking and good food and wine tasting.

Paul Vernon

Paul has worked in the dairy industry for the past 30 years, commencing working with a Co-Operative based in Northern Ireland. For the past 22 years he has been the Chief Executive of Glanbia Cheese, (a European joint venture between Glanbia Plc. and Leprino Foods) which is head quartered in Northwich, Cheshire.

During this period the company has grown turnover to circa £250m and has become the leading manufacturer of mozzarella cheese for the Pizza Industry in Europe, accounting for over 30+% of all UK cheese exports and the second largest cheese manufacturer in the UK.

From its manufacturing facilities in North Wales (Anglesey) and Northern Ireland (Magheralin) the company provides cheese solutions to the leading pizza providers in all the countries of the European Union as well as exporting to a growing number of other counties across the world.

The Company processes circa two million litres of milk per day, supplied by its contracted farmers in both Wales and Northern Ireland. It employs 380 staff and is the major local employer in the rural areas where its manufacturing facilities are located.

In addition to his role in Glanbia Cheese, Paul has recently taken on the role of Chairman of Dairy UK, the trade association that represent the interests of both milk producers and processors throughout the UK.

Sandra Vijn

Jay Waldvogel

Jay is responsible for leading DFA’s strategic planning process and supporting DFA’s business leaders in implementing the strategies. He also is charged with guiding DFA’s expanding global activities. Jay has more than 25 years of experience in the global dairy industry and spent more than a decade living and working overseas with leading dairy companies Campina in Europe and Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand. He has held senior positions in finance, operations, marketing, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, sales and general management, including serving as Fonterra’s chief operating officer. Jay currently serves on a number of industry leadership groups and company boards, including as deputy chairman of the Global Dairy Platform.

David Walker

As Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Dr Walker is responsible for representing New Zealand at the World Trade Organisation. This is his third time in Geneva. From 2009 to April 2011 Dr Walker also served as New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the WTO. In April 2009 Ambassador Walker was appointed Chair of the Doha Round negotiations on agriculture.

On returning to New Zealand from Geneva Dr Walker was Deputy Secretary of the Americas, Asia and Middle East and Africa Group at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade responsible for New Zealand’s bilateral relationships in these geographies together with New Zealand’s participation in regional processes in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific.

From 2012 to 2016 Dr Walker was Deputy Secretary of the Ministry’s Trade and Economic Group responsible for the negotiation and implementation of New Zealand’s trade agreements and the Ministry’s engagement on international economic issues including at the OECD. He served as New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and in 2014 was Sherpa for New Zealand’s participation in the G20 process.

Dr Walker has also been the Ministry’s Principal Economic Adviser. In this role he had Lead Negotiator responsibility for New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with China, and the ‘P4’ Economic Partnership negotiations with Chile, Singapore, Brunei (Trans Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement).

Dr Walker has twice served as New Zealand’s APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Senior Official – during Chile’s year as host in 2004 and during the period New Zealand chaired the APEC process in 1999.

Dr Walker served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy to the United States in Washington DC from August 2000 through April 2004.

Prior to 1999, Dr Walker spent a period with Telecom New Zealand as Strategic Issues Manager in Telecom’s corporate strategy group. He has also served as head of the Ministry’s Trade and Economic Analysis Division and has had previous postings in London and Geneva, where he was involved with the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations. He has served on five GATT/WTO dispute settlement panels.

Jennifer Walker

A California Native, Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s in Animal Science (1994) and her DVM (2000) from the University of California at Davis. As an associate veterinarian in a California practice specializing in dairy herd health she developed her interests in on-farm education, udder health and animal welfare. In 2010 she completed her PhD in Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University where she also minored in University Education. Her work in education included the development and delivery of a graduate level course, “Current Issues in Animal Welfare” in addition to serving as in Assistant Instructor for the required veterinary ethics course, leading lectures on humane euthanasia and animal handling. Jennifer joined Dean Foods as their Director of Dairy Stewardship in July of 2010. In this role she has been putting to use her expertise in on farm milk quality and passion for animal welfare by working with customers, suppliers, dairy farmers to develop an industry wide standard that promotes the good welfare of dairy cattle. Over the last seven years she has had a firsthand view of the intersection between politics, policy, profit and people and how it can drive positive change in animal welfare as much as it can hinder it. Today she works with her team of Dairy Stewardship Specialists, executing the Dean Dairy Stewardship program, working to help farmers identify areas where they need to improve the welfare of their cows and the health of their business.

Ren Wang

Dr Ren Wang assumed his current position – as Assistant Director-General of FAO’s Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department – in February 2013.

He was a farm worker in Shanxi Province, China before entering the university to study plant protection and agronomy. He started his professional career as a researcher at the Institute of Biological Control of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, where he pioneered China’s program of managing invasive exotic plants using the classical biological control approach.

He holds a Ph.D in Entomology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and has served on a number of high-level international posts before he joined FAO, including Deputy Director of the International Institute of Biological Control at CAB International, UK; Deputy Director General of the International Rice Research Institute, the Director of CGIAR, Senior Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The Assistant Director-General is also a strong supporter and advocate of sustainable livestock production and animal health.

Ying Wang

Ying Wang, Ph.D., is Director of Sustainability Research at the Rosemont, Ill.-based Dairy Management Inc., where she recently spearheaded the groundbreaking development of lifecycle assessments (LCAs) for dairy products through the birth-to-table dairy system and managed a separate, major greenhouse gas reduction project for the U.S. dairy industry.

As a result of her collaborative efforts in working with international dairy organizations and key teams of scientists and government agencies, uniform standards for dairy LCAs have been developed. Those standards, along with the greenhouse reduction project that also reflected the effectiveness of intra- and inter-industry cooperation, are a model for successfully integrating animal production and the need to reduce the environmental impact of that production.

Dr. Wang is recognized as a subject matter expert in sustainability research and life cycle assessments, she chairs the IDF Standing Committee of Environmental Science, co-chaired the Large Ruminant Technical Advisory Group of the UNFAO Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Program.

Neil Wilson

Neil Wilson is Head of Agriculture at HSBC UK. Having grown up on his family farm in the West of Scotland Neil subsequently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Agriculture. He has since been involved in agricultural banking for 20 years and became Head of Agriculture for HSBC UK in October 2016. Neil leads a team of dedicated agriculture specialists at HSBC UK who work with a range of agriculture businesses across the UK helping them progress and invest in their future.

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