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Speaker Biographies

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Keynote Speakers

Mette Gjerkskov

Mette Gjerkskov

Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Denmark

 

Mette Gjerskov Pedersen, born July 28th 1966 in Gundsø, daughter of former chairman of the Land Tax Commissioners Gert Gjerskov and retired senior teacher Louise Gjerskov.

Member period
Member of the Folketing in Zealand greater constituency from November 13th 2007, and in Roskilde County constituency, February 8th 2005 - November 13th 2007. The Social Democratic Party's candidate in the Roskilde nomination district from 2002.

Parliamentary career
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries from October 3rd 2011.

Education and jobs
Graduate in agronomics, the Royal Danish Veteri-nary and Agricultural University, 1987-1993. Mathematics, physics and chemistry, Adult Education Centre, Ballerup, 1986-1987. Matriculated from the County Upper Secondary School in Roskilde, social studies - languages branch, 1982-1985.

Chief executive at the Volunteer Centre in Denmark, 2004-2005. Head of section, BioTIK secretariat, National Consumer Agency of Denmark, 2001-2004. Head of section at the Directorate for Food, Fisheries and Agro Business, 1999-2001. Head of section at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, 1995-1999.

Affiliations
Chairwoman of the Danish Red Cross, Gundsø local division, 1994-2005. Vicepresident of the Danish Red Cross, 1999-2004. Member of the Committee for Contact to Voluntary Social Work, 2001-2004.

Paola  Testori Coggi

Paola Testori Coggi

Director General, Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission

 

Paola Testori Coggi is Director General in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission since April 2010.

In July 2007 she became Deputy Director General for Health and Consumers with specific responsibility for food safety and animal health, inspections and scientific matters.

Since 2000, as Director for the Safety of the food chain, she has been responsible for the White Paper on food safety and the legislative action programme as well as the management of emergencies.

She was previously Advisor for consumer health in the Cabinet of Commissioner Emma Bonino and she worked on the definition of the new EU policy on consumer health after the food safety crisis.

Paola Testori Coggi joined the European Commission in 1983 in the Directorate-General for Environment where she worked until 1989 in the field of the control of dangerous chemicals and industrial risks. Afterwards, she served as Member responsible for the research programmes on life sciences, environment and energy in the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Filippo Maria Pandolfi. She also worked in the EU Joint Research Centre where she was responsible for administrative coordination.

Paola Testori Coggi is a biologist from the University of Milan, Italy, with a Master degree in Ecotoxicology. In 2008 she received a Doctor Honoris Causa in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cluj, Romania.

Speakers

Esther de Lange MEP

Esther de Lange MEP

Shadow Rapporteur, PARNUTS Directive

 

Biography to be added shortly...

Julie Girling MEP

Julie Girling MEP

Member, ENVI Committee

 

"I was born in London where my father was a Police Officer. I was educated at Twickenham County Grammar School followed by Liverpool University where I graduated in 1979 with a degree in History and Politics.

I joined Ford Motor Company as a graduate trainee and worked on the shop floor in a supervisory role. I later moved into retail management, spending seven years with Argos, three years with Dixons/Currys and then joined Boots before heading up Buying and Marketing at Halfords. I then spent several years living and working in Indonesia with my husband.

My political life started at university, as a member of the Federation of Conservative Students. Politics then took a back seat to work and family life for many years during which time my involvement was restricted to helping out at election time. In 1999 I was elected as a Councillor on Cotswold District Council and became Leader of the Council (the first Conservative!) in 2003. In 2005 I was elected to Gloucestershire County Council and became the Lead Cabinet Member for the Environment in 2006.

I was selected to stand as a Conservative candidate in the 2004 European elections but, as seventh on the list, I was too far down to be elected. I persevered and was delighted to gain the number two position second time around.

I was elected as MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar in June 2009, joining Giles Chichester MEP and Ashley Fox MEP in representing the area.

I have a keen interest in all environmental matters as well as agriculture and was very pleased to become a member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee within the European Parliament. I am also a substitute member on the Fisheries Committee and the Chief Whip of the Conservative Delegation.

I am a strong supporter of rural communities and country pursuits and like to spend my spare time riding horses and walking my dog. I also enjoy gardening and would one day like to have my garden in a condition fit to open to the public.

I live in the Cotswolds with my husband Warren and 18 year old son Angus who goes to school in Cheltenham."

Basil  Mathioudakis

Basil Mathioudakis

Head of Unit, Nutrition, food composition and information, European Commission

 

Basil Mathioudakis has a scientific background having studied first Biochemistry and then Human Nutrition at the University of London. He joined the European Commission in 1982. He has worked on food legislation for 25 years covering a variety of dossiers (dietetic foods, food supplements, nutrition labelling and addition of vitamins and minerals to foods) before taking charge of the Unit. Since 2004 he chairs the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) - section General Food Law. As representative of the European Commission has followed work on the relevant subjects at international level (Codex Alimentarius, World Health Organisation, Food and Agriculture Organisation). He also follows closely the work of the scientific advisory bodies in the area of Nutrition in general and in particular on the subjects for which his unit is responsible. For 15 years (1982-1997) he was the secretary of the Working Group on Nutrition and Dietetic Foods of the Scientific Committee for Food of the European Commission which was the predecessor of the European Food Safety Authority.

Mike Rayner

Mike Rayner

Director, British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research

 

Mike Rayner is Director of the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group which is based within the Department of Public Health of the University of Oxford. The Group carries out research into food advertising and labelling, so-called ‘fat taxes’ and the relationship between a healthy diet and a sustainable diet. Mike is Vice Chair of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming and a trustee of the National Heart Forum in the UK. He is Chair of the Nutrition Expert Group for the European Heart Network based in Brussels. Mike is also Assistant Curate, St Matthew’s Church, Oxford.

Amire Mahmood

Amire Mahmood

Legal Expert, Federal Ministry of Health in Austria

 

Amire Mahmood works for the Federal Ministry of Health in Austria. She is a lawyer and responsible for legal affairs within the unit for food law, food safety and food quality. She is one of the national experts in the Council Working Party on Foodstuffs concerning dietetic products. She is also an legal expert for the Health Claims Regulation.

Juliane Kleiner

Juliane Kleiner

Head of Unit for NDA Panel, EFSA

 

Dr Juliane Kleiner is head of EFSA’s Dietetic products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) unit. The NDA Unit deals with health claims, novel foods, infant formulae/dietetic foods, dietary reference values and allergies. Juliane obtained a Ph.D. degree in human biology (theoretical medicine) from the University of Marburg (Germany) and earned a Master’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Giessen (Germany). After some years of university work at Marburg she started at the European branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI Europe) for which she worked seven years as a senior scientist, responsible for the scientific management and support of the food safety programme. Since March 2004 she has worked at EFSA. She was first acting head of the Contaminants Unit, and then moved as a senior scientific officer to the former Scientific Expert Services where she contributed to the set-up of its scientific activities. She then became team leader of the Scientific Committee of the Scientific Committee and Advisory Forum Unit. Since March 2008 she has been leading the NDA unit.

Despina Spanou

Despina Spanou

Principal Advisor, DG SANCO; and Chair, EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health and the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity

 

Despina Spanou is since 1 April 2010, Principal Adviser at the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers. She works on policy and communication and also chairs certain stakeholder fora, including the Platform for action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health and the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical activity as well as the Alcohol and Health Forum. She also represents the Directorate General for Health and Consumers at the High Level Forum on the Competitiveness of the food chain.

She was previously the Deputy Head of Cabinet for the European Commissioners for Health Mr. Kyprianou (2004-2008) and Mrs. Vassiliou (2008-2010).

Despina Spanou started her career at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition after having practised European competition law for a number of years with the Brussels branch of a US law firm. She is a qualified lawyer and holds a Ph.D in European law from the University of Cambridge.
In 2004, she joined the Cabinet of Markos Kyprianou as Member and was nominated as Deputy Head of Cabinet in 2007. She maintained this position under Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou when she took over the portfolio of Health in 2008 through to the beginning of the Barroso II Commission mandate. During her time at the Cabinet of Health and Consumers, she acquired significant experience through the handling of a wide range of DG SANCO policy issues. She coordinated food chain issues, including the avian flu crisis in 2006, EU food trade relations with Russia, and biotechnology, including international aspects. She also advised on public health policy files, including the first European Partnership on Action against Cancer and relations with third countries on health issues.

Josephine Wills

Josephine Wills

Director-General, European Food Information Council (EUFIC)

 

Having qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1981, Josephine spent several years in veterinary practice and earned her PhD from the University of Bristol Veterinary School, in 1986.

After several years postdoctoral research at the University of Manchester Medical School, she joined the company Mars, where she worked in science, communication, and regulatory roles for 18 years, latterly as European Head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for all product categories.

In January 2006, Josephine was appointed to Director General of the European Food Information Council, based in Brussels.
Josephine has published over 90 scientific papers, edited four books and lectured extensively worldwide.

Susanne Logstrup

Susanne Logstrup

Director, European Heart Network

 

Susanne Løgstrup is Director of the European Heart Network (EHN), a Brussels-based alliance of heart foundations in Europe. Mrs. Løgstrup is responsible for coordinating EHN’s research. She has overseen the development and publication of EHN papers on food, nutrition and CVD prevention; EHN’s position on nutrition and health claims; a systematic review of consumer understanding of nutrition labelling; a research paper on EU’s fruit and vegetable policy; and reviews of front-of-pack nutrition schemes. She has been responsible for several pan-European projects, including on children, obesity and associated avoidable chronic diseases. Mrs. Løgstrup represents EHN at the EU Platform for action on diet, physical activity and health. Previously, Susanne Løgstrup was an Attorney-at-law in Copenhagen and Paris. Susanne Løgstrup holds masters’ degrees in Law (Candidata Juris, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Business Administration (MBA, Paris, France/Hartford, US).

Philippe Roux

Philippe Roux

Deputy Head of Unit, Health Determinants, DG SANCO, European Commission

 

Philippe Roux started his career in the French Social sector in 1985. During the same time, he studied social sciences, European law and Public Health. He worked with DG V (Employment and Social Affairs) from 1990 to 1998 in support of the development of the EU initiatives related to drug prevention. In September 1998, he joined the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction where he contributed to the development of the framework and tools for the evaluation of the EU action plans on drugs and was from 2002 deputy Head of Unit in the “Interventions, law and policy” Unit of the Agency.

He joined SANCO Health Determinants Unit in 2005 to work with the Nutrition and Physical Activity team with responsibilities in the coordination of the Diet, Physical Activity and Health European Platform. He is Deputy Head of Unit SANCO.C.4 "Health determinants" since October 2006.

Pavel Telička

Pavel Telička

Chairman, Choices Programme

 

Pavel Telička is co-Founder of BXL Consulting, an agency which provides strategic advice on EU affairs to Czech and European companies. He previously held several high-level positions in his native Czech Republic, including 1st Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and chief negotiator for the Czech Republic’s accession to the European Union, State Secretary for European Affairs and later, Head of the Czech Republic’s Permanent Representation to the EU. He also served as the first Czech EU Commissioner. Mr. Telička has been Chairman of the Choices International Foundation since 2009.

Rolf Diemer

Rolf Diemer

Head of Unit, Environment and other indirect taxes, European Commission

 

Dr. Rolf Diemer is Head of Unit for "Environment and other indirect taxes" in the EU Commission’s Directorate General for the Taxation and Customs Union. In this function Mr. Diemer notably oversees the revision of the EU’s energy tax directive. He is also responsible for environmental tax issues in general as well as other indirect taxes like excise duties. Recently, the unit has been entrusted with the task of elaborating and defending a proposal for an EU 'Financial Transaction Tax'. Before he headed the European Commission's department for 'value added tax and other turnover taxes'. Preceding responsibilities as policy officer included the secretariat of the high-level Taxation Policy Group and work on the longer-term options for company taxation in the EU.

Barbara Gallani

Barbara Gallani

Director of Food Safety & Science, Food and Drink Federation

 

As Director of Food Safety and Science at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), Barbara Gallani is responsible for the development, implementation and promotion of FDF’s policy with respect to scientific, technical and regulatory issues. This involves the evaluation of relevant policies developed by UK, European and international institutions and the representation of FDF’s positions in discussions with Government officials, Parliamentary committees, European and UK organisations and media.

Herman Rutgers

Herman Rutgers

Executive Director, European Health and Fitness Association

 

An international executive armed with over 35 years of experience in managing international businesses in many different markets.

Following his education at Hogere Textielschool in Enschede, Netherlands, where he obtained his BA in International Business, his career spans a wide range of multinational companies;Quaker Oats in the fast moving consumer goods, Akzo-Organon in pharmaceuticals, Sheaffer Pen in writing instruments, Prince/Bennetton Sportsgroup in sporting goods and Brunswick/Life Fitness in fitness equipment.

Herman left Life Fitness (where he spent 7 years, lastly as Executive Vice President for Global Marketing, Sales & Service, based in Chicago, USA) at the end of 2001 and started his own company; Global GrOwth Partners.Through this company he is involved in various businesses both inside and outside fitness, as an investor, advisor or board member.
From October 2004 through June 2007, Herman fulfilled the position of IHRSA Director Europe.

Since September 1, 2007 Herman serves as the Executive Director for EHFA ( European Health & Fitness Association ) based in Brussels and under his leadership the organisation has become the association representing the European Fitness sector.

Herman is a real global citizen; he worked and lived in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the USA and speaks fluent English, Dutch, German, and French.
His hobbies are Sports (Tennis, Fitness, Jogging, Golf and Ski) , Wine and Reading. Herman is married with Han, has 2 daughters, and resides in Wassenaar, The Netherlands.

Roger Clarke

Roger Clarke

Operational Board Member, IDACE and Director General, British Specialist Nutrition Association Ltd

 

Roger Clarke was educated at Cambridge University, and has held a variety of positions within influential Trade Organisations including: Liquid Milk Director of the Dairy Trade Federation (now Dairy UK), and Chief Executive of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents.

In the past he has also worked in industry as a Commercial Manager for Express Foods Group International and Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo) as well as at MD Foods UK, (now Arla UK), where he worked as main Board Director with responsibility for handling de-regulation of the Milk Market in the UK, Group Procurement, and Public Affairs.

Roger is currently Director General of the British Specialist Nutrition Association Ltd (BSNA) and in this role he serves as a member of the operating board of the European Dietetic Food Industries Association (IDACE) with responsibility for the review of the PARNUTS Framework Directive.

Members of the BSNA are current PARNUTS manufacturers in the Infant Nutrition, Medical Foods, Sports Foods and Gluten-Free categories.

Sarah Sleet

Sarah Sleet

Board Director, AOECS, and Chief Executive of Coeliac UK

 

Biography to appear shortly...

Ruth Veale

Ruth Veale

Head of the Food, Health, Environment and Safety Department, BEUC

 

Ruth Veale joined BEUC, the European Consumers Organisation, in April 2006 where she is currently Head of the Food, Health, Environment and Safety Department. Her role is to assist BEUC and the BEUC member organisations in campaigning to influence, in the consumer interest, EU policies relating to food and food production. Currently some of her main priority issues are in the areas of food labelling, health and nutrition claims, novel food and marketing to children.

Prior to joining BEUC, Ruth worked in the area of health promotion for the Southern Health Board in Ireland and has held teaching posts in Belgium. Ruth holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nutrition from University College Cork, Ireland

Helen Lee

Helen Lee

Nutrition and nutrition labelling, European Commission

 

Helen Lee is Head of Nutrition Sector in the Nutrition, Food Composition and Information Unit of the Health and Consumers Directorate General. She joined the European Commission in 2001 as a seconded national expert from the United Kingdom Food Standards Agency working in the area of dietetic foods. In 2006 she became a permanent official and began working on the Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers in particular the nutrition labelling aspects.

Helen Lee holds Human Nutrition degree from University of London, Queen Elizabeth College and an MSc in Information Science from City University, London.

Stephanie Bodenbach

Stephanie Bodenbach

Policy Officer, nutrition and nutrition related aspects of labelling, European Commission

 

Stephanie Bodenbach joined the European Commission in 2006, where she is dealing as a policy officer with nutrition labelling and related nutrition issues as well as with the implementation of the White Paper on a Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity related Health Issues focussing specifically on reformulation. Previously, she held positions as researcher and scientific coordinator in the coordination office of the Public Health Association of Saxony and as technical and scientific consultant in the European sales branch of a Japanese pharmaceutical and fine chemicals company.

Stephanie Bodenbach holds Master degrees in Nutritional Science from Bonn University and Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Robert Verkerk

Robert Verkerk

Executive and Scientific Director, Alliance for Natural Health

 

Robert Verkerk PhD is an internationally acclaimed scientist with 30 years experience in the field of sustainability, specifically as it relates to lifestyle, food production and healthcare. He has a Doctorate and Masters degree from Imperial College London, where he also worked for 7 years as a postdoctoral research fellow. In 2002, he founded the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), an independent, not‐for‐profit campaign, that now has an international remit with regional offices in both the UK and USA. The campaign works to protect and promote natural health worldwide, using the tools of ‘good science’ and ‘good law’. In particular, ANH‐Intl works cooperatively with the leading edge of the natural products industry, and its beneficiaries, to help positively shape regulatory and scientific frameworks appropriate to the re‐emergence of natural health as a dominant and sustainable approach to healthcare.

Udo Herz

Udo Herz

Director, Research and Development, Europe, Mead Johnson Nutrition

 

Udo studied Biology at the University in Stuttgart, Germany and worked in his master on HIV at the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin and obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology in 1994 from the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen.

From 1994 to 1999 he worked in the group Prof. Harald Renz and Prof Ulrich Wahn as a Principal Research Scientist at the Virchow Clinic of the Free University of Berlin and later as a
Senior Research Scientist at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. In his work he focused around the impact of environmental factors impacting the development of allergies and asthma. In the European framework project with the team of Erika von Mutius, Munich he assessed the impact of pre- and postnatal exposure of protective environmental factors on the development of allergies later in life.

During 2000 to 2003 he worked at the Hospital of the Philipps-University Marburg, Department of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics (Prof. Harald Renz) where he became Head of Research and Development. He continued his research working on focusing on factors which could prevent the onset of allergies especially on bacterial components and their capacity to modulate the immune response. In 2002 he worked as guest Professor at the University of Salzburg’s at the Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry.

2003 Udo joined Mead Johnson as Senior Principal Research Scientist where he was responsible for the company’s Global Allergy & Tolerance Technology Platform and external Research & Development projects.

In 2005, he became Director of Mead Johnson’s European R&D group. He leads the Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Nutritional Science, Product development & Engineering and Process Management functions in Europe.

In addition he is Professor for Immunology and Laboratory medicine at the Philipps-University of Marburg & Giessen, in Germany.

Udo is the author of 75 publications in pre-reviewed journals.

Rodrigo Gouveia

Rodrigo Gouveia

Secrerary General, Euro-Coop

 

Rodrigo Gouveia is Secretary-General of EURO COOP, the European Community of Consumer Co-operatives since May 2006. He holds a degree in Law and Post-graduate degrees in Consumer Law and in Public Economic Regulation both from the University of Coimbra. Since 1998, he had been working as Head of Department for consumer and environmental affairs at FENACOOP, EURO COOP Portuguese member organisation. He also worked as a Lawyer and Lecturer for the Higher School for Business Sciences in Setúbal, Portugal. In his capacity as Secretary-General at EURO COOP he is responsible for the general coordination of the Secretariat and of its representation activities in policy areas such as food safety, environment and ethics, consumer protection and internal market.

Thorbjørn Christensen

Thorbjørn Christensen

Senior advisor to the minister, Danish Ministry of Taxation

 

MSc in Economics, University of Copenhagen, 1996 and MSc in Quantitative Development Economics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 1995.

Since Mr. Christensen graduated he has worked intensively with taxation in particular with the taxation of goods with externalities. First he worked in the area of environmental taxation and has analysed, developed and drafted proposals for several environmental taxes. Recently he has been working with alcohol and tobacco taxation and the Danish taxes on certain foods, e.g. the Danish taxes on ice cream, chocolate and sweets and soft drinks. During the last three years he has in addition analysed, drafted and implemented a proposal for a tax on saturated fat in certain foods. Currently he is working on a proposal to tax certain foods not already taxed with a high content of added sugar.

Kristen Anderson

Kristen Anderson

Director of Nutrition, Barilla

 

Kristen Anderson is Director of Nutrition for Barilla Group since January, 2010. She is responsible for the development of new global research platforms in nutrition, management of the external Nutrition Advisory Board, implementation of nutrition guidelines across the portfolio, education of consumers via nutrition communications and enhancement of the wellbeing of the employees via social responsibility initiatives.

Before joining Barilla, Kristen held the position of General Manager of Global R&D for Coca Cola, based in Shanghai, China where she was responsible for product development for Asia and Global research and nutrition. She oversaw the building of the new Global Innovation and Technology Center in Shanghai and increasing the number of employees by 200%.

Prior to moving to China, Kristen held various roles in Kraft Foods R&D, starting in Chicago then relocating to Melbourne, Australia and Munich, Germany. During those assignments, she was responsible for product and packaging development, nutrition, sensory, research, and health and wellness business development.

Kristen holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering, from the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania respectively.

João Breda

João Breda

Programme Manager, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Programme, WHO regional office for Europe

 

He is a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Porto University. He graduated in Nutritional Sciences also at Porto University, He has done his Master Degree in Public Health by the Medical Sciences Faculty of the University Nova de Lisboa and an MBA from the European University in Barcelona.

He was the Portuguese representative in the WHO-Europe for the area of Nutrition and Physical Activity and in the European Union and also the focal point from Portugal in the European Network on Nutrition and Physical Activity, at the High Level Group on Nutrition & PA and the European Platform on Diet, Nutrition and Physical Activity of the EU.

First and former Coordinator of the National Platform against Obesity under the Portuguese Ministry of Health. Worked as a Public Health Nutritionist at the General Health Directorate in the Portuguese Ministry of Health.
Developed competencies in public health, epidemiology, lifestyles intervention and management based on the successful attendance of the following courses: Advanced Course in Nutritional and Lifestyle Epidemiology, Wageningen Agricultural University; Alcohol and Drug Studies, Rutgers University - State University of New Jersey; Erasmus Summer Programme. Erasmus University – Roterdam (advanced courses in epidemiology and biostatistics); European Educational Programme in Epidemiology – Florence. Mediterranean School of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Calabria; Health Services Management – Harvard School of Public Health.

Published in scientific journals and presented in national and international congresses, several dozens of papers and also published 14 original books. He was attributed 19 research grants and awards. He was Professor of Nutrition at the University Atlântica and Head of Department of the Nutritional Sciences as well as Professor of Nutrition and Food Safety at the Agriculture Faculty of Coimbra University and the Coimbra Hospitality School (12 Years).

Natalia Douek

Natalia Douek

Regulatroy Affairs Director, PepsiCo Europe

 

Natalia Douek is Regulatory Affairs Director for PepsiCo in Europe, where the company’s portfolio includes brands such as Tropicana, Quaker, Lays and Gatorade as well as Pepsi Cola. She has held several positions in the company’s Regulatory Affairs team since joining PepsiCo in 1999, and has worked on a wide range of innovation projects, including key reformulation initiatives to reduce sodium and saturates in snacks. She is an active member of several industry associations in the UK and at EU level where she participates as a technical regulatory expert. Before joining PepsiCo, Natalia was part of Leatherhead’s Legislation Department. She has degrees in Chemistry and Food Law.

Monika Kosinska

Monika Kosinska

Secretary General, EPHA

 

Monika Kosińska is the Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), a non-governmental organisation committed to bringing about change to national and EU policy that impacts on health, social justice and equity. Recent areas of work include global complexity theory, emerging social and technological changes, rethinking corporate and economic governance and cooperative approaches to delivering social and economic change. Monika was appointed as Secretary General in recognition for her strong leadership and management in the public and private sector, working towards improving public policy to achieve better health outcomes. She was previously acting Executive Director of a Think Tank working in the US, France and the UK to develop new thinking on future population challenges to health, International Corporate Affairs Manager at a global retailer working globally with senior company executives to improve understanding and relations with national authorities and local stakeholders, and a founder and Co-Chair of EUREGHA, bringing together local and regional authorities from across Europe working on health. Her experience in high-level and strategic representation includes being a board member for the Health and Environmental Alliance, the Civil Society Contact Group, the European Bachelor and Master in Public Health programme at Maastricht University, and former chair of the Action for Global Health network. In addition, she is a member of the EY Alcohol and Health Forum, EU platform for action on diet, physical activity and health, the EU Health Policy Forum, and the DG SANCO Stakeholder Dialogue group. She holds a first class degree in Social Sciences, MA in International Peace and Security and was educated at Liverpool, Bonn and King's College London. A first generation immigrant to the United Kingdom, she speaks Polish, English and German fluently and can communicate in an additional five languages.

Ane Hagtvedt

Ane Hagtvedt

Researcher, University of Oslo

 

Ane Hagtvedt is currently studying at the Centre for Science, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo, as well as working as a consultant for the Norwegian Board of Technology. She is about to start her thesis work on Nutritional Profiling from a science and technology studies perspective.

She also holds a degree in Public Health Nutrition and Food Policy, where she wrote her thesis on Self-Regulation and Food Marketing to Children, with the EU Pledge as a case. During her studies, she undertook two internships, one with Consumers International in London and one with Women’s Humanitarian Organisation in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Additionally, she worked as a research assistant for an epidemiological doctoral thesis project, investigating the association between physical activity and the built environment among Danish youth.

Daniele Rossi

Daniele Rossi

, Food Drink Europe

 

Born in Luxembourg on 17/09/59 Daniele Rossi is married and has three daughters. He graduated cum laude in Statistics and Economics at the Rome’s University “La Sapienza” and doctored in UCLA in Los Angeles (California). He’s Director General of Federalimentare (Federation of Italian Food & Drink Industry), Administrator Delegate of Federalimentare Servizi s.r.l., Administrator of the “Spread European Safety GEIE” (an EEIG of 12 Eu Food & Drink Federations), Chairman of CIAA Confederation of Food & Drink Industry of the EU) Research Group, Chairman of CIAA Research Group, Chairman of the Technology Platform “Italian Food for Life”, Vice-chairman of the EU Technology Platform “Food for Life”. Past experiences: Member of the Sounding Board of smaller actors on participation in the FP7, Coordinator of FP6 SSA “SMEs-Net” and of FP7 Integrated Project “TRUEFOOD” (VI FP), Delegate Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of CONAI, General Director of Consorzio BIRRAVIVA S.c.r.l. , Chairman of “EU Polices on alcohol” for the Confederation des Brasseurs du Marché Commun – C.B.M.C. and Delegated Member of the Board of C.B.M.C., Director of the Association of Brewery and Malt Industries, Scientific Director of “ Plan Bleu ” – Action Plan for Mediterranean, Director of the Office of Economic Studies: feasibility, costs benefits, planning and management of big facilities and services (Gruppo IRI), Person in charge of Research “Public and Local Authority” of Censis Foundation in Rome, General Secretary of the “Permanent Observatory on Young People and Alcohol”.

Fionna Page

Fionna Page

Dietician, European Fereration of Associations of Dieticians

 

Biography to be added shortly...

Salvatore Gabola

Salvatore Gabola

Public Affairs Director, Coca-Cola Europe

 

Based in Paris, Salvatore Gabola is the Director of European Public Affairs for Coca-Cola Europe Group. He is in charge of Coca-Cola’s engagement with authorities and other policy stakeholders in Europe and of the definition of its sustainability and corporate social responsibility policies and actions, with a special focus on health&wellbeing and environment.

Salvatore first joined Coca-Cola in 1997 as Director of European Environmental Affairs. He has been in charge of relations with EU authorities since 2000. In 2003 and 2004 he was given several global assignments, including the leadership of the worldwide team that developed the company’s first ever global environment report. He has been corporate director of worldwide stakeholder relations from 2007 to 2009.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Salvatore spent seven years with Fiat, working across Brussels and Turin in European public affairs.

Salvatore holds a post-graduate degree in European Affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Sue Davies

Sue Davies

Chief Policy Officer, Which?

 

Sue Davies is the Chief Policy Adviser at Which?, working on food issues. She is also a member of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Council of Food Policy Advisers for England. She represents BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, on the EU’s Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health and is also the EU co-chair of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Food Policy Committee. She was awarded an MBE in 2003 for services to food safety.

Moderators

Elke Anklam

Elke Anklam

Director, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre

 

Elke Anklam obtained her degree in Food Chemistry from the University of Muenster, Germany in 1981 and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University Hamburg, Germany in 1985, followed by a post-doctoral year in the University Strasbourg, France. She worked as a researcher in the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin, Germany and was teaching as Professor in the Applied University of Fulda, Germany.

From 1991 – 2006 she worked in scientific and management positions in two of the seven Institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC): the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) in Italy and the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Belgium.

Since 2006 she is Director of the JRC-IHCP in Ispra, Italy.

Kate Trollope

Kate Trollope

Editor, EU Food Policy

 

Kate Trollope edits EU Food Policy, the leading online news service and newsletter which she set up last year. She has more than 16 years’ experience writing about European food policy, reporting on health claims, food labelling, advertising to children as well as food additives, GMOs, cloned food and a host of other hot topics. She also moderates and speaks at food conferences concerned with these topics. EU Food Policy is online at www.eufoodpolicy.com and has a breaking news service as well as the weekly report on what has happened that week in the European Commission, European Parliament and Council.

Victoria Breck

Victoria Breck

Account Manager, Grayling

 

Victoria Breck is an Account Manager in the public affairs practice of Grayling Brussels. An American national, she has specialist expertise in the public health, consumer protection, and food safety policy areas.

She has developed expertise on the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation through her work for a number of clients in the agro-food sector.

Prior to her work at Grayling, Victoria studied International Relations and French at Mount Holyoke College in the United States, and earned her masters degree in European Public Affairs at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She previously worked in Public Affairs at the American Embassy in Bratislava Slovakia, and taught English in Prague, Czech Republic.

She has also taught a number of courses on EU lobbying best practice at several colleges and universities in Europe.

Fanny van der Loo

Fanny van der Loo

Account Manager, Grayling

 

Fanny van der Loo is an Account Manager in Grayling Belgium’s public affairs practice. A Dutch and French national, she has specialised expertise in EU policies relating to food, health and environment issues.

She is intensively following the co-decision procedure on the revision of the PARNUTS Directive

Prior to her work at Grayling, Fanny worked in a European think tank focusing on sustainable agriculture, and as a consultant at a major Dutch Public Management Consultancy Berenshot, where she dealt mainly with governmental relations.

Fanny earned a Masters’ degree in European Law at the University of Amsterdam and a Master in European Political Administration at the College of Europe in Bruges.

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