CONTRIBUTE

Board members


POTOCNIK Janez

Janez POTOČNIK (SI) - Chairman

Janez Potočnik is the former European Commissioner for the Environment (2010-2014) and the former European Commissioner for Science and Research (2004-2010). Prior to this he was Minister Councillor at the Slovenian Prime Minister's Cabinet from 2001 to 2002 and Minister for European Affairs from 2002 to 2004. He headed the negotiating team for the accession of Slovenia to the EU between 1998 and 2004. He holds a PhD in Economics.

 


DELESCAILLE Thierry

 

Thierry DE L’ESCAILLE (BE) – Treasurer

Thierry de l’Escaille is Secretary General of the European Landowners’ Organisation and Secretary General of the Friends of the Countryside (FCS).  In addition, he manages his family agricultural business which consists of the production of vegetables, sugar beet, wheat and flowers in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

 


Paolo DE CASTRO (IT)DECASTRO Paolo

Paolo de Castro is an MEP and former Chairman of the European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of which he is now Shadow Rapporteur.  He is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Agriculture Academy of Bologna, the Georgofili Agricultural Economics Academy of Florence, the Agriculture Academy of Pesaro and the National Academy of Treja.  In addition, he runs the International Agricultural Policy Magazine edited by the Informatore Agrario in Verona.  From 1996 to 1998 he was economic advisor of Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Economic Advisor of the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Michele Pinto.  

 


BUREN Christoph

Pierre-Olivier DRÈGE(FR)

Pierre-Olivier Drège is the current President of the European Landowners’ Organisation.He is a counsellor of the president of Céréaliers de France, a group founded by French grain producers, involved in financing agro-business (UNIGRAINS), research in agronomy (ARVALIS), exports of grain, association of French wheat growers (AGPB). Pierre-Oliver Drège has been involved in many negotiations within the Common Agriculture Policy, as Chief of Cabinet of several French Ministers for Agriculture and as Director of the Department for International and Economical affairs in the French Ministry of Agriculture.


Ludwig FORREST

Ludwig Forrest is a senior programme coordinator at the King Baudouin Foundation.


FREWEN MellaMella FREWEN (IE)

Mella Frewen is the Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry, since July 2007. Mella Frewen’s previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, Director of International Relations for Cerestar and earlier roles in the Ferruzzi and Eridania Bégin-Say Groups. She has a wide experience of relations with International institutions, with the Institutions of the European Union and trade associations within the food chain, as well as with the agri-food and non-food, and chemical sectors.


PARR Jon

Jon PARR (UK)

Jon Parr is Chief Operating Officer of Syngenta.  Prior to his current role he was Head of Global Crops & Assets for Syngenta in 2014, Regional Director for EAME (2009–2013), Head of Syngenta Flowers (2007–2008), Head of Marketing and Strategy (2004–2007) and European Manufacturing Manager (2000–2003). Before joining Syngenta, he worked for AstraZeneca as a Factory Manager (1998–2000), Global Product Manager Fungicides (1996–1998) and Supply Chain Project Manager (1994–1996). From 1987 to 1994, he held Project and Engineering Management roles at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). He is a Chartered Engineer.


PIRZIO-BIROLI Corrado

Corrado PIRZIO-BIROLI (IT)

From 1994 to the end of 2004, Corrado Pirzio-Biroli was the Chief of Staff of Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Franz Fischler. He was deeply involved in elaborating the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reforms of 1999 and 2003-2004, and also contributed to the first ever reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (2003). Prior to his post as Chief of Staff, he was EU ambassador in Vienna (1992-1994), EU Minister and Chargé d’Affaires in Washington (1988-1992), in charge of EFTA affairs (1985-1988), member of Commission President Thorn’s cabinet in charge of the EU budget (1982-1984), economic advisor at the EU delegation to the US (1978-1982) and principal administrator for development policies (1971-1978). Before joining the Commission, he was the Development Advisor to the Government of the Sudan, Khartoum (1969-1970), and Assistant Lecturer in Economics at the Institute of Social Studies (I.S.S.) in The Hague (1968). He holds a Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration and post-graduate diplomas from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague in economic planning and industrial development programming, respectively.


DE POUS PieterPieter DE POUS (NL)

 Pieter is a Senior Policy Advisor at E3G's Berlin Office since April 2018. He has a masters degree in forest and conservation science from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. Previously he worked as head of the conservation and environment department at NABU, the BirdLife partner in Germany, and also as EEB's EU Policy Director where he led the EEB's EU policy team and worked on environmental policies, as well as agriculture, energy, regulatory reform and trade.


VAN KEER KoenKoen VAN KEER (BE)

Koen Van Keer is a Sustainability Affairs and Stakeholder Relations Expert with Yara International (a global fertilizer company). His work focuses on EU agri-env policies and regulations dealing ao with fertilizers, circular economy and nutrient recycling, and soils. Prior to his current role he held various overseas positions in the fertilizers industry, and before that he was an academic field researcher. He holds a PhD degree in agronomy, and has a broad experience with soil science/management, crop nutrition, and cropping systems in temperate (Europe), dry (Middle East) and tropical regions (Asia).


VISCONTI GiuseppeGiuseppe VISCONTI (IT)

Giuseppe Visconti is a land manager who runs a business operating in the wine industry and producing cereals, rice and poplars.  He is also a former President of the Friends of the Countryside, and of the Federazione Nazionale della Proprietà Fondiaria, where he remains a columnist.  He is an academic of the Accademia die Georgofili of Florence and Director of the “Società Agraria di Lombardia

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