Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski
Minister of Agriculture of Rural Development

He was born in 1961 in Czernikowo, nearby Toruń. In 1985, he graduated from the Facult of Agriculture at the Technology and Agriculture Academy in Bydgoszcz. He has been running a family farm with his wife since 1983. Between 1998 and 2002, he was a councillor in the regionalcouncil of kujawsko-pomorskie province as a member of the Solidarity Electoral Action. In 2010–2011, he was a councillor in the regional council of kujawsko-pomorskie province as a member of PiS. Between 1992 and 2002, he was the deputy head of the National Agricultural Advisory Council, whereas in 2003–2007 he served as the head of the National Council of Agricultural Chambers in Warsaw. From 2005 to 2007, he was the undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as the advisory to the President Lech Kaczyński in rural areas and agriculture. He was a member of the Sejm of 7th and 8th term.  In the 7th term, he served as the deputy head of the Agriculture Committee, Energy and State Treasury Committee. He was appointed the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on 20 June 2018.

Michel Nalet
President of European Dairy Association (EDA)

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

Andrzej Babuchowski
Chairman of the Institute of Innovation in Dairy Industry (IIPM)

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

Agnieszka Maliszewska
Organiser of the Dairy Cooperatives Forum

Chairman of the Management Board of First Communications, Director of the Polish Chamber of Milk, dairy market and Polish dairy industry expert with over 20 years of experience.

Lukasz Wyrzykowski
Director Dairy Analysis at IFCN AG

Lukasz Wyrzykowski is a Director Sector Analysis & Dairy Market  Analyst in IFCN AG in Kiel, Germany. In the 7 years, his main fields of expertise are: dairy market development patterns with dairy value chain analysis; milk & feed price and production behaviours; short & long-term price and production forecats; farm structure and analysis, internal and external project development & management, preparation of reports and analysis. He is a dairy market consultant for world leading companies in the dairy supply chains across the world. Team leader of a dairy content & IT teams consisting of 12 dairy researchers and member of the IFCN AG management responsible for strategic decision, company development, R&D and HR.

Mary Thurston
New Zealand Ambasador to Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia

Mary Thurston was appointed as a New Zealand's Ambassador to Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia in July 2017. Mary is career diplomat whose previous offshore posting include Singapore and Salomon Islands. In Wellington she has worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement negotiations and on a bilateral relations with Vanuatu and he French Pacific Territories. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English and Modern Languages (French) from Oxford University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from York University. She speaks French, Spanish and Solomon Islands Pijin, and is learning Polish.

Jukka Likitalo
Secretary General of Eucolait, the European Association of Dairy Trade

Secretary General of Eucolait, the European Association of Dairy Trade, since 2014. Next to leading the organisation, his areas of work include agricultural, food and trade policies as well as dairy markets. Jukka is also the treasurer and member of the presidium of CELCAA.

Peter Blogg
Senior Manager, Agricultural Commodities  at EEX – the European Energy Exchange

Peter Blog is a Senior Manager, Agricultural Commodities at EEX – the European Energy Exchange. Prior to joining the Exchange in January 2018, Peter had held varoius positions in buisness and product development at other exchanges, including Euronext-LIFFE and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In a career spanning over 30 years, Peter started out on the trading floors of the London Commodity Exchange and has also worked as busineess development director for an AIM London listed financial information company and as a consultant for the World Bank.

Raphaëlle Malot
General Directorate for Economic and Environmental
Performance of Enterprises, The French
Ministry of Argrculture, Agrifood and Forestry

Mrs Malot graduated from Agroparistech (formerly INA-PG) in 2013 and she has been working at the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood, and Forestry ever since. Her first experience at the General Directorate for Food related to seed and plant breeding regulations allowed her to acquire good knowledge on sanitary issues and European legislations. She is now responsible for the follow-up of the milk and dairy products sector at the General Directorate for Economic and Environmental Performance of Enterprises. She participates in the management committees following the dairy issues at the European Commission and takes part in the negotiations on European and international policies for the dairy sector. She is in charge of the implementation of these policies at national level.

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

He has accomplished university studies in law and public administration in Germany and France. He has worked for several years for the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture in Berlin and for the Food and Agricultural department of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Commission in Brussels. During this period he was also engaged in several training missions for consumer safety authorities in Egypt and Tunisia. Since 2015 has been temporarily Counsellor for Food and Agriculture at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kiev, Ukraine. He currently holds the same function at the German Embassy in Warsaw.

Pekka Pesonen
Secretary General of Copa-Cogeca

Pekka Pesonen is the Secretary General of Copa, representing European farmers, and Cogeca, representing European agri-cooperatives, which together count more than 70 national farming organisations from across Europe. Previously, he worked as State Secretary for the Finnish Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry.

Dragan Rajkovič
Circular Economy Manager Tetra Pak

Working in Tetra Pak since 2002. His responsibilities include collection and recycling of beverage cartons, as well as environmental communication with stakeholders on circular economy.  His main expertise areas are packaging recycling technologies and sustainable packaging.

Czesław Siekierski
Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Member of the European Parliament since 2004, he sit in Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats). Currently, he serves as a Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, earlier first vice-chair. He also works in the Committee on Budgetary Control and Delegations for relations with Canada and People's Republic of China. In 1997-2004, Member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. In 2001-2003 Secretary of State in Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Republic of Poland. He attained the title of doctor in Agricultural Economics at Warsaw University of Life Science (SGGW). He has served as a Researcher at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). Mr Siekierski is author of many science publications.

Alexander Anton
Secretary General of the European Dairy Association (EDA)

He manages the work of an organization concentrates entities associating milk producers and processors from European Union countries. EDA represents interests of European milk processors in the EU.

Riitta Brandt
Senior Vice President, Food and Trade Policy at Finnish Dairy Company Valio Ltd.

She has been working for Valio over 30 years. Since 1993 she has been working with EU-affairs, first mainly with milk market management tools and export refunds. Along the changes in EU policies her responsibilities have changed to agricultural, food and trade policies. Riitta Brandt acts as the Executive Director of the Finnish Milk Processors and Dairy Products Wholesalers Association (MML). This Association deals with international and national policy development. She is member of Board at European Dairy Association (EDA) since 2009. She is also member of Board at EUCOLAIT. She chairs the Finnish National Committee of International Dairy Federation and is member of Standing Committee of Dairy policies and economics.


Karolina Żelawska-Pałasz
Corporate Division within Baltic Sea and Northern Europe Department at the European
Investment Bank

Karolina Żelawska-Pałasz works in Corporate Division, within Baltic Sea and Northern Europe Department at the European Investment Bank. She is in charge of lending operations to corporates in Poland. Before joining the EIB she worked as Director in Structured Finance Office, Bank Pekao SA (UniCredit Group). She has over 18 years experience in corporate finance, structured and project finance. Karolina graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, Banking and Finance faculty, and completed a joint study program with the University of Mainz. She is a CFA charterholder.”

Henrike Burchardi
Senior researcher at the Ife Institute of Food Economics

She works as senior researcher at the Ife Institute of Food Economics in Kiel ( Germany). Her main working and research areas include dairy market analyses, cost analyses in the dairy chain and risk management in the dairy sector. She gives lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Triesdorf.

David Richmond
Fonterra Co-Operative Group, Trade Strategy Manager – EMEA

David is a proud New Zealander and member of the Fonterra family. Fonterra is a 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.

Jakub Olipra
Economist at Credit Agricole Bank Polska

Jakub graduated in Economics from Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). A PhD student at the Collegium of Economic Analysis at the SGH. An Economist at the Macroeconomic Analyses Department of Credit Agricole Bank Polska since 2015, responsible for food and agricultural sector analyses. In 2016 he was distinguished in a competition for best proposals for reforms of the Polish economy organised by the National Bank of Poland for his work entitled ‘To Tap the Potential of Polish Rural Areas’. Jakub ranked in top places in the competition for best forecasts of agricultural commodities prices organised by the Rzeczpospolita daily in 2017 (he ranked first in the monthly forecasts category and second in the quarterly forecasts category). He has been collaborating with the Polish Chamber of Milk since 2017, preparing comments for the Insider and the Monthly Analysis.

Roel Jongeneel (PhD)
Senior Researcher and policy and market analyst, Wageningen Economic Research

Roel Jongeneel is a senior researcher and policy and market analyst with extensive experience in economic modelling and policy analysis. He is the coordinator of the Dutch public private partnership Market Outlook Agri Food Sector. His key areas of expertise are dairy and agricultural policy analysis.

Robin Manning
Team Leader Farming and Trade, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Robin Manning has 30 years of agricultural policy experience in Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and the European Commission (AGRI). Robin leads on livestock products for Defra’s Sectors and Trade Team. Prior to that he was Head of Defra’s Dairy Policy Team and also spent seven years in Brussels as an Agricultural Policy Expert at the European Commission focusing on the Common Market Organisation (CMO) Regulation. Robin has also worked as Head of the Cereals and Wine Team at Defra.