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Interview with Luis Planas, Spanish minister of agriculture, fisheries and food at our 2nd Agriculture and Food Summit
POLITICO Agriculture and Food summit’s panel discussion on the future of agriculture in the context of cuts in the CAP

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John Clarke

Director for international relations, DG AGRI, European Commission

Joint Interview - Redrawing the agri-food trade map John Clarke is the Director for International Relations at the DG Agriculture and Agricultural Development in the European Commission. He was previously Head of the EU…

Luis Planas

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Spain

Opening Interview with Q&A - Day 2 Luis Planas is the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the Government of Spain. Previously, Minister Planas was Secretary General of the European Economic and Social…

Faustine Bas-Defossez

Head of Agriculture and Land Management Program, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Faustine Bas-Defossez is Head of the Agriculture and Land Management Program at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a position she has held since April 2018. Previously, Bas-Defossez spent eight years leading the largest…

Ariel Brunner

Senior Head of Policy, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

Ariel Brunner is the Senior Head of Policy for BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, a global environmental NGO. He coordinates work on a wide range of EU policies ranging from nature and biodiversity conservation,…

Herbert Dorfmann

Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Italy)

Herbert Dorfmann is a member of the European Parliament since 2009 and was re-elected for a third mandate in May 2019. He started his professional career as a professor at the Agricultural College in…

Sabine Jülicher

Director for Food and Feed Safety, Innovation, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Dr Sabine Jülicher is Director for food and feed safety, innovation in the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission since 2015. She is responsible for policies related to a…

Christiane Lambert

President, Fédération nationale des syndicats d’exploitants agricoles

Christiane Lambert is the first female president of the Fédération nationale des syndicats d’exploitants agricoles (FNSEA), the National Federation of Farmers’ Union in France, and has almost 40 years of experience as a farm…

Alberto D’Avino

Deputy Head of Unit, Research and Innovation, Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), European Commission

Alberto D'Avino is the Deputy Head of the Research and Innovation Unit in DG Agriculture and Rural Development at the European Commission, a position he has held since January 2017. He contributes to the…

Jérôme Bandry

Secretary General, CEMA European Agricultural Machinery

Jérôme Bandry is the Secretary General of CEMA European Agricultural Machinery, the association representing European agricultural machinery industry. With 10 national member associations, the CEMA network represents more than 4,500 manufacturers, production more than…

Minette Batters

President, National Farmers’ Union of England & Wales (NFU)

Minette Batters is the President of the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (NFU). Additionally, Batters runs a tenanted family farm in Wiltshire. The mixed farming business includes a 100 cow continental cross…

Daniel Calleja Crespo

Director-General for Environment, European Commission

Daniel Calleja Crespo has been Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate General (DG) for Environment since 2015. He has held many posts within the European Commission, serving as Director General of the DG…

Jim Collins

Chief Operating Officer, Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

James C. Collins Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™.  Collins joined DuPont as an engineer in 1984 and began his career in DuPont Manufacturing. He held positions…

Paolo De Castro

Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Paolo De Castro a Member of the European Parliament and First Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. De Castro is represents the Partito Democratico as part of the Group of the…

Arash Derambarsh

City Councillor, Courbevoie (France)

Arash Derambarsh is a City Councillor for the City of Courbevoie, France, a position he has held since 2014. Additionally, he is a practicing lawyer at the Paris Bar. Derambarsh initiated legislation which became…

Guilhem de Seze

Head of Scientific Evaluation of Regulated Products Department, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Guilhem de Seze joined the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in September 2016 as Head of the Scientific Evaluation of Regulated Products (REPRO) Department, a department providing scientific advice on pre-marketing risk assessment of…

Angela Frigo

Secretary General, European Food Banks Federation (FEBA)

Angela Frigo is the Secretary General of the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA), a European non-profit organization which works in collaboration with 24 members and 4 projects in European countries. In her position, Frigo…

Edwini Kessie

Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Edwini Kessie is the Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Previously, he was the Chief Trade Adviser to the Pacific Island Countries and Chief Executive Officer of…

Dr. Andrea Kohl

Acting Director, WWF European Policy Office

Dr. Andrea Kohl is currently acting Director and the main spokesperson and representative for WWF in Brussels. EPO represents the WWF network towards the EU institutions, with the aim of influencing regulatory and policy…

Dr. Klaus Kunz

Head of Sustainability & Business Stewardship, Bayer

Dr. Klaus Kunz is the Head of Sustainability and Business Stewardship at Bayer, a position he has held since 2018. Previously, Kunz was the lead for Regulatory Policy and Compliance from 2016 to 2018.…

Henri Landes

Executive Director, GoodPlanet Foundation

Henri Landes is Executive Director of the GoodPlanet Foundation. He is also a Lecturer on climate policy at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris (SciencesPo). As cofounder of CliMates, a think and do tank…

Alan Matthews

Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His research interests are in the areas of agricultural policy and international trade policy, including their implications for development and…

Rudolf Moegele

Deputy Director General, Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), European Commission

Rudolf Mogele is the Deputy Director-General at the Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission in charge of Directorates dealing with "Audit of agricultural expenditure", a position he has held since…

Roberto Moncalvo

President of Coldiretti Piedmont and National Board Member, Coldiretti

Roberto Moncalvo is President of Coldiretti Piedmont and a National Board Member, after being appointed in November 2018. Most recently, Moncalvo was President of Coldiretti, a position he held since 2013. Additionally, he is…

Joao Pacheco

Joao Pacheco, Senior Fellow, Farm Europe

Joao Pacheco is a Senior Fellow at the think-tank Farm Europe. Previously, Pacheco was Deputy-Director General in the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission, in charge of policy management for the European…

Camille Perrin

Senior Food Policy Officer, BEUC (The European Consumer Organization)

Camille Perrin is the Senior Food Policy Officer at BEUC, The European Consumer Organization, where she deals with a variety of issues pertaining to food law, including European legislation on food labeling, food hygiene…

Pekka Pesonen

Secretary General, COPA-COGECA

Pekka Pesonen is the Secretary General of Copa, representing European farmers, and Cogeca, representing European agri-cooperatives since 2006. Together, Copa Cogeca count more than 70 national farming organizations from across Europe. Previously, he served…

Arnold Puech d’Alissac

Bureau Member, Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d'Exploitants Agricoles (FNSEA)

Arnold Puech d’Alissac is a Bureau Member at the Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d'Exploitants Agricoles (FNSEA) in charge of international and European issues, a position he has held since 2014. He has also been…

Max Schulman

Arable Farmer; MTK Finland

Max Schulman grew up on his family’s farm which he took over in 1986. Stor-Tötar Gård, is an old farm that combines arable land and forestry in South Western Finland that has been in…

David Wilkinson

Senior Procurement Director Agriculture, PepsiCo

David Wilkinson is Senior Director of European Agriculture for PepsiCo Europe. PespsiCo is a leading food and beverage company in Europe and one of the largest buyers of potatoes and significant purchasers of corn,…

2018 sponsors


The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) represents the interests of the crop protection industry at a European level. Its members include all major companies, SMEs and national associations across Europe. For more information:


Corteva Agriscience™

About Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ (NYSE: DWDP), is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company when the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Corteva Agriscience™ provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry — including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Encirca®, the newly launched Brevant™ Seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products — while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies. More information can be found at

2018 supporting organizations


Stichting BirdLife Europe (also referred to as “BirdLife Europe” or “BirdLife Europe and Central Asia” elsewhere on this website) is the European and Central Asian Division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six regional offices, or secretariats, of BirdLife International, a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership in 120 countries and territories.
BirdLife International’s mission is to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people in their communities towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
Stichting BirdLife Europe has an international team of permanent staff responsible for conservation, science, policy, advocacy, capacity building, fundraising, communications, finance and administration supporting the 48 European and Central Asian BirdLife Partners.


CEMA is the association representing the European agricultural machinery industry. With 11 national member associations, the CEMA network represents both large multinational companies as well as the numerous European SMEs active in this sector. CEMA represents more than 4,500 manufacturers, generating an aggregated annual turnover of more than EUR 26 billion. 135,000 people are directly employed in the sector, with a further 125,000 people working in distribution and maintenance.


An extension of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s artistic work and commitment to the environment, GoodPlanet, a recognized public interest foundation, aims to make ecology a central issue in order to encourage people to take concrete action for the Earth and its inhabitants.

Created in 2005, the GoodPlanet Foundation develops artistic (7 billion Others, HUMAN, etc.) and educational projects to raise awareness among the general public worldwide.
Through its United Carbon Action Programme, the GoodPlanet Foundation has supported 37 solidarity and environmental projects in 18 countries to date, enabling the construction of some 6,000 biogas reservoirs, the installation of 10,000 solar cookers, and the construction of 7 bioclimatic schools. Altogether, these projects have benefited over 120,000 people.

The Foundation also supports companies in their CSR strategy, and more particularly in their initiatives to measure, reduce and offset their greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2015, the GoodPlanet Foundation launched the programme “The solution is on the plate!” which promotes 60 solutions and 100 concrete initiatives for responsible food consumption, taking into account pleasure, public health, and climate protection.

In July 2015, Paris City Council entrusted the Domaine de Longchamp to the Foundation for a 30-year period.

The first site dedicated to ecology and humanism in Paris, inaugurated in May 2017, free and open to all, the Fondation GoodPlanet – Domaine de Longchamp promotes the values of generosity and sharing. With its proactive and participatory programme, the Fondation GoodPlanet – Domaine de Longchamp welcomes and aims to inspire all those looking to contribute to a more sustainable and just world.

The GoodPlanet Foundation has been awarded the IDEAS Label for its governance, financial management, and efficient programmes.