Alexandra Nikolakopoulou

head, Farm to fork strategy Unit, DG SANTE, European Commission, food waste, DG SANTE, European Commission

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Alexandra Nikolakopoulou is head of Farm to Fork strategy Unit at the European Commission’s directorate general for health and food safety (DG Sante). She has been leading and coordinating the work for the adoption of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and she is in charge of some of the main initiatives of the strategy such as the general framework for sustainable food systems, front of pack labelling and nutrient profiles, origin labelling, sustainable labelling, food waste.

Nikolakopoulou joined DG Sante in 2003, and since then she has been dealing with issues relating to food labelling and general food law. More specifically she was responsible for the preparation, negotiation and adoption of the regulation on the provision of Food Information to Consumers and of the recent Transparency Regulation.

Prior to her roles at DG SANTE she was food law advisor at EuroCommerce, the European Association of retail and wholesale companies. Previously Nikolakopoulou spent three years working for the legal Unit of the European Commission’s Consumer Protection Directorate General.

Nikolakopoulou completed her Master’s degree (DEA) in European law at the University of Toulouse.

She holds a law degree from the University of Athens after which she was called to the Athens Bar.