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 as State Secretary for the Finnish Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry for a year. From 1997 to 2005, Pesonen developed professional experience in EU lobbying and in the Finnish food industry. He holds an MSc in Agriculture from the Helsinki University.