Program day 1

Wednesday April 6th, Global Feed Safety Summit

We offer a broad picture of the perspectives for the feed & food chain in the coming decade. Next to market developments we will discuss feed safety and sustainability and other topics that have an impact on the whole industry like climate change, circular economy, globalisation and regional sourcing.

13:00 CET Opening with Donatello Piras

Donatello Piras is a chairman, presenter and moderator with years of experience at home in the Netherlands and abroad. Donatello hosts over close to a hundred meetings a year as an emcee, moderator and host for companies, governments, NGOs and the education sector. He has attained broad based experience in leading a variety of special events and conferences where he specializes in interaction and engagement with speakers and public. Donatello’s energetic approach in the many roles he plays is characterized by professionalism and enthusiasm. Donatello presents in Dutch, as well as English, German and Italian.

Donatello is an all-round generalist with a multifaceted background as a communication consultant, journalist and moderator that allows him to expertly navigate a broad range of topics in depth. Some of these topics include: energy transition & climate, agricultural marketing & communications, finance, education, healthcare, tax & tax avoidance, advocacy and legal representation, sustainability, logistics, as well as export and retail practices.

Plenary 1: A closer outlook: Feed chain and feed safety perspective, beyond today

The Feed industry remains solid notwithstanding several events challenging the sector. The global position partake in supporting animal production to produce healthy and sustainable food. The developments in animal production triggered by population growth and consumption patterns. However, challenges like climate goals (Paris Agreement) and production conditions changes in the sector will have inevitable consequences. The aim is to outline a broad picture of the prospects for the feed & food chain in coming decade, including feed safety.
“I don’t think there’s been a more important time to talk about the integrity of our global food supply system.” – Professor Chris Elliott

Plenary 2: Economic & Environmental impacts on Working Global and Chain-wide

Nowadays, the attention for regional sourcing in growing because it should be more environmental friendly. The question if is it more sustainable and what are the limits, benefits and needs of global sourcing. We are aware that the feed industry is a global industry. The commodities to produce the animal feed are coming from all over the world. Sentiments against globalization seems not match with globalization of the economies. What is the expectation in the coming years? Two tendencies: liberalization of international trade (WTO) as well as national market protections, while trade wars make it very uncertain for short and long-term trade and industrial developments.
“If it were to become apparent that the achievement of the objectives set out in this strategy threatens both food safety and the competitiveness of our agriculture, then these objectives would have to be revised.” Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski about the thorny issue of targets in the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy in 2020

Speakers

Donatello Piras

Donatello Piras

Host and presentor

Donatello Piras is a chairman, presenter and moderator with years of experience at home in the Netherlands and abroad. Donatello hosts over close to a hundred meetings a year as an emcee, moderator and host for companies, governments, NGOs and the education sector. He has attained broad based experience in leading a variety of special events and conferences where he specializes in interaction and engagement with speakers and public. Donatello’s energetic approach in the many roles he plays is characterized by professionalism and enthusiasm. Donatello presents in Dutch, as well as English, German and Italian.

Donatello is an all-round generalist with a multifaceted background as a communication consultant, journalist and moderator that allows him to expertly navigate a broad range of topics in depth. Some of these topics include: energy transition & climate, agricultural marketing & communications, finance, education, healthcare, tax & tax avoidance, advocacy and legal representation, sustainability, logistics, as well as export and retail practices.

Dr. Mark Lyons

Dr. Mark Lyons

CEO and President at AllTech

Dr. Mark Lyons represents the second generation of the global business his father, Dr. Pearse Lyons, founded in 1980. With experience working in all regions and nearly all departments — from palletizing bags in production to researching in the lab — he has a deep and uniquely personal knowledge of the company.

Based on Alltech’s belief that agriculture has the greatest potential to shape our world’s future, Dr. Lyons launched the company’s vision of Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™ in 2019. He has called for collaboration to improve nutrition, human and animal well-being, and the preservation of natural resources.

Dr. Lyons has spearheaded many critical projects, including simultaneously managing a biorefinery project in Kentucky, the establishment of a plant in Serbia and the creation of Alltech’s flagship yeast production facility in São Pedro, Brazil. He also spent nearly four years in Mexico rebuilding the company’s solid state fermentation plant in Serdan, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

In 2012, Dr. Lyons relocated to China, the world’s largest feed market, as part of Alltech’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Living in Beijing and traveling throughout the country, he led the Alltech China office for six years and focused on building bridges between China and the wider industry through research, education and strategic initiatives. Prior to this, he served as director of North America from 2009 to 2011, strengthening Alltech’s presence with the opening of new offices and a growing involvement in all agricultural sectors.

Today, Dr. Lyons is the president and CEO of Alltech, based at the company’s headquarters in Kentucky. He has served as a board member of the American Feed Industry Association, and he is currently serving on the board of directors for Transylvania University. Dr. Lyons is active in many industry groups, such as the International Poultry Council, the National Turkey Federation, the National Chicken Council and the National Pork Producers Council. He is also vice president of the Soil and Fertilizer Alliance of China and is a committee member of the China Toxicology Association.

He has published papers and patents in areas ranging from enzyme production to global economics and is interested in the assurance of food safety and quality throughout the entire food chain.

Dr. Lyons received his bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental science in 1999 from the University of Chicago. He received his master’s degree in brewing and distilling in 2001, followed by a Ph.D. in the area of solid state fermentation, at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and German, and he has a working knowledge of Mandarin.

Prof. Dr. Leo den Hartog

Prof. Dr. Leo den Hartog

Director of R&D at Nutreco

Leo den Hartog is director of R&D at Nutreco and professor in “Animal Nutrition in a Circular Economy” at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. It was from this same university that den Hartog graduated in Animal Sciences in 1978, and where he obtained his PhD in 1984.

 

In 1989, den Hartog received the Henneberg Lehmann Award from the University of Göttingen, Germany. In 1999, he accepted an honorary PhD from the University of Kaposvar, Hungary. In 2014, he was given the Molenaar Award from the Animal Nutrition magazine in the Netherlands and Belgium. This award is given every two years to a person for his or her contribution to the animal feed and additive industry.

 

Den Hartog’s extensive experience in animal production is reflected in over 450 scientific and applied articles and seven books as author or co-author. To date, he has given more than 750 lectures in over 40 different countries. He has also been chairman of Dutch trade missions on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality to China, Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and South Africa.

 

Bas Geerts

Bas Geerts

Head of Sustainability at Cefetra Group BV

Head of Sustainability at Cefetra Group BV, with 20+ years of experience at several NGO’s, like WWF, UTZ and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

Passionate about nature, sustainability and personal development, my professional goal is to contribute to mainstreaming sustainability. With 20+ years of professional experience in and around sustainable commodity production & trade, which to me reads as: socially friendly, environmentally sound and economically viable. And to inspire and motivate people to contribute to this cause, which can be done in their role as a professional or as a consumer. I believe all have the power to contribute to making the world a more beautiful place, one step at a time.

I am pragmatic, a team player with a focus on relations with those around me (‘sustainability is a team effort’), I am a starter, whose passion flows best when challenged to find new solutions.

Starting at €750,-
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