Madrid, Spain

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
10:00 - 14:30 (CET)

Throughout the year, the Forum for the Future of Agriculture organises regional conferences and online events to discuss agriculture and the environment at a national level across Europe. On Wednesday, May 31, 2023 we visited Madrid, Spain for our first regional event of the year to be held at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The meeting was in-person and videos will be available online afterwards.

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2023 Regional Spain – Introduction (English) video image

2023 Regional Spain – Introduction (English)

Elisa Plumed, Elena Cartea González

2023 Regional Spain – Video message (English) video image

2023 Regional Spain – Video message (English)

Hugo Morán Fernández

2023 Regional Spain – Setting the scene (English) video image

2023 Regional Spain – Setting the scene (English)

Gabriel Lodares

Summaries from this event

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order)

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Ana Rengifo Abbad

Islas de Corcho Natural

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Islas de Corcho Natural

Ana Rengifo Abbad is a biologist from the Universidad Complutense and is dedicated to conservation, by profession and family. Working in forestry and environmental companies, she became part of the Life Montando Adapt project, to promote the adaptation of meadows in Portugal and Spain to mitigate the consequences of climate change. And in the middle of the pandemic, together with several partners, she created a spin-off called Islas de Corcho Natural, daring to invest all her resources to create employment and promote rural development with this innovative project, which is a magnificent tool for mitigating climate change, generating biodiversity, water filtering, biomass and landscape restoration.

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Ernesto Igartua Arregui

Coordinator for the subarea of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, CSIC

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Coordinator for the subarea of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, CSIC

Ernesto Igartua Arregui is researcher at the Aula Dei Experimental Station, CSIC, Zaragoza, and CSIC subarea coordinator of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies.  He is a biologist and crop breeder, studying the adaptation and diversity of local barley varieties. Believer in critical masses and synergies to achieve ambitious goals.
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Bruno Capuzzi

Policy Officer, ApexBrasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency)

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Policy Officer, ApexBrasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency)

Bruno has been at ApexBrasil’s office in Brussels since 2019, where he follows topics of trade and economic relevance for the engagement of Brazil’s exporting sectors in the European Continent. Before joining ApexBrasil, he worked with the formulation of trade policies on behalf of the country’s industrial sectors, and had a passage at UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), at the UN Headquarters in New York. Graduated in International Relations, Bruno holds a MA in WTO Trade Law.
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Samuel Juárez  Casado

Advisory Member of the General Secretariat for Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Agriculture, Spain

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Advisory Member of the General Secretariat for Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Agriculture, Spain

Samuel Juárez Casado is a Veterinarian from the University of León and an Executive Master in International Development from CERIS (Brussels). He is an official of the National Veterinary Corps. He has held various positions in the Xunta de Galicia (General Director of Fisheries and Rural Environment Counselor) and in the General State Administration (General Secretary of Fisheries and Government Delegate in Galicia), and has been assigned as Counselor of Agriculture in the Embassies of Spain in Washington and Beijing. He currently works at the Ministry of Agriculture, in the General Subdirectorate for Agrarian Policies Planning, in charge of international policy issues, among other things, being the focal point for Spain at the United Nations Food Systems Summit and representative of the Ministry in various expert groups of the European Commission.
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Daniel Calleja Crespo

Director-General, Legal Service, European Commission

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Director-General, Legal Service, European Commission

Mr Calleja was appointed as Director-General, Legal Service, European Commission in July 2020. Previously he was Director-General of DG Environment (2015-2020) and before that he was Director-General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (Jan 2015 to Aug 2015) and Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry, Special Envoy for SMEs (Feb 2012 to Jan 2015). Prior to that he was Deputy Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry (Feb 2011 to Jan 2012). Mr Calleja was Director for Air Transport at the European Commission (2004 to 2011). Between 1999 and 2004, he was Head of Cabinet of the Vice-president of the European Commission and between 1995 and 1999 was the Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Marcelino Oreja, In 1995, he was the legal adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission. In earlier roles he advised the Transport Commissioner and was Member of the Legal Service of the Commission and represented the institution in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice. Mr Calleja is the author of several publications and has lectured in European Law in several universities and institutes of various Member States. Mr Calleja has a degree in Law and in Business Administration from the University of Comillas, Madrid.
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Mónica Andrés Enríquez

EVP, Europe, Yara

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EVP, Europe, Yara

Mónica Andrés Enríquez has served as EVP Europe since July 2021. She has previously held several positions in the company. She was VP Farming Solutions Europe (2020-2021), Project Manager for Yara Europe Strategy and SVP BU South Europe (2019-2020), SVP BU Asia (2017-2019), and Country manager for Spain and Portugal (2013-2016). She was employed by Hydro in 1998 as field agronomist.

Ms. Andrés Enríquez holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Instituto de Empresa Spanish Business School and a degree in Agronomy Engineering from the Spanish Polytechnic University of Engineers (ETSIA).

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María Cruz Vaca Escribano

Director of Economic Affairs, ANGED

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Director of Economic Affairs, ANGED

Since 2013, María Cruz Vaca Escribano has been Director of Economic Affairs ANGED, which is a national association of large distribution companies including Alcampo, Action, Apple Store, Aurgi, C&A, Carrefour, Conforama, Cotsco, Dufry, El Corte Inglés, Grupo Eroski, Feu Vert, FNAC, Ikea, Sarton Canarias, Leroy Merlin, Media Markt, Norauto, Obramart, Tendam and Toys'R'Us

María has extensive experience in retail in marketing, commercial strategy, business development and management control functions. She has a degree in economics and diploma in advanced studies (DEA) in the doctoral program of Business Economics of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

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Hugo Morán Fernández

Secretary of State for the Environment, Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Kingdom of...

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Secretary of State for the Environment, Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Kingdom of Spain

Hugo Morán Fernández is a Spanish politician who has served as Secretary of State for the Environment in Spain since 2018. His previous experience includes:
  • City Council of Lena (Asturias), Councillor (1987-1995) and Mayor (1995-2007).
  • Member of the Consortium for the Management of Solid Waste of Asturias CATCH (1987-2007).
  • Member of the Permanent Commission of the Association of Mining Regions ACOM Spain (1995-2007).
  • President of the Consortium for the Development of the Central Mountain of Asturias (1998-2001).
  • President of the Rural Development Group of the Central Mountain of Asturias (1998-2007).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Sanitation Board of the Principality of Asturias (2001-2007).
  • President of the Asturian Federation of Councils (2001-2007).
  • Member of the Economic and Social Council of the Principality of Asturias (2001-2007).
  • Director of the Office of Government Relations in the General Assembly of the Principality (2007-2008).
  • Deputy for Asturias in the Cortes Generales in the IX Legislature and Spokesman for the Environment of the Socialist Parliamentary Group.
  • Federal Secretary of Environment and Rural Development CEF-PSOE (37th Congress).
  • Federal Secretary of Territorial Planning and Sustainability CEF-PSOE (38th Congress).
  • Federal Secretariat for the Ecological Transition of the Economy CEF-PSOE (39th Congress).
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Pedro Gallardo

Vice President, COPA COGECA and Vice President, ALAS (Alianza Agricultura Sostenible)

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Vice President, COPA COGECA and Vice President, ALAS (Alianza Agricultura Sostenible)

Pedro Gallardo is the vice president of the Committee of Professional Agricultural Organizations (COPA), the representative body of European farmers. Pedro Gallardo's career in Europe is backed by an experience of more than 15 years during which he has carried out multisectoral tasks in different institutions such as JSCA, COPA-COGECA and FAO.

Pedro Gallardo is also a fourth generation farmer in Andalusia, southern Spain. The farming activity has about 250 hectares and the main crops are: sunflower, rapeseed, wheat, durum wheat and beans. He has managed a farm since 1996 and he has always been involved in ASAJA where he also acquired technical knowledge about agriculture. His family has been a member of ASAJA for three generations.

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Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle

Director Strategy and Policy Analysis, DG AGRI, European Commission

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Director Strategy and Policy Analysis, DG AGRI, European Commission

Since 1 January 2023, Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle has been Director Strategy and policy analysis at DG AGRI (European Commission). From 1 September 2020 to 31 December 2022, she was Director at the General Secretariat of the Council, responsible for Veterinary and Plant Health Questions, Food and Forestry. Between December 2019 and August 2020, she was Deputy Head of Cabinet of the EU Commissioner responsible for agriculture and rural development. Between 2013 and 2018, she was responsible for the implementation of the CAP in France, in her capacity as Director general for Economic and Environmental Performance of Enterprises. Between 2006 and 2013, she was Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Prior to that, she was Director General of the Food Department within the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. She also worked at the European Commission from 1991 to 1993.

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Elena Cartea González

Vice President, Scientific and Technical Areas, CSIC (The Spanish National Research Council)

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Vice President, Scientific and Technical Areas, CSIC (The Spanish National Research Council)

Elena Cartea González has been a CSIC scientist since 2000 and she has directed the Biological Mission of Galicia since 2015. She is now Vice President of Scientific-Technical Areas of the CSIC. She has a degree (1990) and PhD (1995) in Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela. She completed her training in Plant Genetics with a Master of Science in Plant Genetics from the University of Lleida, she had several international pre-doctoral stays at the INRAE in Bordeaux and several post-doctoral stays at the INRAE in Versailles, in Paris and at the University of Trasos-Montes and Alto Douro in Vila Real, Portugal.
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Alfonso Chico de Guzmán

Farm operations manager, La Junquera

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Farm operations manager, La Junquera

Alfonso Chico De Guzman is one of the pioneers in regenerative agriculture in Spain. In addition to growing vegetables and nuts on dry land, his farm in Murcia "La Junquera" has become an academic destination for people interested in regenerative agriculture thanks to the Regeneration Academy.

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Gabriel Lodares

Vice President, European Landowners' Organization

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Vice President, European Landowners' Organization

Since 1991, Gabriel has managed land in La Mancha and Andalucia, Spain. Growing Manchego sheep for milk and dairy cows, on irrigated and non-irrigated land, as well as hunting properties. ICADE (Universidad Pontifica de Comillas) economics student. Vice President of the European Landowners' Organization (ELO), as well as a board member representing Spanish landowners. Member of the board of directors of Globalcaja (a cooperative bank).

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Janez Potočnik

Chair ForumforAg and Chairman RISE Foundation

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Chair ForumforAg and Chairman RISE Foundation

Dr Janez Potočnik graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994), he was appointed Head of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as "shadow Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended in November 2014 and he was appointed as a Co-Chair of UN Environment International Resource Panel and was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre's Advisory Council. From April 2016 he is also the Partner in SYSTEMIQ. More information Twitter – @JanezPotocnik22 Facebook – potocnikjanez LinkedIn - janez-potocnik-872470a7
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Robert Renwick

Head of Business Sustainability EAME, Syngenta Crop Protection

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Head of Business Sustainability EAME, Syngenta Crop Protection

Robert has worked all his 33-year career in Syngenta, starting as an environmental chemist in R&D, progressing through regulatory and marketing roles in the UK, Chile, Brazil, Italy and latterly as Managing Director of the Iberia (Spain & Portuguese) business before taking on his current role as Head of Business Sustainability for the EAME Region in Syngenta Crop Protection in January of this year. He has a thorough understanding of global agricultural trends & challenges and speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian fluently.

Robert is passionate about agriculture and working to ensure that farmers can sustainably produce the best quality food as well as providing stability for their families, communities & generations to come.

Robert lives in Madrid and is married with 2 children, his hobbies include reading, travel, food, wine & golf, as well as spending time with his family.

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Alberto Arroyo Schnell

Head of Policy and Programme, IUCN European Regional Office

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Head of Policy and Programme, IUCN European Regional Office

Alberto Arroyo Schnell is Head of Policy and Programme at the European Regional Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He has held leading positions on EU environmental policy for the past 15 years, previously chairing the European Habitats Forum and working at WWF. His current focus is working together with the key sectors related to / impacted by / benefiting from biodiversity and nature, aiming to find ways to achieve the environmental targets jointly and to ensure ownership of these targets by all stakeholders. He has a background in Forestry Engineering.

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Website – www.iucn.org
Twitter – @IUCNBrussels
Facebook – iucnbrussels
LinkedIn – alberto-arroyo-schnel

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Mark Titterington

Co-Founder & Director, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

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Co-Founder & Director, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

Mark has enjoyed a long career in the agri-food sector having previously worked at the United Nations and for Syngenta where he held a number of senior leadership positions in corporate affairs and business sustainability in the EAME region and globally. After leaving Syngenta in 2017, Mark became Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and nurturing STEM skills in young people. Mark later became Head of Marketing and Public Affairs for Indigo Agriculture Europe GmbH. Mark is a co-founder and senior adviser to the Forum for the Future of Agriculture and a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Policy Network.
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Rosa Vañó

Founding Partner, Castillo de Canena Olive Juice

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Founding Partner, Castillo de Canena Olive Juice

Rosa Vañó has a degree in Business Administration & Economics Sciences from the Madrid Complutense University, and she has a long professional career and an extensive experience in management acquired in well recognized multinational companies in different sectors. After holding several positions of responsibility in multinational companies - the last nine years in The Coca-Cola Company as a Business Unit Manager, in 2003 she founded Castillo de Canena Olive Juice, positioning the brand as a reference of innovation and quality within the Premium olive oil market worldwide in short time.

During these years running Castillo de Canena, Rosa María Vañó has managed to consolidate the international expansion of the company, already available in more than 50 countries; a brilliant growth based on the high quality and prestige of its oils, validated with many national and international awards.

Rosa is member since 2011 of the Georgofilli Florentine Academy (the oldest Agricultural Academy in Europe), member of the Royal Academy of Gastronomy. Councilor of the Caja Sur Foundation and member of the Agri-Food Council of IESE Barcelona, of the Editorial Board of the Jaen newspaper, of the Council of Extra Virgin Alliance (USA), of the Advisory Council of the Interprofessional of Olive Oil and member of the Council of Olivar of the Junta de Andalucía. Rosa also was President of the Andalusian Academy of Gastronomy and Tourism and in 2008 received the Woman of the Year Award of the Year.

Confirmed Moderators (in alphabetical order)

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Elisa Plumed

Agricultural Journalist

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Agricultural Journalist

Elisa is a journalist (graduate in Information Sciences at the University of Navarra). She is specialized in agriculture and has been working at a trade media paper called Europa Agraria for 15 years (eight of them leading this newspaper). She is focused on written press (on paper or online), and has also experience in television and radio, blogs and podcasts. Since 2013 she is a freelance professional working in the field of communication, collaborating with various companies and media groups of agriculture and food, and with experience in event facilitation. In July 2020, she was elected President of the Association of Agri-Food Journalists of Spain, APAE, and since 2017 she has been co-director of the postgraduate Expert Course in Agri-Food Communication (the only degree in this subject that exists in Spain).

Agenda

May 31, 2023

10:00 - 14:30 (CET)

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

09:15 - 10:00 (CET)

Arrivals and registration

10:00 - 10:15 (CET)

Words of welcome

Opening of the conference

  • Elisa Plumed, Agricultural Journalist

Words of welcome

  • Elena Cartea González, Vice President, Scientific and Technical Areas, CSIC, The Spanish National Research Council

 

10:15 - 11:20 (CET)

Opening session

Video message

  • Hugo Morán Fernández, Secretary of State for the Environment, Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge

Setting the scene

  • Gabriel Lodares, Vice President, European Landowners’ Organization

Special online intervention

  • Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Director Strategy and Policy Analysis, DG AGRI, European Commission

Special video message

  • Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General, DG Legal Service, European Commission

Message from the Forum Chairman

  • Janez Potočnik, Chair ForumforAg, Chairman RISE Foundation and Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

11:20 - 12:30 (CET)

Session 1 - Sustainable production increases trade?

Panel discussion (in alphabetical order)

  • Bruno Capuzzi, Policy Officer, ApexBrasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency)
  • Samuel Juárez Casado, Advisory Member of the General Secretariat for Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Maria Cruz Vaca Escribano, Director of Economic Affairs, ANGED (Asociación Nacional Grandes Empresas de Distribución)
  • Pedro Gallardo, Vice President, COPA COGECA & Vice President, ALAS (Alianza Agricultura Sostenible)
  • Rosa Vañó, Founding Partner, Castillo de Canena Olive Juice
  • Moderator: Elisa Plumed, Agricultural Journalist

12:30 - 13:15 (CET)

Networking coffee break with snacks

13:15 - 14:30 (CET)

Session 2 - Improving biodiversity & water resilience & soil through farming - What role for regenerative agriculture?

Panel discussion (in alphabetical order)

  • Ernesto Igartua Arregui, Coordinator for the subarea of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, CSIC
  • Ana Rengifo Abbad, Islas de Corcho Natural
  • Mónica Andrés Enríquez, EVP Europe, YARA
  • Alfonso Chico de Guzmán, Farm operations manager, La Junquera
  • Robert Renwick, Head Business Sustainability EAME, Syngenta Crop Protection
  • Moderator: Elisa Plumed, Agricultural Journalist

Closing conclusions

  • Alberto Arroyo, Head of Policy and Programme, IUCN European Regional Office
  • Mark Titterington, Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

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