The Hotel, Brussels

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
12:30 - 17:00 (CET)
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In the context of the actual debate on feeding the world Ukraine is playing a special role as well-known for being one of the largest food baskets in the world. The agricultural sector has an exceptional dimension in Ukrainian economy and in the global agri-food supply. In this context, we are particularly concerned about the tragic and severe consequences of the war in Ukraine, both for the Ukrainian population and for the populations of other countries whose survival and economic prosperity is linked to agricultural production and agrifood trade flows from Ukraine.

CEMA has developed a position paper to contribute to the thinking of all parties involved in the reconstruction and recovery of Ukraine’s agriculture after the war. This paper is proposing some guiding principles for rebuilding a forward-looking agricultural sector that is more aligned with the EU architecture. It will be a starting point of the debate taking place that day.

The event will start with a networking lunch, followed by 3 expert panel sessions and a plenary discussion.

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order)

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Nazar Bobitski

Head of the UCAB EU office, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club

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Head of the UCAB EU office, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club

As Director of the EU Office, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club, Nazar Bobitski is the voice of Ukrainian Agriculture in the EU.

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Vincent Cordonnier

Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

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Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Vincent Cordonnier is a French national. He holds a Master's degree in Agronomy from AgroParisTech. He has been working in the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission (DG AGRI) since 2008. He is currently Deputy Head of Unit G.4 – Neighbourhood, enlargement and pre-accession assistance.

Since he joined DG AGRI, he has held various positions and has gained experience in team management, international policy and trade, policy development, analysis and Outlook, financial management and communication.

Throughout his career, Vincent Cordonnier worked on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the negotiations of free trade agreements with Japan and Ecuador, geographical indications, and the management of the Farm Accountancy data Network. He has been responsible for the organisation of the EU Agricultural Outlook Conference from 2020 to 2023.

He is fluent in French and English.

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Gilles Dryancour

Chairman of the CEMA Strategic Committee and Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Europe, John Deere

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Chairman of the CEMA Strategic Committee and Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Europe, John Deere

Gilles Dryancour is Vice President Corporate Affairs for Europe for the company John Deere and John Deere Fellow. He was re-elected as Chairman of the CEMA Strategic Committee in June 2023.

The CEMA Strategic Committee advises and provides recommendations on policy developments to the CEMA Board of Directors, in order to assess policy options and anticipate challenges related to European policies affecting the industry. Members of the Committee are national associations representatives and companies’ delegates.

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Andrii Dykun

Chairman, Ukrainian Agri Council

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Chairman, Ukrainian Agri Council

Andrii Dykun heads up the “Ukrainian Agri Council” Public Union (“UAC” Public Union), which is a voluntary, non-governmental organization which was found in June, 2014. The Union was established on the basis of common interests and is aimed to realize rights and freedoms, protect legitimate social and economic interests of its members. The Union members’ total land area is 2,100,000 ha.

Andrii is also the President of the Association of Milk Producers of Ukraine that comprises of 150 member farms that produce 40% of raw milk processed in Ukraine and the former Deputy Minister of Agriculture in Ukraine holding the position in 2014-2015 before embarking on his current roles.

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Tassos Haniotis

Member of the Advisory Council, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

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Member of the Advisory Council, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

Tassos Haniotis recently retired, after a 33-year career in the Commission, as the Director of Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis in the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission. Tassos is a member of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture Advisory Council and a Senior Guest Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He previously held posts as Head of Unit in the Agricultural Policy Analysis and Perspectives unit and the Agricultural Trade Policy Analysis unit in the same Directorate General, as Member and subsequently Deputy Head of the Cabinet of former European Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler (with respective responsibilities the preparation of the 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, and the agricultural chapter of the Doha WTO Round and the EU-Mercosur negotiations), and as the Agricultural Counsellor of the European Commission’s Delegation in the United States. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia, USA, and a B.A. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business, in his native Greece. Before joining the European Commission, he spent six months as a visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Agricultural Studies, Wye College, University of London, focusing on EU-US agricultural trade relations in the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations. He hold a Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Thessaloniki. Active in the ag research community, he is a member of the International and European Associations of Ag Economics, the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, and the EU Nitrogen Expert Panel.
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Olena Kovalova

Former Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

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Former Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Olena Kovalova is a former Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (2015-2019), Director of Institute of Continuing Education of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (2020-2022) and an expert in Food Security and Food System Transformations. 

She was a Facilitator of the Process of the National Dialogue on Food Systems Transformation in Ukraine and provided expert opinion on the preparation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative; cooperated with the World Bank, UN WFP, and UNIDO.

She is a Dr. Sc. Economics.

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Alessandro Malavolti

Vice-President, CEMA

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Vice-President, CEMA

Alessandro Malavolti was born in Italy in 1971, he graduated in Business Administration at the University of Modena (Italy). He joined the family business – the AMA group, leader in the production and distribution of components and accessories for agricultural and lawn care machinery – after completing his studies in 1994, and held various positions of responsibility within the company until becoming CEO in 1998. Member of the Board of the Territorial Association of Confindustria of Reggio Emilia from 2007 to 2011 and of the Executive Council from 2011 to 2013, then permanent invitee in the Extended Body of Unindustria Reggio Emilia from 2015 to 2017. Director of FederUnacoma from 2006 to 2012, President of Comacomp (Association of Component manufacturers) from 2012 to 2017, Vice President of FederUnacoma from 2013 to 2017, President of FederUnacoma from 2017 to 2023 and Vice-President of CEMA from 2022.

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Dirk Stratmann

Spokesman Ukraine and Central Asia, GAA (German Agribusiness Alliance, Berlin)

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Spokesman Ukraine and Central Asia, GAA (German Agribusiness Alliance, Berlin)

Dirk Stratmann completed apprenticeships as an industrial merchant as well as an expert merchant for foreign trade and has many years of experience in the international agribusiness. For more than 30 years he has worked in different leadership positions for the world's leading agricultural machinery manufacturer John Deere.

Dirk Stratmann is founder and general manager of the consulting company 3L Teamwork GmbH, based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Furthermore, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Merz Financial AG, Zurich. Since many years he is also actively engaged in voluntary association assignments at the GAA (German Agribusiness Alliance), part of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OA), and the VDMA, German Mechanical Engineering Federation, Agricultural Machinery.

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Serhiy Tereshko

Deputy Head, Mission of Ukraine to the European Union

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Deputy Head, Mission of Ukraine to the European Union

Serhiy Tereshko is Deputy Head, Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

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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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Taras Vysotskyi

Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

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Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

From 2006, Taras was the manager of the private enterprise "Zdolbunivvetpostach" and from 2011 to 2013, he was an expert on agricultural markets at LLC "Nika PP". From 2013 to 2019 he was an expert on agricultural markets and became the General Director of the Ukrainian Club of Agrarian Business.

In 2019, he was appointed as the First Deputy Head of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration and was appointed Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture of Ukraine.

In May 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine appointed Taras Vysotskiy as the First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and in May 2024 he was appointed as the Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

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Albertine van Wolfswinkel

Head of Corporate Responsibility Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cargill

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Head of Corporate Responsibility Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cargill

Albertine van Wolfswinkel is the Regional Lead for Cargill’s Corporate Responsibility team in Europe, Middle East and Africa. She joined Cargill in 2021.

The Corporate Responsibility team builds strategic external partnerships and deploys philanthropic investments that advance Cargill’s social and environmental priorities (ESG) and support needs of local communities, including the Ukraine response efforts. Last fiscal year, Cargill deployed $115.5 million across 70 countries to drive impact across multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to Cargill, Albertine worked at Danone in various roles amongst which Corporate Affairs Director for the Benelux and started her career at Unilever.

Albertine graduated from the University of Utrecht and holds a master’s degree in medical biology.

Agenda

Jun 18, 2024

12:30 - 17:00 (CET)

12:30 - 13:30 (CET)

Arrival of participants, light lunch and networking

13:30 - 13:45 (CET)

Welcome and introduction

Speakers

  • Serhiy Tereshko, Deputy Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Alessandro Malavoti, CEMA Vice-President

13:45 - 14:50 (CET)

Panel 1: Ukraine Recovery / Ukraine Facility Plan for agriculture

Opening statement

  • Dr Gilles Dryancour, Chairman of the CEMA Strategic Committee and Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Europe, John Deere

Panel session including Q&A with audience

  • Dr Gilles Dryancour, Chairman of the CEMA Strategic Committee and Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Europe, John Deere
  • Dirk Stratmann, GAA -German Agribusiness Alliance
  • Further speakers to be confirmed

Moderator

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

14:50 - 15:50 (CET)

Panel 2: Global market access for Ukrainian agriculture

Opening statement

  • Tassos Haniotis, Sustainable Productivity Adviser, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

Panel session including Q&A with audience

  • Tassos Haniotis, Sustainable Productivity Adviser, ForumforAg
  • Albertine Van Wolfswinkel, Cargill
  • Olena Kovalova, Sc.Ec., former Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Moderator

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

15:50 - 16:00 (CET)

Short break

15:50 - 16:50 (CET)

Panel 3: EU framework and Ukrainian agriculture

Opening statement

  • Vincent Cordonnier, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Taras Vysotskyi, Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, First Deputy Minister

Panel session including Q&A with audience

  • Cedric Benoist, AGPB (France)
  • Baltic States/Scandinavia representative
  • Andrii Dykun, Chairman, Ukrainian Agri Council
  • Nazar Bobitski, Director, Brussels office, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB)
  • Further speaker to be confirmed

Moderator

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

16:50 - 17:00 (CET)

Concluding remarks

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