ASA Banquet and Conference 2017
The Future of Agri-food
Phil Hogan was appointed European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in 2014. He was President of the Council of EU Environment Ministers in 2013 and Chairman of the European People’s Party of Environment Ministers from 2012-2014. He served as Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government from 2011-2014 and was a Minister of State at the Department of Finance from 1994-1995. From a family farm in Kilkenny, Commissioner Hogan is a long-standing member of the Fine Gael party and was the National Director of Elections in 2010-2011 and Director of Organisation from 2002-2017.
Mary is Head of Equine and Tillage Sales at Glanbia Agribusiness where she has worked for over a decade. Monaghan born, Mary alongside her husband David runs a dairy farm in Co. Kilkenny. She has an honours degree in Agricultural Science specialising in Agribusiness and Rural Development from University College Dublin and was awarded a 2014 FBD Trust Nuffield Ireland Farming Scholarship where she focused on the climate change challenge in Irish Dairying. In 2016 she was appointed president of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) which looks after the professional interests of agricultural science graduates.
Ambassador Darci Vetter was former Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative under the Obama administration from 2014- 2017. Currently a strategic consultant working on international trade, food and agriculture issues, she serves as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she is working to launch the Yeutter Institute in International Trade and Finance. Ms. Vetter previously served as an International Trade Advisor on the Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and as Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Zoltán Somogyi is Head of Unit in charge of food-related sectors at the European Commission since 2007, ensuring policy coordination in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, biotechnology. Since 2012 his unit also covers Sanitary and Phytosanitary Market Access issues.He started his professional career in the private sector and joined the Hungarian administration in 1996 where he held various positions. In 2003, he moved to Brussels and became Head of Unit responsible for agriculture in the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU where he supervised and co-ordinated Hungary’s participation in agriculture, fisheries and SPS related EU decision making.
Brendan Gleeson is the Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. He has responsibility for policy matters relating to EU and international trade, and food and livestock industry development.
Damien O’Reilly has been a broadcaster with RTE Radio 1 since 1998. He presents the popular rural affairs radio programme, Countrywide on Saturday mornings and has also worked and presented across a range of programmes for the national broadcaster including Liveline, Drivetime and radio sport. In 2015, Damien was named the PPI speech broadcaster of the year and was also awarded the Star Prize for Broadcasting by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists in 2012 and 2016. He is current secretary of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists.
In 2015, Damien was named the PPI speech broadcaster of the year and was also awarded the Star Prize for Broadcasting by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists in 2012 and 2016. He is current secretary of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists.
Aidan O’Driscoll is Secretary General at the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM). He joined the DAFM in 1977 and has served in a variety of posts including Chief Economist from 1995 to 2001 and Assistant Secretary General from 2001 to January 2015. His most recent responsibilities as Assistant Secretary were for EU Affairs, Economics and Climate Change. Prior to this he worked in Africa and Asia in variety of roles from 1985 to 1992; served in the Irish Embassy, Rome as Agriculture Attaché from 1994 – 1995 and was Chairman of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 2000-2002.
Professor Pat Dillon is currently Head of Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme. Formerly head of Moorepark Dairy Production Research Centre, he has led many large scale research programmes over the last 25 years on topics including grazing management, animal nutrition, stocking rate and calving date, breed/strain comparisons, cow fertility, dairy cattle breeding and economic farm system modelling. His dairy research has achieved strong national and international recognition resulting in him being an invited speaker to conferences both at home and internationally including in Europe, New Zealand, Australia and US.
Joe Healy is a dairy, sheep and livestock farmer from Athenry, Co. Galway. An active member of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) for more than 20 years, he was elected President in April 2016. Joe sits on the Board of the Agricultural Trust, serves as a director of Bord Bia, a director of Farmer Business Developments and Chairman of the COPA Working Party on the Food Chain. He was President of Macra na Feirme from 1995–1997; Vice-Chairman of CEJA (European Young Farmers Association) from 1997 to 1999; Livestock Markets Analyst with the Farming Independent newspaper from 2004–2016; Chairman of Athenry Mart from 1998 to 2004 and Manager of Athenry Mart from 2004–2005.
Richard Kennedy is the Chief Executive of Devenish Group, a leading provider of nutritional solutions for the intensive livestock sector currently exporting to over 40 countries worldwide. Richard has been in the business of agriculture for his entire working life. He studied agriculture at University College Dublin (UCD) where he graduated with a B.Agr.Sc.. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of Devenish Group, Richard held a number of different positions within the organisation since 1998. These include Pig Nutritionist, Export Director, Operations Director and Sales Director.
Karina Pierce is lecturer in dairy husbandry in University College Dublin and is coordinator of the UCD/ Teagasc degree programme in dairy business and of the professional diploma in dairy farm management. Karina graduated with a BAgrSc in 2001 and completed her PhD in animal nutrition in 2005. She worked as a nutritionist with Brett Brothers for two years before returning to lecture at UCD. Karina is a member of the board of Teagasc and chairs the Teagasc research committee. She was President of the Agricultural Science Association in 2011/12.
Jim Bergin was appointed CEO and director of Glanbia Ireland, a new joint venture combining Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Glanbia Consumer Products and Glanbia Agribusiness, in July 2017. Jim joined the Glanbia Group in 1984 and has held a number of senior positions within the organisation including Finance Director Agribusiness and Group Business Process Director. He was appointed Chief Executive of Dairy Ingredients Ireland in 2005 and CEO & Director of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland in November 2012. Jim is also a director of Ornua Co-operative Society Ltd & was Chairman of the Irish Dairy Industry Association (IDIA) from 2011-2013.
Eoin Lowry is the Agribusiness Editor at the Irish Farmers Journal. From a tillage farm in Ratheniska, Laois, Eoin graduated from UCD with a BAgrSc in 2001. After completing a MAgrSc he started his career as product manager with the French fertilizer company Groupe Roullier before becoming operations manager with the Cooney Furlong Grain Company in Wexford. In 2008, he graduated with an MBA from Smurfit School of Business and was appointed managing director of Target Fertilizers. Eoin is a past President of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) and of the Irish Fertilizer Marketing Association.
Nicola Shadbolt is a Massey University Professor of Farm & AgriBusiness Management in New Zealand. She is also an elected Director of Fonterra Cooperative, Director of the International Food & Agribusiness Management Association, Director of Hopkins Farming Group Ltd, Editor of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and International Journal of Agricultural Management. She represents New Zealand in the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) in Dairying. Nicola, has been a farmer for over 30 years and is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jeroen joined the Mgt team of the cheese division former Friesland Foods in 2004 . In 2007 he was appointed Corporate HR Director and joined the merger team between former Friesland Foods and Campina. On the 1st April 2014, the last day of the milk quota system he was appointed Corporate Director Cooperative Affairs. Prior to these roles he has held a number of senior position at Stork, General Electrics and Rexam PLC in The Netherlands and overseas.
Joe Gill is Director of Corporate Broking with Goodbody Stockbrokers. In this role he advises a variety of companies including agri-food businesses on equity funding and investor strategies. Joe was an award-winning equity analyst before his corporate broking role and worked with a number of investment banks in Ireland and Europe. Prior to his career in investment banking, Joe was Chief Economist with the Irish Co-op Organisation Society (ICOS), where he was a strong advocate of consolidation in the Irish dairy industry.
Tara McCarthy is the Chief Executive of Bord Bia. Previously she was Chief Executive for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Director of the Food and Beverages Division in Bord Bia. Tara brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the wider food industry including in overseas markets in Germany, France and Belgium. An affiliate of IMD Business School, Switzerland, Tara has been a regular contributor to the Government’s Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025 reports and succeeded in delivering a number of instrumental initiatives for the Irish Food Industry under the ‘Pathways for Growth’ programme.
Niall Browne became Chief Executive of Dawn Meats in 2007. Having graduated from University of Limerick with a Business Studies Degree in Marketing and Agribusiness, he joined the Dawn Meats Graduate Management Programme. He progressed through the organisation working in a number of different sites between Ireland and the UK gaining experience in production, livestock procurement, marketing and general management before being appointed by the Board to the position of Chief Executive. Niall is passionate about innovation at Dawn and is proud to regularly win new product awards.
Rowena Dwyer is the Chief Economist of the Irish Farmers’ Association and provides analysis for the organisation on national economic and budgetary issues, as well as developments in international agriculture and trade issues. She represents the IFA in negotiations with Government on the Budget and CAP Reform, and with banks and regulators on farm business and credit issues.
Prior to joining the IFA, Rowena worked in a number of public and private sector organisations. Rowena is a graduate in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, with an MSc in Public Economics from the University of York.
Maeve Dineen is an independent financial communications and strategy consultant working with some of the country’s most respected public companies. She holds an agricultural science degree from University College Dublin (UCD) and a Master’s in communications from Queens University/DCU. As a former journalist, Maeve has spent a significant part of her career in the media and was both Business Editor and Agricultural Editor with the Irish Independent newspaper. Maeve is currently Chair of the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman.