ASA Conference 2015 – 11 September 2015
ASA Conference 2015
Lyrath Estate Hotel Friday 11 September
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Keynote Address: Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine
Kevin Bellamy, Senior Global Analyst, Rabobank Europe
John Moloney, Chairman Agri food Strategy Committee
Hugh McGuire, Chief Executive, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Chicago, U.S.
Rogier Schulte, Leader Translational Research on sustainable Food Production, Teagasc Johnstown Castle
Press Release: Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus European Agricultural Policy, Trinity College
Press Release: Kevin Bellamy, Senior Global Analyst, Rabobank Europe
Press Release: Rogier Schulte, Leader Translational Research on sustainable Food Production, Teagasc Johnstown Castle
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Monday 14 September 2015
ASA Elects New President
Neil Keane has been elected President of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA), the professional body for graduates working in all areas of the agri-food sector.
He becomes the 65th President of the ASA, one of Ireland’s oldest professional associations.
From Dublin, Neil holds a BAgrSc and MAgrSc from UCD. He started his career with Westmeath agri merchant Thomas Flynn before moving to England to work with the co-op Countrywest Trading.
In 2005, he joined Alltech UK and is currently commercial director of Alltech’s ruminant business across Europe. He lives in Carlow with his wife Fiona and three children, Matilda, Tomás and Hugh.
Neil, who served as ASA Vice-President for the past 12 months, takes over as President from Eoin Lowry, agribusiness editor of the Irish Farmers Journal, whose term of office ended at the ASA annual general meeting on 11 September.
New ASA President Neil Keane with Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
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Friday 11 September 2015
Roy Geary Wins ASA Novus Award
Roy Geary, a senior executive with multinational animal health company Zoetis, has been selected as the overall winner of the inaugural ASA Novus award.
The hotly contested award, sponsored by Kerry Group, is aimed at recognising outstanding leadership among graduates working in the Irish agri-food sector.
Roy, who is General Manager for the Nordic Region and Ireland with Zoetis, was one of five finalists selected from a field of almost 40 high calibre applicants from across the entire spectrum of the agri-food sector.
He was presented with the 2015 Novus Award by Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs Kerry Group, at the ASA conference banquet which was attended by 600 leading agri-food industry executives in the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny on Thursday 10 September.
As winner of the 2015 award, which is valued at €10,000, Roy will represent the ASA and the Irish agri-food industry at the prestigious Harvard Business School Agribusiness seminar which takes place over four days in Boston, USA in January 2016. The seminar will be attended by leading executives from the global agriculture and food sector.
From Cork, Roy Geary is a graduate in agricultural science from UCD and holds an MBA from UCC. He started his career in the AI and farm services division of Dairygold. Since joining Zoetis in 2003, he has held a number of senior positions including business development and country manager before taking up his current role in June 2014. He is also Chairman of the animal health division of the Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA), the representative body for manufacturers and distributors on animal medicines.
Congratulating Roy Geary on being selected as the first winner of the award, ASA President Eoin Lowry said the overall quality of applications demonstrates the outstanding calibre of professionals within the agri-food sector.
The other finalists were: Dr Anne Finnegan, AIB; Páidí Kelly, PhD student Teagasc Moorepark; Dr Stan Lalor, Grassland AGRO and Dr Karina Pierce, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science.
Members of the final judging panel were: Albert McQuaid, Chief Technology Officer Kerry Group; Prof Paul Ross, Head of the UCC School of Science, Engineering and Food Science; Tara McCarthy, Director of the Food and Beverage Division Bord Bia (Chief Executive of BIM since 1 September 2015); and Liam Myles, former Teagasc education specialist, who chaired the judging panel.
Roy Geary (centre) winner of the ASA Novus award with Frank Hayes (right), Director of Corporate Affairs Kerry Group, award sponsors and ASA President Eoin Lowry.
The final judging panel for the ASA Novus Award, from left: Liam Myles, ASA, chairman, Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive BIM (former Director of the Food and Beverage Division Bord Bia), Prof Paul Ross, Head of the UCC School of Science, Engineering and Food Science and Albert McQuaid, Chief Technology Officer Kerry Group.
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