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ASA Banquet and Conference 2018

From Consumer Trust to Trade Wars, the Challenge for Agri-Food

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Derrie Dillon

Derrie Dillon was appointed the 67th President of the Agricultural Science Association in September 2017 following a 12 month tenure as vice-president. A proud Kerryman, Derrie is currently the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Manager with Macra na Feirme, the rural youth and young farmers organisation. Derrie holds a MAgSc in Rural Development from UCD where he joined the ASA in his final year.  Derrie’s passion and ambition to develop agricultural science graduates and allow them to realise their own potential extends to his current roles with both Macra and the ASA.

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Michael Creed, TD

Michael Creed TD is Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. From Macroom in County Cork, he was a member of Cork County Council from 1987 until 2007 and served as chairman from 2005 to 2006.He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1989 general election and retained his seat until 2002. After regaining his Dáil seat at the 2007 general election, he was party spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (2007–10). At the 2011 general election he topped the poll in the first preference vote and in the 2016 general election he was the first to be elected.

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Michael Wallace

Michael Wallace is Professor of Agriculture and Food Economics at UCD.  From a dairy farming background in Monaghan, he graduated with BSc and PhD in agricultural economics from Queen’s University and MSc in economics from the University of Warwick. He commenced his academic career as Lecturer and coordinator of the BAgrSc Food and Agribusiness Management degree programme at UCD. From 2015-2018 he was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Agribusiness Management at Newcastle University. He is a research affiliate of the ESRC-funded ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ initiative where his recent work has focussed on analysing farm-level implications of Brexit.

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Peter Paul Coppes

Peter Paul Coppes is the Senior Analyst Dairy within the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Europe team. He built his experience at two dairy cooperatives, FrieslandCampina and Fonterra, along with a short stint at DE Masterblenders (Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee). Between 1998 and 2012, he held various finance director/managing director roles in five countries spread over three different continents. Prior to joining Rabobank, Peter Paul led a dairy start-up called smart | dairy and performed several consultancy assignments. He holds a master’s in Business Administration, a post-doc in Controlling, and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

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Joe Healy

Joe Healy is a dairy, sheep and livestock farmer from Athenry, Co. Galway. An active member of the Irish Farmers Association for more than 20 years, he was elected President in April 2016. Joe sits on the Board of the Agricultural Trust, is 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 1995–1997; Vice-Chairman of CEJA 1997 to 1999; Livestock Markets Analyst with the Farming Independent newspaper 2004–2016; and former Chairman and Manager of Athenry Mart.

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Owen Brennan

Owen Brennan is Executive Chairman of Devenish Group. Owen served as President of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association and was previously Chairman of the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) and served on the Agri-Food Strategy Board in Northern Ireland. Owen graduated from UCD in 1982 with a degree in Agriculture and in 1992 with an MBA from the Smurfit Business School. In 1997 he led the team which acquired Devenish Feeds, now Devenish Nutrition Ltd. In 2015, Owen was conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by University College Dublin.

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Joe Gill

Joe Gill is director of corporate broking with Goodbody Capital Markets. 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.

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Zoe Kavanagh

Zoë Kavanagh has held the position of Chief Executive at the National Dairy Council since 2011. Prior to her role with NDC, she worked with PepsiCo for over 16 years including as General Manager (Ireland-Beverages) for almost 4 years. A BAgSc graduate from UCD (Agriculture & Food Engineering) in 1994, her previous roles with PepsiCo included International Account Manager for foodservice (responsible for 13 European markets); and International Customer Operations Manager. Ms. Kavanagh brings to the dairy sector a unique level of commercial and marketing experience spanning the Brand, Consumer and Foodservice sectors.

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Amii McKeever

Amii McKeever is the Editor of Irish Country Living and the current Vice President of the ASA. Before joining the Irish Farmers Journal, Amii worked in Glanbia and the Irish Farmers’ Association.  She graduated from UCD with a BAgrSc in 2003, a Masters in Animal Science in 2005 and a diploma in Strategic Growth from Smurfit Business School in 2013.  She completed a Nuffield Scholarship in 2011 and is a board member of Nuffield Ireland on which she heads up the communications portfolio. She is also a member of Ceres, the Women in Agri-Business Leadership Network.

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Ted McKinney

Ted McKinney serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. In this role, McKinney develops and implements the Department’s trade policy, oversees and facilitates foreign market access, and promotes opportunities for U.S. agriculture through various trade programs and high-level government negotiations. Prior positions have included Director of Global Corporate Affairs for Elanco, and Dow AgroSciences where he spent 19 years. Before joining the USDA in 2017, McKinney was appointed by then-Governor Mike Pence to serve as Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

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Thia Hennessy

Thia Hennessy was appointed Dean of Cork University Business School at UCC in 2017 where she is also Professor and Chair of Agri-Food Economics. Her research interests include the sustainable development of the agri-food sector with a particular interest in the impact of public policy on food production. Prof Hennessy is a member of a number of international research consortia, and is published widely in both academic literature and mainstream media. Prior to UCC, Thia worked in Teagasc, where she held several positions in the Agricultural Economics department including Head of Department 1998 – 2016.

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Kevin Cahill

Kevin Cahill is the Managing Director of Europe at the OSI Group, the premier global supplier of custom value-added food products to the world’s leading foodservice and retail food brands. The OSI Group works as part of an integrated supply chain processing over 400,000 cattle annually and adding value to 300,000 tonnes of Beef, Chicken, and Pork products. Kevin leads the group in 20 manufacturing sites across 8 European countries. Prior to this, he worked within the Meat Industry for over 20 years, most recently as CEO of Kepak in their Groups Meat Division from 2011-2016.

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Dennis Laycraft

Dennis Laycraft is Executive Vice President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association where he serves as a spokesperson for the beef cattle industry on trade, product safety, and animal disease issues. As a senior policy analyst and lobbyist, Dennis addresses issues at national and international level which impact Canada’s beef cattle industry, manages legal actions regarding unfair trade practices and is a member of the industry technical advisory group on World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations. As president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and now past-president, Dennis continues to help shape the sustainability discussion in beef producing countries around the world.

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Padraig Brennan

Padraig Brennan is Director of Markets with Bord Bia where he manages the organisations 13 international offices and oversees the implementation of its international marketing and promotion programme for food and drink. Padraig also manages Bord Bia’s Industry Talent Development Programme. Padraig was previously Sustainability Development Manager in Bord Bia where he led the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability programme. Padraig hails from a farming background, and holds a BA Agricultural science from UCD and an MA in Business Development from the University of Western Australia.

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Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy became CEO of the Irish Farmers Journal in January 2014, having been appointed Editor of the paper in March 2013. Prior to this, Justin had held the position of Livestock Editor with the Irish Farmers Journal since August 2005. In 2004 he was awarded a Nuffield farming scholarship to research Profitable Beef Production from the Suckler herd, which saw him travel throughout Europe and New Zealand. Justin has also held the role of Beef Specialist with Teagasc, where he coordinated the Teagasc Dawn Meats Partnership in the West of Ireland.

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John Jordan

John Jordan was appointed Chief Executive of Ornua in July 2018 and is responsible for developing long term strategies to grow Ornua’s consumer sales portfolios across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to this he held the position of CEO at DPI Speciality Foods, the third largest specialty food distributor in the USA. In this role, John played an active role in the sale of this business to a private equity firm. John holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin, a M.Sc. in Environmental Resource Management from UCD and a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from DCU.

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Nicola Byrne

Nicola is currently President of the Irish Exporters Association with her appointment in November 2017 making her the first ever female to hold the role in the association’s 65-year history. Nicola has founded several successful businesses including Cloud90, and11890 Directory enquiries which still operate today. A member of Fingal LEO for the past decade, in this role Nicola helps to fund start-ups at a local level. She is a European ambassador for female entrepreneurship, and has held roles with the DCU Ryan Academy For Entrepreneurship Advisory Board from 2012-2014, and acted as Chairperson of the RBS Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards 2011/12.

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John Roche

Dr. John Roche is the Chief Science Adviser for New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries and Managing Director and Principal Consultant for Down to Earth Advice Ltd.
He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed science journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Roche is one of the most recognized authorities on the nutrition of grazing dairy cows, with a keen focus on profitability. Most recently, he was Principal Scientist for Animal Science at DairyNZ and has also held science appointments with the National Centre for Dairy Production Research at Moorepark in Ireland, the Department of Primary Industries in Australia, and the University of Tasmania.

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Ian Proudfoot

Ian Proudfoot is the Global Head of Agribusiness for KPMG NZ, and has held the position since 2013. A leading strategic thinker on Agribusiness in New Zealand, Ian is also responsible for developing KPMG agribusiness focus groups, and authors a series of thought leadership reports for the company. Ian first joined KPMG NZ in 1996 after obtaining a BSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick. A chartered Accountant and registered Auditor, Ian also is in progress to develop an urban agricultural experience centre and show farm in Auckland to highlight to children in urban areas the contribution the industry provides to NZ and the career opportunities available.

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Karina Pierce

Karina Pierce is Associate Professor of dairy production 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 was a member of the Teagasc Authority from 2013-2018 and was President of the ASA in 2011/12.

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Tadhg Buckley

Tadhg Buckley is Head of Agriculture with AIB Bank. Tadhg joined AIB in 2000 and holds a Degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Limerick. Tadhg is also a 2009 Nuffield Scholar – his study examined the role of Dairy Futures Markets & other Price Risk Management Mechanisms can play in the EU Dairy Industry.

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