Prior to returning to Dublin, McCarthy worked in Europe for Bord Bia when she held the role of director of French and Belgian operations from 1999 to 2001. She is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from University College Galway and holds a Master of Business Studies from UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. She is also an affiliate of Harvard Business School and holds a certificate in Advanced Strategic Management from IMD Business School, Switzerland.
Dr. Tiffany Lee earned both her Master of Science degree and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 2012. She practiced veterinary medicine in a mixed animal clinic in Limon, Colorado. In 2017, she earned a PhD in Pathobiology from Kansas State University. Dr. Lee currently serves as a Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for the North American Meat Institute. She is also a liaison member for both the Meat Institute’s Animal Welfare Committee and the Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance. She serves on the American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ Foundation Board, Animal Welfare Committee, and Genomics Committee. She is also chair-elect of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ Pork Safety Committee and serves on the National Swine Disease Response Council.
Health Research. In this position she has led research that examines the social and psychological constructs shaping food behaviours. She is also an Irish PI on a Horizon 2020 SUSFOOD food project that considers sustainable household food practices. Mary has published widely in international journals and recently has had papers accepted for publication in Psychology & Marketing Appetite, European Journal of Marketing, Health Communication and Consumption Markets & Culture.
Mr. Mark Griffin commenced duty as Secretary General in September 2013. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Griffin was the Assistant Secretary for Water at the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government. He led the implementation of the Government’s water reform programme, including the establishment of Irish Water, the national public water utility. He led the planning division as Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government for seven years. Prior to that he served in the Department of Foreign Affairs as Environment Counsellor at the Irish Representation to the European Union in Brussels where he led negotiations on key environmental dossiers during the 2004 Irish Presidency. He has also worked in the Department of Finance. Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.
Mr. Andrew McHugh is a dairy-farmer based in Longford who opened up his farm to the Irish Farmers Association who found ways to improve efficiency in farming. This Smart Farming programme focuses on eight key areas that have the highest costs on farms or offer the greatest savings to farmers. Mr McHugh has spoken at many events about the benefits of smart farming and has published papers outlining the process, detailing how it is better for the environment and conservative in terms of resource usage and waste.
Oisín Coghlan is the Director of Friends of the Earth, the world’s largest network of grassroots environmental organisations with over 2 million supporters in 75 countries. He was one of the co-founders of the Environmental Pillar, the advocacy coalition of national environmental NGOs in Ireland. He was elected to the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Climate Change Sciences in 2009 and served a 4-year term. Before joining Friends of the Earth, Oisín worked for 10 years in the areas of overseas aid and human rights. Oisín returned to Ireland in 2002 to become head of policy for Christian Aid, working on trade justice, aid policy and Israel/Palestine.
Roisin Hennerty is Managing Director of Ornua Global Foods Division, overseeing a portfolio of brands sold in over 100 countries. Having originally joined Ornua Cooperative in Dublin, Ireland, Roisin later moved to the US and was responsible for the strategic marketing and launch of Kerrygold Butter and Dubliner Cheese in the USA. Roisin earned her primary degree at University College Dublin, holds a Higher Diploma in International Trade from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Executive Scholars programme at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She has also completed the Board Director Development Programme at the Kellogg School of Management.