Conference Speakers (please click on name for presentation, where applicable)
Prof. Dr. Mark Eyskens, PA International Chairman
Minister of State Prof. Mark Eyskens is Chairman of the PA International Foundation. Prof. Eyskens was a member of thirteen consecutive Governments of Belgium bet-ween 1976 and 1992, serving as Minister of Budget, Development Cooperation, Fi-nance, Economic Affairs, Foreign Affairs and as Prime Minister. He also pursued a pa-rallel academic career as Professor of Economics at the Catholic University of Leuven. Prof. Eyskens currently serves in the Boards of various institutions including the Inter-national Crisis Group and the Institute for European Policy (as Chairman). He is the author of more than 40 books and of around 1,000 articles in newspapers and maga-zines.
Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and studied Economic Sciences at the city‟s University of National and World Economy. She joined the faculty there in 1977, and went on to have a distinguished academic career, authoring over a hund-red publications, including a textbook on macroeconomics. In 1993, she joined the World Bank as an Environmental Economist, going on to hold various positions at the institution concerning social welfare, development and sustainability. In 2008 she be-came Vice President and Corporate Secretary, working as an interlocutor between the Bank‟s senior management and its 186 national shareholders. In 2010, she acquired her current post at the Commission, where she has made the efficient and effective delivery of humanitari-an assistance a key priority.
H.E. Arif Havas Oegroseno, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union
Arif Havas Oegroseno is a career diplomat who has worked in the diplomatic service for 25 years. Prior to assuming his Ambassadorial post in Brussels, he worked in the Direc-torate-General for Legal and International Treaty Affairs in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He read law at Diponegoro Univesity in Semarang, Indonesia and Har-vard Law School. (H.E. Arif Havas Oegroseno will be speaking on behalf of H.E. Moha-med Hidayat; Minister of Industry, Republic of Indonesia).
Mr. Stephan Tanda, Member of the Management Board of Royal DSM
Stephan B. Tanda was born in Austria. He studied polymer engineering at the Univer-sity of Leoben and then Business Administration at the Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania, USA. He started his career in 1991 with DuPont. In 2000 was appointed President of Protein Technologies International, Inc. and later President and CEO of The Solae Company, a joint venture between DuPont and Bunge. In 2004, he became President and CEO of Freudenberg Nonwovens, a global group of industrial busi-nesses. Stephan joined DSM in 2007 and became a member of the Managing Board, where he is responsible for the Nutrition Cluster. In addition he has corporate respon-sibilities for the Americas, Switzerland, and the Sales and Marketing functions.
H.E. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
Prior to becoming the first President of the European Council in November 2009, H.E. Herman Van Rompuy had a successful career in Belgian Politics, serving as Prime Min-ister of Belgium from December 2008 until 25 November 2009. Prior to that, he held a number of ministerial level positions, including as a Cabinet member of Prime Minister L. Tindemans (1975-1978) and of the Minister of Finance G. Geens (1978-1980). Mr. van Rompuy has also been Director Centrum voor Politieke, Economische en Sociale Studies for 8 years, and a Lecturer at Handelshogeschool Antwerpenand and at Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool Brussel. He holds a Master in Applied Economics, K.U.Leuven.
Mr. Thijs Berman, Member of the Development Committee (DEVE) of the European Parliament
Mr. Thijs Berman was born in Coevorden in the Netherlands. He studied psychology and then worked as a journalist for Groene Amsterdammer, being stationed in Amsterdam, Paris and Moscow. He went on to work in radio and television for various broadcasters. He was elected to the European Parliament in 2004, and heads the Dutch section of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats grouping. As well as being on the De-velopment Committee, he also participates in the Human Rights sub-committee and chairs the Delegation for Relations with Afghanistan.
Mr. Werner Schultink, Chief of Nutrition, Unicef
Dr. Schultink is Associate Director in the Programme Division of UNICEF in New York and Chief of Nutrition. In this position he provides guidance on UNICEF global Nutrition policy and programming, and represents the organization on Nutrition issues. He joined UNICEF in April 1999 and has held a number of senior positions both at its Headquarters in New York, where he was a Senior Nutrition Advisor, and in the India Country Office, where he led the Child Development and Nutrition Section.
Mr. Alistair MacDonald, ASEM Counsellor, European External Action Service
Mr. Alistair MacDonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and studied European Econo-mic History at Glasgow University. He then spent two years teaching Economics at La Trobe University, Melbourne and another two years at Loughborough University in En-gland, where he taught Economics and European Studies. In 1978 he moved to Brus-sels and started working for the European Commission at DG Development. From 1995 to 2006, he has held various senior positions at DG External Relations, before serving as European Union Ambassador to the Philippines. In February 2011, he ac-quired his current post at the European External Action Service as Head of Division in the Asia Department.
Dr. Jiang Mingjun, Director General, International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization, the People’s Republic of China
Dr. Jiang Mingjun holds a Phd in Ecological Safety from the International Academy of Ecology and Life Protection Sciences in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He is now an Acade-mic at the United Nations International Royal Heritage Academy and the United Nati-ons International Academy of Ecology and Life Protection Sciences. Since 2009, Dr. Jiang has been Chairman of the UN Initiative and Technology for the Youth. In De-cember 2010, Dr. Jiang also became CEO of the Climate Change Committee of CAPDI and Director-General of IESCO, which is an Observer of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties.
Mr. Amir Mahmoud Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Food Programme
Mr. Amir Mahmoud Abdulla was born in Khartoum in Sudan and studied Electrical Enginee-ring at Imperial College in London. He returned to Sudan to work for shipping and enginee-ring companies, before joining the World Food Programme in 1991 as a logistics officer. He went on to hold various field and headquarters posts at the institution, and in 2004 was named Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe Bureau. Bet-ween 2006-8, he served as Regional Director for Southern Africa, and then became the WFP‟s Chief Financial Officer. In March 2009 he acquired his present position as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the WFP.
Prof. Dr. Satoshi Sasaki, Department of Social and Preventive Epidemiolo-gy, School of Public Health, University of Tokyo
Satoshi Sasaki, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Epi-demiology, School of Public Health, the University of Tokyo. He holds a Ph.D. (Medicine) from the Catholic University of Leuven and a Ph.D. (Medicine) from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. He has published numerous articles, including on dietary habits and dietary interven-tion and nutritional epidemiologic studies, as well as on biomarkers.
Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Head of Division of Women and Child Health, Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi
Dr Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is Husein Laljee Dewraj Professor and Chairman, Department of Pedi-atrics and Child Health at the Aga Khan University Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan, and adjunct professor in International Health & Family and Community at the department of International Health at the Boston University and Tufts University. Professor Bhutta was educated at the University of Peshawar and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He has over 250 indexed publications to date, and has won several awards for his contribution to education, reseach and child health.
Prof. Dr. Patrick Kolsteren, Coordinator Child Health and Nutrition Unit, Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Antwerp
Patrick Kolsteren is an M.D. with a postgraduate in Tropical Medicine and Paediatrics and a PhD in Medicine. He is currently Professor at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and head of the child Health and Nutrition Unit. He is also Professor at the Ghent University where he holds the chair of international nutrition. His main work and research experience is in low and middle-income countries where the unit has projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Dr. Florence Egal, Chair, UN Standing Commission on Nutrition Working Group on Household Food Security
Dr. Florence Egal has been working for 20 years in FAO in the area of Nutrition, Food Se-curity and Livelihoods. She has been focusing on local strategies for improved food secu-rity and nutrition and capacity-building of local institutions. She is also actively in inter-sectoral collaboration for nutrition as well as inter-agency initiatives for humanitarian co-ordination. (Dr. Egal will be speaking on behalf of Ms. Denise Costa Coitinho Delmuè, Executive Secretary UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, at the conference).
Viscount Etienne Davignon, President of CSR Europe
Mr. Davignon joined the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1959, where he worked for 18 years. He was directly involved with Belgium's policies in Africa, the independence of Rwanda and Burundi and the solution to the Belgium and Zaïre conflict. After leaving the civil service in 1977, he was appointed Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of industry, research and energy. He joined Société Générale de Belgique in 1985, of which he became chairman in 1989. He is also chairman of numerous other organisati-ons, inluding the Advisory Board of the Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibili-
Dr. Yasuhiko Toride, Director of Nutrition Improvement Projects, Ajinomoto Co., Inc
Dr. Yasuhiko Toride studied Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Tokyo, and then joined Ajinomoto‟s Research Laboratories in 1981. He held various positions in the compa-ny before becoming Head of New Product Development at the Fermentation & Biotechno-logy Laboratories in 2003. He then moved on to lead the company‟s European Technology & Innovation Center in 2005 before assuming his present post at the R&D Planning De-partment of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. in 2009.
Dr. Oswaldo da Costa e Silva, Vice President DSM Nutrition Improvement Program
Dr. Oswaldo da Costa e Silva studied Agronomy at the University of Brasilia, Brazil and then recieved a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of California. He began working for BASF in 1998, and held various posts at the company in Germany and the US. In 2009, he moved to the Netherlands to join DSM as Director of Research & Development for Bio-performance materials. A year later he assumed his current position as Vice President of DSM‟s Nutrition Improvement Program.
Mr. Marc van Ameringen, Executive Director of GAIN
Canadian national, Marc Van Ameringen is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), which supports programs aimed at reducing malnutrition with a focus on micronutrient deficiencies. Prior to joining GAIN in December 2004, he was Vi-ce President of the Canada-based Micronutrient Initiative (MI). Before this, he was Special Advisor to the G8 Summit within the Canadian Government‟s Department of Foreign Af-fairs and International Trade. From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Van Ameringen was a Director ba-sed in Africa for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Mr. Van Amerin-gen has served as a Board Member and Trustee of many different development organiza-tions and has published a number of books on development in Africa.
Mr. Howard Sharman, Consultant AdvanceAid and Representative of AidEx Steering Committee
Mr. Howard Sharman is a senior consultant at AdvanceAid, a new NGO set up to boost employment in Africa through the local procurement of non-food items for emergencies. The organisation has set up a hub in Nairobi and is working there with aid agencies World Vision and Catholic Relief Services. Mr. Howard Sharman gained an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London in 2008 and prior to that worked for thirty years in magazine publishing in the UK. He is a member of the steering committee for the AidEx exhibition, held in October 2011 in Brussels.
Mr. Alex Rees, Head of Hunger Reduction, Save the Children
Alexander Rees is Head of Hunger Reduction and Livelihoods at Save the Children UK, lea-ding the organisation‟s strategy on nutrition, food security and livelihoods. In the past five years his focus has been increasingly bringing evidence from programme interventions to bear on food and nutrition policy and programme design and using his advocacy skills to improve global policy and institutional architecture to achieve greater food and nutrition security. He is chairing a Task Force on civil society for the Scaling Up Nutrition move-ment.
Mr. Tarik Kadir, Desk Officer for Asia, Action Contre la Faim
Mr. Tarik Kadir studied Geography and Biology, and holds a Master of Public Health in In-ternational Health and Development from Tulane University, New Orleans. His career at ACF spans the past 11 years. He currently leads ACF operations in the South / South-East Asia region, guaranteeing the development and fulfillment of humanitarian intervention strategies in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mongolia, and Nepal. In managing the Country Directors and headquarters Pool Desk team, he oversees the development and monitoring of projects in the field.
Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Head of Division for Rural Development and Global Food Security, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Before acquiring his current position, Dr. Stefan Schmitz worked as senior advisor to the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.Before that he coordinated the German bilateral cooperation programme with South Africa and Namibia and was deputy head of the infrastructure division at the BMZ. He has held numerous lectureships at different German universities. In 1985 he graduated from Bonn University in geography and mathematics and received a PhD in geosciences from the Free University of Berlin in 2000.
Dr. Cees Smit, EGAN - Patients Network for Medical Research and Health
Cees Smit studied business economics at the Free University in Amsterdam. From 1978 he has been member of the research project „Hemophilia in The Netherlands‟ at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC). From 1987 till 1998 he was co-ordinator of the Netherlands Hemophilia Society, before going on to work in mental health. In recent years, he wrote several books on ageing with chronic diseases. Ageing with haemophilia, was published in English in 2007, and Ageing with HIV was published in Dutch on World Aids Day in
Mr. Dirk Meganck, Director for Asia, Central Asia and Pacific, Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid Directorate General
Mr. Dirk Meganck was born in Veurne, Belgium, and studied Business Economics at the University of Louvain before joining the European Commission in 1979, working for DG Budget. He moved to DG Employment in 1992 and to DG Enlargement in 1999, where he was involved in the accession of Slovakia to the European Union. In 2008 he assumed his present position as Director for Asia, Central Asia and Pacific at EuropeAid.
Mr. Paulus M. Verschuren, Senior Strategy Advisor Business & Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Mr. Paulus Verschuren is Dutch, studied biology and started his Unilever career in 1981 as an animal pathologist researching the relationship between diet, health and disease. He held several senior posts at the company before becoming a Special Advisor Business & Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, where his focus is on broadening the relationship between the private sector and development cooperation. He is also member of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
Mr. Max-Olivier Gonnet, Assistant-Director for Food Security and Economic
Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Mr. Max-Olivier Gonnet studied Law, Political Science and International Economics at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, and then joined the French ministry in 2001 as a foreign affairs advisor. In 2008 he became First Secretary at the French Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, before assuming his present role working on food security and development in the French Foreign Ministry.