European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development

speakerJohn Clarke is the Director for International Relations at DG Agriculture in the European Commission.

He was previously Head of the EU Delegation to the WTO and the UN in Geneva. He joined the European Commission in 1993 as a trade negotiator.

From 1983 to 1993, John Clarke was an official of the Hong Kong Government, working in the team responsible for raising HK's standard of living and bringing it to developed country status by the late 1980's.

Mr Sergio PAVON

European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development

speakerSergio Pavon works in Brussels at the European Commission (Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development) as an expert in international negotiation issues. Part of his professional career was developed in the Directorate-General (DG) for Foreign Trade (exports of agri-food products) and in the DG for Health and Consumer Protection (audits, animal identification and traceability). He has been the spokesman of the European Commission to several International Organizations (World Trade Organization, FAO, ISO, UNCTAD, STDF, etc.) Before working for the European Commission, he developed part of his professional career in countries such as Spain, the United Kingdom and France. His current functions in DG Agriculture and Rural Development include the management of international trade policies such as technical barriers to trade, trade defense instruments, promotion, Geographical Indications, rules of origin and sanitary measures.

Mr Bernard Vallat

Vice-President of CLITRAVI - Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the EU

speaker Dr. Bernard Vallat started his professional career as a livestock development specialist in African countries for 17 years and then in French cooperation headquarters for 4 years.
He continued as Chief Veterinary Officer of France for 5 years.
Then he was elected Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May 2000 by the World Assembly, which brings together the national delegates of 181 OIE Member Countries. His first five-year term of office began on 1 January 2001. In May 2005 and 2010, he was reelected for a second and third mandate. Since 1 January 2016, he has served as Honorary Director General of the OIE.
Dr. Vallat has been honored in the USA with the Pennsylvania Veterinary World Award in 2008, Michael J. Mansfield Award (US Meat Export Federation) in 2006, SSAFE Leadership Award in 2011 and SSAFE honorary advisor nomination in 2016.
In June 2017, he was elected President of the French National Federation of Meat Transformation Industry and started his new role on 1 September 2017.

Mr Philippe BINARD

General Delegate of FRESHFEL EUROPE

speaker Philippe Binard is a Belgian national born in 1961 and has a legal background from the University of Leuven (1984).
Philippe Binard joined the fresh fruit and vegetable business in 1987. Since 2002, he has served as the General Delegate of Freshfel Europe, the association representing the interests of the fresh fruit and vegetable sector at the European level. Freshfel (www.freshfel.org) was launched as the single platform for the European fresh fruit and vegetable sector. Today, Freshfel Europe incorporates more than 200 members (associations and companies) across the chain, from production to retail, within a fresh produce business worth €200 billion. Alongside its members, Freshfel Europe closely follows EU agriculture, trade, food and plant safety policy as well as sustainability developments. Freshfel also engages in promotional activities and issues an annual Consumption Monitor.
On behalf of Freshfel Europe, Philippe Binard sits on various advisory and expert committees of the European Commission, actively participates in the activities of several fruit and vegetable organisations, and regularly speaks at conferences on a wide variety of topics relevant for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector.


Professor at European College of Parma Foundation

speaker Patrick Deboyser is Professor at the European College of Parma, where he is teaching on Food Law and Pharmaceutical Law. Previously, he has lectured on EU Law at the University of Brussels and at the University of Louvain. From 1984 to 2018, he was an official of the European Commission, where he held various positions including: Head of Pharmaceuticals, Head of Cosmetics, Head of Food Law and Biotechnology, Adviser to the Director-General of DG SANTE and Minister-Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand.

Mr Emmanuel TREUIL

Representative of European Dairy Association

speaker Dr Emmanuel Treuil is the Head of the Food Law & Nutrition Department of a well-known French group particularly active in the dairy sector: Savencia Saveurs & Spécialités. Familiar with the French food cooperatives environment, where he previously worked as a lawyer, he started his career in the insurance industry.
In July 2017, he was elected President of a French dairy trade association (Association de la Transformation Laitière – ATLA). He also holds different responsibilities in several French and European Food Federations. In addition, Dr Treuil is active in academic circles as Food Law lecturer, notably at the University of Nantes, and as author of different publications in the field of Food and Environmental Law.

Ms Sylvie COULON

European Commission, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety

speaker Dr Sylvie Coulon is a veterinarian and received her diploma at Maisons Alfort (France). She has worked in DG SANTE (DG for Health and Food Safety) since 2002. The Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety is responsible for EU policy on food safety and health and for monitoring the implementation of related laws within the EU. After years of serving as a vet practitioner in rural areas, she worked for 10 years in the French Ministry of Agriculture at a regional and central level, namely in the area of food safety.
She served as Deputy Agricultural Attaché at the French Embassy in London for two years before joining DG SANTE in 2002, holding various positions in the unit in charge of National Residues Programmes, the RASFF system, international multilateral relations and food hygiene.
She now works in the unit responsible for international bilateral relations where she is primarily responsible for all East Asian countries, except China/Japan, and deals with all aspects related to SPS issues in DG SANTE.

Mr Tomasz MAY

European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development

speaker Tomasz May is a Polish national and graduate of Poznan Agricultural University’s Economics of the Food Economy programme. He joined the European Commission in 2005 and, since 2008, has worked at the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development as an auditor for the EU Rural Development Programmes. Currently, he works at the European Commission as an expert in international negotiation and relations issues, which includes relations with India.

Mr Jonathan CHEW

Associate Director, Corporate Affairs for Pernod Ricard Asia

speaker Jonathan Chew has been working in government relations and policy with Pernod Ricard for the last five years; as Head of Public Affairs for Australia, and later New Zealand; and more recently as Associate Director, Corporate Affairs, for Pernod Ricard Asia, based in Hong Kong. His current responsibilities include market access, alcohol standards, regulatory and taxation policy across north Asia, south east Asia and India.

Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, Jonathan spent four years as a public affairs and governance advisor in the hospitality and gaming industry in Australia. He started his career in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the international law department, served in the Australian embassies in Tel Aviv (as Deputy Head of Mission) and Wellington, and was as an advisor on matters of international law and foreign policy in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.


Advisor UECBV - European Livestock & Meat Trades Union

speaker Jean-Luc Mériaux was born in France in 1955 and graduated from the University of Lille (France). He was Secretary General of the European Livestock & Meat Trades Union (UECBV) between 1980 till 2019. UECBV - founded in 1952 - is the voice of national federations representing livestock markets, livestock traders (of cattle, horses, sheep and pigs) and meat traders (of beef, horse, sheep and pig meat), slaughterhouses, cutting plants and meat preparation plants. In total, some 20,000 firms of all sizes and 230,000 jobs are represented within the UECBV through its national member federations.

As Secretary General of UECBV, Jean-Luc Mériaux represented the EU meat industry at the EU and international levels. At the EU level, he participated in the forecast working groups for the bovine, ovine and porcine markets. At international level, he delivered speeches and presentations on the EU meat market in conferences.

Jean-Luc Mériaux was also a board member of the EU food trade association (CELCAA).

Dr. Ashok DALWAI

Chairman, Committee on Doubling of Farmers' Income, Ministry of Agriculture

speaker Ashok Dalwai, as a member of the Indian Administrative Service of the 1984 batch served the Odisha Cadre. He has served in different capacities at both field and policy formulation stages in the States of Odisha and Karnataka, as also Government of India. His grass root level experience in different backward and tribal pockets of Odisha, besides as District Collector of Kalahandi (Odisha) and Raichur (Karnataka); and Commissioner of Bangalore City Corporation bring him close understanding of peoples’ issues in both rural & urban settings. At the senior level, he has served as Secretary and Principal Secretary in the Departments of Industries, Steel, Mines and Textiles, besides various tenures as Chairman and Managing Director of Public Sector Undertakings, Research and Academic Institutions.
He is serving Government of India since 2010. He is one of the initial members of UIDAI team that rolled out bio-metric based resident enrolment for Aadhaar. As Head of the Technology Centre of UIDAI, his role in building a robust technology platform has been well appreciated.
Since 2015, he has been with the Ministry of Agriculture of Government of India. He is presently serving as Chief Executive Officer, National Rainfed Area Authority in the rank of Secretary to Govt. of India. He is also the Chairman of Inter-Ministerial Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income.
He has always focussed on effective delivery of services and on good governance. Some of the important contributions include the first Agriculture Policy of the State of Odisha, first Textile Policy of Karnataka, Self-Assessment Scheme for Assessment of Property Tax in the city of Bengaluru (which was subsequently adopted across the country), launch of Swachh Bengaluru - a new initiative in solid waste management, Participatory Irrigation Management, restructuring of State PSUs etc.
For Government of India, he has drafted the Model Agriculture Produce & Live Stock Marketing (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2017; Model Contract Farming & Services Act, 2018; and Guidelines for Gramin Rural Agriculture Markets (GrAMs) etc. He is also leading the initiatives on transforming India’s pulse, oilseed and millet segments, and heads the concerned Committees.
More importantly, as Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income, he has submitted a fourteen volume strategy with specific recommendations to Government, which effects a paradigm shift in the agriculture by treating it as an enterprise and emphasizes on income security & welfare of the farmers. He has now been tasked to oversee the implementation of the recommended strategy as Chairman of the Empowered Body. He is a student of agricultural science - a post-graduate in Agricultural Economics and Ph.D. in Economics. He has always sustained his interest in academics and research. Has published several research papers and written general interest articles. He is a life time member of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics and Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing. He has lectured at several national & international fora.
His services have been well recognized. Some of the important appreciations earned from his student days include:
• Best ‘Outgoing Student, 1979’, College of Agriculture, Dharwad.
• Best ‘Sportsman of the Year, 1982’, National Police Academy, Hyderabad.
• Identified as one of the ten most important persons in the State of Karnataka in a Times of India Survey, 2002.
• Distinguished Alumnus of UAS, Bangalore in 2013.
• Conferred the Honorary Doctorate by the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad in 2016, for his services to the society in general and agriculture, in particular.
• Conferred ‘Exemplary Thought Leadership Award’ by ICE-Danfoss, 2018’.
• Conferred ‘K. K. Iya Memorial Oration Award’ by ICAR-NDRI for commendable contributions to Indian Society and Agriculture.
• Awarded the ‘Honorary Fellow, 2019’ by the Confederation of Horticulture Association of India (CHAI).


Deputy Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry

speaker Ms. Pooja Swaroop, Deputy Secretary, Department of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is a 2007 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Income-tax Department. Prior to joining as Deputy Secretary, DPIIT at New Delhi, she served as Joint Commissioner of Income-Tax in Mumbai. She has also served as assistant and later deputy commissioner of income-tax at Ahmedabad. She has wide-ranging experience in the income-tax department, which includes assessment of income-tax returns, investigation of tax evasion, international taxation, prosecution and High court and defending the case of the department before the income-tax appellate tribunal.
Ms Swaroop did her Mathematics (Honours) from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, Master of Computer Applications from Nirma Institute of Technology, Gujarat University, Diploma in Financial Management from Ahmedabad Management Association and Master of Taxation and Business Laws from NALSAR University, Hyderabad.
Before joining the IRS, I have worked briefly as software engineer.
In DPIIT she is responsible for Trademarks and GIs.


Agriculture Counsellor, Embassy of France in India

speaker Mrs. Françoise Moreau Lalanne, Counsellor for Agriculture, graduated from ENSAT (Toulouse, France) 1989 as an agronomy engineer and from ENESAD (Dijon, France) as an engineer in public policies for agriculture. She worked at the Ministry of Agriculture (Paris) in the European policy division, then started an international career. She was successively the Attaché for Agriculture at the Embassy of France in Austria, the Counsellor for Rural Development for the Ministry of Agriculture in Ivory Coast, the Counsellor for EU Accession at the Ministry of Agriculture in Slovenia, then the Agriculture Counsellor at the Embassy of France in Germany. Back to France in October 2010, she was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture in the eastern region of Lorraine, then as the Director of the veterinarian and food control department of Moselle for 5 years. In September 2017, she joined the Embassy of France in India as the Agriculture Counsellor for India and South Asia.


Agriculture Counsellor, Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in India

speaker Siebe Schuur has worked for the last 20 years in Asia (Taipei, Beijing, Jakarta) and Brussels (EU) as an economic and agricultural diplomat. Before that he worked for 15 years at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague (Trade Policy, International Energy Policy, Industry and Innovation Policy). Since 2018 he works as an Agricultural Counsellor at the Netherlands’ Embassy in New Delhi, covering both India and Sri Lanka.
Siebe Schuur holds a MA in Economic History of Leyden University and is co-author together with Y.C. Lo (Former Board Member of Philips Electronics) of “Benchmarking Taiwan and The Netherlands” (only available in Chinese).

Dr. Arpita Mukherjee

Professor, International Council for Research on International Economic Relations

speaker Dr. Arpita Mukherjee is a Professor at ICRIER. She has over 20 years of experience in policy-oriented research, working closely with the Government in India and policymakers in the European Commission and its Member States, United States (US), ASEAN.
She has conducted studies for international organizations such as ADB, ASEAN Secretariat, ILO, DfiD and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), of UK government, OECD, UNCTAD, World Bank and WTO. She has worked with Indian industry associations such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Indian Beverage Association, Indian Direct Selling Association and Express Industry Council of India. Her research areas include trade and investment; special economic zones; economic corridors; food supply chain; start-ups and entrepreneurs; retail, ICT, food processing and other sector studies; labour mobility; bilateral and regional trade agreements.
She specialises in sector and product-specific market trends, go-to market strategy, and government policies. Dr. Mukherjee has a PhD in Economics from the University of Portsmouth, UK, and prior to joining ICRIER she worked with the UK-based think tank – Policy Studies Institute and taught at the University of Portsmouth. She has over 70 publications including national and international referred journals, books and book chapters and government reports. Dr. Mukherjee is a member of various government committees and policy panels and is in the editorial board of several journals. She has been external reviewers to thesis of IIFT, JNU and IIM (B) and has presented her work in different international events.

Dr. Biswajit Dhar

Professor, International Council for Research on International Economic Relations

speaker Dr. Biswajit Dhar is Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before taking over as Professor of Economics, Dr. Dhar was the Director General of Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a think-tank under the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He has also served as the Head of the Centre for WTO Studies in the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Dr Dhar has been working on trade policy related issues for more than three decades, both as a researcher and a policy adviser to the Government of India.
He has been nominated on a number of expert committees established by the Government of India for rendering advice on intellectual property related issues and has also represented India in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including the World Trade Organization, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He has been nominated in several international expert groups of the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization. He has presented research papers in several international and national conferences and has more than 100 publications in reputed national and international journals. Dr. Dhar has served on the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of India and is an Adviser to the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade, of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Mr. T. S. Vishwanath

Principal Adviser, APJ-SLG Law Offices

speaker Mr. T.S. Vishwanath is the Principal Adviser with APJ-SLG Law Offices since April 2009. He has, for slightly over three decades, worked closely with government and industry in India on impact of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements and global economic policies for industry. The core area of work for Mr. Vishwanath is analyzing the impact of regulations and government policies across the globe that have a bearing on global trade in agriculture, marine and industrial products. He also works closely with many companies and industry sectors in India another countries on issues related to market access. He worked very closely with industry in India on bilateral, multilateral and other trade policy issues as part of International Trade Policy Division in the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Before joining CII, Mr. Vishwanath was an economic journalist covering trade and economic policy issues for The Economic Times, Financial Express and the Hindu Business Line. He continues to write columns in business dailies and be part of panel discussions on various television channels on issues related to trade and economic policy.

Mr. Sanjay Dave

Former Chairman Codex Alimentarius Commission and former Adviser (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India)

speaker Mr. Sanjay Dave is the former Chairman of the Codex Alimentarius Commission from July 2011 to July 2014 and former Advisor to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He has a Master’s degree in Life Sciences and Post-Graduate Diploma in International Trade. He also has a degree in Law. He has professional experience of more than 38 years of which about 28 years in international agriculture trade. He has worked in the capacity of Adviser (Agriculture) in the Mission of India to the European Union at Brussels.

Dr. Murali Kallummal

Professor, Centre for WTO Studies

speaker Dr. Murali Kallummal – Professor at Centre for WTO Studies, CRIT, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. He completed his Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) specializing in industrial economics in 1999. He has a work experience of sixteen years. He has worked as consultant with Research and Information Systems (RIS) up to April 2003 and thereafter he has been associated with the Centre for WTO Studies, IIFT at the capacity of Associate Professor.
He has several research papers on non-tariff measures (standards) and Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Market Access issues. He has good understanding on issues of economic growth and development in the context of international trade and trade policy formulation. He has written extensively on issues related to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and technical barrier to trade and its impact on agricultural trade. He has a sound understanding on matters related WTO negotiations and its implications on the economy. Prof. Kallummal has several research papers on issues like the non-tariff measures, private/voluntary standards and agricultural and non-agricultural market access concerns.

Mr Chinnaraja G NAIDU

Head of the Office, Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai

speaker A Post graduate in Intellectual property Law from School of Indian Legal thought, Kottayam specialised in Intellectual property and Marxist Jurisprudence. Started his career as an Advocate and practised for more than 11 years with High court of Madras and Madurai Bench in Criminal appeallate side. In 2012, Mr Naidu got selected as Deputy Registrar of Trademarks and Geographical Indications through UPSC and posted as Head of the Office- Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai since February 2012.

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