Speakers

Jorge Enrique Bedoya

Jorge Enrique Bedoya Vizcaya is economist from Javeriana University in Bogota, he holds a master degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

He has been part of the board of the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros and President of the National Federation of Poultry Farmers of Colombia (FENAVI).

Andrés Valencia Pinzón

Andrés Valencia Pinzón is an Economist at the Universidad de los Andes and recently served as president of the National Federation of Poultry Farmers of Colombia (FENAVI).

Carola Schouten

Carola Schouten began her career in 2000 at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, where she held various positions. On 2006 Ms Schouten became a policy officer for the parliamentary party of the Christian Union, late in 2017 she became a member of parliament for the Christian Union

On 26 October 2017 Carola Schouten was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and Deputy Prime Minister in the third Rutte government.

Conny Toornstra

she has studies in agricultural economic education and a masters in public policy.

Conny has lived and worked in different countries in Latin America for over 30 years. Her experience in cooperation has focused specifically on the management of organizations for rural development and international cooperation agencies, as well on the design of innovative programs regarding issues of economic empowerment, natural resources and conflict management, working with indigenous- peasants (small farmers) populations and young people.

Ernst van den Ende

(1962) studied Plant Pathology at Wageningen University and took his PhD at the Phytopathology Chair Group. He then worked as scientist at several research stations in the fields of fruit cultivation and horticulture. Research by the WUR research stations has a strong regional focus. When the Greenports were established in the Netherlands, Ernst participated in several advisory councils where he contributed to the shaping of regional innovation.

Since 1 September 2009 he is Managing Director of the Plant Sciences Group (PSG) of Wageningen University & Research.
Since February 2011 Ernst is a member of the Topteam Horticulture and Starting materials.

Alejandro Saenz

Food and Agribusiness visionary entrepreneur whose goal is to make the Colombian agricultural sector an entrepreneurial one. Empowering the farmers is the answers and therefore technological solutions are provided to them via my own company, Saenz Fety. MBA from Nyenrode Business Universiteit in 2016. Breukelen, The Netherlands. MSC Management, Economics and Consumer studies from Wageningen University in 2015. Wageningen, The Netherlands Specialization in Corporate Finance from Colegio de Estudios Superiores (CESA) in 2014. Bogota, Colombia Bsc in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes in 2011. Bogota, Colombia Currently Director of Business Development at Saenz Fety Member of the board of Colviveros. Vice president of the Agriindustrial comitee of Amcham.

Simon Vieira

Biologist from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia with a Master Degree in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh. He is currently the Sustainability Director of WOK Restaurant, working on cleaner production strategies and strengthening the value chain.

Luis Gerardo Arias Rojas

 Director of Planning, Management and Projects Execution of Región Central (RAPE).

Agronomist and Ecology specialist from the Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia, he has a Master Degree in Management Development from the Externado University of Colombia.

He has served as Secretary of Agricultural Development of the Department of Boyacá; National Technical Secretary of the Vegetable Chain of the Ministry of Agriculture; advisor to local governments; consultant specialized in development projects; Development Secretary of the Municipality of Tunja and advisor to the Local Mayor of Usaquén. 

He has also worked on various projects with Corporación Colombia Internacional (CCI), ASOHOFRUCOL, CORPOBOYACÁ and CORPOCHIVOR.

Joris Timmer

Experienced Senior Project Manager with a demonstrated track record of working in the banking and logistics industries in emerging and developed markets.

Affinity with Financial Inclusion, Access to Financial Services, Agri Value Chains, strategic turnaround of retail and rural banks. Enthusiasm, positive impact and connecting people. Strong program and project management professional (MSc) educated at Maastricht University, Nanyang Technological University Singapore and IESE Business School.

Loek Hermans

The career of Drs. L.M.L.H.A. Hermans may be best characterized as to be working on strategic, political and content concerning management, on top level. Moreover, he has acquired much experience in the fields of lobbyist activities and monitoring from supervisory boards (mostly as Chairman) of NGOs, social organizations and various enterprises, quoted (or not) on the stock exchange. Furthermore, his ability to solve social and political problems has become an always recurring aspect when “bringing together people with conflicting interests”.

 

Javier Pérez Burgos

Economist and historian from the Universidad de los Andes with a Masters Degree in Economics from the same university. Pérez Burgos has worked as a consultant for entities such as the Development bank of Latin America (CAF), The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, The Superintendence of Industry and Commerc (SIC), the American Institute of Cooperation for the Agriculture (IICA) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), among other entities

 

Iván Arenas Carreño

Industrial Engineer from the Universidad Javeriana de Colombia, specialist in Production Management and Operations at the Universidad de la Sabana and pursuing the MBA at the Inalde Business School.Currently Director of Production and Operations of Hortifresco SAS, with knowledge in logistics, transport and postharvest in the agricultural sector

 

Juan Orlando Toro Escobar

Productivity and Quality Engineer of the Jaime Isaza Cadavid Polytechnic.

Specialist in Senior Management and Finance.

MBA, Business Administration.

Currently, he is the Manager of the Central Mayorista de Colombia, a position he has held since June 2015.

Meike S. Andersson

Meike S. Andersson is biologist and holds a PhD degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Since 2010 she is a Senior Expert for Crop Development with HarvestPlus (a global program coordinated by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)). Meike has over 15 years of experience working with international agricultural research institutions, non-governmental organizations and public and private sector partners addressing hunger and food security in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Ana Mercedes Cepeda

Nutritionist (UN), with studies in Government and Public Policies (U.de los Andes), in Health Services Management (UJTL) and in Social Management for Social Protection (U. de los Andes).

She worked at the Colombian Institute of social Welfare, where she held various positions in various departments of the country and at the national level. She has been a consultant to the Ministry of Health, the National Planning Department, the Manuel Mejía Foundation (FNC), the National University of Colombia, among others. She currently works as Programme Officer in the United Nations World Food Programme in Colombia

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