Mr Phil Hogan

Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since November 1 2014.

Commissioner Hogan grew up on a farm in rural Kilkenny, in south-east Ireland. From 1989 until he became Commissioner, he represented the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency in Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament, where he served in the Fine Gael Party shadow cabinet and as spokesman on Europe, on the food industry, on consumer affairs and on regional policy.

Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Minister for the Environment and Local Government in the Irish Government of Prime Minister Enda Kenny TD. During this time, he successfully implemented a broad-ranging agenda, including the biggest reform of local government since the foundation of the Irish State.

He has also occupied various senior posts at local, national and European level, including President of the Council of EU Environment Ministers (2013), Chairman of the European People's Party of Environment Ministers (2012-14), National Director of Elections for the Fine Gael party (2010-11), Fine Gael Director of Organisation (2002-07), Chairman of Kilkenny County Council (1985 and 1998), Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Group (1995-2001) and Minister of State at the Irish Department of Finance (1994-95).

Prior to his entry to politics, he established and subsequently directed an insurance and real estate business. He also managed the family farm between 1981-83 and is a graduate of University College Cork, with a BA in Economics and Geography (1981).


Krzysztof Jurgiel

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Responsible for implementing the policy of the Polish government in the field of agriculture, rural development and agricultural markets. The minister specifies the tasks to be performed and oversees their implementation in matters related, among others, to coordination of participation in the Common Agricultural Policy, involvement in the work of European Union bodies, bilateral and multilateral cooperation with foreign countries.


Michel Nalet

The President of European Dairy Association (EDA)

The President of the EDA – an organization of entities associating milk producers and processors of EU states. It represents the interests of European dairy processors in the EU.

Andrzej Babuchowski

prof. Andrzej Babuchowski

Chairman of the Institute of Innovation in Dairy Industry

Associated with dairy for numerous years. A former Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU. Currently, he is responsible for research and development, laboratory analyzes and pro-innovation activities IIPM. He is also a member of the Agricultural Markets Task Force of the European Commission.


Agnieszka Maliszewska

Organizer of Dairy Cooperatives Forum

Chairperson of the Management Board of First Communications, the Director of the Polish Chamber of Milk, dairy market and Polish dairy industry expert with over 20 years of experience.


Jukka Likitalo

Secretary General of Eucolait, the European Association of Dairy Trade

Secretary General of Eucolait, the European Association of Dairy Trade, since 2014. Next to leading the organisation, his areas of work include agricultural, food and trade policies as well as dairy markets.


Brigitte Misonne

Deputy Head of Unit for Animal Products in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission.

Deputy Head of Unit for Animal Products in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission. She is also Head of Sector for Milk and Milk Products. Ms Misonne coordinates the activities of the team in terms of follow-up of market developments, analysis of economic trends, compilation of market knowledge to access Union intervention and support CAP decisions in the animal products sector, including on the sustainability of the milk sector.


Stefan Gerschewski

Stefan Gerschewski - Counsellor for Food and Agriculture, German Embassy in Warsaw. He has accomplished university studies in law and public administration in Germany and France.

He has worked for several years for the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture in Berlin and for the Food and Agricultural department of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Commission in Brussels. During this period he was also engaged in several training missions for consumer safety authorities in Egypt and Tunisia. Since 2015 has been temporarily Counsellor for Food and Agriculture at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kiev, Ukraine. He currently holds the same function at the German Embassy in Warsaw.


Jerzy Plewa

General Director of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) in the European Commission.

He has served as Director-General since 2013. Between 2012 and 2013, he served as Deputy Director-General responsible for rural development and sustainability policy. In 2006-2011 he served as Deputy Director-General responsible for international affairs.

He has also occupied various senior posts at national level including Deputy-Minister, responsible for negotiations on agriculture issues with the EU, other countries and international organisations in Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development or chief negotiator for agricultural affairs in the team negotiating Poland’s accession to the European Union.

H.E. Stephen de Boer

Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Poland.

In 2015 he was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Poland. In 2016 he was accredited to the Republic of Belarus, residing in Warsaw. He has held various positions inter alia in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In 2006, he was named the director of the Softwood Lumber Division. In 2010, he joined Environment Canada as the deputy chief negotiator for climate change and the director general responsible for Canada’s international climate change negotiations and partnerships. Mr. de Boer returned to the department in 2013 as the director general of the Trade Controls Bureau. Prior to joining the Canadian public service, he worked for the Government of Ontario.

Mike Petersen

New Zealand Special Agricultural Trade Envoy (SATE)

He has held this role since July 2013. He is expert as regards the obligations of free trade agreements effects and perspectives for agriculture in an age of globalisation. This unique role was established by New Zealand ministers in close consultation with New Zealand’s agriculture sector. He is also owner of big dairy farm.

Jiří Šír

Deputy Minister for Agricultural Commodities, Foreign Relations and Organic Farming Section

In the beginning of February 2016, He served as a Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Czech Republic for agricultural products, foreign relations and organic farming. Since 2012 to January 2016 he was a diplomat and joint ombudsman for the Czech Republic in the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA). He also was a head of the section on agriculture and the environment. In the past, he served many functions in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Štefan RYBA

Director General of the Agricultural Section at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic

In 2010 he awarded the academic degree of Ph.D. in the field of special animal breeding at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra.
Mr. RYBA is also the Director General of the Agriculture Section of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic.
In the years 2012 - 2016 he served as a Director of Breeding Services of the Slovak Republic, a state enterprise.
In 2012 he served as a Director of the Association of Beef Cattle Breeders of the Slovak Republic.

Bronius Markauskas

Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

In 1985 he got a Bacherlo’s Degree in Engineering from the Kaunas University of Technology. In period 2005-2011 he was the chairman of the Lithuanian Chamber of Agriculture. From 2011 to 2016, he served as a long-time chairman of the Lithuanian Association of Milk producers. He owns a farm since 1990.
He has been a Member of the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union since 1993. He was a member of Klaipeda District Municipal Council in following years: 2000-2005, 2007-2011 and 2015-2016.

Peter Frans Gontha

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Poland

He is the founder of Indonesia's first private TV station, RCTI. He held positions in the boards of numerous companies, both in the media, transportation, hotel and energy sectors. In 1979-1983 he served as Vice President of Bank American Express.

Jean-Louis Buër

Agricultural Counsellor at the French Embassy in Poland

The baggage of experience was worked out, among others. Deputy Director-General of the National French Inter-Agency Wine Product Office and the Council of Ministers of Agriculture. He is mainly interested in agronomy and wine production. Engaged in rural development and education policy.

Martijn Homan

Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

He works to promote the export of Dutch products to Poland, among others. through the organization of trade missions and support for the participation of Dutch companies in trade fairs in Poland. Mediates trade and investment in Poland, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia.

Inga Orlova

Deputy Head of the Division of Common Market Organization at the Market and Direct Support Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of The Republic of Latvia

She has more than 15 years of experience in the matters related to the agriculture policy, particularly, in dairy and pigmeat sectors, as well as to the international trade in agriculture products. Since Latvia’s accession to the EU Ms. Inga Orlova has been dealing with the EU instruments for market regulation and support in dairy and meat sectors, mainly the EU dairy quota, the “School milk” scheme and market intervention being the main fields of her competence. She also continues working with aspects of international trade, assessing the impact of EU trade negotiations on Latvian agri-food producers.

David Reed

Deputy head of the Mission, British Embassy in Poland

David was appointed DHM in Warsaw in August 2017.
He joined the FCO in 2003, having worked previously in the City of London as a lawyer. His first posting was to the British High Commission in Nicosia, Cyprus where he focused on settlement negotiations. In London, he has worked in both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Cabinet Office, where he focused on EU affairs. Before arriving to Poland, David worked for four years at the British Embassy Paris, where he was responsible for justice and home affairs co-operation.

David Richmond

Fonterra Co-Operative Group, Trade Strategy Manager – EMEA

David is a proud New Zealander and member of the Fonterra family. Fonterra is New Zealand’s largest organisation and a world leading dairy producer and exporter employing 22,000 people globally and taking dairy nutrition to billions of consumers around the world. During his 7 years working at Fonterra David has held roles across the areas of milk supply, global operations, and global supply chain. Now based in Amsterdam, David is responsible for trade strategy and stakeholder affairs across Europe, Middle East, and Africa.