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CONFERENCE - Brussels, Charlemagne Conference Centre, 15-16 September 2005
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Nico van Belzen Nico van Belzen

Nico van Belzen is the executive director of ILSI Europe, the European branch of the International Life Sciences Institute, which is based in Brussels (BE). Before joining ILSI in 2003, he worked for fi ve years at DMV International, the business-to-business division of Campina, where he set up and managed a laboratory to develop bioactive food ingredients, and subsequently became head of the Research and Analysis Department. Prior to that, he was a biomedical researcher specialised in molecular cell biology and employed for more than a decade at universities and academic hospitals in the Netherlands.

Nico van BelzenMaharaj Kishan Bhan

Maharaj Kishan Bhan is secretary to the Indian government’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT). Prior to that, he was a professor at the Department of Paediatrics in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr Bhan conducted some experiments in pharmaceutical biotechnology in collaboration with the DBT. His fields of specialisation are paediatrics, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, vaccines and nutrition.

Jerzy BuzekJerzy Buzek

Currently a member of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek started his political career with the Solidarnosc trades union movement in 1980 from where he became a member of the Polish parliament and then prime minister in 1997. Under his premiership, which lasted until 2001, Poland joined NATO and prepared for EU adhesion. His political career has been paralleled by his academic activities as a researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gliwice. A professor of applied sciences, he is also honorary professor at the Universities of Dortmund (DE) and Seoul, South Korea, and represented Poland at the International Energy Agency for the greenhouse gas research programme. Professor Buzek has authored over 200 scientific papers and holds three patents in the fi elds of energy and the environment.

Patrick CunninghamPatrick Cunningham

Patrick Cunningham is professor of animal genetics at Trinity College, Dublin (IE) and chair of IdentiGEN Ltd, an Irish biotech company. His research focuses on quantitative genetic theory; livestock improvement programmes; the genetics of cattle, horses and salmon; and the use of molecular methods to study domestic animal evolution and diversity. An author of two books and more than 200 scientifi c papers, he has been director of the Animal Production and Health Division at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), visiting professor at the Economic Development Institute, and president of the European and World Associations of Animal Production.

Antoine DanchinAntoine Danchin

Originally a mathematician, Antoine Danchin carried out chemical physics research at the École Polytechnique and at the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique before embarking on a career at the Pasteur Institute, where he created the group for Gene Expression Regulation in 1986, followed by the Unit for the Genetics of Bacterial Genomes in 2000. He is a director of research at the CNRS and a professor at the Pasteur Institute for which he spent three years establishing the Pasteur Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong, China (2000-2003). He is also a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and other European and international biotechnology groupings. The author of more than 450 scientifi c publications, he is also an active science communicator with four published books explaining genomes and molecular biology to the public.

Antonietta Morena GattiAntonietta Morena Gatti

Antonietta Morena Gatti’s research focus is on biomaterials and tissue interfaces aimed at developing better implant technologies. A researcher at the Laboratory of Biomaterials, Department of Neurosciences at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (IT), Dr Gatti has worked as a scientific expert and consultant for the European Commission, particularly in the field of biomaterials, biotechnology and medical devices. With 140 scientific publications to her name, she is also a referee for several international scientifi c journals and a member of scientific societies
including the European Society of Biomaterials.

Björn HägglundBjörn Hägglund

Björn Hägglund is a member of the Boards of Alfa Laval, MISTRA research foundation and the Board of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. He is also chair of the Board of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI). Until his retirement in June 2005, he was deputy CEO of Stora Enso, an integrated paper, packaging and forest products company. Before that, he was CEO of STORA and president of STORA’s forest division. Between 1985 and 1991, Dr Hägglund was director-general of the Swedish National Board of Forestry. Prior to that, he was professor at Sweden’s Royal College of Forestry and the National Forest Survey at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Forestry. Dr Hägglund is a graduate of the Royal College of Forestry in Stockholm (SE).

Jana Hajšlová

Jana Hajšlová is a professor at the Department of Food Chemistry and Analysis at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague (CZ). Her research interests focus on the fate of contaminants and toxicants in food chains and issues related to the implementation of novel strategies for their analysis. She is a board member of the EU-backed Advisory Group on Food Quality and Safety and a member of the European Union’s Scientifi c Committee on Emerging and Newly Identifi ed Health Risks. Professor Hajšlová has participated in many international research projects and has established close collaboration with several institutions, such as the UN’s WHO and FAO, and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. She has published widely on organic contaminants and food safety and is a member of the international editorial
board for the journal, Food Additives and Contaminants.

John HodgsonJohn Hodgson

John Hodgson is co-founder and director of Critical I, a business development and business intelligence consultancy specialising in the life sciences. Trained as a microbiologist, he has followed the biotechnology sector since the early 1980s. Since 1997, he has advised biotech start-ups, venture capital funds, major pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies, scientifi c foundations, universities, and European government bodies variously on business planning, fund-raising, risk management and technology trends. Before that, John Hodgson was senior editor with Nature Biotechnology and is still editor-at-large. In 2002/2003, he was special adviser to the UK Parliamentary Trade and Industry Select Committee in its enquiry into the UK biotechnology sector.

Beate KettlitzBeate Kettlitz

Beate Kettlitz – who has worked in Brussels for almost 15 years – is the new director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at the Confederation of the Food and Drinks Industries of the EU (CIAA). She was also food policy adviser at the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC). Prior to that, she held positions in industry and in German local authorities. Before moving to industry, she reached the position of department manager at the Regional Hygiene Institute of Potsdam (DE). Ms Kettlitz studied food chemistry at Humboldt University in Berlin (DE).

Lene LangeLene Lange

Lene Lange is science director in molecular biotechnology at the Danish biotech firm Novozymes and affi liated professor at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark. She was also recently elected as chair of NordForsk, the Nordic Research Board, and is vice-chair of Denmark’s Strategic Research Council. With more than 110 scientifi c publications under her belt, Prof Lange’s current research interest focuses on enzyme and peptide discovery and includes the interactions between fungi and their host substrates, experimental molecular biotechnology, and comparative genomics. She is also working actively on promoting research collaboration between industry and academia.

Victor de LorenzoVictor de Lorenzo

Victor de Lorenzo is a professor of research and deputy director at the National Centre of Biotechnology in Madrid (ES), and was president of the European Group on Life Sciences, an independent advisory group set up by the European Commission. His research is directed towards the molecular biology and genetic engineering of micro-organisms for environmental bio-remediation. Professor de Lorenzo is on the editorial boards of fi ve international microbiology and ecology journals. He is also a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and of the European
Environmental Research Organisation. In the past, he served on the OECD ad hoc
Committee of Governmental Experts in Biotechnology for a Clean Environment and
as a national delegate to the Standing Committee for Life and Environmental Sciences of the European Science Foundation.

Peter LudlowPeter Ludlow

Peter Ludlow is a leading expert on the politics and institutions of the European Union. He is the founding director of the Brussels-based think-tank the Centre for European Policy Studies and chair of EuroComment, a publishing company. He combines experience gained in a long career as a historian at the University of London (UK) and European University Institute in Florence (IT), with an insider’s knowledge of policy-making at the highest levels of the European Union.

Alun MichaelAlun Michael

Starting as a journalist and community worker in his native Wales, Alun Michael moved through local government in Cardiff to become a Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament in 1987. He has held several ministerial positions: Deputy Home Secretary from 1997 to 1998; Secretary of State for Wales 1998-1999; First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales 1999-2000; and Minister for Rural Affairs 2001-2005. He is currently the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions
with responsibility for supporting successful enterprise, strengthening regional economies and GM issues, among others. True to his Welsh background, he sings
in the parliamentary choir.

Jim MurrayJim Murray

Jim Murray is the director of BEUC, the Brussels-based organisation representing the independent consumer unions from the Member States, a post he has held since 1990. A qualifi ed lawyer with a degree in Physics and Mathematics, Jim Murray was the director of the National Social Services Council for seven years in his native Ireland, before moving on to become the director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trade from 1979 to 1990. In this position, he was responsible for implementing
a wide range of consumer protection measures in Ireland, including legislation on advertising, food labelling, product safety and restrictive business practices. He is also a member of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Steering Committee.

Alfred OberholzAlfred Oberholz

Alfred Oberholz is a member of the management board of Degussa AG in Germany. A graduate in chemistry from the Technical University of Aachen (DE), he has worked extensively in the industrial chemicals sector and in research and development in the fields of chemical process technologies. He is chairman of the management boardof DECHEMA, the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and a member of the Committee for Research and Technology Policy of the German Industry Association (BDI). Dr Oberholz is a member of the board of trustees for the Technical University of Aachen and is chairman of the advisory board of the International Graduate School of Chemistry in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.

Christian PatermannChristian Patermann

Christian Patermann is director of Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research at the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General. Prior to that, Dr Patermann was deputy director-general at the German Federal Ministry of Sciences and Education. He has studied law, economics and languages in Germany, Spain and Switzerland. He held numerous top positions in the international science and technology world, including at the European Space Agency and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. From 1996 to 2003, he was director for environment and sustainable development at the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission, Brussels (BE).

Janez PotočnikJanez Potočnik

Janez Potočnik is the Commissioner responsible for European Science and Research policy. He is in charge of two Directorate-Generals at the Commission: the Research DG and the Joint Research Centre. Commissioner Potočnik has a PhD in economics and worked as an economic analyst before taking up a position as assistant director
at the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) in his home country of Slovenia. From 1988 to 1993, he was senior researcher at the Institute for Economic Research and returned to the IMAD as director between 1993 and 2001. In 1998, he became head of the team negotiating Slovenia’s accession to the EU. He was acting director of the Slovenian Government Offi ce for European Affairs and joined the prime minister’s cabinet in 2001 before taking up a post, in 2002, as Minister for European Affairs. Mr Potočnik was appointed Member of the European Commission on 1 May 2004.

John PurvisJohn Purvis

A member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party in the United Kingdom, John Purvis MEP was fi rst elected to the European Parliament in 1979. He is vicechairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and of several EP delegations for relations with the countries in the Middle East and the Gulf States. He has held company chairman/director positions in the radio, paper and investment industries in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and the USA; he has been a member of the UK’s Independent Broadcasting Authority and the Scottish Telecoms Committee.

Daniele RossiDaniele Rossi

Economist Daniele Rossi is director-general of Federalimentare, the Italian
Federation of Food and Drink Industries. He is also chair of the Food Research Expert Group at the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU. Prior to that, he held positions, among others, at Italy’s National Packaging Consortium, Birraviva (a consortium of Italian breweries) and the UN’s Environment Programme. He has an economics degree from the University of La Sapienza (IT) and a post-graduate qualifi cation from the University of California, Los Angeles (USA).

László VajdaLászló Vajda

An economist by training, László Vajda graduated from the University for Economics in his native Budapest (HU). He has been working at the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development since 1975. He was a member of the Hungarian EU accession negotiations team responsible for agriculture and fi sheries. He is currently head of the Department for EU Coordination at the Ministry. He is Hungary’s spokesperson for the Special Agriculture Committee in Brussels (BE).
Dr Vajda teaches at several universities in Hungary and is a guest professor at the Agricultural University in Gödöllö (HU).

Marc ZabeauMarc Zabeau

Marc Zabeau is president of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and is a prominent member of the EU-backed Plants for the Future Technology Platform. After more than a decade working at international research institutes, such as the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Professor Zabeau moved to the biotech industry as a top-level manager and entrepreneur. He has started up several successful biotech ventures in Belgium and the Netherlands, including Menthexis and Keygene. He currently combines an academic position with the directorship of an innovative biotech company.