2013 Speakers

Dr. Rainer Bahnemann,
Vice President, BASF SE, ECPA Sustainable Agriculture

As a certified specialist in veterinary pathology, Rainer joined BASF SE in 1989. As such he was mostly involved in topics concerning carcinogenesis and the mode of action. Moving into Toxicology, and heading Global Regulatory for Crop Protection Products, he is now responsible for the project “Time to Change”, a new direction for the European Crop Protection Industry. As such he is working out of Brussels with all member companies, associations and partners to address societal and regulatory needs in an open-minded and proactive way. The focus is on food, health, water and biodiversity.
Dr Susan Barlow BSc, PhD, DipRCPath,
Independent Consultant

Susan, in her early career, worked in toxicology research and subsequently as a regulatory toxicologist in the UK Department of Health, where she became Chief Scientist. She has since worked as an independent consultant in toxicology and risk assessment. She has been involved, both nationally and internationally, in chemical risk assessment of food, consumer products, pesticides, biocides and other industrial and environmental chemicals. She was a member of the former European Commission Scientific Committee on Food for 10 years. From 2003 until 2008, she was chair of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Scientific Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids and Materials in Contact with Food. From 2003 until 2012 she was a member of the Scientific Committee of EFSA and chaired its working group on the Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) approach.
Michaela Benton
Mammalian Toxicologist, Chemicals Regulation Directorate, UK

Michaela joined the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) in York as a mammalian toxicologist in 2010. Her work since joining CRD has focused on the evaluation of pesticide active substances and products for regulatory approval. As part of that work she regularly assess dermal absorption studies and has contributed to dermal absorption training workshops which are run by CRD. Michaela obtained a degree in Biochemistry then completed a Masters in Toxicology, both at the University of Surrey. Prior to being a toxicologist Michaela has worked as a florist, gardener and landscape architect.
Dr Marco Candolfi
Chief Executive Officer, IES Ltd

Marco obtained his PhD in Entomology and Plant Physiology at the ETHZ in Switzerland. Thereafter, he spent several years as a postdoc in Switzerland and USA working on insect-plant interaction and insect physiology research projects. In 1994, Marco joined the Springborn Laboratories, where he was appointed as Group Leader with the responsibility to set up and manage the Terrestrial Ecotoxicology and Beneficial Arthropods Department. In 1997, he joined Novartis Crop Protection in Basel as Head of the Terrestrial Ecotoxicology Department and was promoted in 2001 to Head of Global Terrestrial Ecology, after the merger of Novartis and Astra Zeneca at Syngenta. In this position, Marco was leading risk assessment and testing laboratories teams in Switzerland and the UK. In 2003 Marco was appointed to Global Head Insecticide Regulatory Affairs at Syngenta. Mid 2003, Marco joined RCC Ltd where he was nominated as Global Head Business Unit Agro & Biocides and Member of the Executive Committee. In this position, he was leading and managing all worldwide RCC research and development activities (Consultancy, Regulatory and Testing services) relating to the Agrochemical and Biocide business. After the end of 2005, Marco accepted an international assignment to set up a CRO Lab for RCC in India and was appointed as President & Managing Director. In 2007, Marco transferred to BASF in Germany, working in Issue Management and PR. Since 2010, he is CEO at IES Ltd in Switzerland. Marco has more than 50 scientific publications, edited 2 books, and presented more than 60 scientific lectures worldwide. He is also an expert in numerous international panels, and chaired numerous important scientific conferences and workshops in the field of Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment.
Dr Michael Carroll,
Global Registration Manager, Dow AgroSciences

Mike Carroll currently works for Dow AgroSciences in the UK as a global registration manager with interests in regulatory data protection, generic products and parallel trade. He is particularly interested in the comparative assessment of how effectively different regulatory authorities conduct reviews of plant protection product registration submissions.He holds BSc and PhD degrees in biochemistry from the UK universities of Bath and London respectively and has worked in the UK, Germany, Belgium and the USA with over 30 years’ experience gained in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries in research, development and regulatory affairs. He is currently chair of the Crop Life International Protection of Regulatory Data Steering Committee.
James Clarke,
Science and Business Development Manager, ADAS Soils, Agriculture and Water

James is an Agriculture graduate of Reading University. He has been with ADAS since 1979 and is an expert in crop agronomy, farming systems and weed management. He has a strategic role in major projects on farming systems, assessment of carbon footprints and sustainability, use and impacts of plant protection products and weed management. Other recent project involvement includes work on: farmland biodiversity (SAFFIE), developing Weed Manager (a weed management decision support system for winter wheat), weed encyclopaedia (www.hgca.com/awe) and weed ecology.James is Chairman of the Pesticides Forum (and chairman Indicators group) and was an Independent Member of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) as an expert in efficacy and farming systems (2003-2007). He is Chairman of the Weed Resistance Action Group and a Member of RSPB Lowland Farm Project Advisory Group.Currently James is an Associate Director of ADAS and Science and Business Development Manager for ADAS Soils, Agriculture and Water.
Lucy Croucher,
Managing Director, JSC International

Lucy Croucher has been working in the area of European agrochemical regulatory affairs since 1994. She has managed large scale projects for the preparation, submission and support of EU dossiers for existing active substances, resubmissions and new active substances under Directive 91/414/EEC. Lucy has excellent contacts in a large number of the 28 EU Member States and a good understanding of the specific Member State requirements for National product registrations. Lucy is currently advising clients on Renewal of Approvals, the implications of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and is involved in the a number of large scale national re-registration projects under the zonal approach using the new dRR format.
William Dunham,
Managing Partner, Dunham Trimmer

Bill has more than 35 years international agribusiness experience in the seed, biotechnology, crop protection, and biopesticide businesses. Bill has successfully developed and launched crop protection products in more than 50 countries while leading international marketing projects at BASF, American Cyanamid, DeKalb Seeds, ICI, and Stauffer Chemical Company. In 2003 Bill joined AgraQuest VP of International Business and was responsible for designing and implementing international business plans which led to thriving growth for their biopesticide products in international markets. In 2007, Bill launched his own consulting company, International Bio Consultants LLC, which is focused on providing world class global project management for its clients in the biopesticide market. Subsequently in 2011 Bill and Dr Mark Trimmer co-founded DunhamTrimmer LLC, the premier market research company for the biopesticide and biostimulant industries. In April of 2013 DunhamTrimmer and New Ag International jointly launched the 2BMonthly Newsletter providing the latest news on the biopesticide/biostimulant industries. With three businesses focused on biopesticides and biostimulants, Bill is a renowned expert on those industries. He has contributed to numerous articles and conferences on those industries.
Dr. Ivana Fegert,
VP, Regulatory Toxicology – Crop Protection, BASF SE

Dr. Ivana Fegert is the head of Regulatory Toxicology for Crop Science at BASF. She heads a team of toxicologists who are responsible for providing advice on all aspects of toxicological assessment and reviewing, interpreting and summarising toxicological data associated with regulatory dossiers for pesticides and biocides. The group is also dealing with classification and labelling. She is a pharmacist and holds a PhD in Food Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology from the University of Kaiserslautern. Prior to joining BASF she worked at the German Cancer Research Centre (Heidelberg) as well as a post-doc at MIT (Cambridge, MA, USA) and ETH (Zürich, Switzerland).
Darren Flynn,
Head of Regulatory Operations Branch, Chemicals Regulation Directorate, Health and Safety Executive

Darren obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences (Plymouth) and MSc in Insect Pest Management (Southampton).He joined PSD (now CRD) in 1987, and worked for seven years in the Technical Secretariat Branch before becoming Head of Reviews Branch in 1994. In April 2001 he became Head of the Approvals Secretariat Branch, dealing with product registrations in the UK. From 1996 onwards he also co-managed the ECCO EU peer review programme under 91/414 with colleagues from the Commission and the BBA (BVL) in Germany. Darren is currently Head of Pesticides Branch in CRD, now responsible for both active substance and product applications for pesticides, and is also Chair of the Commission’s Post-Approvals Issues Expert Group and member a of the Central Zone Steering Committee for zonal authorisations.
Dr. Rüdiger Hauschild,
Head of Microbials Department, GAB Consulting GmbH

Rüdiger is head of the Biopesticides department at GAB Consulting. He studied Biology in Bochum (D), Orléans (FR) and Osnabrück (D). After getting his PhD he worked as a scientist at the “Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität” in Bonn (D) on biological control of plant pathogenic fungi and nematodes in the department of soil ecology at the Institute for Plant Diseases. Following this he worked at the DLR Rheinpfalz (Neustadt/W (D)) in the Virology department on the phylogenetics of Baculoviruses. Rüdiger then joined GAB Consulting and has more than 8 years’ experience in the regulatory field working on compilation and defense of dossiers for microorganisms and other biocontrol agents in the EU. He was a partner in the REBECA EU research project and participates regularly in EU commission working groups and the OECD Biopesticide Steering group.
Dr. Ir. Tjaart W. Hofman,
Technical Marketing Manager, Certis Europe B.V.

Tjaart is a graduate from Wageningen University, where he studied Plant Pathology, Nematology and Agronomy. He joined the crop protection industry in an international product development role in 1987. Since then he held various positions in international development and marketing. Since 1996, he has been working for Certis Europe B.V., where he currently is responsible for the European Management of a portfolio of products, which involves a significant amount of time on speciality crops. Since spring 2012, Tjaart accepted a part time role in ECPA within the “Time to Change” programme, as ‘Project Lead Minor Uses’. In this role, he seeks to involve industry more actively in establishing new product registrations on speciality crops. For reasons of the relatively high investment costs needed, speciality crops (minor uses) find themselves in a difficult position, due to a lack of adequate number of crop protection solutions.
Tim Jarvis,
Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Exponent International Ltd

Dr. Tim Jarvis is a Principal Environmental Fate Advisor in Exponent’s Health Sciences Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety and has been in his current position since 2002. Dr. Jarvis has an international reputation as a pesticide and biocide environmental fate expert and has over 20 years experience working with research, regulatory, and consultancy organizations. He was involved with the FOCUS initiative for many years and still undertakes standard (e.g., FOCUS groundwater and surface water scenario modeling, EUSES, ESDs) and higher tier exposure modeling (using PRZM, PELMO, MACRO, PEARL, GeoPEARL, TOXSWA, EXAMS, etc.) as part of the regulatory requirements for environmental risk assessment of pesticides, biocides, and other chemicals.
Professor Lorraine Maltby,
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

Lorraine Maltby is Professor of Environmental Biology at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research aims to understand how ecosystems respond and adapt to environmental stressors, including pollutants. This understanding is fundamental to the successful protection and management of ecosystems in order to ensure the sustainable provision of the goods and services that underpin human wellbeing. Lorraine has served on UK government advisory committees (Advisory Committee for Hazardous Substances, Advisory Committee for Pesticides), chaired the Environment Panel of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and served on the European Food Safety Authority’s expert group on ecotoxicology. She has served as President of the European Society of Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC Europe) and was the Founding President of the global SETAC. She is currently a member of the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) Scientific Committee, the UNEP Scientific Expert Group on Chemicals and the Environment, and is seconded part-time to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, (DEFRA) where she is a Senior PolicyFellow.
Rob Mason,
Director of Regulatory Policy, Chemicals Regulation Directorate, Health and Safety Executive

Rob Mason is Director of Regulatory Policy for the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) of the UK Health and Safety Executive. He has worked for the UK pesticides regulator since the late 1980s in a variety of roles including management of product and active substance applications and heading the enforcement team. For a number of years he was part of the UK delegation to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health and has also spent 6 months working for the European Commission in Brussels.
Claudio Mereu,
Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

Claudio Mereu is a partner at the law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP where he focuses on EU law with an emphasis on pesticides, biocides and chemicals.Claudio advises companies on product registration and regulatory compliance issues at both EU and national levels, Task Force and consortia formation, product defense strategies, data sharing, compensation and related arbitration proceedings across the EU, as well as related antitrust issues.He has also extensive experience in litigation before European and national courts regarding product approvals and counsels companies on a wide range of business law matters regarding their commercial agreements in Europe.He is a regular speaker on these topics at major conferences and is recommended as a leading practitioner in his areas of expertise by “Global Counsel – Life Science Industry Report”, “Chambers Europe”, “Legal 500” and “Who’s Who Legal”.
Steve Norman,
Principal Research Ecotoxicologist, DOW AgroSciences, Independent Consultant from 01 October 2013

Steve Norman is a Principal Research Ecotoxicologist at Dow AgroSciences based in UK, where he has worked for 4 years. His responsibilities include managing the ecotoxicology program from chlorpyrifos in Europe. Previous roles were in Makhteshim Agan as ecotoxicology leader (8 years), and in UK Pesticides Safety Directorate (10 years). Steve is currently heavily involved in a stewardship campaign to promote user-uptake of low drift nozzles for applications of chlorpyrifos.
Pavel Minar, Head of Plant Protection Products Section, State Phytosanitary Administration, Czech Republic
Pavel Minar is a MSc. graduate in horticultural production and a Ph.D. in Phytopathology from Mendel University in Brno. His career in plant protection started at an ornamental plants producer where he was responsible for growing technologies. In 1990 he joined the Czech PPP regulatory authority (State Phytosanitary Administration) where he was involved for 8 years in the field testing and evaluation of registration trials for fungicides. From 2000 he was responsible for GEP certification and methodology for biological efficacy testing. After restructuring of the State Phytosanitary Administration in 2005 he became Head of the newly established PPP Section which is responsible for the authorisation process and for post-registration inspections of pesticides. He represents the Czech Republic at the Standing Committee for the Food Chain and Animal Health and at EU Council Working Groups.
Willem J. Ravensberg,
PhD, MSc, President, IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association)

Willem is the Manager of Discovery Research of the BU Microbials of Koppert Biological Systems. He has more than 30 years of experience in research and development of beneficial insects and microorganisms for crop protection products and is experienced in the registration of microorganisms in the European Union as well as in other regions. Willem has a Masters degree in Biology (Entomology) from Leiden University and a PhD in 2010 on the development of microbial pest control products for control of arthropods at the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. In the first part of his career he was active mainly in the field of beneficial insects and mites, the last 15 years this shifted to microbial biopesticides. Willem has signigicant experience in the biocontrol industry and has been active in many areas of biocontrol in research, product development and practical applications in greenhouse crops and field crops.Willem has been working for sevaral years in industry associations in the Netherlands, EU and USA. Since 2013 he has been President of IBMA (the International Biocontrol Manufactures Association). He has many contacts within the industry, research institutions and with regulatory authorities. Among these are: EU (DG SANCO), EFSA, Member State authorities, US EPA, and OECD.
Gordon Rennick
Pesticide Registration & Control Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland

Gordon comes from an arable farming and crop consultancy background. After studying agricultural engineering in the UK for one year, he took his primary degree in Agricultural Science in University College Dublin and then his postgraduate M.Sc. degree in crop protection and plant pathology.Gordon spent a number of years working as an independent agronomist. He joined the Ministry of Agriculture in 1998 and since then has worked in areas such as crop variety trials, plant breeders’ rights and plant genetic resources. He has worked in pesticide regulation since 2002 and is involved in all aspects of the regulation of plant protection products.He continues to strive for sensible, useful and rational regulation, which is science based and consumer focussed.
Colin Ruscoe,
MA, PhD, Chairman, BCPC

Chairman, BCPC (British Crop Production Council); Communications Director, SynTech Research Inc.; Member of IVCC (Innovative Vector Control Consortium) Executive and Scientific Committees; Business Development Consultant to bioscience, media and charitable organisations. Previously manager of Research Stations, Business Planning, Global Product Development, European Marketing, Bioscience Research, and Insecticide Discovery in Zeneca and ICI Agrochemicals.
Julia Sauer,
Manager Public & Government Affairs Europe, Bayer CropScience

Julia is the Manager for Public and Government Affairs with Bayer CropScience in Brussels. She is responsible for relations with institutions and stakeholders and deals with regulatory topics in the area of plant protection products such as endocrine disruptors. Before joining Bayer in September 2012, she was working with the European Commission negotiating the Economic Partnership Agreement with West Africa on behalf of the Directorate General for Agriculture and was responsible for food security issues and relations to FAO. She has several years of experience working in the European Parliament with technical harmonisation and consumer protection legislation issues. She holds a Masters in Communication and Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany and is currently researching her PhD in Economics, focusing on non-tariff trade barriers.
Dr Rainer Savinsky,
Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (BVL)

Rainer Savinsky, a chemist by profession, is a scientific officer at the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) in Braunschweig. He has more than 15 years’ experience in registration of plant protection products in Germany. After some years working on the evaluation of pesticide residues he specialised in risk management, especially in the area of residue behaviour and MRL setting.
Dr Martin Schaefer,
Director European Regulatory Affairs Crop Protection, Global Registration Management, BASF SE

Dr Schaefer studied Food-Chemistry at the Universities of Muenster and Stuttgart-Hohenheim . He worked from 1997 – 2004 for the German Crop Protection and Fertiliser Association IVA in the technical department for crop protection. He joined BASF’s Global Regulatory Affairs department in 2004 as Regional Coordinator for Asia/Pacific. Since 2008 he is the head of the European Regulatory Affairs Group. Dr Schaefer is a member of the ECPA Regulatory Policy Team and Chairman of the ECPA Zonal Authorisation Project Team.
Tom Sheldon,
Senior Press Officer, Science Media Centre

Tom Sheldon has degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics. He joined the Science Media Centre in April 2008. The Science Media Centre is an independent press office for the UK scientific community. It exists to help ensure that science and engineering in the UK national news is reported accurately and responsibly, particularly when a story has the potential for controversy. Although independent, the SMC is unashamedly pro-science and has no public ‘brand’ to promote. Tom takes the lead on engineering and environment stories in the national news.
Professor. Joyce Tait (CBE, FRSE, D. Univ. (Open), PhD, BSc)
ESRC Innogen Institute, The University of Edinburgh

Joyce has an interdisciplinary background covering both natural and social sciences and has worked on the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and life science industries, specifically strategic planning for innovation, governance and regulation, and stakeholder attitudes and influences. Relevant life science areas include synthetic biology, genetic databases, GM crops, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, stem cell therapies and translational medicine. Current and recent appointments: Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Synthetic Biology Leadership Council; UK Department of Health Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee (ESBAC); Board of Directors, Scottish Stem Cell Network Ltd; Board of Directors, Roslin Foundation; Scottish Science Advisory Council; Scientific and Technical Council of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), Geneva. She also chaired the Working Party of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on ‘Biofuels: Ethical Issues’, was a member of the committee advising the UK Food Standards Agency on its public dialogue on GM foods, and is now a member of the committee advising the TSB on its public consultation on stratified medicine.
Janet Williams
Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bayer CropScience Ltd

Janet is a Regulatory Affairs Manager for Bayer CropScience Ltd in the UK and Ireland. Janet has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Warwick and a Masters degree in Toxicology from the University of Kentucky, USA. She has more than 20 years of experience working in agrochemical registration in the EU, working for Fisons, Rhone-Poulenc and Aventis, prior to the formation of Bayer CropScience. She is manager of a team of six Regulatory Affairs Specialists at Bayer CropScience and is involved in all aspects of legislation with any relation to agrochemicals, including involvement with EFSA and the EU Commission. She is in regular dialogue with both UK CRD and Ireland PRCD on legislative matters.
Bojana Zgonec
Managing Director, TSGE Slovenia

Bojana is responsible for completeness and quality reviews of scientific data according to current Eastern European and national regulations, directives and guidelines for the registration or re-registration of speciality (agrochemicals and biocides) and general (REACH) chemicals. She prepares and checks regulatory documentation, provides advice to clients on Eastern European and Balkan region legislation and liases with national authorities. She is fluent in Slovenian, English, French, German, Croatian and Serbian.Prior to TSGE, Bojana worked for Bayer CropScience as a registration manager and then as a registration manager for Pinus TKI d.d. In 2006, she moved in to a regulatory consultancy role where she gained extensive experience in regulatory affairs covering Eastern Europe before joining the TSGE group in 2009.