Prof. Todd Applegate

Head of the Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia

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Todd is responsible for recruiting and building teams of faculty and students to effectively respond to challenges affecting Georgia and the global poultry industries through scientific research and technology. Before his current appointment, he obtained degrees in animal sciences from Ohio State and Iowa State Universities, and was a research associate at the University of Maryland. Preceding his current appointment, he served on faculty at Purdue University. Todd has been a member of several national committees and has served as President of the Poultry Science Association, member of the national (US) Coordinating Animal Nutrition Committee of State Agricultural Experiment Stations, and past-chair of a USDA working group to minimise the impact of animal agriculture on the environment.

Tom Battagliese

Senior Manager, Global Sustainability Metrics, BASF Nutrition & Health

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Tom Battagliese has worked for more than 20 years within the industry, consulting, and academia to help lead organisations across sectors to successfully identify, measure, and develop solutions and strategies for continuous improvement to sustainability and environmental opportunities. Since 2012, Tom has been helping to create more sustainable feed and animal protein value chains and work across protein sectors on sustainability metrics and life cycle business opportunities. Tom is currently the Chair of the Technical Management Committee and Board Member for the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI), Co-Chair of the Broiler Framework Committee for the US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs, and a member of the US Dairy Sustainability Alliance and The Sustainability Consortium Ag Metrics Task Force. Tom holds a Master's Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy with a concentration in Sustainable Development from the University of Delaware, an MBA from Widener University, and a BS in Environmental Chemistry from Rutgers University.

Stefaan Bekaert

Global Project Manager Aviapp®, Huvepharma

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Stefaan Bekaert obtained a Master of Bio-engineering Sciences degree at the Gent University (UGent) in 2000, and a Master of Agricultural Economics at Ecole Nationale Superieurs d'Agronomie à Rennes, France (ENSAR) in 2001. He started his career at Roxell (producer of automated feeding and drinking systems for pigs and poultry) where he was responsible for the product management of the pig segment. In 2014, he joined Huvepharma, where in 2017, he became responsible for the development and roll-out of the Huvepharma Broiler Health and performance platform Aviapp®.

Dr Guilherme Borchardt

Senior Technical Sales Manager for Poultry, Chr. Hansen, Animal Health & Nutrition

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Guilherme holds Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and MSc degrees from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has also obtained a PhD degree in Animal Science at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. Guilherme has 30 years of experience in the swine and poultry industry in Latin America and Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has a solid academic and researcher background and expertise in data science and biostatistics.

Dr Phil Cardoso

Associate Professor of Animal Science, University of Illinois

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Phil is conducting research and providing outreach programmes in the area of dairy nutrition and reproduction. His experience with dairy farms in Brazil and the USA brings a different perspective and management skills that help him with discussions in class. His broad technical and analytical background improves every day by exchanging his experiences with students, staff and world well-known professors at the University of Illinois. He obtained a PhD degree in ruminant nutrition from the University of Illinois, and Masters and DVM degrees from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Dr Frédérique Chaucheyras-Durand

Microbiologist/Research Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition

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Frédérique holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Clermont-Ferrand. Her main research topics are selection, modes of action and effects of live micro-organisms (yeasts or bacteria) on gastrointestinal microbiota and functions to improve animal performance and health, mainly focused on ruminants. In vitro and in vivo models, as well as anaerobic microbiology and molecular ecology techniques (qPCR, RT-qPCR, omics), are applied to this purpose. Frédérique is the author/co-author of ~ 60 original publications, book chapters, and numerous communications in international meetings. Since 2015, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Beneficial Microbes Conference, held in Amsterdam every two years.

Peter Chrystal

Monogastric Nutrition Consultant and Broiler/Pig Financial Modelling expert, Complete Feed Solutions

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Peter completed his BSc in South Africa under Professor Rob Gous in 1982 and is completing a PhD in Poultry Nutrition at the University of Sydney, investigating reduced protein diets in broiler chickens. Peter has extensive commercial experience in monogastric feeds and vitamin and trace mineral premix manufacture. He has worked as a nutritionist for the largest poultry integrators in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia and has presented at several conferences around the globe. He has been both author and co-author of several peer-reviewed publications.

Dr Stephen Collett

Poultry Consultant, 4FC Consulting, and Professor Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia

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After qualifying as a veterinarian and 10 years spent in private practice, Stephen specialised in poultry, receiving his MMed.Vet. from the University of Pretoria. He gained years of experience as the head veterinarian for Rainbow Chicken Farms in South Africa, and as director of Alltech, North American Poultry Division, before joining the UGA Poultry Diagnostic and Research Centre (PDRC) in 2004. Here he was primarily responsible for teaching clinical medicine and supporting the USA's poultry industry, rising to the rank of clinical professor before retiring in 2017. He is world-renowned for his research and expertise on Avian Gut Health, specialising in managing digestive tract health to maximise bird welfare, nutrient assimilation and performance.

Aidan Connolly

Chief Executive Officer, Cainthus and President, AgriTech Capital

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Aidan has 30 years of experience in the agribusiness sector, covering the full range of executive and managerial challenges. His leadership experience ranges from strategy and operations to production, as well as developing sales programs and cohesive teams that deliver strong results. He has direct experience of greenfield start-ups, high growth environments, turnaround issues, challenging economic environments in a wide range of political and economic systems. Aidan is President of AgriTech Capital, a resource for new and established companies working at the interface of agriculture and technology. In January 2019, Aidan was appointed CEO of Cainthus, a computer vision and artificial intelligence company specialising in monitoring key farm management practices that impact nutrition, health and the behaviour of livestock. Before this, he was with Alltech for over 25 years in various positions, of which his most recent role was as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO).

Prof. Mia Eeckhout

Professor in Feed Technology, Department of Food Technology, Food Safety and Health, Ghent University

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Mia obtained her PhD in agricultural sciences in 1991. She is a professor in Feed and Pet Food Technology at Ghent University for more than 30 years. She gives lectures for master students and nutritionists, process operators, and managers of the compound feed industry on topics such as process technology, GMP, and HACCP of feed production. Mia conducts applied scientific research in animal feed production on demand of and in cooperation with the feed industry. She already coordinated numerous research projects in a Belgian, European and Global context on feed ingredients, feed additives, feed technology and feed safety. She was President of FEED DESIGN LAB, a public private platform in Wanssum, the Netherlands, from 2015 until 2020. She is member of the HACCP working group of the Belgian Feed Association and a member of several advisory boards.

Dr Ruud Eits

Director Poultry, Trouw Nutrition Innovation

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Ruud holds an MSc (c.l) in Animal Nutrition and a PhD in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. His research focused on the impact of dietary protein on broiler performance - it resulted in a growth model that simulates the impact of dietary protein levels on broiler performance (including live weight gain and FCR) and body composition (carcass yield, and breast meat yield). Ruud worked at various companies in positions, such as researcher in poultry nutrition, feed formulation software project leader, technical and marketing manager, business development manager – Africa and currently serves as the poultry director at Trouw Nutrition Innovation in Amersfoort, NL. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge from his global exposure.

Yann Fournis

Technology Deployment Lead, Cargill Health Technologies

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He graduated with distinction in 2011 from the Engineering School AgroCampus Ouest in France, with a main focus on animal production. From 2011 to 2018, he worked as a poultry nutritionist for Cargill France, supporting the domestic and export markets. He focused on layer nutrition and management, working with farmers and feed millers in France, Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. Yann commenced his current role in January 2018. In this role, he is responsible for deploying three additive portfolios within Cargill Animal Nutrition businesses and contributes to the innovation with Cargill partners to find new solutions that meet customer needs and expectations.

Dr Chris Henderson

Managing Director, C4 Africa Holdings

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Chris graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 1981. His career began in the livestock feed industry where he offered feed management, nutritional pathology and disease control support to the livestock industry.

Following this, Chris started a poultry practice in 1983 with a company called Irene Poultry Consultants. This company later evolved into CCH Consulting and finally into what is now C4 Africa Holdings. C4 Africa offers support in the intensive livestock industry.

Over the years the emphasis has changed from primary disease diagnostics into an animal production management consultancy.

Together with his sound knowledge of veterinary requirements, disease and management risk profiling, nutritional pathology, diagnostics and specialist husbandry, Chris is highly recommended in Africa as a poultry, swine and ruminant veterinarian and business consultant. His years of experience and vast expertise have resulted in him being well respected in the area of arbitration and as a legal expert witness for agricultural claims and disputes.

Chris’s management consulting and support to companies over the last 35 years is typified by long-standing relationships where trust and expertise has led to client success and profit. His vision for the sustainable development and responsible use of medication within the poultry, swine and ruminant industry in Africa in critical in ensuring the continued growth of these industries.

Dr Milan Hruby

Director of Technical Services, ADM Animal Nutrition

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Milan holds a PhD in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. He started with Finnfeeds International during the onset of feed enzymes technology era, working in various technical, research and marketing positions in Europe and the USA. In his later career with Danisco Animal Nutrition and DuPont, Milan added other feed additives, including probiotics, electrolytes and essential oils to his original feed enzymes interest. He joined ADM in early 2019 during ADM's increased focus on feed additive portfolio expansion, getting an opportunity to be closely involved with ADM's animal nutrition solutions strategy. Today, Milan leads a team of nutritionists at ADM Animal Nutrition North America to support customers in the area of nutritional, health and service solutions. He interacts with customers and market influencers in North America and other parts of the world.

Prof. Ferdi Meyer

Managing Director, Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP)

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Ferdi grew up on a crop and livestock farm in the North-West Province of South Africa. He completed a PhD degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria in 2006 following a study abroad programme at the University of Missouri, United States. He was one of the founding members of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) in 2004. Following his 20-year career at the University of Pretoria as an associate professor, he took on the position of managing director of BFAP. BFAP is internationally recognised as an independent think tank on the African continent, serving the agro-food, fibre and beverage sectors. Ferdi has been leading the team on a vast range of national and international strategic projects and initiatives. These include the National Development Plan and the Agricultural and Agro-processing Master Plan for South Africa, strategic sector and investment analyses for several private sector firms, and end-to-end value chain projects in many Eastern and Southern African countries. He specialises in the agricultural market, trade - and policy analyses, value chain analytics, strategic foresight and scenario planning. In June 2020, he was appointed as Professor Extraordinary in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Stellenbosch.

Dr Rafael Murarolli

Poultry Species Technology Specialist, Cargill Animal Nutrition

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Rafael works closely with in-Market and Digital Solutions teams to reinforce the ONE Poultry Portfolio. He is mainly responsible for supporting the LATAM South business by helping with the implementation of new technologies based on their customer needs. As a gatekeeper for digital projects, Rafael is also responsible for developing and training decision-making tools. Rafael has gained experience at Cargill with product and technology development, as well as training and implementation of decision-making tools. He holds a BS in Animal Science from Universidade de Marília – BR, an MS in Poultry Nutrition from Universidade de São Paulo and a PhD in Monogastric Nutrition from the University of Missouri.

Cobus Nel

Principal Engineer, Promtek Africa

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Cobus has more than 20 years of experience in implementing and supporting automated solutions for various manufacturing plants in southern Africa. He has worked with various solution providers serving the animal nutrition sector in southern Africa. Cobus has a unique perspective on how factories invest in technology and how suppliers manage change from innovation to replacement to meet the industry's ever-changing needs. He contributes significantly to moving the industry from running factory processes on small, disconnected industrial electronics controllers to all-encompassing, fully integrated software solutions. Cobus shares insights into cost reductions and increased quality through up to date technology and challenges and opportunities that await the next generation of millers and production managers.

Dr Anja Pastor

Product Manager Sangrovit®, Phytobiotics Futterzusatzstoffe GmbH

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In 2010, Anja graduated in animal science at the University of Goettingen (Germany), where she also completed her PhD in animal nutrition in 2014. Here, she focused on the requirement of branched-chain amino acids in broiler chickens. Since 2014, Anja is working in the feed additives industry, focusing on plant-derived feed additives. She has a special interest in gut health and inflammation management in farm animals. Anja published and co-authored several scientific papers, and contributed to scientific conferences and technical articles.

Dawie Roodt

Chief Economist, Efficient Group

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Dawie Roodt is a founding member, director and chief economist of the Efficient Group. His newest role is as chairperson of Efficient Private Clients, a subsidiary of the Efficient Group. Dawie is known for his extensive knowledge of the South African economy, analytical nature, and exceptional communication skills. He specialises in monetary and fiscal policy and is involved with the management of client asset portfolios. Regular television appearances, broadcasts on radio stations, comments in printed and electronic media have contributed to making him one of South Africa’s most quoted economists. Dawie is a keen traveller with a special interest in the African continent and is involved in various charities.

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