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Protector of World Food Summit - Better Food for More People 2017

Picture of Her Royal Highness Princess Marie

Her Royal Highness, Marie Agathe Odile
Princess of Denmark

HRH Princess Marie was married to HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark on 24 May 2008, and, in connection with the wedding, became HRH Princess Marie, Countess of Monpezat.

HRH Princess Marie is patron of a great many national organisations, institutions, and foundations, and is an honorary member of various associations and societies.

HRH Princess Marie is among others the patron of The Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival, the Danish National Commission for UNESCO and the DanChurchAid.

Keynote Speakers

Esben Lunde Larsen
Minister for Environment and Food, Denmark

Esben Lunde Larsen was appointed Minister for Environment and Food 29 February 2016 by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Prior to that Esben Lunde Larsen served as Minister for Higher Education and Science.

Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Prime Minister of Denmark

Lars Løkke Rasmussen has served as Prime Minister of Denmark since 2015 and from 2009 to 2011, and has held the role as Chairman of the Liberal Party since 2009. Lars Løkke Rasmussen has previously served as Minister of Finance and Minister for the Interior and Health. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Copenhagen.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Minister of Food Processing Industries of India

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal is a determined Indian politician. She is presently the Minister of Food Processing in the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s government. Apart from being a great political leader, she is also involved in social work and is a business woman.  

She is a graduate in Textile Designing.  She was first elected as Member of Parliament in 2009 to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Bathinda Constituency and in the 16th Lok Sabha also she is a M.P. from Bathinda in Punjab. 

Tadahiko ItoState Minister of the Environment of Japan

Tadahiko Ito is the State Minister of the Environment and has served in this function since 2016. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2005. Ito holds an educational background in law from Waseda University.

Laura L.P. / HdGPhotography
Laura L.P. / HdGPhotography

René Redzepi
Head Chef, NOMA, Denmark

René Redzepi is the founder of MAD, a non-profit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change. Redzepi is also the chef and co-owner of restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since the establishment of the restaurant in 2003, Redzepi has developed a cuisine that draws from the area's landscape and culture. Using a wide yet intimate network of farmers, foragers, and other purveyors, Noma celebrates the region's ingredients and aims to present a kind of cooking that expresses its location and the seasons.

Carolyn Steel
Architect and Author

Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities. Her 2008 book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives is an international best seller, and her concept of ‘sitopia’ (food-place) is widely recognized in the emergent field of food urbanism. Carolyn has taught at Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University, London School of Economics and Wageningen University. She is a director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects, London.

Terry von Bibra
Alibaba Group General Manager, Europe

Terry von Bibra was appointed Alibaba Group General Manager Europe in October 2016. He is also Managing Director of Alibaba Group Germany, a position he has held since November 2015. Terry is responsible for helping businesses and consumers across key European markets access the best of the Alibaba ecosystem and brings a wealth of experience in global Omnichannel Retail, eCommerce and Marketing to the role.

Flemming Besenbacher
Chairman of Carlsberg Group 

Professor dr.scient. Flemming Besenbacher is Chairman of the Carlsberg Group, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Tuborg Foundation, and Deputy Chairman of Innovation Fund Denmark. He is also Founder and Chairman of the non-profit organization UNLEASH, which is a global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals.

Marcus Gover
Chief Executive of WRAP

Marcus Gover is Chief Executive of WRAP, a not-for-profit that works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which we source and use resources sustainably. He has worked in the environment sector for over 25 years, in the UK and abroad. During this time, he has held a wide range of roles including managing a water engineering company, running an outsourced waste management operation and setting up an office in China. Prior to joining WRAP, he was the Commercial Director of a start-up renewable energy company.

Gilbert F. Houngbo
President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Gilbert F. Houngbo is the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), an organization dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries and ensuring that agriculture is a central part of the international development agenda. Born and raised in rural Togo, Houngbo has spent more than 30 years working to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, with extensive experience in political affairs, international development, diplomacy and financial management.

Henrik Caspar Wegener
Rector, University of Copenhagen

Rector at University of Copenhagen since 1 March 2017. MSc in Food Science,1988, and PhD in Microbiology, 1992, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University. Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2007, Copenhagen Business School. Worked as research assistant, researcher, centre director, research professor and head of research at the National Veterinary Serum Laboratory and the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research in the period 1988-2007. Director of The National Food Institute,Technical University of Denmark (DTU), 2007-2011. Provost, Executive Vice President, DTU, 2011-2017. Seconded National Expert, World Health Organisation (WHO), 1999-2000. Chairman of the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission (EC SAM) 2015-2017.

Dr. Donald A. Prater
Assistant Commissioner for Food Safety Integration, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Donald A. Prater is the Assistant Commissioner for Food Safety Integration at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM). He is the principal spokesperson on behalf of the FVM Program for imports discussions with external stakeholders, including foreign governments, as well as being responsible for import-related strategic resource planning activities across FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and in coordination with FDA’s Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (GO).

Stephen Ritz
Founder, The Green Bronx Machine

Stephen Ritz is South Bronx educator and innovator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes which they had never imagined — while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx — Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 50,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. Stephen was named a Top 10 Finalist for the prestigious $1m Global Teacher Prize in 2015. 

Huang Bin
PhD, Deputy Director General, Department of Registration, Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA)

Delegated by Minister Zhi Shuping, Minister of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)
Bin Huang graduated from China Agriculture University in 2004 and has since held different positions at CNCA, currently serving in import and export food establishment registration management and third party certification supervision.