Our WFA Advisors & Ambassadors

Our unique Advisory and Ambassador Boards help us identify key priorities for the industry, create content that accurately reflects the dynamic state of food and agriculture today and work with us on how we can all come together and create better business outcomes in the most important sector in the world.

Advisory Board

Antonia Wanner

Chief Procurement Officer; Group Head of ESG Strategy and Deployment
Nestlé
Antonia Wanner

Antonia Wanner is the Group Head of Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) Strategy & Deployment at Nestlé.

Career History
▪ 1996 In-house Lawyer Nestlé Germany

▪ 1999 Local Buyer Nestlé Germany

▪ 2000 Local Group Manager, then European group manager

▪ 2003 Head of Procurement Nestlé Germany

▪ 2007 Head of Global Procurement Excellence, Nestlé Group

▪ 2010 Sales Nestlé, Germany

▪ 2012 Head of CSV Program Nestlé Germany ▪ 2013 Group Head of Commodity Procurement

▪ 2017 Group Head of Procurement

▪ 2020 Group Head of ESG Strategy & Deployment

Education

▪ Lawyer (Universities of Tübingen, Lausanne, Bonn and Munich) – PhD in Law

▪ IMD Lausanne PED

Antonia is German, married with 2 sons and lives in Switzerland.

Barbara Baarsma

CEO
Rabo Carbon Bank
Barbara Baarsma

Barbara Baarsma is CEO of Rabo Carbon Bank, and Professor of Applied Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam.

Before March 2021, she was CEO of Rabobank Amsterdam, taking up the post on 1 January 2019. From 2016 to 2019 she was the Director of Knowledge Development at Rabobank where she headed RaboResearch. In this capacity she was responsible for the Rabobank-wide knowledge agenda and the development of the knowledge organization.

Christos Dimopoulos

President, Global Supply Chains
Bunge
Christos Dimopoulos

Christos Dimopoulos is the President, Global Supply Chains at Bunge. He joined Bunge in 2004 and most recently served as senior vice president global grains and oilseeds. Prior to Bunge, he held roles in Europe and the United States with Tradigrain and Intrade Risk Management.

Christos holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing from HEC Lausanne in Switzerland.

Jessica Teo

Chief Human Resources Officer
Louis Dreyfus Company
Jessica Teo

Jessica Teo is Chief Human Resources Officer at Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC). A Singaporean national, she joined LDC in 2011, serving as Regional Head of HR for Asia until 2018, and in parallel as Global HR Business Partner to LDC’s Merchandizing business segment between 2014 and 2017.

Prior to LDC, she held senior HR positions at Neste Oil Singapore, Eastman Chemical Asia Pacific, Singapore Telecoms, Deloitte & Touche and Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (Air Force). She holds a degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Rutgers Business School (State University of New York, US).

Jonathan Parr

President Global Crop Protection
Syngenta
Jonathan Parr

Prior to his current function as President Global Crop Protection, Jonathan Parr was Chief Operating Officer (COO) EAME & Latin America (2015–2016).

Before that, he was Head of Global Crops & Assets for Syngenta (2014), Regional Director for EAME (2009–2013), Head of Syngenta Flowers (2007–2008), Head of Marketing and Strategy (2004–2007) and European Manufacturing Manager (2000–2003). Before joining Syngenta, he worked for AstraZeneca as a Factory Manager (1998– 2000), Global Product Manager Fungicides (1996–1998) and Supply

Chain Project Manager (1994–1996). From 1987 to 1994, he held Project and Engineering Management functions at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). Apart from his function in Syngenta, Jonathan Parr holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

Jonathan Parr is a Chartered Engineer and also holds an honors Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton as well as a Master in Management from the University of McGill, Canada, and a diploma in International Management from the INSEAD Institute.

Livio Tedeschi

President, Agricultural Solutions
BASF SE
Livio Tedeschi

Livio Tedeschi was born in Frosinone, Italy in 1971. Livio holds an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School (France); carried out post-doctoral studies in Organic Chemistry at the Imperial College London
(UK); holds a PhD in Organic Synthesis from RWTH-Aachen (Germany) as well as a Master of Science in Chemistry from La Sapienza University in Rome (Italy). He is married.

Professional career:

2022 – President, Agricultural Solutions, BASF SE, Limburgerhof, Germany

November 2017 – March 2022 Senior Vice President, Agricultural Solutions Europe, BASF SE, Limburgerhof, Germany

May 2014 – October 2017 Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing
Insecticides, BASF Corporation, RTP, USA

April 2012 – April 2014 Director, Innovation Strategy Development,
BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany

January 2010 – March 2012 Head of Global Strategic Marketing Amines,
BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany

January 2007 – December 2009 Head of Marketing for UK, Ireland, Nordics, Baltics, BASF plc, Cheadle, UK

January 2006 – December 2006 Marketing Manager Specialty Crops,
BASF AG, Limburgerhof, Germany

July 2003 – December 2005 Team leader in Global Research Agricultural
Products, BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Other activities and memberships:

Since April 2022 Member of the Board of Directors of CropLife International

Orla McAleer

CMO
Alltech
Orla McAleer

Orla McAleer is chief marketing officer at Alltech and is responsible for overseeing the company’s global marketing efforts across its more than 120 markets. She also oversees the company’s marketing activities, including brand building, corporate and digital communications, customer programs and corporate events.

McAleer held several marketing and communications roles before joining Alltech at its European headquarters in Ireland in 2003 as European public relations manager. She was promptly promoted to communications manager for Europe and Asia in 2004. In 2008, she relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, for her role as Asia-Pacific marketing manager, covering 17 countries. She returned to Ireland to head up the European marketing function in 2010. She was also heavily involved in the corporate brand sponsorship of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2010 and 2014. In 2016, she became responsible for Alltech marketing globally.

She received a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, a Masters in Business from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School and holds a diploma in public relations.

Nadine Kuester

General Secretary of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Danone
Nadine Kuester

Nadine Kuester currently serves as General Secretary of Germany, Austria and Switzerland for Danone, a leading multi-national food company operating in about 140 countries, supporting all three of Danone’s business divisions, including Essential Dairy & Plant based, Waters and Specialized Nutrition, covering the areas of Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Legal, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance. Nadine joined Danone in 2007.

Prior to becoming General Secretary she held several positions starting as Legal Director for Danone’s Medical Nutrition business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2012 she assumed the role of Global Legal and Regulatory Affairs Director for Danone’s Early Life Nutrition division, leading a team of international legal professionals for over 40 business units. Prior to joining Danone, Nadine worked as an attorney in the fields of medicine and economic law. She earned her law degree at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, in 2002.

Ponsi Trivisvavet

CEO
Inari
Ponsi Trivisvavet

Ponsi Trivisvavet is CEO and Director of Inari, the SEEDesign™ company using predictive design and advanced multiplex gene editing to unlock the full potential of seed to build a more sustainable future for the food system. . Ms. Trivisvavet has broad expertise in global agriculture as well as extensive management skill in the seeds business. Prior to joining Inari, she held a number of leadership roles at Syngenta, most recently as president of Syngenta Seeds North America. Before Syngenta, she held positions with McKinsey & Company. Ms. Trivisvavet holds an MBA from Cornell University.

Rami Baitieh

CEO
Carrefour France
Rami Baitieh

Rami Baitieh is a graduate of the Compiègne Ecole Supérieure de Commerce business school. He holds two MBAs, from the University of Québec and the Warsaw central business school.

He joined the Carrefour Group in 1995 and has served in various roles, first in stores, then in the Merchandise, IT and Supply Chain Departments in France, Romania and Poland. He was appointed Executive Director of Carrefour Taiwan in February 2015, then Executive Director of Carrefour Argentina in January 2018. He was appointed Executive Director of Carrefour Spain in May 2019, then of Carrefour France in July 2020.

Saskia Korink

CEO
Trouw Nutrition
Saskia Korink

After a Master’s degree in Physics, Saskia Korink worked for Fokker Space & Systems (1 yr) and Unilever (3 yrs), and subsequently moved to NY to obtain her MBA from Columbia Business School (CBS). She then worked for almost 7 years for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), both in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo, Brazil, after which she joined Cargill in Brazil, Latin America. Saskia became the BU leader for Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate in 2006 and VP, global marketing director for Cargill Animal Nutrition in 2010 (in the USA).

She then joined Genus plc in Basingstoke, UK, as CMO (2013), and became the COO for Genus ABS, the ruminant genetics division (2014). After having worked and lived for close to 20 years abroad (in Latin America, the USA and UK) Saskia came back to the Netherlands and joined Trouw Nutrition, the animal nutrition division of Nutreco, as Global Innovation Director. In August 2020 Saskia became the CEO of Trouw Nutrition and a member of the Nutreco Executive Leadership Team. Saskia is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Hoogwegt. She is married and has 3 teenage children.

Sunil Nayak

CEO Corporate Services Worldwide
Sodexo
Sunil Nayak

Sunil is the CEO for Corporate Services Segment Worldwide and a member of the Group Executive Committee since September 2019.He is responsible for managing the Corporate Services Business Segment for Sodexo across 32 countries providing Food and Facilities Management services to clients and their employees across 11000 client sites.

He is also the Executive Sponsor for So Together – Sodexo’s global initiative on Gender Diversity and Inclusion.

Sunil is a strong believer and proponent of the Sodexo’s motto of improving the Quality of Life of clients, consumers and employees while contributing towards the development of the community and environment Sodexo operates in. Taking this ethos beyond his professional work, Sunil founded Ra Foundation, an NGO that supports children’s education, a cause close to his heart.

Sunil is Indian and speaks English and Hindi.

Susanne Wasson

President, Crop protection Business Platform
Corteva AgriscienceTM
Susanne Wasson

Susanne is the President of the Crop Protection Business Platform for Corteva AgriscienceTM. Previously, she was the Vice President of Commercial Effectiveness. Prior to being named VP, Susanne was the U.S. Commercial Leader of the Crop Protection Business of Dow AgroSciences. She was previously a Global Business Leader for the Range & Pasture and Industrial Vegetation Management herbicide business and a Global Business Leader for the Seeds and Traits business focused on licensing of Dow AgroSciences’ Bt library, and M&A activities for seeds in Asia. She has held several other roles in marketing, sales and finance in her 30-year career.

Susanne is a member and past chapter president of P.E.O. (philanthropic education organization for women), and a member of the Delta Delta Delta Foundation Crescent Fund committee. She is currently on the Board of Directors of United Way of Central Indiana, Agrinovus Indiana, National FFA Organization, and the American Chemistry Council. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Crop Life America and was the 2018 chairman of the FFA Foundation Sponsors Board. She was awarded an Honorary American FFA Degree and was a 2016 recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal Women of Influence award, received the 2019 Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence and was a 2019 Distinguished Alumni of College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources of Oklahoma State University.

Susanne earned degrees in Agricultural Economics and Accounting from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.

Suzanne Strassburger Reidy

CEO
Strassburger Steaks, LLC; Suzy Sirloin, Inc
Suzanne Strassburger Reidy

Suzanne is the fifth generation of the Strassburger family in the meat business.

She is President of Strassburger Steaks, LLC, CEO Suzy Sirloin, Inc. all natural beef that’s currently available in retail stores. The Founder of The Sirloin Report, a daily, industry-leading online report about beef. She also gives meat lectures and has travelled as far as Hong Kong to promote American beef. She has been approached 10 times to star in her own reality television show but has always declined the offers.

Suzanne attained a Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) from the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. The MBA program is to be an everyday advocate for the beef industry. Suzanne was in the first NCBA Top of the Class program for MBA grads wishing to make a more explosive impact on behalf of the beef community.

As a way to really further educate herself she just finished Harvard Business School Executive Program Owner/President Management (OPM53).

On the personal side, Suzanne also oversees SISTERSALUTE (www.sistersalute.com), a web site and charitable organization (founded by her sister Andrea and her) devoted to raising money and awareness for the men and women of the Armed Forces fighting each day for our freedom. These include: “Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard, and Airman’s Club.

Suzanne is on Several Boards.

  1. North American Meat Institute Board of Directors & Executive board.
  2. Ace for the Homeless.
  3. The Editorial board at THE NATIONAL PROVISIONER MAGAZINE.
  4. Recently nominated to be on The Beef Industry Task Force.

Tanya Kopps

CEO
Metro Italia
Tanya Kopps

Tanya Kopps, CEO of Metro Italia since July 2018, comes from a brilliant international career. She is American, from Chicago, and develops her professional career in Europe within the METRO group. She is married to a German man, for whom she moved to Europe. Before arriving in Italy, he lived in six countries, again for METRO: Germany, Romania, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Spain and Portugal, working mainly in the financial area. She was named CFO in MAKRO Spain in 2010, to which she soon added responsibility for Portugal, where she became CEO in 2015.

Tanya is the first female CEO in Italy and this is a signal that further underlines how important diversity is for METRO. The “Diversity” is a theme very dear to Tanya, which since 2015 also plays a role within the organization LEAD, which leads the Top Managers of retail companies and FMCG in Europe, in enhancing Diversity, with the goal of sharing these practices not only in METRO, but in the entire trade and industry sector.

Tatiana Fadeeva

CEO
AGCO Machinery
Tatiana Fadeeva

Tatiana started her carrier in 2007 with Magna, leading automotive supplier. She then developed within Magna in different positions: Purchasing manager, Sales manager and Logistics manager for one of Magna plants in Russia.

In 2014 she joined AGCO as the Logistics manager to take over the localization project of AGCO products in Russia.

End of 2016, Tatiana was promoted to the Sales Director position with the main goal to increase market presence of AGCO brands in Russia and grow the market share. In 2018 AGCO market share went up from 14,1% (in 2014) to 23,5% in 2018 with still stable position.

In JAN 2019 she was promoted to the CEO position with full responsibility of AGCO operational business in Russia: financial results, distribution and manufacturing.

Veronica L. Braker

Senior Vice President, Global Operations
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Veronica L. Braker

Veronica Braker is the Senior vice President of Global Operations for Archer Daniels Midland. In that role, she leads ADM’s global operations, including managing the company’s Technology Center of Excellence that includes it’s global EHS function, Quality and Food Safety, Maintenance and Reliability, Utilities Optimization, Capital Planning and Execution and Process Optimization.

ADM is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 40,000 employees serving customers in nearly 200 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 450 crop procurement locations, more than 330 food and feed ingredient manufacturing facilities, 62 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses.

Braker is a member of ADM’s Senior Leadership Team. She reports to ADM Chief Executive Officer, Juan Luciano.

Braker has more than a quarter century of experience in operations leadership. Prior to joining ADM, she spent eight years in management roles at BASF Corporation, serving most recently as vice president of operations for its Performance Materials division in North America. At BASF, she championed several safety and industry initiatives, and also helped launch a career development program aimed at improving the representation of women in manufacturing and technical roles. She has also held leadership positions at Flint Hills Resources and General Electric.

Braker served on the National Board of Directors for Women in Manufacturing for 3 years. Women in Manufacturing® (WiM) is the only national trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to promote, support and inspire women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. She is also a new member of the National Association of Manufacturer’s Board of Directors.

Braker is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.

WFA Ambassadors

Amy Cornell

President
Agribusiness Council of Indiana
Amy Cornell

Amy Cornell is the President of Agribusiness Council of Indiana.

In addition to her public affairs practice, Cornell is of counsel with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in the Agribusiness Group. Cornell is also a member of the Purdue Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council. Cornell received her juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a LL.M. in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Cornell is on the membership committee of the American Agricultural Law Association, a council member for the Indiana State Bar Association Agricultural Law Section and a participant in the Indiana Leadership Forum’s 2017 class.

Claudia Rössler

Director Agriculture
Microsoft Azure Global Engineering Group
Claudia Rössler

Claudia Rössler is Director Agriculture in Microsoft Azure Global Engineering group. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships around digital innovation and ag tech solutions within the agriculture ecosystem. She drives Agtech innovation that helps increase productivity in a sustainable manner leveraging technology such as AI, IoT, and blockchain. Claudia Rössler joined Microsoft in 1992 in Germany. She held several international roles with focus on Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Partner and Industry.

Christine Tacon

Chair
MDS
Christine Tacon

Christine Tacon became the UK’s first Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) in 2013 and has achieved significant cultural change in the sector, bringing greater fairness for producers supplying the UK’s largest supermarkets.

She has been much praised for her collaborative approach to the role and a government review concluded the GCA was an exemplary model of a modern regulator with an international reputation.

Currently, she also chairs MDS, which trains graduates in the food and fresh produce industry. As a founder of Women in Food and Farming she has supported women develop their skills and confidence through networking and meeting inspirational speakers.

Ebony Webber

CEO
MANRRS
Ebony Webber

Ebony is the Chief Operating Officer at MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences), where she provides support to the National Executive Committee, Advisory Board and oversight and management of Strategic Partnerships. Hailing from a small, rural community, Ebony found interest in developing students and providing resources and opportunities to increase access to academic and career related programs in underserved communities. By cultivating innovative programs and strategic partnerships, Ebony have been able to assist underrepresented students and professionals in recognizing and maximizing their full potential. Many of her responsibilities support her passion for advocating for inclusion and diversity and developing leaders, organizations and communities to feed and clothe the next generation.

Graduating at the top of the Computer Science and Mathematics Department, Ebony received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Stillman College and also holds a certification in Technology Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Webber is an alum of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program, National Urban League’s Emerging Leaders Cohort, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits High Potential Diverse Leaders Cohort. She is also a member of the National Black MBA Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Geeta Sethi

Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems
World Bank
Geeta Sethi

Geeta Sethi is the Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems at the World Bank. She is managing the World Bank’s program on Food Loss and Waste Reduction. She has more than 20 years of experience working as an economist on fragile, low-, and middle- income countries. Her work has focused on issues of rural development, service delivery and intergovernmental fiscal policies in around the world. She has delivered many lending programs to the World Bank Board and published books and articles in referred journals on issues relating to rural labor markets, trade policy and fiscal decentralization. Previously, she was the Chief of Staff to the Climate Change Vice President and Special Envoy, the Operations and Strategy Manger for Climate Change, and worked as the Program Manager for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. She has an MBA and PhD in Economics.

Jane Craigie

Co-founder
International Rural Youth Project
Jane Craigie

Jane has combined her agricultural and horticultural education with a career in marketing, media and communications.

Jane is actively involved in the international rural leadership community and was the co-founder of the international Rural Youth Project, a youth leadership, enterprise and activism initiative, focused on better understanding and supporting young rural people, aged 18-28, to enact positive change in their communities.

Jane runs a marketing and communications consultancy specialising in agriculture, food and rural affairs; clients include AgriBriefing, Agrovista, BASF plc, Interagro, LEAF, the Oxford Farming Conference, Turriff Show, and Velcourt. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing as well as a Member of the Chartered Institute of PR. She is also a Fellow of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists and a Professional Agriculturalist (P.Agric).

Jane is based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she on the executive board of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, Chair of the IFAJ ‘Vision 2025’ Committee, is a Trustee of LANTRA, the skills and training organisation, and is on the steering committee for LEAF Education and Public Engagement.

She was the first Waitangi Scholar in 1994 (Funded by the New Zealand Dairy Board), an alum of the Windsor Leadership Emerging Leaders’ Programme, the Institute of Agricultural Management Leadership Development Programme, the Scottish Enterprise (SE) Rural Leadership Programme and Scottish Enterprise’s Harvesting the Growth Programme.

Prior to establishing her own business, Jane worked for DiverseyLever, was Marketing Communications Manager for Genus plc (1991-97) and also for Cyanamid (part of American Home Products) from 1997-2001. From 2001-2004, she worked for digital specialists DBT Ltd (now part of Proagrica).

Lynda McDonald

Senior Executive
Tetra Laval International
Lynda McDonald

Senior Executive at Tetra Laval International

Mariana Vasconcelos

CEO
Agrosmart
Mariana Vasconcelos

Mariana Vasconcelos is daughter of farmers, co-founder and CEO at Agrosmart, recognized as a technology pioneer company by the World Economic Forum. Biz dev with degrees from UNIFEI, ESALQ/USP, UCLA and Singularity University, Mariana is Forbes under 30, Fast Company 100 Most creative in Business and was elected by the MIT Technology Review as one of the most brilliant Innovators under 35. She is global ambassador of Thought for Food, keynote speaker for Digital agriculture and future of farming, considered one of the top 100 influencers in Agribusiness by Dinheiro Rural and named one of the 50 people that are most impacting the world in 2017 by Kairos Society.

Natalie McCaffery

President
Education Ag Tech (E.A.T.)
Natalie McCaffery

The interdisciplinary nature of Agriculture is so prominent, especially when considering growth, in the industry, and my goals are to learn from others in this space as I start to build my path to support the next generation in agriculture. By representing WFA, I am given the opportunity to learn from a successful network of women while also having a voice in the direction of interest in food and ag. I’m also the President of the organisation Education Ag Tech (E.A.T.), a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the knowledge of our next generation on the importance of agriculture and how technology can be optimized and applied to farming methods, resulting in a healthier planet and population.

Smriti Canakapalli

Enterprise Strategy and Transformation Leader, Animal Nutrition and Health
Cargill
Smriti Canakapalli

Enterprise Strategy and Transformation Leader, Animal Nutrition and Health

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