Technical Symposium Speakers

Dr. Sebastian Csaki, International Feed Industry Federation

Working together towards the global reference for feed LCA data – the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI)

Sebastian is Senior Advisor at the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and a Member of the Management Board of the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI).  IFIF is a founding member of the GFLI, a feed industry initiative with the aim to develop a freely and publicly available feed LCA database and tool.

Sebastian has extensive international experience representing blue chip companies and international organizations in the area of sustainability, feed and food, health and nutrition regulatory issues, CSR, and intellectual property.

Previously he held positions in the Global Corporate Affairs Team of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, representing the company vis-à-vis stakeholders in Brussels and Washington, DC, as well as in the government relations and environment teams of McDonald’s Europe, where he led efforts on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategies.

Sebastian holds a PhD and MPhil in International Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a BA in French literature and a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) and is based in Wiehl, Germany.

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Chris Thornton, European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP)

EU nutrient circular economy policies – opportunities and regulatory challenges for ABPs in fertilisers

Chris Thornton has been working with different sectors of the phosphate industry for 25 years, on nutrient recycling, fertilisers, phosphorus in food and diet, as well as industrial applications.

Chris Thornton today manages the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP www.phosphorusplatform.eu), established in 2013 to promote sustainable phosphorus management in Europe. ESPP is a non-profit organisation, funded by its members, which include around 40 different industries (water and waste companies, mineral and organic fertilisers, meat and bone meal ash, chemicals, recycling technologies), knowledge institutes and public establishments. ESPP acts through stakeholder and inter-sectoral industry dialogue, networking, information dissemination and elaboration of joint proposals to policy makers. ESPP is engaged with EU decision making in areas including water protection, fertilisers, the Circular Economy, standards, industrial emissions (BAT), agriculture, raw materials policy, phosphorus footprinting, research and innovation, food and health.

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Carolina Probst, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany

The role of wild boar carcasses in African swine fever epidemiology

Dr. Carolina Probst is a veterinarian and currently working as senior scientist at the Institute of Epidemiology, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health. Before she switched to the FLI in 2008, she worked at the Leibniz-Institute for Zoo- and Wildlife research in Berlin and at the educational department of the Zoological Garden. Between 2012 and 2015, she was seconded as Agricultural Attaché to the German Embassy in Madrid, Spain. In summer 2015, she returned to the FLI, where she continues investigating the occurrence and spread of infectious diseases in livestock and wildlife, including fieldwork and teaching.

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Marinus van Krimpen, Wageningen Livestock Research

Processed animal proteins can replace soybean meal in broiler diets

After his MSc graduation at Wageningen University (Animal Husbandry), Marinus van Krimpen worked as a nutritionist specialized in pigs and poultry for a feed company. Since 1999, he is appointed as researcher in pig and poultry nutrition at Wageningen Livestock Research. In 2008, he finished his PhD-project regarding the effect of nutritional factors on reducing feather pecking behaviour in laying hens. Since 2010, he is appointed as senior researcher in animal nutrition at the same institute. The focus of his projects regards nutritional requirements of laying hens and broilers, development of alternative protein sources, improving the phosphorus and nitrogen efficacy of pigs and poultry, improving bird welfare, and stimulating immune competence by nutrition

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