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The nominations for members of the Advisory Board (AB) for the conference were made and agreed upon by the EC and the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria.

The Advisory Board has supported the project for the conference by providing advice and competence in regard to the conference programme and conference output, nominations and contacts with speakers, key stakeholders, renowned and influential thematic field representatives, policy and decision makers.

The main responsibilities of the Advisory Board have been:

  • To help define the main goals of the conference and the issues to be addressed;
  • To be involved in the definition of the conference agenda & nomination of speakers;
  • To contribute to the discussions and evaluate the results of the project;
  • To advise the Bulgarian organizer and the EC on the conference outcome paper;
  • To align the programme with cutting edge demonstrative examples and ongoing investments in the thematic field addressed and in line with the sought synergy with EU programs, initiatives and strategies;
  • To supervise conference papers;

The first meeting of the Advisory Board was held on 6th of September 2017 in Brussels.

The Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria acknowledges the exemplary professionalism, dedication and involvement of the AB members with regard to the FOOD 2030 Conference Plovdiv, more so considering their work, the time and effort invested by them as Advisory Board for the conference is pro bono. Their dedication to this flagship conference is another reason motivating the organizers to deliver on the high expectations for this Second High-Level FOOD 2030 event in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


Henk Westhoek (MSc Soil science Wageningen) has worked for PBL on food and agriculture related issues over the last 17 years. He has worked on various papers and reports which connect food consumption and production, and has been using and further developing a food systems approach. These include The Protein Puzzle (2011), Nitrogen on the table (2015), Food systems and natural resources (UNEP-IRP, 2016) and Food in a green light (EEA, 2017). I am member of the Expertgroup Food2030.

Henk Westhoek is the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Conference.


Prof. Vladislav Popov PhD, is an acting Professor at the Dept. of Agroecology and Director of the Agroecological Centre of the Agricultural University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He is a Wageningen Agriculture University (1996) and a University of Western Sydney, Australia (2005) alumni. Researcher and expert in agroecology and organic agriculture for the ETF, the FAO, the Avalon Foundation, Balkan and Central Asian Universities and an evaluator at the EU REA. Member of the SCAR.


Trained in soil science, John Ingram gained extensive experience in the 1980s working in Africa and Asia in agriculture and forestry research projects. In 1991 he was recruited by UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to help organise, coordinate and synthesise research on global change and agroecology, part of IGBP’s international global change research programme. In 2001 he was appointed the Executive Officer for the international research project “Global Environmental Change and Food Systems” (GECAFS). On the close of GECAFS in 2011 he was appointed NERC Food Security Leader until assuming his current role of Food Systems Programme Leader at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute in May 2013. His PhD “From Food Production to Food Security: Developing interdisciplinary, regional-level research” was awarded by Wageningen University under the supervision of Professor Rudi Rabbinge:


Prof. Ewa Rembiałkowska works in the Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland. In her research activity deals with the sustainable food systems, nutritional value of organic food and its influence of organic food on human health. Prof. Rembiałkowska is an author of 27 papers in the impact factor journals.

She is a President of the Association Forum of Organic Agriculture named M. Górny since 2009.


Carlo Mango, Director of the Scientific Research Department of Fondazione Cariplo. Carlo started his career in 1991, working for university-enterprise R&D and technology transfer. At Cariplo he is in charge of the entire cycle of strategic planning, programme design an and management of Fondazione Cariplo’s research, education and technology transfer initiatives. Founder of Cariplo Factory and responsible of Milan’s Food Policy Programme in cooperation with Milan Municipality.

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