Mella Frewen- Director General, Food, Drink Europe, Brussels (Belgium).

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    Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry, since July 2007. Mella Frewen’s previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, dealing with agricultural biotechnology, conventional agriculture, seeds and agri-chemistry. Prior to that, she was Director, International Relations for Cerestar, then Europe’s biggest starch producer. From this role and her earlier ones in the Ferruzzi and Eridania Bégin-Say Groups, stationed in Brussels, she has a wide experience of relations with International institutions, with the Institutions of the European Union and trade associations within the food chain, as well as with the agri-food and non-food, and chemical sectors.Ms Frewen has represented the Food Industry in the several EU Commission Advisory Committees and Standing Committees. She is currently member of the EU Commission’s High Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, of its Scientific Jury for EUCYS (Competition for Young Scientists) and of the EU Commission’s TTIP Advisory group. She is also member of several food industry-related Boards.

    At the OECD & FAO, Ms Frewen is Vice President of the Advisory Group for Responsible Business Conduct along Agricultural Supply Chains. She is also Co-chair of the European food “Supply Chain Initiative” (SCI) for fair business practices across the food chain.


    She has worked in the Agri-food sector in Europe for 27 years. She has a Master of Science degree from the National University of Ireland, and completed a post-graduate course at the University of Brussels (ULB). She also holds a Harvard certificate on Agribusiness and an INSEAD certificate on International Operations Management.


    Presentation Title- The European Food sector in the light of Brexit: key challenges


    The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the European Union. Both larger and smaller companies operate with very integrated supply (and manufacturing) chains across borders, in order to benefit fully from the Single Market. Brexit will therefore have an enormous impact not only on the industry itself, but also all along the food chain. FoodDrinkEurope is working with its members at European and national level to maintain a robust trade and investment relationship and above all, clarity, certainty and predictability for businesses. We must ensure business continuity thanks to a well-functioning Single Market in a strong and stable EU. How can we try and ensure this will happen despite Brexit?

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