Deputy Director, Broadband Competence Offices Support Facility (BCO-SF)
Isane Aparicio is Deputy Director of the Broadband Competence Offices Support Facility, a project funded by the European Commission to strengthen the technical capacities of the members of the BCO network, as well as to promote the exchange of best practices across Europe.
For the last eight years, in the context of her work as EU Affairs manager at Schuman Associates, Isane has supported different actors on the IT industry, both analysing EU policy initiatives and identifying funding opportunities for the private and public sector.
She is a graduate in Law and Economics from the University of Deusto, Spain. She has a Diploma in International Law from Tilburg University and a Master in International Relations from the Basque Country University.
Prof. Daniel Berckmans
Head of the Division M3-Biores, KU Leuven
Daniel Berckmans is a full professor and leads the Measure, Model & Bioresponses (M3-Biores) research group of the Animal and Human Health Engineering Division from the Biosystems’ Department at the Katholieke Univesiteit (KU) Leuven. The main field of research consists on the integration of the dynamics responses of living organisms in the monitoring and control of biological processes. Berckmans is also coordinator of several EU projects with a total value of 10 million euros. He co-founded two spin-off companies: Soundtalks NV, in 2011, a company that provides automated monitoring tools to assist the farmer and the veterinarian; and BioRICS NV, in 2006, a spin-off of M3-BIORES. Berckmans holds a MA and Phd in Bio-Science Engineering at the KU Leuven in Belgium.
Dr. Maria Kernecker
Research Scientist, Institute of Socio-Economics, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Dr. Maria Kernecker is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Research in Germany. Her research focuses on sustainable agricultural landscapes, specifically on the relationship between people and natural resources within social-ecological systems. Within this context she is currently exploring innovation processes in farming and is a co-leading research in the EU Horizon 2020 project “Smart-AKIS” that examines European farmers’ needs, interests, attitudes, and innovative ideas on smart farming technologies. Dr. Kernecker received her doctorate at McGill University in Montreal, (Canada), having previously studied at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria), and the University of Nevada, Reno (USA).
Dr. Mila Kletzky
President, Academic Director, Picking Alphaentre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Prof. Mila Kletsky, PhD, Dr.(Econ) is a President and Academic Director of the digital publication Picking Alpha (www.pickingalpha.com) on investments in food-water-energy markets, undervalued markets and circular economy. She is an experienced researcher (of more than 20 years) of international commodity markets, innovations, models of risk management. She has authored more than 100 business reports for the various international companies on markets research, investment management and others. In June 2017 she was a member of the Jury for StartUp Europe Awards supported by President of EU Parliament Antonio Tajani.
Dr. Kletsky was teaching in number of North American and European Universities and Business Schools in EMBA, MBA and Master programs, she is a member of EDEN.
PickingAlpha is a member of EC DSJC (EC Digital Skills & Jobs Coalition Network).
Dr. Eberhard Nacke
Head of Product Strategy, CLAAS & Project Leader, Eko-Tech Study
Eberhard Nacke (1955) studied Agriculture at universities of Bonn and Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan. He graduated in Agricultural Economics in 1979.
After he got his PhD in Agricultural Engineering in 1983 he took the chance to do some postdoc research in the United States. At Texas A&M University and Michigan State University, he did studies on Systems Science and the use of Expert Systems in agriculture.
In 1985, he joined the CLAAS group. Starting as pricing specialist, he moved to subsidiary controlling in 1989. In 1992, he took responsibility as commercial head of the sales subsidiary in Spain, CLAAS Iberica.
Returning to the main factory in Germany in 1994 he took over the product management group for combine harvesters and self propelled forage harvesters. In 2007, he moved to CLAAS KGaA and became head of product strategy for the CLAAS group. In 2009, he took additional responsibility for the Biomass Technology activities of CLAAS.
Eberhard Nacke is member in various committees of the German Agricultural Society (DLG), the KTBL, and the Max Eyth Gesellschaft for Agricultural Engineering. Since 2011, he is vice chairman of the high level group on CO2 of the European CECE/CEMA and heading a focus group on CO2 at the VDMA Ag Machinery Association in Germany since 2013.
Senior Industry Analyst Farming Inputs and Farming, Rabobank
Harry Smit is a long-tenured senior analyst with Rabobank’s FAR Division, supporting the bank’s mission by providing sector and company views, as well as knowledge, expertise and insight about global Food & Agribusiness (“F&A”) market trends.
Harry’s expertise encapsulates all major niches within Farm Inputs, including fertilizer, seeds, agro chemicals, agricultural machinery and animal nutrition. He has extensive experience in primary agriculture in both Europe and other major markets gained through a lifelong career in the F&A industry.
Prior to joining FAR in 2006, Harry was a credit analyst at Rabobank and before that, research analyst in Rabo’s Economics Research department. Before working for Rabobank, he was employed by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture for six years, working mainly in the Ministry’s Department for International Affairs, where he was focused on various aspects of the European Common Agricultural Policy.
Harry holds a masters degree in Agricultural Economics from the Agricultural University in Wageningen. Harry grew up on a mixed dairy and hog farm in the Netherlands.
Tamme van der Wal
Data Scientist, Wageningen University & Research
For the last 20 years, Tamme is involved in (spatial) data tools and innovation related to the CAP and smart farming. He started his career in the Monitoring Agriculture with Remote Sensing programme and continued in software development for online aid applications for farmers and agricultural policy analysis related models, databases and satellite data. Currently he works as data scientist focussing on the adoption of Precision Agriculture Technologies in relation to sustainable development, climate change and soil quality. Tamme is also partner at AeroVision, an information procurement consultancy where he is organising the data acquisition with satellites and drones for crop growth monitoring.
Ton Van Eijck is an agricultural and rural contractor, co-managing Gebr. van Eijck Loonbedrijf N.V. in Alphen, near Tilburg in The Netherlands. Set-up in 1963, the company employs 50 permanent workers (and additional seasonal workers when necessary), from which 4 are permanently taking care of the machinery. Nowadays, the company is able to offer services in very different crops (grain, sugar beet, maize, vegetables…), from soil preparation to harvesting as well as in grassland. In addition, the company is offering earthmoving and transport services.