Axel Bigot
Corporate Public Affairs Manager
Lactalis Group

Axel Bigot is in charge of Lactalis Group’s corporate public affairs. After two Master’s degrees in Economics and Political Science, both in France and Argentina, he gained experience in lobbying affairs for grain cooperatives, and the French young farmers’ federation.

He’s now representing Lactalis Group at EU and French levels, in technical and political committees, mainly focused on economics, international trade, and milk supply activities.

The Lactalis Group is the global leader for dairy products. Created in France in 1933, this still family-owned dairy company operates in 47 countries, processing more than 19 Bn liters of milk in 240 processing sites, and employing over 80 000 people. In 2017, the company generated a turnover above USD 22 Bn.

Rafael Jiménez-Flores
Chair in Dairy Foods
Ohio State University

Rafael Jiménez-Flores originally from Mexico. Got his undergraduate education at La Salle University in Mexico City with a major in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Food Science. His MS degree is from Cornell and PhD at UC Davis in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry.

Among his projects he was among the first scientists that cloned milk proteins for their structurefunction studies. Further work involved the cloning, engineering and mammary gland directed expression in transgenic animals. He continued his work on dairy technology by focusing on milk fat, the milk fat globule membrane, and a process to remove cholesterol from butter oil.

His first academic position was as Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois in the department of Food Science and Nutrition, where he was in charge of the dairy chemistry and technology program. After 5 years at the University of Illinois, he moved to the California Polytechnic State University was part of the Dairy Products Technology Center. His areas of research focused on novel methods for dairy processing, characterization of the milk fat globule membrane, surface interactions of milk components and lactic acid bacteria, spore incidence in dairy processing plants, and biological activity of milk components. He was the Director of the Cal Poly Center for Applications in Biotechnology from 2013 to 2016. In May 2016 he started his appointment as the JT ‘Stubby’ Parker Endowed Chair in Dairy Foods at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jimenez-Flores has 6 patents, numerous book chapters and over 150 peer reviewed articles covering several aspects of dairy science and technology.

Brian Lindsay
Development Director
Dairy Sustainability Framework

Brian is UK based and operates a consultancy business bridging the gap between food companies and farming in a quest for mutually beneficial approaches to sustainability challenges.

Currently Brian holds the post of Development Director for the dairy Sustainability Framework, a programme of the GDAA, launched in November 2013.

Brian also coordinates the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform’s work on sustainable dairy and beef production.

James Mulhern
President & Chief Executive Officer
National Milk Producers Federation

Jim Mulhern is a veteran agriculture and food policy strategist with over 30 years of experience working with Washington, DC legislators, regulators, and the media. He was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in January,2014.

Since taking over leadership of NMPF Mr. Mulhern directed the dairy industry’s work on the 2014 Farm Bill, and has led efforts to address a host of issues including trade, environmental, immigration reform, animal care, food labeling, and many more.

This is a return engagement for Mr. Mulhern at NMPF. Earlier in his career he directed the organization’s government affairs activities, and played a key role in shaping NMPF’s policy and communications strategy.

From NMPF, Jim went to Capitol Hill where he served as chief of staff to Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl. Mr. Mulhern directed the Senator’s Washington, DC and state operations, and advised him on legislative and political issues.

Prior to his return to NMPF, Jim was managing partner of Watson/Mulhern LLC, a life sciences communications and public affairs firm that focused on policy challenges facing the food and agriculture community. Over his career Mr.

Mulhern has provided expert strategic counsel to a host of Fortune 500 companies, and has worked extensively in government relations, issues and crisis management, media relations, and litigation communications.

Marcelo Pereira de Carvalho

Founder and CEO at AgriPoint, a company that provides qualified information for the dairy market in Brazil through many channels: websites, symposiums and consulting services. Its website MilkPoint is the largest think tank for the dairy sector in Brazil, with over 100.000 subscribers.Is MilkPoint Mercado dairy market intelligence service is accessed by over 200 companies.

Marcelo gave more than 200 talks in 19 countries in the last 10 years, on the following topics: Brazilian dairy market perspectives; World dairy trade and perspectives; Supply chain management in the dairy sector and milk promotion; strategy and dairy innovation.

Agronomist, graduated at the University of São Paulo (1992), with a master degree in Animal Sciences at the same University (1988) and a MBA through FIA – Fundação Instituto de Administração (2005).

Marcelo is also a Founder of 2 other companies: EducaPoint, a startup working on online training for farmers in Brazil, and AgTech Garage, a connection hub for agtech startups and corporations.

Jay Waldvogel
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Global Development
Dairy Farmers of America

Jay is responsible for leading DFA’s strategic planning process and supporting DFA’s business leaders in implementing the strategies. He also is charged with guiding DFA’s expanding global activities. Jay has more than 25 years of experience in the global dairy industry and spent more than a decade living and working overseas with leading dairy companies Campina in Europe and Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand. He has held senior positions in finance, operations, marketing, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, sales and general management, including serving as Fonterra’s chief operating officer. Jay currently serves on a number of industry leadership groups and company boards, including as deputy chairman of the Global Dairy Platform.