Confirmed speakers include:

Aldo Bernasconi

Aldo Bernasconi is the VP of Data Science for the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). His experience as a Data Scientist includes modeling, algorithm development, and data analysis in a variety of fields, including biostatistics, bioinformatics, and market analysis.  His responsibilities include coordinating the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information relevant to omega-3 markets, the development of GOED’s Clinical Study Database, and scientific research on the role of omega-3 fatty acids in health.

He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Utah.

Allan Cooper

Allan Cooper is the Business Development Director at Vitapro, a market leader in nutritional and technological solutions for aquaculture in Latin America focused on Shrimp and Salmon through its main brands Nicovita and Salmofood.  In the last 10 years, Allan has developed extensive experience in agribusiness and aquaculture, leading Peru's main integrated shrimp producer and exporter before joining Vitapro.

Allan has been a keynote speaker at the Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership conference, featured in ShrimpTails Magazine, and participated in various international events addressing different industry issues such as the need for market unification, sustainability and radical collaboration in new industry initiatives. 

Anne Mette Baek

Anne Mette is the Executive Director of Marine Ingredients Denmark representing the Danish fishmeal and fish oil industry.  She is also the Executive Director of EFFOP, the international association of European Fishmeal and Fish oil Producers. Anne Mette has a demonstrated history of working in the fishery industry.  In her past, Anne Mette has been in the Danish foreign service and has solid experience with public management, political communications and international relations.  Anne Mette is board member of several European market and fishing organisations, has been a member of the IFFO Board of directors since 2014, IFFO Vice President 2018-2019 and is currently President for the period 2020-2021. 

Christian Meinich

Christian Meinich joined Chr. Holtermann AS, Oslo, Norway in 1987 and is today the General Manager of the company. Holtermann is an independent commodity brokerage house est.1916, mainly brokering raw materials for the food- feed- and technical industries. Christian is also past president of FOSFA International, London, a contract issuing and arbitral body covering 85% of the global trade in oils and fats. Christian holds a BSBA degree in Finance from University of Denver and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Claudia Lopez

Claudia Lopez holds a bachelor degree in Communications from Universidad de Lima and a postgraduate studies in Marketing from Universidad ESAN.  Claudia has around 20 years of experience in sales in the fishing industry, such as in the Canned Fish division (4 years), Frozen fish division (1 year) and finally in the Fishmeal and Fish oil division, where she has worked for the past 12 years.  Claudia joined Copeinca in 2008 as an account executive, and has developed an upward career line in the company, assuming the Commercial Management of CGF-Copeinca in 2013.

Eduardo Goycoolea

Eduardo has 29 years of experience in fishing and farming activities and has worked for 25 years as Sales and Marketing Director of El Golfo, later Blumar.

Eduardo has been a Board Member of IFFO for most of its time, including serving as President during the 2018-2019 term.  He is a member of the MarinTrust Governing Body Committee and also the ASC Steering Committee.  He was also a Board Member of the International Groundfish Forum for more than 10 years and a Board Member and Vice-President of Exapesca, the south Chilean fish oil producers marketing and sales organization.

Eduardo is an Engineer with post graduate studies in Management and Finance.

Enrico Bachis

Enrico Bachis joined IFFO in 2009 as Business and Information Manager and was then promoted to Market Research Director in 2017. He is responsible for the market intelligence produced by IFFO also representing the industry within the working group on agri-commodities of OECD-FAO. Enrico graduated from Cagliari University in Sardinia with a Political Science degree before obtaining an MSc in Financial Economics and a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK).

Francisco Aldon

Francisco is the CEO of MarinTrust (former IFFO RS) and has been there since the beginning of the certification programme.  He is an active member of various governing committees for the MarinTrust program, leading the development of the standards relevant to the production and further transformation of marine ingredients.  Francisco is based in London, U.K. and has more than 15 years of professional experience in the food sector specifically in the production of marine ingredients such as fishmeal and fish oil.

Francisco graduated in Fisheries Engineering from UNALM, Peru with a Master of Science - Marine Ecology and Environmental Management from Queen Mary University of London.  He has been a frequent speaker at different international conferences on certification for responsible sourcing and production practices of marine ingredients as well as traceability in the aquaculture supply chain.

Gorjan Nikolik

Since joining Rabobank International in 2005, Gorjan Nikolik (42) has been an industry analyst focusing on the global seafood sector including aquaculture, wild-catch, seafood trade and processing. In his primary role, he works as a senior sector expert to Rabobank departments such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Venture Capital, Credit Risk Management and the Relationship Bankers. He is a regular speaker on global seafood and aquaculture conferences and has published research reports covering the seafood industry. He also has experience as a commodity analyst having covered the sugar industry. Gorjan holds a masters degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.

Jonathan Banks

Jonathan has held senior sales and marketing positions in multinational manufacturers and a retailer.  In 2003 he joined Nielsen, the world’s largest market research group, where for 7 years he was their Business Insight Director. In 2010 he formed Jonathan Banks Associates Ltd to help consumer goods businesses turn data in to actionable insights.

Jonathan was also Director of Retail Relations for the North Atlantic Seafood Forum and he continues to work with them. More recently he was a founding partner of the multi-disciplinary seafood consultancy SPA (Seafood Partners Alliance).

Maggie Xu

Maggie Xu joined IFFO in October 2011 as the China Manager and was promoted in October 2013 to China Director. She was previously a Trade Commissioner responsible for fish, seafood, meat and processed food and beverage products at the Embassy of Canada to the P. R. China for ten years. Maggie has a B.A. degree in English language and completed a summer school jointly given by London School of Economics and Peking University on international finance.

Odd Eliasen

Odd Eliasen is the Managing Director of Havsbrún. He has over 33 years of professional experience in marketing, fishmeal and fish feed production. Mr. Eliasen has broad experience from the fish farming industry, and has been an active player in restructuring the fish farming industry in the Faroe Islands. Mr. Eliasen has been responsible for Havsbrún´s farming activity and has held various board positions in the industry. In the transition period from December 2019  to March 2021, Mr Eliasen was CEO for the Scottish Salmon Company. Mr. Eliasen is a part of the Group Management in Bakkafrost.

Petter M. Johannessen

Petter M. Johannessen joined IFFO in September 2018 as Director General. Johannessen was previously Global Business Director for Risk Management and Sourcing at Cargill Aqua Nutrition and before that Supply Chain Director and Global Sourcing and Purchasing lead at EWOS Group. He has more than 20 years of experience from executive positions within SCM and material sourcing as well as strategic management support and improvement project design for global industry companies.

Simon Seward

Simon is the Senior Vice President Aqua Sales at Aker BioMarine, a biotech innovator and Antarctic krill-harvesting company dedicated to improving human and planetary health. He is based in Oslo and has over 30 years international sales and marketing experience across several business sectors with the last 10 focused on the global nutraceutical and aquaculture sectors. The focus of Simon’s role has been the development of Aker BioMarine’s aquaculture customer portfolio and expansion into new geographical markets. He holds a master’s degree in International Marketing from Staffordshire University.

Therese Log Bergjord

Therese joined Nutreco in 2017 as CEO of Skretting.  Prior to joining Nutreco, Therese held the position as Nordic Managing Director in Compass Group.  She has considerable expertise in the aquaculture industry where she has held various senior-level positions in Salmon Farming company Pan Fish (Now MOWI) and in feed company Skretting as Global Sales Director.  Prior to joining the AquaCulture industry she worked 16 years for ConocoPhillips in different leading roles.

Therese studied finance and business administration as well as marketing and entrepreneurship at University of Stavanger.  

She has held several executive board positions over the years.

Véronique Jamin

Véronique is IFFO's Communications and External Relations Director. She joined IFFO in January 2019 after a 9-year experience as Communications Director and a 2-year experience as Head of the Sustainable Development department of the French branch of a water company. Véronique started as a Mayor's Chief of staff in the Paris region. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris) and holds a French - German bilingual Master's degree in Political Sciences.