In the Global Scenarios to 2025, Shell envisaged three forces at work in today’s world : market centric, society centric and state centric. They drive towards different objectives and require a difficult search for alignment and for compromises.Read more
Sharon Leclercq-Spooner has practiced this art for more than 20 years, for different clients in various settings. She has a widely recognized track record, especially on issues related to agricultural policy, sustainability in the agri-food supply chain and trade negotiations. This led her to be elected to speak for CAP reform on behalf of civil society to the Convention on the Future of Europe, the assembly of Europe’s political leaders responsible for drawing up the Lisbon treaty.
She has outstanding experience in driving progress in trade associations including steering several multi-stakeholder initiatives to deliver results, chairing the trade and external affairs committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU for three mandates and serving on the AmCham EU Board, where she successfully guided a triannual strategic review and integration of a CEO group.
Prior to joining EPPA, Sharon worked 7 years “in house” at Philip Morris Corporate Services for both food (Kraft Jacobs Suchard) and tobacco interests with responsibility for trade, taxation and agricultural issues.
She holds a degree with special honours in European Studies from the University of Hull (UK) and an masters in International Politics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She also followed the INSEAD young managers program. Her interest in the European Union was initiated during a “year abroad” at the Centre Europeene Universitaire de Nancy, where she was fortunate to study with students from both Eastern and Western Europe prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
She is fluent in English and French and can get by in German.Collapse
Franz Eversheim has extensive experience in the global agriculture and food sectors, agrochemicals, seeds and biotechnology, and is a recognized expert in related international trade aspects.Read more
Through 35 years international experience in development, marketing, regulatory science and communication, Franz has developed a strong understanding of the impact of political decision-making on innovation and the competitiveness of private and public business. He is particularly skilled and experienced in identifying and interpreting public and political sensitivities at an early stage and developing timely corporate strategies to address these..
20 years in the (green) biotech sector has taught Franz that great research is not enough to bring a high-tech product successfully to market. Time-and resource intensive regulatory processes also need to be effectively managed and these are increasingly influenced by other considerations. Digitalization and new gene editing technologies are facing such regulatory challenges, which potentially can impact the value of investments made, of intellectual property rights and the extent of liabilities. A broad understanding of the socio-economic and political landscape and the development of an effective advocacy and communication masterplan are essential to business success.
Before joining EPPA, Franz headed the EMEA Brussels representation office for Bayer Crop Science for over 10 years.Previous to this he held leading positions in Business Development (Schering), Marketing and Development (Hoechst-Schering-AgrEvo), and Trait and Seed Marketing (Aventis). He also broadened his business and cultural experience through spells in South-East Asia, China, Australia, Latin and North America, Russia, Ukraine and in other former CIS countries.
Franz studied agronomy and plant breeding at the University of Bonn, Germany, and holds a degree (Dr. Agr.) in plant sciences.
He communicates fluently in German, English and Spanish, and reasonably in French.Collapse
Delivering value through innovative and high value research and development has been at the forefront of Peter Street’s career.Read more
Spanning over 30 years of top level management of science-driven product development and regulatory compliance for multi-national companies and SME’s, Peter understands the need to follow process with dialogue to achieve maximum returns.
Having had to operate across a number of governance systems which do not facilitate a well functioning Single Market, and being confronted by a view on public governance by business, limited to regulatory and administrative process rather than the mentoring and appreciation of the search for the Common Good, he knows the challenges to realise competitive advantage.
In his previous positions with Syngenta, Dow, Danisco and Anitox, he realised that the real challenges go beyond the innovative science, and these days success rests with managing the knowledge, skill and networks who regulate and decide current and future policies. Whether it is in the EU or elsewhere, the competitive advantage he brings is in the marriage of scientific product development to long lasting robust and collaborative regulatory architectures.
As Vice President of the US based company Anitox, Peter has led the strategy and directed the effort to release 6 new products in 3 years and obtain timely registration approvals, while spearheading the dialogue at the EU level for product acceptance through the long and challenging biocide and feed additive processes.
He holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Agricultural Botany (Reading University, UK), a PhD (University of London, UK) in Plant Pathology, and held 3 Science Fellowships in the UK (Bath University, University of London) and Canada (Guelph University) and a Barbinder Scholarship (Cornell University, USA).
Peter is the author of over 30 publications and 10 patents.
He operates in English and French.Collapse