Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy 2017

The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy is an established one-week summer programme that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy.

It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and inter-disciplinary setting.

By talking, studying and interacting with food experts from all over the world, participants are able to gain new perspectives into both their own sectors and international regulatory issues.

This is achieved by combining traditional classroom instruction with experiential learning opportunities offered by dedicated and distinguished international experts.

The Academy will take place from Monday, 17 July, to Thursday, 20 July, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain.

The choice of this vibrant city will enable participants to benefit from the world renowned Basque cuisine, its privileged geographical location between the Atlantic sea and the Rioja region, as well as its distinctive architectural landscapes (with the Guggenheim Museum, Norman Foster’s Undergroud, the towers by Arata Isozaki and César Pelli and the Calatrava’s airport).

2017’s edition keynote speaker will be Dr. Ala Alwan, the former Assistant Director General for non-communicable diseases and mental health at the World Health Organization and regional director for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Also this year I will be there, leading a panel which will explore risks and opportunities of the application of new technologies and internet of things in the food sector.

You can apply until 31st May 2017 to the following link and here you can download the full program.

Here’s a preview:

The International Trade Regime of Food: a WTO Perspective

Erik Wijkström, Trade and Environment Division, Secretary of the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade at the World Health Organization

Food Labeling: Can Labels Reshape the World?

Melissa M. Card, J.D., Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University College of Law

What Role for the Law in the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases? Focus on the Obesity Challenge

Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor of Law at NYU School of Law

Unlocking the Mindful Consumer: Where Business Performance and Public Policy Goals Meet

Francesco Tramontin, Chair of the AIM/Nudge Task Force and Director Public Affairs Mondelez International

Bridging the Gap between Behavioural Policymaking and Obesity: Unleashing the Power of Peers for Healthy Nutrition

Pelle Guldborg Hansen, University of Roskilde

Business and Human Rights: Opportunities and Challenges for a Food Company Embarking on the Social Sustainability Journey

Virginie Mahin, External Communications Manager at Mondelez Europe

Chile’s Super 8 Front-of-Package Food Labelling Law and its Interactions with the Global Health, Trade, and Investment Architecture

Paul Mertenskoetter, Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU School of Law

The Consumer Information Paradigm: A Critical, European Perspective

Caoimhin Mac Maolain, Trinity College Dublin

Taxing Food and Beverage Products: A Public Health Perspective

Jennifer Pomeranz, Assistant Professor at NYU College of Public Health

A Global Perspective through the Lenses of the Latin American Experience

Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

The Application of New Technologies and Internet of Things in the Food Sector: Risks and Opportunities

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer, foodlawtest.com founder, and Vice President at INSCATECH

 

INNECO 2016 – Young entrepreneurs call to action

The INNECO  (16th-19th December 2016) is the biggest Youth Entrepreneurship conference in Greece, which is organized for the first time in Thessaloniki and aims to be established as an institutional event that will take place recurrently every year.

Inneco

The concept of the INNECO , as named by the initials “International NE Cοnference”, is envisaged in order to attract public from all the economic sectors with international prominent speakers distinguished in their field, founders of innovative enterprises, executives of big and renowned companies as well as distinct business personalities that someone can rarely find and meet, let alone in the same conference, with speeches that can inspire every person who is doing business or is thinking of becoming a new entrepreneur.

It is organised by Club NE, the biggest association in the Greek business domain, and backed by Yes Europe, The European conference for young entrepreneurs, and I really thank you the organising committee and Charalampos Tziogas for inviting me here and make this event possible.

The discussion is developing at really high level on topics like leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, strategy, venture capitalism. neural sciences, language, big data, transparency, sustainability, Brexit and Grexit, and I’m seriously impressed by the talented group of speakers I have the privilege to be working with. Here you can find the full speaker’s list and profiles.

I would really love to see my young fellow Italians engaging in similar events, with the same energy and commitment.

The mantra today, in countries like Greece, Italy, Portugal and many others, is the word “CRISIS”: but “crisis” it’s only the justification we are giving ourselves to not take action and responsibility.

In “crisis” stands opportunities and this event is a slap in the face of the crisis from the Greek youth: the best reaction I could have ever imagined.

This event is a strong answer to all the ones are playing with people’s fears and are tearing apart the European Union system for personal or local interest. This event it’s a call to action to everyone, and a huge opportunity to bring the right environment to make business culture flourish again in the country.

Because, in the end, entrepreneurship shape the society: entrepreneurship answer needs, realise dreams and is fundamentally driven not by the mere profit, but by a vision.

The young entrepreneurs, in this hard times, have the chance and the moral responsibility to embrace the crisis, adapt to the changes and shape the future of our society, because the economic models we all know are destined to disappear.

The human being is the only animal which never really adapted to our planet: on the contrary, we could say that is actively trying to destroy it from several centuries. The time to invert the trend is now.

So, please, take action, go out, speak with people and help us to shape a better future. To quote my friend Nelson Fernandes, there’s no “but…” :

My speech, tonight at 7 p.m., will be about food frauds and how to fix some major issues in the food supply chain. Transparency, globalisation, IT applications, innovation and brand protection will be the key points of my contribute, and hopefully we can exchange some thought about my personal experience (started in July 2013…CRISIS…) and business model.