EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Commissioner Hogan grew up on a farm in rural Kilkenny, in south-east Ireland. From 1989 until he became Commissioner, he represented the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency in Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament, where he served in the Fine Gael Party shadow cabinet and as spokesman on Europe, on the food industry, on consumer affairs and on regional policy.
Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Minister for the Environment and Local Government in the Irish Government of Prime Minister Enda Kenny TD. During this time, he successfully implemented a broad-ranging agenda, including the biggest reform of local government since the foundation of the Irish State. He has also occupied various senior posts at local, national and European level, including President of the Council of EU Environment Ministers (2013), Chairman of the European People's Party of Environment Ministers (2012-14), National Director of Elections for the Fine Gael party (2010-11), Fine Gael Director of Organisation (2002-07), Chairman of Kilkenny County Council (1985 and 1998), Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Group (1995-2001) and Minister of State at the Irish Department of Finance (1994-95).
Prior to his entry to politics, he established and subsequently directed an insurance and real estate business. He also managed the family farm between 1981-83 and is a graduate of University College Cork, with a BA in Economics and Geography (1981). Mr Hogan has been the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since 1 November 2014.
Professor William van Caenegem
William Van Caenegem studied Law in Belgium and the UK. He is fluent in English, Dutch, French, German and speaks some Russian. His has been a stipendiary researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Intellectual Property Law in Munich, FRG. He held the inaugural CAL/ANU Copyright Fellowship and was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Commercial and Property Law at QUT, as well as the Comparative & International Law Center, Faculty of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He has been a visiting Professor at the Sorbonne University, Paris, the University of Ghent, Belgium and at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been a consultant for the WA Law Reform Commission in the area of comparative criminal procedure and has undertaken work in this area for AUSAID Cambodia. He has also been a consultant to DFAT in relation to the protection of geographical indications of origin. He has published in the area of foreign law, intellectual property law, legal philosophy and criminal procedure.
Professor Karen Hussey
The University of Queensland
Professor Karen Hussey is a leading Australian researcher in the field of public policy and governance, particularly in the areas of sustainable development, environmental policy and international trade.
Trained as a political scientist and economist, Karen has a unique breadth and depth of research and policy engagement experience, having conceived, designed, conducted and delivered cutting edge social science research focused a range of sectors - including climate change mitigation and adaptation, water, energy, waste, urban management, critical infrastructure, international trade, and biotechnology in the health system - enabling a rare competence to achieve a comparative perspective on policy and governance issues. She has led the development of innovative intellectual and policy approaches to sustainability and risk, combining traditional disciplinary expertise with a close understanding of the particular attributes of policy problems.
Client Relations Manager, Ballandean Estates, The Granite Belt Region
Leeanne has worked for the family business Ballandean Estate Wines since 1992. Coming back to the family business was always her intention as her passion for the wine industry and the beautiful Granite Belt could not keep her away.
Growing up in the family business, it was essential that skills were developed in all aspects of vineyard and winery work and Leeanne along with sister Robyn could be found in the vineyard training vines, tying up etc, in the winery working with their Dad or in the cellar door selling wine to the steadily growing tourist trade. During high school, it was Leeanne’s intention to study winemaking but after struggling through high school chemistry, she decided that it was the business part of the winery that would be her forte – particularly managing the cellar door – as we know, she doesn’t mind a chat!!! Leeanne and her family continue to work hard to maintain Ballandean Estates position as a Queensland wine icon as well as working with industry and others to strengthen the future of the wine and tourism industry in the Granite Belt, Southern Downs and Queensland. Leeanne has also taken on many roles in industry associations and tourism associations.
Growth and Strategy Manager, King Island Council
Located off Tasmania’s north west coast in the middle of the Bass Strait sits King Island, a windswept isle with exceptional growing conditions for beef, dairy and seafood. Its reputation as a source of quality has been built on the talent of its dedicated producers but has largely been promoted by the multinational companies who “own the right” to sell King Island produce. Leading King Island Council’s promotion and protection of the King Island brand, Helen Thomas will share the challenge of balancing brand awareness with brand integrity and protecting the economic future of its local producers.