Mella Frewen is Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry. Her previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto and Director, International Relations for the Eridania Béghin-Say Group. Ms. Frewen has represented the food industry in numerous Advisory and Standing Committees of the EU Commission; she is member of the Commission’s High-Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity, and of the EU Commission’s High-Level Group for Sustainable Development. She is also a member of the Scientific Jury for the EU’s Competition for Young Scientists. Ms. Frewen is Vice President of the FAO/OECD Advisory Group for Responsible Business Conduct along Agricultural Supply Chains and is involved in several food industry-related Boards. She has worked in the Agri-food sector in Europe for close to 30 years. She has a Master of Science degree from the National University of Ireland and worked a post-graduate course at the University of Brussels (ULB). She also holds a Harvard certificate on Agribusiness and an INSEAD certificate on International Operations Management.