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Ms Mella Frewen is Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry.

Mella has worked in the agri-food sector in Europe for close to 30 years. She has previously held positions such as Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto and Director, International Relations for the Eridania Béghin-Say Group.

Mella has represented the food industry in numerous European Commission Advisory and Standing Committees. For example, she is a member of the High-Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity, the EU Commission’s High-Level Group for Sustainable Development, and the Scientific Jury for the EU’s Competition for Young Scientists. She is also 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.

Mella is a National University of Ireland Master of Science graduate. In addition, she completed a post-graduate course at the Université libre de Bruxelles and holds a Harvard certificate on Agribusiness as well as an INSEAD certificate on International Operations Management.