Team

Secretariat

Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis
Executive Director

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Jennifer Lewis was appointed as IBMA Executive Director in 2019. Jennifer represents IBMA on FAO and OECD and works with members and other stakeholders to advance biocontrol and the implementation of IPM worldwide.

Prior to IBMA, Jennifer was a member of the Certis Europe Management Board leading Innovation, Development and Regulatory Affairs for 10 years. Before this she was General Manager of Biological Crop Protection Ltd, a beneficial insect production company selling beneficial insects for pest control in UK, Europe and Africa.

Jennifer has worked in crop protection for 35 years in various marketing, regulatory and stewardship roles in the US, Brazil and Europe. Jennifer has always been passionate about IPM and biocontrol and its essential role for sustainable regenerative agriculture. Jennifer is an agronomy graduate with a Masters in Business Administration and a Diploma in Sustainable Business Development. Her broad background allows her to bring a blend of international business experience, biocontrol knowledge and regulatory know how as well as a shared passion for biocontrol,to our industry.

Isabelle Pinzauti Babrzyński

Isabelle Pinzauti Babrzyński
Advocacy & Communication Manager

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With now more than 10 years experience within the Brussels lobbying arena working on sustainable agriculture, Isabelle shares her passion and knowledge, advocating and communicating about biocontrol essential role for sustainable regenerative agriculture within a preventative approach prioritising agronomic and non-chemicals practices, working with nature.
Prior to joining IBMA, Isabelle was a communication and public affairs consultant specialized in food, agriculture and sustainability, both within an agency and as a freelance. She had a very diverse portfolio of clients from large industries to small local NGOs.

During her career, she was employed by an European environmental NGO working to support safe sustainable agricultural methods. For this NGO, Isabelle held the position of Communication Officer and Project Coordinator, doing campaigning, advocacy, events management and administration. In addition, she briefly worked for the French Marketing Agency for Food, Wine and Lifestyle and has also experience in journalism and internal communication.

Isabelle is a French and Italian national and speaks fluent English and Polish. She has a good knowledge of Spanish and basis in German, Flemish and Hungarian.

Isabelle holds a Double Master’s degree in European Affairs from SciencesPo (Political Sciences Institute in Paris) and SGH (Warsaw School of Economics). In addition, Isabelle also holds a one year specializing Master’s degree in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Bra, Italy).

Ulf Heilig

Ulf Heilig
Regulatory Affairs Advisor

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Since 2005 IBMA has entrusted Ulf with a permanent mission in International Relations in Regulatory Affairs. IBMA members and other ABIM attendees are familiar with his presentations on regulatory issues.
During his studies in biology he progressively specialised in insects. He obtained a doctorate in entomology after having conducted research work in a laboratory of the French CNRS.
For more than 10 years Ulf worked in industry as technical manager gaining practical experience in development and technical advice, in environmental health and plant protection. For 3 years, he worked in business development for a C.R.O. in toxicology and other safety studies.
Since 1999 he is working as independent consultant advising EU-focused companies and organisations in the areas of regulatory affairs, field development and market access for biocontrol products.
In the course of his mission for IBMA Ulf regularly exchanges and meets with regulators of the European Commission, with evaluators (e.g. EFSA) and EU policy makers. He participates in international meetings, seminars, workshops and expert groups, e.g. in OECD WGP and the affiliated BioPesticide Steering Group as well as in EU Working Groups on Biopesticides and Low-risk.

Soizick Menais
Office Manager

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Soizick is looking after bookkeeping and administrative matters and assisting Isabelle with event organising and website activities. She works from the office in Brussels.

Soizick is French and speaks fluent English.

Jérémy Belzunces
Technical Project Manager

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Jeremy demonstrates nine years’ experience in the diplomatic and agro-food consultancy areas. Jeremy worked for six years as a Policy Advisor in EU Agricultural Affairs for the Agricultural Department of the diplomatic Mission of Israel to the EU. He advised the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and a range of governmental and industry bodies on the development of EU agro-policies and the EU sanitary and phytosanitary framework.

Jeremy acted for six years as national Delegate to the OECD Committee for Agriculture and two associated OECD working parties: the joint working party on agriculture and trade (JWPAT), and the working party on agricultural policies and markets (APM). This experience gave him a good understanding of international and national agricultural policy matters.

Before joining IBMA, he ran an independent consultancy for three years advising companies and consultancies on EU agro-food policies and EU import requirements.

​Prior to his assignments in the diplomatic and business area, Jeremy participated to an EU research program on plant protection products operated by the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE).

He holds a master degree in International Business, a master degree in Business management and The Prince2 project management certification. ​Jeremy speaks French, English and has notions of Italian.

Board

Roma Gwynn

Roma Gwynn
Vice-President

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Our Vice-president is Roma Gwynn from BioCHOS. BioCHOS was established in 2013, based on research on chitosan at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. BioCHOS has developed a new anti-fungal active substance and works in the field of pest management. The chitosan active substance is a defined range of chitosan oligomers with a direct fungicidal activity, but non-toxic to insects, animals, humans and the environment.

Roma holds an MSc in Technology for Crop Protection and a PhD in Insect Pathology, has worked as an entomologist and nematologist for the UK agriculture advisory service and then as an insect pathologist at a government research institute. From there she progressed to working in biocontrol product development and regulation for commercial companies, leading to her current work as a biopesticide specialist.

Herman Van Mallaert

Herman Van Mellaert
President

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Herman is the Director Strategic Alliances at Biobest Group NV, with headquarters in Belgium.
Biobest, originally a pioneer in bumblebee pollination and in invertebrate biocontrol agents, is now active worldwide with a complete range of solutions for biological control.

Herman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leuven in insect physiology. He was Researcher, then Business Development Manager and subsequently founding CEO in the plant biotechnology industry. He also worked at the EU Council Secretariat (Agriculture) and at the European Commission (DG Research and Development). After several years as a consultant and interim Manager in the Life Sciences industry (with assignments in biotechnology, biological control, food ingredients, manufacturing of biomolecules,…) he became Director Business Development and subsequently Director Strategic Alliances at Biobest Group NV since 2013.

Karine Grosbeau

Karine Grosbeau
Treasurer

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Karine, EU and France Regulatory Manager within CBC Biogard, has been very active in IBMA for more than 9 years, member of the Executive Board of IBMA France, taking part in several IBMA working groups at national (France) as well as at global level. She has a broad background and a strong network in regulation, in particular for biocontrol products in Europe and in Africa.