Mella Frewen is Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry.Her previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, dealing with agricultural biotechnology, conventional agriculture and agri-chemistry. Prior to that, M. Frewen was Director International Relations for Cerestar, then Europe’s biggest starch producer, and EU Affairs manager for the Ferruzzi and Eridania Bégin-Say Groups. Ms Frewen represented the Food Industry in the EU Commission’s Advisory Committee on Arable Crops, the Standing Committee on Renewable Energy and in the Advisory Committee on Non-Food and Textile crops. She is member of the EU Commission’s High Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, and Treasurer for the European Technology Platform “Food for Life”. She was a member of the EU Commission’s Scientific Steering Committee for EXPO2015, and is currently involved in several food industry-related Boards. Ms Frewen is Vice President of the OECD’s Advisory Group for Responsible Business Conduct along Agricultural Supply Chains and Co-chair of the Supply Chain Initiative for fair business practices across the food chain.She has worked in the Agri-food sector in Europe for 28 years. She has a Master of Science degree from the National University of Ireland, and worked with the University of Brussels on a mathematical model of the North Sea. She also holds a Harvard certificate on Agribusiness and an INSEAD certificate on International Operations Management.