FEBA Annual Convention 2019 organised in collaboration with Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus
Villa Aurelia, Rome – 16-17 May 2019
On 16 and 17 May, the FEBA Annual Convention 2019 focused on the future of Food Banks in Europe: “Towards the next decade together“. It also focused on the importance of strenghtening ties within our network and with all relevant stakeholders – public institutions, food supply chain and other NGOs.
The aim was to have an open discussion on the main challenges taking place at global level (THINK GLOBAL), to understand their wide-ranging implications at the local level (ACT LOCAL) and to explore how to best harness such changes for the benefit of European Food Banks (SHARE GLOBAL). Participants had the opportunity to intervene in the working tables and insights were much appreciated to enrich the debate.
Liliana Segre is 89. In 1943, being 13th, she was deported with her father in Auschwitz and immediately separated from him. Her father died after 3 months, and both her grandparents have been killed after 4 months. She was released by the Red Army on the 1st of May 1945. In 1943, 776 Italian children were deported, she is one of the 25 survivors.
Until 1990, she tried to forget everything. But since then, she has been engaged to witness about the Shoah and to act against racial behaviours and in favor of Human Rights. She wrote books, participated to interviews, gave public speeches and participated to videos. She was nominated Senator for life in 2018, on the occasion of the anniversary of the issue of Italian racial laws.
PLENARY SESSIONS - SPEAKERS
Mr. Becker joined ABB in 1998. He headed the global Marketing & Sales for the power related businesses, before becoming the Group’s Head of Corporate Strategy. After that, for four years, he operated the Automation business of ABB in North Asia, out of Shanghai. He then took over, again for four years, the global Control Technology business, the strategic heart of ABB’s 4th Industrial Revolution activities. He then was appointed by the CEO of ABB as Program Director Africa in January 2015. Based out of Dubai, Tobias successfully anchored ABB further on the African continent, growing the top-line significantly. Since January 2018 he took over as Global Head of Government Relations for the ABB Group, with the mandate to drive and improve all Business to Government aspects for ABB. Tobias is a certified banker and holds a dual master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
4th Industrial Revolution
Tobias Becker spoke to participants of FEBA’s Annual Convention about what he calls the four realms of innovation and how humans developed throughout the millions of years of their history, ever evolving, surviving, changing their consumption habits, diets and adapting to their circumstances. This introduction leads into a presentation on the recent accomplishments of digitalization and the work currently being done at ABB in fields like robotics.
Before going into detail on the four realms of innovation and ABB’s work he also addressed the dangers of food waste which, he reminds the audience, is the biggest emitter of CO2 in the world. He commended FEBA and the attending Food Banks for their work and reaffirmed ABB’s efforts towards developing better renewable energy sources, optimized production processes and the fight against hunger in the world.
Starting the main portion of his presentation, he goes through the millions of years of human history by explaining which problems the advancements of the different stages of human innovation going from the invention of speech through the discovery of hunting, lighting fires, automation, trade or more recent discoveries like electrification or robotization, solved and what types of problems these innovations wound up creating as well. Using these developments, Becker traces human evolution and the treatment of its environment all the way to the present day where we find ourselves developing artificial intelligence and self-driving cars amidst the so-called 4th industrial revolution.
He then goes into several examples in today’s world where the digitalization and mechanization of the last few decades are very evident. These examples focus mostly on the advantages and possibilities created by large scale digital data collection and include the progressing maritime industry, online trading through platforms like Amazon replacing retailers and shops and emerging markets in developing countries with a young and tech-savvy customer base.
He ended his presentation by calling on Food Banks to embrace strategies, thinking models and ideas from their partner industries’ approaches to digitalization in order to progress towards the future.
Loris Di Pietrantonio is Head of Unit for the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD): Policy and Legislation at the European Commission. He was previously Deputy Head of the Unit dealing with employment and social aspects of the European economic governance, focusing on economic policy coordination through the European Semester cycle as well as the design and implementation of employment policies. In the past, he was also involved with the design of policies, evaluations and impact assessments in the areas of information technologies addressing societal challenges and digital inclusion. Before joining the European Commission in 2004, he worked in the business sector, establishing research and innovation strategies for the sustainable transport industry. He has a Master’s in European Economics from the College of Europe, Bruges, a Master’s in Energy Management from BI Norwegian School of Management and ESCP-Europe (France) and a degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste.
MFF 2021-2027 in support of the European Pillar of social rights: the ESF+
The ESF+ Regulation integrates the current ESF, YEI, FEAD, EaSI and the EU Health programme. This will enhance synergy of actions, streamline management of priorities and reduce administrative burden. By building on the strengths of its components, the ESF+ will be the key funding arm for the European pillar of social rights. It will also be key to align policy and investment priorities in the EU.
The ESF+ will be implemented in shared management together with Member States. However the programme includes also two strands of activities (employment and social innovation as well as health strands) which will be implemented in direct management. Specifically, the PROGRESS axis of the current Employment and Social Innovation programme (EaSI) will be integrated into the European Social Fund Plus programme together with the direct support to labour mobility schemes currently under EURES and support to the development of the micro-finance and social entrepreneurship market under EaSI third axis, as well as the current Public Health programme.
The European Social Fund Plus share (with a budget of EUR 101.2 billion) has increased from an actual 24.8% of the Structural Funds in the current MFF to 27% of Cohesion Policy in the MFF 2021-2027 proposal.
The ESF+ will function in full complementarity with other funds (such as the EGF, Erasmus, AMIF, ERDF, RSP, InvestEU). It will also enhance partnerships. The fund will promote the meaningful involvement of all stakeholders throughout the different stages of its implementation, and will support their capacity building.
The ESF+ Regulation aims to ensure that resources under the shared management strand are focused on the key challenges identified in the Member States, in particular:
Anne-Laure Gassin joined the European Commission in 2013 where she is supporting the development of policy on food waste prevention. She previously served from 2003 as Director of Communications at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) where she developed and implemented EFSA’s risk communication strategy. Prior to that, she spent more than 15 years with the Kellogg Company, where her last appointment was as European Director with the responsibility for nutrition communications, and scientific and regulatory affairs.
She graduated from Harvard University in 1981, where she majored in biology, and was awarded a Masters in medical management and marketing in 1987 from the École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris.
Food waste prevention was singled out as a priority area in the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan, adopted in 2015. The EU’s action plan aims to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 12.3 to halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030, and reduce food losses along the food production and supply chains. As part of this plan, the Commission established, in 2016, a multi-stakeholder platform dedicated to food waste prevention in order to catalyse the EU’s progress towards SDG Target 12.3. With the support of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, established in 2016, the Commission has adopted EU guidelines to facilitate food donation and the feed use of food no longer intended for human consumption, developed food waste measurement methodology (adopted in May 2019) and is undertaking work to improve date marking practices.
Domenico Messina joined the Italian Food Bank Network as the Managing Director of the Sicily Food Bank in May 2011 following two years experience in other non-profit organizations. He has expanded the relationship between the Sicily Food Bank and the supply chain, in particular food companies and the distribution sector (retail chains and food service), built organizational capacity.
In Sicily he is committed to strength the brand awareness, to leveraging relationships with charitable organizations, and regional and local public authorities and to find and improve new way for rescuing food. He holds a Master Degree in Agricultural and Food Economics from the Catholic University in Piacenza.
This table focused on different aspects of the food industry:
Innovative practices of surplus food prevention and management: what is innovation (of technology, product, internal business process and in relation to suppliers, no-profit organizations and beneficiaries, organizational model) focused on? Which are the areas where practices are less consolidated? Which are the main drivers, barriers and enablers of adopting food waste reduction practices?
Collaborative models for surplus food donation: is there any successful case of collaboration for food donation and who are the actors involved in the process? Which are the main drivers, barriers and enabling factors of surplus food donation?
Measurement system and allocation of responsibility (within the company /donor): what and how to measure? How information is traced? Who is responsible for the donation process and which corporate functions are involved?
Costs of donation: how are costs measured and managed (reduced)?
Agita Kraukle, Food Bank Manager, Samaritan Association of Latvia
Jouke Schat, Board Member, Vereniging van Nederlandse Voedselbanken, Netherlands
Vittore Mescia, Food raising manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Roberto Bechis, Board of Directors OBA Veneto, Italy
Valentina De Micheli, thesis student, Italy
Aoibheann O’Brien, CEO, FoodCloud, Ireland
Szilvia Szabo, Managing director, Hungarian Food Bank Association, Hungary
Karl Anton Goertz, Food raising, Wiener Tafel, Austria
Alen Novit, Director, SIBAHE – Slovenian Food Bank, Slovenia
Alan Gilbertson, Chairman, The Global FoodBanking Network, USA
Ilian Yordanov, Operation Managers, Bulgarian Food Bank Foundation, Bulgaria
José Antonio Ortuno Garcia, CSR Director, Campofrio, Spain
Bruce Learner, Senior CSR Manager, Kellogg Europe, UK
Eric Breny, Deputy Secretary General, FEBA
Daniela Mazzucchelli, Nestlè Italiana, Italy
Emma Walsh, COO of award-winning social enterprise FoodCloud, has a keen interest in social policy and in particular food waste. Emma has been integral in the continued growth of FoodCloud, a not-for-profit that connects businesses with surplus food to charities using technology. She studied Civil and Environmental Engineering in UCC and loves solving interesting problems. Emma is leading FoodCloud’s international expansion and passionate about resolving food waste. She represents FoodCloud on the EU Platform for Food Loss and Waste and actively engages with the European and global food redistribution networks.
Traditional Food Banking has focused on distribution from the supply chain – manufacturers and producers. As we see these parts of the chain become increasingly efficient we are observing a change in the availability of food for the Food Bank community.
One area where food is becoming more available is the retail sector. We are seeing the emergence of “zero waste” retailer and sustainability is to the forefront of their operations. While this provides a significant opportunity for Food Banks it also presents new challenges for redistribution.
This working table aimed to broaden the knowledge about new trends in retail (supermarkets, online shopping, etc.) and the opportunity for food redistribution in this sector whilst recognising and overcoming the associated challenges.
Robert Koncsek, Head of Logistics, Wiener Tafel, Austria
Gabriel Sescu, President, Asociatia Banca pentru Alimente, Romania
Pierre Vanassche, Administrator, Belgian Federation of Food Banks, Belgium
Pieter Boerefijn, founder and manager, Estonian Food Banks, Estonia
Lukasz Beier, Director, Federation of Polish Food Banks, Poland
Tom Hillemans, Vice president, Vereniging van Nederlandse Voedselbanken, Netherlands
Dusko Hristov, President & CEO, Food Bank Macedonia, Macedonia
Irene Schembri, Chairperson, Malta Food Bank Foundation, Malta
Panagis Vourloumis, President, Food Bank Greece, Greece
Andrea Giussani, President, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Paolo Sacchi, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Alfio Fontana, CSR Manager, Carrefour, Italy
Maria Laura Piacentini, Responsible Store Donations, METRO, Italy
Dorothea Liebscher, CSR Manager, Lidl Italia srl, Italy
Doriana Ciambruschini, Italmercati, Italy
Laura Gibertoni is communication and CSR officer at Elior Ristorazione Italy. She is a 20 years experienced professional specialized in developing marketing and communication projects, in collaboration with cross-functional teams, to satisfy clients, offering ethical solutions, no food waste, saving of resources. She cares for quality catering, healthy food, work life balance solutions, wellbeing, passion for Mediterranean diet. She always add optimism and problem solving approach, team working, listening and feedback ability to her work.
Participants of this working table debated on several issues: what about “Food service” in our experience and what changes in the last years? What consumers are demanding? What is the relationship between food and the perception of its “value” along the supply chain? And between the Food Banks and the industry? Can we change our mental approach looking for a new paradigm of saving food in a “win-win” solution both for the industry and for the F.Bs.?
Simone Barreca, Operation GDO, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Federica Ferracin Cardani, Communication & social media Assistant, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Eoin MacCuirc, Company Secretary, FoodCloud, Ireland
Veronika Szecsődi, program coordinator, Hungarian Food Bank Association, Hungary
Sylvie Targa, Partnership Manager, Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires, France
Marco Koppe, Managing Director, Tafel Deutschland e.V., Germany
Christopher Rebstock, Director of Field Services, The Global FoodBanking Network, USA
Miguel Fernandez, General Manager, Spanish Federation of Food Banks, Spain
Marek Borowski, President, Federation of Polish Food Banks, Poland
Dorota Jezierska, Vice-chairman, Federation of Polish Food Banks, Poland
Antonio Oliva, Vice President, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Stefania Lallai, Director Sustainability & External Relations, Costa Crociere, Italy
Alessia Maria Tosti, Communication Manager, Federcongressi&eventi
Judith Laloupo, Group CSR Manager, Elior Group
Laura Gavinelli is a specialist in management, marketing and communication at the University of Milan-Bicocca. Her area of expertise is the application of management and marketing to small and medium sized enterprises, as well as circular economy, tourism, culture and museums. She carried out researches on the competitiveness of SMEs, as well as a European research on circular economy and its relationship with corporate performance and reputation, whose results were presented at the European Parliament on 28th November 2018. As delegate for the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, she participates as national delegate to international boards on extractive industry. At the Global conference of FBLI Food Bank Leadership Institute 2019 (53 countries represented) she was moderator to the session “Food sourcing: creative approaches to retailers and manufacturers” (Millennium Conference Centre, London, 24th-27th March).
This working table focused on the relationship between the fight against food waste and hunger prevention, and corporate reputation. Open discussions and group activities were carried out to produce together a document with specific objectives and tentative actions to reach the SDG 12.3. This has been done by working on an insight on circular economy, CSR and corporate reputation with a presentation and discussion of the evidence on the research titled “Does circular economy have an impact on corporate performance and reputation? The answer of the European enterprises”.
Claudia Roseno, Specialist in alimentary and nutritional security, Mesa Brasil, Brazil
Giuliana Malaguti, Communication Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Laurence Champier, Federal Director, Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires, France
Aleš Slavíček, Chairman, Czech federation of food banks, Czech Rep.
Miroslav Franz, project manager, Czech federation of food banks, Czech Rep.
Carlo Leoni, Communication & social media manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Malgorzata Lelonkiewicz, Board Member, Federation of Polish Food Banks, Poland
Cristiano Aubert, Chairman of the Board, Food Banks Norway, Norway
Radmila Ivetic, President, Food Bank Belgrade, Serbia
Alessia Bonifazi, Head of Communication and CSR, Lidl srl, Italy
Francesca Burichetti, Corporate Communication & CSR Specialist, METRO, Italy
Valentina D’Arrigo, Partnership Manager, FEBA
Tatiana-Tara Viger, Communication Assistant, FEBA
Gianluca Silvi, Pwc
Fabio Fraticelli is Post-Doc Research Fellow in Organizational Science at Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona – Italy) and Scientific director of TechSoup Academy. He received his Ph.D in Business Administration from University of Pisa in 2012. Starting from an ethnographic study carried out at the National Park Service (USA) between 2010 and 2012, in recent years he has developed an intense research program focused on innovation management, IT-acceptance and digital transformation. On these issues, he has published contributions in national and international journals and books, as well as doing action-research project in several profit and non-profit organizations. In Italy he contributed to the digital transformation of the food banks network, by fostering its adoption of social media, and leading the development of a multi-level digital ecosystem.
As Scientific director of TechSoup Academy, today his main research interest regards the understanding of organizational forms and antecedents that enhance digital transformation, especially in the non-profit sector.
This working table aimed at fostering an efficient way to strengthen the capability of FEBA and its membership to collect data in a reliable and – most of all – comparable format across different countries, and to address the need for more clarity in terms of impact measurement. The main objective is therefore to share a standardized and consistent methodology for data collection across Food Banks and define how to make sense of the information of impact management and measurement.
Jens Jonsson, Food bank manager, Swedish City Missions, Sweden
Lindsay Boswell, CEO, FareShare, UK
Iseult Ward, CEO, FoodCloud, Ireland
Balázs Cseh, president, Hungarian Food Bank Association, Hungary
Lisa Moon, President & CEO, Global Foodbanking Network, USA
José Luis Diez del Corral, Director International Relations, Spanish Food Banks Federation, Spain
Ryan Harty, Project Manager, Tafel Deutschland e.V., Germany
Josef Vella, member of Food bank, Malta Food Bank Foundation, Malta
Giorgio Migliari, Volunteer, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Paula Capodistrias, Project Manager, Food Bank Norway, Norway
Giuseppe Parma, Director, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO, Feeding America, USA
Gianluca Silvi, Manager, PwC, Italy
Inmaculada Mateos Buendia worked in the Government of the “Regione Lombardia” for almost eight years as an international relations specialist. Her experience over these years has allowed her to see at close hand the importance of the role of intergovernmental relations in taking political decisions and how this is translated into the life of citizens. She worked as European Parliament Assistant and she is currently an EP Policy Advisor.
On 23-26 May European citizens elected the new European Parliament. The decision-making process on MFF 2021-2027 and all relevant European policies (CAP, ESF+, Circular Economy Package, etc.) are on-going. How FEBA and its membership can advocate to promote policies and funds to support the daily activity of Food Banks? This table was about defining a strategy and a set of actions.
Jacques Vandenschrik, President, FEBA
Vincenzo Palumbo, Project Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Alexandra Gruber, General Manager, Wiener Tafel, Austria
Dimitris Nentas, Manager, Food Bank Greece
Jack Dunphy, Chairman, FoodCloud, Ireland
Marie Castagné, Director International Relations, Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires, France
Karen Inger Thorsen, Director, Danish Food Bank, Denmark
Beata Ciepla, Vice President, Federation of Polish Food Banks, Poland
Pedro Llorca, Vice President, Spanish Federation of Food Banks, Spain
Elisa Fagnani, Project Area, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Angela Frigo, Secretary General, FEBA
Anna Oggioni, EU Policy Trainee, FEBA
Erica Battaglia, Head Social Inclusion Area, National Committee, Red Cross, Italy
Tiziana Ciampolini, S-Nodi – Caritas, Italy
Monica Tola, Caritas, Italy
Beatrice Irene Gemma, S-Nodi – Caritas, Italy
Milena Battaglia, MIPAAFT, Italy
Daniela Bernacchi’s academic background includes a Commerce degree with emphasis on Marketing and a baccalaureate degree on Modern Languages. She studied in both Italian and American Universities. After twenty years working in the marketing sector of some large multinational companies, such as Reader’s Digest, Mondadori and Walt Disney, reaching the role of Marketing Director, she decided for a change entering the non-profit sector some 13 years ago. Daniela covered the position of General Manager for two Italian NGOs: We World and then Cesvi until February 2019. She was responsible for the sustainability and growth of the organizations, through institutional and private donors as well as enhancing strategic partnership. Cesvi is also a member of Alliance2015, a strategic partnership of seven European non-governmental organisations engaged in humanitarian and development activities especially committed towards food security, nutrition, and resilience. In Alliance2015 Daniela acted as a Board Member until February 2019. In this position she was also responsible of the international launch of the Global hunger Index within the framework of the agriculture G7, held in Bergamo in October 2017. Today, Daniela is currently attending an Executive Master in Social Entrepreneurship while taking a sabbatical leave from work. She combines mature experience in management and marketing with strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence and motivate others and to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact and diplomacy. She has a strong commitment on human rights and sustainable development and she participates on a voluntary basis in programs for integration and inclusion of vulnerable people in Italy, truly convinced that no one must be” left behind”.
The main objective of this working table was to share experiences, obtain new ideas and feedbacks from others who may have already mastered the marketing problem you are facing and sharpen each one skills with tips and strategies for increasing results.
Pedro Castaños, Member of FEBA Board, Spanish Federation of Food Banks, Spain
Nadiya Boroysenko, Founder, FoodBank Ukraine, Ukraine
Marijana Prebiracevic, Communication manager, Food Bank Belgrade, Serbia
Jozef Mottar, CEO, Belgian Federation of Foodbanks, Belgium
Veronika Lachova, CEO, Czech federation of food banks, Czech Rep.
Davide Cerina, Fundraiser, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Wilma Verbung, executive director, Food Bank Albania, Albania
Max Mortier, Tresorier, Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires, France
Marko Urdzik, President, Potravinová banka Slovenska, Slovakia
Jochen Bruehl, Chairman of the board of directors, Tafel Deutschland e.V., Germany
Anyka Batista, Head of International Solidarity, Carrefour Foundation, France
Charlotte Daneau, Communication Manager, FEBA
Antonio Oliva has been for more than 20 years an IBM manager and director of areas as application design and development, marketing, HR, skill management and transformation consultancy. Once retired, as member of a freelance consultants team, he participated to some companies assessment and developed and managed training programs for managers and professionals. Since 2004 Antonio is a volunteer of the Food Bank organization; has been for 7 years Vice President of the Italian Food Bank Foundation, up to mid of June 2019, and for two madantes member of the Board of Director of the European Food Bank Federation. Antonio was born in Naples 76 years ago, and has moved to Milan in 1975. He is married, has one daughter and two young grandchild.
Every year, around end of November/early December many FEBA members organize their national food collection in collaboration with retailers. Besides that, corporates are increasingly interested in organizing food collections with their employees. Participants debated on how the food collection is evolving, and what are the challenges.
Karla Feijao, Coordinator Programa Servico Social de Comércio, Mesa Brasil, Brazil
Gaetane Janssens, Supply Coordinator, Belgian Federation Foodbanks, Belgium
Herbert Herdlicka, Chairman, Wiener Tafel, Austria
Gregorio Perez, Treasurer, Spanish Federation of Food Banks, Spain
Federico Bassi, Responsible Food Collection, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Arta Kolaj-Zeqaj, Project Leader and Administrator, Food Bank Albania, Albania
Jacques Bailet, President, Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires, France
Giovanni Bruno, Board Member, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Kristina Tylaite, Deputy Director, Food Bank Lithuania, Lithuania
Marco Lucchini, Secretary General, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Italy
Igor Belei, Executive Director, Social Mission Diaconia, Moldova
Susanne Czech, Director General, European Retail Round Table EERT, Brussels