Antoine Hoxha - President
Antoine Hoxha has Masters Degrees in Chemistry and Chemical
Enginnering, a PhD in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry and an
MBA. He has worked at the Universities of Liege and Warwick, and
was a project manager at Prayon Technologies. He is now the
Technical Director of Fertilizers Europe, based in Brussels.
Luc Maene - Vice President
Luc Maene is a Belgian national. He graduated from the
University of Gent in 1970 with a degree in agricultural
engineering and soil science. He joined the Belgian Administration
for Development Cooperation. During this time he was lecturing in
soil science and soil conservation and responsible for research in
these fields, along with project evaluation. In 1982, he
joined the United Nations as the Team Leader of the Fertilizer
Advisory, Development and Information Network for Asia and the
Pacific, based in Bangkok. In 1987, he joined IFA, first as its
Executive Secretary responsible for Agro-Economic and Technical
matters, later as its Deputy Secretary General, Secretary General
and finally Director General. Luc Maene has been during many years
Vice Chairman of the Board of the International Fertilizer
Development Center (IFDC). He is past Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Fertilizer Industry Round Table (FIRT). He was a
member of the Board of Directors of CEDAP, the French organization
of Association Leaders and is Immediate Past President of the
European Society of Association Executives (ESAE). He has served on
The Center for Association Leadership Board of Directors. He was
awarded a Doctorate honoris causa in Agriculture by the University
Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2006. He is currently Visiting Professor in
the Department of Land Management, Faculty of Agriculture of the
University Putra Malaysia. He is a recent awardee of the
International Fertiliser Society's prestigious Francis New
Sustainable Soils Research Fellow, Rothamsted Research
Keith joined Rothamsted in 1974 after completing a Masters in
soil chemistry at Reading University. He completed a PhD in soil
chemistry at Imperial College in 1980 while working at Rothamsted.
His research has included the supply to crops of potassium and
phosphorus from the soil, soil acidification and liming, and
nutrient cycling. He has presented papers to the IFS on soil
acidity and liming, fertiliser use, and organic farming. He oversaw
the revision of the Fertiliser Recommendations (RB209) to create
the Fertiliser Manual.
Keith is a Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham,
an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter and at China
Agricultural University, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University
of Reading. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Soil
Scientists and a Chartered Scientist. He was was awarded the Royal
Agricultural Society of England's (RASE) Research Medal in 2003 for
research into diffuse pollution from agriculture and elected an
Honorary Fellow of the RASE in 2010.
Since 2011 Christian Kabbe has been working at the Berlin
Centre of Competence for Water where he covers the field of
nutrient recovery and recycling. He coordinated the EU project
P-REX (www.p-rex.eu) from 2012-2015 dealing with demonstration and
assessment of nutrient recovery and recycling routes from
wastewater. Christian Kabbe is a member of various European and
national working groups and bodies dedicated to nutrient recycling
in a circular economy. He leads the working group "nutrients"
within the EIP-WATER Action Group ARREAU and is a member of the
EIP-AGRI focus group on nutrient recycling.
He is member of the board of both the European Sustainable
Phosphorus Platform and the German Phosphorus Platform. After
joining the German EPA (Umweltbundesamt) as policy advisor and head
of laboratory in 2008, he promoted the development of a reality
based national roadmap towards sustainable phosphorus management
and therefore initiated the sewage sludge ash monitoring program
conducted by BAM 2013/2014. Christian Kabbe worked as head of
laboratory and production manager (mixing, compounding extrusion,
granulation and testing) in the chemical industry from 2003-2008.
He finished his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2003 after having
studied Chemistry in the nineties.
Currently Staff Scientist (Fertilizer T&I) for SABIC,
Andrew has held a variety of technical, commercial and production
positions over the last twelve years. His current focus is on
the development of new fertiliser products and technologies.
Thierry Genter graduated from the Agronomical National Institute
of Paris-Grignon where he gained a Doctorate in Biology in 1995.
After two years in the National Centre of Scientific Research
(CNRS), where he worked on nitrogen use efficiency by stable
isotope labelling, he joined the French fertiliser company Grande
Paroisse. As an agronomist, he managed research programs on
nitrogen and sulphur foliar application. He also steered
environmental R&D projects with the French public research
institute (INRA) and he has developed an expertise in Gothenburg
In 2006, he was a founding member of the French Product
Information Group on ammonium nitrate, which was taken forward as
DAN at the European level by Fertilizers Europe in 2013. An ardent
supporter of the sustainable fertilisation concept, he is
co-inventor of N-Pilot, a sensor to estimate the nitrogen
requirement of plants during the growing season. He is a member of
the Council of the French Committee for Sustainable Fertilisation
Development Manager at GPN from 2006 to 2013, he is currently
InnoTech Competence Center Fertilizer Manager at Borealis.
Thierry Genter is a Chevalier in France's National Order of
Merit in Agriculture.
Kees' working experience has involved:
UKF: Assistant plant manager/production manager TSP/SSP
UKF: Production manager NPK production plants.
Production manager feed compounding plants.
ICL: various positions: QC manager, Sales manager, Managing
director Stodiek Germany, manager operations W-Europe, managing
director Amfert Holland/ Germany and Rotem Turkey.
He has been a member of the management team at ICL FE since 2002
and is now the President and CEO ICL Fertilizers Europe.
Since October 2012 Kees has been Vice President Business
Development, with his main focus being on global phosphate business
in fertilizers, Industrial products (flame retardents) and
Performance products (automotive additives).
He holds various Supervisory Board positions in ICL
Jonathan is Commercial Manager for Willett & Son
(Bristol) Ltd. His involvement with a regional blending company,
working closely with their farmer customers, enables him to provide
Council with a valuable counterpoint to those of members from a
range of producers.
Dave is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with a 20+ year career in
the manufacturing sector. He holds a MBA from Manchester Business
School and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with a passion for
collaborative working to drive business improvement. He joined CF
Fertilisers UK Ltd, formerly GrowHow UK Ltd, in 2013 as Site
Section Manager based at the Ince top tier COMAH facility, near
Chester. His responsibilities include all aspects of Ammonium
Nitrate and NPK production, product packing, warehousing and
As a Ph D in Chemical Sciences, Beatriz have undertaken
several challenges within Chilean leading organizations in the
academia and industry. These placements have enabled her to develop
experience on how science is understood and practiced by different
human groups, and how necessary and important is good science in
public policy decision making.
She has been with SQM, a Chilean chemical company in the
fertilizer sector, specialized in NK fertilizers, as well as a
producer of NPKs in several countries, for more than 10 years.
During placement with SQM, I have managed for implementing a
fertilizer stewardship program under the umbrella of the
International Fertilizer Association (IFA), and for ensuring
the marketing of the company products in compliance with the
regulatory framework in all countries where the company is present,
by developing a successful approach that combines
scientific research focused on understanding properties of
inorganic nitrates in the context of both their intended uses and
networking with national/international authorities as well as
international organizations and public/private committees like for
example the European Chemicals Agency, the IFA Technical
Committee, the Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of
Dangerous Goods of the United Nations Economical and Social
Council, and the Standing Committee on precursor of
Explosives of the European Commission.
Chris joined the Society in 1980 and served for many years on
Council, becoming President in 1989. Chris Dawson served as
Secretary to the Society from 1997 to 2010. He was awarded
the Francis New Memorial Medal in 2008 and is now an Honorary
Jan-Petter is currently senior vice president and head of the
corporate HESQ function (safety, security, health, environment,
quality, product stewardship). He was previously head of corporate
process safety department and in the period of 1999-2009 SVP
and Plant Manager at Yara Glomfjord and Yara Porsgrunn, the last
years also being combined with Regional head of Production,
Scandinavia. All together he has 30 years of experience in Norsk
Hydro, and in Yara International from 1984.
A Biochemical engineer, Tibaut started his career in 1995 as a
Process Engineer in Prayon, working on purified acid technology. In
1997 he joined the fertilizer grade technology team.
In 2002 he became commercial manager. The technologies offered
include Phosphoric acid and related technologies along with
Profile, another division of Prayon, for the fabrication equipment
as filters, agitators droplets separators and so on.
From 2004 to 2006 he worked as improvement engineer in a
production plant manufacturing vernis. In 2006 he worked as project
manager in De Smet promoting renewable energy technologies.
In 2010 he joined back Prayon as Process Manager. He is a member
of a team of specialist in charge of the design, the operation and
the survey of phosphoric acid plant.
in 2013 he became General Manager of Prayon Technologies. He is
in charge of the relation with customers as well as the team and
division daily management.
Hein ten Berge
Hein ten Berge is a senior scientist at Plant Research
International, Wageningen UR. Studied soil science at
Wageningen University and obtained a PhD in soil physics and
micrometeorology (1986). Worked in the Netherlands, Europe and
Asia. Topics included soil energy balance, water balance and rice
crop modelling; optimising N use in rice; capacity building in
eight Asian countries; nitrate leaching; soil fertility management
and organic matter; and outreach of knowledge to practitioners in
sustainable farming and forestry using web semantics.
He has also co-ordinated two research programmes commissioned by
the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture to WUR-DLO (Implementation of the
Nitrates Directive; Sustainable Soil Management) and chaired a
national committee to set the protocol for crop N requirement
values under the ND.