David has been in place as the inaugural Executive Director of this dynamic global trade association with a strong European focus since 2010. His career has been focused on IPM, resistance management, implementation of biocontrol techniques, and systems based control of pests and diseases.
He is passionate about reducing the reliance on traditional pesticides through finding, developing, registering and bringing to market new solutions to feed a growing world population whilst respecting biodiversity, the environment and protecting human health.
David is an entomologist by training and spent several years co-ordinating, conducting, assessing, reporting efficacy trials and supervising regulatory compliance for biological agricultural inputs.
He actively participates in promoting the biocontrol industry and ensuring that any regulation is proportionate to risk. He promotes a globally harmonised regional regulatory and product development focus and is confident that we will see more global co-ordination in the near future. He was a key player in the formation of BPG (BioProtection Global) and works closely with international bodies including OECD, FAO and EPPO.
Communication and Operations Manager
Isabelle Pinzauti Babrzyński
Landline: +32 (0) 231 18 42
Mobile: 0032 (0) 497 69 58 42
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 carreer, 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).
Willem Ravensberg, <willem.ravensberg(a)ibma-global.org> and <wravensberg(a)koppert.nl>
Our President is Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Manager and Member of the Management Team of the BU Microbials of Koppert Biological Systems with more than 30 years of experience in research and development of beneficial insects and microorganisms for crop protection products. He has ample experience in registration of microorganism in the European Union as well as in other countries. Willem has a Masters degree in Biology (Entomology) from Leiden University, and he did his PhD in 2010 on “The development of microbial pest control products for control of arthropods” at the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Willem has been active for many years in industry associations in the Netherlands, EU and USA. Since 2013 he is President of IBMA (the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association). He was recently re-elected for another term of two years till the end of 2016.
Vittorio Veronelli, <vveronelli(a)cbceurope.it>
Our Vice-president is CEO of CBC (Europe), the Italian branch of Japanese worldwide multinational CBC Group, active in the biocontrol with its BIOGARD® Division and other companies worldwide. BIOGARD® is serving the agriculture industry with the widest range of unique biocontrol products industry in Italy and the whole of Europe. CBC collaborates since the ‘80s to market and develop pheromone based biocontrol products manufactured by ShinEtsu Chemicals Co. Ltd., a world leader in this area.
Vittorio joined the CBC Group in 1988 as General Manger of the Italian operation and started to work in biocontrol from 1989 when some of the first commercial formulations for Mating Disruption appeared in the Italian market. He entered IBMA in 1998 and actively participated in the organization joining the Executive Committee and being member of the previous board.
Prof. Dr. Ralf-Udo Ehlers, <ehlers(a)e-nema.de>
IBMA's Treasurer is also a major actor in the BioControl sector, both in the academic and industrial world. Indeed he is a visiting professor at Msc in Nematology at the Department of Biology in Ghent University. He is also one of the Managing Director of E-nema an entreprise active in Biopesticides since 1997. He has a close relationship with the EU-level, as, in 2006, he was the main coordinator of EU SSP Project REBECA: Regulation of biological control agents in Europe (www.rebeca-net.de).
Expert in Regulatory Affairs
Ulf Heilig, <ulf.heilig(a)orange.fr>
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.