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FEDIAF is the trade body representing the European pet food industry. We have members from 18 countries and five company members (Affinity Petcare, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Mars PetCare, Nestlé Purina Petcare and Wellpet).
Our mission is:
“To be the credible and responsible voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favourable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products.
FEDIAF is fully committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to the respect of sustainable development.”
We work through a committee structure and the Secretariat works closely with the Communications Working Group and Executive Committee – reporting to the General Assembly.
The Executive Committee and the General Assembly are chaired by the FEDIAF President, elected every two years. FEDIAF President June 2020 - June 2022 is Ms Annet Palamba (Hill's Pet Nutrition).
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We are supported by the National Secretaries of National Associations.
FEDIAF PRESIDENT - Ms Annet Palamba
Annet Palamba has been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition since 2013 and is Hill’s General Manager for the Benelux business. Since she joined Hill's she has been active in the pet food trade associations for The Netherlands, Belgium and also at European level, where she most recently was co-chair of the Communications Working Group and member of the Executive Committee.
Secretary General - Ms RAQUEL IZQUIERDO DE SANTIAGO
Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago studied law in Salamanca (Spain), where she is originally from, and has a Master’s Degree in European Legal Studies from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). Raquel has extensive working experience in Brussels, with a proven track record on European policy affairs, public relations and association management. In recent years she also followed an Executive Master in International Associations Management (Solvay Brussels School Economics & Management) and Coaching skills training (Leading & Coaching Academy) in Belgium. Since September 2020 she is the Secretary General of FEDIAF.
technical director - Ms Alice Tempel Costa
Alice Tempel Costa, holds a BSc in Agriculture from UFRGS, Brazil and a Master’s Degree in Cooperation & Development from IUSS University in Pavia, Italy. She has over 8 years’ experience in European Trade Associations in Brussels. Before joining FEDIAF in September 2020, she has worked for DG AGRI of the European Commission, FAO, Embrapa (The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) and Wageningen University.
SCIENTIFIC & REGULATORY AFFAIRS MANAGER - DR JAKUB RUSEK
Jakub Rusek studied biology in Brno (Czech Republic), Bari (Italy) and Munich (Germany) and EU studies in Brussels. He obtained his PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU). In Brussels, he held several traineeships and positions in science-policy interface (i.a. Brussels Office Coordinator at EASAC, trainee in the European Parliament). Before joining FEDIAF in 2018, he worked in DG ENV (European Commission), dealing with waste policy.
JUNIOR COMMUNICATIONS & POLICY OFFICER - GIULIA ALUFFI
Giulia Aluffi pursued a Bachelor Degree in European Studies at Maastricht University (Netherlands), where she learnt about the working of the European Union and its institutions. During this degree, she participated in the Erasmus+ programme that allowed her to attend a semester at the faculty of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium). Once she finished her Bachelor, she specialised further in European Studies with a Master focusing on the EU external relations at Maastricht University. Before joining FEDIAF as a trainee in September 2021, she gained first-hand experience in communications with a summer internship at the Brussels-based NGO Womenpreneur Initiative.