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National Committees are the backbone of IDF. They are represented in the General Assembly, which is the supreme authority. The Board of Directors contributes to the development and to the achievement of IDF objectives. The Science and Programme Coordination Committee ensures the coordination and supervision of the scientific, technical and policy considerations of dairy issues. They are elected by the General Assembly.
The primary purpose of IDF Standing Committees is to consider and recommend actions and propose policies in the functional areas under their jurisdictions, subject to final approval by the IDF Board and SPCC. Office, current affairs and the general coordination of activities, are the responsibility of the Director General.
Task forces are time-bound and outcome-focused groups that are convened to support IDF’s mission, strategic objectives or program activities.
The daily management including the organization and administration of the IDF Head Office, current affairs and the general coordination of activities, are the responsibility of the Director General.
Overview of structure
IDF membership consists of two types of membership: Full Membership and Associated Membership. Each National Committee represents one-member country and there is only one National Committee per member country. Membership is represented by the National Committee Secretaries. The Chair of the National Committee and each National Committee Secretary comprise the National Secretaries’ Committee.
The General Assembly is composed of all Members. Each Member is represented at the General Assembly by its Delegate. Each Full Member country has one voting delegate, whereas Associate Member delegates are observers without voting rights. General Assembly responsibilities include endorsement of the policies and priorities elaborated by the Board of Directors and by the Science and Programme Coordination Committee on the recommendations of the Board. These include strategy, finances, elections, amendments to the IDF Constitution and the IDF Rules of Order, attribution of IDF World Dairy Summits, restructure of Federation procedures as per Belgian law, among others.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the governing body that manages the strategy of IDF, endorsed by the General Assembly to meet the needs of the constantly changing and dynamic dairy sector. The Board of Directors provide detail on general IDF operational policies and strategies, and the vision and the mission of the Federation. The Board supervises the execution of the decisions of the General Assembly, and makes recommendations on IDF policies and priorities to the General Assembly. The Board consists of nine representatives including the President, the Chair of the Science and Programme Coordination Committee, four Delegates of the General Assembly, two dairy sector representatives (one for farming and the other for processing) and the Chair of the National Secretaries Committee.
Science & Programme Coordination Committee
The Science and Programme Coordination Committee (SPCC) elaborate and apply the scientific and technical strategy of the IDF Programme of Work as approved by the National Committees. It consists of fourteen members including the SPCC Chair, members representing each of the working areas of the Federation (Animal Health and Welfare, Dairy Policies and Economics, Environment, Farm Management, Food Standards, Hygiene and Safety, Marketing, Methods of Analysis and Sampling, Nutrition and Technology), three members representing each the dairy farmers, dairy processors; and academia.
President of the IDF since 2 November 2020, and previously Chair of the IDF Science and Programme Coordination Committee (SPCC), Piercristiano Brazzale has been involved with IDF at all levels since 2012 and is a well-known figure in the IDF community. Mr Brazzale will be focusing on several key areas during his term; promoting and highlighting the value of the work undertaken by IDF, ensuring dairy continues to be recognised as making a significant role in sustainable food systems; and ensuring IDF and the dairy sector is prepared for the future. Alongside his presidency of IDF, Mr Brazzale is currently CEO of Brazzale S.p.A., Italy’s oldest dairy company, in uninterrupted activity for at least eight generations, producing cheese.
Helle Huseby was elected as Chair of the IDF National Committees in 2019, and is their representative on the IDF Board. Appointed secretary of the IDF National Committee of Norway in 2013, Ms Huseby is also a longstanding member of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics. Since 2009, Helle Huseby has been employed as Manager, Trade Policy and Government Relations at TINE SA, Norway’s largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products. Prior experience includes work at the Norwegian Agriculture Agency in the trade and industry unit, and Norwegian Agricultural Cooperatives.
Jamie Jonker Ph.D
Elected as Chair of the SPCC in 2020, and former Chair of the: IDF Standing Committee on Farm Management and Expert Group on Animal Feeding, Dr Jamie Jonker is also a member of the IDF Standing Committees on Animal Health and Welfare, Residues and Chemical Contaminants, Environment and Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. Currently Vice President, Sustainability and Scientific Affairs, of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), Dr Jonker has general responsibilities in sustainability and scientific affairs, including animal health and welfare, animal biotechnology, dairy farm bio-security, dairy farm air and water quality, dairy farm sustainability, and technical service issues.
Gilles joined the IDF Board in 2020 as a representative elected by the General Assembly. He is Vice-President Government and Industry Relations for Lactalis Canada. Former chair of the Standing Committee for Dairy Policies and Economics for 6 years
Laurent Damiens has been involved in IDF since 2008, as an expert in the Standing Committee on Marketing (SCM). Since then, he has been an active member, acted as chair and deputy chair of this Standing Committee and has been leading the IDF Task Force on Plant Based products. The addition of the “Global marketing trends” chapter in the IDF World Dairy Situation report is the concretization of a work he initiated. Being an exprt in his field, he attended several IDF World Dairy Summit as speaker at the Marketing conferences.
Tjitske Regina Bolt
Tjitske is a hands-on, purpose-driven professional with nearly 25 years of international work experience in public and private sector. Her analytical, empathetic and diplomatic skills enable her to get to the heart of matters quickly and to easily connect to others with the aim of finding lasting solutions to intricate problems. Tjitske is an energetic, open and honest, optimistic and resilient person. Tjitske was born and raised in Friesland, the Netherlands’ province well known for its dairy farming. She lives near The Hague with her husband and two children.
Andrew joined the IDF Board in 2020 as a dairy sector (farming) representative. He is a dairy farmer in NZ and the National President of the Federated Farmers.
Dr R S Sodhi
Elected to IDF Board a representative elected by the General Assembly on 1 June 2021.Managing director - Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd or GCMMF-Amul branded products in India.
Mr Jeffrey (Minfang) Lu, Mengniu Group joined the IDF Board in 2019 as a dairy sector (processing) representative. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Mengniu Dairy in China.
Our Working Bodies
Role: To have dialogue and discussion on, and form consensus about new developments in the dairy sector field of animal health and animal welfare and their implications on prevention of diseases considering aspects relating to farm economics, food safety, human health, and dairy technology. To assess the effects of cattle diseases on animal welfare and dairy production for human consumption, as well as maintaining relations with intergovernmental and non- governmental bodies.
Role: To have effective communication of new and relevant science and technology to the dairy sector, and to update the dairy sector on the technological and scientific aspects of processing, packaging, storage, and distribution of dairy ingredients within the food and dairy industry, and to provide a platform for young dairy scientists to present their work.
Role: To increase awareness of milk and milk products through various marketing tools, and communication strategies aiming to disseminate effective and relevant knowledge, as well as dealing with crisis management affecting the dairy industry.
Role: To study developments that influence the dairy industry, and provide statistical data on the sector, and monitoring developments in international trade politics, supply management policies, to improve milk production and encourage consumption.
Role: To inform the global dairy sector on developments concerning the environment. The Standing Committee will also look at the GHG emissions quantification and mitigation, Ecosystem services, water quality, waste management and reduction, as well as reviewing and promoting the best available technologies and practice. To also provide leadership on environmental sustainability issues.
Role: To provide a voice for farmers, and to address issues of international importance in the dairy sector and identify possibilities for adding value to dairy production systems, particularly aspects in animal reproduction, aspects in milk production, interpretation of new and existing ISO standards, as well as influencing animal feeding and dairy production globally.
Role: To closely monitor the Codex committees’ activities including those involved in the adoption of new standards relevant to the dairy sector, as well as the use of terms and labelling in dairy products, and to ensure that regional standards do not negatively impact the International Codex standard within the dairy sector.
Role: To adequately monitor the Codex Committee on Food Additives in so far as it affects additives, processing aids, carriers, flavours and colours needed in dairy products, and provide data and technical advice, based on feedback from IDF members on behalf of the dairy sector.
Role: To advise the dairy sector about the implications, and the control and management of hygiene and microbiological contaminants, and to assist Codex in adopting technically correct and feasible hygiene standards, codes, and guidelines, appropriate for achieving safe and suitable milk and milk products.
Role: To advise the dairy sector about the implications, control or elimination, of residues and chemical contaminants, and to assist Codex in adopting technically correct and feasible standards, codes, and guidelines on residues and chemical contaminants appropriate for achieving safe and suitable milk and milk products.
Role: To prepare and promote standardized methods of analysis, guidelines and recommendations for the use of the dairy sector and others in the field of additives and contaminants in milk and dairy products. The work includes the standardization of methods by conducting collaborative studies and in-house studies on existing and new methods
Role: To prepare and promote standardized methods of analysis, guidelines and recommendations for the use of dairy sector and others, relating to the analysis of the content in minor and main components of milk and milk products (protein, fat, sugars …) by chemical and biochemical means, and to detect adulteration.
Role: To prepare and promote standardized methods of analysis, guidelines and recommendations for the use of dairy sector and others, relevant towards the detection and/or enumeration of beneficial microorganisms used in dairy foods (lactic acid bacteria, probiotics, starter cultures etc.)., the determination of strain identity, and identification of species.
Role: To prepare and promote standardized methods of analysis, guidelines and recommendations for the use of dairy sector and others related to the analysis of processing aids and indicators, including milk clotting enzymes, techniques for characterization of processing milk (heat treatment) or physical properties of milk and dairy products.
Role: To prepare and promote standardized methods of analysis, guidelines and recommendations for the use of the dairy sector and others in the field of detection and/or enumeration of foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and food spoilage microorganisms. When possible, contribute to the development of harmonized methods to integrate the dairy requirements (ISO TC 34/SC 9).
Role: To prepare and promote standardized methods of analysis, guidelines and recommendations for the use of dairy sector and others for automated methods of analysis and sampling, the statistical evaluation of analytical methods including guidance for the organization of interlaboratory studies and the statistical evaluation of the results obtained from these studies.
Role: To present and disseminate knowledge and discoveries in the field of nutritional science from the consumption of milk and milk products. To research the role of milk and milk products in the human diet, as well as maintaining relationships with international bodies such as FAO an WHO working in nutrition.
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