Global Director of Food Business
Global Director of Food Business
Dr Tracey Jones, Global Director of Food Business
Tracey is the Global Director of Compassion’s Food Business programme, working with the world’s leading food companies across Europe, the US and China to raise the baseline standards of welfare for farm animals.
Since 2007, the programme has been pivotal to effecting change at scale by motivating companies through tools and services that help drive real change and impact for farm animals. To date over 1.88 billion animals are set to lead better lives each year through our global food industry partnerships.
Tracey has undertaken 18 years applied animal welfare and behaviour research, conducted at Cambac Research and Oxford University in collaboration with industry, NGO’s, and Government. She has degrees in Animal Science (BSc) and Animal Production (MSc) and a PhD on ‘Improved handling systems for pigs at slaughter’. She has practical experience of poultry husbandry and pig farming in the UK and overseas.
Tracey is passionate about animal welfare and making real, lasting differences to the lives of millions of farm animals around the globe.
Head of Food Business, Europe
Louise Valducci, Head of Food Business, Europe
Louise is our Head of Food Business for Europe. Prior to joining Compassion Louise worked with Fairtrade Foundation heading up their Commercial Partnerships team, looking at innovation and the creation of new business services. Her passion is ensuring ethical and sustainable trading and feels that the treatment of animals is key to ensuring resilient global supply chains.
Louise has specialist knowledge in commercial engagement, value in the supply chain and retail markets. Louise has worked extensively with FMCG organisations and holds degrees in Business, Law and Lecturing.
Head of Food Business, China
Caroline Saunders, Head of Food Business, China
Caroline joined the Food Business team in February 2010. She comes from a farming family background (Australia and UK) and has extensive knowledge working in commercial management, business development and NGO’s.
Caroline has worked globally with suppliers and corporate partners through roles at The Body Shop International HQ in sourcing, supply chain planning and ethical auditing; and headed up the marketing and membership for Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), enabling companies to have transparency in their supply chain to aid improvement of labour standards, health & safety, environment, and business integrity.
Caroline uses her extensive expertise to lead and drive Compassion's Food Business work in China to make realistic, impactful and long term changes to the lives of farm animals.
Senior Marketing Communications Manager
Jo Cooper, Senior Marketing Communications Manager
Jo is a marketing communications specialist with wide international experience. Prior to joining Compassion, Jo worked at the Food Standards Agency in London managing a number of public awareness campaigns in the diet and health sector, working with the food industry.
Jo manages all the Food Business marketing communications activities relating to our engagement programme with the food industry, our awards ceremonies and the promotion of the team’s activities.
Please contact Jo if you wish to discuss any marketing activity to promote your awards or farm animal welfare activities.
Market Insights Manager
Nathan Rhys Williams, Market Insights Manager
Nathan Rhys Williams graduated as a vet from the University of Liverpool, with an intercalated degree in Veterinary Conservation Medicine.
Whilst at university, he undertook a dissertation on the carbon footprint of UK dairy farms, which led to the production of a guide for dairy farmers on behalf of a major retailer.
Previous to joining Compassion, he worked as Technical Officer for the Humane Slaughter Association, working with the meat industry and research communities to improve animal welfare during transport, marketing and slaughter.
Nathan joined Compassion in 2015 as a European Food Business Manager, working predominately with manufacturers and retailers.
As Market Insights Manager, he now manages Compassion’s Supermarket Survey and the European Egg Track report.
Inês Grenho Ajuda, Research Manager
Inês Grenho Ajuda completed the BSc/MSc in Veterinary Medicine in 2012 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon. Her master’s thesis focused on comparing the comfort and adaptation of dairy cows to two different types of beddings (free stall and cubicles). After completing her degree she started working on the Animal Welfare Indicators’ Project (AWIN Project) as a PhD student, investigating pain assessment and means to mitigate pain in dairy goats. Inês attended several international conferences and meetings with stakeholders in order to raise awareness of the presence of pain in farm animals’ life and the importance of properly assessing that pain to help prevent or mitigate it.
Inês joined Compassion in 2015 as a research manager. She uses her experience in the field as well as knowledge of farm animal pain to support the team in its mission of placing farm animal welfare at the heart of the food industry, in addition to continuing to structure the scientific evidence base for Compassion’s in Food Business programme.
Food Business Fish Research Manager
Myriam Vanderzwalmen, Food Business Fish Research Manager
Myriam completed her BSc in Marine Biology in 2013 at the university of Plymouth and her MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law at the University of Glasgow. Her Master’s thesis focused on the effect of wildlife tourism on the welfare of seals. She carried out her PhD at the University of the West of Scotland. Her PhD focused on improving the welfare of ornamental fish during commercial transport by working with industrial partners to implement immediate improvements.
Myriam joined Compassion in February 2020 as a Fish Research Manager in the Food Business team. She uses her expertise in fish biology and animal welfare to support retailers and food businesses in adopting or improving humane rearing and slaughter policies.
European Events and Food Business Support Manager
Hayley Roberts, European Events and Food Business Support Manager
Hayley joined Compassion in 2008 after completing a BSc in Animal Management and Land Based Business. She joined the Food Business team in 2010 working predominantly with leading, global foodservice companies to help them implement policies to drive improvements in farm animal welfare in their supply chains.
Hayley currently manages the Food Business events programme including industry forums and the annual Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards ceremony.
Food Business Manager
Bryony Board, Food Business Manager
Bryony joined Compassion in 2017 in the Supporter Engagement Team with specific focus on community fundraising. Prior to joining Compassion Bryony worked in procurement and has good supply chain knowledge.
As part of the Food Business team, Bryony predominantly works with global, food service companies to help them implement policies to drive improvements in farm animal welfare across their supply chains.
European Food Business Manager
Rubia Soares, European Food Business Manager
Rubia has bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and specialises in meat production, processing and quality control of food products. She has an MBA in International Trade and Commerce and has been working in the meat industry for the past 15 years in different types of companies (meat processors, importers and distributors, trading companies and retailers).
Rubia joined Compassion to re-focus on the core reason she became an Animal Scientist and to dedicate herself to the ethical and sustainable production of animal products.
Fish Food Business Manager
Katie Mintram, Fish Food Business Manager
Katie completed her BSc in Environmental Biology in 2014. She undertook a PhD and a postdoctoral research position at the University of Exeter in the fields of fish physiology and ecology. Her thesis focused on developing ecological models to predict effects of physiological stressors (including chemical exposures and disease) on fish populations.
Katie’s research career began in fish welfare during her industrial placement year, where she developed cell culture methods to reduce the numbers of fish used in pharmaceutical testing.
Katie joined Compassion in February 2020 as Fish Food Business Manager. She uses her expertise in fish biology to support global fish producers in adopting humane rearing and slaughter policies.
Senior European Food Business Manager, France
Amélie Legrand, Senior European Food Business Manager, France
Amélie graduated from the French Agronomy School of Dijon, with a specialisation in animal sciences. She also holds an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. During her training, she specialised in the welfare of dairy cattle and carried out work on preferences and usage of pasture by dairy cows at the University of British Columbia, Canada and on water cooling to reduce heat stress in dairy cattle at the University of Davis, California.
She joined Compassion in 2008 as Research Officer and was appointed as Food Business Manager for France in 2009. Since then, she has been working with a wide range of French food companies to help them address farm animal welfare as a business issue, by offering them technical expertise, market insights and networking opportunities.
Food Business Manager, France
Lucille Bellegarde, Food Business Manager, France
Lucille has an MSc from AgroParisTech (France) in Animal Science and Agronomy and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Applied Ethology. During her studies, Lucille specialised in the emotional states of sheep and goats, and more specifically on how individual animals perceive emotions in other flock members. Lucille was also involved in developing new methods for the study of animals’ emotions.
Lucille joined Compassion in 2017 as Food Business Manager for France, with a particular focus on Food Service companies.
European Food Business Manager, Italy
Elisa Bianco, European Food Business Manager, Italy
After completing an MSc in Biology, Elisa worked for many years in the field of food safety and food production. She worked at the European Food Safety Authority, after which she followed her interest in sustainable food production, and moved to Slow Food, an international association working on agricultural issues and food policies.
Elisa joined Compassion in 2013 as Food Business Manager for Italy. Since then, she has been working to support Italian food companies in addressing farm animal welfare, and to help drive improvements across the supply chain.
Junior Food Business Manager, Italy
Bianca Furlotti, Junior Food Business Manager, Italy
Bianca joined Compassion in 2018 as Junior Food Business Manager in Italy. Her main focus is working with food service companies, although she also works with producers and retailers, to help them integrate higher animal welfare standards within their corporate strategies.
Prior to joining Compassion, Bianca worked for an Italian charity called Mission Bambini, where she worked for the fundraising and corporate partnerships team.
Passionate about sustainable food production and the environment, Bianca is determined to work with food companies not only to improve the welfare of the animals in their supply chains, but also to enhance the brand reputation of those committed to sustainability and environmental improvements too.
Jeff Zhou, China Representative
Jeff Zhou has represented Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) in China since 2008. Prior to working at Compassion Jeff was Chinese consultant for the RSPCA.
In 2013 Jeff was promoted to Head of China and since April 2015 has become Compassion's Ambassador in China.
Since starting at Compassion in 2008, Jeff has organised several workshops and conferences on animal welfare, and has worked with a variety of organisations and individuals to promote animal welfare legislation. Jeff regularly gives educational lectures to undergraduates and producers to help raise public awareness about animal welfare, and actively seeks ways to work with governmental departments and research centres to promote welfare-friendly agricultural practices.
More recently Jeff successfully developed the connection between the ‘International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare’, (ICCAW) and Compassion in World Farming in China.
Food Business Manager, China
Yubin Zhou, Food Business Manager, China
Yubin graduated from the Wageningen University as an MSc in Sustainable Animal Production and Feeding in 2017, with a focus on modelling nutrient metabolism and agricultural economics and production.
Qualified with extensive knowledge in animal welfare, Yubin has two years of international business experience in The Netherlands and China within the poultry industry.
Yubin joined Compassion in 2020 as a Food Business Manager for China. As part of the Food Business team he works closely with ICCAW to promote higher animal welfare production in China.
China Research Officer
Lisa Yang Qing, China Research Manager
Lisa joined Compassion in September 2019 as China Researcher Officer. She holds Master’s degrees in Non-profit organisations and Civil Society Studies at the University of Kent, and in Applied Linguistics at Sichuan University in China. She is currently pursuing her Msc. in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law at the University of Edinburgh.
Lisa has ten year's experience working in the NGO sector, raising awareness of animal welfare to the general public and implementing animal welfare practices in captive wildlife industries. She has organised and facilitated different education projects and international exchange programmes to build capacities of veterinarians, animal carers and academia.
In her role as China Research Manager at Compassion, Lisa supports various stakeholders in the livestock industry with technical expertise to help them improve their farming practices and achieve higher animal welfare, with a particular focus on poultry and pigs.
Director, CIWF USA
Rachel Dreskin, Director, CIWF USA
Rachel is the US Executive Director at Compassion in World Farming. Prior to her appointment Rachel served as the organisation’s Head of Food Business where she oversaw the growth and development the organization’s corporate engagement program.
A graduate of Northeastern University’s School of Business with a dual focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Rachel has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies to incorporate and strengthen animal welfare within corporate sustainability programs.
As Executive Director, Rachel is leading Compassion USA’s growing role in forging a more humane and sustainable food and farming system through measurable farmed animal welfare improvements and protein diversification.
Rachel also serves as board member of Global Animal Partnership and the Regenerative Organic Alliance, has guest lectured at top US universities like Stanford, University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Delaware, and has been featured in Bloomberg, Fortune Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and more.
Food Business Manager, USA
Katya Simkhovich, Food Business Manager, USA
Katya Simkhovich works to ensure farm animal welfare is incorporated into the policies of the leading US food businesses and to solidify higher welfare practices as integral to a sustainable food system. In doing so, she hopes to inspire and support companies in fulfilling their enormous potential to drive positive change for farm animals.
Katya holds a B.S. in Food Studies, as well as a passion for understanding the complexities of agriculture and food systems.
E-mail: Katya Simkhovich@ciwf.org.uk
US Head of Food Business
Jeff Doyle, US Head of Food Business
Jeff Doyle is the US Head of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming, overseeing the organization’s engagement with food businesses on animal welfare and plant-forward proteins.
Prior to joining Compassion, Jeff led strategy and program development for an international public health NGO. For nearly a decade, he designed, built, and oversaw advocacy, communications, and technical programs from Washington, D.C. to Geneva to Delhi. These programs brought together and leveraged the unique capacities of multinational companies, governments, and civil society to deliver innovative, impactful solutions.
He holds a degree from the University of Virginia and sits on the Board of Directors of VideoOut, an LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization.
US Food Business Coordinator
Ross Busch, US Food Business Coordinator
Ross engages with leading US food businesses to ensure farm animal welfare is incorporated into their corporate policies.
Through strategic outreach and market analysis, Ross supports the food business team as they work towards a more sustainable and equitable food system for animals and humans.
He holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.Sc.in Public Policy & Management.
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