Advisory board

Steve Dolan

Steve Dolan is the CEO of Galway Rural Development, one of the largest local development companies in Ireland with a turnover of €11m and more 70 full-time staff. An MBA graduate of the University of Galway, Steve has been recognised with a Ministerial Award for promoting integration and social inclusion and a Presidential Commendation for …

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Nancy Samargiu

“Work to learn”. Working on creative and online communication has helped me to expand the understanding of EU regulation in terms of rural development and agriculture, unlock the creative potential and learn more about NRN tasks, as well as networking with other NRNs/NSUs. Working within the NRN/NSU unit has been the natural next step following …

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Valentina Carta

Valentina Carta is Technologist at Council for Agricultural Research and Economics – Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy (CREA-PB) with more than ten years of experience in the field of programming, monitoring and evaluation of European and national policies. Her main domain is rural development policy with a focus on agricultural knowledge and innovation systems, farm advisory services and …

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Inge Van Oost

Inge Van Oost is policy officer at the European Commission, Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI). She has been setting-up and supporting the implementation of the European Innovation Partnership “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability” (EIP-AGRI), with responsibilities for the rural development programmes including strengthening linkages between research policy and rural development policy. As member …

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Ethan Cleary

Ethan comes from a 5th generation arable farm and is passionate about connecting agriculture with technology that benefits farmers. For the last 20 years he has worked as a developer, designer, program manager, researcher, technology consultant and policy strategist across a range of industries including large multinationals, public sector to early stage start-ups.  He is …

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Lara Rodríguez

South Europe Innovation Project ManagerEuropean Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food, Spain.

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