IPIFF Executive Committee
The IPIFF Executive Committee is the managing body of the association and deals with issues of general policy, strategy and governance. In conformity with the IPIFF statutes, the Executive Committee proposes strategic orientations & policy actions for endorsement by the IPIFF General Assembly (i.e. composed of the IPIFF Ordinary Members). Finally, the Executive Committee is entitled to represent the association towards external interlocutors.
The members of the Executive Committee are appointed for a duration of 3 years.
The Members of the Executive Committee are:
IPIFF's President - Antoine Hubert (Ynsect - France)
Antoine Hubert is Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Ynsect, a French based company operating in the farming and processing of insects for animal feed and pet food markets. Ynsect was one of the IPIFF Founding Members back in 2012. Antoine holds the position of IPIFF President since April 2015: he chairs the General Assembly and ensures association representation towards relevant EU stakeholders such as the European Commission and professional associations. Previously in 2007, he launched the non-profit organization Worgamic dealing with food sustainability. Later in 2011, he founded the company ORGANEO operating on biowaste management. He is guest lecturer in different Agro Schools and Universities in France. He is also Board Member of Agrocampus Engineering School and of the competitiveness cluster Vitagora Agrofood in France.
IPIFF's 1st Vice President - Tarique Arsiwalla (Protix - the Netherlands)
Tarique Arsiwalla is the co-founder of Protix, a Dutch company commercially producing insects and products derived thereof for a variety of industry applications, including feed, food and non-food. Protix also played a leading role in the original creation of the IPIFF association back in 2012. Tarique currently acts as Vice-President of IPIFF: he is actively involved in interactions with the European Commission, EFSA and other relevant stakeholders to jointly develop the IPIFF roadmap. Tarique previously worked at McKinsey & Company and ING Group. He is a regular guest lecturer at Wageningen University and a steering group member in various insect-related research consortia.
IPIFF's 2nd Vice President - Heidi de Bruin (Proti-Farm - the Netherlands)
Heidi de Bruin is CEO and co-founder of Proti-Farm, a Dutch based company operating in the farming and processing of insects, mainly for the food, personal care & pharmaceutical industry. The company has more than 35 years of experience in producing above 10 species of insects, notably for the pet food market. Proti-Farm was one of the IPIFF Founding Members. Within the IPIFF association, Heidi de Bruin currently acts as second Vice President and holds the position of Chairwoman of the Strategic Task Force on ‘Novel Foods’. Heidi has an extensive track record as Executive Board Advisor to multinationals on premium and sustainable food-based raw material management strategies and execution. She is also a regular guest speaker at various Insect and Protein conferences worldwide.
IPIFF's Treasurer - Heinrich Katz (Hermetia - Germany)
Heinrich Katz is Managing Director and main shareholder of Hermetia Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, a German based company rearing Black Soldier Fly for animal feed and pet food markets mainly. Hermetia is also involved in R&D activities in the field of insect rearing and the production of derived products. Hermetia was one of the IPIFF Founding Members. Within the association, Heinrich holds the position of Treasurer since April 2015. He is also President of Katz Biotech AG, a German stock based company rearing insects and mites for biological pest control and ecotoxicological tests.
Executive Committee member - Jakub Urbanski (HiProMine - Poland)
Jakub Urbanski is Chairman and co-founder of HiProMine, a Polish tech company developing technologies for insect farming & processing for the animal feed market. HiProMine is today the largest producer of insects in Poland. Jakub is in charge of research activities on animal nutrition within the IPIFF Executive Committee and holds the position of Chairman of the Strategic Task Force on ‘Good Hygene Practices'. Jakub was one of the pioneers in research activities applied to insect farming for use as food and feed. Founder and owner of the very first professional insect farm in Poland, he also gives regular lectures at the SWPS University in Warsaw and is a member of the Explorers Club.
Executive Committee member - Jonathan Koppert (Koppert - the Netherlands)
Jonathan Koppert is Business Development manager at Koppert Biological Systems, a Dutch company active in biological integrated pest management solutions in agriculture. He is also Managing Director of BESTICO a spin off company of Koppert operating in the farming and processing of insects for feed and pet food markets. Koppert was one of the IPIFF Founding Members. Within the association, Jonathan is in charge of EU authorization & registration procedures. Jonathan is also Board Member of the Dutch Insect Farming Association VENIK.