About Freshfel

Freshfel Europe Secretariat

Philippe Binard

General Delegate, covering the overall activities of the secretariat and is also responsible for the external representation of the association on the various topical issues on the agenda and responds to the Board and Annual Event. He is also the Secretary General of WAPA and SHAFFE, organisations which are all hosted by Freshfel Europe. 

Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago

Senior Expert, covering a diverse range of topics and offering strategic advice, particularly on topics with a legal focus. Raquel’s main activities are as the Secretary General of Europatat, the European Potato Traders’ Association. 


Eglė Baecke-Eimontaitė

Director Food Quality, following in particular the EU legislation on food safety and quality, plant protection products and MRL levels. Furthermore, Egle is the Secretary General of ESSA, the European Sprouted Seeds Association. 

Nelli Hajdu

Policy Advisor Trade and Communications, focusing on (import, export and wholesale) trade dossiers and custom matters. Nelli is also involved in the activities of SHAFFE, the Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters. In addition she also shares the responsibility of the communication activities of Freshfel. 

Helene Deruwe

Policy Advisor Agriculture and R&I, monitoring the Common Agricultural Policy (CMO for fruit and vegetables, Unfair Trading Practices, Organic) and the agricultural Research & Innovation Policy. She is responsible for the daily management and dissemination of Freshfel’s actions in Horizon 2020 projects, currently EuroMix and EUFRUIT. She is also involved in the activities of the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA). 

Nicola Pisano

Communications Manager & Policy Advisor, covering the agricultural policy dossiers of health and nutrition, sustainability and promotion. Nicola coordinates and manages Freshfel’s internal and external communications and media relations, and is also involved in the activities of SHAFFE and ESSA. 

Linda Bloomfield

International membership and marketing support, providing assistance to exporters, importers, producers, retailers and service providers across the fresh produce supply chain who wish to become members of Freshfel. Linda also manages sponsorship sales for the Freshfel annual event. 

Natalia Santos-Garcia Bernabe

Policy Advisor Trade and Food Safety, focusing on trade dossiers (import, export and wholesale), including EU trade negotiations and Brexit. Natalia will also follow EU legislation on food safety and quality, plant protection products and MRL levels. 


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