The IEC team supports the IEC Chairman and Executive Board to execute the strategic operations of the organisation.
Suresh assumed the leadership of the International Egg Commission (IEC) as Chairman in September 2019, during the IEC Copenhagen Conference. Driven by a farmer-first philosophy, he is passionate about ensuring that the poultry industry is healthy and sustainable through adoption of the latest technologies, good rearing practices and welfare of the livestock. As Chairman, Suresh offers expertise across a range of specialisms in the egg industry, including chicken breeding, chicken and egg processing, feed manufacturing and soya oil extraction and processing.
Suresh is also Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Srinivasa Farms, a dominant force in the Indian Poultry Industry. Since assuming leadership, he has steered Srinivasa through expansion and diversification, to achieve significant, sustainable growth. An avid reader, he also loves to travel and learn about different cultures and their history.
Chief Executive Officer – World Egg Organisation
As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Egg Organisation, Julian drives the overall strategic development of the IEC. Julian is passionate about advancing the knowledge and understanding of the power of the egg to benefit people around the world in both developed and developing environments. He is also a Trustee and Managing Director of the International Egg Foundation (IEF).
Before joining the IEC in 2003, Julian gained professional experience of the egg industry, training as a lobbyist in Washington DC, and going on to work in London, Brussels and Geneva. Julian has also worked in South East Asia, and in Southern Africa both on commercial and United Nations development projects. With a background in farming and egg production, he is also a managing partner of the family farming business.
As Communications Director, Hannah leads a team responsible for developing communication strategies that advance the objectives of the IEC. Her responsibilities include overseeing the development and execution of both internal communications with members and external corporate communications, as well as international relations. She is driven by a passion for translating the accomplishments and objectives of the egg industry into a diverse range of communication outputs. Hannah joined the IEC in August 2019, having gained valuable experience of communications and public relations (PR) whilst working for a leading agricultural PR agency in the UK.
As Events Director, Agata is responsible for the organisation and delivery of IEC events and meetings, having joined the team in November 2021. Experience, openness, diligence and a constant desire to develop give Agata energy and motivation for the constant joy of work. As an experienced events professional working with many clients over the years, Agata has learnt the specifics of many industries giving her the opportunity to match different event tools to the many projects carried out. People inspire and drive her, giving her a passion for delivering the highest quality delegate experience.
Peter Van Horne
IEC Economic Analyst
Peter van Horne is an IEC Economic Analyst and a senior farm economist at the Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands. He is Europe’s premier Poultry Economist and specialises in poultry research projects for government and industry with particular focus on the economics of animal welfare, environmental protection, animal health and international competition. Peter has had a long-standing involvement with the IEC, developing the statistical service that the IEC provides to members.
In her role as Accounts Manager, Carol is responsible for the income and expenditure allocation and payments reconciliation for all sectors of the World Egg Organisation. She is passionate about ensuring accuracy throughout the financial records, and following all appropriate guidelines required to support the auditing team. In addition, Carol assists the CEO in any financial aspects of new projects, and takes pride in continuously developing the efficiency of the financial processes. She joined the IEC in July 2018, bringing an abundance of accounting knowledge and experience from throughout her career in finance.
As Communications Officer, Mary supports the planning, development and delivery of the IEC’s communication activities across internal and external channels. Her role involves daily management of key channels, including social media, e-newsletters and website updates, as well as supporting the Communications Director in the creation and distribution of written and visual content. Mary joined the IEC in June 2021, bringing a creative mindset and a passion to connect with people on a global scale, having previously gained experience in delivering engaging written content as a copywriter.
Melanie’s priority as Executive Assistant is to provide high-level administrative support to the CEO and wider team. This includes assisting in the coordination of new business projects, including outgoing consumer initiatives, researching, and following up on opportunities. Melanie is also responsible for managing conference registrations and delegate liaison. She joined the IEC in November 2021, bringing with her excellent administrational and organisational skills, and a strong focus on customer service, having worked with businesses in Europe and the Far East for many years.