Yvan Dejaegher – General advisor
Yvan has been with BFA since 1988. He led the organisation for years and now supports BFA as Advisor-General which he represents in Supply Chain Initiatives, AMCRA, Belpork, FEFAC, het FAVV,... and takes on the Antibiotics dossier.
Katrien D'hooghe – Director
Katrien D’hooghe started on 2 January 2018 as Deputy Director and became Director in May 2019. She is responsible for the social, financial and personnel management, and is in charge of crisis communication, international negotiations, communication, the poultry dossier and the preparations of moving into the new headquarters in 2020. Furthermore she is the spokeswoman and represents BFA in OVOCOM, Belplume, VEPEC,...
Annick De Smedt – Management Assistant
Annick De Smedt started in January 2018 at BFA as management assistant. She will manage the agenda and she’s also the person behind our general e-mail address. Annick will be your first contact when calling BFA.
In addition to this, she will be responsible for all logistical aspects within BFA.
Karen Kerckhofs – Staff member Food safety and crisis management
Karen has been part of the BFA team since August 2006. At the start, she took on the communication role, after which she became responsible in 2013 for food safety, including the various sampling plans of BFA (feed materials, additives, petfood, ...). Karen coordinates the risk analyses (WG HACCP), and is also the point of contact for crisis management. In addition, she represents BFA at FAVV, Fefac, VNA, etc.
Liesbeth Verheyen – Staff member Environment - Sustainability and Safety at Work
Liesbeth joined our technical team in December 2012 and she manages the files concerning environment and sustainability. Liesbeth is also able to tell you everything you would like to know about dust explosion, the prevention plan packaging and the manure issues (MAP, processing manure, ...). She also takes care of the files with regards to safety at work, energy and the platform socially responsible streams of animal feed. BFA is represented by Liesbeth in VCM, SALV, OVAM, Mestbank, Fonds Landbouw en Visserij among others.
Evelien Mortaignie – Staff member agro-economics
In September 2018, Evelien joined the BFA team. She leads all statistical processing data (production, prices, …) in the right direction. Next to that, she coordinates the sampling plans for the Specified Requirements on Organic, the Memorandum of Agreement on Low Nutrients and Zinc. You can also contact her for all questions regarding poultry files (e.g. Intervention Fund Salmonella, VEPEK, Belplume, …) and all reports regarding medicated feed (benchmark, electronic prescription, fine dosage system, etc.).
Elien Van Stichel – Staff member Animal Feed Policy, Export & Service provision
Elien joined the team in November 2017. She's responsible for export, animal welfare, animal feed policy and medicated feed. She also represents BFA in FAVV for these topics.
Laurien Van Heupen – Staff member Animal Feed and Quality Systems
Laurien Van Heupen started on 2 January as staff member animal feed and quality systems.
She will manage issues around the reduction of antibiotics, animal well-being, quality specifications, animal diseases, poultry and electronic prescriptions.
Griet Van Asschot – Staff member Communication
Griet has reinforced the BFA team since January 2017. She takes care of BFA's communication, including the newsletters (BFActs and BFActs Analysis), the press releases and the website management. Furthermore, she is responsible for the organisation of events such as the General Assembly, and for drafting the Annual Report. She represents BFA in the various communication working groups (VILT, Vegaplan, AMCRA, ...).
Sylvie Bussers – Office Management & Communication AssistantSylvie started early November 2019 in the position of Office Management & Communication Assistant. Sylvie is a French speaker and brings several years of experience in communication. An added value to the BFA team for communication and administration.
Griet Van Cauwenberge – Management Assistant
Griet is temporarily reinforcing the BFA secretariat, until the BFA team is at full strength again. She will provide administrative support.