Dr Elzo Kannekens | Director
MSD Animal Health | Belgium

Dr Elzo Kannekens, Director, MSD Animal Health

After studying Veterinary Science at Utrecht University, Elzo started as vet in general practise. He returned to the Faculty of Veterinary Science to become lecturer in bovine health management and Quality Assurance management and worked as vet in the university’s bovine health practice. Experiencing the importance of good communication strategy as a lecturer and vet, he started as consultant Sustainable Agriculture focussing on communications and business strategy for multinational companies in the animal production chain. With a growing interest for lobby and stakeholder management Elzo joined Boehringer Ingelheim as Public affairs manager. Uniting stakeholders, thereby strengthening the position of the company on the subject of reduction of the usage of antibiotics was the main focus of the position, besides working on the brand identity of the company and key account management. Late 2014 he switched to the other end of the table and joined the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality as Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and Head of Unit for Veterinary Market Access. In this job Elzo was responsible for maintaining good relationships with governments of countries outside of Europe. Primary focus is on negotiating terms and sanitary conditions for the export of products of animal origin from The Netherlands, worth 10,5 billion euro on yearly basis. Connecting governmental oversight, business opportunities and cultural challenges in an international veterinary context is what makes this job dynamic. Besides this international aspect, he was responsible for policy development in the field of animal health and is involved in the crisis management team with regard to notifiable disease outbreaks. January 2019, he started as Director Global Public Policy and Multilateral Affairs. In this position he’s responsible for the relationship of MSD Animal Health with institutions like OIE, WTO, WHO, FAO, GlobalGAP and CODEX


Oct 28th Pre-Congress Workshops @ 10:00

Workshop A: Funding & Investment for Animal Health

What investment opportunities are there to support animal and one health efforts in Europe? Attend this workshop to hear from private and public funding bodies, as well as learn from existing industry players in this space to help develop your business.Overview of the current animal health investment landscape; Where are the gaps?Funding veterinary biologics research How to partner with Big Pharma
last published: 19/Sep/19 13:06 GMT

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