Dr. Jon Bell

Dr. Jon Bell worked for the UK government on the development and implementation of agri-food policy and legislation for over 30 years. After 25 years with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, he helped to set up the UK Food Standards Agency in 2000 and became its first Director of Food Safety Policy and Deputy Chief Executive. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2002. On retiring from the Agency in April 2006, he set up his own company, Jon Bell Associates, to provide scientific and regulatory advice to the public and private sectors on agriculture and food matters from farm to fork. He also advises on risk assessment, management, and communication, crisis management and ways of improving organisational efficiency in the public sector. He has advised a wide range of overseas companies and organisations including the governments of Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Macedonia, Turkey, Kuwait, Ireland and China.


Kai Hüschelrath

Senior Researcher in the Department of Industrial Economics and International Management at the ZEW Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim (Germany)

Kai Hüschelrath is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Industrial Economics and International Management at the ZEW Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim (Germany). He also holds a position as Assistant Professor of Industrial Organization and Competitive Strategy at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar (Germany). His research focuses on various aspects of competition and competition policy and was published in well-known field journals such as the Antitrust Bulletin, the Journal of Competition Law & Economics, the World Competition Law and Economics Review or the European Journal of Law and Economics. Mr. Hüschelrath also has substantial experience in advising both private companies and public authorities in competition policy matters.


Prof. Ajit Singh

The eminent Cambridge economist Professor Ajit Singh has received the Glory of India Award for "individual excellence, excellent performance and outstanding contribution for the progress of the nation and worldwide.”

Professor Singh is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, a Senior Research Fellow at Judge Business School and a Life Fellow of Queens' College. He graduated from Punjab University and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He began teaching economics at Cambridge in 1965.

He has been a senior economic adviser to the governments of Mexico and Tanzania and a consultant to various UN developmental organisations, including the World Bank, the ILO, UNCTAD and UNIDO.

During his economics career in Cambridge, Professor Singh has published several books and monographs as well as nearly 200 research papers, including 90 in refereed economic journals. The latter include The Economic Journal, The Review of Economic Studies, The European Economic Review, Economics Letters, Cambridge Journal of Economics, World Development and International Journal of Industrial Organisation.

Commenting on the significance of the award he said:

"Sixty years ago, two men from the third world came to the fore. These were Mao Zedong, a great leader of the Chinese people who wanted China to rise again and be a model Communist State, and Jawaharlal Nehru, Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, who wanted India to also rise but his dream was that of a mixed economy with democracy.

"Sixty years later, it seems China is ahead but it is too early to judge who will eventually win the race. The breathtaking economic progress of China and India since their independence from colonial rule is the inspiring story of the last three decades, and long may it continue.

"The Indian case is particularly helpful to the rest of the world-if a undisciplined, chaotic and imperfectly democratic country can do so well as it has been doing, growing at ten percent a year for twenty years, then there must be hope for all countries of the world."

Professor Singh has also recently been appointed to the important Tun Ismail Ali Chair at the University of Malaya.

The Chair is funded by the Central Bank of Malaysia and is named after the first Malay Governor of the Central Bank in recognition of his services to the young nation.

The Chair's chief objective is to enhance academic excellence in the area of international financial economics not only at universities but also through public lectures and other means in the wider community of policy makers and government officials. Recent appointments to the chair have included leading policy makers and economists in international finance.


Justin Menezes

Justin Menezes heads the Brussels office of CompetitionRx.

He has worked as a private practitioner and enforcer and has first hand experience of both the design and implementation of remedies in merger and competition cases.

His experience as a trustee covers a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, medical equipment, feed enzymes, consumer brands, machinery for food manufacturing, and industrial chemicals and includes cases such as BASF/Cognis, Syngenta/Monsanto, British Airways/American Airlines/Iberia (Article 9) and Dexia State Aid Restructuring.

He practised as a senior associate at two leading international law firms, based in Brussels, where he counselled clients and litigated before the European courts in a broad range of merger, State Aid and competition cases.

He served as an official for the EFTA Surveillance Authority, DG Competition and the Office of Fair Trading. As a regulator he was responsible for leading competition, merger and State Aid investigations, several of which involved remedies. During his time at the European Commission, he co-authored the 2005 Remedies Study that reviewed the Commission’s remedies policy and contributed to the adoption of the Commission’s 2008 Remedies Notice.

Justin qualified as a Barrister in 1995 at 5 Paper Buildings in London and is a member of the Brussels Bar. He also lectures in EC competition law on the LLM programme at Reykjavik University.


Jan Lohrberg

Jan Lohrberg is currently serving as a Counsel for International Competition Matters with the international affairs unit of the Bundeskartellamt, competent for furthering international policy developments beyond the well established framework of the ECN and representing the Bundeskartellamt in international organizations and for a such as the ICN, OECD, UNCTAD and WTO. Previously he worked as a case handler on cases predominantly in the telecommunication, broadcasting and IT industries as well as a competition lawyer in various law firms in Cologne, Washington, D.C. and Brussels. Jan graduated from the University of Hanover, Germany in 2000. He was a visiting student at the Universidade Católica Portugesa in 2001 and qualified for the German Bar in 2003. In 2004 he received his Masters degree in international business law at King's College London with a focus on comparative EC and US antitrust law.


Prof. Dr. Jacques Steenbergen

Prof. Dr. Jacques Steenbergen (born in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1949) is since 2007 Director General in the Belgian Competition Authority. He teaches competition law at the KU Leuven since 1979. Before joining the competition authority, he was partner in the Brussels office of Allen & Overy, and he has been legal secretary to the President of the Court of Justice under the presidency of Prof. J. Mertens de Wilmars.

He is also member of the Bureau of the OECD Competition Committee, editor in chief of the Dutch-Belgian European law review SEW, member of the scientific committee of the law review Concurrences, chairman of the Board of the Stichting van het Koninklijk Conservatorium of Brussels (the foundation of the royal academy for music of Brussels), and honorary member of the Bar of Brussels (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel). He is a former member of the Brussels and Flemish Bar Councils.

He lectured or gave conferences and served as member of nomination committees or PhD examination committees in institutes and universities in Austria, Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. He publishes regularly on EU and competition law.

He obtained a PhD at the KU Leuven with prof. dr. W. van Gerven on legal remedies and ailing industries (1978). He holds a masters degree in law from the KU Leuven (1972), and bachelor degrees or equivalent certificates in law, philosophy and economics from the University of Antwerp (UFSIA) (1969).


Catherine Davies

Catherine Davies is a competition law specialist with experience in all aspects of EU and UK competition law, having advised on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution arrangements and market investigations across a wide range of sectors, including consumer goods, energy, media and healthcare. Catherine also has experience of public procurement law and judicial review. Before joining the CCP in February 2009 as Legal Director, she worked at the Competition Commission and a large City law firm. Catherine is now acting Director of the CCP.


Dr. Vitaly Pruzhansky

Dr. Vitaly Pruzhansky has worked as a competition and strategy consultant since 2005, after completing his PhD in game theory. He advised clients on a wide range of competition policy matters, including mergers and acquisitions, the European Articles 101 and 102 provisions, as well as their national analogues. His experience spans across such industries as banking, chemicals, consumer goods, energy, media, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, software and telecommunications.

Vitaly has published on competition policy issues and economic theory. He is well-known in the Russian antitrust community, being a frequent speaker at high-profile competition conferences and a member of the non-commercial Partnership Competition Support Association. Together with his colleagues at RBB Economics, Vitaly was a recipient of the Global Competition Review’s Matter of the Year Award 2011 for the work RBB conducted on Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems.