AFIA Pet Food Conference

Jan. 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Virtual Event
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Rob Cooper


Rob Cooper is the Institute for Feed Education and Research’s executive director. He provides leadership in crafting and implementing IFEEDER’s overall strategic direction. He develops and manages fundraising and donor stewardship programs and maintains relationships with current and future donors. He works closely with IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees and other committees to carry out key research and education projects and with the American Feed Industry Association’s communications team to share the institute’s mission and message in various communications to both donors and the public. Prior to joining IFEEDER in July 2018, Cooper served as the assistant to the dean for external relations at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has also worked with the National FFA Foundation and the Maryland 4-H Foundation. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delaware. 

Dave Edwards


Dr. Dave Edwards is the Director of the Division of Animal Feeds at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The Division regulates animal food, including premarket ingredient approvals, medicated feed and post-market feed safety monitoring. He joined the office as the Deputy Director in 2014.  Prior to joining the CVM, Dr. Edwards served as the Director of animal biotechnology at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) in Washington, D.C.  BIO is the world’s largest biotechnology trade association. He has also worked on the majority professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and as a congressional science fellow with the Federation of Animal Science Societies on the same committee. Dr. Edwards grew up in Iowa and raised pigs, sheep and specialty crops. He received his bachelor’s in genetics and agricultural biochemistry from Iowa State University and his master’s and Ph.D. in animal science breeding and genetics at Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Federal Executive Institute. 

Simon Gunzburg


Simon Gunzburg is a research analyst at Euromonitor International. Based in Euromonitor's Chicago office, Simon focuses on developments in the U.S. packaged food and fresh food landscapes, providing strategic insight and expert analysis on consumer trends, competitive environments and category growth prospects. He is a key contributor of data and content to Passport, Euromonitor's syndicated research database. Prior to joining Euromonitor, Simon received his Bachelor of Science in management from Tulane University.

Ansen Pond


Ansen Pond is the Director of Quality Assurance for the Pet Food Ingredients division of Pilgrim’s where he oversees quality, food safety and regulatory affairs. Ansen received his B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and a Masters and PhD from Texas Tech University in the area of Food Safety and Microbiology. He is actively involved in the National Renderers Association, American Feed Industry Association, Poultry Protein and Fat Council and the Fat and Protein Research Foundation. He is chairman of the APPI committee which organizes the rendering industry’s code of practice and biological testing programs. He also serves as the industry representative on the FSPCA Alliance that developed the official FSMA training for the animal food industry in conjunction with FDA. He has experience in most aspects of rendering including pork, beef and poultry.

Gina Tumbarello 


Gina Tumbarello is the American Feed Industry Association’s director of international policy and trade. Tumbarello is responsible for leading the development of priority import and export issues for the feed industry globally. She serves as the industry advocate, addressing trade constraints and communicating the interests of the feed, feed ingredient and pet food industries to various government agencies. Tumbarello is the staff contact for the AFIA International Trade Committee. In 2014, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed Tumbarello to the Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds, where she represents AFIA and advises the secretary of agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on international issues relevant to the industry. Tumbarello holds a master’s degree in international policy studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Monterey, Calif., and a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs and German from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 










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