President: Mr. Ramón González Figueroa, Director General, Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT)
Ramón González Figueroa is the actual President of oriGIn, the Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network and is General Director of the Tequila Regulatory Council since August, 1994. In November 2010 he was appointed President of the National Association of Appellations of Origin of Mexico in process of creation.
Mr. Gonzalez previously worked as Coordinator of Managers in the National Chamber of Commerce of Guadalajara and the Commerce Club. Before that he was in charge of Governmental Relations and Foreign Trade at two Electronics Enterprises settled in Guadalajara and worked also at the National Council of Foreign Trade CONACEX- Western Region. Mr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management from the University del Valle de Atemajac. He has further studies in Foreign Trade at the Mexican Institute of Foreign Trade (BANCOMEXT). He took part in the training program coordinated by the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development of Mexico on Standardization, Verification and Certification of Products, Services, Systems and People, organized within the framework of the Mexico-EU Cooperation Agreement in the countries of Spain, France, Germany, Italy, England and Portugal.
He has participated as speaker in various seminars on the issue of Appellations of Origin in Colombia, Guatemala, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Chile and Geneva, Switzerland.
Managing Director: Mr. Massimo Vittori
Massimo Vittori is currently the Managing Director of oriGIn, in charge of the strategic planning and overall management of the Organisation.
Massimo previously worked as legal advisor at the International Trade Center (ITC) – a UN/WTO technical assistance agency – where he was responsible for various projects in the field of intellectual property, trade law harmonization, model contacts for SMEs and alternative business dispute resolution mechanisms. Massimo has also worked for the Investment Policy Review Program of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Massimo holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Turin University and a Master’s Degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. He delivers regularly seminars on GIs, trademarks and trade related issues in various European Universities. Massimo wrote and co-authored several articles and publications on intellectual property, geographical indications and business law.
Project Manager: Ms. Ida Puzone
Ida Puzone is Project Manager of oriGIn, in charge of communication, training and international relations.
Ida began her career working with an Italian law firm. After a period in which she dealt with human resources at the international group “Pirelli Cavi e Sistemi Spa”, she moved to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante (Spain), working on community trademarks.
Ida has a law degree from the University Federico II in Naples (Italy) and holds an LL.M in Intellectual Property and Information Technology (Magister Lvcentinvs) from the University of Alicante.
Focal point, Worldwide GI Compilation: Ms. Daniela Lizarzaburu
Daniela Lizarzaburu is currently the focal point for the World Wide Compilation.
Daniela began her practical experience working at the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property from Perú (INDECOPI). Then, she worked among others at the General Secretariat of Andean Community (CAN) and at prestigious law firms specialized in intellectual and industrial property in Spain.
She has a law degree from Universidad Católica del Perú and holds a Master Degree in Intellectual Property from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is currently finishing the Master of Laws in International Law at the University of Geneva. Her further studies include courses at WIPO, WTO, FAO and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva.
Mr. Christian Amblard General Manager, Syndicat du Pruneau d’Agen, France
Born 1953 in a small farmer family of south-western France, Christian Amblard got a Law degree at Toulouse University in 1976, with a specialization in Agricultural Law and Economy. Later he could add a degree in Strategic Business Management (ICG) from a High Management School (IFG-CNOF).
During 8 years he served as legal adviser for farmers, and then switched to agricultural organization management: first with a Chamber of Agriculture, then with a Regional Federation of Agricultural Co-operatives, and at final with the French Prune Industry which he has been serving for more than 20 years now.
One of his first priorities when entering the prune industry at the beginning of the 90’s was to build and formalize a Protected Geographical Indication for “Pruneaux d’Agen” –Agen Prunes- a very famous traditional product of south-western France.20 years of struggle and experience gave him an outstanding expertise on GIs along with a sharp knowledge of agriculture’s organization and economy.
Christian serves also as the Secretary General of the International Prune Association, the World prune grower association which he contributed to create in 1990.He was a member of oriGIn Technical Committee from 2007 to 2011.
Mr. Fernando Cano Treviño, Representative for Europe, CRT, Mexico
Fernando Cano Treviño was born in 1973 in Mexico City.In 2005, he became the Representative for Europe of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT), being responsible for the legal protection of the Appellation of Origin “Tequila”. CRT is the Conformity Assessment Agency; therefore Mr. Cano is in charge of the compliance of the commercialisation of Tequila in Europe with the official Mexican Standard for Tequila (NOM 006) through certification and verification activities to European Companies. After directing the CRT office in Madrid (Spain) and Brussels (Belgium), finally settle the CRT office for Europe in Geneva (Switzerland).
Mr. CANO previously worked as Industrial Property Specialist at Direction of International Relations of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) from the Ministry of Economy from 2000 to 2004. Among his duties he was responsible for the international cooperation between IMPI and Industrial Properly Offices in the European Union, and follow up the international negotiations in Multilateral Fora at WIPO (World International Property Organization) and the WTO (World Trade Organization) on the Intellectual Property.
After achieving with honours a Law degree in the Universidad del Valle de Mexico in 2000, he followed between 2001 and 2003 various courses which led him to specialize on Industrial Property, precisely in the field of Appellations of Origin. He holds a Master degree in Intellectual PropertyTrademarks, and Industrial Designs before CEIPI (Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle) in France.
Mr. Stefano Fanti, Director, Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, Italy
Stefano Fanti is currently General Manager of Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, an association of 161 producers the role of which is to defend and promote the Protected Designation of Origin “Prosciutto di Parma” throughout the world.
Mr. Fanti collaborates directly with the Chairman and the Board of directors to plan and carry out strategies, programmes and managing policies of the Prosciutto di Parma sector. He deals with Public Affairs and relates with Authorities, Public and Private Institutions at a National, European Union and International level. He is a member of the Board and of the executive Committee of Parma Alimentare, the Association for Parma Food products and he sits in the Board of Directors of Aicig (the Association of Italian Consortia for Geographical Indication products). He was a member of oriGIn Technical Committee from 2007 to 2011.
Mr. Fanti holds a degree in Economics from Parma University and a Master’s degree in Marketingand International sales in the food sector.
Mr. Alain Farine, Director, Association Suisse des AOC et des IGP, Switzerland
Alain Farine, 45, is father of three children and was born in Moutier (Switzerland). He studied agronomy at the Polytechnic School in Zurich (Switzerland) and completed his studies with a post-training in business management at a private school in St. Gallen (Switzerland).
He started his professional career at the Migros company where he assumed responsibility for the quality labels of the company. Further he worked for the Office of Neuchâtel (Canton of Switzerland) for wine and local products during seven years.
Since 2008, he is leading the Swiss association for PDO-PGI as director. He was a member of the technical committee of oriGIn from 2008 to 2011.
Mr. Mario Pomares, Partner, LB&A Abogados, Spain
Mario Pomares holds a law degree from the University Miguel Hernández (2003) and a Master in Industrial and Intellectual Property Law and Information Society (Magister Lvcentinvs) from the University of Alicante (2004). He is an honorary associate professor in the Department of Private International Law at the University Miguel Hernández, as well as lecturer and teacher at several courses and Masters of Industrial Property.
Mario Pomares is a member of the Alicante Bar since 2005, performing his professional experience especially in the field of Intellectual Property. Since 2006 he is Partner and Legal Director at LB&A Abogados Law Firm. He is also member of the Spanish Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
In the field of Appellations of Origin, he has extensive experience advising Spanish and foreign Regulatory Councils.
Central America and Caribbean
Mr. Jaime Marimón Pizarro, President, Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de origen Pisco, Peru
Mr. Clovis Terra do Santos, President, Associação de Produtores de Arroz do Litoral Norte Gaucho (Aproarroz), Brazil
Mr. Dominique Chambon, President, Conseil National Appellations d’Origine Laitières (CNAOL), France
Mr. José Enrique Garrigós Ibañez, President, Asociación española de Denominaciones de Origen (ORIGEN España), Spain
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