Meet the ESA team

Garlich Von Essen - Secretary General

Garlich is German and studied Agriculture and Economics at the University of Göttingen. He started his professional career in the European Commission’s DG Agriculture before graduating in Administrative and Political Sciences from the College of Europe.

Szonja Csörgő - Director IP & Legal Affairs

Szonja is Hungarian and holds a degree in Law from ELTE Budapest University, an MA in French and European Law from Panthéon-Assas University (Paris) and an L.LM. in IP and Competition Law from the University of Liège.

Christophe Rouillard - Technical Manager Plant Health and Seed Trade

Christophe is French and studied plant breeding and seed technology at Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture d’Angers in France and University of applied sciences of Dronten in the Netherlands.

Alessia Cogliandro - Manager Public Affairs

Alessia is Italian and holds a BA in International Science and Diplomatic Relations. She has been working in the agri-food sector since 2009 and at EU Institutional level in the European Parliament as Policy Advisor to a Member of the AGRI Committee.

Amalia Kafka - Manager ESTA

Amalia is Greek and graduated from Wageningen University in the Netherlands with a double MSc in Plant Science and Food Safety & Food Quality Management. She also holds an MSc in Plant Protection from the Agricultural University of Athens.

Valentina Garoia - Manager Communications

Valentina is Italian and holds an MA in International Relations. Since 2008 she has been working as Communications Coordinator in a number of European organisations in Strasbourg and Brussels, including the Italian Permanent Representation and European Schoolnet.

Petra Jorasch
Petra Jorasch - Manager Plant Breeding and Innovation Advocacy

Petra Jorasch is German and holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Hamburg in 1999. In 2000 she became IP Expert at GFPi Service Ltd., a company which supports the German breeding industry in questions of IP and technology transfer.

Marguerite Ryan - Administration and Accounting

Marguerite is Irish and studied Business Administration in Ireland. She started her career in office management and assistance in a Brussels based policy consultancy and has also worked as a finance assistant in a European communication agency.

Paola Sunye - Administration and Communication

Paola is Spanish, Canadian and Brazilian and holds a law degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She also completed a Master's in Diplomacy and International Public Service at the Centro de Estudios Internacionales with Barcelona Universities.