Tackling TraceabilityLIVE ROUNDTABLE

Tackling traceability

Exploring opportunities and challenges under the EUDR



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The European Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) presents an immense opportunity for Europe, as well as for countries, both large and small, that produce and export raw materials to Europe.
To eliminate deforestation associated with raw material production, supply chains must reimagine their organizational and production processes. Full supply chain traceability is essential to achieve zero deforestation. But can all players along the chain ensure traceability?

We tackled the toughest and most complex requirement in the EUDR: ensuring traceability throughout the entire supply chain. While major food transformers and commodities producers and traders may rely on advanced geosatellite technology to ensure zero deforestation, what about the smaller food transformers in EU countries? What about the smallholders in producing countries?

Smallholders often operate within fragmented distribution channels, making it difficult, if not impossible, to trace their activities. They often lack the knowledge and technology necessary to track their work.

  • Can this be remedied?
  • Can refiners, exporters, and food transformers support smallholders in transitioning to a fully traceable supply chain?
  • How much time will this transition require?

In this thought-provoking roundtable of the Sustainable Nutrition Series, we addressed these critical questions with three highly experienced speakers who are actively engaged in ensuring the import of sustainable products through certified supply chains.

This roundtable was designed for food producers and transformers, refiners and traders, commodities producers and smallholders, trade associations and unions, EU agencies, and government representatives. We uncovered the challenges posed by the EUDR traceability requirements and explore possible solutions.

Together, let’s pave the way for a successful implementation of this regulation, which, despite its merits, carries several unknowns even for its sponsors.


Read below our criteria for speaker selection

Jose Angel Olivero, Sales Director, LIPSA

Luis Francisco Dangond-Lacouture, Director-General Manager, Oilsum Olequimica de Colombia

Louis Roy, CEO & President, OPTEL Group 


Pietro Paganini, President, Competere.eu


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Jose Angel Olivero, Sales Director, LIPSA

Luis Francisco Dangond-Lacouture, Director-General Manager, Oilsum Olequimica de Colombia

Louis Roy, CEO & President, OPTEL Group 

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Jose Angel Olivero received a Degree in Economics from the University of Seville in 1988 and a Degree in Food Business Management from Instituto Internacional San Telmo in 2015. During the last 34 years, he has been involved in the Oilseeds, Oils & Fats business. He has been Sales Director in Lípidos Santiga, S.A., since April 1996, and, prior to that, from May 1989 until March 1996, he worked in the Sales department of Cargill España, S.A. Mr Olivero has participated as panellist and speaker in many international events, like Price Outlook Conference, Palm Oil Trade Seminar-POTS, Andalusian Commodity Exchange, High Oleic Oils Congress, APK, Gapki, Grepalma and Fedepalma. He represents Lipsa in international Forums and in international and national associations, like Fediol, AFOEX (Spanish association of crushers and refiners), the Spanish Foundation on Sustainable Palm Oil and the RSPO.

Luis Francisco Dangond-Lacouture is a Director and General Manager of Oilsum Olequimica de Colombia, Oilsum. He holds several Board Member appointments in various companies and associations. Mr Dangond-Lacouture was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of Oil Palm Growers of Colombia, Fedepalma, a position he held from 2013 to 2020. He is also the General Manager of Equity Inversiones Globales S.A.S. Mr Dangond-Lacouture attended The Pennsylvania State University, at State College, Pennsylvania, USA, and obtained a degree in Mining Engineering in 1987. He also participated in the CEO Management Program of Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, as well as the CEO Management Program at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

As president and founder of OPTEL, a BCorp, Louis Roy strives to use and develop traceability technologies to create a better, more sustainable world through the Intelligent Supply Chain®.  Having onboarded 300,000+ supply chain actors, tracked 30B+ products/year, connected 4000+ IT systems and 15M+ consumers, while reporting to over 20 regulations, OPTEL and its 600+ employees are accelerating transparency globally.

Pietro Paganini is an economic and (geo)political analyst and disseminator, and the Chair and Founder at Competere. Pietro serves as Adjunct Professor in Business Administration at Fox School of Business – Temple University of Philadelphia (2015), and as Adjunct Professor in Business Administration at John Cabot University, Rome (2008). He served as Visiting Professor for the MPOB-UKM Endowment Chair, The National University of Malaysia (UKM) (2021). He served as General Director of Fondazione Luigi Einaudi. He is the founder of the Italian Institute for Privacy – Istituto Italiano per la Privacy e la Valorizzazione dei Dati – where he seats in the Board. He is a regular contributor to the Italian national newspapers and international publications and media, in which he has continuously advocated for an open society and innovation policies. He is regularly hosted in TV and radio talk shows on main Italian and international broadcasters.

Criteria for speakers selection

Following our aim to present diverse perspectives and voices, the organizing team at Competere conducted research to find speakers with different views and expertise on the topic of traceability, in relation to the European Deforestation Regulation.

Louis Roy, the founder and CEO of OPTEL Group, was selected because he brings extensive experience in developing traceability systems across various supply chains, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical industry. He sheds light on the complex issues of tracking goods, especially vegetable oils, within fragmented and lengthy supply chains.

Jose Angel Olivero was chosen as he provides a practical example of what it means to comply with the European Deforestation Regulation (EUDR). His main responsibility is to ensure that the vegetable oils he purchases and brings to Europe are fully traceable.

Luis Francisco Dangond-Lacouture was selected as he plays a vital role in supporting numerous producers in establishing credible and effective traceability systems. The objective is to ensure that raw materials can be safely transported to Europe in compliance with the EUDR.

All stakeholders engaged in the planning of this discussion panel were made aware of our Diversity & Inclusion principles and our Code of Conduct. They were invited to contribute with the most diverse perspective.

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