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CIOPORA Appoints Micaela Filippo as Vice Secretary-General

Micaela Filippo has been appointed as the new Vice Secretary-General of CIOPORA, the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Varieties. Micaela previously served at CIOPORA from 2016 to 2021, where she gained deep insights into the breeding sector and developed a comprehensive understanding of Plant Breeders’ Rights protection, according to a press release.

Micaela Filippo

“I’m very excited to rejoin CIOPORA as Vice-Secretary General; ready to bring my ideas and experience to the table,” said Filippo. “My time away has only strengthened my dedication to IP rights, and I look forward to contributing to our shared vision for the future. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to Dr. Krieger, the board, and all the CIOPORA members for their trust and support.” 

The Argentinean lawyer holds a law degree from her homeland. In 2015, Filippo relocated to Germany to pursue a master’s degree in public economic law & politics.

Subsequently, she enhanced her academic qualifications by obtaining a certification in IP Transactions from Bucerius Law School in Hamburg.

After her first period at CIOPORA, Micaela worked on various aspects of IT law, data privacy and compliance. Her broad experience in different industries will enrich CIOPORA’s future efforts, in its work to promote innovation and protect plant breeders’ rights. 

“We are confident that Micaela will bring new practices to our team and association to protect breeders’ innovation in a better way,” said Dr. Edgar Krieger, Secretary-General of CIOPORA. “She will work closely with me and the board to set up the future of CIOPORA and strengthen our lobby, educational and communicational activities,” 

In the long term, Micaela is expected to take over as Secretary General, while Krieger will continue as an advisor to the association.