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Audrey Aubard
Secretary General, AFIGIA ( French Association of non-agri GI), FR

Audrey AUBARD is an International Free Lance Consultant, specialized on territorial branding, quality schemes strategies and management, certification tools, producers’ organizations and senior legal expert on IP and food law and labelling issues. She is currently manager of Aubard Consulting, an independent Bordeaux-based consultancy, General Secretary of the French Federation of industrial and craft GIs – AFIGIA and auditor for the French Committee for Accreditation COFRAC.

She provides assistance to countries who want to set up and manage a quality schemes system (from the institutional management to the technical management and certification procedures) and producers who want to promote and protect the quality of their products as a GI, Organic farming or other labelling or branding strategies (Cariforum countries, PNG, Indonesia, Cambodia, Morocco, Benin, etc..). She also takes part to some publications related to GIs or origin-branding strategies. She is expert on these topics for several organizations (EU, EUIPO, WIPO, ECAP, AREPO, AFD-FAO, Tradecom, ACP-PMU, French Regions etc…).

In France, she provides specific legal and technical consultancies for producers’ associations as well as strategical and methodological assistance for producers’ associations on quality strategies (meat, stone, cheese, knives, textile, pepper, tapestry etc…). She also manages some GI producers’ associations.

She is president of the committee of craft GIs within the Certification Body of Certipaq (control body) and technical expert for the COFRAC (French Accreditation Body) in relation to official quality signs certification.

She also teaches at Bordeaux 3 University the quality schemes; the labelling strategies, controls tools as well as the Agro-engineer school of Bordeaux, Bordeaux Science-Agro.

Audrey Aubard holds a Master degree in European and International law and postgraduates in Environmental law and Agro-food law.