Webinar Series: Hot Topics Related to Food and Beverage Exports in Emerging Markets


Kevin Kenny

Kevin Kenny is the co-founder and owner of Decernis and is an experienced regulatory attorney who has worked and consulted for 20+ years in the food and consumer products space.  He advises some of the world’s largest manufacturers on Food, Food Contact and Supply Chain Compliance challenges globally. Working with a team of native speaker experts in all major markets, Kevin has led a Decernis team effort to expand regulatory coverage to over 200 countries.  He spends much of the year meeting with clients to identify and satisfy their needs across the Decernis global client base. Kevin also builds cooperative and partnering relationships with governmental agencies and organizations (today 40+ countries across five continents, including US FDA, European Union, Argentina, Brazil, China and India).

An expert on food contact and food additive regulation globally, Kevin is a frequent speaker at international conferences and an active participant in the Regulatory Affairs Committees of food, cosmetic and consumer product associations.  Kevin also attends the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives in China annually as a member of the International Food Additives Council.  Kevin is a proponent of both global and regional harmonization and has provided food contact regulatory consulting services for both food processors and regulatory agencies across all substrates and 200 countries. Prior to founding Decernis, Kevin worked as a regulatory attorney and later VP, International Operations at Ariel Research, which managed product safety regulations globally for chemical manufacturers.

Kevin has lived and worked for seven years across five European and Asian countries and is fluent in German, Spanish and French. He is currently learning Italian. He possesses an honors Juris Doctor, an LL.M. in International Law and the Hague Diplôm de Droit International.  In 1992, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Bonn and later taught International Law courses at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany.

Adrian Varela

Adrián Varela joined Decernis in 2012, working first as a Junior Researcher focused on Latin American countries, then as a Senior Researcher on all customer questions related to Food Standards and Product Safety.  In addition, Adrian has been a Project Manager for several special projects covering the Latin American region. Adrian was recently promoted to Team Leader for the Americas in June 2016 and now leads the research endeavors of a group of Researchers covering North America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Mr. Varela also works closely with Kevin Kenny, the COO of Decernis, and has accompanied Mr. Kenny to various Smithers - Pira conferences throughout Europe in recent years.  Mr. Varela and Mr. Kenny co-presented at a conference as recently as December 2016 in Brussels, Belgium on the regulation of Paper & Paperboard in Latin America.

Currently Mr. Varela is based in Madrid and works closely with the Decernis European teams. He is a graduate of a degree program in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Valladolid (Spain), and he has continued his studies at the University of Salzburg (Austria), the Institut Libre Marie Haps (Brussels, Belgium), and the University of Florence (Italy). Mr. Varela is a native speaker of Spanish and is also fluent in English, French and Italian. His professional background has always been focused on International relationships, through his experiences in the Consulate body of Florence (Italy) collaborating with the Consulate of Spain, Mexico and Burkina Faso, together with the Association Italy-Kuwait and the Court of Florence as sworn translator.