Mariëtte Abrahams is a nutrition business consultant, dietitian and founder of Mariette Abrahams Consulting & Associates. She currently helps companies in the digital health, biotechnology and the food industry to develop products that meet increasing consumer demand for personalised nutrition, both in Europe and abroad. She provides business consulting, strategy, communication and training services virtually. She has worked with several start-ups, agencies and a multinational food brand in the area of personalised nutrition. She is a media spokesperson, can be found speaking at national and international events and providing online education to healthcare professionals on this emerging trend.
Patrick runs the EHPM office in Brussels. Patrick has over 13 years’ experience in EU Affairs across a wide range of policy areas including trade associations, consulting and in house corporate government affairs. Patrick’s expertise in food issues has been gained through experience with a leading international nutrition company and through working for a leading EU affairs consultancy. Patrick has a BA in European Studies and Spanish from University College Cork and a Masters in European Integration from the University of Limerick.
Edward joined the Mintel Global Food & Drink platform team in 2017, having spent over 2 years as a Trends and Innovation Consultant. In this role Edward was responsible for enhancing relationships, building and delivering insight-driven, bespoke presentations to Mintel’s UK, Scandinavian and South African clients. Prior to joining Mintel, Edward worked for two of the UK’s largest retailers, Tesco and Morrison’s, in various commercial roles. Edward has a BA (hons) in Classical Literature.
Kelly has spent the past 15 years in various global marketing leadership roles within the food, beverage and nutritional supplement industries. She holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and a certification in Digital Marketing. Her most recent role, Strategic Marketing Director for Kerry, includes leading the marketing strategies for several branded functional ingredients.
Adam is Chair of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) and Founder and CEO of Corperformance. After qualifying from the University of Oxford Medical School in 1988, Adam spent 10 years training towards specialist qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology. Clinical and research interest focussed on endocrinology and nutrition. After leaving the NHS, Adam has been providing scientific nutritional solutions to elite athletes, corporate clients and media artists to improve their performance in the field, in the boardroom and on stage. He has worked with the England Rugby Football Union from 1999 to 2006 as part of Sir Clive Woodward’s team which culminated with the World Cup success in 2003 and in 2005 he worked with England Cricket squad, leading to their success in the Ashes. Other sports clients have included Chelsea FC (Premiership title 2005) and Leeds Tykes (Powergen cup 2005).
As a committed mountain bike racer, nutritionist and diabetic, Nard believes that measuring aspects of your health and using that information for personalized advice will be the future of food and health. At TNO, he has set up a large international research consortium together with Wageningen University that investigates technical and social innovations to enable personalized nutrition through consumer empowerment. This pre-competitive public private consortium is unique in combining different scientific expertise and using real world field labs.
Before starting Analytical Flavor Systems, Jason was the Founder and Executive Director of The Tea Institute at Penn State, which oversees 20+ researchers in 5 fields of study in traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Tea Culture. Jason did his research in sensory science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence - eventually developing the Gastrograph system after 3 1/2 years of research.
Wim de Laat studied Molecular Sciences at the Agricultural University of Wageningen. After the completion of his Masters, he started the career as a fermentation process development specialist. He developed various large scale fermentation process technologies in the application fields of food, feed, pharma and bio-energy.
After 25 years of working in the corporate R&D sector, Wim started his own company - BioscienZ to develop new technologies for agro, food and feed applications. In 2017 and 2018, together with his company, he won 4 Dutch SBIR grants in New Food Challenge focussing on developing new foods based on microbial fermentation to replace animal based food systems.
- Innovation Tour: Clean label 2.0: trust & traceability
- Innovation Tour: Clean label 2.0: trust & traceability
- Innovation Tour: Personalised nutrition
- Innovation Tour: Healthy mind & body: cognitive & immune health
- Innovation Tour: Healthy mind & body: cognitive & immune health
- Innovation Tour: Personalised nutrition
Engineer Master Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, graduated from AgroParisTech (formerly INAPG). 15 years of experience in marketing and innovation in agrofood (Bongrain) and pharmaceutical/dietary supplements companies (Super Diet, Physcience, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson). Since 2009, Founder and General Manager of Nutrikéo. Nutrikéo is a consulting agency in nutrition strategies. Its expertise covers 4 areas: market research, innovation, communication and education in nutrition & health, to develop new products and services, or promoting new behaviours.
Josephine Garvey completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Nutritional Sciences/Nutrition & Dietetics (and hospital placement) in London. She went on to specialise in paediatric clinical nutrition and worked at various London hospitals for 10 years; with a special focus on childhood food allergies, neurological disorders, neonates & cancer. She was an invited lecturer for under and post-graduate courses including the MSc in Food Allergy, Southampton University, and Paediatric Nutrition at the Royal Free Hospital, Medical School, London. In 2000 she undertook her masters in Nutritional Medicine at Surrey University and thesis on Prebiotics in children with Idiopathic Constipation (supervised by Dr J. Brown, Surrey University and Prof. Glenn Gibson, Reading University). Jo then spent over 12 years working for the medical nutrition industry (Nutricia/Danone), where she was responsible for building the paediatric nutrition business within established and emerging markets. A major focus of her work was establishing partnerships with global experts, supporting nutrition education and training as well as building evidence platforms. Since July 2017 she is working as an independent paediatric nutrition consultant. She is also an affiliate with The University of Queensland where she is supporting a project on screening for children with Cerebral Palsy, and is an advisor for IIPAN (International Initiative for Pediatrics and Nutrition) - a project led by Columbia University (NY) developing educational platforms for children with cancers in LMIC. She has published various articles in her field of expertise, lectured at university level and has presented at national and international events on paediatric & infant nutrition/ nutrition support.
Mark has been involved in Fitness and Sports Nutrition for over 20 years. He has been involved in product research & development, patent/IP work, marketing, labelling and/or provided regulatory advice whilst working for and with over a dozen of the world’s top sports supplement companies. Currently, Mark spends much of his time as an independent consultant and (as an ESSNA member) he represents Tropicana Health & Fitness, Ltd, who are an importer/distributor of about 100 sports / food supplement brands. Mark writes and is on the advisory board for three top fitness magazines (Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle Insider) and has a degree in Nutrition, is a certified sports nutritionist, has studied exercise science and worked with several athletes (including two champion Mr Olympia bodybuilders). Mark has also competed in national fitness/endurance competitions and worked in clinical nutrition (advising NHS doctors and dieticians) and pharmaceuticals.
Jeff Hilton is partner and co-founder of BrandHive, a leading global healthy-lifestyle branding agency celebrating 21 years working with dietary supplement, functional food and beverage, and health and beauty brands. Jeff brings 38 years of advanced business and marketing insight to his clients, and has been recognized by Advertising Age magazine as one of the nation's Top 100 Marketers. Jeff is also a recipient of Nutrition Business Journal’s Personal Service Award.
Marco is an active Food Tech entrepreneur, manager and investor. He covers the role of CTO and CSO for Mixfit, the digital personalized nutrition company he co-founded in 2015. During his career, he had the opportunity to build ventures in the field of Nutrition, Health and Wellness and Performance Management. He published scientific paper and patents in Material Science, Food technology and Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in the holistic concept of health and wellness which justifies his additional passion for Yoga, Philosophy, Spirituality, Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. He is an entrepreneur by heart, moved by the will of helping create a more sustainable world.
Darko has a PhD in Innovation Management from Paris-Dauphine University where he also gave lectures in Strategic and Innovation Management. Darko mainly enjoys working on scientific and technological challenges of R&D, Innovation, Strategic, Technology Departments of large-size companies from various industries: food, cosmetics, pharma, energy, automobile, aeronautics, space, chemistry, etc.
Christiaan Kalk holds a Master's degree in biology (microbiology) from Groningen University. While managing sales and marketing of contract research within TNO for more than two decades, he also became a project manager and a senior advisor in regulatory affairs, testing strategy, life sciences and communication. In close cooperation with experts in areas including toxicology, nutrition, pharmacology, analytical chemistry, microbiology and biotechnology, Christiaan served hundreds of clients in the international food, chemical and pharmaceutical industry. In 2017, Christiaan founded lsbi | life science-based innovations.
Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and educator. Chris has conducted medicinal plant research in over 45 countries. Chris works with companies to develop and popularize traditional plant-based food and medicinal products into market successes. Chris also works to bridge worlds, regularly sharing information about other cultures through presentations and media. He has appeared on over 1500 radio programs and more than 500 TV programs worldwide. Chris works to bridge worlds, regularly sharing information about other cultures through presentations and media. CNN calls Chris The Indiana Jones of natural medicine.
Alexandra Kirsch is a specialist in food technology. Besides licensing food products for ProVeg with the V-Label, she is responsible for building up and coordinating the newly launched V-Label segment for cosmetics and body care products. With her know-how, she furthermore consults the food and retail industry on the replacement of animal ingredients with plant based alternatives. Kirsch finished her master’s degree in food technology at the Technical University of Berlin and started working for ProVeg in January 2017.
Rob Kooijmans is a very experienced (interim) manager with a vast track record in quality management in the international food and feed industries, complemented with pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing. Rob is co-founder and co-owner of FoodRecall.nl, a Dutch consulting firm providing support in food recall situations and advice to prevent recalls in the first place. Next to this he is also co-founder of Food Safety Experts, an on-line business which aims to support quality managers across the globe to be really imactful in terms of quality and food safety performance. Rob has worked for a wide range of companies, including Unilever, DSM, FarmFrites and TNO. He has held positions from (interim) QA manager as site livel to VP QA for multinational companies. His professional experiences also includes a background in strategic change management and innovation management; extensive international work experience (over 52 countries). Rob has an academic background in Applied Physics and Econometrics, next to this a solid education in food safety, process technology and supply chain management.
Kara Landau “Travelling Dietitian” is the Founder of Uplift Food – Good Mood Food, the media representative nutrition advisor to the Global Prebiotic Association, and is a highly respected Australian dietitian and author, based in New York City. Specializing in the connection between gut healthy prebiotics and mood. Kara can be found presenting at leading global health food conferences as well as throughout the global media providing expert opinions on all thing prebiotic fibers, resistant starches, and gut health product innovation.
Niccolò has been investing in Food Tech since 2014, and created and managed a portfolio of 10 high-profile Food Tech companies, including Impossible Foods, Clara Foods, Beyond Meat, JUST, Perfect Day and Clear Labs, as part of a leading European family office. His experience includes sourcing, diligence and growth strategy for early stage companies in Food Tech and, more broadly, in tech. Niccolò holds a BSc in Management from Bocconi University and an MSc in International Affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University.
Marlene's main fields of activity are the evaluation of inputs for Organic Agriculture and Quality Assurance. She studied Agricultural Sciences at University of Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna and Cornell University in the USA. After finishing her studies she worked as Research- and Innovation Manager at Danube Soya Ltd. and as Program Manager at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). In addition to her activities at FFG Marlene Milan was involved in several agricultural projects as independent consultant such as Masterplan for Rural Areas of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture.
Divya Mohan is a food Product Developer by day and an Innovator by night. She focuses on understanding how to bring sustainability in the food supply chain. As a Product Developer she works on developing functional food products using clinically tested probiotics at Probi AB. She co-founded ‘the edibles’, an innovation project to develop drinking straws that you can eat. She earned the Leap Frog scholarship for the project, won the Dragons at the University 2017 and has received pre-seed investment from Climate-KIC Nordic.
Pablo Moleman is head of Corporate Outreach at ProVeg Netherlands. He consults with food companies and caterers on the replacement of animal ingredients and the introduction of vegan options. He successfully campaigned for nation-wide availability of vegan pizzas, mayonnaise and cakes.
Len Monheit has been in the healthy products industry for 20 years, initially as a co-founder of digital media leader NPIcenter, sold in 2006 to New Hope Natural Media, now part of Informa. As part of New Hope’s senior leadership team, Len assumed responsibility for digital media operations. As New Hope’s Director of Strategic Business Development, Len led market analysis as part of Nutrition Business Journal and the NEXT insights platforms. Len has guided ingredient and supplement companies on growth and supply chain strategy Len spoke on multiple conferences on topics such as: ingredients, the supplements market, supply chain and sourcing as well as emerging trends. Len Monheit is currently Managing Partner with Trust Transparency Consulting.
Claudia is responsible for the compliance of some of the biggest players of sports nutrition in the region, with brands such as Optimum Nutrition, BSN and Nutramino. Her brand portfolios cover a range of sports nutrition products such as protein and pre-workout powders, protein and energy bars, meal replacement products, as well as RTDs and capsules/tablets. In terms of overall professional background, Claudia has over 7 years of experience in compliance of sports foods and supplements, with previous roles at Herbalife and GSK. Claudia has extensive knowledge and experience working with harmonised EU legislation as well as dealing with challenges which arise from differing national legislation, or from various interpretations of existing food law.
Nicoleta Pasecinic is a nutritionist and holds a Bachelor's degree in Food and Human Nutrition from Newcastle University. Nicoleta has experience working as a research assistant at the Institute for Health & Society at Newcastle University, in the area of public health & epidemiology. Other areas of expertise include study design, data collection, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation. Nicoleta is also a co-author of scientific papers which are currently under review, which analyse children's fitness & wellbeing, as well as current UK national screening policies for Gestational Diabetes.
Adrian Percy has more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural industry and is an advocate of the need for and benefits of modern agriculture. He is also a strong proponent of the development and adoption of new agricultural and food technologies which support global food security while protecting the enviroment.
Adrian previously served as the Head of Research & Development for the Crop Science division of Bayer. He now frequently acts as an agricultural industry representative as well as advisor to companies seeking to develop new agricultural and food technology for the marketplace.
Sara is responsible for producing insightful analyses and improving the research behind Euromonitor International’s Passport Nutrition. Sara has focused much of her recent work on the industry’s most notable trends such as sugar consumption and content in packaged food and drink covering everything from fiscal policies to nutritional guidelines.
Sara continues to demonstrate thought leadership, presenting at industry events and conferences, both nationally and internationally. She spoke about the sin tax in food and drink at the Food ingredients Europe in 2017 in Frankfurt. Sara has also contributed to numerous radio and TV shows, becoming an authoritative voice on the subject of the fast-changing regulatory landscape and the resulting implications on the industry and consumer.
Born in Padua in 1955, Roberto Pinton is qualified as technical and economic expert for organic food trade. For 30 years he is an experienced professional in EU and national food and organic law, labelling, marketing and consumers communication. As consultant, he has supported institutions and companies in projects related to food law and quality. Since its foundation in 2006 he holds the position of Secretary General of AssoBio, the Italian association of processors and distributors of organic and natural products. Moreover he is a member of the BOD of Federbio, a member of Accreditation Committee for Quality Agri-Food products in Accredia, and a member of the BOD of IFOAM EU.
Nadja has been a key member of the China Skinny team since 2014, leading a number of projects in the food & beverage, tourism and health segments. As a fluent Mandarin speaker, Nadja has worked across numerous research projects and regularly communicates with consumers and industry professionals, allowing her to identify with their needs and wants. Nadja is a regular keynote speaker in China and abroad, elaborating the ins and outs of the unique market landscape in the Middle Kingdom.
Dr. Dan Reardon is a medical doctor and genetics expert who has been featured in InStyle, The New York Times and Men’s Fitness and on Fox News, ABC News, Inside Edition, Today, BBC News, Inc, Well+Good, Livestrong and 'The Doctors'. An emergency-room doctor for 10 years with a degree in human anatomy, he’s also a certified personal trainer with more 15 years of experience. Dr. Reardon has written two books and was formerly the science editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines in the U.K., Europe and Australia.
Emma joined Mintel’s London based Food & Drink team as Global Food Science Analyst in 2016, bringing a wealth of food technical and development knowledge from her career in the food industry. Prior to joining Mintel, Emma worked as a Food Technologist for a major UK retailer, taking ownership for product quality, nutrition, safety, ethics and legality and ensuring compliance with internal brand standards. Lately, Emma worked as an NPD Manager in the food to go division of a leading international convenience foods manufacturer, accountable for key retail and food service accounts. At Mintel, Emma provides trends analysis on nutrition health and wellness, ingredients and additives, food technology innovations, food labelling and regulations.
Ellen has been with GOED for almost seven years, and now oversees all aspects of the organization’s mission to increase consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3s as well as to protect the category by ensuring GOED members are manufacturing quality products that consumers can trust. Ellen previously directed GOED’s communications strategy for industry and consumers and was instrumental in organizing a successful consumer education campaign in 2015. She continues to work on high level initiatives such as building a healthcare professional education program and coordinating the efforts of GOED’s Executive Council on Education and Outreach, which funds many of GOED’s strategic initiatives. With 20 years of experience in the natural products industry, Ellen is the former editor of Nutraceuticals World magazine, an industry trade publication, and owner of Schutt Solutions, a consulting business focused on supporting growth in the dietary supplement industry.
Christian Sina, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and Molecular Gastroenterology, founding director of the Institute of Nutritional Medicine at the University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein in Lübeck and Co-founder of perfood GmbH, a start up dedicated to develop data based concepts for personalised nutrition and health. Dr. Sina and his team are dedicated to increase our current knowledge about personalised nutrition and its impact on health and diseases. He published in high ranked journals such as Nature, Nature Medicine and Gastroenterology and serves as reviewer for many top ranked journals and research institutions.
Ranjan Sinha is the CEO of 3TandAi, a personalized wellness company that is using AI to harness advancements in gut biome, genetics, metabolic markers, Ayurveda and food technology to reverse chronic diseases. He is passionate about “food as medicine” and practised it successfully to address his life-threatening disorder. Encouraged by doctor and scientist supporters he decided to commercialize his passion. Ranjan has a Master’s degree from The Wharton School and education in engineering and nutrition. He has co-founded and run companies in the areas of large data software, human resources & direct to consumer foods. He is an active blogger and regular speaker at food tech and personalized wellness conferences.
Volker Spitzer has over 27 years of R&D/medical marketing experience in the consumer health, natural ingredients industry and academia. After his career start as a university professor he continued in different leading global roles in R&D, (open) innovation, licensing/M&A and marketing at Roche, DSM Nutritional Products, Bayer Consumer Health and analyze & realize / Zaluvida. Since October 2017 he is Global Principal at IQVIA being responsible for strategic management consulting in the area of Consumer Health R&D/Innovation. Volker has a background in chemistry/pharmaceutical sciences and holds a Ph.D. in Food Chemistry. He authored over 65 papers and books mainly around natural products.
Amishi is driven by understanding how consumers really purchase brands (versus what they say in surveys). At NAILBITER, she has been responsible for discovering ways to analyse a high volume of CPG videos into relevant metrics. These new metrics are quantifying the irrational, fast, haphazard way consumers really shop. Amishi has been a driving force behind multiple high growth, tech based MR companies such as Affinnova and AnswerLab. She learned the value of deep insight to key marketing decisions at PepsiCo and AOL where she served on the client side.
Jacob Thundil founded Cocofina, The Coconut Experts in 2005. Cocofina produces over 30 organic coconut products including oil, flour, chips, snack bars, water, vinegars, nectar and butter and is sold in 28 countries. Prior to 2005 Jacob worked for companies such as British Telecom, Accenture and Atos Origin. He has a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA in international finance.
Didier Toubia co-founded Aleph Farms with the Strauss group (The Kitchen Hub) and the Technion institute of Technology in 2017. Prior to Aleph Farms, Didier was co-founder and CEO of IceCure, which went public in 2010, and CEO of NLT Spine. He is co-inventor of over 40 patent families. Didier was trained as a Food Engineer and Biologist at AgroSup in Dijon, France, and holds a joint Executive MBA degree from the Kellogg (Northwestern University, USA) and Recanati (Tel Aviv University, Israel) business schools.
After graduating from the Department of Food Business and Development in University College Cork in 2007, Amy-Jane became interested in the area of health claims and consumer acceptance and completed her PhD in this area in 2011. With a keen interest in health and wellness communication, Amy-Jane then worked as a research fellow for University College Cork. During this time she also had the opportunity to lecture in the areas of communications, new product development and research methods. In addition to her role with EHPM, Amy-Jane currently lectures in the area of food marketing in European Universities and provides assistance to companies setting up and managing their communication strategies.
Mike Wakeman is a pharmacist and healthcare consultant with master’s degrees in pharmaceutical analysis as well as nutritional medicine, and clinical oncology. Following a number of years in sales and marketing management at Glaxo, he gained extensive experience in natural medicines research and was part of Professor David Horrobin’s team-alongside Nobel laureate in medicine, Sir James Black-which was responsible for developing a number of essential fatty acid based medicines that are now in clinical use. During his time as managing director of that company, it became established as a world leader in fatty acid research and developed a global best- selling range of nutritional supplements and natural prescription medicines, which was valued at some $500m at IPO. Since then Mike Wakeman has worked as a consultant to a number of blue chip organisations including Genzyme, the US biotech giant, Galen Pharmaceuticals, and a number of other companies including BASF in the development of their pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement businesses. At present he is working with healthcare companies in UK and others in Canada, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Norway, Greece and Australasia. His most recent research investigates drugs that impact upon nutritional status. He is currently completing a doctorate in pharmacy health and wellbeing.
Joe Welstead is a former professional swimmer, turned co-founder and CEO of Motion Nutrition. As a Commonwealth Games finalist athlete, Joe found it extremely frustrating that so many sports supplements were made using low quality, artificial ingredients with little concern for the user’s long-term health. Launched in 2016, Motion Nutrition offer real-food based organic certified sports supplements. Today, Joe leads the company growing from purely sports supplements into leading the way in brain health supplementation and mental performance improvements. Joe is also a well-respected writer and speaker, with regular features in Men’s Health and at Sky Broadcasting studios.
Verena holds a master’s degree in both international business and European studies from the University of Vienna, as well as a diploma in nutrition. Her passion for plant-based food, along with her educational and corporate background, serves as a perfect foundation for consulting with companies around increasing their plant-based options. Aa a speaker in the fields of the plant-based market and vegan nutrition, Verena has hosted countless talks and seminars around the world. She was born in Austria and currently lives in Berlin.
With over twenty years of experience in the food industry, Lu Ann Williams is a trend expert and frequent public speaker at events around the world. Lu Ann leads a team of analysts and works with global clients to stay ahead of the curve.
Christopher is the founder of SWARM. The company develops innovative sports nutrition with sustainable protein from insects. SWARM works with a team of sports researchers, nutritionists, and food technologists and collaborates directly with small farmers in developing countries. The company has received numerous awards including Food Startup 2017 and the FIBO Innovation and Trend Award 2018. Christopher holds a PhD in economics and researched human behavior at the University of Cologne, Germany, and Cornell University, USA. He strives to combine functionality and sustainability in nutrition.