As Director of Regional Development in the Central Denmark Region, I am overall responsible for 85 people serving and supporting our Regional Council in the fields of Sustainable and Green Energy, Bio Economy, Youth Education, Trade Promotion, Tourism & Culture as well as Digital Infrastructure & Mobility.
Leah has in-depth knowledge of the e-commerce and retail industry, helping companies to understand how online marketplaces can best serve their business growth needs and sales objectives. In her current role at Alibaba Group, Leah is instrumental in helping to educate British businesses on the best way to approach the Chinese consumer market.
Leah previously worked in Merchandising Management at LivingSocial, and also has prior experience in cross border ecommerce, having led the Global Selling team at Amazon, and created solutions which would enable hundreds of US and Chinese sellers to expand their operations in Europe.
Anna-Karin Modin Edman, sustainability manager at Arla Foods since 2013, is passionate about dairy as part of healthy and sustainable diets. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Lund University focusing on system analysis and biogeochemical modelling. She is engaged in implementing the Dairy Sustainability Framework in Arla Foods and is an active member of the Dairy Working Group of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative.
Center Director for Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, Aarhus University Dr. Halberg has more than 20 years of experience in research and modelling of organic and conventional farming systems including agronomy, economics and resource use and environmental impact. During the last 10 years as ICROFS director he has been the overall coordinator of transdisciplinary research and development programs in Denmark, EU and East-Africa. Niels Halberg is also in charge of the contract for research based policy advice with the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark.
Bent Egberg Mikkelsen
Professor, Aalborg University Bent Egberg Mikkelsen holds a M.Sc. of Food Science from the Royal Agricultural University, Copenhagen and a PhD in Social Science, from Roskilde University. Bent has acted as the principal investigator on several research projects and his work include several assignments on nutrition at schools and hospitals for the Council of Europe, food and nutrition at work for the Nordic Council of Ministers, healthy eating at school for the European WHO regional office and the EU platform for Health, Diet and Physical activity. He is a Professor of Nutrition and Public Food Systems at Aalborg University. He is the past president of EU expert committee for the school fruit scheme (SFS). He is the member of advisory boards of ProMeal, Glamur and VeggieEat and FoodLinks EU projects. Member of scientific panel in the Sapere Taste Education network. He is the Member of the Management committee of COST action IS1210 and the Richfields consortium on Big Food Data. He is the principal investigator on the SoL Multi-Level Multi-Component community intervention on healthier eating and one of the main drivers behind the Integrated Food Studies and the FoodScapeLab at AAU in Copenhagen
Senior Manager of Global Category, Tulip Throughout her career, Tina Roed Garza has worked with FMCG marketing, consumer insights, food trends and the launch of new products. For the last few years, Tina’s focus has been on canned meat products to overseas markets in both Latin America and Asia. Recently she has taken over the global category responsibility of meat snacks in Tulip Food Company primarily to build and strengthen Tulip’s position within snacks on the European markets.
Morten Hoffmann Kyed
Associate Vice President of Technical Sales, DCI
As a MSc. Food Morten Kyed has 20yrs experience from several of the world’s biggest players in the food industry including DuPont, Solae, Orkla, Palsgaard and now Danish Crown. Focus has been on food ingredients and especially proteins and their nutritional, functional and sustainability values to the food industry
Line Ahm Mielby,Post Doc in Sensory and Consumer Science at Department of Food Science, Aarhus University.
She has a versatile experience within the field of sensory and consumer science. This includes experience in consumer research including consumers’ response to different food composition matrixes including taste-taste interactions and cross-modal interactions, research on different consumer segments in particular adolescents, as well as basic research on method development.
Ursula Nana Kehlet, Consultant in human nutrition, Danish Meat Research Institute
MSc in human nutrition. In the last six years, Ursula has worked with the nutritional quality of meat and functional meat products in close collaboration with the Danish meat industry. Focus has been on the use of fiber ingredients in pork products with regard to nutritional claims, sensory quality and appetite regulation.
Alice Grønhøj, Associate professor at Department of Management – Bartholin, Aarhus University.
She conducts consumer research with children, adolescents and families as target groups and is specialised in in young consumers’ food socialization and pro-environmental consumer socialization. She has been involved in a range of different projects related to e.g., healthy eating, product development targeted children, intergenerational consumer influences, and school interventions to promote healthy eating.
Lars Holm, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Lars Holm is head of a research group where projects are investigating how changes in skeletal muscle mass, with influence on strenght and function, can be obtained through interventions with muscular activity and protein nutrition; and how these changes are regulated by fluctuations in muscle protein turnover rates with focus on the measurement and regulation of protein synthesis and degradation rates.
Lars-Henrik Lau Heckmann has worked with science and biotechnology in different R&D (e.g. as postdoc at Aarhus University) and business environments (e.g. DuPont) since 2003. Currently, Lars is at the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), where he is technology lead and scientific project manager of the large innovation project inVALUABLE (Insect Value Chain in a Circular Bioeconomy). Since 2014, he has, together with colleagues at DTI and leading Danish universities, worked hard on putting insects on the agenda as food of the future – highlighting the benefits that insect possess as sustainable food, while at the same time working on developing technology throughout the insect value chain.
Andreas is an assistant professor at the Danish School of Education (DPU) and PlayTrack Research Fellow at Interacting Minds Center (IMC), Aarhus university. Dr. Lieberoth’s research centers on media psychology as well as behavior design and knowledge/attitude-formation in informal learning situations – including the workplace, online communities and though marketing.
Dr. Lieberoth is predominantly a mixed methods researcher, typically working in cross-disciplinary teams with domain specialists and industry partners to conduct close-to-life experiments on product designs or interventions directed at behavioral, educational and psychological change. His research has been featured in journals and conferences dedicated to psychology, games and citizen engagement, as well as in Nature and recent books on behavior design and research methods.
Massimo founded and managed a marketing company in Italy for more than 15 years. He moved to Thailand in 2013 and founded Bugsolutely (2015) to produce the unique Cricket Pasta. He writes regularly on Food Navigator and other magazines about edible insects. He founded the South East Asian association of edible insects and he is the chairperson for the current year. In 2017 Massimo founded Bugsolutely China to develop innovative food CPG based on silkworm powder.
Special Advisor working at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration under the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark. Background as a food scientist from the agricultural university of Copenhagen. PhD in food science from the university of Hohenheim, Germany. Works with legislation and politics in the areas of novel foods and new trends like insects as food.
Designit is a global strategic design firm, part of the leading technology company, Wipro. We match big-picture thinking with creativity and technology, to drive change and growth across businesses, industries, and societies. Our vision is to make a human-shaped world, where everything is designed around real human needs. With a team of 460+ designers, researchers and business designers across 13 offices worldwide, we make products, services, and experiences that improve the way we all live, work, and do business.
1987 – M. Sc. (NMR Spectroscopy. Physical Chemistry). University of Aarhus.
1990 – Ph.D. (Solid- and Liquid-state NMR Spectroscopy). University of Aarhus
1988 – Visiting scientist Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1990-1994 – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Aarhus.
1994-1999 – Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Aarhus.
1999-2004 – Professor. Department of Molecular and Structural Biology, University of Aarhus.
2004 – Professor. Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus.
2009 – Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, USA. 3 Month program in Quantum Control
2000 – Elected fellow of the Danish Natural Science Academy (DNA)
2002 – Elected fellow of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
2003 – Elected fellow of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV)
2004 – Bjerrum Chemistry Prize and Bjerrum-Brøndsted-Lang lecture
2006 – Director Ib Henriksen’s Research Prize 2006
2007 – Danisco Award 2007
2009 – Knighted by the Queen of Denmark
1999 – Head of Laboratory for Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy, Department of Molecular and Structural Biology, University of Aarhus.
1999-2004 – Head of solid-state NMR activities in the Danish Biotechnological Instrument Centre (DABIC).
2001 – Advisor for Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory, Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA.
2002-2006 – Vice-director of Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University
2002-2006 – Vice-director of the iNANO graduate school (iNANOschool), Aarhus University
2004 – Head of Laboratory for Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy, Department of Chemistry Aarhus University
2006-2011 – Member of Directing Board of Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University
2005 – Director of Center for Studies of Insoluble Proteins (inSPIN), granted by “Danmarks Grundforskningsfond”
2010 – Head of the danish ESFRI INSTRUCT activity
2011 – Partner in the FP7 BIONMR infrastructure network
2012 – Director of Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University
1986-1987 – Elected member of the board, Dept. of Chemistry, Aarhus University
1996-1999 – Elected member of the board, Dept. of Chemistry, Aarhus University
2001-2007 – Elected member of the Danish Natural Science Council (SNF; from 2005 FNU).
2002-2005 – Delegate member of NORDSYNC and board member of ESRF.
2002-2005 – Board member of Danish Biomolecular NMR Center, Carlsberg Laboratory
2003 – Chairman for NORDSYNC related to ESRF in Grenoble
2003 – Member of the board of Ph.D. studies, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University
2004-2005 – Board member of DANSYNC
2004 – Board member of “Molekyl Spektroskopisk Fond”
2004-2005 – Member of board of studies A, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University
2005 – Head of Steering Group for the Danish Biomolecular NMR Center, Carlsberg Laboratory
2005-2008 – Member of the Bionanotechnology IRC Advisory Board at Oxford University
2007-2009 – Member of “Carlsberg Chemistry Prize” committee.
2008-2011 – Member of “Danmarks Forskningspolitiske Råd”
2008-2010 – Member of “Carlsbergs Mindelegat” committee
2009 – Steering Committee Member of AUFOODNET
2009-2010 – Member of Food Research Managing Group, Centre for Advanced Food Studies (LMC)
2010 – Chairman for ATV Elastyrenprize Committee, ATV
2011 – Member of the Board of NanoNord A/S and Cantion A/S
2012 – Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Swedish NMR Centre, Göteborg
1989 – Responsible supervisor for 23 Ph.D. students, 24 M. Sc. Students, and 15 B. Sc. student projects in NMR.
2000 – Member of Groupment Ampere
Distinguished Engineer & Consumer Products Expert, IBM
Trevor is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, consumer products industry futurist and expert on good practices for developing and launching sustainable B2C and B2B products successfully. As a Member of the IBM Industry Academy Trevor has a leading role in bringing the IBM Smarter Planet vision to life and is widely quoted in the media. See The Manufacturer
With over 20 years of international business experience in fast-moving consumer goods and agribusiness, Trevor brings deep industry insight and a distinctive point of view to his work. In recent years Trevor has pioneered new analytical techniques based on ‘Big Data’ in areas such as precision-agriculture and food manufacturing. In the agriculture field, Trevor is a leader in using machine-learning techniques for analysing land use and crop yields.
In 2015 Trevor launched IBMs latest European agribusiness initiatives at Expo 2015 Milano, and is currently leading development of IBM agribusiness assets in support of the recently announced IBM-SAP Digital transformation announcement. In October of 2016 year Trevor gave the keynote speech at the Annual Economics Conference of Danish Agriculture.
Trevor’s work in the area of innovation has been widely used by companies to improve business performance, and features in text books on the topic. Read More
His work on using social listening to predict trends – ‘Birth of a Trend’ – has been featured in Advertising Age, the New York Times and Forbes.
Curiosity has always motivated Trevor. As a teenager he would cycle any distance to find a rare comic book or a cool jacket. “New things have always excited me, so I learnt early on to spot trends and I’ve not stopped.”
Prior to consultancy he worked in the automotive and aerospace industries on projects such as saving the world one day of oil production by making cars lighter, and improving reliability for the Space Shuttle.
Executive Vice President, Food Cultures & Enzymes
Christoffer Lorenzen joined Chr. Hansen in March 2008 and has held various positions in Sales and Marketing, including Director and Head of Marketing in our Animal Health & Nutrition Business, and VP and Head of Central & Eastern Europe. In 2013 Mr. Lorenzen was appointed SVP and Head of Commercial Development in the Cultures and Enzymes Division and in 2016 he was appointed EVP and Head of the Food Cultures and Enzymes Business Unit. Prior to joining Chr. Hansen, Mr. Lorenzen was employed at H. Lundbeck A/S, a global specialty pharmaceutical company, where he served as Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A as well as Corporate Secretary.
Managing Director of ISI Food Protection, a Centre of Expertise for Applied Food Microbiology, and Honorary Associate Professor in Food Microbiology, Aarhus University. Dieter Elsser-Gravesen has more than 20 years experience within the field of food microbiology. Through his industrial experience within research and development of food
Professor, Department of Management – Bartholin, Aarhus University Liisa has long expertise on consumer behaviour in food domain with a special interest in factors affecting food choices and product-related perceptions, such as the role of health, novelty, and sustainability in food-related behaviours and factors contributing to food waste in households.
Senior consultant, Danish Technological Institute Dorte Petersen is a senior consultant at Danish Technological Institute working within the areas of food technology and business development.
She is leading several projects around the reduction of food waste in the food value chain with a focus on primary production and the food service sector.
Associate Professor in Marketing and Consumer Behavior at MAPP Centre and the Department of Management, Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, School of Marketing, University of South Australia.
His research interests focus in areas of food marketing and consumer behaviour, with emphasis on brand loyalty, packaging and healthy eating practices. His work has been published in several scientific journals including Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Communications, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Product and Brand Management, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Food Quality and Preference and Sociologia Ruralis.
Søren Kjærulff was responsible for biopharmaceutical research and development activities in Novozymes incl. albumin half-life extension technology platform, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory peptides. Previously, he has been a member of the Santaris Pharma’s management team as Vice President of Biology & Pharmacology. He held the position as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Pantheco, a Danish anti-infective biotech company based on Peptide Nucleic Acid from 2001-2003. He was the Research Scientist and later Department manager of protein screening, Novo Nordisk (Novozymes) from 1996 to 2001. He earned his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Copenhagen University, Denmark (1996).
Innovation Fund Denmark
René Damkjer is Regional Program Officer focusing on developing the regional connections of Innovation Fond Denmark with InnoBooster. Recently René has been working with entrepreneurship and SMEs regarding a major European application – FoodNexus-KIC, and as vice-chairman of the InnoBooster panel.
Esben Laulund joined Chr. Hansen in March 1986 as International Product Manager for Dairy Cultures and from 1991 headed up the International Dairy Marketing function. In 1996 he became Head of the New Product Development & Application department in Research & Development and in 2000 he was promoted to VP in Research & Development. In 2007 he was appointed VP of Innovation in the Cultures & Enzymes Division and later in 2010 promoted to Senior Vice President. In 2016 he became SVP for the Research & Development Microbial Platform function in the Science, Technology and Supply division. As of 1 March Mr. Laulund serves as interim CSO and SVP for Research & Development Microbial Platform with direct report to the CEO.
Before joining Chr. Hansen Esben Laulund was employed as Academic Assistant to the management of the Danish Dairy Board.
Education: MSc. Dairy Science & Technology, 1981 from The Royal Veterinary & Agricultural University (now Copenhagen University).
Ending reception and after conference network at Food Festival
Aarhus University – the main conference venue
The majority of the conference events presented in the programme will be held at Aarhus University at the Sea Auditorium on Vennelyst Blvd. 8, 8000 Aarhus C.
The venue has five auditoriums and is famous for the dekorations made by Per Kirkeby.
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