Head of Nutrition
Peter is nutritionist at the football club AFC Ajax Amstedam. He did his masters in Human Nutrition at Wageningen University and part of it at The Unversity of Texas at Austin. He finished the IOC Diploma of Sports Nutrition in 2007 with distinction. Peter worked at Rabobank Cycling team from 2008-2010. He also worked as a researcher at the Maastricht University looking among other things at the effects of protein ingestion before sleep on overnight recovery. Peter went back to coaching athletes in 2012, when he started working at AFC Ajax.
Dr. Rene Roth-Ehrang
Dr. Rene Roth-Ehrang studied Pharmacy at the University of Hamburg. He has many years of experience in the development, production and marketing authorization and registration of herbal medicinal products and plant food supplements. He’s been directing the product development, quality assurance and regulatory affairs at Amway Europe since 2011.
Covington & Burling LLP
Brian Kelly is responsible for the EU food and beverage practice within the life sciences team and divides his time between London and Brussels. He provides EU regulatory advice across all food/beverage categories, including transparency/trade secret issues, borderline determinations, food classifications, recall/withdrawal, manufacturing controls, labelling and promotion (including health/nutrition claims and associated branding), novel food issues, GM and specialist food matters (e.g., foods for special medical purposes). He also provides advice on social responsibility and public policy aspects both in the UK and across the EU.
He is an experienced solicitor-advocate and represents clients in administrative and enforcement proceedings before regulatory authorities and in the UK and EU courts. He was the lead advocate in a pan-EU legal challenge in the EU General Court in Luxembourg on the validity of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation 1924/2006 (Case T-296/12). He is also the sole advocate representing the health food industry in a precedent English judicial review on the borderline between foods and medicines, which has implications for the wider food industry particularly with respect to caffeine and alcohol (R (otao Blue Bio) v MHRA). The case is currently in the Court of Appeal. Mr Kelly is regularly instructed on EU Court of Justice cases on food matters arising in non-UK jurisdictions, including Germany, Sweden and Greece.
The nature of Mr Kelly’s regulatory work means that he is often called upon as a spokesperson for food-related matters that have important reputational consequences. A good example is when a client asked Brian to represent them on BBC Radio 4 to handle an alleged link between its food and the death of a London marathon runner in 2012 and the associated coroner’s inquest. Brian also works with trade associations and clients at the UK and EU level to develop strategic policy and effect legislative change. For example, he recently helped petition the Privy Council on the statutory regulation of nutritional therapists.
Mr. Kelly combines his legal practice with academic teaching. He is an honorary lecturer at University College London.
Lihi Segal (CEO, Co-Founder): Lihi was COO and CFO of Sisense Ltd., a provider of business intelligence and analytics software, in which she was responsible for leading the company’s business and financial operations. Prior to Sisense, Lihi was CFO of dbMotion Ltd., working closely with the CEO and instrumental in building the successful company up to its acquisition. Lihi was CFO and VP Corporate Development of various sized companies—from start-ups just incorporated, to public enterprises. Lihi is a certified lawyer in Israel and has a LL.B (J.D.equivalent) from the Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University. She also has an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg Recanati, International Executive MBA Program);
Dr. Keith Grimaldi
Director at Eurogenetica & Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Keith Anthony Grimaldi graduated in biochemistry from the University of Liverpool and received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He worked for several years in Italy for the pharmaceutical company Serono as a Research and Development manager. Subsequently in the UK as a Research Fellow University College London (UCL) his research focussed on neural and cardiac developmental gene expression and then DNA damage and repair in cancer and its treatment. He helped set up the EMEA subsidiary of a USA based NASDAQ quoted internet technology company (iPIX) and worked as technical director. He joined the world’s first personal genetics company Sciona as Chief Scientist in early 2002 where he was responsible for the development of all products until 2008. He was Scientific Director of Eurogene (EU eTen project) and is currently Scientific Director of Safecape Ltd, DNAFit.com and founder of Eurogenetica (specialist in providing business to business personal genetics services). Ongoing research includes involvement with NuGO in the Food4Me project and ICCS, Athens in the EurHEALTH project, and the Quantify Life – Feed Yourself (QuaLiFY) project
Food Sector Specialist
Dirk Mulder is Sector Head Food & Retail for ING Bank in Amsterdam and has many years of experience in challenging food companies on their strategy and helping them to stay one step ahead. In his view, personalised nutrition is one of the paths leading companies away from the seemingly endless focus on price as consumers are shifting their shopping and cooking behaviors.
Thijs Geijer is based in Amsterdam and works as an Economist within the ING Economics Department. He is the author of the ING report ‘Food: a healthy future’ about the links between Food, Health and Consumer technology and specializes in translating current trends into business opportunities for food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies. He believes that consumer technology empowers consumers to fulfil healthy ambitions.
Dr. Paula Saukko
Reader in Social Science and Medicine
Dr Paula Saukko is a Reader in Social Science and Medicine at Loughborough University UK. Her work focuses social implications and user experiences of new medical technologies, including genetic tests, risk assessment for cardiovascular disease and wearables. Her work on direct-to-consumer genetic tests, which forms the basis of her presentation in the conference, was originally funded by the Wellcome Trust biomedical ethics programme.
Department Head Bioinformatics (BiGCaT)
Chris Evelo is the department head of the department of Bioinformatics – BiGCaT at Maastricht University of leads an enthusiastic group of researchers and is a PI in the new Maastricht Center for Systems Biology (MaCSBio).
His research focuses on bioinformatics for integrative systems biology; aiming at better interpretation of experimental data through integration in data models that build on structuring existing knowledge.
Integrative approaches are multi-facetted, and Chris is involved in many projects related to capturing and processing experimental data. His focus is on the interoperability approaches underlying such efforts: standards, ontologies, mapping tools and documentation of the origin of the data and methods used (the provenance). Another main aspect is the organization of existing knowledge. His core project for this is WikiPathways, a resource for community curation of biological pathways that originates from collaboration between Chris’s Maastricht group and Alex Pico’s group at UCSF. He is also a PI in the Open PHACTS project for large-scale semantic web based knowledge structuring of relations between chemicals, gene-products and diseases. While primarily developed for drug discovery and repositioning it is in fact useful in many other fields.
For pathway analysis, and thereby integration of data and knowledge, Chris’ group developed PathVisio, a modular open source research tool to which different research groups can and do contribute by developing plugins and research applications. His group developed apps to link pathway analysis to network analysis in Cytoscape and to allow network extension with targeted relationships. To do all that data linking effectively his group developed BridgeDb. It is a reusable open source software framework and web service. It is also the basis for the identifier mapping service in the Open PHACTS system.
While all these approaches are in principle generic, Chris’ background in toxicology and pharmacology and his experience in the nutrition field lead to a broad focus on the human interaction with the molecular environment.
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=2dm_Du0AAAAJ
Mariette Abrahams Consulting
Mariëtte Abrahams MBA RD is a nutrition business consultant and freelance dietitian. She holds a BSc in Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Stellenbosch, an MBA from the Open University, further specialization in Nutritional Genomics from the European Nutrigenomics Organization and is currently completing a PhD. She worked as a clinical dietitian and manager in the national health service (NHS) specializing in gastroenterology as well as enteral & parenteral nutrition. She then left to work in the medical nutrition industry as a medical & scientific affairs manager at the London headquarters for Nestlé Nutrition. She currently provides consulting & training services to the digital health, biotechnology and food industry. She is also a media spokesperson for the British
Dietetics Association on personalized nutrition.
Mariette has been active in the promotion and education of nutritional genomics and personalized nutrition to registered nutrition professionals by delivering lectures for the British Dietetics Association (BDA) and the Nutrition society (UK) which has resulted in her receiving the Pat Brereton award from the BDA. She is the founder and director of the niche nutrition consultancy Mariette Abrahams consulting, based in Portugal (http://marietteabrahams.com)
Metabolomic Discoveries GmbH
Dr. Nicolas Schauer is founder and managing director of Metabolomic Discoveries GmbH, a comprehensive metabolomics service and biomarker research company based in Potsdam-Golm, Germany. He has a track-record of over ten years in metabolomics. Nicolas Schauer started his first metabolomics work in 2003 at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. He is author of many high-ranking and peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters. In 2009 established the only independent metabolomics company in the world in order to provide his expertise to the market. The company has focused on multi-parallel high-resolution and accurate mass, untargeted metabolomics using state-of-the art mass spec technology. The established technology platform provides methods of global metabolomics, lipidomics, volatile profiling and fingerprinting. All of the metabolomics approaches, such as biomarker identification, fluxomics, and network modelling are used to study cellular processes, disease mechanisms and onset, as well as gene and metabolite functions in clinical studies and experimental research. In 2015 he started the first B2C metabolomics blood analysis using crowdfunding to provide personalized nutrition and wellbeing recommendations.
Senior Expert, Nutrition and Metabolic Health Unit
Nestle Institute of Health Sciences
Jim Kaput is the Head of the Clinical Translation Unit in the newly created Nestle Institute of
Health Sciences. His immediate past position (11.2007 to 7.2010) was as Director of the Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine at the U.S. FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research (Jefferson, AR). He is a member of the Executive Committee of NuGO and its Micronutrient Genomics Project Committee He also contributes to the international Human Variome Project. Dr. Kaput received his PhD from Colorado State University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He spent 5 years as a postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Günter Blobel, the 1999 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine. Dr. Kaput was a staff and Biochemistry faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Director of the Northwestern University Biotechnology Laboratory for 2 years. He also was science advisor for international activities at the European Nutrigenomics Organization (NuGO), Coordinator of Science and Administrative Activities for the NCMHD Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics at the University of California Davis, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). He co-founded 2 nutrigenomic biotechnology companies (1998 and 2002), one of which merged with a publically traded company. He received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program in Public/Global Health for 2006 through 2011 and visited Brazil in 2007. This program is administered through the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Professor of Nutrigenomics and Systems Nutrition at University of East Anglia & Director
Norwich Research Park Food and Health Alliance Alliance
Professor Michael Müller is Director of the Norwich Research Park Food and Health Alliance and a Professor of Nutrigenomics and Systems Nutrition. He is a renowned expert in the area of molecular nutrition related to lipid homeostasis, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology and his work is focussed on the molecular mechanisms underlying genome-wide effects of foods (specific bioactive components or nutrients) on immuno-metabolic health and plasticity.
Professor Muller is a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals, i.e. “BMC Genomics” (associate editor), “European Journal of Nutrition” (section editor “Nutrigenomics”) and “PLOS One” (academic editor), visiting professor at Nanijng Agricultural University and (co)author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications with more than 8500 citations. As promoter he has supervised 23 PhD students, has an H-factor of 57 and is a member of the “Faculty of 1000” (Biology/Physiology).
Dr Nora Khaldi
Founder & CSO
Dr Nora Khaldi is an award-winning TEDx speaker and a highly published mathematician and scientist. Nora’s revolutionary and innovative ideas and inventions have been awarded and recognised by the likes of Forbes, Wired and the EU commission.
After leaving her academic career in early 2014, Nora decided to focus exclusively on disrupting the way therapeutic molecules were being discovered. She thus created Nuritas™, the first company in the world to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) to the food arena with the aim of creating the future of food and personalised nutrition, in a nutshell, the future of health. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Nuritas™ is revolutionising health and food systems through the accelerated discovery of disease-beating molecules released from food.
The company has been described as having the exceedingly rare potential to become bigger than Facebook. Nuritas™ was recently classified amongst the 21 most innovative startups in the world along with Uber. The company recently received a record-breaking 2015 seed funding round from international VC and angel investors based across three continents.
Over the next few years, Nora plans to lead the Nuritas™ team in their goal of reaching 1 billion people with their life-changing ingredients.
Behavioral Health and Nutrition Practice
Ogilvy & Mather
Ciosa Garrahan is a choice architect at Ogilvy Change – the Behavioural Science division at Ogilvy UK. She has a lead role within Ogilvy Change’s Health and Nutrition Practice. Her work involves carrying out experiments and implementing “nudges” to change behaviour using insights from the field of Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Economics.
To date she has worked on over 74 projects – her portfolio includes some of the world’s most influential brands such as, Nestle, Coca-Cola, British Airways, Unilever and Public Health England.
Prior to her career at Ogilvy Change she spent 7 years at some of the world’s top academic institutes including University College London and Trinity College Dublin studying a variety of behavioural science subjects. These include Psychology, Economics, Sociology and Social Cognition.
Dr. Jo Goossens
Shiftn and Food4me
Jo Goossens, PhD in Biology, is an independent strategic thinker with 30 years of experience in the agri-food industry. Since 2001 he has been consulting for shiftN, the Belgium-based innovative systems thinking and futures consultancy, focusing on the major societal issues surrounding nutrition and health and the sustainability in the agri-food chain. Jo is particularly interested in creative processes that help to understand the underlying patterns and forces shaping markets and societies. He has co-initiated and managed ground breaking projects such as the Nutrition & Health 2020 and 2025 Fields for Food and Fuel scenario projects as well as the first ever Nutrition & Health Open Innovation Lab in 2006. Jo has been a partner in EU-projects such as GoodFood, Food4Me and QuaLiFY.
Senior Business Developer Personalised Nutrition and Health
After his study in Human Nutrition at the Wageningen University, Mr. Clabbers held several positions in the food industry. There he worked closely together with sales and marketing to ensure fitting communication to different target groups based on the intrinsic value of the product, scientific knowledge, the market in question and the regulatory possibilities. In his last position before joining TNO in 2011, Clabbers was responsible for scientific and regulatory affairs for the Hero Group in the Benelux and was part of the Hero Group’s Global Technology Centre for infant nutrition. At TNO, he held the role of Business Line Manager responsible for all research on food and health. From this position he moved on to Sr. Business Developer Personalized Nutrition and Health in 2015. In this role, Nard Clabbers is setting up a multidisciplinary research ecosystem that will look at nutritional, technological and social innovations to enable personalized nutrition and consumer empowerment. This international research ecosystem is a unique public private partnership that spans the entire value chain of personalized food and health.
Professor of Psychology
University of Bradford
Based in Psychology at the University of Bradford, research interests are focused upon understanding food related behaviour and span consumer food choice (including both attitudinal and sensory factors) and nutrient/food mediated psychological functions. Research activities have included participation in several funded projects both within the UK and in Europe. Recent work has focussed on understanding public perceptions and attitudes toward and requirements of personalised nutrition in various European populations as part of the EU funded Lipgene and Food4Me integrated projects, the results of which have been widely published.
Weizmann Institute of Science
Prof. Segal is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, heading a lab with a multi-disciplinary team of computational biologists and experimental scientists in the area of Computational and Systems biology. His group has extensive experience in machine learning, computational biology, probabilistic models, and analysis of heterogeneous high-throughput genomic data. His research focuses on Nutrition, Genetics, Microbiome, and Gene Regulation and their effect on health and disease. His aim is to develop personalized nutrition and personalized medicine.
Prof. Segal published over 100 publications, and received several awards and honors for his work, including the Overton prize, awarded annually by the International Society for Bioinformatics (ICSB) to one scientist for outstanding accomplishments in computational biology, and the Michael Bruno award. He was recently elected as an EMBO member and as a member of the young Israeli academy of science.
Before joining the Weizmann Institute, Prof. Segal held an independent research position at Rockefeller University, New York.
Education: Prof. Segal was awarded a B.Sc. in Computer Science summa cum laude in 1998, from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Genetics in 2004, from Stanford University.
Lab website: http://genie.weizmann.ac.il