FHIN Summit 2019


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Director General of FoodDrinkEurope

Mella Frewen´s previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, dealing with agricultural biotechnology, conventional agriculture, seeds and agri-chemistry. Prior that, she was Director, International Relations for Cerestar, then Europe´s biggest starch producer. From this role and her ones in the Ferruzi and Eridania Bégin-Say Groups, stationed in Brussels, she has a wide experience of relations with intermational institutions, as European Union and trade associations within the food chain, as well as with the agri-food and non-food, and chemical sectors. Ms Mella Frewen has represented the Food Industry in the several EU Commission Advisory Committees and Standing Committees. She is currently of the EU Commission´s High Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, of its Scientific Jury for EUCYS ( Competition for Young Scientists) and of the EU Commission´s TTIP Advisory Group. She is also member of several food industry-related Boards.

APED General Director

Gonçalo Lobo Xavier was advisor at the Portuguese Metallurgical and Metalworking Association (AIMMAP), vice president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) a consultative body of the European Union, member of the board of Mission Unit Portugal and the national delegate for Innovation in SMEs and Risk Financing within Horizon 2020 and executive director of the Network of Technology Centers of Portugal (RECET). He is a member of the Directorate General of Public Policies of the University of Minho (UMINHO) and in several legislations from 2015. Gonçalo has a degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Minho and has several degrees in the areas of internationalization and leadership in the Business School of Porto and took the "Leadership winning orchestra leadership" course at the IMD International School in Lausanne.

Director General - ASEDAS - Asociación Española de Distribuidores, Autoservicios y Supermercados

Dr. Ignacio García Magarzo is the CEO of ASEDAS whose represents almost 70% of food retail in Spain. The Association is made up of different types of companies, as well as Spain´s two major purchasing centres. All of them show the diversity of the supermarket format and of Spain food retail. This diversity constitutes a differentiating element of Spanish retail compared with neighbouring countries and guarantees great consumer choice both in ranges and purchasing formats.

Chairwoman of Association of Vertical Farming

Christine Zimmermann-Loessl, M.A., holds degrees in Political Science, Sinology and Philosophy from Munich University. Upon graduating, Christine worked as a project manager specialising in risk analysis and crisis management. She then founded the Asia Network Information Center, combining her talents for project management, research and entrepreneurship. Later on, as the representative for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in China, she took on various roles, including director of the German-Chinese Management Institute. During her time in China, she gained vast experience in the fields of environmental protection, poverty alleviation, and female empowerment. After becoming inspired by her son's interest in vertical farming, Christine got involved in the industry. In 2013, she used all of her experience and networking skills to co-found, with a group of like-minded young people, the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF); since then she has held the role of acting chairwoman of AVF . “Through AVF we are raising awareness and building a network of like-minded people for the implementation of Vertical Farming around the world."

Head of Business Development & Innovation of FlavorWiki

Christian Sobolta has Senior Leadership roles in FMCG and the Flavour Industry for over 20 years, at companies like Barry Callebaut, Firmenich and Guvaudan. He is passionate about bringing innovation to consumers and connecting the dots in the industry. How? We FlavorWiki capture a 360 view of the Consumers at the moment of truth THE Taste, from the seeds to the spoon.

Initiator and Cultured meat speaker

Ira is a designer with a demonstrated history of working in event design, healthcare ICT, marketing and think tanks industry. My legacy as the daughter of Willem van Eelen and 40 years of Clean/Cultured/JUST/InVitro Meat history is converted into speaking about the potential of- and understanding the urgency of this innovation, so that the audience can embrace the idea. I am proud to be able to work on two passions. Cultured meat as legacy from my father and preventive oral healthcare as gift to my son. Irena van Eelen is also chairwoman of the “Invitromeat Foundation” founded by her father in 2002. Member of JUST´s advisory board, Senior Consultant of CAS ando f KET Food. Writer of the foreword to the Dutch, French and German translation of Paul Shapiro´s book “Clean Meat”. Writer of the book “Tien tips voor slimme tieners” about oral health in puberty. She is International Advisor in Oral Healthcare prevention for dental societies and government agencies. Chairwoman of the ToothCamp Foundation, a non-profit organisation working with teenagers on oral health. Boar member of the HERE BUGU Foundation, a development in Mopti Mali.

Global Farming Expertise Manager, Danone

Cees Jan Hollander is born in a dairy farmers family. After completing the agricultural education Cees Jan started his career managing a dairy herd of 120 dairy cows. Next was a position at the applied research department of Wageningen University and Research in the group of dairy nutrition. Demonstrating how to apply the research findings on a farm was key here. Cees Jan continued his career at Lely International. This Dutch family owned business is market leader in the automatic milking systems. In the global role of farm management support ensuring farmers that changed to automatic milking the best transition. Since 2014 being the global farming expert at Danone. Currently responsible for the global roll out of the new animal welfare assessment and sharing best practices for economic sustainability. Managing broad topics in fresh dairy that are key for supporting farmers towards regenerative agriculture. Dairy is part of the solution and not the problem.


Recognized by the prestigious Fast Company magazine as Futurist and by CNN as a visionary, Marius Robles was also considered in 2014 one of the 15 most successful entrepreneurs in Spain by prestigious MIT Technology Review. Marius has also collaborated to inspire, evangelize and raise awareness in companies such as GB Foods, Carrefour, Bimbo, Autogrill, Nestlé, Campofrio and other companies in the F&B sector and he is CEO of Reimagine Food that creates and attracts initiatives out to rethink the world of food and cooking, the agrifood industry and the way we meet our food needs in the 21st century. To make this possible, Reimagine brings together startups, food and beverage companies and investors and bridge the gap between these groups and emerging, disruptive technology.

CEO of Finless Foods

Mike Selden is CEO and Co-Founder of Finless Foods, his background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has played a big role in him dedicating his life to climate justice and Science advocacy. He has always been very politically active and considers his work now to be an extension of that before co-founding Finless Foods, he was working at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in high-through cancer screening. His university research projects were two fold one focusing on fungal epigenetics to solve food crises and the other on the evolutionary biomechanics on the mantis shrimp. He was a high school chemistry teacher at Wagor International School in Taichung, Taiwan, where he ended up learning enough chinese to become co-editor in Chief of ChinaSMACK, a website that translates Chinese News for the English speaking world. He also has done work at New Harvest, a non-profit forwarding research in the cell-based meat field.

Senior Business Developer - TNO Healthy Living

As a committed mountain bike racer, nutritionist, strategic thinker and a type 1 diabetic himself, Nard believes that measuring aspects of your health, knowing your behavior and using that information for personalized advice will be the future of food and healthcare. For the Dutch knowledge institute TNO, he has set up a large international research consortium together with Wageningen Research that investigates the technical and social innovations that will enable personalized nutrition through consumer empowerment. This pre-competitive public private consortium is unique in combining different scientific expertise across the whole value chain of personalized nutrition and using real world field labs.

R&D Project Manager - Sogrape

Natacha Fontes is a Biologist with a PhD in Biological Sciences - University of Minho, Portugal and University Bordeaux Segalen, France; with over 10 years’ experience in both Academy and Wine Business. Passionate about wine, connoisseur of wine industry, with national and international scientific background. Working as R&D manager at SOGRAPE since 2011, the year she has finished a post-graduation in oenology (UC - Escola Sup. Biotecnologia, Porto, Portugal), Natacha is responsible for the planning and management of R&D projects aiming at providing support for innovation of products, processes, marketing, and organization. Since 2017 assists the EASME with the evaluation of the proposal(s) submitted in response of the H2020-SMEInst as an Independent Expert.

Founder and President - Cellular Agriculture Society (CAS)

Kristopher Gasteratos is the founder and president of CAS, the Cellular Agriculture Society, an international 501c3 nonprofit based in the US and former VIP Venture of the Harvard Innovation Lab. CAS partners with cellular agriculture companies like Memphis Meats and Finless Foods, as well as global affiliates like the UN and Harvard to accelerate animal products without animals such as cell-based meat. Kristopher conducted the first and largest market research on cellular agriculture, as well as the first environmental report, which ranked as a top, trending literature at Harvard in 2017. Kristopher is a former student, scholar, and researcher of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and the author of works such as Moral Veritas and the Neomnivore Series. His years of experience in the fields of cellular agriculture and cell-based meat have led to him giving talks around the world on the topic, ranging from university guest lectures at Harvard and Stanford to conferences on effective altruism and food technology.

Scientist & Associate Director - UC Davis

Dr. Matthew Lange is well versed in food, biological, and health sciences as well as cutting edge food, beverage, information and education technologies. Dr. Lange guides teams toward design, build, and implementation of knowledge environs enabling end-users to make new insightful discoveries, create new products, and improve human living conditions. In addition to teaching Food Product Innovation and Development, a capstone class for Food Science seniors at UC Davis, as well graduate classes in the Master´s in Health informatics program at the UC Davis School of Medicine, in Dr. Lange publishes, teaches, and consults internationally on strategies and conceptual models for enterprise and industrial-scale environment⇔ag⇔food⇔diet⇔health knowledge infrastructures. As Associate Director of the UC Davis Initiative for Wireless Health and Wellness at UC Davis and the Principle Investigator for International Center for Food Ontology Operability Data and Semantics (IC-FOODS) at UC Davis, Dr. Lange is leading efforts to build the semantic and ontological underpinnings for the emerging Semantic Web and Internet of Food infrastructures including working with subject matter experts to design, and assemble multi-ontology frameworks for combining knowledge stores across the environment⇔agriculture⇔food⇔diet⇔health knowledge spectrum and value chain. These infrastructures enable the engineering of query, artificial intelligence, and software components across local and global IoF data stores and ontologies-for semantically enabled senso

Founder - DigitalFoodLab

Matthieu is the co-founder of DigitalFoodLab and has been a FoodTech entrepreneur since 2010. Since he sold his first startup, WeCook, in early 2017, Matthieu is developing DigitalFoodLab in order to grow the European FoodTech ecosystem. DigitalFoodLab delivers talks, expertise and business intelligence to entrepreneurs, investors and food corporates. It aims to help them identify and act on FoodTech opportunities with a unique mix of data (with the most comprehensive database on FoodTech startups) and insights (coming from FoodTech entrepreneurs).

CEO of Qina consulting, Portugal

Mariette Abrahams has bachelors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her first job was in Food Service Management and went to UK where worked as Dietitian in the National Healthy Service (NHS) in various clinical roles. Fast forward six and a half years later, she left as a Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian, gaining experience in managing a department of specialist dietitians as well as managing patients with various gastrointestinal and surgical issues. She also squeezed in the time to complete a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and run a private practice. After a short stint traveling in South America, she joined a major medical nutritian company as a Medical and Scientific Affairs Advisor specialising in Gastroenterology & Paedriatrics.

Physics Department, School of Sciences & Technology, UTAD

Professor, Physics Department, School of Sciences & Technology, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)