About The Speaker
Pilar Morais is currently responsible for Innovation Management & Intelligence at the Group FRULACT-INGREDIENTES P/ A INDÚSTRIA ALIMENTAR, S.A., a value-added B2B ingredient manufacturer with Global presence. Pilar´s interest in the dairy sector began with a higher education 5-year degree in Food Engineering at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. It became clear that dairy was a personal passion after an Erasmus internship at the University Reading in the UK, and a first professional experience at the Portuguese cheese manufacturer Queijo Saloio. Having decided to further invest in the dairy sector, Pilar completed an MSc degree in Food Science - Dairy Science option, at the University of Reading, completing her thesis at the Hannah Research Institute in Ayr, Scotland. The will to grow her career into managerial and leadership roles, led Pilar to enroll in an Executive MBA at Porto Business School and in some eye-opening, wonderful food-for-thought courses at INSEAD and Harvard Business School. At Frulact, Pilar and her team are responsible for the strategic definition and coordination of “New Knowledge Axes”, strongly rooted in the sustainable and transparent cooperation among all stakeholders along the agri-food chain. This dedication validates the importance of collaborative Research, Development and Innovation work between Academia and the Entrepreneurial world, which ensures the business´ sustainability in an increasingly connected world.
Pilar Morais, Innovation and Technology Director of FRULACT – Ingredientes para a Industria Alimentar S.A.