Food & Health

  • Marjolein Brasz

    Marjolein Brasz

    Managing Director at Foodvalley NL

    In 2001, after graduating from the Erasmus University Rotterdam with a degree in business, Marjolein started working in the energy sector. Initially in the traditional oil and gas industry followed by jobs in renewable energy and (later) sustainable materials. Over the years, she has worked in business development and management roles (MT), product, process and / or system innovation being the common thread.

    From 2015 onwards Marjolein has worked on ecosystem innovation for the benefit of societal transitions (e.g. linear -> circular economy). In 2020 she started her role as Managing Director of Foodvalley NL, a wonderful organisation with dedicated professionals who work at facilitating the transition of the global food system with the aim to make healthy food accessible and affordable for everyone. This role is the perfect mix of her past experience, competencies and personal beliefs.

  • Luc van Loon

    Luc van Loon

    Professor of Physiology of Exercise at the Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University Medical Centre

    Luc van Loon is a Professor of Physiology of Exercise at the Department of Human Biology at Maastricht University Medical Centre. Luc has an international research standing in the area of skeletal muscle metabolism. Current research in his laboratory focuses on the skeletal muscle adaptive response to exercise, and the impact of nutritional and pharmacological interventions to modulate muscle metabolism in health and disease. The main research interests of his laboratory include muscle metabolism, sports nutrition, clinical nutrition, adaptation to endurance and resistance type exercise, and the use of physical activity and/or nutritional interventions to improve health in chronic metabolic disease and aging. The latter are investigated on a whole-body, tissue, and cellular level, with skeletal muscle as the main tissue of interest.

  • Jochem Bossenbroek

    Jochem Bossenbroek

    CEO Verdify

    Jochem Bossenbroek, MSc, MBA, is strongly driven to create opportunities for healthcare and prevention through entrepreneurship. He is co-founder and CEO of Verdify since 2017. Verdify develops AI-powered software for enabling personalized nutrition in the food industry, targeted at creating shortcuts to healthy eating. Jochem was CEO of Dutch biotech company BunyaVax that develops vaccine technology from 2017 to 2019 – taking the company from the idea stage to the start of a clinical development program for a human vaccine against Rift Valley Fever. In 2009 Jochem co-founded the life sciences consultancy firm ttopstart and was partner of the company for seven years. During this period, he had a key role in initiating and attracting funding for large-scale R&D programs in biotech and medtech. ttopstart was acquired by PNO Group in 2018. Creative thinking, problem solving and strategy building are Jochem’s favorite topics. Social impact is his main driver. Jochem studied Life Sciences & Technology at Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. He received a master’s in management & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences at VU University Amsterdam. He finished an Executive MBA at Rotterdam School of Management.

  • Edith Schippers

    Edith Schippers

    President DSM Nederland and Chairman Foodvalley NL

    Edith Schippers, former Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, currently President of DSM Nederland professionally and Chairman of the Board of Foodvalley NL in a personal capacity is our guest of honour during the Food & Health Summit.

  • Iris Bogers

    Iris Bogers

    Senior Product and Proposition Manager, Menzis

    Iris Bogers studied International Business Communications at Radboud University in Nijmegen. Her career began with various marketing positions at a number of organizations and later as a consultant at Berenschot. She is currently employed by health insurer Menzis, where she is Strategic Product and Proposition Manager. From an organization-wide perspective she creates value by identifying which of the latest market developments have real potential and translating them into new products and services. She is working on Menzis’ online program SamenGezond aimed at facilitating sustainable lifestyle changes. SamenGezond stimulates people to lead a healthy lifestyle and helps them to make healthy choices.

    Iris Bogers is a Foodvalley Champions jury member for the Food & Health theme.

  • Robbert de Vreede

    Robbert de Vreede

    Executive Vice President Global Food at Unilever
  • Nard Clabbers

    Nard Clabbers

    Chief Science Officer at Foodned

    After his study of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Nard Clabbers worked for the food industry for more than a decade as the liason between marketing and science for many different brands and products ranging from infant milk formula to muesli bars.

    In 2011 Nard joined Dutch research organisation TNO to lead their nutrition and health team. Also at TNO, he then set up the world’s largest public-private research consortium on personalised nutrition and health. His current position is Chief Science Officer for the startup company FoodNed.com. FoodNed helps consumers choose and buy the best foods based on their personal profile.

    In his spare time, Nard rides mountainbike marathons as fast as he can for the Dutch SforZ Mountainbike Racing Team.

  • Jeroen Wouters

    Jeroen Wouters

    Director International FoodvalleyNL | Program Manager Sports & Nutrition at Sportcentrum Papendal

    Jeroen Wouters, PhD, is committed to International Relations as well as Human Capital. Jeroen provides guidance and support to stimulate innovation and cooperation in food and nutrition, and is the driving force behind projects bringing together Dutch businesses, knowledge providers and governments with their counterparts in Europe and far beyond. Jeroen is also in charge of the Human Capital program which includes attracting and developing talent and career paths. He is an expert on specialized nutrition.

  • Gerda Feunekes

    Gerda Feunekes

    Executive Director at Voedingscentrum

    Gerda Feunekes  is leading the Netherlands Nutrition Centre, since 2014. This centre is in the Netherlands the authority that translates nutrition science to the consumer, to stimulate healthy and sustainable eating habits. The Netherlands Nutrition Centre is an independent foundation, jointly funded by the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

    Gerda studied at Wageningen University, where she received an MSc in Nutrition, and a PhD degree in Food Choice. She published over forty scientific papers, e.g. on assessing fat and alcohol intake; social aspects  of eating behaviour; food labelling; and consumer perceptions related to salt reduction. She worked in the food industry, a.o. as Global Nutrition and Health Director focusing on salt reduction globally from 2008-2014.

    She is in various advisory committees, e.g., Wageningen UR Social Sciences Group; World Food Centre; Action Plan Fruit and Vegetables; National Breastfeeding Council. She is chairing the European Public Health Nutrition Alliance (EPHNA), where European centres that are responsible for nutrition communication on country level join forces to take nutrition communication to the next level.

  • Tamar Sharon

    Tamar Sharon

    Associate professor in Philosophy of Technology, Radboud University

    Tamar Sharon is an Associate Professor in Philosophy of Technology and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Hub for Security, Privacy and Data Governance (iHub) at Radboud University, an interdisciplinary research center on the impacts of digitalisation on society. Tamar is PI of an ERC-funded project on the role of big tech in health and member of the WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research.

  • Chantal Goenee

    Chantal Goenee

    Corporate Social Responsibility Team, Lidl Nederland

    Chantal Goenee’s passion is to help consumers make more healthy and sustainable choices. She has studied health sciences and consumer behavior in Wageningen and is currently part of the Corporate Social Responsibility team at Lidl Netherlands. The mission of Lidl is to make sustainability and a healthy lifestyle affordable and accessible to everyone. Chantal and her colleagues approach this in many ways: from selling the best quality fruits and vegetables for the lowest prices to reducing sugar, saturated fat and salt in their products and introducing novel and healthy product innovations. She is delighted to be on the Food & Health jury and is looking forward to meeting the Foodvalley nominees.

    Chantal Goenee is a Foodvalley Champions jury member for the Food & Health theme.

  • Judith van der Horst

    Judith van der Horst

    Innovation Manager Food & Health, Foodvalley NL

    Judith van der Horst is Innovation Manager Food & Health at Foodvalley NL and focuses on connecting knowledge, innovation and business in the domain of Food & Health. After obtaining her PhD, she worked for nearly 12 years in R&D at food industry multinationals. Judith continued her career as R&D Manager of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. She was appointed Theme Director Food & Health for Applied Research by the TKI Top Sector Agri & Food and, in 2018, she became Manager Operations of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation.

    Judith van der Horst is a Foodvalley Champions jury member for the Food & Health theme.

  • Jonathan Teoh

    Jonathan Teoh

    Manager Entrepreneurship at Foodvalley NL

    Jonathan Teoh – Manager Entrepreneurship at Foodvalley NL. Responsible for creating a worldclass ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Food & Agri and stimulate and enable these ventures to make an impact in the transition of our foodsystem. Together with our ecosystem partners we create services for, build relationship with and facilitate the most innovative entrepreneurs in their journey towards impactful success.