Speakers conference 2019


Rosanne Hertzberger, Writer, Columnist & Microbiologist Moderator

Rosanne is a microbiologist, columnist at NRC Handelsblad and author of multiple books. Besides her activities as a writer and columnist, Rosanne is often to be found in the laboratory to research the bacterial metabolism in the flora of the human body. She is in favour of open science and citizen science and enjoys speaking about the role of science, technology and innovation in our daily lives. Rosanne is known for her clear words and slight persistence. Her performances guarantee a lot of energy and conversation within in the audience.


Peter Heshof, Trendwatcher & Brand Strategist, Bloom What will the consumers want next?

In Peter’s view consumer trends are not a coincidence, they are driven by the rhythm of the Zeitgeist, the dominant mentality in society. During his presentation he will explain the model and translate it to consumer & food trends towards 2025. Peter is founder of trend & marketing agency Bloom, working as a Zeitgeist trendwatcher & Brand strategist for clients like Unilever (Benelux, Europe & Global), Upfield, Wessanen, Compass Group, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Dr.Oetker, Euroma, Ahold Delhaize.

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Nard Clabbers, Nutritionist, TNO The future of food is personal

Nutritionist Nard worked in the international food industry for over a decade before joining the Dutch knowledge institute TNO in 2011. At TNO, he has set up a large international research consortium together with Wageningen University that investigates technical and social innovations to enable personalized nutrition through consumer empowerment.


Mariette Abrahams, Nutrition Business Consultant & Founder, Qina The personalised food & health trend report 2019

Mariëtte is the founder of Qina a boutique consultancy that provides nutrition expertise, nutrition data-science, content creation and innovation services with the goal of closing the gap between industry, technology, academia and practitioners. She is a regular speaker, panellist, and moderator on personalized nutrition and wellbeing at national, international and corporate events. Her mission is to challenge, to inspire and connect.


Gil Blander, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, InsideTracker Next level Personalised Nutrition & Health

Gil researched the basic biology of aging and translating research discoveries into new ways of detecting and preventing age-related conditions. He leads a team of biology, nutrition & exercise physiology experts, and computer scientists at InsideTracker, and has been featured in CNN Money, The New York Times, Forbes, Financial times, The Boston Globe to name a few. Gil received a Ph.D. in biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science and completed his Post Doctoral fellowship at MIT, before going on to found InsideTracker.


Karin Verzijden, Axon Lawyers Legal framework of personalized nutrition

Karin is a life sciences lawyer, assisting food and pharma companies, health platforms and clinical centers on the research, development and marketing of personalized nutrition.  She concludes R&D and commercially driven transactions, advises on claims legislation and helps public and private entities how to operate in a GDPR compliant way. Karin reports current food law developments at her blog.


Suzan Wopereis, TNO How to make Personalised Nutrition & Health evidence based

Suzan joined TNO in 2006 and works with a systems biology research group active in the field of nutrigenomics and bioinformatics. She also acts as principal investigator in several public private partnerships focusing on personalised health and phenotypic flexibility. Moreover, she is responsible for contents in the TNO program on personal health and lifestyle advice systems. She is board member of the Netherlands Innovation Center on Lifestyle Medicine and started in 2018 with the mission the reduce the economic and social burden of metabolic diseases.

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Emely de Vet, Wageningen University & Research Personalised Nutrition & Health in relation to healthy food behaviour

Emely de Vet is full professor and chair Consumption and Healthy Lifestyle at Wageningen University & Research. She is interested in understanding why people engage in unhealthy practices and how intervention strategies can be adapted in order to promote healthy behaviours. “I find it striking that we actually all want to live healthy and eat healthy, but we collectively fail to do it.”

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