Food Hydrocolloid Conference 2019
Lisbon, Portugal. April 28 - 30

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Paulo Fernandes
Nestlé R&D
Aubigny, France

Paulo Fernandes has a PhD Thesis on Food Engineering by the Portuguese Catholic University and INRA Nantes France (1987-1992), and a Post Doc at the Nestlé Research Center Lausanne (1992-1994). Since 1995, Paulo is based at the Nestlé R&D Center Amiens (F) as ingredient expert. Today, Paulo is the Corporate Ingredient Advisor – Hydrocolloids, and the leader of the Hydrocolloid & Starch Community for the several food business of Nestlé. Paulo is author of several scientific publications and patents using hydrocolloids on food applications.

Paulo Fernandes
Nestlé R&D
Aubigny, France
Keller & Heckman-David Ettinger
Speech title "Doing Business In Cnina- Challenges + Opportunities for the Food Industry""

David Ettinger is the Chief Representative in Keller and Heckman’s Shanghai, China office. Mr. Ettinger counsels multinational companies on the import and export of food and food-related products to ensure compliance with regulations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He also counsels clients on compliance with the laws and regulations in China regarding consumer products and tobacco-related products, such as e-cigarettes. Mr. Ettinger worked in the firm’s Washington, DC and Brussels offices, and is uniquely positioned to counsel foreign companies who need to navigate the regulatory landscape in Asia. In China, he handles compliance and enforcement matters ranging from ingredient and labeling to product seizure and detention, to food and consumer product recalls and consumer complaints. Mr. Ettinger is on the Executive Board of Mackrell International (a global legal network of over 90 international law firms). Mr. Ettinger is Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai’s Food, Agriculture & Beverage Committee and member of Keller and Heckman’s Marketing Committee. He is a frequent lecturer and author on international food safety matters. Mr. Ettinger is a recognized practitioner by Chambers and Partners in the area of Life Sciences (International Firms) – China and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 (FDA Law). Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Ettinger was a trademark attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, he has extensive trial experience as a former assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office in New York where he prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors.

David J. Ettinger
Keller and Heckman
Shanghai, China
IMR International-Dennis Seisun
Speech title "Global Market Overview"

Dennis Seisun has worked in England, France, Belgium, and, for the last 25 years, has been based in San Diego, California. He graduated from Bath University in England with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and a master of science degree in industrial marketing. He worked as an engineer for Foster Wheeler, as a consultant for C.H. Kline S.A. in Brussels, and for Kelco (then a division of Merck) as commercial development product manager. He was closely involved in the market development of many new biopolymers to follow xanthan in the marketplace. In 1985, Dennis founded IMR International and has since focused his attentions on the food hydrocolloid markets of the U.S. and Western Europe. The Quarterly Review of Food Hydrocolloids was started by IMR International in 1991 and has become established as a comprehensive and independent source of information on the food hydrocolloid market. IMR has chaired the International Conference on Food Hydrocolloids for the past sixteen years alternating between the USA and Europe.

Dennis Seisun
IMR International
San Diego
Palsgaard-Pia Brinkman Madsen
Chief Procurment Officer
Speech title "TBD""

With background in International Business Management and supply Chain Management, Pia Brinkman Madsen has spent more than 20 years with leading players in food and food ingredient industry. She has assumed various leadership roles as well as trusted positions - with focus on competencies within Risk Management, Supply Chain and Procurement excellence and transformation. Today, she assumes role as Chief Procurement Officer at Palsgaard A/S and is based at the company's headquarters in Juelsminde, Denmark.

Pia Brinkman Madsen
To Be Announced
To Be Determined
Speech title "TBD""

Bio coming soon!

To be Announced
Irene Kersbergen
Arnhem, Netherlands

Irene Kersbergen is a market analyst at Innova Market Insights, an international market research company that tracks new food and beverage product launches. Irene holds a master's degree in Economics and Business and is specialized in consumer behavior and marketing. Within Innova she uses her commercial knowledge and analytical skills to provide Innova's customers the insights they need to succeed.

Irene Kersbergen