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

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Paulo Fernandes
Coorporate Ingredient Advisor - Hydrocolloids
Speech title "Food Industry: Natural Landscape on Hydrocolloid use"

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 China- 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 CA, USA
Palsgaard-Pia Brinkman Madsen
Chief Procurment Officer
Speech title "Collaboration - Through Thick & Thin"

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
Palsgaard A/S
Juelsminde, Denmark
Irene Kersbergen
Market Analyst
Speech title "The five year Evolution on Hydrocolloids in meat and dairy alternatives "

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
Innova Market Insights
Arnhem, The Netherlands
Michael Teppner
Global VP Marketing
Speech title "Gelatine - Was In, Is in & will stay In "

Holds a university degree in Micro- and Macroeconomics, specialized in Marketing and Psychology. Michael started his professional carrier in a strategic marketing consultancy firm working for international clients in the FMCC food and pharmaceutical business. In 1992 he joined GELITA AG and helped to establish strategic marketing by implementing classic Marketing concepts in a B2B environment. In 1999 he took his current role as Global Vice President Marketing & Communication. Within this function he is also responsible for the global brand management, the global Market and Competitive Intelligence and global PR.  In this period GELITA won several international Marketing and Brand awards. Michael is also the GELITA representative in several associations and is chairman of the Communication committees of the European Gelatine Association (GME) and the European Specialty Food Ingredient Association (ESFI).

Michael Teppner
Gelatine Manufacturers of Europe (GME)
Brussels, Belgium
Erhan Yildiz
Sr. Director
Speech title "Solving Customer Challenges in a Journey to bring what is In to replace what is Out"

Currently Sr. Director of R&D at TIC Gums. His responsibilities include providing solutions to customer problems, leading the innovation process as well as developing new ingredients and technologies. Previously he led the Global Applications Team at Ingredion Incorporated overseeing various applications teams that were focused on developing new and differentiated technologies and products. Prior to joining Ingredion, he worked as rheologist at Hercules Inc and as a post doctoral associate at PMI/Chemical Engineering at Princeton University.  Erhan has a PhD in Food Science from Rutgers University.

Erhan Yildiz
TIC Gums, Div of Ingredion
Whitemarsh MD, USA

Science Leader
Speech title "TBD" Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen

Dr. Krassimir P. Velikov is a Science Leader at Unilever R&D Vlaardingen. He received his PhD in Soft Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Utrecht in association with FOM Institute AMOLF, Netherlands. His research interests cover broad topics of soft-condensed matter, molecular and colloidal assembly, fibrillar networks, gels, biopolymers, colloid and interface science of dispersions (e.g. suspensions, emulsions, foams) and their uses to control product functionality (e.g. stability, appearance, texture, taste), physical-chemistry of digestion, and formulation and delivery of functional ingredients. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Soft Condensed Matter group at the Debye Institute for NanoMaterials Science, University of Utrecht, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the College of Engineering, North Carolina State University, and a Program Director of "Molecular Structure of Food" program in NanoNextNL.

Dr. Krassimir P. Velikov
Unilever R&D,
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Tish Van Dyke
Washington, D.C. Edelman

Speech Title "Trust and Transparency in Food"

Tish Van Dyke oversees Edelman's global food and beverage portfolio, which houses clients in key sub-sectors, including FMCG; beer, wine and spirits; retail; restaurants and food service; commodities; ingredients and agribusiness. Throughout her career, Tish has designed and built leadership platforms for companies and organizations that are looking to grow their reputation and business in the food, nutrition, health, sustainability and wellness arenas. She has also developed and implemented campaigns for clients that work throughout the supply chain. She has been involved in working through myriad issues that impact our clients' businesses, including product safety and quality, food labeling, market entry, supply chain, reformulation and innovation, and food and nutrition marketing. In addition, she has helped a number of clients conceive, construct and execute platforms and strategies that communicate the value and benefits of their companies and brands to key stakeholder communities, including consumers.

Tish represents Edelman on the FReSH (Food Reform for Sustainability and Health) Partnership, a coalition designed to accelerate transformational change in global food systems that will ensure healthy, diets for all that are produced within planetary boundaries. She has also represented Edelman on the National Academies of Science's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and served as a member of the United Nations Global Compact Core Advisory Group on Sustainable Agriculture Principles for Business.

In addition to a bachelor's degree in history from Trinity College, Tish holds a master's degree in modern British history from Durham University, England.

Tish Van Dyke
Washington, D.C., USA