IMR International


Food Hydrocolloid Conference 2023
Malta, April 23 - 25

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IMR International - Dennis Seisun
Speech title: "Market Overview - Replacement Potential - Employment Factor"

Dennis Seisun has worked in England, France, Belgium, and, since 1980, 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 since 1996 alternating between the USA and Europe.

Dennis Seisun
IMR International
San Diego CA, USA

IMR International - Nesha Zalesny
Technical Consultant and Co-author of The Quarterly Review of Food Hydrocolloids
Speech title: "Market Trends-Tableau Data Visualization"

Nesha Zalesny has over 20 years of technical experience in the food industry starting with 12 years at CP Kelco in R&D and Technical Service. She developed formulations and prototypes for everything from baked goods and dairy applications to salad dressings and sauces. She developed consumer products at Javo Beverage as Director of New Product Development and did technical sales and service at Fiberstar, working on a wide variety of clean label applications. Ms. Zalesny joined IMR in 2019, where she offers technical and business insights, hydrocolloid training and test development, product development consultation and ingredient resourcing. Ms. Zalesny has a BSc. in Food Science from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Cal State San Marcos.

Nesha Zalesny
IMR International
San Diego CA, USA

Ingo Muller - Borregaard
Business Manager
Speech title: “Food Cellulosics – The Upstream Story”

Ingo Müller joined Borregaard in 2005 where he is globally responsible for sales and marketing of specialty cellulose to producers of cellulose ether’s and MCC. Highest focus is given to sustainability aspects in food/pharma and other regulated markets. Prior, Ingo worked in sales and technical marketing at Ashland and Copenhagen Pectin (then divisions of Hercules) developing sales and office structures in Eastern Europe in the 1990th. He moved on as global marketing manager for synthetic polymers at Elotex (then a National Starch division). As product manager at Habasit he developed and marketed jointly with R&D and marketing new food and GMP process equipment. He graduated from the Technical University in Berlin with a masters in chemical engineering and in economics and worked out of Germany, Czech Rep., Poland and Switzerland. Ingo has over thirty years’ experience in hydrocolloids like cellulose ethers, pectin, carrageenan, etc.

Ingo Muller
Conrad Fessler-HARIBO group
Senior VP Purchasing / Director
Speech title: "Texture at Haribo - Now and the Future";

Conrad Fessler is Senior VP Purchasing at the HARIBO Group, the international market leader in fruit gums, jellies and liquorice segments. He has extensive experiences in Supply Chain and Purchasing of different categories as packaging and commodities. As an economist Conrad has started his career in Finance at Unilever before moving into Purchasing roles at Unilever, Danone and Haribo. HARIBO is worldwide one of the largest processors of Gelatine, 100 Million Goldbears leave the production lines every day. The company was founded 100 years ago by Hans Riegel and is since there family owned with a HQ in Germany with 13 factories in Europe and Brazil. USA is coming soon. After many years abroad Conrad is currently living in Germany and Luxembourg is married and has two children.

Conrad Fessler
HARIBO group
Steve Williams - Katech Food Systems by Ingredion
Group Purchasing Director
Speech title: “Hydrocolloid Imbalance – Cause & Effect”

Steve has been in the ingredients sector for 30 years working in a range of different organisations with his current role being Group Purchasing Director Katech Food Systems bei Ingredion. He has expereince in negotiation, relationship development and global sourcing which have been developed over many years. He will address the many challenges, old and new, facing the hydrocolloid supply chain.

Steve Williams
Katech Food S. by Ingredion
United Kingdom

Thorleif Thormodsen - Alginor ASA
Speech title:"Alginor's Biorefinery for Europe's Seaweed"

Thorleif Thormodsen is the founder of Alginor ASA, as well as Primex Ingredients ASA, Seagarden ASA and Navamedic ASA. He holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA).

Thorleif Thormodsen
Alginor ASA

Lu Ann Williams - Innova Market Insights
Speech title:"Hydrocolloids: a hero in plant-based"

Lu Ann Williams is cofounder and Global Insights Director at Innova Market Insights, a worldwide market research firm headquartered in The Netherlands. An expert on trends driving the food and beverage industry, she is a frequent speaker at industry events. Thirty years of global experience, data analysis, and trendspotting give her a unique foundation for insights into what’s coming next in the industry in every region of the world.

Lu Ann Williams
Innova Market Insights
The Netherlands

Johannes P. Schlebusch - Mars Petcare
Principal Scientist
Speech title: "Hydrocolloids in Pet Food - If we cannot use you cannot sell"

Dr.-Ing. Johannes P. Schlebusch is a Mars associate for more than 28 years and held different R&D product & process development roles and was involved in currently 19 published patent families. As a principal scientist in the R&D wet Global Innovation Center of Mars PetNutrition he is active in the area of meat analogues and various other developments. Since 2008 he serves on the scientific committee of the research association of the German food industry (FEI, Bonn). Previous to Mars he spent 4 years with Procter & Gamble working on aseptic fruit juice manufacturing and in various logistic functions for European laundry and cleaning products. In 1992 he received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich having worked on recovery processes for fermentation derived volatiles. Since 1987 he owns a masters degree received from the Technical University of Munich in food technology/food engineering.

Johannes P. Schlebusch
Mars Petcare

Jinyuan Wang - Shanghai Brilliant Gum

Speech Title: "Hydrocolloids in China – Innovation and Vitality"

Jinyuan Wang is president of Shanghai Brilliant Gum Co., LTD (BLG) a high-tech enterprise specializing in research and development, production and sales of hydrocolloids. Mr. Wang received a BScE from East China University of Science and Technology and an E-MBA from China Europe International Business School. Mr. Wang founded Shanghai Brilliant Gum Co., LTD. in 1996. His focus has been on development of talent, ingenuity, and a teamwork culture for his employees. BLG employs nearly 1,000 people.

Jinyuan Wang
Zhejiang Top Hydrocolloids

Alessandro Di Mase-DSM Hydrocolloids
Head of EMEA and Americas

Speech Title: "Consumer Perceptions: Clean Label vs. Emotional Label"

Alessandro Di Mase is leading the hydrocolloids business in EMEA and Americas at Royal DSM, a global, purpose-led leader in health and nutrition, applying bioscience to improve the health of people, animals, and the planet. DSM is a leading actor in biogums with Gellan Gum and in Pectin. With a background in Engineering, Alessandro started his career at Unilever in operations and supply chain, before moving into management consulting at Gemini. After managing a pectin company in Europe for almost a decade, Alessandro joined DSM in China, as Vice President of DSM’s pectin JV in the Shandong province, before moving into his current role in the Netherlands.

Alessandro Di Mase
DSM Hydrocolloids
The Netherlands

Luca Galizia - Keller and Heckman
Speech title: "Food Hydrocolloids: The Challenges Under the EU Regulatory Framework"

Luca graduated with honors in law from the University of Verona, and obtained the post-graduate master in Innovation Management at CUOA in Altavilla Vicentina. He then furthered his education by attending the Advanced Training Course in Food Law at the University of Eastern Piedmont. Since 2018 he has focused his career on food and wine law, offering clients extra-judicial advice, judicial assistance, support in international regulatory affairs, and targeted training. Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Luca oversaw the food law and regulatory practices at an Italian law firm. He also co-founded a beverage start-up company, which gives him a unique perspective on supply chain issues and helps him to assist clients in developing overall regulatory schemes and marketing strategies. Luca also founded Lexfood, which is a platform designed and developed to cover food and wine legislative and regulatory matters in Italy, the European Union, and the rest of the world, with the aim of connecting with and educating industry professionals.

Luca Galizia
Keller and Heckman

Jwanro Husson - Nestle
Ingredients Expert
Speech title: "Innovation in Texture Delivery"

Jwanro is an ‘Ingredient Expert’ at Nestle R&D Lausanne. Jwanro holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Lyon in France. He has 15 years of experience in project and laboratory management. Jwanro joined Nestlé R&D in 2008, developing innovative ingredients for clean label, plant-based ingredients and functional ingredients. From Linkedin: I have over 15 years of experience in team, project and laboratory management. ► Experience & expertise in raw materials quality & ingredients, extraction & analytical laboratory, food & beverage products, chemical & biomedical fields. ► Adaptable, positive attitude, attention to detail, proactive, strong team player He started his career in medical diagnostics, developing reagents such as antibody-enzyme bioconjugates for immunoassay analyzers.

Jwanro Husson

Jonathan Doyle - Kerry Group
European Business Development Lead for Functional Technologies
Speech title:"Solving complex industry challenges with differentiated solutions"

Jonathan Doyle holds a PhD from University College Cork entitled Molecular Interactions in Solutions and Gels of Galactomannans and Carrageenans. Jonathan is currently the Regional Business Development Lead for Functional Technologies at Kerry Europe, which include Texture Systems, Enzymes, and Brewing Ingredients. He began his career at Kerry in 2007 as part of the R&D team developing new product innovations and now spends his time working with customers to provide solutions that help address current market needs and improve process efficiency while maintaining product quality and consistency.

Jonathan Doyle
Kerry Group
Dimitri Maghioros-Garcia - Danone
Global Procurement Manager

Speech Title: "Relation Management at Danone"

Dimitri joined Danone as a Global Category Buyer for Hydrocolloids in 2022. He is responsible for overseeing all global sourcing activities for texturing agents at Danone (excluding starches). Prior to that, he worked in the aerospace industry as a Strategic Buyer & Global Commodity Buyer where he developed and implemented procurement strategies for complex aircraft aerostructure components. Dimitri grew up in a multi-cultural environment from a very young age and lived in various countries before settling in the Netherlands. He is fascinated by languages and learning from other cultures.

Dimitri Maghioros-Garcia
The Netherlands

Dr. Krassimir P. Velikov - Unilever
Science Leader at Unilever R&D

Speech Title: "Plant Structurants Innovation from Nature’s Sustainable Toolbox"

Krassimir P. Velikov is a Senior Science and Program Leader, responsible for plant-based structuring emulsified program, at the Unilever Innovation Center Wageningen, the Netherlands. He is focused on development of hydrocolloid-based structuring technologies for product functionality control (e.g. stability, appearance, texture, mouthfeel and taste), naturalness, and sustainability.

Dr. Krassimir P. Velikov
The Netherlands