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The Prize Committee

 

The Nils Foss Prize Committee consists of a Chairman and six highly-respected and knowledgeable members from the Danish Scientific Community and International Food Industry-Innovation Community plus one representative from FOSS. 

The Committee is responsible for nominating the qualified candidates for each of the Nils Foss Prizes. The prize winners will be confirmed by the Chairman and the CEO of FOSS based on the recommendations from the Prize Committee.

 

  • Per Falholt, Former EVP Research & Development, Novozymes
    Chairman, Technical University of Denmark
    Chairman of the Prize Committee

  • Henrik Wegener, Rector, University of Copenhagen 

  • Søren Balling Engelsen, Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen

  • Michelle H. Williams, Head of Department of Food Science, Aarhus University

  • Rob Hamer, Vice President for Discover / Director of Lab Unilever, Netherlands

  • Paul Cornillon, Vice President for Innovation, Technology and Quality, General Mills, France

  • Peter Bom, General Manager Masterlab, Nutreco, Netherlands

  • Torben Ladegaard, Senior Advisor, FOSS

 
Board Member Per Falholt

Per Falholt, Former EVP Research & Development, Novozymes, Chairman of Prize Committee


Position

  • Former EVP R&D, Novozymes
  • Chairman of the board, DTU
  • Vice-chairman of the board, DHI

Education 

  • M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, DTU, 1983 
  • IMD, Business programs


Career

  • 1984-2000, Different management positions in Applications technology and R&D, Novo A/S, Novo Nordisk
  • 1997-1999, Head of EDA unit, Raleigh NC, Novo Nordisk
  • 1999-2000, Corporate VP, EDA. Novo Nordisk
  • 2000-2016, Executive Vice President, R&D, Novozymes
  • 2010-2013, Member of Danish Research Political Council
  • 2010-2015, Honourable Professor, Systems Biology, DTU

Area of expertise

  • Running global R&D organization with large number of sites. Launching products globally.
  • Biotechnology, enzymology, fermentation, bioagriculture & tec
  • Radical innovation
  • Combining  research and development with business 

Board Member Henrik Wegener

Henrik Wegener, Executive Vice President and Rector - University of Copenhagen, since 2017

 

Position 

  • Executive Vice President and Rector - University of Copenhagen, since 2017  

 

Education 

  • M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology at the University of Copenhagen, 1988
  • Ph.D. in microbiology at University of Copenhagen, 1992
  • Master in Public Administration (MPA) form Copenhagen Business School, 2005

 

Career

  • 2011-2017, Chief Academic Officer at DTU 
  • 2006-2011, Director of the National Food Institute, DTU 
  • 2004-2006, Head, Department of Epidemiology and Risk Assessment at National Food and Veterinary Research Institute
  • 1994-1999, Director of the Danish Zoonosis Centre
  • 1999-2004, Professor of Zoonosis Epidemiology at Danish Veterinary Institute
  • 1999-2000, Stationed at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva 

 

Area of expertise

  • With more than 3.500 citations (h-index 33), he is the author of more than 150 papers in journals, research monographs and proceedings, on food safety, zoonosis, antimicrobial resistance and emerging infectious diseases
  • He has served as advisor and reviewer to national and international authorities & governments, international organizations and private companies, and universities and research foundations, and he has served, and is presently serving, on several national and international committees and boards on food safety, veterinary public health, and research policy.
  • He has received several awards, incl. the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics International Leadership Award in 2003.

Board Member Michelle H. Williams

Michelle H. Williams, Head of Department, Department of Food Science, Aarhus University

 

Position 

  • Head of Department, Department of Food Science, Aarhus University  

 

Education

  • B.Sc. in Horticultural Science, Hons I, Lincoln University, New Zealand, 1984
  • Ph.D. in Horticulture Science, University of Sydney, Australia, 1988

 

Career

  • 2011-,     Head of Department, Department of Food Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2008-11, Research Leader, Department of Horticulture, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2005-08, Group Leader Quality Systems, The Horticultural and Food Research Institute of New Zealand
  • 2003-05, Team Leader Quality Systems, The Horticultural and Food Research Institute of New Zealand,
  • 2000-03, Senior Scientist, The Horticultural and Food Research Institute of New Zealand
  • 1994-00, Senior Scientist, Department of Ornamentals, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Denmark
  • 1989-94, Postdoc, Uni. of Florida, US and Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization, Australia
  • 1988-89, Postdoc, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, USA
  • 1984-88, PhD student, Department of Horticulture, University of Sydney, Australia

 

Area of expertise

  • Strong international research background, horticultural and food research, including cooperation with industry
  • 9 years as 100 % science leader, since 2003 
  • 25+ international reviewed publication within food science
  • 60+ intern/client reports/industry articles within food science

Board Member Paul Cornillon

Paul Cornillon, Vice President, Innovation, Technology, Quality, General Mills, France

 

Position

  • Vice President, Innovation, Technology, Quality, General Mills, France 

 

Education 

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 1993

 

Career

  • 2011-15, Senior Vice President R&D, Arla Foods, Denmark
  • 2010-11, VP Global Application and Customer Solutions, Tate and Lyle
  • 2008-10, R&D Director, Food and Industrial Ingredient Europe, Tate & Lyle
  • 2006-08, R&D Manager Central Europe, Danone, France
  • 2001-06, R&D Group Manager, Danone, France
  • 1997-01, Assistant Professor, Purdue University, US
  • 1994-97, Post-Doc, UC Davis, US

 

Area of expertise

  • R&D, Product Innovation, Dairy, Food Ingredients, Food Science, Food Processing and Food Technology
  • Continued cooperation with the Danish and international research community. 

Board Member Peter Bom

Peter Bom, General Manager at MasterLab, Nutreco

Position

  • General Manager at MasterLab, Nutreco

 

Education

  • PhD Hydrogeology,  VU University Amsterdam (1985)

 

Career

  • 1991-2000, Managing Director, Milfac
  • 2000-2002, Interim manager, AVEBE
  • 2002-2006, Managing Director, PBR Laboratory
  • 2006-2007, General Manager, Eurofins Medinet
  • 2007-2008, Operational Manager, Eurofins UK
  • 2008-,          General Manager, MasterLab

Board Member Rob Hamer

Rob Hamer, Vice President for Discover / Director of Lab Unilever, Netherlands

Position 

  • Rob Hamer, Vice President for Discover / Director of Lab Unilever, Netherlands   

 

Education 

  • M.Sc. in (Bio-)Chemistry, University of Utrecht, 1981
  • Ph.D. in Medicine, University of Utrecht, 1986

 

Career

  • 2012-,     Director of Lab, Unilever, Holland
  • 2009-,     VP Discover, Unilever R&D, Holland
  • 1999-,     Professor, Wageningen University, Food Chemistry Group 
  • 1997-09, Director Structure and sensory response program, TI Food and Nutrition, Holland
  • 1992-97, Head of Department, Head of Division, TNO, Holland
  • 1985-97, Food Scientist, TNO, Independent Research Organisation, Holland

 

Area of expertise

  • Food chemistry and physics with an emphasis on cereals and cereal products
  • Trans-disciplinary research in relation to food structure, sensory properties and food intake regulation/weight management.
  • Idem for cardiovascular health and blood pressure

Board Member Søren B. Engelsen

Søren B. Engelsen, Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen


Position
 

  • Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen  

 

Education 

  • M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, The Technical University of Denmark, 1988
  • Ph.D. Molecular Modeling, The Technical University of Denmark and Cornell University, 1992

 

Career

  • 2001-,     Head of the Spectroscopy & Chemometrics, DTU
  • 2004-,     Professor in Plant Food Science
  • 1999-04, Associate Professor, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
  • 1997-99, Associate Research Professor, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
  • 1995-97, Associate Professor, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
  • 1993-95, Post doc. Ingénierie Moléculaire, Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique, France

 

Area of expertise

  • Development and application of high-throughput quantitative spectroscopy (NIR and NMR) for biological samples in quality control, process analytical technology, foodomics and metabolomics
  • Development and application of chemometric methods for exploring and analysing spectroscopic data
  • Carbohydrate structure, dynamics, hydration and functionality as studied by spectroscopy and molecular modelling

Board Member Torben Ladegaard

Torben Ladegaard, Senior Advisor, FOSS

 

Position                                                

  • Senior Advisor, FOSS

 

Education 

  • M.Sc. Biology, University of Copenhagen (1980)
  • Additional education at recognized European and American business schools

 

Career

  • 1980-81,     High School teacher
  • 1981-83,     Industrial waste water treatment systems. Project management and market launch
  • 1984-92,     Marketing management positions in Foss Electric A/S
  • 1992-94,     Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing
  • 1994-2008, Managing Director, Foss Electric A/S and EVP, FOSS Group
  • 2008-11,     COO, FOSS
  • 2011-16,     CEO, FOSS
  • 2016-,         Senior Advisor

 

Areas of expertise

  • 30+ years experience in market driven product innovation, analytical instrumentation for the food industry
  • Strategy and strategy execution in global organization
  • Interaction between business, key customers and research communities