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Meet the Startup Innovation Challenge 2020 Jury 

Now in its 5th year, the Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge 2020 gives startups the opportunity to pitch their idea to a jury of R&D experts, investors and major F&B industry company representatives, as well as to the whole host of F&B industry players that make up Fi Europe, co-located with Hi Europe’s 1,175+ exhibitors and 21,000+ attendees during live pitching sessions.

Darko Jesic

Darko-JESIC.jpegDarko has a PhD in innovation management from the Paris-Dauphine University where he also givelectures in Strategic Management. After working in the Marketing Department for a large company (L’Oréal Group), he oriented his studies towards Management of Technology and Innovation. His field of expertise is managing Open Innovation strategies, R&D initiatives, collaborative tools that help companies to better satisfy the market needs through innovative products, processes and services. His special interest is managing of innovation processes through organizing creative workshops with various actors, such as R&D, marketing experts, external partners, etc. With one step in the academic field and the other in the professional field, he brings best practices into practice.
Paris-Dauphine University, PhD in Open Innovation
Paris-Dauphine, MasterManagement of Technology and Innovation (2010) (X, École des Mines, INSTN, HEC, ENS) 
University of Belgrade, Eng. in Organizational Sciences

Sandra Einerhand

Sandra-Einerhand.jpgDr Einerhandruns a nutrition consultancy providing strategic and innovative solutions to infant formula, medical foods and other food (ingredient) companies. She also is a partner of Nutrition Consultants Cooperative (NCC) and works on a freelance basis for Presans, a Paris-based service provider in high-end open innovation. Before 2015, she worked as Scientific Program Director for Danone Nutricia, and as Nutrition and Health Director for Tate & Lyle Ingredients and Lipid Nutrition leading R&I programs to bring new natural ingredients, prebiotics, probiotics, sweeteners, lipids, infant formulas and (medical) food products to the market with scientifically proven health benefits yielding several patents.

Alexander Bastos

Alexandre_Bastos_Givaudan.jpgAlexandre is an active player in the Givaudan journey to drive a more collaborative and inclusive approach to innovation. Alexandre's role as Global Director Front End Innovation for the Flavors Division is to explore and bring new opportunities by connecting with start-ups and entrepreneurs that are innovating and disrupting the food and agriculture ecosystem.

Following the spin off of Givaudan from Roche in 2000, Alexandre joined the company in 2001 in Digital Innovation, first in Sao Paulo, Brazil and then in Zurich, Switzerland, leading key global programs, helping the company to be faster and better in a global environment. In 2012 he joined Global Strategy Development for the Flavours Division with a key role in shaping up the divisional strategy. Since 2017 Alexandre is leading the collaboration innovation work with startups and emerging foodtech for the Flavours Division, as part of the Science & Technology department. Before Givaudan Alexandre worked for Accenture as a consultant and for Ultrapar, amajor oil company in Brazil, as a business analyst.

Alexandre has a BSc and a post-graduation degree in system engineering, both from Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexandre has gone through some open programs, most recently the DSI -Driving Strategic Innovation by IMD and MIT.

Christiaan Kalk

Christiaan-Kalk.jpgChristiaan obtained a Master's degree in biology (microbiology) at Groningen University in 1987. Managing sales and marketing of contract research within the Dutch research organisation TNO for more than 20 years, he became a project manager and a senior advisor in regulatory affairs, testing strategy, life sciences and communication. In close cooperation with experts in areas includingtoxicology, nutrition, pharmacology, analytical chemistry, microbiology and biotechnology, Mr. Kalkservesclients in theinternationallife sciences industry, with an emphasis on new biomasses and bioactive compounds applied in foods and supplements. Successful innovationsto which Mr. Kalk contributed includethe introduction of plant sterols and stanols into margarines, a new UV-filter in sunscreens, algal oils as sources for essential fatty acids anda cleaning technology for membranes used in beer filtration. In 2017, Christiaan founded lsbi | life science-based innovations. Experience, trust, a strong network in both the scientific and the regulatory world, as well ascommitment to health andsustainabilityform the cornerstones of lsbi. Lsbi serves both start-up and established companies, as well as investors.

Kevin Camphuis

kcamphuis.jpgAfter 20y. in strategy and breakthrough innovation management at a global leader in the industry, Kevin co-founded ShakeUpFactory, a unique Foodtechbusiness and innovation accelerator installed in the heart of StationF in Paris. It brings together an international ecosystem of more than 150 startups, retailers, corporations and investors and fosters synergies between them to accelerate the development of future food solutions and champions.

Kim Odhner

Kim-Odhner.jpgKim is an experienced venture capital and private equity investment professional with more than 20+ years executive and board level experience in the emerging markets of Asia. Covering Europe and Asia, Kim brings to New Crop Capital a deep knowledge of deal-sourcing and structured transactions, as well as post-investment strategy and portfolio operations. Kim’s broad sector exposure includes consumer products, food processing, animal feed, transportation-distribution, hospitality, for-profit education, and telecommunications. He holds a Masters degree from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is currently a director of Nextfoods, a Member of the Fletcher International Advisory Group, and is based with his family in The Netherlands.

Niccolò Manzoni

Niccolo-Manzoni.pngNiccolò is co-founder and managing partner of Five Seasons Ventures. He has been investing in Food Tech since 2014, and created and managed a portfolio of 10 high-profile Food Tech companies, including Impossible Foods, Clara Foods, Beyond Meat, JUST, Perfect Day and Clear Labs


Open for entries: Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge 2020