Please note that this speaker list is still provisional and may change slightly as all details get confirmed.
Chief Executive Officer
Randall Stuewe has served as Darling Ingredient Inc.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since February 2003. He brings the company over 25 years of experience at various agriculture processing businesses. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Stuewe was Executive Vice President at ConAgra Foods, Inc. More recently he was President of Gilroy Foods. Prior to 1996, he spent twelve years in management, sales and trading positions at Cargill, Incorporated.
Jos Vervoort has been Managing Director Rousselot since November 2015. He joined Darling Ingredients International (formerly known as VION Ingredients) in March 2006, where he held different positions, amongst which Managing Director of Rousselot EMEA, from January 2008 to November 2015.
Ir. Tanja Vervust holds a Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering. She has over 25 years of experience at Rousselot where she held different positions such as Process Development Manager, Production Manager, Quality Manager and since 2011 Global Quality Director for Rousselot. In January 2018, she became Global Director Rousselot Biomedical.
Global Research & development director - Moderator
Dr. Elke De Clerck holds a PhD degree in Biotechnology. She has over 10 years of experience in several Research and Development roles in Food and Pharma business before joining Rousselot in 2010 where she served in a variety of roles. In January 2020, she became Global Research & Development Director.
Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. ir. Jan Schrooten is co-founder and CEO of Antleron, a young R&D company on a mission to enable personalized manufacturing in the domain of advanced therapies. Previously, he was senior research manager at KU Leuven (Belgium), responsible for the long-term management and technology transfer of biomaterials and tissue engineering research. Trained as a materials engineer, with an engineering PhD in biomaterials and a postgraduate in business administration, he has 25+ years of research experience in biomaterials and tissue engineering. He co-founded and managed for 8 years Prometheus, the KU Leuven R&D division of Skeletal Tissue Engineering. His work has been disseminated in 180+ peer reviewed international journal publications, chapters and conference proceedings. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals ‘Tissue Engineering, Parts A, B & C’ and ‘Advanced Biomaterials and Devices in Medicine’.
Application Laboratory Manager, EMEA-SEA-Japan
Claude Capdepon holds a technical degree in chemistry from the University of Montpellier, France. She joined Rousselot in 1983, while the company was part of Sanofi group. Since 2008, Claude has been Application Laboratory Manager with the responsibility to oversee operations in Middle East and Africa, South East Asia & Japan.
Dr. Barbara Vanhoecke holds a PhD in Medical Sciences as well as a Master in biochemistry. She joined Rousselot in 2017 and is now Innovation Manager Biomedical working in particular on the X-Pure range. Barbara Vanhoecke has published two patent applications and is author/co-author of more than 40 scientific papers.
Coordinator cell and molecular laboratoria
Dept Bioscience engineering, UGent.
Dr. ir. Charlotte Grootaert has obtained a Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering - Chemistry at Ghent University in 2005, and a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences in 2011. Since then, she has been strongly involved in the start-up of a cell culture lab at the Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. She has a special expertise in the development of complex cell (co)culture models for intestinal digestion and absorption of food bioactives with more than 50 international peer-reviewed publications in this domain. She is currently coordinating lab and research activities of more than 15 PhD and Master students in this field, and responsible for the development of innovative models with improved physiological relevance.
Vice President Global Marketing & Sales
Sandor Noordermeer holds a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Tilburg. He has 25 years of commercial and general management experience in the food and pharmaceutical industry at companies such as Campina and Patheon. Before joining Rousselot, he was Executive Director & General Manager at Banner Pharmacaps Europe. He has been Vice President Global Marketing & Sales since May 2014.