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Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge 2018

Meet the jury

Prof. Dr. Ir. D. Berckmans 

Daniel Berckmans obtained a Master Degree and a Ph.D. in Bio-Science Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He is full professor, leads the Division M3-Biores (Measure, Model and Manage Bioresponses), Department of Biosystems, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. 

The main field of research consists of real time signal analysis of humans, animals and plants, by using technology like wearables, cameras and microphones. The activities comprise the measurements, modelling and monitoring or management of individual living organisms. The focus lies on the development of real time wearable algorithms to monitor and control Complex, Individual and Time varying Dynamic (CITD) living organisms. 

During the last 20 years, the research group permanently counted approx. 25 researchers who prepare a Ph.D. The research team is considered as a worldwide leading team in Precision Livestock Farming. Half of the team is working on animal applications and half on human applications like intensive care unit, stress monitoring, sleep monitoring etc. 

Daniel is co-author of 294 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and 398 papers in conference proceedings. He is member of several international advisory boards, visitation commissions in several European countries, and 6 international professional organisations worldwide.   

Daniel has been a member of more than 61 Ph. D commissions in 9 different countries. Since 1982, 17 products have been developed for the world market in co-operation with industrial partners with whom royalty agreements were concluded. 20 patents have been submitted and about 20 projects with a mean value of 400.000 euro per project are continuously managed within the group. He is coordinator of several EU-projects with the last one counting 20 partners and a budget of 8 M euro.  Daniel is co-founder of 3 spin-off companies: BioRICS NV in 2006 on monitoring humans, Soundtalks NV in 2011 on monitoring livestock and BioRICS INC in San Francisco in 2016. Written research agreements have been signed with over 35 research teams worldwide. About 125 theses for engineers (5-years-master’s degree) have been finished in the team.

Adam Anders, Managing Partner, Anterra Capital 

Adam is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Anterra Capital, a venture capital fund focused on investing in innovative companies that are transforming the safety, security and sustainability of global food.  

Anterra is backed by Rabobank (the world’s largest food and agriculture bank) and Fidelity. Anterra is presently the largest food and agriculture innovation focused fund in the world, with offices in both Europe (Amsterdam) and the USA (Boston). 

Adam grew up on a farm and is passionate about improving our food and agriculture system. He believes that the best way to do this is to bring strong entrepreneurs to the food and agriculture sector and work in co-operation with farmers, large food and agriculture corporations, academic institutions and other stakeholders across the value chain. 

Adam has over 15 years of private equity and venture capital experience.  Prior to working for Anterra he worked for Rabo Private Equity and Bain & Co. 

Adam holds an MBA degree from Cambridge University, England and a Bachelors Degree in Law and a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Adelaide, Australia.


Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Food & Markets | Executive Director, Markets Institute, WWR

JASON CLAY is senior vice president for markets and food. In 2016 he launched the Markets Institute at WWF to identify and address global issues and trends in more timely, cost-effective ways.

Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the US Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and then spent 15 years in human rights NGOs working with indigenous people, refugees and famine victims. In 1988, he invented Rainforest Marketing, created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels, and set up a trading company within an NGO. He was responsible for co-creating Rainforest Crunch and more than 200 other products with sales of $100 million. From 1999 to 2003, he codirected a consortium with WWF, the World Bank, the UN FAO and NACA to identify the most significant environmental and social impacts of shrimp aquaculture and technologies and practices that measurably reduce them. Since then he has co-convened multi-stakeholder roundtables of producers, investors, buyers, researchers and NGOs to identify and reduce the impacts of salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton, and beef. In the past, Clay has launched aquaculture, agriculture, and market transformation programs within the WWF Network. Most recently he has helped create corporate commitments around deforestation and conversion free products. More recently he brought attention to global issues such as illegality and the restoration of degraded land as well as the use of long-term contracts to leverage investments in more sustainable production.

He is the author of 20 books and is National Geographic’s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. He was awarded the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a PhD in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.

DIRK JAN KENNES, Global Strategist Farm Inputs, Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Rabobank

Dirk Jan and his team publish research on macroeconomic trends and industry dynamics within different food & agri (F&A) value chains, provide strategic corporate advice, and assist asset management firms in agricultural commodity markets investments.
Dirk Jan and his team offer management assistance to internationally operating F&A companies. These companies face strategic choices arising from dynamics within the value chains.
Before joining Rabobank in September 2007, Dirk Jan held management positions within the F&A market. He was member of the management team of Kemin Food Ingredients. Before that, he was business manager responsible for Feed at CSM subsidiary Purac. He has also worked for Akzo Nobel where he was involved in the marketing and sales management of feed ingredients.
Dirk Jan studied agronomy, majoring in animal nutrition. Dirk Jan also holds an MBA from TSM Business School in the Netherlands.

Prof. dr. Johan Verreth

The development of aquaculture and aquaculture farming systems constitute the broad area of interest of prof. Johan Verreth. His particular interest goes to the ecological sustainability of fish farming.

Johan Verreth has been working on the fate of nutrients and nutrient dynamics in different production systems of fish, e.g., in ponds, in recirculating aquaculture systems, and more lately also at the animal level. His main focus of interest is on the adaptive responses of the animal to its (rearing and/or living) environment, how the animal in the context of a particular production and farming system influences its environment and how the latter determines the performance and response of the fish. Since end 2000, Johan Verreth is leading the Aquaculture and Fisheries Group (AFI) and as such he is responsible for the development of science and education in that team. Under his guidance, AFI’s research concentrated on the interface between animal, (a)biotic environment and human use. He personally interacts mostly with research on the interface between nutrition and water quality in intensive production systems and on sustainability assessments of farmed seafood.

Viggo Halseth, Chief Innovation Officer, Nutreco

Viggo Halseth has been with Nutreco since 1984 and has served the company in a broad range of national and international managerial roles as head of Marketing and Research and Development in Skretting before becoming Chief Operating Officer Aquaculture and a member of the Nutreco Executive Board between 2012 and 2014.  Viggo Halseth currently holds the position as Chief Innovation Officer in Nutreco and is a member of the Nutreco Executive Committee