Peter OlesenChairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Prof. Peter Olesen is the Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
He is as well Chair of the Board of the Danish Council for Strategic Research. He spent 25 years as Research Director, VP R&D and Executive VP/CSO in four major international food and food ingredients companies: Danisco A/S (DK) 1983-93; Sandoz Seeds Ltd. (France) 1994-95; CPKelco/Hercules Inc. (DK & US) 1996-2000; Chr.Hansen A/S (DK) 2000-2008.
He has held 3 appointments as affiliated professor at the University of Copenhagen: Plant Sciences 1986-91 and 1993-98; Functional Foods 2008-13. In addition, he was employed as part-time MSO professor at the Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at LIFE, University of Copenhagen 2009-11. Today, he is manager of his own company, ActiFoods, that offers counselling and knowledge sharing to companies and research institutions within food and health.