Kees de Gooijer, PhD

Kees de Gooijer, PhDAfter an MSc degree in Food Science Kees de Gooijer started to work with Cebeco-Handelsraad in the IT sector. From 1988 he worked at the department of prof.dr.ir. J. Tramper, the Food & BioProcess Engineering group, at Wageningen University, from 1995 till 1999 as an Associate Professor. This is where he took his PhD on Cascades of Bioreactors. Besides research in the field of Animal Cell Technology he was responsible for the curriculum of Bioprocess Engineering.

During January 1999 until April 2000 he was director of the Educational Institute of Technology and Nutrition of Wageningen University. From April 2000 till October 2003 he was director of State Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT). After this, he was the General Director of the Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group, of Wageningen University and Research Center. This included 20 full chairs of Wageningen University as well as the applied research institute Agrotechnology & Food Innovations Ltd.

From Oktober 2006 to August 2012 he is managing director of Food & Nutrition Delta. This innovation program is carried out in dialogue with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture & Innovation and its subsidiaries. Within a framework of five years a total investment, along with accompanying measures, investments in food innovation of at least 200 M€ was realised.

Since August 2012 he is chairman of the board of directors of the Topconsortium for Knowledge and Innovation for the Biobased Economy (TKI-BBE), and director of the bureau for the TKI-Agri&Food.

Besides this Dr.ir. de Gooijer is board member of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society, member of the executive committee of the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) and the TKI-ISPT, and member of several editorial boards in life sciences.

Before that he was chairman of the board of B-Basic, an innovation program for sustainable chemistry, international science advisory council member of AFMnet in Canada, and advisory board member for Schuttelaar & partners Ltd.

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What do you feel you can contribute to the growth and advancement of IFT?
IFT should become more connected in the food ecosystem. This is in two ways. Firstly, to make it a global entity, the Board should therefore be globalized. Secondly, we should connect both upstream to the agricultural world and downstream to the out-of-home world.

What are the three most important strategic issues facing the profession and the industry that align with IFT’s goals and how would you address these as a member of the Board of Directors?

  1. The growing global population.
    To address this, both worlds of pre- and postharvest need to work together to increase production and diminish losses. This, obviously, on a global scale, where in some developing countries post-harvest losses mount up to 60% of the harvest (according to UNIDO).

  2. The increasing ageing of the global population.
    This has to be addressed in terms of healthy ageing, which in terms of food could actually start with food intake during pregnancy, and opens up a new market for food products from the age of 40 onwards.

  3. The growing health concern in the Western world, both in terms of under- and over nourishment.
    Probably, if number 1) and 2) aren’t complex enough, the most difficult one. What should we do to fully understand consumer behavior? Are guidelines enough? Taxes, on soda and fat? If the industry doesn’t move ahead, it will be politically-driven imposed upon us.

Needless to point out that without a vibrant sector, with a splendid installed knowledge base and a strong mentality to innovate, neither of the three points above can be properly addressed.

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Directors and how has your work and volunteer experiences prepared you to be a strategic board member?
In my opinion a strong voice of the food community is of paramount importance. Contributing to serve this community is a matter of honour to me. For the same motivation I joined the board of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society. Somewhat longer ago I served the Dutch Biotechnological Society for 4 years with a subsequent membership of the Biotechnological Foundation for another 8 years.

What defines a successful board and how would you contribute?
A successful board has to help fulfill the food community’s needs. It means board members have to be fully connected to the field, have an open eye and ear, and have a track record in solving the strategic issues. I would contribute, apart from the connectivity, by the vision on innovation and involvement with SME’s. Also, the synergy between the Biobased Economy, Agriculture and Food might well be of importance.

Formal Education
PhD, 1995, Agricultural Sciences (Bioprocess Engineering), Wageningen University
Master of Engineering (with honors), 1985, Food Science, Wageningen University
BSc Food Science, 1982, Food Science, Wageningen University

Career History

Company

Title

Start Date

End Date

TKI Agri&Food

Director of Bureau

2012

Present

TKI Biobased Economy

Chairman of the Board

2012

Present

Food & Nutrition Delta

Managing Director

2006

2012

Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group, Wageningen UR

Chairman of the Board

2003

2006

Rikilt – WUR

Managing Director

2000

2003

Educational Institute for Technology & Nutrition WU

Managing Director

1999

2000

Wageningen University  

Associate Professor

1988

1999

Fytoconsult, Cebeco

System Analyst

1985

1988

Leadership Experience

Company/Org

Position

Start Date

End Date

Royal Dutch Chemical Society

Board member

June 2012

Present

Royal Dutch Chemical Society, committee on labour

Chairman

June 2012

Present

Foundation for Biotechnology

Member

1994

2002

Dutch Biotechnological Association

Secretary

1990

1994

Several editorial boards

Member of advisory councils

1990

Present

In addition to the table I list a few experiences and projects here.
10-97    Coördinator of the EU project 'The field testing and safety assessment of viral biopesticides for use in integrated pest management programmes'. (WU).
03-97    Parttime (20%) founding a company for recruitment, detachering & temporary work in the Life Sciences (BIRD Engineering, Schiedam).
01-93    Coördinator van het EU project 'Large scale production of  insect cells to reduce the use of wide-spectrum insecticides' (til 12-95). (WU).
10-90    Theme leader Animal Cell technology. (WU).
12-89    Course Director Bioprocess Engineering (50%). (WU).

  • Member of the Base Financing Program panel international advisory committee of Conicyt in Chile.
  • Board member foundation Achterhoeks Centre for Technology.
  • Member Science Advisory panel Eureka! for the Netherlands.
  • Member Science Advisory panel ZonMW.
  • Member Innovation Advisory panel Fish Innovation Platform, the Netherlands.

AFSG Projects:

  • Chairman of the so-called M-Team Food & Nutrition Delta, building the innovation program.
  • Member of the Food & Nutrition Delta Team, building the precompetitive research agenda.
  • Board member Kluyver Centre for Industrial Genomics, Delft, part of the Dutch Genomics Program.
  • Board member Centre for Biosystems Genomics, Wageningen, part of the Dutch Genomics Program.
  • Vice-chair board B-Basic, Delft, researchplatform for sustainable chmistry.
  • Chairman coordination group Wever, renewing Wageningen UR´s website.

RIKILT Projects:

  • Chairman team for building a new business plan for Wageningen University & Research Center 2003-06.
  • Operationalise new financial management system.
  • Introduction of a modern Human Resource Managementsysteem.
  • Redesigning the managementstructure (from 3 business units with 18 clusters to 2 with 10 clusters, separating line- and projectmanagement).

Educational Institute WU projects:

  • Introducing the Bachelor/Master system, reprogramming 4 curricula, Modernising education (problem oriented training, ICT applications), Managementstructures in education.

Wageningen University projects:

  • Installing targets for the business plan for education.
  • Design of a novel reactorconcept (pantented).
  • Optimalisation of the enzymatic conversion of starch.
  • Process development for the production of Whooping Cough Vaccine.
  • Simulation of various process systems, aimed at applied biocatalysis and growth of immobilised cells.
  • Simulation and Optimisation of the Insect cell / baculovirus system.
  • Optimalisation of hybridoma cell cultures, and reactor design for the growth of shear-sensitive cells.
  • Introducing the curriculum for Biotechnology at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.
  • Integration of downstream processes for the production of monoclonal antibodies.
  • On-line control of animal cell systems, metabolis flux analysis of animal cells.

Cebeco-Handelsraad projects:

  • Production Advice Systems for open field cultures for pest management and fertilisation.
  • Farm information Systems for agriculture, a database for crop protection in horticulture.
  • A software library for user interfaces, standardisation of development with prototyping and a software generator.

Memberships associated with my profession:

  • 2006     National representative for the European Technology Platform Food for Life; member of the SME-committee, member of the Communication Committee
  • 05-06    Member editorial board Chemisch 2 Weekblad.
  • 10-05    Member editorial board Voedingsmiddelentechnologie.
  • 04-01    Member of the board of the foundation Food, Biotechnology and Bio-informatics (education marketing).
  • 02-00    Chairman of the board of the foundation Biotechnology in the Netherlands (til 2006).
  • 03-98    Secretary of the Organising Comittee of the 7th Dutch Biotechnology Congress.
  • 03-96    Secretary of the Dutch Biotechnology Association (til 1999).
  • 05-95    Ducth representative in the EFB Working Party on Animal- and Plant Cell Culture (til 1998).
  • 05-93    Working group leader Animal- and Plant Cell Culture (til 1998).
  • 03-90    Werking group leader Bioreactors (til 12-95).
  • 10-88    Member editorial board PT-Procestechniek (til 12-96).
  • During training: three year member of the curriculum committee, one year chairman of the students association.

Other memberships:

  • Board member Kindergarten Koepel Kinderopvang Wageningen (2001-2008).
  • Chairman of the board of the Foundation for Continuity of the Students Chapelry, Wageningen (1998–now).
  • Secretary of the buyers association Veerweg 51-53, Wageningen (1992-now).
  • Member parents committee and user council Koepel Kindergarten, Wageningen (until 2000).

Professional and Community Recognition
In The Netherlands awards and honors are a much rarer phenomenon than in the US. An appreciation of work is usually shown by the request to be a chairman. Have had a few of those.