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Robert Jan Hamer

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Vice-President R&D Discover Foods and Director Unilever R&D Vlaardingen, President FoodNexus Consortium

Rob Hamer graduated in (bio-) chemistry from the State University of Utrecht in 1981, and obtained a PhD degree in medicine (1986) from the same university. He started his career as a food chemist at the TNO Cereals, Flour and Bread Institute. In 1997 he was appointed as Director Top Institute Food & Nutrition.

In addition, Rob was appointed in 1999 part-time Professor at the Food Chemistry group of Wageningen University. Rob has published over 160 articles (H-index 33) and received various prizes for his achievements in cereal science.

As of December 2009, Rob joined Unilever R&D, where he now serves as head of laboratory and Vice President Discover R&D Foods. Rob serves on the board of many (inter)national organizations. As of June 2015 he is president of Food Nexus.

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