Troels Prahl holds a degree in biotechnology from the University of Copenhagen, where he specialized in fermentation science. Since the early 2000s, Troels has dedicated his working life to brewing and fermentation science and its application in Europe, UK, and USA. Troels has worked closely with White Labs, a fermentation leader, on yeast research and project management since 2007. He has presented at major technical conferences and taught technical classes with renowned brewing science schools, such as Siebel Institute and the Scandinavian School of Brewing in Copenhagen. Troels was also recognized as an award-winning head brewer during his time at London’s Camden Town Brewery. In 2014, Troels relocated from California back to Denmark, where he is the managing director of White Labs Copenhagen, while also serving as VP of Innovation in the mother corporation. White Labs Copenhagen is a satellite production and lab facility servicing the European market’s yeast and fermentation needs.
Dr Louis Monier is a Silicon-Valley based computer scientist who is widely recognized for his contribution to search, machine learning and data mining. Louis received a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Paris XI, France and worked at Carnegie Mellon University, Xerox PARC, and DEC’s Western Research Laboratory before founding the Internet search engine AltaVista in 1995.
After AltaVista, Louis served as Co-Founder and CTO of Qwiki, which was sold to Yahoo in 2010. Since then, Louis has been a Venture Advisor to Wellington Partners, acting as Chief Scientist or Chief Technology Officer to big data and AI companies, including Proximic (acquired by ComScore), Onfido and Import.IO as well as serving as head of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at AirBnB in San Francisco. He joined Astanor as advisor in 2018.
Bruno Verjus is the Chef/Owner of Michelin-starred Table Restaurant. Bruno was born in Roanne in the Loire, a town known for its strong culinary culture and the bounty of its wilderness.
Bruno created and directed the Premium Group for 18 years. He then began writing books for Gallimard, while also contributing to guides including Le Fooding, Omnivore, le Magazine de Cinéma et d’Art, 3 Couleurs, et Au Quotidien, and his own blog, Food Intelligence and had a weekly radio show on France Culture called “on ne parle pas la bouche pleine” (“Don’t Talk with Your Mouth Full’’).
In 2013, Bruno launched the restaurant Table in Paris, where one can feast on pure flavors while providing producers the assurance of absolute respect of their products. Table sources only seasonally available products from French, Belgian, Italian, Spanish and Scottish sustainable producers.
David Zilber is a chef, fermentation specialist, and photographer who hails from Toronto, Canada. David has cooked from coast to coast across North America, and around the world for almost 20 years. He also spent 6 years working at Restaurant Noma, in Copenhagen from 2014 to 2020. There, he quickly joined the Fermentation Lab, where as its director from 2016 to 2020 he helped push Noma’s innovation forward in the worlds of both gastronomy and fermentation. In his time there, he co-authored The Noma Guide to Fermentation, a book that garnered global accolades and became a New York Times Bestselling cookbook.
Xavier Prats Monné
Xavier Prats Monné is an international consultant on public policy, education and European affairs. He is the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives of the Open University of Catalonia, Special Advisor of Teach For All (a global non-profit organization whose mission is to expand educational opportunity around the world), and Board member of several non-profit organizations. Until 2018 he worked at the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, where he served most recently as Director-General for Health and Food Safety and previously as Director-General for Education and Culture and founding member of the Impact Assessment Board among other senior roles. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Catalan. He joined Astanor as an advisor in October 2020.
Roy Horgan grew up within a fourth-generation family food business in Cork, Ireland and began his career in corporate banking. By 2006, Roy managed and invested a portfolio of c.€2bn located throughout Europe and North America.
In 2008 at 29 he co-founded a dye sensitised solar cell firm, SolarPrint, which specialised in the development of self-powered indoor sensors. In 2013 Roy founded MarketHub Technologies Limited, a data analytics software business using dynamic pricing to help retailers break the cycle of unprofitable discounting, manage stock allocation and reduce food waste.
In 2017, MarketHub was acquired by the digital pricing company SES-imagotag plc (SESL). Roy is currently CEO of SES-imagotag plc for the UK & Ireland and sits on the group executive committee. From their R&D Centre in Cork, MarketHub is currently commercialising a concept called the “Self Learning Store ™️.
Roy holds a B.Sc. in Business and Finance, a Diploma in Stockbroking and a Diploma in International Selling.
Khoi Tu has over 25 years of experience in advising CEOs and top teams of start up, scale up and world leading organisations on how to maximise the positive impact of people and culture.
Khoi is currently the Global Head of the Culture and Change practice and Senior Partner for Korn Ferry. Previously, Khoi co-founded and headed a leadership and strategy advisory firm, was a Global Account Manager with Monitor, and a key leader at razorfish during the late 90s. Khoi also worked at Shell, including as a regional advisor for Asia Pacific to the Committee of Managing Directors.
Khoi is a Board Member of the Jamie Oliver Group. He is a Life Fellow of the RSA and Ambassador for the British Red Cross – to which he donates all proceeds from his bestselling book Superteams. He has been featured and contributed as a leadership and teamwork specialist on CNN, Bloomberg, Management Today, Business Life, the BBC, and the Financial Times.
Until April 2020, Johan Cardoen was Managing Director of VIB, a dedicated life science research organization based in Belgium. In this role, Johan was in addition to the executive management responsible for VIB’s Innovation and Business Team. Today he is a Board Director at Biotalys (BE) and Aphea.Bio (both are VIB agro spin-offs), Complix (BE) and is Chairman of Meiogenix (an Institut Curie spin-off, FR). In the past he held board positions at argenx, Actogenix (now Intrexon), Applied-Maths (now bioMérieux), Pronota (now Mycartis), Multiplicom (now Agilent), GST (now Boehringer Ingelheim) and was Chairman of Flandersbio from 20007-2012) and he was also Chairman of the LP Board of V-Bio Ventures, a dedicated life sciences investment fund, which is focused on early-stage investments in life sciences (2015-2020).
Until 2012, Johan was CEO of CropDesign N.V., today part of BASF (Ghent, Belgium), a biotechnology spin-off from VIB. Johan joined CropDesign in 1999 as Vice President Business Development and became CEO of CropDesign in 2004. He developed and implemented a dual track strategy (IPO/trade sale) which led to an acquisition of CropDesign by BASF Plant Science in 2006.
Prior to joining CropDesign, Johan was Head of Technology Acquisition at AgrEvo Hoechst Schering (now Bayer CropScience) and was responsible for all biotechnology-related technology acquisitions and he started his professional career as business development manager at Plant Genetic Systems (PGS) in 1988. Johan received his Ph.D. in biology from KU Leuven, Belgium (1987) and a business degree from KU Leuven (1990).