Keynote Speakers

John F. Ryan

Director, Public Health, Country Knowledge and Crisis Management, DG SANTE

John F. Ryan is Director of the Commission Public Health, country knowledge, crisis management directorate since September 2016. Previously, in the same department, he was the Head of Unit responsible for a number of public health policy areas (cancer, drugs, promotion, monitoring, infectious diseases).

He was a Commission representative on the Board of the EU Lisbon Drugs Agency, and is currently the Commission representative on the Board of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. He also had the charge of dealing with tobacco control issues. Current priorities include the development of an EU cancer plan, antimicrobial resistance, vaccination policies, and the negotiation of financial instruments to support health, including research.

He has previously worked on the completion of the internal market, and on international trade negotiations. He is also an official of the Irish civil service (on leave). He is a fellow of the UK faculty of public health.

Paulina Nowicka

Associate Professor in Pediatric Science, Karolinska Institute
Professor in Food Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, Uppsala University

Her research aims to identify the most important familial and sociocultural drivers of obesity early in life, to investigate how lifestyle patterns develop across generations, and to develop effective treatment programs. Other interests include psychosocial development in childhood and psychometrics, especially development and validation of questionnaires related to eating behavior and feeding practices. She is responsible for several projects related to childhood obesity. Most recently she led the work package Health Care in the EU project Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP), financed by EU Horizon 2020. This large €10M project examines during 2018-2022 opportunities for interventions to help reduce the high burden of childhood obesity in Europe. This includes improving our understanding of how the environment in which we live shapes children’s behaviours and parents’ choices, starting from before birth. The project investigates early signs of biological changes due to those behaviours, eventually leading to obesity, in 17 cohorts of children throughout Europe. An experimental study is undertaken in Sweden, Spain and Romania to test whether digital technologies can help very young obese children and their families to achieve sustainable improvements in body weight, especially for children from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background

Ronit Endevelt

Director of the nutrition division - Services of Public Health - Israeli Ministry of Health

Prof Ronit Endevelt is the director of the nutrition division in the services of public health in the Israeli Ministry of Health. She is also a senior lecturer in the school of public health in Haifa University.

Her expertise is in the field of nutrition and health policy, nutrition services and health promotion. She leads the nutrition policy in the Ministry of Health, and is part of an international network in malnutrition and nutrition policy in various issues .

Anet Režek Jambrak

Professor - Faculty of Food Technology & Biotechnology - University of Zagreb
Anet has been serving as a scientific advisor in food engineering (biotechnical sciences) since 2018. From 2019, she is the head of Laboratory for sustainable development.  She was trained at Coventry University, UK and at the University of Avignon, France. Her field of research is food chemistry, food physics, nonthermal processing, advanced thermal processing, sustainability, food processing, Industry 4.0, digitalization etc. Since 2007, Anet Režek Jambrak has published over 100 significant scientific papers with citation more than 2250, (h-index 25) and is an author of book chapters in recognized scientific publishers like Wiley, Elsevier, Springer etc. She received several prizes and awards;  in 2019 she received the title of Highly Cited Researcher, among 0.1% world scientists, and a national award for Science, Parliament of the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Science and Education, Government of the Republic of Croatia; in 2016 she was awarded Young Scientist Award and in 2011 Award to young scientist “Vera Johanides”, Academy of Technical Sciences of Croatia. In 2010,  World renowned Journal of Food Engineering Elsevier: Journal of Food Engineering, recognized her for highest cited papers. She is a member of Global Young Academy (GYA) and International Academy of Food Science and Technology.

Her expertise is in the field of nutrition and health policy, nutrition services and health promotion. She leads the nutrition policy in the Ministry of Health, and is part of an international network in malnutrition and nutrition policy in various issues .

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