Get to know some of the Forum's speakers and organizers.

The Forum's speakers and organizers represent the leading scientists and technologists working in the area of plant proteins. Read the interviews linked below to learn more about some of the speakers and organizers and how they're advancing the analysis, nutrition and applications of plant proteins.

Meet the Speakers

Pam Ismail

Dr. Pam Ismail

Prof. in the Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition at the Univ. of Minnesota

Dr. Ismail has over 20 years of experience in food chemistry research focused on analytical and protein chemistry.

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Swati Kalgaonkar

Dr. Swati Kalgaonkar

Associate Director, Nutrition Research Prog., Almond Board of California

Dr. Kalgaonkar has extensive nutrition clinical research experience.

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Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega De Moura Bell

Dr. Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega De Moura Bell

Assistant Prof., UC Davis-California

Dr. Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell's research focuses on extraction and fractionation of major food components.

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Katie Maloney

Dr. Katie Maloney

Novozymes, USA

Dr. Maloney drives technical collaborations to enhance plant-based foods and beverages.

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Rouf Mian

Dr. Rouf Mian

Soybean Research Unit, USDA-Agriculture Research Service

Dr. Mian is an expert in genetics, DNA technology, plant breeding and plant physiology.

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Kathy Musa-Veloso

Dr. Kathy Musa-Veloso

Senior Dir., Health Claims and Clinical Trials, Food & Nutrition Group, Intertek Health Sciences Inc.

Dr. Kathy Musa-Veloso is an expert in the area of health claims and clinical trials.

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Sergiy Smetana

Dr. Sergiy Smetana

Head of Food Data Group, German Inst. of Food Technologies (DIL e.V.)

Dr. Smetana's work includes sustainability of alternative protein sources and innovative food processing technologies.

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Nesli Sozer

Dr. Nesli Sozer

Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr. Sozer has more than 20 years expertise in food material science and food ingredient/product design.

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Atze Jan Van der Goot

Dr. Atze Jan van der Goot

Prof., Food Process Eng. Group, Wageningen Univ., The Netherlands

Dr. van der Goot is the scientific leader of the Plant Meat Matters program that aims to develop next generation meat analogs.

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Tom Warkentin

Dr. Tom Warkentin

Prof., Crop Dev. Centre/Dept. of Plant Sciences, Univ. of Saskatchewan

Dr. Warkentin is breeding field pea cultivars to improve yield, disease resistance and agronomic traits.

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Meet the Organizers

Phil Kerr

Dr. Phil Kerr

Chief Technology Officer, Prairie AquaTech

Dr. Kerr 's experience includes creating new ingredients with  quality attributes and bringing them to commercial status.

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Elaine Krul

Dr. Elaine S. Krul

President and Founder, EKSci, LLC

Dr. Krul has over 35 years of research experience in both academia and industry.

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Chris Marinangeli

Dr. Chris Marinangeli

Director of Nutrition Science and Regulatory Affairs, Pulse Canada

Dr. Marinangeli completed a Ph.D. at the Univ. of Manitoba’s Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.

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Mehmet Tulbek

Dr. Mehmet C. Tulbek

Director of AGT Foods Research & Development Centre

Dr. Mehmet C. Tulbek has over 20 years of experience in cereal, pulse and oilseed processing and utilization technologies.

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Janitha Wanasundara

Dr. Janitha Wanasundara

Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Wanasundara is principal investigator in plant protein research at the Saskatoon Research and Development Centre.

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