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Jens Bleiel

Jens Bleiel

Chief Executive Officer
Food for Health
Ireland

Biography

Jens Bleiel is German national and a business economist by training. He started his career at a management consultant company in Germany in the business segments of strategy, organization and personnel. After 5 years, he joined Dutch company Numico and held several management and executive functions in the baby food branch of the company (Milupa, Nutricia, Cow&Gate, amongst other brands). His assignments brought him to Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands. His last function was Global Marketing Director Infant Milks. After 10 years in this business, he joined Dutch multinational DSM, world market leader in vitamins and other food ingredients. As Senior Vice President Metabolic Health Products, he built up the functional food business in the area of metabolic health products, one of the biggest health concerns in the world today. In August 2009, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Food for Health Ireland and moved over to Ireland. Supported by Enterprise Ireland, Food for Health Ireland (FHI) unites seven of Ireland’s public research organizations (University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Moorepark Food Research Centre, Teagasc, NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University, NUI Galway) and five Irish dairy companies (Carbery Group, Dairygold Co-operative Society Ltd, Glanbia plc.,Kerry Group plc. and the Irish Dairy Board) in a single research centre aimed at developing functional food products to improve people’s health and wellness.

Research Interest

Food Science & Technology