Dr. Manfred Aben, Unilever, The Netherlands
Global Vice President Foods & Refreshment S&T
Unilever Research and Development
Manfred Aben was appointed Global VP Foods and Refreshment S&T in 2018, overseeing the development and application of new science and technology across the foods, ice-cream and tea business. He leads teams in the UK, Netherlands and India.
He is Site Leader of the Unilever Global Foods Innovation Centre, that opens in 2019 in the heart of the Dutch Food Valley, Wageningen.
Manfred spent eight years in Asia. From 2011-2013 as R&D Director Foodsolutions across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, based in Singapore. After that as Personal Care R&D Director in Indonesia, and from 2016-2018 as VP R&D North Asia, heading the Global R&D lab in Shanghai.
Between 2004 and 2011, Manfred held a variety of senior Foods R&D roles.
Manfred joined Unilever in 1995 in The Netherlands as a Knowledge Engineer.
He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam.
Married with two sons, he loves to cook (strictly plant-based), exercise and play video games with his two teenage sons.
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