Symposium 2019 Speakers

Dr. Franz J. Konert


Dr. Franz Josef Konert has been the Chief Executive Officer of GELITA AG since January 4, 2010. Dr. Konert is 62, married and has four children.  He received his Ph.D. from University of Paderborn in Business Administration in 1985 and his Masters of Economics in 1982.

Marius Robles

Co-founder of Food By Robots/CEO and Co-founder of Re-imagine Food

Marius Robles is the Co-founder of Food By Robots, a pioneer company that aims to accelerate the benefits of robotics to revolutionize the way we eat. He’s also the CEO and Co-founder of Reimagine Food, the world’s first disruption centre focusing on anticipating the future of food.

World-renowned food tech speaker, recognized as a food futurist by Fast Company magazine and as a visionary by CNN, Marius has written several articles analyzing the future of food and the food tech revolution. In 2014, he pioneered the world’s first food tech accelerator, aimed at bringing start-ups and large F&B corporations closer together to promote agile innovation.

Stefan Gates


Stefan Gates is a hugely popular writer and TV presenter with a vast breadth of knowledge. He’s renowned for his love of quirky culinary quest and extraordinary food adventures.

Daniel Anthes

Speaker, Author & Food Futurist, Founder & CEO of Knärzje GbmH, Senior Associate at Zukunftsinstitut GmbH

Daniel Anthes is often called “food activist” since he engages in several projects aiming to raise awareness for good, healthy and sustainable food. He is working as a freelance speaker and author dealing with current changes in our food system, as well as founder & CEO of Knärzje GmbH, a food start-up fighting food waste with beer made from surplus bread. He is also Senior Associate at the Zukunftsinstitut GmbH, where he observes and works on societal change and the implications for the economy, especially the food sector.

Michael Teppner

Global Vice President Marketing & Communication at GELITA AG

Experienced Vice President of Marketing Communications with a demonstrated history of working in the food production industry. Strong marketing professional skilled in Business Planning, Market Research, Account Management, Marketing, and Product Development.

Corporate Marketing & Communications for the entire GELITA Group
Member of the Company Management Team with power of attorney, reporting directly to the CEO. Managerial responsibility for 5 colleagues with full budget responsibility. Responsible for marketing and PR. Company spokesperson.

Suzane Leser

Director Nutrition Communication Business Unit Health & Nutrition GELITA AG

Suzane Leser is a Nutritionist with nearly 20 years of experience in the sports foods and supplements industry.

Prior to joining GELITA, Suzane enjoyed a long career in the dairy industry. She was also the long-standing Vice-Chair for the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA), from 2010 to 2017, directly influencing the legislation of sports nutrition foods in Europe.

Suzane graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Nutrition from Loughborough University, UK, and with an MSc in Food Regulatory Affairs from the University of Ulster, NI.

Suzane promotes the fast advancing science behind the use of specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides® for optimal health and performance, as well as their potential to make a real difference to people’s quality of life.

Margarethe Plotkowiak

Head of Global Product Management Food GELITA AG

During her PHD studies, Dr. Plotkowiak has focused on the sensory characteristics of meat products before moving on to the beverage industry. She now uses her international expertiese in the food industry in the technikcal service, product development and product management

  • Studies Biotechnology in Mannheim
  • PhD/ Doctorate in Queens University Belfast in food chemistry (Focus on: nutritional and sensory characteristics of meat products)
  • QC for Coca-Cola Hellenic Botteling Company (Coca-Cola HBC) and Diageo PLC

Dr. Sebastian Schwark

Managing Director, Edelman

Sebastian has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs and issues management. He oversees our Corporate and Public Affairs business in Germany. Sebastian has advised clients on a diverse range of policies and issues including regulatory changes, multi-market litigation, license to operate challenges, and grassroots activism.

Prior to joining Edelman, Sebastian led the New York Office of Portland Communications (Omnicom Group), where he advised domestic and overseas clients on reputation management issues. He was a senior vice president with Hill + Knowlton Strategies in New York, as well as a director with the company in Berlin; roles in which Sebastian managed multiple national and international public affairs campaigns and lobbying efforts.

Sebastian holds a Ph.D. in Political Science.