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Rob Hamer
Vice President Agrifood External Affairs, Unilever

Rob Hamer graduated in (bio-)chemistry from the State University of Utrecht in 1981, and obtained a PhD degree in medicine (1986) from the same university. He started his career as a food chemist at the TNO Cereals, Flour and Bread Institute. In 1997 he was appointed as Director at the newly founded Top Institute Food & Nutrition. In 1999, Rob was appointed part-time Professor in Technology of Cereal Proteins at the Food Chemistry group of Wageningen University. Rob has published over 160 articles in international journals, is the author and editor of several books, and received various prizes for his achievements in cereal science. In 2007 Rob was elected as President of AACC International, the American society of cereal chemists and technologists. Rob was the first European to serve in this function. In 2009, Rob joined Unilever and became responsible for Unilever’s global research activities in Foods. In 2012, he was also appointed head of lab and director of Unilever R&D Vlaardingen bv. In 2018, Rob was appointed in his current role as VP Agrifood External Affairs.


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