Nestlé Nutrition Council

The Nestlé Nutrition Council (NNC) is an independent advisory panel made up of leading international nutrition scientists. It is instrumental in advising and challenging on the reviews of our research programs. The Council considers and advises our senior management team on nutrition challenges and their potential impact to Nestlé’s policies and strategy. It also organises the Annual Nestlé International Nutrition Symposium. The Council is chaired by our Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Stefan Catsicas, and meets twice a year.


Nutrition Council Members


  • Tamas BARTFAI
    Prof. Dr. Tamas Bartfai, Department of Chemical Physiology, The Scripps Research Institute, USA; Professor Drug Discovery, Dept of Pharmacology Oxford University , Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA & Department of Neurochemistry, University of Stockholm, frm Sr VP Hoffman La Roche, Basel.

    Bartfai, a member of Academia Europae, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences ,AAAs elected fellow etc works on energy metabolism ,fever ,and the hypothalamic regulation of feeding and thermogenesis. He has active research in neuro and psychopharmacology and has been contributor to eight clinically widely used drugs, one vaccine and one biological.


  • Grégory BEHAR
    Greg is CEO of Nestlé Health Science SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé SA. Nestlé Health Science aims to offer nutritional therapies that change the way we approach the management of people’s health. He is also Chairman of Prometheus Laboratories Inc. (USA); a Board member of Accera, Inc. (USA) and Seres Health, Inc. (USA), Chairman of the Board of Nutrition Science Partners, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (Switzerland). Prior to joining Nestle, he worked at Novartis Pharma and Boehringer Ingelheim.


  • Stefan CATSICAS
    Stefan Catsicas was appointed Chief Technology Officer and member of the Executive Board of Nestlé S.A. on September 1st 2013.
    After a PhD in neurosciences in Lausanne and post-doctoral work at The Research Institute of Scripps Clinic in San Diego, he started his career as Head of Neurobiology at the Glaxo Institute for Molecular Biology in Geneva. Returning to academia, he joined the University of Lausanne as Professor and Chairman of Cell Biology, and was later appointed Vice-President Research and Professor of Cellular Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He then co-founded a private group of biotechnology companies and came back to academia as Provost of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.


    is Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition; Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, and member of the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He has advised governments, foundations and industry on issues related to sustainable food and nutrition security and is the author of over 250 publications in peer-review journals. Dr. Drewnowski is a trustee of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and chair of the board of trustees of ILSI Research Foundation.


  • GASSER Susan
    is the Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research. She also holds a professorship at the University of Basel, before which she was Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Geneva. Recognized for her groundbreaking work in epigenetic inheritance and genome stability, she has been elected to the Académie de France, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, EMBO, and has received multiple awards including the FEBS - EMBO Women in Science Award. An advisor to the European Commission, Susan Gasser also serves on scientific review panels for institutes across Europe.


  • Michael GIBNEY
    is Professor of Food and Health at University College Dublin. He has previously held academic posts in nutrition at the medical schools of Trinity College Dublin and The University of Southampton. He served as the President of the Nutrition Society and has participated at high-level advisory committees to the EU, the UN, as well as national agencies. His research is focused on the integration of public health nutrition and molecular nutrition.


  • PALZER Stefan
    Stefan Palzer has been Director of the Nestlé Research Center (NRC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, since October 2016. The NRC focuses on discovering science-based solutions for tasty and nutritionally balanced food and beverages, and effective nutrition and health care products.

    In 2013 Stefan was appointed Global R&D Director for Nestlé's Beverages business, in the Strategic Business Unit for Beverages in Vevey, Switzerland. From 2010 to 2013 he was Managing Director of Nestlé’s Global Product Technology Center for confectionery in York, UK. From 2007 to 2010 he was Department Head for Food Science at the NRC and Head of the 12 Nestlé Food Science and Technology Networks. From 2000 to 2007 he held various positions in Product Technology Centres for Nestlé's food business in Kemptthal, Switzerland and Singen, Germany, including Project Manager, Team Leader and lastly Manager of the Technology Department.

    Stefan holds a PhD in Process Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He is a Professor of Process Engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg and an Honorary Professor of Food Technology at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He is also a Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK.


    is founding director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, and formerly a lead researcher at the Amgen Research Institute in Toronto. He has been awarded the Descartes Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Federal Government, the Ernst Jung Prize for medical excellence, the Award as Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Innovator Award from Era of Hope/DOD and a second ERC Advanced grant.


  • Jose (Pepe) SAAVEDRA
    Dr. Jose (Pepe) Saavedra is the Global Chief Medical Officer for Nestle Nutrition. He is a pediatric gastroenterologist, holding joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Saavedra was Director of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 10 years, and carried out seminal work in the area of probiotics in pediatric populations. He has spearheaded a number of multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives on infant nutrition and health, including work the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies of Science. Dr. Saavedra is Chairman of the Board of the Nestle Nutrition Institute.


  • Heiko SCHIPPER
    is the CEO of Nestlé Nutrition, based in Vevey, Switzerland. Before his appointment in 2014, he held positions such as Global Business Head of Nestlé Infant Nutrition; Managing Director of the Nestlé Food and Beverage Division in Greater China. During his career at Nestlé since 1996, Mr. Schipper worked in several Nestlé markets in increasingly broader management roles. He holds a Masters degree in economics (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, NL) and is also a graduate of the IMD (Lausanne) Programme for Executive Development.


  • Bruno VELLAS
    is currently Chairman of the Toulouse Gerontopole, Chief of the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Toulouse University Hospital, and Chief of Alzheimer Disease Clinical Research Centre, University of Toulouse and member of INSERM (National Institute of Medical Research) 1027 Unit on Aging. He was nominated Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and is a corresponding member of the French National Academy of Medicine.