Bernhard van Lengerich
Bernhard started his career with apprenticeships as Artisan Baker and Pastry Chef in Germany. He studied Food/Cereal Technology at the Fachhochschule Lemgo and the German Institute for Cereal Research in Germany, was employed as Food Technologist at Unilever in Bremen, Germany, and continued his studies towards his M.S. and PhD in Food/Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin. He completed his Dissertation “Development and Application of a Systems Analytical Model for the Extrusion of Starches and Starch Containing Ingredients” in 1984 with “summa cum laude”.
After spending several years as process engineer at the Werner & Pfleiderer Corporation in Ramsey, NJ, USA, he joined RJR Nabisco as Research Director. His responsibilities included the development of new technologies for Nabisco’s businesses and he was a recipient of the prestigious “RJR Nabisco Outstanding Innovation Award”. Bernhard then moved to Switzerland and joined the Buhler corporation as Vice President R&D Food, responsible for global R&D for the Buhler Food Group.
In 1994, Bernhard joined General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis, and was Chief Science Officer and Vice President for Technology Strategy. During the course of his career at General Mills he led the development of numerous enabling technologies leading to major new product innovations and significant supply chain productivity benefits. He established and led a new Game Changer program as well as a novel “Cashless Technology Venturing” initiative, enabling faster, open and disruptive innovations.
Bernhard is the author/coauthor of more than 150 US and international patents and patent applications and published numerous scientific articles and several book chapters. He was awarded with a Honorarium Professorship at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, is adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a Fellow of IFT, the Institute of Food Technologists.
Under the Obama Administration he was an invited participant for discussions at the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy on global protein security and in this context was co-leading an initiative on algal biotechnology to address protein/food security.
In 2015 Bernhard retired from General Mills and founded Food System Strategies LLC, a strategic advisory firm as well as ‘Seeding the Future’, a non-for profit organization focusing on food security. Bernhard serves as board member of S2G, Beyond Meat, IFT Chicago, Feeding Tomorrow, Compatible Technology International, The German Institute of Food Technology (DIL) and several other organizations in the US and Europe.