Peter Olesen is Chair of the Board of the Danish Council for Strategic Research and has years of solid experience with public and private research as well as international cooperation as both professor and manager.
Mr. Olesen has an educational background in botany and plant biology from the University of Copenhagen – a degree he expanded upon in 1983 with a PhD in plant cell biology.
Mr. Olesen has held several chief executive positions in international food companies during the past 25 years. He has been director of research at Danisco A/S among others and in recent years he has been group managing director of Chr. Hansen A/S where he was responsible for research and development of enzymes and bacteria cultures for acidification and taste formation in food, probiotic bacteria as well as natural flavour additives and colour agents.
Today, Peter is manager of his own company, ActiFoods, that offers counselling and knowledge sharing to companies and research institutions within food and health. In addition, he is employed as part-time MSO professor at the Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at LIFE, University of Copenhagen.