Maurice Biriotti

Professor Maurice Biriotti is Chief Executive of SHM. Before setting up the company in 1996, Maurice was a full-time academic and held posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. His published work covers literature, philosophy, anthropology and the dynamics of cultural change. SHM was founded on the insight that human motivation is at the root of all business success and is critical to business innovation and the delivery of competitive advantage.

Maurice has applied this insight successfully across both the public and private sectors and it remains at the heart of all of the work the company does. In the private sector, Maurice works with global corporations both in the UK and internationally to guide and manage major change initiatives, build capabilities and manage the operational health of relationships. In the public sector, Maurice has worked with government departments across the health, education and transport sectors, using research into human motivations to improve cultures, processes, structures and ways of working.

Maurice is a Visiting Professor in the department of Psychiatry, Yale University; holds a Chair of Medical Humanities at University College London; and is a member of the advisory board for the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. Maurice is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds a number of non-executive positions in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Maurice attended the University of Cambridge, achieving an MA in Classics from Clare College and an MPhil in Latin American Studies from Emmanuel College.

Atul Singhal

Atul Singhal is the Director of the Childhood Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Child Health, University College, London. He is also Professor in Paediatric Nutrition at University College London and holds Honorary Consultant Paediatrician posts at the Whittington and Great-Ormond Street Hospitals.

He graduated in Medicine from the Royal Free Hospital, London in 1986 and pursued a career in General and Neonatal Paediatrics, including 5 years at the Medical Research Council, Sickle Cell Unit at the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. Here, he completed his MD thesis on the role of nutrition and metabolism in children with sickle cell disease.

Atul has been a consultant in paediatrics since 1997. Previously (1998-2011), he was the Deputy Director and Head of the Clinical Trials and Cardiovascular Nutrition Group at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Childhood Nutrition Research Centre at ICH.

He has broad interests in paediatric nutrition but his research focuses on the influence of early nutrition for long-term health, the effects of nutritional interventions to reduce long-term cardiovascular risk, and nutritional interventions for obesity.

Ruurd Van Elburg

Ruurd van Elburg is the Preterm Science and Program Director at Danone Nutricia Research and Professor of Early Life Nutrition at the University of Amsterdam. 

After his medical education at the VU University in Amsterdam, he was trained in Pediatrics at the University Medical Center Groningen and Isala Clinics Zwolle. His PhD thesis on ‘The Sugar Absorption Test; Clinico-pathophysiological considerations’ included studies on food allergy, celiac disease and cystic fibrosis in children.

Girish Deshpande

Dr Girish Deshpande is a senior neonatologist at Nepean Hospital Sydney. He has completed his fellowship training in neonatal and perinatal medicine from King Edward and Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth, Western Australia.

Dr Deshpande’s research interest include early neonatal nutrition particularly probiotics, parenteral nutrition, intravenous lipids and evidence based medicine, systematic reviews. During his advanced training, he has received new investigator awards from PSANZ, and Pediatric Academic Society, USA for his probiotic research. He has several publications in peer reviewed journals including Lancet, Pediatrics and Cochrane reviews. His PhD is based on the probiotics in preterm neonates at University of Sydney.

His current research is focused on neonatal nutrition, probiotics and meta-genomics, randomised controlled trials of newer intravenous lipids and evaluation of body composition after selective early nutritional interventions in preterm neonates.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner is the UCD Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, in Dublin, Ireland. He also is leading research programmes on maternal obesity and foetal growth at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction.

In June 2010, he was appointed to the Health Service Executive (HSE) as Director of the National Programme for obstetrics and gynaecology. He has also previously served from 1992-8 as Master of the Coombe.

Eline Van Der Beek

Eline van der Beek studied Zoology in Utrecht and completed a PhD in Neuroendocrinology at the Utrecht University (1994). Following her postdoctoral degree she became postdoc and later assistant professor at the Animal Sciences Department, Wageningen University, investigating the neuro-endocrinological regulation of hormones and behaviour. In 2000, she joined Numico Research (later Danone) in Wageningen, as Head of the Physiology Section, and was responsible for metabolism research. She became Program Director responsible for metabolic programming research in 2007.

From August’10-July’15 she was Research Director of Danone-Nutricia Early Life Nutrition in Singapore, the first centre in Asia to focus on maternal and child health, understanding the impact of nutrition on growth and the relation to immune, gut (microbiota), brain & metabolism development in early life. In August’15 she returned to R&D headquarters in the Netherlands were she is now heading the Metabolism & Growth Platform in the Life Science Innovations Department of Early Life Nutrition. Since June 2016 she has been appointed as Professor in “Nutritional Programming” on an endowed chair at the Department of Pediatrics, University Medical Centre Groningen. She continues to study nutritional programming of later life health understanding the role of nutrition, in particular nutrient quality and specific needs during different stages of development. Eline is a (co)inventor >25 patent applications and has published >80 articles in peer reviewed journals.