Leadership Team

Dr. Rolf Smeets is Managing Director and Board Member of Dutch Medical Food BV.  

 

Dr. Smeets is a globally recognized industry expert in Medical Nutrition and Functional Foods with broad ranging experience in the design and development of new innovative science-based nutritional products, clinical trials for product safety and efficacy, establishment of industry quality, market access, medical affairs, corporate affairs and regulatory compliance. 


Dr. Smeets industry experience spans over two decades and his most recent appointment was with Danone as its Chief Medical Officer and member of the executive board of the medical food division. In this role, he worked with governments and healthcare providers from all over the world, implementing and ensuring access to the right nutritional regimens for patients.

He also was, as Head of Research for Medical Food, responsible for the full innovation pipeline. Dr. Smeets holds an MBA degree from the University of Groningen with modules at INSEAD, Yale and Wharton. He earned his Ph.D. from the Radboud University Nijmegen in Medical Sciences.

Dr. Guru Ramanathan is Managing Director and Board Member of Dutch Medical Food B.V. 

 

Dr. Ramanathan is a globally recognized expert on Innovation Management and his advisory concentrations include Scientific Affairs, Regulatory Compliance, Quality Assurance and Control, Clinical Trials Design & Management, Technology Acquisition, Alliance Management, Product Development and Manufacturing in the Global Health and Wellness Industry.

Dr. Ramanathan's industry experience spans Clinical care, Pharma, Consumer health, Animal health and the Retail sectors. His most recent appointment was with Pittsburgh based General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) as its Chief Innovation Officer, Senior Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to that Dr. Ramanathan was a Senior Director for the US subsidiaries of Nutricia (Danone). Before this he was Medical Director for the US subsidiary of Scotia Pharmaceuticals. He has also held various industry consulting, research and teaching appointments in India and the US. 

 

Dr. Ramanathan holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business focused on global business practices. He earned his Ph.D. from Tufts University in Healthcare Innovation Management. 

Negar Esmailzadeh MSc, RD is VP of Sales & Marketing and Board Member of Dutch Medical Food B.V.

Negar Esmailzadeh is an expert in Clinical Nutrition with over a decade of experience spanning Intensive care through sick care of patients at various stages of illness through recovery. Her clinical experience began in the Intensive Care Unit of the university hospital of Copenhagen, where she focused on understanding the nutritional needs of different patients during illness and recovery. Her hands-on experience with patients, caregivers and families was foundational in understanding the patient perspective in the context of medical care.

Her industry experience was gained at Nutricia/Danone, where she was responsible for Medical affairs, Market Access, Marketing and Sales in healthcare channels in more than 43

different countries across Asia, Europe and Latin America.  She has worked closely with medical professionals, policy makers, reimbursement authorities, patient associations, scientific associations and governmental officials around the world.

 

Ms. Esmailzadeh's passion has always been increasing access to care for every single individual in the world by developing and working with engaged internal and external teams. She holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and is also a registered dietician. 

Advisory Board

Barend Post is an advisory board member of Dutch Medical Food B.V.

 

Mr. Post is a strategic legal advisor/impact lawyer, holding several directors’ positions at companies in the fields of sustainability, circularity and social impact. He focuses on investments, financing, corporate governance and collaborations in the field of health care, food, renewable energy and micro credits. He embraces a holistic approach to help his clients achieving their goals and objectives, such as creative and innovative use of legal and tax tools and smart collaboration between parties and advisors. He is a social impact lawyer, deploying law as a force for social, sustainable an equitable goal.

He was a partner in the banking and finance part of the AKD lawyer firm based in the Netherlands and the head of tax/legal at Triodos Investment Management. Besides several board positions, Mr. Post has his own law firm, Barend Post Advocatuur BV.

 

Mr. Post obtained his law degree from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He also holds an LLM degree in Banking, Corporate Finance, and Securities law from Duke Law School, USA.

Dr. Roger Phillips is an advisory board member of Dutch Medical Food B.V.

 

Dr. Phillips is an experienced executive business and commercial leader in the field of Medical Food. He has a proven record of driving growth through strategic foresight and planning, coupled with a strong belief in building performance through teams and people. He is an advocate for growth through commercialization of innovation, providing outstanding customer experience.


He has almost three decades of experience in the health care industry. Until recently, he has been an executive board member of Danone’s Medical food division. As a Chief Commercial he was responsible for sales and marketing.

Before that, he was Regional vice president for the medical food division and General manager of Nutricia UK.    

Dr. Phillips holds a BS degree from Swansea University in Biochemistry and a PhD degree in immunology and microbiology from the Imperial College, St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK.

Danielle Wilson Naqvi is an advisory board member of Dutch Medical Food B.V.

 

Mrs. Danielle Wilson Naqvi is the founder and driving force behind The ZB Foundation, an award winning charity that aims to pioneer the use of Newborn Screening, target the uncharted medical area of rare metabolic diseases, and over time, become a compelling soldier for the fight against baby/infant deaths and third world standard pediatric medicine and healthcare facilities. In 2013, The ZB Foundation opened the only newborn screening facility in Islamabad, Pakistan and have tested over 25,000 babies through funding. In 2018 Mrs. Naqvi spoke on the TEDx platform which was a dream come true to share the story of her late daughter Zahra Beau who passed away at the tender age of 4 months and how a mother’s will and determination can turn a loss into a legacy. 

Mrs. Naqvi is an experienced PR and marketing expert, working and living in Dubai for the past 25 years. She was head of marketing for ITP Publishing, the largest media company in the Middle East & North Africa region. She currently owns and manages Unique Family Travels, a bespoke, multi-dimensional travel portal that specializes in creating unique holidays. 

 

Her activities nowadays characterise her as an energetic, inspiring and entrepreneurial mother of three young children with a passion for helping others.

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