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Our team

Much like our enchanting products, our team is a unique concoction of people.
World-class scientists, engineers, artists, marketing and innovation experts work together to find new paths to people’s hearts and health.

Cecilia Ezaz-Nikpay

Company Manager

Always first to the table at product tastings. Economist and former management consultant with Enjoin Partners and McKinsey. Likes problem solving, visiting industrial sites and writing too long emails. Lights candles at random, like all Swedes.

Antonio Gavira

Operations and Finance 

Energetic, smiling, and Spanish; multi-tasks on a daily basis and reads minds as astutely as he reads excel sheets. Ready for the battle every time it is necessary, may it be expediting orders at the speed of light, or perform charades in the office. And he is a rock star by night – no kidding!

 

Pasquale Russo

Art Director

Artful architect and designer fuelled by espresso. An unbeatable eye for detail, and exceptional talent for herding cats, are his sharpest weapons. As an Italian master of all things, he makes the hardest work look breezy.

Fatemeh Farahani

Innovation

Trained in fine arts, a creative artist who loves using her colour palette of natural ingredients and flavours to create beautiful, healthy products. There is no taste challenge that she cannot solve in a surprising way. Cooks heavenly Iranian dishes for her colleagues.

 

Aurelie Geronimus

Innovation

Psychologist by training, foodie by passion and by French heritage. Loves and leads culinary explorations in our lab, but when throwing off her apron, she is as astute in her role as management consultant, and as our lead designer of projects on consumer insight.

 

Dr. Virginia Martin

Innovation

Sunnily natured scientist with PhD-expertise on materials and packaging. Broad knowledge in food engineering, particularly in drink applications linked to market responses. As an unapologetic academic, she happily admits that learning is her greatest passion.

 

Florian Niederberger

Innovation

Ultra-organised and charming chemical engineer with a past in academic labs and production facilities. Florian is our go-to person for tricky problems, which he tackles with as much good humor as extraordinary sharpness. He has a memory like an elephant.

 

Dr. Hendrik Sabert

Innovation and Engineering

Brilliant at Everything. Previously McKinsey consultant, senior researcher at Sony in Japan, and CTO of a tech startup. Among his untold number of skills, Hendrik programs in any computer language. Somehow, he finds time to be a really lovely guy too.

 

Naima Slilem

Chef and Product Design

Experienced and warm-hearted chef who doesn’t get flummoxed by unusual catering requests or adventurous innovation projects. Juggles tortillas with salads, colourful smoothies and healthy cakes (plus colleagues messing up her kitchen).

 

Quim Lopes

Pastry Chef and Logistics

Makes things happen without causing a whirl. All of a sudden, tricky on-time deliveries have been sorted out, or an elaborate birthday cake has been produced that matches anything you’ve ever seen on TV. Warms us every day with his lovely smile.

 

Teresa Lopes

Chef and Premises

Counts the knives and keeps the kitchen in top-notch order. Looks after our highest hygiene standards - even when it involves shouting at colleagues that don’t follow the Rules. Cooks with a Portuguese twists and is never far away from a big laugh.

 

Dr. Khosro Ezaz-Nikpay

Director

Biochemist from Harvard who went to McKinsey and spent much of his time on Innovation. One of the founders of Zendegii and full of ideas - mostly crazy but every now and then there is a good one. A fiery, persuasive lover of healthy eating and chocolate.

 

Peter Freedman

Director

CEO of Global Consumer Goods Forum and a true gentleman. Passionate about finding healthy and environmentally sustainable solutions for consumers. Peter led McKinsey’s global consumer practice and brings a wealth of insight and practical guidance to everything we do.

 

Andrew McKinlay

Marketing

Branding expert with big and small (but always successful) brands in his portfolio. Extensive experience from Sachi&Sachi and Nokia. Charming explorer of new marketing ideas, as well as of new ways of living healthily. Takes rugby very seriously.

 

Ray Huntzinger

Zendegii Fitness

Serial entrepreneur, passionate about nutrition and fitness. Zendegii guru who knows the minutiae of manufacturing. Formerly senior manager in banking and in logistics who left to start two boutique gyms in Leamington Spa and Harrogate.