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Dr Kerst Stelwagen - Founding Director, SciLactis Ltd

Dr Kerst Stelwagen


Dr Kerst Stelwagen is the founding director of SciLactis Ltd, a niche consulting and contract-research company founded in 2010 and located at the Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton, providing strategy and R&D support to companies and organizations in the agritech and value-added food sectors in NZ and overseas.  Prior to setting up SciLactis he worked for 18 years at AgResearch as a dairy scientist, Team Leader and senior Science Manager, heading the Dairy Science & Technology Department.

Hailing from The Netherlands and upon completion of his undergraduate training, he moved to Canada, where he obtained an MSc and PhD at the University of Guelph. Since then he has built up an international reputation in dairy production, nutrition, lactation, milk composition and value-added products from milk and has published over 200 articles in international science journals, books, proceedings and conference abstracts, as well as popular press articles. He is a regular speaker at (inter)national conferences and is currently a Senior Editor for the prestigious Journal of Dairy Science.  

Kerst is also a Honorary Lecturer at University of Waikato and supervises a number of PhD student at universities in NZ and overseas. Further, he has served on a wide range science program evaluation panels for universities and the European Union and is currently on the Advisory Boards of two small companies in the animal health and value-added food areas, as well as a current trustee and ex-chair of the KUDOS, the Hamilton Science Awards Trust.

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