Are you looking for a life-changing experience? Would you like to meet inspiring people? This is what ENLP provides: Training for non-scientific skills such as communication, leadership and strategic influence and a network open to all food and nutrition professionals across Europe.
The first initiative – Essentials Programme – was designed to help recently graduated food and nutrition professionals build their skills in this area and start to build relationships with fellow professionals across Europe. Today, ENLP consists of two annual training programmes, and the ENLP Network that organizes sessions in conferences, events and local circles.
The ENLP Essentials leadership training and development programme is designed to support recently graduated food and nutrition professionals building their skills in this area as well as relationships with fellow professionals across Europe. The ENLP Advanced leadership training programme is designed to provide skills in the specific areas of most relevance to mid-career food and nutrition professionals.
Our network is a growing network of over 750 food and nutrition professionals from over 230 different organizations, including academia, governmental and non governmental departments, non-profit organizations and the private sector. We support each other via seminars, information sharing and peer-to-peer learning.
President ENLP: Professor Alison Gallagher (2015 – present)
“I am Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Subject Head for Food, Nutrition and Dietetics at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. I feel priviledged to be in a position where I can pursue my passion for my subject area of nutrition and health by contributing to the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes (the future generation!) alongside research within our research centre, NICHE. I have been actively involved with ENLP for almost 20 years, initially as a participant of the ENLP Essential programme (1997), ENLP Junior Faculty (1998), then past-president of the ENLP-Alumni, and more recently (in 2011) a participant in the ENLP Advanced. It has been an absolute honour to take over as Chair of ENLP and for me personally ENLP has been a constant source of inspiration and hope for the future! Food and nutrition leaders need both a strong understanding of nutrition combined with influential leadership and communication skills. Our programmes provide unique opportuntities for participants to develop key skills necessary for effective leasdership. Our expanding ENLP network includes highly influential members working within academia, industry, international and not-for-profit agencies and as we continue to grow our ENLP network by educating and inspiring the next generation I am confident that we will continue to have a strong and positive impact on nutrition and health.”
Coordinator ENLP: Dr. Vanessa McConkey (2017 – present)
“I completed a degree in Food Technology at the Northern Ireland College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development before moving to the UK to study for a Masters in Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Reading. Since then I held a number of leadership positions in global food companies such as Kellogg’s, Premier Foods and General Mills, working across multiple food categories & geographic regions. I recently moved into a new and exciting world of nutrition supplements’ championing scientific, regulatory and technical excellence for The Nature’s Bounty Co. As an alumni of the 2015 ENLP Advanced Seminar and a manager of a large team I am intensely aware of the importance of good leadership – whether that be in terms of my own personal development or developing others. As a health and wellness leader I am acutely aware of the importance learning and development plays in helping individuals achieve higher levels of self-worth, confidence and skills, enabling them to ultimately influence health improvements. I am delighted to be taking over the baton from Anne Mullen, continuing to drive ENLP visibility, provide education opportunities and inspire the next generation!”
Director ENLP Advanced Programme: Dr Milka Sokolović (2017 – present)
“Holding a degree in Biology from the University of Belgrade, and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, I spent 15 multicultural years truly enjoying the magic of science, looking into metabolism of starvation and obesity. Communicating knowledge has been my passion throughout career, so for good six years I was teaching subjects like medical biochemistry, DNA technology, metabolism, genomics of disease. It is the same passion that has then brought me to Brussels, and to EUFIC, the European Food Information Council, where I now oversee the departments of Nutrition & Health and Food Safety, as Head of Food and Health Science. In EUFIC, we provide clear, practical information on food and health, based on sound science, to both general public and health professionals. To make a difference! Being itself all about making a difference, the ENLP felt just too tempting to miss. In 2014, I took part in the Advanced Seminar, which has built on my leadership skills, inspired me, and made me grow faster. It became a career milestone, and that is exactly what I now, as Director of the ENLP Advanced Programme, would like the future participants to take home with them. I would like to see the course grow to be widely recognized as a nursery garden for the difference-makers.”