Niels Alsted

Business Relations and Technical Director, BioMar Group A/S, Denmark

Dr Niels Alsted has over 30 years experience in aquaculture and fish nutrition. He started as a fish farmer in Denmark, such experience motivated him to get an education and obtain a MSc in Fisheries from Tromsø University in Norway. Niels joined BioMar in 1987 when he was doing a study for an Industrial PhD at Danish Technological University in Copenhagen and BioMar. The nutritional study was on developing and producing environmentally friendly diets for fish. Since then, he has had a broad range of responsibilities in different positions within R&D, business development, and sourcing as part of the top management of the BioMar Group. Most recently he held the title of Vice President Asia & Business Relations, when he lived for a year in Chengdu, China building BioMar’s joint venture with Tongwei. Improving food safety standards, environmental performance, and working towards increased sustainability of the aquaculture industry have been focal points in the career of Niels. He is in the steering committee of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council for fish feed production, a member of the board of IFFO RS, the international association for the certification of marine ingredients and chairman of FEFAC fish feed committee and through various other organizational bodies, Niels is deeply involved in the dialogue between the aquaculture industry, authorities, and NGO’s.