Prof. Edith Feskens obtained her MSc degree in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University. She received her Ph.D. at Leiden University in 1991 (‘Epidemiological studies on glucose tolerance – dietary determinants and cardiovascular consequences’). She worked at the RIVM (National Institute of Public Health and the Environment) until 2005 in various roles, such as head of the unit of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Epidemiology. In 2005 she was appointed associate professor at the chair group of Nutritional Epidemiology at Wageningen University, and in 2008 she became a personal professor in Nutrition and Metabolic syndrome. In 2015 she was appointed chair of Nutrition and Health over the life course and subsequently chair of Global Nutrition at Wageningen University in 2018.
Prof. Feskens is a certified supervisor in Epidemiology and Nutrition Sciences, a.o. Co-director of the Gerrit Grijns Initiative and theme leader at OnePlanet. She is also a Council Member of the IUNS (International Union of Nutritional Sciences).
Relevant to the city of Amsterdam is her experience in combined lifestyle interventions, such as SLIMMER; her expertise in combatting malnutrition in all its forms and including trade-offs with sustainability; and her focus on links with data science and AI.