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Agata Markiewicz (3)

Agata Markiewicz

Consultant & business owner of Consumer Insight Consulting

Agata is highly analytical and creative consumer insights and sensory specialist proficient in products’ research and research in consumers’ needs, skilled in quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Enhanced know-how about sensory and consumer sciences she gained working for many years in the FMCG sector and on individual trainings organized in research units in Europe (Germany, the Netherlands, England, France).

Her extensive professional experience is related to work in the food industry for well-known international companies in the FMCG sector in the departments: Research and Development (R&D) and Marketing, for such companies as Unilever and Heinz. She worked on a wide range of products in the food industry: from fresh to frozen products such as soups, sauces, ketchups, ready meals, juices, tomato products, chilled products, salads, vegetables, powder products, desserts, ice-creams, teas.
She had the pleasure to improve products for such brands as: Knorr, Bertolli, Unox, Hellmann’s, Tortex, Amino, Pfanni, Pudliszki, Heinz.

Agata graduated faculty of Economics in specialization of Economics of Food Economics at the Agricultural University (now University of Life Sciences in Poznan). In addition, she has an Bachelor degree awarded after graduating the European Funds Management studies in the CAH Vilentum University in Dronten in the Netherlands.

In 2009, she participated in training ‘Sensory Evaluation and Sensory Techniques’ organized by the Campden BRI – Chipping Campden & the Nottingham University. In 2010, she had the pleasure to participate in the training: ‘Sensory Evaluation – Statistical Methods and Interpretation’ also organized by the Campden BRI – Chipping Campden & the Nottingham University. Additionally she has a certificate in the field of ‘Sensory Evaluation’ rewarded by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) in the UK in 2009.

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Xandra van den Linden                       

Xandra van der Linden

Sr. Behavioural Research Consultant by Noldus Information Technology

Although Xandra didn’t envision a life as a scientist and moved away from academic life, she did not move away from the human psyche! From a degree in Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology, she moved to dabbling in HR for a short period of time, and then revisited the study of human behaviour. Specifically, she found her niche studying consumer behaviour.

Xandra worked on international projects as a qualitative researcher at an international market research company. This experience allowed her to convey consumers’ stories to Clients from a variety of consumer industries.

After spending time in Australia, a place she adores, Xandra returned to the Netherlands. She currently lives in Amsterdam with her husband and two sons. Her sons keep her busy these days, so Xandra often has to put her other interests (motorbike and horse riding, salsa dancing, cooking, and gardening) on  hold for the time being.

Through Noldus, Xandra was able to return to her neuropsychology roots. Making use of Noldus technology, she aims to explore both ‘System 1’ and ‘System 2’ of the human motivational systems to explain consumer behaviour to her Clients as thoroughly as she can.

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Renata Szeptycka

Head of the Research and Development

Renata has extensive experience in working on new products gained in B2B and B2C companies in the food industry.

She is a trained food technologist and began her career in the department of the sensory analysis. Furthermore she worked in the product’s technology at Unilever.

In her career she led projects that aimed to introduce the product’s portfolio to the markets of Europe and Russia in close cooperation with marketing, supply chain, and investment departments for top global brands such as Heinz, or Hellmann’s.

Renata currently defines the strategic research agenda for the sector companies B2B and decides on innovative projects as a strategic ‘Gate keeper’ representing the research and development department.

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Sylwia Piskulska

Consultant & business owner of Pictorial

Sylwia believes that a good project begins with a great concept. She likes to climb higher in order to gain a broader perspective. She thinks with questions, because these facilitate in driving her forward to gain answers and a better solution that is simpler, straighter, less complicated and more appropriate to her Clients’ needs.

Sylwia believes in motivating her Clients to extend beyond their comfort zone, to expand the largest asset that we have all been given, our mind. In some cases this process  can be difficult, but in the majority of cases it is by far the most rewarding. She believes in finding answers, assessing the schemes and beliefs that are slowing you down and obliterating them. She gets rid of those walls that are obstructing you so that you can move forward, unhindered, faster, effective and more efficiently.

Sylwia is a graduate of the University of Economics in Poznań. For 16 years she has been immersed in marketing. It is her forte! She was at the forefront in the launch of over 60 new brands and 3000 new products. She has worked in conjunction with Polish and international teams. Her concepts have won several marketing awards and the recognition of her peers within and external to the industry. She is a member and mentor at the Mentor Program of the Women Leadership of Business Foundation.

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