Michiel Bakker

Director, Global Food Services, Google

As Google’s Director of Global Food Services (based in Mountain View, CA) Michiel Bakker oversees Google’s Global Food program. Michiel and his team take pride in fueling the minds and bodies of those behind Google’s innovative products, serving over 150,000 delicious, nutritious and  responsibly sourced meals in 56 countries around the world each day. Through great food experiences, Google Food fosters culture, collaboration and innovation at work.

As the leader of the program, Michiel is focused on on developing new insights and evidence in how food experiences can enable individuals and teams to be their best short and long term, and developing internal and external global partnerships to explore and tackle the challenges and opportunities in the broader food systems. The Google Food team is also actively working on promoting plant forward diets and enabling individuals to make personal, informed food choices for sustainable lifestyles.

Prior to joining Google, Michiel spent 17 great years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in various roles.  Most recently, he led Starwood’s Food and Beverage in Europe, Africa and the Middle East where he drove operations and guided growth and development. Previous to that, he co-lead Starwood’s F&B efforts in its North American Division and was for many years the F&B leader for Starwood’s New builds and transitions team in NAD.

Michiel is an Advisory Board member for the Stockholm Food forum EAT (www.eatforum.org) and the Sustainable Business Leadership Council for the CIA – Harvard School of Public Health Menus of Change Initiative (http://menusofchange.org/). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Hotel Management School Maastricht (The Netherlands), a MBA from the University of Bradford (United Kingdom), a Master’s of Hospitality Administration degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA) and a Master’s degree in Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver, Colorado (USA).

Together with his wife Nicolette, Michiel is raising his two sons (Brian and Andrew) in sunny Los Gatos, California. In his spare time, Michiel loves spending time with his family, hiking, eating out, reading and just enjoying life.

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