Harold Schmitz

Chief Science Officer, Mars Incorporated

Harold Schmitz is presently Chief Science Officer for Mars, Incorporated and Senior Scholar in the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis. Prior to taking on his current role in Mars he held various positions within the company in Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Fundamental Research, Analytical and Applied Sciences and Corporate Staff.  Prior to joining Mars in 1993, he was an United States Department of Agriculture National Needs Research Fellow at North Carolina State University’s Department of Food Science.  Harold received his Master of Science degree in Food Science from the University of Illinois and his Doctoral degree in Food Science, with a minor in organic chemistry, from North Carolina State University.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in 1987, and in 2011 was honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences.

Harold has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, given numerous invited presentations, organized and/or chaired numerous scientific meetings and is a co-inventor on several granted patents, with particular emphasis on exploring the relationship between vascular biology and dietary constituents and generally the metabolism and function of dietary phytochemicals in modulating human health. His focus on multi-disciplinary collaborations led to a position on the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable from 2005 - 2013.  He is a member of the National Research Advisory Board at Washington University in St Louis, the Food Innovation Advisory Council at The Ohio State University and the Board of Visitors, which advises the Chancellor, at North Carolina State University.  Since 2007, he has been active in the annual meetings of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prize Winners Meetings at Lake Constance.  Harold’s current areas of interest focus broadly on the relationship of agriculture and food production in context of social, cultural, ecological, environmental and economic sustainability, and the unique role that multi-sector collaborations can play in solving challenges in this area.

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