Meet the team
I´m Mariëtte Abrahams, Nutrition Business Consultant & Founder
I completed my Bachelors degree in Nutrition & Dietetics at Stellenbosch University in South Africa (a while ago).
My first job was in Food service management, needless to say I did not last long…. I then went to the UK where I worked as a Dietitian in the National health service (NHS) in various clinical roles. Fast forward six and a half years later, l Ieft as a specialist Gastroenterology dietitian, gaining experience in managing a department of specialist dietitians as well as managing patients with various gastrointestinal and surgical issues. I also squeezed in the time to complete a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and run a private practice. After a short stint travelling in South-America, I joined a major medical nutrition company as a Medical and Scientific Affairs Advisor specialising in Gastroenterology & Paediatrics and gaining experience in marketing, training, event management, regulation and medical nutrition. I really enjoyed that role and then moved to Portugal in 2009.
My Personalised Nutrition & Business Journey
Since I was young, I´ve always had a passion for health, food and learning and approaching problems from new angles. My life experience has shown me that in order to stand out from the crowd, you have to move out of your comfort zone, take risks, create something new, but always stay true to who you really are.
My clinical experience has taught me, that good expert advice should be accessible to all, however the “One-size fits all” approach no longer works and certainly does not improve motivation levels for long-lasting behaviour change. I don´t believe in diets, but I do believe in a whole-food approach and personalization of nutrition advice using the latest in technologies. Ever since I dealt with Crohn´s disease patients in the clinical setting, I always wondered how genes and diet could interact to cause or worsen flare-ups. This made me curious to investigate the new area of Nutritional Genomics, which was not called that at the time. I took up further training in Nutritional Genomics at the European Nutrigenomics Organisation and in South-Africa and set up Mariette Abrahams consulting in early 2011, providing gene-based personalised nutrition services to clients and providing technical consulting services to start-ups. I´ve since also started on my PhD journey and now expanded into metabolomics and the microbiome too, learning new things every day. I´m so thrilled to be part of this Genomics & Personalised nutrition era, the opportunities are endless and I feel expert nutrition professionals have an important role to play in ensuring that the science is translated accurately and consistently.
Our mission is to become the go-to resource for industry looking for strategic, business, product development and training support in the area of personalised nutrition. We want to support you in developing great products that ensure a positive and enjoyable customer experience that is built on science.
Our team is made up of amazing associates and partners who make sure that we can provide a comprehensive service to our clients. The team consists of personalised nutrition experts, growth hackers, social media ninja´s, researchers as well as app developers (AR & VR) and gamers. Together we have decades of experience in our respective industries and offer our services in English, Portuguese, French and Dutch.