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Industry experts join the advisory board of Protix

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Insect protein producer, Protix, is scaling its international business and creating growth within the insect industry. To assist the company's growth, special advisers Einar Wathne and Bert Pauli are joining the advisory board. The company is delighted that these highly regarded specialists will bring in their valuable input and insights also in the next stage of its journey. Einar will bring his expertise in aquaculture to the table, while Bert will help oversee regulatory matters and complex stakeholder management.  

Kees Aarts, CEO and founder of Protix, said “we are very excited that Einar Wathne and Bert Pauli are providing us with advice and support in our ambitious growth plans. We are confident their in-depth knowledge, network and experience are a real asset in navigating our company through the next phase. With these two seasoned leaders and experts, we will be able to roll out our plans even better and faster.” 

Einar Wathne is the former CEO of EWOS and president of Cargill Aqua Nutrition, a long-time leader in the aquaculture industry. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and also sits on the board of directors of salmon farmer Bakkafrost, growth companies like Blue Lice AS, and C-feed AS and is chairman of NCE Seafood Cluster AS and Nutrimar Holding AS. He looks forward to supporting Protix in doing the right things well in the aqua industry that is renowned for its efficiency and R&D-driven growth. 

“The farming expertise and the technological and commercial nature of Protix are unique in the world and will be a critical success factor in bringing this new category of nutrition to the aquaculture industry. I look forward to helping to drive their long-term impact in this exciting industry,” Einar said.

Bert Pauli and Protix worked together between 2013-2019, successfully deregulating the insect-based nutrition industry. Bert Pauli will support the company’s development mainly in the areas of complex stakeholder management, international regulatory affairs and national & municipal interests. 

“Creating an industry is no easy task. It demands innovation in all aspects: from biology to technology to regulation. Protix has proven its ability to drive multistakeholder dialogue through its transparent and motivating agenda and vision. I look forward to continuing to support them in the scale-up phase. Close collaboration with different stakeholders on an international scale will be crucial, and I am pleased to contribute with my expertise in that area,” Bert said.


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