As a young girl, I dreamed of exploring the deepest jungles. I have always been fascinated by the unknown, the diversity and beauty of nature. Nevertheless, I did not explore the jungle – I studied the rumen of cows at university. After all, it’s also mysterious and varied – it just smells a little bit more austere.
Storyteller, foodie, unicorn-lover – may be the three words that describe me best. Unfortunately, you cannot make a living by only eating food, even though it’s healthy. Therefore, I have developed my skills in Marketing, Online Communications and Content Management to enlighten people around the globe about the power of nature and its contribution to animal as well as human health. Besides, I am following my pioneering roots and try to convince our management to introduce unicorns as a new species at Delacon. I am sure that one day, I will succeed. Last but not least – never forget to be magical.
I love to learn, discover and tell feed and food stories globally - using Social Media, visual communications and media relations.
After her study in agriculture sciences at the university of natural resources and life sciences in Vienna, Elisabeth joined the Delacon family in December 2013 as Technical Communications Manager. A position, she still exerts with pleasure after her return from maternity leave and at alongside of Anne. Elisabeth describes herself as a great animal and nature lover and prefers to spend her free time high up in the mountains with her little family, away from the hustle and bustle.
From driving instructor over journalist to public relations and communications specialist. Christoph is interested in the phenomena of communication from a professional, scientific and private perspective already for decades – his hardest project so far: Understanding the differences between male and female communication. Considering himself as a lifelong learner with many interests like music, sports and science.
As there are increasing occurences in intestinal disorders, gut health becomes more important. “Phytogenics can modulate the intestinal microbiota which can help to regulate inflammatory responses and oxidative stress – an important factor in today’s gut health management,” says David Harrington, Species Leader Poultry at Delacon.
Scientific Lead and deputy Head of R&D In 2015, Tobias Aumiller joined the Delacon family as Research and Development Manager for Swine and Microbiology. He received his diploma in Technical Biology and completed his Ph.D. in animal nutrition at the University Hohenheim in 2015, focusing on feed-gut-microbiota interaction. In his leisure time Tobias loves playing table tennis and also participates in championships.
After finalizing his dissertation in the working group of "Neurobiology and Behaviour" at the University of Graz, Stefan Hirtenlehner, decided to leave his position as a project manager and started in 2016 to work as a Technical Communications Manager at Delacon. Inspired by the family character of Delacon's employees and by the companies vision, he joined the R&D department, where he worked from 2018 until 2019 as a Research Manager Poultry.
Gonçalo Martins joined Delacon in December 2018 as a Customer technical service manager for the ruminant team. He is a veterinary, graduated from UTAD in Portugal and started his work as a practitioner in dairy farms. For the past 12 years, Gonçalo has been working within animal nutrition industry, mainly in the feed additives and feed supplements business. At the moment, he is responsible for the technical support of the ASPAC region, Portugal, Spain and Ukraine.
Ricardo Neto was part of the Delacon PDI team as CTS manager swine from February 2019 until early 2020. Ricardo is a Doctor of veterinary medicine, graduated from UTAD in Portugal and he worked in a specialized pig practice in England for 4 years. After this period in practice, he joined the pharmaceutical industry launching the first PCV2 vaccine in the UK and Ireland and later the first Swine influenza vaccine. He joined the global repro team to support the reproductive franchise providing training and regional support. Ricardo is passionate about sustainable and ethical pig production.
Thierry Aubert can look back on 15 years of experience in the premix, feed and meat industry. Since the beginning of his career, Thierry is in regular exchange with the farmers to understand their challenges and needs. In 2013 he joined Delacon as Species Leader Ruminants. With his team, he is in charge of the global product development for the ruminant species and customer technical support. Since spring 2018, his task areas have been extended: At the moment, he is also responsible for the coordination of the Reginal Technical Managers worldwide. In his leisure time, he likes to go running and already participated in several marathons.
Sanja Erkic grew up and lived in different cultural environments and is a real language expert. After studying Cultural Studies (majoring in social sciences and politics), she joined the Delacon team in Toulouse in 2018. Sanja is a globetrotter, she loves to learn new things and tries to see the world from different angles. As an Event Coordinator, Sanja is responsible for organizing various events all around the world.
Since 2017 Poulad has been R&D Manager Ruminant at Delacon. Poulad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and a Master’s degree in Ruminant Nutrition, both from universities in Iran (University of Tabriz & Azad University). Then he moved to Austria and completed his PhD in Ruminant Nutrition at the University of Veterinary Medicine (VetMedUni) in Vienna. Prior to joining Delacon, he worked as researcher at the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Plant Functional Compounds at the VetMedUni in Vienna. His motto: Rumen – a universe that needs to be discovered.
Since 2014, Karina Umdasch has been responsible for internal and external communications at Delacon. Her growing team consists of experts in various fields of communications. As of November 2017, Karina has enlarged her role in Corporate Strategy. She is an active member of the Public Relations Association Leadership Team in Upper Austria and part of Austria's Young Leaders Forum. Her motto: Great things never came from comfort zones.
Species Leader Swine at Delacon Sandra Chamusco has a degree in Animal Science at the University of Évora in Portugal and has been working in swine nutrition for more than 20 years. She was a feed formulator and customer consultant, technical responsible and Director of Operations at the Portuguese subsidiary of the French group CCPA. After that she was Director of Swine Nutrition Department at T.N.A. (Portugal). At Delacon, Sandra is Species Leader Swine. Her team is responsible for product development and product support, and for the customer technical services for the complete range of Delacon’s swine products on a global level.