David Carlander, Director General

Dr. Carlander is the Director General of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA). In his position he covers the agricultural sector (food, feed, ag-chem), REACH and risk assessment of nanomaterials, coordinates and participates in research projects and represents NIA at EU regulatory meetings (e.g. European Commission Sub Group on Nanomaterials under REACH) and at meetings organised by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for accredited stakeholders. Prior to becoming Director General, Dr. Carlander served as Director of Advocacy for NIA.

Before joining the NIA Dr. Carlander worked six years as Scientific Officer for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), where he was coordinating the risk assessment of applications of nanotechnologies in the food and feed area. In EFSA Dr Carlander also performed risk assessment of animal cloning, and was working with the TTC concept (Threshold of Toxicological Concern) as well as with GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) risk assessment. Before EFSA, Dr Carlander worked for the Swedish Ministry of Agriculture, and the Swedish National Food Administration, with regulations on GMOs, pesticide residues and organic farming. Dr Carlander has over 15 years of experience working with governments, academia, industry and international organisations. Dr. Carlander holds a M.Sc. in Biotechnology and a PhD in Clinical Chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden.