Director, Google Food
2017 Speaker

Mountain View, CA

As Google’s director of Global Food Services, Michiel Bakker oversees Google’s Global Food program. Bakker and his team take pride in fueling the minds and bodies of those behind Google’s innovative products, serving over 150,000 delicious, nutritious and responsibly sourced meals in 56 countries around the world each day. Through great food experiences, Google Food fosters culture, collaboration and innovation at work.  

As leader of the program, Bakker is focused on developing new insights and evidence in how food experiences can enable individuals and teams to be at their best short- and long-term, and developing internal and external global partnerships to explore and tackle the challenges and opportunities in the broader food systems. The Google Food team is also actively working to promote plant-forward diets and enabling individuals to make personal, informed food choices for sustainable lifestyles. 

Prior to joining Google, Bakker spent 17 great years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in various roles. Most recently, he led Starwood’s Food and Beverage (F&B) in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where he drove operations and guided growth and development. Previous to that, he co-led Starwood’s F&B efforts in its North American Division and was for many years the F&B leader for Starwood’s new builds and transitions team in NAD. 

Bakker is an advisory board member for the EAT Stockholm Food Forum and the Sustainable Business Leadership Council for the Culinary Institute of America and Harvard School of Public Health Menus of Change Initiative.