About me

I am Jes Knudsen. I have gained comprehensive understanding of Kosher and Halal certification, that enables me to effectively implement the relevant requirements in a quality management system


I am known for always delivering in the agreed quality at the agreed time


I have worked with global Kosher and Halal certification for more than 20 years


I am systematic and structured, and used to thinking in both the details and the overall picture

Who am I

I am an expert in

  • assessing the need for Kosher/Halal certification
  • identifying the relevant certification bodies
  • identifying gaps in relation to certification
  • establishing procedures and systems to efficiently support certification
  • interpreting, evaluating and challenging certification bodies’ requirements
Jes Knudsen KKHC

Jes Knudsen 

– the only European consultant in Kosher and Halal certification


MSc in Chemical Engineering, DTU, Denmark (1980)

Various positions at Novozymes A/S (previously part of Novo Industri A/S and Novo Nordisk A/S):


  • Engineer, Pilot Plant (1981-1985)
  • Engineer and manager, Various enzyme and penicillin plants (Denmark, Japan, Italy, 1985-1994)
  • Product coordinator, Enzyme Production (1994-2000)
  • Senior manager, Global Quality (2000-2021)

Kosher / halal activities

  • Novozymes’ Global Kosher production coordinator (1994-2000)
  • Novozymes’ Global Kosher/Halal coordinator (2000-2021)
  • Founder and chairman of the Danish Kosher/Halal network group (2000-2020)
  • Member of the Danish Agriculture & Food Halal Network Group (2021-)
  • Attended Kosher (incl. Passover) and Halal certification audits at Novozymes plants and toll manufacturers in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, USA, Brazil, China and India (1996-2021)

Halal training

  • International Training on Halal Assurance System (MUI, Indonesia, 2010)
  • International Halal auditor training (Halal Control, Germany, 2014)
  • Seminar on Global halal standards and Halal Assurance System training (Danish Agriculture and Food, 2021)

Halal Conferences

Participant at

  • Global Halal Forum (MUI, Jakarta, 2010)
  • Seminar on Malaysia Halal standards (Danish Agriculture & Food, 2015)
  • Roundtable on the new UAE Halal Scheme (EU-GCC, Amsterdam, 2016)

Speaker at

  • Halal Food Conference (IFANCA, Paris, 2001)
  • 1st International Halal Food Conference (IFCE, Brussels, 2004)
  • 2nd International Halal Food Conference (IFCE, Amsterdam, 2006)
  • 3rd International Halal Food Conference (IFCE, Brussels, 2008)
  • 4th International Halal Food Conference (IFCE, Brussels, 2010)
  • 5th International Halal Food Conference (HFCE, Brussels, 2012)
  • 6th International Halal Food Conference (HFCE, Brussels, 2014)
  • 7th International Halal Food Conference (HFCE, Brussels, 2016)
  • 2nd EU-GCC Halal Workshop and Roundtable (EU-GCC, Dubai, 2016)
  • 19th International Halal Food Conference (IFANCA, Chicago, 2017)


Good for mankind award

“Company of the Year” (IFANCA, 2017)

Crescent-M Award “Good for Mankind”, “In Appreciation of his Long Time Support to Halal” (IFANCA, 2017)


Halal food production handbook

Co-author of chapter “Globalization of Halal Certification: From an Industrial Perspective” in “Handbook of Halal Food Production” (Mian N. Riaz, Muhammad M. Chaudry, CRC Press, 2019)


My wife and I live in Hvalsoe, 50 km west of Copenhagen, Denmark. I am a passionate runner and ran marathons for many years. I still run several times per week, but now half marathon is the limit.