Kim Esbensen, Ph.D, Dr. (hon) has been research professor in geoscience data analysis and sampling at GEUS, the National Geological Surveys of Denmark and Greenland (2010–2015), chemometrics & sampling professor at Aalborg University, Denmark (2001–2015), professor (Process Analytical Technologies) at Telemark Institute of Technology, Norway (1990-2000 and 2010-2015) and professeur associé, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (2013-2016). From 2015 he phased out a 30+ year academic career for a new quest as an independent researcher and consultant founding KHE Consult. A geologist/geochemist/data analyst of training, he first worked 20+ years in the forefront of chemometrics, but since 2000 has devoted most of his efforts to representative sampling of heterogeneous materials, processes and systems (Theory of Sampling, TOS), PAT (Process Analytical Technology) and chemometrics. He is a member of several scientific societies and has published over 260 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of a widely used textbook in Multivariate Data Analysis (33,000 copies), which was published in its 6th edition in 2018. He was chairman of the taskforce behind the world’s first horizontal (matrix-independent) sampling standard (2013), DS 3077. He is a co-founding council member, treasurer and webmaster for the International Pierre Gy Sampling Association and is editor of the magazine TOS forum, as well as for the Spectroscopy Europe Sampling Column.