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Summit Opener:

Dr John Bell

Directorate-General Research & Innovation, European Commission


John is Director for the Bioeconomy in DG Research & Innovation at the European Commission (EC). He is responsible for leading the definition, implementation and investment of EU Research & Innovation policy and programming across the Bioeconomy; from agriculture and food systems, oceans, marine and maritime issues to investment in new sustainable bio-based industries.

This includes Horizon 2020, 3.8 billion Euro Societal Challenge 2, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, the 3.7 billion Euro Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking and Food and Nutrition Security FOOD2030. He leads Oceans R&I strategies including the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, the Bonus programme (Baltic Sea) and the BlueMed Initiative (Mediterranean).

His professional background was in academia (Anglo-Irish Studies) and in Business Journalism in London. During his EC career he has worked in External Relations on financial assistance programmes in the former Yugoslavia, public administration reform in Central and Eastern Europe, and on Poland's accession to the EU.

John was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner David Byrne with responsibility for enlargement, food safety, tobacco control, public health and global health security issues, including bioterrorism. He was Head of Cabinet to European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva on Consumer Affairs. As Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on Research and Innovation, he was responsible for developing and funding Horizon 2020, mainstreaming innovation, financial investment and simplification.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, he was educated at University College Dublin and completed his doctorate in 'Cultural Nationalism in Northern Ireland' at Oxford University.


Dr Andrew Cannavan

FAO/IAEA Agricultural and Biotechnology Laboratories


Andrew Cannavan is Head of the Food and Environmental Protection Laboratory (FEPL) of the United Nations Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (FAO/IAEA) Division on Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience working in food safety. He joined IAEA in 2001 and in his current post is involved in the development of analytical methods for food safety and quality, applied research to underpin international guidelines and standards, training and technology transfer to IAEA and FAO member countries, and coordination and technical management of international research and capacity building projects in food safety and quality, traceability and authenticity.

He has authored/co-authored approximately 50 papers in peer-reviewed scientific literature, and more than 70 conference proceedings papers and reports, contributed to 8 books and published numerous UN reports and articles.

Andrew has also chaired or participated in advisory boards and scientific committees for a number of major institutes, conferences and symposia.

A graduate in Applied Physics and Chemistry and a First Class graduate in Biological Sciences from the University of Ulster, he completed his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 1999.

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Professor Jose Bengoechea

Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen's University Belfast


Professor Jose Bengoechea is Director of the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, one of the three leading research centres which make up the Global Research Institute for Health Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast.

His research into combatting the multidrug-resistant microbe Klebsiella pneumonia, has gained global recognition. Indeed, the World Health Organisation considers it of critical importance to develop new therapeutics against this microbe. “We urgently need new antimicrobials to prevent entering into a pre-antibiotic world,” is how Jose puts it.

Having graduated from University of Navarra, Spain, where he also completed his PhD in 1997, Jose took up postdoc research in molecular microbiology in Turku, Finland. He subsequently worked at the University Hospital in Palma, Majorca. When the Spanish Research Council set up a new centre on respiratory diseases at Palma, Jose became Director of an Infection and Immunity research programme.

He came to Queen’s in 2013 and has been an active supporter of multi-disciplinary research that sets out to solve real-world problems. As well as collaborating with colleagues across the Institute for Health Sciences, he has also worked in tandem with the Institute for Global Food Security.

Dr Mari Eskola

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)


Mari is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Analytical Chemistry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. She began her career with a degree in Food Science at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where she also completed a doctorate in Food Chemistry.

Since then she has worked in a range of senior positions including at the Health Protection Unit of the National Food Agency in Helsinki; at the Irish national food and agriculture development authority, Teagasc; at the European Commission in Belgium and for over a decade, at the European Food Safety Authority, based in Parma, Italy.

She was a member of the International Advisory Committee of the 7th and 10th Conference of the World Mycotoxin Forum (2012 and 2018) and the Joint meeting of the 9th Conference of the World Mycotoxin Forum, among others. Mari also sits on the editorial board of World Mycotoxin Journal.

Professor Saskia van Ruth

RIKILT Wageningen University and Research Centre

Saskia manages the group on Authenticity and Nutrients at RIKILT Wageningen University and Research Centre (25-30 scientists, technicians and post-graduate students) which doubles with her position as Professor of Food Authenticity and Integrity at the Wageningen University. She also recently took up a post as Adjunct Professor in the same field at University College Cork, in the Republic of Ireland.

Saskia specialises in food fraud and authenticity, which includes research on fraud risk factors and food fraudster profiling as well as analytical fraud detection.

To find out more about her work, see

Dr Amy Kircher

Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI)

Amy is the Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), a Department of Homeland Security Centre of Excellence and an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
She leads a talented staff and co-ordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis.

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Amy held epidemiologist positions at NORAD – US Northern Command and with the United States Air Force where she worked on health informatics, biosurveillance, and data analytics.
She has an extensive background in Homeland Security and Defense, supporting preparedness and response for real-world and exercise events including Hurricane Katrina and H1N1.

Amy completed her doctorate in Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Professor Seamus Fanning

University College Dublin


Seamus is Chair of Food Safety and Zoonoses at the Centre for Food Safety in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science at University College Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. He graduated as a Biochemist from University College Cork and later was awarded his PhD in Molecular Microbiology.

Currently, his research interests include the application of molecular methods to food safety, including the use of bacterial whole genome sequencing (WGS) strategies, applied to the control of zoonotic food-borne bacteria and the protection of public health. A significant part of his work is related to the characterisation of the genetic mechanisms contributing to multi-drug resistance emerging in bacteria of food-producing animal and human origin and to how bacteria persist in the food production environment.

Professor Fanning is a member of the editorial boards of four international journals: Applied & Environmental Microbiology; Foodborne Pathogens & Disease; Journal of Food Protection; and Microbial Drug Resistance. He is an editor of a further two journals: Research in Microbiology and FEMS Microbiology Letters.

Professor Michel Nielen

RIKILT Wageningen University and Research Centre


Michel Nielen is principal scientist at RIKILT and professor of analytical chemistry at Wageningen University. He obtained his doctorate in analytical chemistry at the Free University of Amsterdam. He is co-founder and co-chairman of the symposium series on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA) and coordinator of the H2020 project FoodSmartphone. He is (co )author of more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

Professor Rudolf Krska

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)


Rudolf Krska is full professor for (Bio-)Analytics and Organic Trace Analysis at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). He is head of the Center for Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Agrobiotechnology (IFA-Tulln) at BOKU with more some 50 staff. As member of JECFA (Joint Expert Committee for Food Additives) of the FAO/WHO he has evaluated the impact of trichothecene mycotoxins on humans. 2010, Rudolf worked for one year as A/Chief of Health Canada´s Food Research Division. He has received 10 scientific awards and is (co‑)author of more than 280 SCI publications (h-index: 50).

Currently, Prof. Krska is coordinator of the European Commission funded project MyToolBox (Safe Food and Feed through an Integrated ToolBox for Mycotoxin Management) with 23 partners and a funding volume of more than €5 million

Professor Yongning WU

China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA)


Professor Yongning WU is Chief Scientist of the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), the Director of MOH Key Laboratory of Food Safety Risk Assessment, head of WHO Collaborating Center of Food Contamination Monitoring (China) and honorable professor of Queens’ University Belfast.

He graduated from Nanjing Medical College in 1983, then from Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine with a Ph.D degree in Nutrition and Food Safety in 1997. Professor Wu is roster list of Exposure Assessment of Chemicals in Food in the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), USP Food Ingredient Expert Committee (Food Chemical Codex), Scientific Committee of Food Safety Commission of the State Council, China National standardizing committee, National Food Safety Risk Assessment Committee.

As the director of food contaminate subcommittee of the China Reviewing Committee on National Food Safety Standards and the head of Chinese delegate of Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food, he is involved in drafting the food safety standards for food contaminants internationally and China Standard, e.g. Codex maximum limit of inorganic arsenic in rice. He is referee for a member of journals relating to food safety, preventive medicine and environment, and has published over 200 SCI papers with h-index 35 and citation over 4229.

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Dr Paul Brereton

Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast

Paul Brereton is Director of Strategic Alliances (Professor of Practice) at Queen’s University Belfast. A senior scientist working at science-policy interface, he has over 30 years’ experience of applied research in the area of food safety and quality. As well as leading numerous national activities, Paul has co-ordinated two of the world’s largest research projects in the area of food authenticity and traceability: the €20M TRACE project (tracing the origin of food) and currently FOODINTEGRITY a €12M EU sponsored research project that aims to address, at a European level, many of the gaps identified during the recent horsemeat incident. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers on food safety and quality and edited the book “New analytical approaches for verifying the origin of food” (Elsevier). He and has close links with the food industry, UK Public sector, academia and the European Commission.

Dr Dang Duong Bang

National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark 


Dr Dang Duong Bang received his BSc in Biochemistry in 1972 from Vietnam National University and followed this up with a WHO MSc course in Quality Control Vaccines in CSL Australia and a further MSc in Molecular Biology from Leiden University, The Netherlands, where he also completed his PhD in Molecular Biology.

From 1995-1998, he worked as post-doc researcher at Maastricht University Hospital. He then joined the Department of Poultry, Fish and Fur Animals, at the Danish Veterinary Institute. In 2002 he was promoted to a Senior Scientist position before taking up a post as Leader of the Laboratory of Applied Micro and Nanotechnology (LAMINATE) at DTU-Vet in Aarhus.

In 2013 he joined the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU-Food) as a Senior Scientist and was promoted to Professor the following year. His research focuses on host-bacterial pathogens interaction and applied micro-nanotechnology for rapid detection and identification of pathogens (virus and bacteria).

He has worked on several projects on development of Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) systems for DNA analysis. This has included DNA array for detection of Campylobacter spp, colon cancer, and development of total integrated Lab-on-a-chip system for PCR detection and identification of bacterial pathogens (Campylobacter, Salmonella, Clostridium, Listeria etc.) in animal production and in man.

In 2010 he received an 'Honored Professor' title position from Beijing and Yangzhou University, Jiangsu, China.

Professor Jørgen Schlundt

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore


Jørgen is Michael Fam Chair Professor Food Science at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and Director of the NTU Food Technology Centre (NAFTEC).

He has worked at NTU since 2015, and is a Danish citizen, with a PhD from the Royal Veterinary University, Denmark. He worked in the food safety area in Denmark from 1983-99, including 3 years in Zimbabwe.

From 1999-2010, he was Director of the Department for Food Safety and Zoonoses at the World Health Organization (WHO) HQ in Geneva as well as Acting Director of the Nutrition Department, WHO, from 2006-7.

From 2011-14, he was Director of the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and 2014-15 Professor of Risk Assessment, also at DTU.

He has participated in the international development of food-safety risk analysis principles and has overseen the creation of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA), the WHO International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) as well as the initiation of the first-ever WHO estimation of the global burden of foodborne diseases.

He also initiated international evaluations of the importance of antibiotic use in agriculture, and the creation of the WHO list of critically important antibiotics for human health. Jorgen chairs the Global Microbial Identifier, an international initiative suggesting a global database of DNA-sequences of all microorganisms.

Throughout his professional life, Jorgen has advocated the lowering of human health risk through effective, science-based action in food-production systems, lately with the inclusion of quantitative sustainability assessments. One recent focus of this work has been the science-based reduction of antibiotic use in agri- and aqua-culture.

Professor Jana Hajslova

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague


Jana is the Head of Accredited (ISO17025) Food Quality and Safety Laboratory of the Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague).

She is a widely recognized expert in the field of food/environmental chemistry and analysis, having published more than 300 original papers on the development of advanced analytical strategies of contaminants, residues, natural toxins and other biologically active compounds, authentication and metabolomics. In 2016 she received the Wiley Award (AOAC Int.).

Her research team has participated in many international and national projects at both research, management and coordination levels, including the EC 5-7th Framework Programme, H2020, COSTs and EEA grants. Jana’s team has been also involved in various bilateral international research activities. Under her supervision, close collaboration has taken place with many world-renowned institutions, such as WHO, FAO, USDA and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Currently, she is the Czech Republic delegate in HORIZON 2020 SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 2: ‘Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy’ committee. In her capacity as Chairwoman, she had a key input into establishing a series of reputable international symposia, the ‘Recent Advances in Food Analysis’ series, from 2003-2017 (

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Dr Diane Williamson DSc, PhD, FRCPath, FRSB

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) 


Diane is a Dstl Fellow in Immunology, based at Dstl, Porton Down, Salisbury, England. She has worked in R&D (starting in veterinary vaccinology and moving to human vaccines and therapies for serious pathogens) for 30 years.

She has in excess of 160 original scientific papers published, on the theme of prophylaxis and therapy of serious human diseases and she is a named inventor on 14 patents.

Diane has particular expertise in immunological and allied research, the determination of immune correlates of protection and development of surrogate markers of efficacy, for application in subsequent clinical trials.

Additionally, she is currently a member of the national Education, Training and Policy Committee and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal College of Pathology. She is a former Trustee and national Education Secretary of the British Society for Immunology.

Professor Bruce Applegate

Purdue University, USA 


Bruce is an Associate Professor of Food Science at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. His research interests include the detection of viable foodborne pathogens using bateriophage, automated extraction of nucleic acids from various matrices and enumeration of microorganisms using quantitative PCR.

He is also a recognised expert in the use of bioreporters in bioelectronics, metabolic engineering, detection of problematic microorganisms in industrial environments, the construction of recombinant bacterial strains to rapidly evaluate antimicrobial products and microbial ecology.

Dr Ellen De Brabander

Senior Vice President, Global R&D, PepsiCo  


Ellen joined PepsiCo in 2014 as senior VP leading Europe and Africa South R&D. From January 2015 onwards she built and led R&D for the nutrition category, including the platforms for fruit and vegetables, dairy, grains and sports nutrition. Since July 2017 she is based in the US at Pepsico headquarters (NY) and as Senior Vice President leads the global R&D functions including the food safety, quality, nutrition science, sensory and regulatory affairs teams.

Apart from her role in PepsiCo, Ellen also serves as the interim CEO of EIT Food, the unique European innovation consortium with more than 50 leading partners from industry and academics and upwards of 1.5billion Euro expected funding. EIT Food is focused on transforming the food sector by designing and delivering unique and high-impact research, innovation, business creation and education programs.

Ellen has worked in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, health/nutrition, coatings and chemicals. Prior to joining Pepsico, Ellen was Chief Scientific Officer and Global Head of Research, Development and Regulatory Affairs for Merial Ltd (currently part of Boehringer Ingelheim), where she led a global team to discover and develop innovative animal health products for companion and production animals.

Prior to this, Ellen held executive R&D, regulatory, business strategy and programme-management positions at Intervet (currently Merck animal health division) and DSM.

Ellen earned a PhD cum laude in Bio-organic Chemistry from Leiden University in The Netherlands and completed post-doctoral work in molecular biology at MIT with Nobel Laureate, HG Khorana. Her PhD was awarded ‘Best PhD for Natural Sciences’ by Leiden University (1990, Kock award); in 2000, she was awarded the Golden Medal from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society for her research achievements.

Mr Duncan Williamson

Food Policy Manger, WWF (UK)


Duncan has worked in the field of sustainable food systems for 20 years and has previously lived in and run projects in Greece, Thailand and the Galapagos Islands.

With an MSC in Sustainable Environmental Management and a BA Hons in Philosophy, he has been Food Policy Manger for WWF (UK) for over eight years. He developed and delivers the Livewell project, which demonstrates that a healthy diet can be sustainable, Eating for 2 degrees – new and updated Livewell Plates

He also leads the WWF Network’s position on sustainable diets and is on the steering group for their work on the post-2015 agenda and the Food Practice Leadership team. He is coordinating WWF’s work on sustainable food security including the recently published report From Individual to Collective Action; Exploring the Business Cases for Addressing Sustainable Food Security.

Outside of WWF, Duncan is a director at Eating Better, sits on the Advisory Board for FCRN and Food Bytes and the UNSCP 10-year programme on food as well as the steering groups of Protein 2040 and Peas Please. He also advises companies around food sustainability and works with senior managers at Tesco, M&S, Nestle, Sodexo and Alpro.

Professor Samuel Godefroy

University Laval, Quebéc, Canada


Samuel is a Full Professor of Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Policies at the Department of Food Science, University Laval. Before joining the University in 2015, he completed a secondment with the World Bank, leading the strategic development of the Global Food Safety Partnership.

Previously, Samuel has worked in senior executive food-regulatory positions with Health Canada for over 10 years, including as Director General of Health Canada’s Food Directorate, the federal food standard setting organization, 2009-2015.

He served as Vice Chair of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the international food standard setting body, 2011-2014 and during this time, led the development of the organization’s strategic plan for 2014-19.

Samuel currently serves as a senior food science and regulatory expert on a number of advisory bodies and committees domestically and internationally, including expert advice to food safety projects led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and serving on the International Advisory Committee of the China Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA).

Having authored over 70 scientific publications and book chapters, he also serves on a number of international editorial boards.

He received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris and holds degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Dr Jean-Francois Hocquette

French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)


A Senior Scientist at INRA, Jean-Francois is an international expert and speaker on research (muscle biology, genomics) and social interest (eg. in vitro meat) topics.

His scientific pursuits have resulted in 205 papers (7500 citations, h-index: 46), two patents, $7.5million in grants, mentorship (28 scholars), adjunctship (1K), 80 lectures worldwide, a TEDx talk and 220 media interviews.

He was a member of the ICoMST-15 Scientific Council and organized two international workshops in 2011 and 2015 and the French Meat R&D Congress in 2014 and 2016. He provided leadership to five national and two EU-funded programs on meat and previously was Director of the Herbivore Research Unit (172 staff, 2006-10).

He is currently Scientific Advisor of the French High Council for Evaluation of Research & Higher Education and an active member of the French-Chinese R&D Beef Center. Thanks to a collaboration with Australian colleagues on the prediction of beef eating quality, Dr Hocquette contributed to launch a new brand of premium beef.

He is also Editor in Chief of the French Meat R&D Journal (5700 subscribers), and associate editor of two scientific journals. He also edited three books. He served committees of EAAP (European Federation of Animal Science), was referee for over 100 diversified journals and has earned honors from the French Meat Academy (2010) and the American Society of Animal Science (2014). 

Ms Elizabeth (Beth) Hamelin

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA


Beth joined the Centers as a research chemist and team lead in 2010.  During this time she has expanded, maintained, and improved analytical response capabilities through method development and led the implementation of a new information management system and quality control processes. In recent years, she has focused to improve determination of human exposures to marine and algal toxins, addressing this growing public health concern.

Prior to this appointment, Beth worked for Battelle as a research chemist and technical trainer. She has developed analytical methods to determine human exposure to a variety of toxins, poisons, and chemical agents and trained over 45 state and local public health labs in these methods. Ms Hamelin began her scientific career by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Spanish from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA and then a Master’s degree from Texas A&M University. 

Professor Helen M Roche

Institute of Food & Health, University College Dublin


Helen leads the Nutrigenomics Research Group at the UCD Institute of Food & Health/Conway Institute. Nutrigenomics uses state-of-the-art ‘omoics’ technologies to gain a greater understanding of the molecular effects of nutrition on health. Her team has a specific interest in Personalised Nutrition, identifying and understanding the molecular basis of responsiveness and efficacy of more targeted lifestyle interventions in population sub-groups. Additionally, they explore different aspects of the interactions between food-related, nutritional stressors, metabolism and inflammation within the context of obesity, insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes. She leads/is co-PI on several national and international research programmes and is also Associate Dean of Research, Innovation and Impact, at UCD’s College of Health and Agricultural Sciences; Chair of the European Healthy Diet Healthy Life, Joint Programming Initiative's Scientific Advisory Board and a Fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. For further information:

Professor Pingfan Rao

Chinese Academy of Science


Pingfan is Director of the Shanghai Institutes of Biological Sciences (SIBS)-Zhejiang Gongshang University Joint Centre of Food and Nutrition Research, which is part of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS).

A past-President of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFOST), Vice President of the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST), Pingfan is also the President-elect of the International Association of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.

He was recently appointed to the Chinese National Committee for Future Earth (CNC-FE), and also serves as editor-in-chief of Science of Food, a Nature partner journal. 

Dr Rao received his BEng in Food Technology from Fuzhou University of China, MSc in Food Science from Hiroshima University and PhD in Biochemistry from Osaka University of Japan. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.

Professor Cecilia Rocha

Ryerson University, Toronto


Cecilia is Director of the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University, Canada. A member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), she is also an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson.

She participated in the development of the Toronto Food Strategy (2008-2010), was a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council (2005-2011), and the Director of the project Building Capacity in Food Security in Brazil (2004-2010), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

Since 2015, she has been co-Directing the project Scaling Up Small-Scale Food Processing for Therapeutic and Complementary Food for Children in Vietnam, in partnership with Vietnam’s National Institute of Nutrition, with funding from Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Dr Rocha is the author of a number of scholarly papers and reports on food policy and programmes in Brazil.











Professor Edith Feskens

Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR)


Edith is a Professor in Nutrition and Health at WUR, The Netherlands, with a focus on Epidemiology, Obesity, Fatty Acids and diet-related diseases including Cardiovascular and Diabetes.

She sits on many committees including the Dutch Diabetes Foundation, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative – A Healthy Diet For A Health Life, and the Top Institute Food And Nutrition. She is also on the editorial board of journals including Diabetes Care and American Diabetes Association.

Her research often focuses on the developing world, including a study on child malnutrition in Rwanda and gestational diabetes in Tanzania. She also has an interest in links between food and philosophy.

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan

safefood, Republic of Ireland


Cliodhna is Director of Human Health and Nutrition with safefood, directing the public-health and nutrition functions of the organisation.

With a medical degree from University College Cork and a Master’s degree in Public Health from University College Dublin, she is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians in the Republic of Ireland (ROI). She has worked at consultant level in public-health medicine in the Health Services Executive and is a specialist in the areas of health promotion and foodborne, infectious disease.

She also holds a Senior Lecturer post in UCC and is a trainer and examiner at the Royal College of Physicians. She has served on many national advisory groups including those on the National Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance, the National AIDS Advisory Group and the National Health Eating Guidelines group.

Additionally, Cliodhna has served on the boards of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the Veterinary Council of Ireland. She is currently a board member of the Obesity Prevention Steering Group in Northern Ireland, the Special Advisory Group on Obesity in ROI, the Royal College of Physician’s obesity specialist group and the Health Research Board Centre for Diet and Health.

Dr Renata Clarke

[UN] Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Renata holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies and a PhD in Food Science and Technology from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. For the last 20 years she has worked for FAO where she is Head of Food Safety and Quality. While with FAO, she has overseen the development and implementation of numerous capacity development projects in all regions. 

For the last eight years, she has led the FAO Food Safety Programme and has promoted integrated programmes of technical assistance aimed at enhancing the capacities of countries to assure the safety of their food supplies. Under her leadership, the FAO Food Safety Programme has produced a variety of publications and on-line tools to support countries’ efforts to strengthen national systems of food control and to enhance their engagement in global food standard-setting processes of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Renata has guided new innovative work on the assessment of food control systems and on promoting transparent and evidence-based decision-making on food safety. She also provides general oversight to the FAO Programme for the Provision of Food Safety Scientific Advice, which underpins Codex standard setting.