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Regulators' Panel



On the morning of the first day proper of the Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity, Tuesday 29 May 2018, a Regulators' Panel session will help introduce the Summit and set the scene for the following days’ proceedings.

This 'super panel' will flag up major issues and challenges facing the global food-production system and also suggest goals and direction of travel. The panel will comprise some of the most senior regulators from around the world working in the area of food integrity today. The session will be chaired by Samuel Godefroy, Professor of Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Policies at the University of Laval, Quebec.

As well as a general panel discussion there will also be the chance for the audience to pose questions via the Slido app.


‌Panel Members

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Professor Samuel Godefroy (Chair)

Professor of Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Policies at the University of Laval, Quebec


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.

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Dr Renata Clarke

‌Head of Food Safety and Quality at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations


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.

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Dr Pamela Byrne

Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland


Pamela is CEO of FSAI. She previously worked as a Director of Regulatory Policy and Intelligence with Abbott Nutrition and prior to that she worked in the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Cabinet of EU Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.

She has expertise in the areas of food regulation, environmental risk assessment and food-safety management at both national and international levels and the development of food research and innovation policy and programmes.

Pamela is Chair of the Management Board of the Joint Programming Initiative, A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life and the Strategic Advisory Board of the Institute of Food and Health at University College Dublin. She is a member of the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies.
She holds a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from University College, Cork (UCC); an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management from Kings College, London; a BSc in Zoology from UCC and a Higher Diploma in Environmental Law from the University of Aberystwyth in Wales.

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Dr Aline Dimitri

Deputy Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada


Aline is Executive Director of the Food Safety Science Directorate and the Deputy Chief Food Safety Officer at CFIA. She is responsible for providing science advice, scientific risk intelligence, and overall science direction to inform policy analysis, program design, algorithm development and operational decision-making in the area of food.

She is also responsible for designing food-safety surveillance and monitoring programs, such as the National Chemical Residue Program and the National Microbiological Monitoring Program, as well as providing leadership on the food research agenda for the CFIA. As the executive lead of the AMR initiative within CFIA, she collaborates extensively across the government of Canada, with international partners, and with stakeholders in the development and implementation of the pan-Canadian action plan in response to the global threat of AMR.

In her capacity as Deputy Chief Food Safety Officer, Aline is responsible for facilitating collaboration between federal departments and provincial partners in the area of food safety and provides leadership to high-profile initiatives as such as Food Fraud.

Aline is a graduate of McGill University where she received her PhD in Food Science. Throughout her career, she has gained a wide range of experience in the areas of policy design and program delivery in highly complex scientific and corporate areas.

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Mariam Eid

Head of the Agri-Industries Department at the Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanon


As well as heading up Agri-Industries at the Ministry of Agriculture in her native Lebanon, Mariam is also Vice-Chair of Codex Alimentarius, the collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production, and food safety.

Among many other public appointments, she is the MOS representative on the National Food Safety Committee; the Lebanon representative on the Arab Food Safety Team and a member of the executive committee of the Afro-Asian Rural Development Organisation.

Previously she was a Codex Co-ordinating Committee for the Near East (CCNEA) Co-ordinator and, additionally, a representative of Near East Members in the Codex Executive Committee from 2015-2017.

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