SPEAKERS

 

Dr Joanne Taylor
Founder and Director,
Taylor Shannon International (TSI)

Dr Joanne Taylor (BSc, PgCert, PhD, Cert Ed.) takes a multidisciplinary approach to a diverse range of industry and government programs, combining expertise in risk management, food safety management, education, psychology and organisational culture. She is a Founder and Director at Taylor Shannon International (TSI), leading the development and implementation of government public health and food safety management programs, industry training and auditing projects in the UAE. She also leads the team who developed the Culture Excellence Program, a unique methodology to measure safety and quality culture. This is currently being delivered in partnership with Campden BRI, and has been adopted as a Voluntary Module by BRC Global Standards. 

Joanne has a BSc. in Psychology, Postgraduate Qualifications in HACCP (Pg Cert) and Teaching and Research (Cert Ed), and a PhD on the development and evaluation of a new approach to risk-based food safety management. 

Joanne has authored a large number of peer-reviewed journal articles and textbooks on food safety, HACCP, behaviour change and organisational culture, and was one of the lead developers of Safer Food Better Business (SFBB) and Menu-Safe, two of the most widely implemented HACCP systems for small businesses. She has developed a wide variety of practical, user-friendly training courses, textbooks and examinations (including materials with no written words) which are currently used in tens of thousands of businesses. 

Joanne has consulted to governments of the UK, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Qatar, as well as working on projects for the World Health Organisation / Food Agriculture Organisation (WHO/FAO). She has trained thousands of industry professionals, government officials and university students in more than 30 countries in high-level food safety and HACCP courses as well as management and leadership, risk management and organisational culture. 


Dawn Neo
Manager, Corporate Outreach, Asia
Humane Society International

Dawn Neo works with Humane Society International, the largest animal protection organisation in the world. Specialising in corporate outreach, she works with many stakeholders—including farmers, agribusinesses, retailers, food companies, governments, restaurant and hospitality chains—to improve farm animal welfare and promote humane eating. 

HSI is the only global animal protection organisation working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.

 

Kenneth Lee
Senior Partner
VisVires New Protein

For the past two decades, Ken has worked with global leaders of the food and consumer care industry to leverage early stage science into game-changing innovations. He cut his teeth at L’Oréal, where he established a process enabling the company to take advantage of opportunities that arise in a fast-changing world. Ken led the Strategic Foresight function for the L’Oréal Group and undertook missions in Brazil, China, India, Israel, Japan and the US.

Ken moved to Singapore in 2013 to join the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), where he played a pivotal role in architecting the strategy to establish Singapore as a leading science and innovation hub for the food, nutrition and consumer care industry. Ken and his team were successful in securing more than S$170 million in funding from the Singapore government to support new R&D programmes that address the key industry drivers of efficacy, safety and sustainability.

These programmes helped to attract new investments by some of the largest companies in food and consumer care (CAGR +31%); and created an ecosystem comprising global brand owners, ingredients innovators and start-up companies.
Ken holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and undertook doctoral and post-doctoral research in stem cells. He has been a member of New Protein Capital’s Investment Committee since 2016, stepping down in August 2018 when he was appointed Senior Partner.

 

David Mudd
Global Digital &
Connected Product Certification Director
BSI Group

David has over 30 years’ experience in the tech industry, focusing on IoT for the last six years. Originally an electronics engineer with the BBC, he then served as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force. This led to delivering secure IT projects for the Ministry of Defence and complex optical telecommunications projects before moving into microelectronics and the development of IoT-based smarthome systems.

Before joining BSI in June 2017, he provided consulting and testing services to commercial and domestic IoT-related markets.

 

Ricky Lin
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Life3 Biotech

 

Ricky Lin is the founder of Life3 Biotech, a start-up company focusing on innovative functional foods and beverages through the use of natural plant-based ingredients; to address health concerns such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and osteoporosis attributed to poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. Life3's work on plant-based protein as an alternative to meat, bagged two out of five awards in the Singapore Food Innovation Product Award 2016. Their work has also been exclusively featured by the various media platform such as TechInnovation Singapore, Channel News Asia, Today, Asia Pacific Food Industry, The Edge Singapore as well as The South China Morning Post.

Apart from work, Ricky actively contributes to the local and international community. From leading the West Coast-Ayer Rajah GRC Youth Executive Committee for 10 years as a Chairperson to serving as the District Councillor to Mayor of South East Community Development Council, Ricky believes in championing changes through innovation and collaboration in cross-disciplinary studies.

 

Fraser Thompson 
Director
AlphaBeta

Fraser is an experienced economist and management consultant, with deep experience in Asia and on sustainability issues. Fraser is a Director and co-founder of AlphaBeta, a strategy firm which specializes in sustainability issues. Fraser has led AlphaBeta’s work with the Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) on understanding the role of business in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has also led several engagements on tackling plastic waste, including how to establish investment models that can help create closed-loop waste systems in Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining AlphaBeta, Fraser was a consultant for 9 years at McKinsey & Company. This included leading the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the economic research arm of McKinsey, in Southeast Asia and on sustainability topics. Prior to joining McKinsey, was a consultant at the World Bank, a lecturer in development economics at Oxford University and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Australia.

He holds a PhD and MPhil in economics from Oxford University and is a Rhodes Scholar.

 

Dr Semerdanta Pusaka
Co-Founder and Indonesia Country Director
Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia)

Dr Semerdanta Pusaka, or Danta, engages in various consulting activities and initiatives to support the companies adopting and implementing sustainability and social responsibility concept, standards, and principles in different industry sectors, including tourism and hospitality. Danta is an expert in strategic sustainability management and its relevant issues including sustainable business, inclusive business, sustainable finance, sustainability reporting and assurance, women empowerment, and human rights. He is also familiar with different sustainability standards and principles, among others are ISO 26000:2010 Guidance for Social Responsibility, Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) Standards, Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of Sustainability Accounting Standard Board (SASB), AA1000 AccountAbility, and Social Return on Investment (SROI).

Together with other Asian consultants, he established SR Asia that is headquartered in India in order to strengthening the global network for advocating social responsibility practices in Asian countries. Aside from his work with SR Asia, Danta also a co-founder of the Aicon Global Indonesia and the International Society of Sustainability Professional Indonesia, an expert editor for the online magazine MajalahCSR.id, and has involved in many projects of various organizations , such as Trisakti Sustainability Centre (TSC), Indonesia UN Global Compact Network (IGCN), Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), Caux Round Table (CRT), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Asian Productivity Organization (APO)Tokyo, and Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN).

 

David Horlock
Managing Director, Global Food
and Retail Supply Chain
BSI Group

David has a Bachelor of Business Degree in Agribusiness with 38 years’ work experience in the Agri-Food, Life Science, Commodities, Consumer Products and International Standards and Certification sector dealing with Organizational Resilience, Operational Resilience and Supply Chain Resilience. His postings in Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Australia and United Arab Emirates include international management positions working as CEO, Country Manager and Global Product Manager for internationally recognized organizations.

As an Organizational Resilience and Supply Chain Compliance professional, David is well versed with the needs of business, global brands and retailers wishing to protect their brands and implement the necessary best practice guidelines to ensure their businesses can stand the test of time. He is a dual United Kingdom/Australian citizen, born and raised in Thailand, lived and educated in Australia and based in Hong Kong, China for the last 14 years where he was the Managing Director of Asia Pacific region for BSI Group covering 13 Countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Hong Kong. David is now the BSI Managing Director for Global Food, Retail and Supply Chain.

 

John G. Keogh
Chairman
Trace Alliance

John is a strategist, advisor and researcher with 30+ years of experience in executive leadership roles as Director, VP and SVP in supply chain management, information technology, management consulting and global supply chain standards. He advises the public and private sectors worldwide and is a sought-after subject matter expert and keynote speaker.

Mr. Keogh is president and managing principal at Shantalla Inc. and fulfils roles as a board advisor to Bluewave Financial Advisory in Ho Chi Minh City and a board advisor to Origin Trail, a Slovenian-based Blockchain protocol provider. He is the chairman of the Trace Alliance and co-founder and chairman of the Vietnam Food Integrity Centre. His main advisory and research focus is on food chains and how technologies such as blockchain can combine with industry standards and analytical science to improve food safety, reduce food fraud and enhance transparency and trust.

 

Carolyn Stephen
Nutritionist
Consumer Centric Innovation,
Food Innovation and Resource Centre
Singapore Polytechnic 

Carolyn has over a decade of experience in human nutrition. Over her career, she had provided services in areas of sports nutrition, nutrition education and training, nutrition assessment and dietary consultations. She also has five years of lecturing experience in nutrition and food science as well as curriculum development. Carolyn joined FIRC in 2017, where her area of work includes concept generation and product development for new nutrition based food products according to current local and global nutritional trends. She also provides essential product labelling consultancy to ensure labels meet regulatory requirements for local and overseas markets.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is certified as a sports nutritionist by Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) and is a current member of the Singapore Nutrition & Dietetic Association (SNDA). She has also received an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) by the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), Singapore.

 

Patrik Jonasson
Director Public Policy, Asia – Pacific
GS1

Patrik Jonasson is the Asia Pacific Public Policy Director for GS1. He is charged with defining and executing regional strategies for external engagements. Focus areas include Government engagement in the context of traceability/food safety, e-commerce/retail, cross-border trade/customs processes. 

The GS1 system of standards is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world, widely used by retail, e-commerce, healthcare and commonly known for the numbers embedded in the ubiquitous EAN/UPC barcodes. GS1 standards have powered the world of physical commerce for over 40 years—providing a foundation for the identification of products, places, companies, assets and transactions, as well as for data sharing and tracking & tracing. 

During his 15+ years in Asia, Patrik has been based in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. In previous roles he was representing private sector in Indonesia (and ASEAN), working on trade and investment issues, supporting increased market access and stronger business ties between EU and ASEAN. 

Patrik has a Master of Science in Business Administration with Japanese studies from the School of Business, Law & Economics at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

 

 

Dr Semerdanta Pusaka
Co-Founder and Indonesia Country Director
Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia)

Dr Semerdanta Pusaka
Co-Founder and Indonesia Country Director
Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia

Sharon Natoli 
Founding Director and Author
Food & Nutrition Australia 

Sharon Natoli is author of Food for a Better Future – a new direction for the global business of food and Founding Director of Food & Nutrition Australia.  She is a sought adviser to businesses in the food sector and works with clients to connect emerging consumer values with corporate and brand strategy in a way that facilitates long term and sustainable business growth. 

Sharon is a visionary thinker who is passionate about food businesses leading change in a way that not only enhances long term business success, but creates a better future for people, populations and the planet.

 

 

Emil Fazira Bte Kamari 
Consultant
Euromonitor 

Emil Fazira is a Consultant at Euromonitor International, specialising in the Food & Nutrition vertical with a global focus on cooking ingredients and meals. She has a particularly strong interest in linking global kitchen, eating and grocery trends, and analysing the impact on food to generate useful insights. She has conducted market research across a range of industries, from commodities and FMCG to services, and has been with Euromonitor since 2014. Emil hails from Nanyang Technological University with a degree in Bioengineering.

Emil has been quoted widely in print across Asia during her tenure at Euromonitor International, including trade press, government agencies, and industry organisations; some examples include Bangkok Post, Future Ready Singapore, Pets International, Asia Pacific Baker, CNBC, and The Wall Street Journal. She was also invited to share her insights through media recordings with Channel News Asia and Reuters. She also actively participates in conferences, her recent speaking experience being for the Vietnam Food Expo organised by Viet Trade, Pet Fair Asia in Shanghai, and Viv Asia.

 

Gary Scattergood
Editor-in-Chief
FoodNavigator-Asia and
NutraIngredients-Asia

Gary Scattergood leads William Reed’s Asia-Pacific team as Editor-in-Chief, based in Singapore. The company publishes the digital titles FoodNavigator-Asia and NutraIngredients-Asia, as well as organising a number of high-level food and nutrition conferences and summits. Gary started his career as a newspaper journalist in UK, where he we went on to edit several regional titles. He first joined William Reed in 2011 as Editor of Food Ingredients, Health and Nutrition, and Associate Editor of Food Manufacture.

After two years, Gary moved on to take over the leadership of several global travel / retail publications and events, before moving to Asia to lead the region-wide teams for communications and advertising business media brands PRWeek and Campaign. He re-joined William Reed in August 2016 to open its first Asia office in Singapore and spearhead the expansion of its food and nutrition coverage, face-to-face events and commercial operations across the region. Gary has hosted, presented and moderated at conferences and awards shows around the world, and has regularly appeared on TV and radio to discuss the food and nutrition, travel and tourism, and media and marketing industries.

 

 

Ng Pei Kang
CEO
T
RIA

Pei Kang is the CEO of TRIA, where he leads a team of engineers and innovators in developing sustainable packaging solutions. A year ago, they achieved a technology breakthrough that allows a zero-waste outcome for single-use foodware. This eco-system solution, Bio24, could be a game changer for the industry. Pei Kang has a background in industrial design, R&D and technology management. He was previously the design innovation lead for the global portfolio of Philips TV and Home Theatre System, where he directed R&D activities across Philips Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is also an occasional speaker for design thinking, sustainability and entrepreneurship.