Dr Wong Yelin
Deputy Director 
Food Regulatory Management Division (Regulatory Policy Department)
Singapore Food Agency 

Dr Wong Yelin graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she joined the then Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), where she was responsible for reviewing and implementing animal health and food safety surveillance programmes in local animal farms.  

Her current portfolio revolves around regulatory policies on food imports, including accreditation of overseas sources for meat, eggs and their related products. She is also involved in the negotiations of Singapore’s various Free Trade Agreements.   

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is a Statutory Board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore. SFA is the national authority responsible for food safety from farm to fork.

Panpilad Saikaew
Project coordinator
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP)


Ms Panpilad Saikaew is a Project coordinator of FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP) project titled ‘Support to Capacity Building and Implementation of International Food Safety Standards in ASEAN Countries”, at the FAORAP in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms Saikaew provides technical input on food safety to the activities organized under this project and activities organized under FAO RAP regular program.  
Before joining FAO RAP, Ms Saikaew started her career as Standards Officer for National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand in 2005. She has more than 10 years’ experience in conducting risk assessments for food safety; establishment of national, regional, international food standards; and technical support for trade negotiation on SPS measures. 

Ms Saikaew holds Master degree of food science and human nutrition from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Patrik Jonasson
Director Public Policy
Asia Pacific
GS1 Global


Patrik Jonasson manages GS1’s Asia-Pacific regional government affairs, with a specific focus on cross-border trade, traceability and supply chain integrity. He is charged with defining and executing regional strategies for external engagements and cooperation. 
Patrik is working closely with private sector and Asia-Pacific Governments to further the use of global data standards to facilitate safety and efficiency in international agri-food trade across the region. Patrik represents GS1 in external cooperation with intergovernmental organisations including at UNESCAP, FAO, WCO, World Bank, ADB, RCEP, ASEAN and APEC. 

During his 15+ years in Asia, Patrik has been based in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. 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. 


The core objective of AFBA is to facilitate intra and extra-regional trade in ASEAN by supporting and accelerating the ASEAN harmonisation process. 

The members of AFBA are as follows: