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24 February 2021
FIA-N4G Webinar: Creating a Healthier Food Landscape in Asia


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Date: 1 December 2021
Time: 4PM - 5PM (GMT+8)

The N4G Summit is a high-level event hosted by the Government of Japan to celebrate the commitments made throughout the year – announcing final financial and policy commitments, charting the path toward ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030, and ensuring that all people have access to safe and nutritious diets.

FIA’s session on “Creating a Healthier Food Landscape in Asia” aims to showcase the current consumer perception towards innovation and reformulation in Asia alongside industry efforts to deliver healthier products in light of addressing the dual burden of malnutrition.

Given the recent ASEAN Leaders’ Declaration on the Reformulation and Production of Healthier Food and Beverage Options, the upcoming webinar will feature an insightful panel discussion featuring representatives of the industry, academia and the government, on the importance of innovation and reformulation in addressing obesity, undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. The session will also explore areas to drive collaborative action across stakeholders, to accelerate action and to deliver on better nutrition.


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Feisul Idzwan Mustapha MBBS, MPH, FAMM
Chair, Scientific Advisory Group, Monash University South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO)

Dr. Feisul Mustapha is a consultant public health physician best known for his leadership in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Malaysia. His special areas of interest include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and obesity. At the Ministry of Health Malaysia, he is the Deputy Director (NCDs) at the Disease Control Division, and his main roles include policy and program development, and strategic implementation of interventions for the prevention and control of NCDs. In addition, Dr Feisul has special interest in leveraging on technology in catalysing behavioural modification to reduce the exposure to NCD risk factors.

He combines his high-level experiences in the government with active engagement of civil society and multilateral institutions. Dr Feisul is currently Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group for the Monash University South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO). In addition, he is a Board Member for the Advisory Board of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), a Member of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (STAG-NCD) for WHO Geneva, and also a Member of the Policy Advisory Group of the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF).

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Dr. Emorn Udomkesmalee
Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr. Emorn Udomkesmalee is the Senior Advisor and Former Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand. She holds a current position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA, the Board Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Board Member of the Micronutrient Forum and the Sight and Life Foundation. She is also a Member of the Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium; Technical Advisory Group for Global Anemia Exemplars; Scientific Committee of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy as well as Scientific Director of ILSI Southeast Asia Region. At national level, she holds the position of the Eminent Panel member under the National Policy Council on Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation; Chair of Sub-Committee on Agriculture and Nutrition, Office of Atoms for Peace (Thailand) as well as Board member of Ajinomoto Foundation/Thailand.

Her research interests include micronutrient assessment, bioavailability and metabolism; efficacy of food-based interventions to address micronutrient deficiencies; maternal and child nutrition policy and program implementation. She received her Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in 1985. Her post-doctoral training was at the Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA, Beltsville, Maryland, USA (1987).



Kazunori (Kaz) Maruyama, Ph.D.
President and Representative Director
DSM Japan K.K

Kaz Maruyama is the President and Representative director of DSM Japan K.K., the Japanese representative of Royal DSM, a global purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. Based at Japanese headquarters in Tokyo, he is responsible for DSM’s all business operations in Japan.

Prior to joining DSM Japan KK, Kaz held various general management positions in OMRON Corporation. In his latest role, Kaz led a sizable corporate business development project in Agricultural Automation based in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China.
In his past career, Kaz was a global industry director of LED lighting at Dow Corning Corporation, and research associate and manager of new business development at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

Kaz holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in Macromolecular Science from Osaka University, in Osaka, Japan. He also holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, MA, where he was a Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow. Kaz also holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Mie University, in Mie, Japan.



Carla Hilhorst
Executive Vice President, R&D Foods & Refreshment

Carla Hilhorst is a Food Scientist by training at the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands. She joined Unilever in 1993, starting as a product developer in the margarine category. She led and implemented a number of R&D innovations in the area of Heart Health margarine products. After a number of years, she became responsible for the Global R&D program for spreads brands like Blue Band after which she made the step to become responsible for running a global product design centre for margarine, dressings, mayonnaise and dairy. From 2009-2012 she was responsible for the Regulatory Affairs function within Unilever based in > 100 countries across the globe.

In 2012 she became the Vice President R&D Foods Europe, moved to the role of VP R&D for Savoury globally in April 2016 to subsequently become responsible for Foods R&D globally as of January 2018.

In Q4 2019 she took over the overall responsibility of Foods, Ice-Cream and Tea R&D within the Foods & Refreshment division in Unilever.

Register now to receive a confirmation email with a link to view the webinar live at the scheduled time. If you have any questions, please contact Calisa at calisa.lim@foodindustry.asia.