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Guest Speakers

Dr Lucia Anelich
Anelich Consulting, South Africa

Dr Lucia Anelich has a PhD in Microbiology and is owner of her own food safety consulting and training business, Anelich Consulting, which she started in 2011. Prior to that, she established and headed up the Food Safety Initiative at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, before which she spent 25 years at the Tshwane University of Technology as Associate Professor and Head of Department Biotechnology and Food Technology. She served as Extraordinary Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science at Stellenbosch University for the period 2011-2014.
Lucia is part-time Executive and Scientific Director of ILSI South Africa; is Chair Elect of the Scientific Council of IUFoST; served two terms on the Governing Council of IUFoST; is a member of the Food Safety Expert Panel of IUFoST; is a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology; is an Officer of the ICMSF; is chair of the SABS Food Hygiene Committee; is a Technical Assessor for SANAS and RvA for HACCP, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 accreditation; acts as Food Hygiene Expert for the African Union and is a Trustee of the SAAFoST Foundation.

Dr Hongda Chen
IUFoST Representative, USA

Dr. Hongda Chen Ph.D. is the National Program Leader for Bioprocess Engineering and Nanotechnology at National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA. He provides national scientific leadership to develop, coordinate, and manage research, education and extension programs in the areas of value-added novel products for food and nonfood applications. He directs Enhancing Food Safety through Improved Processing Technologies in the Food Safety Challenge programs; and Nanotechnology for Food and Agriculture Systems in the Foundation programs of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). He has been a representative of USDA in the NSTC subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) since 2001. He was a Co-Chair of the 2010 NNI Strategic Planning Task Force. He has spoken frequently on nanotechnology for agriculture and foods at professional conferences, symposia, and strategic planning meetings both in the States and internationally. He received his Ph.D. in engineering from University of California, Davis. Dr. Hongda Chen has been elected as a Fellow of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in 2011, and a Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) of IUFoST in 2012. He is in the inaugural class of Certified Food Scientists (CFS), IFT, 2013.

Dr Ranil Coorey
Curtain University, Australia

After obtaining his BSc in Food Technology Dr Coorey worked in the food industry in different parts of the world as a food technologist before he completed his PhD in Food Science at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He is currently a senior lecturer at Curtin where he lectures in food safety and food processing. His research interests are in food safety and in the utilisation of food processing by products. He currently holds an AAUN grant for food security.

Prof Colin Dennis
President Elect and Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists, United Kingdom

Colin's career in food science and technology spans almost 45 years. After 11 years at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, including a period on secondment to Matforsk near Oslo, he joined CampdenBRI in Chipping Campden in 1981. Initially he was Head of the Food Technology Division and in 1988 Colin was appointed Director General, a position he held for 21 years and was elected a Honorary Member in 2009. He was also the Unilever Visiting Professor in food science at Queens University, Belfast from 1991to 2006.

Colin is currently a Fellow and President of the Institute of Food Technologists (USA), the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IFIS and of the Research Committee of Flanders Foods (Belgium). He also serves on the General Advisory Committee on Science at the Food a Standards Agency, on the Advisory Board of the International Food Network (USA), as a Governor of the British Nutrition Foundation and the Royal Agricultural University and is on the Board of the National Skills Academy.

He is a Certified Food Scientist, a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow and Past President of the Institute of Food Science & Technology and a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science & Technology. Colin was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Agri-food industry in 2009, has served as Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire since 2005 and as the Warden of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire in 2014/2015.

Ben Durham
Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

Ben Durham is currently Chief Director: Bio-innovation at the National Department of Science and Technology in South Africa. His responsibilities included the finalisation of the South African Bio-economy Strategy, launched in January 2014, and he now is overseeing implementation of the three themes of Agricultural, Health, and Industrial sectors. Ultimately the purpose is to develop and improve the efficiencies of the National System of Innovation, ensuring socio-economic benefits to the broader society.

Ben has previously been a Programme Manager for two Research Support programmes at the National Research Foundation, before he joined the Department of Science and Technology in 2003 as Director: Biotechnology. His key responsibility then was the implementation of South Africa’s National Biotechnology Strategy (2001), and key activities included strategic guidance, coordination, and institutional performance of the Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres.

Amongst others, Ben has been appointed to:

  • The position of vice chair of the Executive Council of the GMO Act (1997), managed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries;
  • Board membership of the National Health Laboratory System, and the service and research sub committees;
  • NEPAD’s Southern African Biosciences Network Steering Committee;
  • The National Biotechnology Advisory Committee (a subcommittee of the National Advisory Council on Innovation);
  • The Public Understanding of Biotechnology Council; and
  • The Scientific Advisory Committee of the African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT).

Ben is/has been on the boards of several companies/agencies involved in innovation, represents DST interest on several inter-departmental or international committees. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Technology Commercialisation through the Da Vinci Institute.

Luis Fernandez
Tate & Lyle, USA

Luis Fernandez, CFS, is currently Senior Vice President of Global Applications at Tate & Lyle, based in Hoffman Estates, USA. He leads the worldwide application group dedicated to creating unique customer value with Tate & Lyle single ingredients and systems. The application teams develop, formulate, process and evaluate finished food in the categories: bakery & snacks, beverages, convenience, dairy, confectionery, fruit, meat and culinary.
Luis has a MS in biochemistry and a second MS in food science from the University of Buenos Aires. He has worked on various R&D positions for over 27 years in the global food ingredient industry (DuPont, Cargill and Tate & Lyle). Luis has been employed and lived in Latin America, Europe and the United Estates. He is married with Berta over the past 30 years and has three daughters.
Luis is fluent in Spanish, French, English and working knowledge in Portuguese and Russian. He has dual nationality: Argentinean and Belgian and is US green card holder.
Mr. Fernandez is a Certified Food Scientist (CFS), a Fellow -and board director- of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST). Luis is also a board member of the European Technology Platform (ETP) -food for life-.
Luis is fully engaged with Tate & Lyle Specialty Food Ingredients since it is a global company dedicated to create customer solutions applying food science and technology. The fantastic current ingredient portfolio of Tate & Lyle plus the outstanding innovation pipeline make Luis excited about the future. He is passionate to work with customers and Tate & Lyle team to deliver greater value together.

John D. Fernstrom
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA

S.B. & Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; formerly assistant & associate professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; currently professor of psychiatry & pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Society Memberships: American Society for Nutrition, American Physiological Society, American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Society for Neuroscience. Publications: Over 200 peer-reviewed and review articles.

Wendy Knowler
Times Media Group, South Africa

Wendy Knowler has been working as a journalist for 30 years, specialising in consumer journalism for the past 16.
Currently employed by the Times Media group, she writes a weekly consumer column, In Your Corner, for The Times, The Herald in Port Elizabeth and The Dispatch in East London, as well as online material for the group's website,
Her consumer columns tackle issues ranging from crooked car deals to food mislabelling, pack shrinkage and dodgy practices in the debt collecting industry.
In KZN, she is known mainly as East Coast Radio's consumer watchdog. For the past 11 years, she has been investigating and presenting a weekly breakfast show consumer feature, Consumerwatch, for the radio station. And on Tuesday nights she's back at the ECR microphone, discussing consumer issues at length and taking calls from listeners.

Julian May
Director: DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Professor Julian May is the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at UWC, which was established in 2014. He is a Research Associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Department of Social Policy, Oxford University and the South African Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town. Between 1994 and 1998, Prof. May led the Poverty and Inequality Report, the first review of South Africa's poverty reduction policies in the post-apartheid era. He was the principal researcher for the KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Survey, a ten year panel study of poverty dynamics. With the support of funding received from the Economic and Social Research Council and the European Union, these data are being further analysed in a project being conducted with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cape Town. He has edited 3 books, published over 55 papers in books and academic journals, and produced more than 120 working papers, research reports and other publications. His research interests are poverty and inequality, agrarian reform, and impact assessment methodologies.

Jake Norman
OAL Group, United Kingdom

Jake Norman started working at OAL Group after graduating from the University of Bristol with a degree in Economics & Management. Having previously worked for Deloitte in both Audit and Consultancy streams, he recognised that he could make the biggest impact in an innovative SME.

Nigel Sunley
Sunley Consulting - Technical Consultancy to the Food Industry, South Africa

Nigel has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Food Science from the University of Natal. He spent 32 years in the food industry in the UK and South Africa and his experience includes periods in both the R& D and manufacturing functions with both South African and multinational food companies. He then started his own consulting business, Sunley Consulting, in 2007 based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His consulting work covers a very wide range of areas but he specialises in the development of nutritionally enhanced food products and the management of food regulatory issues both locally and internationally.

Nigel is a past president of the South African Association for Food Science & Technology (SAAFoST) and was made an Honorary Life Member of the association in 2013. He chaired the organising committee for the 15th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science & Technology that was held in Cape Town in August 2010. He was a member of the global Governing Council of IUFoST from 2010-2014 and now acts as a special advisor to IUFoST. He was elected to the IUFoST International Academy of Food Science and Technology in 2014. He is a longstanding and passionate advocate of collaboration between the food science and nutrition and dietetics professions and currently chairs the joint liaison committee between these two disciplines in South Africa on behalf of ICSU (International Council of Scientific Unions).

David Watson
SAAFoST Foundation & FACS, South Africa

David Watson, B.SC (Chem Eng), MBA, is a major shareholder of Sunspray Food Ingredients (Pty) Ltd and is also a full time employee of the company in the capacity of Managing Director. Prior to the purchase of the company over 25 years ago, virtually all of his business experience was in the food industry of South Africa. David's involvement in Food Industry activities has been extensive. For many years he was a director of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and, after its disbandment, a director of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa. Approximately twelve years ago David was asked to facilitate the Strategic Planning of SAAFoST. This commenced his involvement with the organisation and he has been Chairman of the Northern Branch, a Council member of SAAFoST and is a Past President of SAAFoST. He is now the Chairman of the SAAFoST Foundation and is also one of the SAAFoST representatives on FACS.