2019 Conference Speakers

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 10:30 - 12:30


Thomas Hayes, Analyst, Lux Research (Singapore)

Thomas Hayes, based out of Lux Research’s Singapore office, is an Analyst on the Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health team, specializing in food and nutrition.  Before joining the Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health team, Thomas was a member of the Consulting team where he conducted project-based, deep-dive analyses for clients, largely within the food industry. Prior to joining Lux Research, Thomas was a Research Associate at Cambridge Polymer Group where he conducted materials consultation, R&D, and analytical testing for numerous clients. Thomas received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and is a Master of Business and Science (MBS) candidate at Rutgers University, concentrating in Global Food Technology & Innovation.

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Dilip Ghosh, Directror, Nutriconnect (Australia)

Dilip Ghosh has received his PhD from India. He is an international speaker, facilitator and author and professionally associated with Nutriconnect, Soho Flordis International, Australia; Honorary Ambassador, Global Harmonization Initiatives (GHI). He is a fellow of American College of Nutrition (ACN), professional member of Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology (AIFST), an advisor and executive board member of Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA), India and also in editorial board of several journals. Dr. Ghosh has published more than 90 papers in peer reviewed journals, numerous articles in food and nutrition magazines and books. His recent book,  pharmaceuticals to Nutraceuticals: A shift in disease prevention under CRC Press, USA has been published in 2016.

Sandeep Gupta, Chief Founder & Director, Expert Nutraceutical Advocacy Council (India)

Sandeep Gupta,  has recently been appointed as Global President & Chief Strategic Officer - Business Development & Strategy of Tirupati Group. He is a Nutraceutical Evangelist & Strategist, Influencer, Global Speaker, Panelist, Chief Mentor, Executive Coach & Eminent Personality of the Nutrition & Nutraceutical Industry.  Sandeep is a Pharmaceutical Graduate and holds a Masters in Business Administration, currently associated as a distinguished Member of Leadership Excellence at Harvard Square, USA. In his recent endeavors, he has been coached by John Mattone (who has also coached Steve Jobs), USA and is also a certified Intelligent Leadership Coach. In his career he has held expertise with Self-Leadership, Servant Leadership and Intelligent Leadership Practices and his interest lies in mentoring passionate & budding youngsters in nascent days of their career. Today he holds the most influential network and affiliations with Senior Executives, Scientists, Expats of industry & Institutes, Authors and Executive Coaches in India and globally.

Celine Klotz, Clinical Trial Director, Japanese Society of Antiaging Nutrition (Japan)

After studying bioengineering at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and specialising in biomimetism Celine Klotz has joined JAAN to develop Health solutions and to manage clinical trials. She is based in the JAAN laboratories in Tokyo. Her main area of interest today is gene expression of chronic inflammation and liver protection.

Shikhar Aggarwal, Senior Director, Visionary Sciences, Frost & Sullivan (Singapore)

Shikhar Aggarwal is a Senior Director with the Frost & Sullivan Singapore Visionary Sciences Practice. He has more than 10 years of business consulting experience with Industry and government agencies across Asia Pacific in fields such as Market Entry Strategy, Competitive Analysis, Research & Development roadmaps, Technology assessment, Economic Impact analysis, Financial Modelling, Market and Industry Development strategies, Infrastructure Development, Business Process Re-engineering, and Change Management. He brings with him considerable technical and market knowledge and project management skills having worked with a combination of technical and functional expertise and experience of working with Chemicals, Ingredients, Cosmetics, Materials and Food industry clients across the world.

 

Dr Shu-Ru Jhuang, Chair, Department of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital (Taiwan)

Research interests - disease and clinical nutrition, renal disease and nutrition intervention, and  cancer and nutrition.

Proffessional experience - Committee member, Taiwan Association of Nutritionist, Taichung city

Sheetal Somaiya, Accredited Dietitian of Singapore, Certified Diabetes Educator, Digital Health Coach, The Health Suttra (Singapore) 

Sheetal Somaiya is an Accredited Dietitian Member, SNDA and Certified Diabetes Educator (IDF). She has rich experience of 14 years in the field of therapeutic dietetics and diabetes education in clinical, hospital, corporate and community nutrition.

She is the founder of The HealthSuttra, a Singapore based nutrition consultancy where she helps adults and children alike with overweight, obesity, diabetes, PCOS, cardiac disease and gut health. Additionally, she provides research and nutrition consultancy for startups applying for the Healthier Choice symbol and launching their products.

Chin-Kun Wang, President, International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (Taiwan)

Dr. Chin-Kun Wang, is the current President of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, ambassador of Global Harmonization Initiative, and also a distinguished professor in Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan. Dr. Wang was the former president of Chung Shan Medical University and also president of Nutrition Society of Taiwan. He was awarded national biomedical development and Who's Who in the world over the past years.

 


Dr. Arthur Ouwehand, Technical Fellow - Global Health & Nutrition Sciences, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (Finland)

Dr. Arthur Ouwehand is Technical Fellow at Global Health & Nutrition Sciences, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, Kantvik, Finland. Dr. Ouwehand received his B.Sc. in biology and chemistry in Utrecht (the Netherlands) 1987, his M.Sc. degree (with honours, 1992) in cell biology from Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and his Ph.D. degree (1996) in microbiology from University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Since 1999 he has functioned as Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland). Since 2004 he has been working for Danisco; now DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences. Dr. Ouwehand is the author of more than 250 journal articles and book chapters on probiotics and prebiotics; he is the editor of four books on lactic acid bacteria and the intestinal microbiota.

Dr Madhavan Nair, Scientist, Retd. National Institute of Nutrition, Vice President, Nutrition Society of India (India)

Dr Nair is currently the Vice-President of Nutrition Society of India and a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences and Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Dr Nair was formerly the Head of Micronutrient Research at the National Institute of Nutrition, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and has worked for more than 35 years as a nutrition scientist. He has made significant contributions in understanding iron-induced free radical damage at the site of absorption, bioavailability and in developing food based strategies to control micronutrient deficiencies. He coordinated the Expert Group of the ICMR to revise the Nutrient Requirements and RDA for Indians and in developing the National standards for staple food fortification. He has published over 150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters and guided many students for PhD. He is a member of a large number of National and International expert committees on Public Health Nutrition.

Dr Nabil Bosco, Healthy ageing team leader, Nestle Research (Singapore) 

Dr. Nabil Bosco received his PhD in Immunology from the University of Grenobl (France) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2008 at the Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel (Switzerland). He then joined Nestle Research Lausanne (Switzerland) where he lead preclinical research activities dedicated to gastro-intestinal diseases. Here he assessed immuno-modulatory, anti-inflammatory and mucosal healing properties of probiotics and developed a deep expertise in host-microbe interactions in health and diseases. He belonged and co-chaired scientific expert task forces at Top Institutes in Food and Nutrition (Netherlands) and the International Life Sciences Institute Europe (Belgium).

Since 2016, Nabil is a team leader in an open innovation hub of Nestle research based in Singapore and appointed visiting scientist at Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN). His team and collaborators work on healthy ageing and develop concepts, products or services for seniors based on observational and interventional clinical trials.

Chyn Boon Wong, Research Associate, Morinaga Nutritional Foods (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 

Dr. Chyn Boon Wong joined Morinaga Milk Industry in 2016 and has worked in probiotics research and development. Her main research activities are focused on scientific substantiation of health benefits of bifidobacteria as probiotics, including the design and execution of projects related to the basic and functional aspects of bifidobacteria. She received B. Sc. degree with honours in Microbiology in 2011 from the University of Putra Malaysia, and PhD from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2016, specialising in the development of lactic acid bacteria and their bioactive molecules as neutraceuticals. She has been the recipient of USM Fellowship in Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Regional Bio-Asia Program in Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Angers-Nantes, France.

Dr Lin  Jing, Researcher, Food Science and Technology Programme, National University of Singapore (Singapore) 

Dr. Lin Jing is a research fellow in A/P LIU Shaoquan’s research group in the Food Science and Technology programme, National University of Singapore (NUS). Her doctoral research focused on the development

of functional bakery products fortified with phenolic compounds and the evaluation of their nutritional and sensory properties. She is currently involved in the development and commercialization of the okara-based functional drink and ingredient.

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Deepak Gunvante, Expert Consultant, Healthy Marketing Team (Singapore)

Deepak has had the opportunity to improve lives of over a billion consumers in Asia Pacific region through Innovation of Foods & Nutrition brands that he had been associated with during his corporate career so far.

Deepak has held senior leadership roles with Unilever, GSK Consumer Healthcare and General Mills delivering significant Innovation-led business growth in the Asia Pacific region. His expert domain knowledge is in consumer insight-based innovation and nutrition claims. Currently, he is Expert Consultant & Partner for Asia Pacific with The Healthy Marketing Team, an international brand strategy and nutrition innovation agency, based in Singapore. He is also the CEO and Managing Consultant of the consulting firm DG Associates Pte Ltd and a performance coach for leading companies/multinationals in the region.

Rebecca Lwin, Private Practice Dietitian, The Expat Dietitian (Phillipines) 

Rebecca Lwin is a US Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition. She has a home-based practice in Manila, Philippines, where she leads bootcamp exercise, teaches healthy cooking classes, and provides nutrition consultations to both adults and children who want to follow a healthy lifestyle. Her expertise includes weight management, sports nutrition, heart health, and eating disorders. Rebecca endorses a lifestyle that includes whole foods, mindful eating, and an addictive fitness routine. She empowers her clients to make sustainable lifestyle changes that will bring about maximum health in a holistic way.

Eric Meppem, Co-founder/Commercial Director, Pharmako Biotechnologies Pty Ltd (Australia)

Eric Meppem is Co-founder of Pharmako Biotechnologies Pty Ltd. With almost 20 years experience in the nutraceuticals industry, he has specialized in bringing innovation to market from both a product and material perspective. Mr Meppem has held senior leadership roles at major Australian companies including Swisse Wellness and PharmaCare Laboratories. Eric has a strong passion for sports nutrition. Before working in complementary medicines, he managed fitness centres, was a national level track athlete, and coached at the NSW Academy of Sport.

Dilip Ghosh, Director, Nutriconnect (Singapore)

Dilip Ghosh has received his PhD from India. He is an international speaker, facilitator and author and professionally associated with Nutriconnect, Soho Flordis International, Australia; Honorary Ambassador, Global Harmonization Initiatives (GHI). He is a fellow of American College of Nutrition (ACN), professional member of Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology (AIFST), an advisor and executive board member of Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA), India and also in editorial board of several journals. Dr. Ghosh has published more than 90 papers in peer reviewed journals, numerous articles in food and nutrition magazines and books. His recent book, Pharmaceuticals to Nutraceuticals: A shift in disease prevention under CRC Press, USA has been published in 2016.

 

Dr Stephen Burns, Associate Professor, Physical Education & Sports Science, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 

Dr. Stephen Burns is an Associate Professor within Physical Education and Sports Science at the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University in the UK and previously held posts at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the US before coming to NTU.  Much of his research examines how fat metabolism is affected by exercise for both health and performance.  He is engaged in research collaborations with individuals in universities within Asia, Europe and the US and works with industry partners.  He serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Obesity and the Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness.

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Michelle Teodoro, Food Science and Nutrition Analyst, Mintel (Singapore)

Michelle Teodoro is a Food Science and Nutrition Analyst at Mintel, specialisingin food science and ingredients, with a focus on nutrition. As part of herrole, she is responsible for analysing and providing insights on health,diet and nutrition trends, regulations, and food science advances.Michelle brings over five years of experience in the food and nutrition industry.Equipped with a wealth of food science and nutrition knowledge, she iscurrently a Food Science and Nutrition Analyst at Mintel, specialising in foodscience and ingredients.

 

Dr Heng Kiang Soon, Lecturer, School of Applied Science - Republic Polytechnic (Singapore)

Dr Heng Kiang Soon holds a PhD in Nutritional Science. His research interest has been on obesity and metabolic syndrome. Currently he is a lecturer at the School of Applied Science, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore. His research focus is on the formulation of nutraceuticals and functional foods with effective health promoting and therapeutic effects. He has been providing research and development consultancy to food companies. As a nutritionist, he is also passionate in promoting healthy diet and nutrition to the public. He was featured in media including Channel News Asia, Radio Capital 958, The Straits Time, Business Insider and Lianhe Zhaobao.

 

Silvia Trudda, Food Dept. Manager of  C.Q.Massó, GPE (Spain) 

Silvia Trudda holds a Univesity Degree as Agronomist from Universitá di Sassari (Italy), with specialization in Food Technology. Participating in Studies about new analytical models for detection of sensorial characterization of Food products at Institut National Agronomique of Paris, France. Master in Commercial Direction and Marketing Management at ESIC Madrid, Spain. Since 1999 Technical and Commercial Manager for Food Industry. Since 2006 Food Department Director at Massó Group, based at Barcelona, Spain, being Resposable of Businesss developpement and Sales Worldwide.

 

David Foreman, President, Herbal Pharmacist Media (US)

David Foreman is a pharmacist, author and media personality known to consumers internationally as, The Herbal Pharmacist. His background in both pharmacy and natural medicine put Foreman in an elite class of health experts who can teach integrative medicine practices. Foreman is also a formulator, U.S. patent holder, science-engineer and consults for numerous global companies helping to bridge the gap between science and sales. Foreman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, currently serves on Organic & Natural Health Association’s Scientific Advisory Board and is author of, Pillars of Health: Heart Disease.

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