Andrew Cleland, Chair
Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Dr Andrew Cleland is Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand, New Zealand’s national academy for science and technology researchers and humanities scholars. The Society is New Zealand’s peak body for the research community. He was Chief Executive of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) from 2000 to 2014 and in that role oversaw the occupational regulation, degree accreditation and public policy programmes for the New Zealand engineering profession.
Prior to joining IPENZ Andrew had a 23 year career as an academic staff member at Massey University in which he was heavily involved in commercialisation of research and led research programmes in food engineering. His own research related to the refrigeration of food was recognised through three international research awards. He holds a number of Fellowships, including the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST), the Royal Society of New Zealand and four engineering organisations. He was President of NZIFST from 1996-1998, the primary New Zealand representative to IUFoST from 1995 to 2003, and the primary New Zealand liaison with the Australian organising committee for the 1999 International Congress of Food Science and Technology held in Sydney.
Margot Buick has been a Director at AsureQuality Limited since November 01, 2013, and is currently Innovation Director with the Meat Industry Association. She worked in a variety of Business Development roles at AgResearch for 11 years and was responsible for development, commercialisation and technology transfer into defined markets for products and technologies developed by the company.
Margot has over 15 years’ experience as a director of public and not-for-profit companies, most with some linkage to the rural sector or to her interest in food science and technology, particularly food production and processing. She is a Fellow and was President of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology. She holds an MBA from Massey University.
Jonathan Cox is Commercialisation Manager, ANZCO Foods. Trained as a Process Engineer, he has had a wide range of technical and managerial roles in the food industry since 1999 ANZCO Foods, MARS Incorporated and Hellers Smallgoods.
Specialties: Product development process and management including stagegate business systems. Management of External Research partnerships. Meat Science and food processing technologies including sterilisation. Food Product and process development.
Sally Hasell has worked in the area of microbiological food safety since 1982. She has a wide range of experience in all aspects of food safety and has worked both in the food industry and for regulators. These days she is a consultant in her free time when not playing golf, walking or playing with her grandchildren.
Chief Executive, NZIFST
Rosemary has been the Executive Manager of the NZIFST for over 16 years. She originally trained as a research/food process engineer and worked in the whey protein sector of the dairy industry for thirteen years including designing, managing and teaching professional development courses for the dairy industry. Rosemary also has over 25 years’ experience as a Professional Conference Organiser.
Laurence D Melton
of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Laurence Melton is currently Professor of Food Chemistry at the University of Auckland, a member of the Riddet Institute (the NZ Centre of Research Excellence for Food Research), and an Editor for Food Chemistry. He initiated the food science and wine science degree and diploma courses at the University of Auckland. Previously he was Professor of Food Science at the University of Otago, worked for Unilever in the UK and was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Davis and CSIRO at Werribee, Australia. He was the President of NZIFST from 1987 to 1989 and received the JC Andrews award in 1996. He is a Fellow of NZIFST and IUFoST.
Executive Chairman at Australian Blending Company, Melbourne, Australia
For the last 50 years Alan Mortimer has worked in senior technical and operational roles within the food industry across Europe and Australia. He was a President of IUFoST from 2003-2006 and has also been President and Treasurer of AIFST. Alan has attended 8 IUFoST World Congresses across all continents and was Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 10th World Congress in Sydney in 1999.
He is a recipient of the Order of Australia which was awarded “for services to food science and technology at the national and international level”.
Anne trained as a food technologist and after 10 years in technical roles in the New Zealand Primary Industry she moved into the Public Relations and publishing industry, working primarily for food industry clients. Her skills encompass writing and editing, publishing and web editing and she has extensive experience in organising NZIFST conferences.
After graduating from Massey University with a M.Tech joined the NZ Co-operative Dairy Company in Hamilton where he remained until 1983 when he was appointed Director of the Massey University Food Technology Research Centre. He then moved back into the food industry, including two years as Director of R&D with NZ Milk before moving to FSANZ in 2004. Dean was General Manager Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) based in Wellington with oversight of three risk management sections, as well as finance and New Zealand stakeholder liaison since then for 11 years and is now supplying consulting services in the area of regulation to the Ministry of Primary Industries, and other clients.
Joint Managing Director of Start Afresh Limited, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Dr David Tanner is joint Managing Director of Start Afresh Limited, an agri-food Management and Consulting partnership formed in January 2015. He has eight years leadership experience with leading global horticultural brand company, Zespri International, with the past six years in an executive leadership team position as General Manager, Science & Innovation.
Prior to that, he had five years with a global top-six R&D authority in Australia (CSIRO), where he managed and undertook research for the Australasian food industry. He has a proven track record, driving growth through incremental and breakthrough innovation in the agri‑food sector. He is a member of NZIFST, the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) and a Fellow of IPENZ.
Dongxiao Sun Waterhouse
Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Dongxiao Sun-Waterhouse has worked in and with international food industries, academia and research institutes. Her research interests are mainly in Food Science and Biotechnology, and the smart use of formulation and processing synergies for functional food development and bioactive delivery. Dongxiao is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland, an Honorary Associate for Plant & Food Research Limited and a Chair Professor of the South China University of Technology.
She has been actively involved in applied research and industrial consulting nationally and internationally for improving commercialisation outcomes. Dongxiao is a Fellow of NZIFST.
Melanie Walker established Avenues Event Management over 25 years ago. From small beginnings Avenues has grown to be one of New Zealand’s largest event and conference companies employing 24 staff and organising some of New Zealand’s most significant events. The team is passionate about excellence and attention to detail. They are creative with a strong history of bringing magic moments to any event. As a multi-disciplinary team they bring a unique mix of experience and professional acumen to any they work on. Over the years Melanie and the Avenues team have welcomed many international delegates to New Zealand – whether for culinary festivals, international biotechnology conferences or the largest international wine event in the Southern Hemisphere. No matter what, Melanie’s philosophy has been the same – be a partner in the success of the event, commit to its outcome , put the right team on the ground and the rest is easy!
Andy Williams has spent his career working in the dairy industry and assisting with numerous local technical conferences and seminars over that time. At an international level, he has been involved as the Convenor in two IDF (International Dairy Federation) World Dairy Summits (WDS) in 2001 and 2010 held in NZ which attracted 1600 and 2300 people respectively. He was a member of the organising committee of the IDF Symposium on Lactose and its Derivatives held in Moscow in 2007 attracting 800 people, and the Convenor of the 2010 IDF International Mastitis Conference held in NZ attracting 800 people. Subsequent to these conferences he has been active in supporting organisers of subsequent WDS events.
As part of the organising of these WDS conferences in NZ, Andy attended the preceding 4 WDSs in Denmark, Germany, Greece and Mexico to build networks, as well as promoting and learning about what would create a “world best” Summit. In 2008, the WDS organising committee won the IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) International Client Award from some 3500 contenders.