Speakers

  • Andrew Shao Ph.D
  • Andrew Shao Ph.D

  • Vice President Global Nutrition Policy
  • Herbalife
  • LinkedIn Andrew Shao Ph.D
  • As vice president, global nutrition policy, Dr. Shao is responsible for working closely with government agencies and other external partners to lead health initiatives, shape policy and identify and leverage opportunities for Herbalife products and product positioning.

    Previously Shao held several previous leadership positions in the company, including VP, global product science & safety, and VP worldwide scientific affairs. He joined the company from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a Washington, DC-based trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers, where he served as Sr VP, scientific and regulatory affairs.

    Shao possesses extensive experience in human nutrition research, nutrition policy, and regulatory affairs. Before serving at CRN, Shao was a senior scientist at General Nutrition Corporation (GNC), and previously, in research and development at Kemin.
    He is the author or co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters, is an Editorial Board member of several peer reviewed journals, and is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the Institute of Food Technologists. He is the President of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Alumni Association, and serves as the Chair of the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations (IADSA) Scientific Council.
    Shao holds a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and a M.S. in human nutrition science from Tufts University, and a B.A. in biology from Brandeis University.
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  • Herbalife

  • Carrie Ruxton
  • Carrie Ruxton

  • Dietitian & Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Communications
  • LinkedIn Carrie Ruxton
  • Carrie Ruxton is a registered dietitian with 25 years’ experience in nutrition and health.

    Since 2003, she has headed a consultancy, Nutrition Communications, which offers nutrition and communications advice to food and beverage companies, and trade bodies. Formerly, Carrie worked as an academic, hospital dietitian and industry nutritionist.

    Carrie publishes widely in scientific journals, textbooks and magazines, as well as writing audits and strategies for the public sector. She has won three awards for her writing, including the British Dietetic Association’s Elizabeth Washington Award. From 2007-2015, she served on the Scottish Food Advisory Committee.

    Carrie is a regular contributor to national newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. In recent months, she has appeared on Food Unwrapped, Rip Off Britain and Sunday Morning Live. She is currently in a new BBC Two series, called Food Detectives.

  • Nutrition Communications

  • Christopher Snowdon
  • Christopher Snowdon

  • Director of lifestyle economics
  • Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Christopher Snowdon is director of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. His research focuses on lifestyle freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence. He is a regular contributor to the Spectator blog and often appears on TV and radio discussing social and economic issues.

    Snowdon’s work encompasses a diverse range of topics including ‘sin taxes’, state funding of charities, happiness economics, ‘public health’ regulation, gambling and the black market. He is also the author of ‘Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism’ (2015), ‘The Art of Suppression’ (2011), ‘The Spirit Level Delusion’ (2010) and ‘Velvet Glove, Iron Fist’ (2009).

  • Institute of Economic Affairs

  • Greg Paul PhD MBA
  • Greg Paul PhD MBA

  • Marketing Director, Global Consumer Segments
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • LinkedIn Greg Paul PhD MBA
  • Greg Paul, PhD, MBA, is the marketing director for global consumer segments at DuPont Nutrition & Health, the premier supplier of food ingredients. Dr. Paul is responsible for developing marketing programs that link identified consumer needs in sports nutrition, weight management, healthy aging, and family/child nutrition with the nutritional and health benefits associated with DuPont’s food and dietary supplement ingredients.

    Previously, Dr. Paul was the global director of nutrition strategy and communications at Solae, LLC where he defined and created nutritional opportunities to support global food companies using ingredients produced by the company. Dr. Paul regularly consulted with customers on issues related to nutrition and also served as the nutrition voice of the company to the media and consumers.

    He came to Solae as the global director of health and nutrition, responsible for all nutrition-related activities including health benefits research, nutrition communications, and nutrition policy. He began his career at The Quaker Oats Company as a scientist in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory which later became the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

    Dr. Paul received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University; a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois, where he was also an NIH-Postdoctoral Research Fellow in molecular biology; and, an MBA from Purdue University.

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  • DuPont Nutrition & Health

  • Malcolm Clark
  • Malcolm Clark

  • Co-ordinator
  • The Children’s Food Campaign
  • LinkedIn Malcolm Clark
  • Malcolm Clark is co-ordinator of the Children’s Food Campaign, which aims to improve young people’s health and well-being through better food education, protecting children from junk food marketing, the introduction of a duty on sugary drinks, and advocating policies which would make healthier, sustainable food as affordable and available as less healthy food currently is.

    The Campaign is supported by over 100 UK organisations and co-ordinated by Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. Malcolm is also a local councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth.

  • The Children’s Food Campaign

  • Niamh Michail
  • Niamh Michail

  • Journalist
  • FoodNavigator
  • LinkedIn Niamh Michail
  • Niamh Michail is a journalist for FoodNavigator.
    Based in Montpellier, France, she writes about food and beverage product development, regulatory issues such as food labelling and big industry topics ranging from sustainability to public health.
    Niamh has a degree in modern languages and European studies from the University of Birmingham in the UK.

  • FoodNavigator

  • Pauline Castres
  • Pauline Castres

  • Food Policy Officer
  • BEUC
  • LinkedIn Pauline Castres
  • Pauline Castres joined The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) in 2012.

    As Food Policy Officer her main function is to provide BEUC and its members with intelligence, information and advice on food issues, including diet and nutrition, food safety and food fraud.

    She is a member of the European Commission advisory group of the food chain and also represents BEUC in the EU Platform on diet, physical activity and health. She previously worked at the French Medicines Agency of the Ministry for Health in Paris.

    She holds a degree in European Affairs from the French Institute of Political Studies where she studied European law and public health.

  • BEUC

  • Sabrina Marnet
  • Sabrina Marnet

  • Product Manager
  • Cosucra
  • LinkedIn Sabrina Marnet
  • Sabrina Marnet has a Master in Food Science and Technology from AgroParisTech (Paris, France), completed by a Professional Certificate in marketing. After 5 years experience, firstly in food development then in marketing, she joined Cosucra in 2011.

  • Cosucra

  • Shane Starling
  • Shane Starling

  • Senior Editor
  • NutraIngredients, FoodNavigator & FoodNavigator-Asia
  • LinkedIn Shane Starling
  • Shane Starling is the senior editor of NutraIngredients, FoodNavigator and FoodNavigator-Asia. He has been writing about the global food industry since 2001 on matters such as health claims, food marketing, food science, ingredient innovation and market trends. He has a degree in History and Literature from Curtin University in Perth, Australia and works from William Reed Business Media’s Montpellier office.

  • NutraIngredients, FoodNavigator & FoodNavigator-Asia

  • Tim Rycroft
  • Tim Rycroft

  • Director of Corporate Affairs
  • Food and Drink Federation
  • LinkedIn Tim Rycroft
  • Tim has worked in UK and international corporate and public affairs roles for three FTSE 100 companies: Boots, Diageo and InterContinental Hotels Group. He has also spent two spells in consultancy with communications agency Bell Pottinger and was a Special Adviser to UK Government in the 1990s, latterly to Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell at the Department of Health. Tim joined the FDF in the role of Corporate Affairs Director in September 2015.

  • Food and Drink Federation