Speakers

Dr. John Spink

Director of the Food Fraud Initiative, College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (USA)

Since 2013 Dr. John Spink is the Director of the Food Fraud Initiative within the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (USA). He is appointed to the College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor (5-year Fixed-Term appointment). Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice in the College of Social Science at MSU.

Mr. Andy Morling

Head of the Food Crime Unit, Food Standards Agency (UK)

Andy began his criminal law enforcement career over 20 years ago as a specialist investigator in the globally respected Investigation Division of HM Customs and Excise. The focus of this role was tackling the threat to the UK from organised international drug trafficking and serious economic crime. In 2001, following the lengthy trial of a prominent sports promoter, Andy received a formal commendation from the trial Judge for his role leading the complex criminal investigation.

Robert Hanner

Associate Professor, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics University of Guelph (Canada)

Robert Hanner is the Associate Director for the Canadian Barcode of Life Network, headquartered at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Oregon. He held a Kalbfleisch Postdoctoral Fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and then served as Curatorial Associate for the Ambrose Monell Collection for Molecular and Microbial Research at the AMNH, spearheading development of the Museum’s genomic resource collections.

Dr. Akhila Vasan

Senior Program Manager, Food Safety & Education, Grocery Manufacturers Association (Washington, D.C.)

Dr. Akhila Vasan has over 7 years of food safety research and education experience. In her current role as the Senior Program Manager, Food Safety & Education at Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Science and Education Foundation, Akhila manages multiple projects to provide foundational food safety education to industry executives and personnel. She manages projects from inception and research, through proposal development and management, together with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, consultants, academia and vendors.

Ms. Shellini Piaralal

Quality Assurance Manager, Nestle S.A.

Shellini Piaralal is a Quality Assurance Manager who ensures that Quality Management Systems are consistently applied throughout the factory and other units in the value chain under the factory responsibility. She functions as guardian of food safety and compliance and the challenger of all functions to drive Continuous Excellence in the pursuit of zero defects as the essential base for maintaining consumer trust and preference.

Mrs. Ena C. Harvey

IICA Representative, IICA Delegation (Barbados)

Mrs. Ena C. Harvey is a national of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a B.Sc. First Class Hons. Degree in Agriculture (University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad & Tobago), and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering (University of Guelph, Canada), as well as certification as a Trainer in HACCP, Foodservice Safety and World Class Benchmarking for SMEs. Prior to joining IICA, she held the post of Food Technologist with CARIRI in Trinidad from 1982-1987 during which time she assisted private sector clients with commercialization of small scale processing operations.