Past Events, Reports and Presentations

Past Events, Reports and Presentations

ILSI Southeast Asia Region organizes over 50 events – workshops, symposia, scientific session and more – each year. Explore recent and past events here for agendas, speaker presentations, and summaries.

 

Past Events

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Health Innovation and Food Systems Transformation: Re-thinking the Way Forward

The United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 highlighted the challenges of achieving food systems transformations to provide sustainable diets for health impact. Southeast Asia and Australasia are key regions for agriculture and food production, and are home to large populations with diverse cultures and diets. Science and innovation will help to improve agricultural productivity, increase value-added food production, improve health and livelihoods while enhancing food security and reducing environmental impact. This Science Session with plenary speakers and a panel discussion will look at new technologies and innovations, and discuss actions necessary for progress, including investment and research.

Program (Time shown in GMT+8)

Invited Presentations Expand 11:00- 11:25 AM
Microbiome and Disruptive Innovation - Changing the world in Agri-Food, Nutrition and Health Outcome
Mr. Ross Youngs, Founder & CEO, Biosortia Microbiomics, USA

Mr. Ross Youngs, Founder and CEO of Biosortia Microbiotics, has spent over 30 years inventing products, technologies, and processes for a variety of industries, and holds over 75 patents worldwide. His recent major innovations include an R&D 100 Award for collaboration on biopolymer technologies. In 2009, Biosortia was awarded a $6 million ARPA-E (U.S. Dept. of Energy R&D) grant for its algal harvesting technology, which helped lead to the development of Biosortia's drug discovery platform. In 1998, Mr. Youngs was awarded the Ernst & Young Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 

11:25- 11:50 AM
N-of-1 Healthcare to Food Technology: Harnessing Digital Medicine Approaches to Food and Nutrition Challenges
Prof. Dean Ho, Director, The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Dean Ho is the Provost's Chair Professor, Director of The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), Director of The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Prof. Ho and collaborators successfully developed and validated CURATE.AI, a powerful digital medicine platform that has optimized human treatment for broad indications ranging from oncology to infectious diseases. He is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was also recently named to the HIMSS Future50 Class of 2021 for his internationally recognized leadership in digital health.

 

11:50- 12:00 PM
Short Break Panel Discussion Expand 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Science, Innovation and Food Systems Transformation: Way Forward in SE Asia
Moderated by Mr. Geoffry Smith, President, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore.

Mr. Geoffry Smith is President of ILSI Southeast Asia Region based in Singapore, and a Representative of the branch to the ILSI Global Assembly. He is also the Chairman of the Essential Micronutrients Foundation, a non-profit organization which addresses micronutrient deficiencies globally as a public health issue. In addition, he is Director of Nutrition Strategies International which deals with food and nutrition issues in developing countries. Mr. Smith serves as a member of the editorial board of the journal Food and Nutrition Bulletin. Prior to his current positions, Mr. Smith was the Global Director, Health Chelates for Akzo Nobel Functional Chemicals, and directed the global business for these compounds in food and nutrition as well as pharmaceutical applications. He was responsible for the global project within Akzo Nobel addressing iron deficiency anemia.

 

Panelists
Mr. Anang Nugroho, Director for Food and Agriculture, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia

Mr. Anang Nugroho has over 30 years of experience in public service in Indonesia, and served as Director for Food and Agriculture, Ministry of National Development Planning since 2018. Besides the ministry, he has worked for several government agencies, the Cabinet Secretariat, State Secretariat, and Investment Coordinating Board. From 2013 - 2014, Mr. Nugroho served as Deputy Lead Shepherd for Ocean and Fisheries Working Group in APEC, facilitating the coordination of ocean-related issues in APEC; he also served as Coordinator for ASEAN Fisheries for Public Private Partnership in 2014. In 2014 - 2016, he served as Chairman of Financial Resources Working Group and Coordinating Mechanism Working Group for the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). Since 2018, Mr. Nugroho has served as the National Chair for SDG2 End Hunger.

Mr. John Eng, Head of Agri-Food Division, Economic Development Board, Singapore

Mr. John Eng is Acting Vice President and Head of the Agri-Food Division at the Singapore Economic Development Board. In his current role, Mr. Eng leads a team to engage with global companies and develop strategies to position Singapore as an ecosystem for Agri-Food innovation. Prior to this, he was based in EDB's Chicago Office from 2015 - 2018 as Regional Director, Americas, facilitating investments in industries such as biomedical sciences, food and nutrition, infocomms and media, natural resources, and professional services. Mr. Eng completed the Joint Masters of Translational Medicine program at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, and holds a BSc with Honours in Biological Sciences from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.

Dr. Cecilia Acuin, Associate Professor, The Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines

Dr. Cecilia Acuin is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, University of the Philippines at Los Banos. Previously, she served as Senior Scientist, lead for Human Nutrition, at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines. She was also the Chief Science Research Specialist, Nutritional Assessment & Monitoring Division and Chair, Institutional Ethics Committee at the Food & Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) where she was responsible for the conduct of the Philippine National Nutrition Surveys, and oversaw nutrition research projects. Dr. Acuin's involvement in multi-country research initiatives includes, among many others, Member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Committee on Nutrition and Anthropology; and Consultant and Vice-Chair of the WHO Western Pacific (WPRO) Regional Advisory Committee on Health Research. Dr. Acuin has also been the Co-Chair of the Philippine National Health Research System, Research Utilization Committee; and consultant in various capacities for USAID, UNICEF, World Bank etc. 

Mr. Ross Youngs, Founder & CEO, Biosortia Microbiomics, USA

Mr. Ross Youngs, Founder and CEO of Biosortia Microbiotics, has spent over 30 years inventing products, technologies, and processes for a variety of industries, and holds over 75 patents worldwide. His recent major innovations include an R&D 100 Award for collaboration on biopolymer technologies. In 2009, Biosortia was awarded a $6 million ARPA-E (U.S. Dept. of Energy R&D) grant for its algal harvesting technology, which helped lead to the development of Biosortia's drug discovery platform. In 1998, Mr. Youngs was awarded the Ernst & Young Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 

 
Prof. Dean Ho, Director, The N.1 Institute for Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Dean Ho is the Provost's Chair Professor, Director of The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), Director of The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Prof. Ho and collaborators successfully developed and validated CURATE.AI, a powerful digital medicine platform that has optimized human treatment for broad indications ranging from oncology to infectious diseases. He is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was also recently named to the HIMSS Future50 Class of 2021 for his internationally recognized leadership in digital health.

 

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The promotion of sustainable food production depends on the adoption of innovative agricultural technologies to improve productivity and efficiency, reduce post-harvest losses, address climate changes, as well as, promote food and nutrition security.

This two-part webinar series, organized by ILSI SEA Region Philippine Country Committee, in collaboration with Philippine Seed Industry Association, Inc. aims to provide key stakeholders with an overview of the food system, identify current gaps, share up-to-date advancements in agriculture technologies, and address food safety and nutrition in agricultural production.

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Who should attend

  • Agriculture, biotechnology & food science professionals
  • Food industry representatives
  • Policy-makers & government representatives
  • Academia, researchers & research students
  • Nutrition & economics professionals
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For inquiries, please contact ILSI SEA Region Philippine Country Committee at ilsisearphilippinecommittee@gmail.com | 09679818947

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Nutrition Labeling and Claims

Since 2001, ILSI SEA Region has facilitated a series of seminars and workshops for regulators, researchers and scientists, and relevant food industry personnel from the region to discuss issues on nutrition labeling and claims. The meetings serve to provide updates and regional developments in nutrition labeling, nutrition and health claims and related issues in Southeast Asia (SEA), to provide learning opportunities, and to explore areas for harmonization.

This webinar aims to provide updates on regional developments and changes in nutrition labeling, nutrition and health claims, front-of-pack labeling and related issues in SEA, update on harmonization efforts of nutrition labeling in SEA, CCFL developments for front-of-pack labeling guidelines, and to discuss consumers' understanding of nutrition labeling and claims.

Program

Day 1: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 Expand
  • Welcome address and Introduction
    • Mrs. Boon Yee Yeong, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore
    • Mr. Mohd. Salim bin Dulatti, Food Safety and Quality Division (FSQD), Malaysia
  • Updates on Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL)
    • Dr. E-Siong Tee, Nutrition Society of Malaysia, Malaysia

Session chair: Dr. E-Siong Tee, NSM, Malaysia

  • Updates on Nutrition Labeling and Claims Regulations:
    • Brunei Darussalam
      • Pg Nur Halimatussaadiah Binti Pg Mohd Alias, Brunei Darussalam Food Authority, Brunei Darussalam
    • Malaysia
      • Ms. Norlida binti Zulkafly, FSQD, Malaysia
    • Indonesia
      • Ms. Yusra Egayanti (tbc), Indonesian Food and Drug Authority, Indonesia
    • Philippines
      • Ms. Givinia Tuason, Centre for Food Regulation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Philippines
  • Harmonization of Nutrition Labeling in ASEAN
    • Ms. Ruhana binti Abdul Latif, FSQD, Malaysia.
  • Panel Discussion on Scientific Substantiation of Health Claims in SEA Countries
Day 2: Thursday, December 9, 2021 Expand
  • Welcome address
    • Dr. E-Siong Tee, ILSI SEA Region Malaysia Country Committee

Session Chair: Ms. Pauline Chan, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore

  • Updates on Nutrition Labeling and Claims Regulations:
    • Singapore: Regulation on Nutri-Grading Beverages
      • Ms. Giovanni Jacob, Health Promotion Board, Singapore
    • Thailand
      • Ms. Jiraratana Thesasilpa, Food and Drug Administration, Thailand
      • Ms. Mayuree Dimetharoj, Food and Drug Administration, Thailand
    • Vietnam
      • Ms. Tran Thi Trang, Legislation Department, MOH, Vietnam
  • Consumers' Understanding on Nutrition Labeling and Claims:
    • Malaysia
      • Ms. Fatimah Sulong, Nutrition Division, Malaysia
    • Thailand
      • Assoc. Prof. Wantanee Kriengsinyos, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University
    • Philippines
      • Assoc. Prof. Joanne R. Bantang, Home Economics, University of The Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • Panel Discussion on Communication and Consumer Understanding on Nutrition Labeling and Claims in SEA Countries
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Speakers

Day 1: December 8, 2021 Expand

Mr. Mohd. Salim bin Dulatti is the Senior Director of the Food Safety and Quality Division (FSQD), Ministry of Health, Malaysia. He joins the government service since 1990 and has been working extensively in food safety for the past 29 years. Mr. Salim has vast experience in planning and strategizing the operational implementation of food safety and quality activities to protect public against foodborne hazards and frauds, aligned with the objective and vision of FSQD. He also spearheaded various food safety works in Malaysia, one of which is the development of the food safety certification system in Malaysia that includes among others Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Certification (GMP). In his current capacity as Senior Director, he is responsible for administering and regulating food safety in Malaysia. Mr. Salim holds a degree in Food Science and Technology from University Pertanian Malaysia (now known as University Putra Malaysia) and Master in Food Science from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia.


Mrs. Boon Yee Yeong is the Executive Director of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Southeast Asia Region (ILSI SEA Region) based in Singapore. ILSI SEA Region was established as a regional branch of the world-wide scientific-foundation ILSI in 1993, covering ASEAN and Australasia. Mrs. Yeong overseas the Branch's operation, scientific programs and partnership activities, working closely with stakeholders from private sectors, leading academic institutions, international organizations and key government and health agencies throughout the vast geographical region. ILSI SEA Region facilitates programs that address pertinent nutrition, food safety and sustainability topics as well as issues for the improvement scientific decision for public health benefits.

Mrs. Yeong obtained her BSc and Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from Kings College (previously Queen Elizabeth College) University of London, and has over the past decades actively served to build scientific capacity and nutrition improvement for the target population in the region. 


Dr. E Siong Tee has been a Member of the Board of Directors of ILSI SEA Region since 1996 and Scientific Coordinator of ILSI Malaysia Country Committee since 2005. He is currently a Nutrition Consultant for TES NutriHealth Strategic Consultancy. Dr. Tee was Head of the Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Centre of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, until his retirement in February 2002, after serving for 30 years. He was Nutrition Advisor to the Food Safety and Quality Division of the Ministry of Health Malaysia from 2002-2011. In that capacity, Dr. Tee was Chairperson or member of several technical committees related to food regulations and Codex Alimentarius. He is still a member of the National Advisory Committee on Food Regulations and several Codex sub-committees. Dr. Tee is also President of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) since 1996. In this capacity, he has led the implementation of various community nutrition promotion programs. He represents NSM in several Technical Working Groups in the Ministry of Health Malaysia, including the National Coordinating Committee for Food and Nutrition (NCCFN) and the Technical Working Group for Nutritional Guidelines. He initiated the formation of the Southeast Asia Public Health Nutrition (SEA-PHN) Network and is the current Chairman of the Network. He is also co-chair of the Southeast Asia Probiotics Scientific and Regulatory Experts Network.


Pg. Nur Halimatussaadiah Pg. Hj. Mohd. Alias is a Public Health Officer currently working in the Brunei Darussalam Food Authority (BDFA) under the Standard Development Section where her work includes overseeing the Organizations food safety-related programmes such as the Food Handlers Basic Health Education Programme and the Food Premise Grading Programme, food legislation development and other food safety-related policies. Previously, she was the Officer-in-charge of the Policy & Development Unit in the Food Safety & Quality Control Division (FSQCD) under the Department of Environmental Health Services, Ministry of Health for 4 years and before that, was in the Food Quality Division as one of the officers tasked with ensuring compliance of food imported into Brunei via the Food Import Registration and Health Endorsement processes. Pg. Nur Halimatussaadiah has been working in FSQCD for 10 years and prior to that, has some experience from being a Scientific Officer under the Halal Science Centre in the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (now defunct with functions transferred to the Halal Food Control Division, Ministry of Religious Affairs) in 2011. She obtained her M.Sc. in Food Science (Quality Assurance) from the University of Leeds in 2010 and her B.Sc. (Hons) in Nutrition & Food Science from the University of Nottingham in 2009.


Ms. Norlida Zulkafly is a Nutritionist, serving as the Section Head of the Special Food Group Section at Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health (MOH). She began her career as a nutritionist in pharmaceutical and health industry for three years before joining MOH in 2005. Ms. Norlida is also a member of several expert committees, namely Expert Committee on Nutrition, Health Claims & Advertisement and Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). Her field of interest includes nutrition labeling and food standards development. She obtained her degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2002.


Mrs. Yusra Egayanti is the Deputy Director of Certain Food Standardization, Directorate of Processed Food Standardization, Indonesian Food and Drug Authority. She is in charge of preparing food standards and regulations, in particular food safety standards, functional food, food for special dietary uses, as well as the assessment of new claims and functional ingredients.

Mrs. Yusra also involved in food safety assessment in Indonesia FDA. She came from a background of pharmacy and food technology. Mrs. Yusra has attended various trainings, workshop in the field of food safety, nutrition, risk analysis and food regulation/ standardization. In her current capacity, she also responsible for preparing Indonesia positions for Codex Alimentarius and ASEAN harmonization standard as well as participation in Codex Alimentarius and ASEAN regional meetings.


Ms. Givinia Tuason is the Senior Evaluator holding the position of Food-Drug Regulation Officer II at the Licensing and Registration Division, Centre for Food Regulation and Research, Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ms. Tuason has been with the Philippine FDA for 7 years. She is responsible for quality assurance of evaluation of applications for product registration to secure Certificate of Product Registration, a market authorization document required prior to importation, distribution, sale of processed pre-packaged food products in the Philippines. In addition, Ms. Tuason is also a technical expert in the evaluation of product registration requirements and procedures including labeling requirements of processed pre-packaged food products.

In the past, she worked as an Administrative Dietitian in a reputable hospital and served as a Nutritionist -Dietitian under the Urban Health and Nutrition Project of the Department of Health. Ms. Tuason also joined the Updating National Survey on the Nutritional Status of Filipinos under the Food and Nutrition Research Institute - Department of Science and Technology. She graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.


Ms. Ruhana Abdul Latif serves as the Section Head for Commodity and Labelling Section and the Food Additive and Packaging Section in FSQD, overseeing the activities under both sections. She began her career in Food Safety and Quality Division (FSQD), Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia since 2004. Ms. Ruhana started her role as a food technologist at FSQD headquarter by serving the Codex Section in which is later merged into Codex and Standards Branch of the FSQD in 2009. She has been involved with several expert committees which give advice on Malaysia Food Regulations 1985 and national Codex mirror committee namely the food additives and contaminants, fats and oils, commodity, labeling and packaging committees. Ms. Ruhana is also the former Secretariat of the National Committee on Food Container and Packaging and was involved in the development of some regulations on packaging under Malaysia Food Regulations 1985. She completed her Master's Degree in food safety and Quality Assurance and Bachelor's Degree in Food Science and Technology at University Putra Malaysia.

 

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Ms. Pauline Chan is the Director of Scientific Programs for the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Southeast Asia Region, a global scientific organization that seeks to improve public health through the advancement of science in the areas of nutrition and food safety. ILSI SEA Region is headquartered in Singapore and covers the 10 ASEAN countries, Australia and New Zealand. Pauline has extensive experience in developing scientific programs and facilitating dialogue between scientists, government regulators, and industry to address regional and international issues in nutrition, food safety, sustainability and health. A frequent invited resource speaker at conferences, seminars, Pauline is a registered dietitian (RD) with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Pauline received her M.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, USA, and her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Ms. Giovanni Jacob is a Senior Manager (Policy & Strategy/ Research & Development) at Health Promotion Board, a Singapore government agency that seeks to empower the Singapore public with knowledge and skills to take ownership of their health. A nutritionist by training, she is part of the team that develops regulations to improve local dietary quality, as well as tech-enabled population health studies. Ms. Jacob has contributed to the development of the new labeling requirements for Nutri-Grade Beverages sold in Singapore, which will require such beverages that are graded "C" or "D" to be labeled with a Nutri-Grade mark.


Ms. Jiraratana Thesasilpa is Food and Drug Technical Officer, Senior Professional Level at the Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She joins FDA since 1992 and working at the Food Standard Section which responsible for setting up or revising Notifications of Ministry of Public Health for Food Safety Control under Food Act B.E. 2522. Ms. Jiraratana involves in several standard setting including Labeling, Nutrition, Food Additive, Food Packaging, Contaminant, and also joining the international/ regional standard setting such as Codex and ASEAN. She received her B.Sc. for Food and Nutrition from Kasetsart University and M.Sc. for Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University.


Ms. Mayuree Ditmetharoj is the Food and Drug Officer, Senior Professional Level for the Food Division at Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In her current role, she is responsible for system development section at Thai FDA. Ms. Mayuree also has experience working in Pre-Marketing Section and Food Regulations and Standards Development Section at Thai FDA before her current role. She obtained her B.Sc. in Agricultural Industry from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology in 1996 and M.Sc. in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Leeds in 2021.


Ms. Fatimah Sulong is a Senior Principal Assistant Director at Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. She is currently leading the Industry Collaboration Sector in the Nutrition Division. Her responsibilities include planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating nutrition programmes related to healthier products initiatives, food services and code of ethics for the marketing of infant products. She was previously the Senior Principal Assistant Director at Negeri Sembilan State Health Department, Ministry of Health, Malaysia from 2014 to 2016 and the Senior Assistant Director from 2006 to 2010. In addition, Ms. Fatimah also worked at the Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia from 2010 to 2014 and 2001 to 2006 where she was directly involved in formulating and reviewing policies for special purpose foods, nutrition labeling, and claims regulations and advertisements. She is also the Secretariat for the National Codex Sub Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). Ms. Fatimah holds an M.Sc. in Nutrition and B.Sc. in Food Science and Nutrition from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2009 and 1997 respectively.


Dr. Wantanee Kriengsinyos is Associate Professor at Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University. She has 20 years of professional experience in clinical nutrition and dietetics. Her current research involves metabolic studies of food products in the development of non-communicable diseases (NCDs); body composition and energy expenditure; diet and behavior modification for patients with diet-related chronic diseases; and protein quality and amino-acid metabolism. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Kriengsinyos has also developed experience in nutrition policy and was a part of the team that successfully worked to ban partially-hydrogenated oils in Thailand. She currently leads a promotion project on implementation of healthier food logos to combat NCDs through reduction of sugar, fat, and sodium consumption in the Thai population. Currently, Dr. Kriengsinyos is chair of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University. She received a doctorate in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, Canada, and holds a Registered Dietitian credential from the United States.


Dr. Joanne R. Bantang is an Associate Professor from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, College of Home Economics (UPD-CHE).  Her research interests range from home economics education, family and consumer studies to research methods and instrumentation.  She is a research adviser to several consumer education-related studies that include food consumption. Currently, Dr. Bantang is the Curriculum Committee Cluster Chair that approves curricular proposals under the Science and Technology Cluster. She had ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance Tier 1 training on Program Assessment and Internal-External Quality Assurance. With these qualifications, she became a member of UPD's Quality Assurance Committee that evaluates programs for internal/external quality assessment. Dr. Bantang had training from the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development to be an accredited member of the CHE Research Ethics Committee. In this capacity, she evaluates research protocols in terms of compliance to research ethics.

For her extension service and professional linkage, Dr. Bantang is a Board Member and Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal of the Philippine Association for Technology in Home Economics in State Colleges and Universities. She is also an active member of the Asian Regional Association for Home Economics and the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies. Dr. Bantang is also a trained counselor and advocate for Responsible-Parenthood and Natural Family Planning.

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Globally, life expectancy has markedly increased due to declining infant mortality rates and lower mortality from infectious disease, medical advancements, better chronic disease management and socioeconomic progress. While global life expectancy may have increased, this has not always translated to living in good health even as we live longer. A rapidly aging and unhealthy population is a worrying prospect as the greatest asset for a country is its people.

In the face of these challenges, a fundamental shift towards health promotion and disease prevention is critical. Prioritizing health and wellness goals should start at the early stage and throughout the life course. An individual's advantage in an increasingly competitive and globalized society also hinges on its ability to learn fast, be adaptable and perform to one's full potential. This raises the important question of how we can better prepare ourselves in the coming years?

This symposium will dive into the key elements of optimizing one's health, wellness and potential over our life course, supported by the surrounding environment and the application of innovative technologies.

Objectives:

  • Present current scientific evidence and the synergistic relationship of physical activity, nutrition, sleep and mental health
  • Discuss nutritional, mental and health strategies in optimizing health, wellness and potential at different life stages
  • Understand the role and impact of the environment on health, lifestyle and behavior
  • Discuss the use of cutting-edge AI technology and innovations in translating health outcomes
  • Share efforts to promote a healthy and active living agenda for the population
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This event will be hosted in a hybrid format (In-person & virtual). 

In the new normal, we are providing a unique opportunity for you to ATTEND IN-PERSON OR VIRTUALLY!

If you are in Singapore, we encourage you to join us in-person for this engaging experience, where safe distancing measures will be in place to keep everyone safe.

Ensuring the health and well being of our attendees and staffs remain our top priority. The Safe Management Measures (SMMs) at the Workplace has been put in place to ensure that the event is conducted in a safe manner.

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  • After this date and time, only virtual attendee registrations will be accepted. 

For individuals who wish to attend virtually:

  • Please register early before the registration closes on November 24, 2021, 5.30pm Singapore Time.
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Kindly note that this event is held at MD11, CRC Auditorium at National University of Singapore 

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The onsite registration will start at 8.15am Singapore Time. At the MD11 building entrance, please do the following before entry:

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Meet the Experts

Day 1

Welcome: Mr. Geoffry Smith, President, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore Expand

Mr. Geoffry Smith is President of ILSI Southeast Asia Region based in Singapore, and a Representative of the branch to the ILSI Global Assembly. He is also the Chairman of the Essential Micronutrients Foundation, a non-profit organization which addresses micronutrient deficiencies globally as a public health issue. In addition, he is Director of Nutrition Strategies International which deals with food and nutrition issues in developing countries. Mr. Smith serves as a member of the editorial board of the journal Food and Nutrition Bulletin. Prior to his current positions, Mr. Smith was the Global Director, Health Chelates for Akzo Nobel Functional Chemicals, and directed the global business for these compounds in food and nutrition as well as pharmaceutical applications. He was responsible for the global project within Akzo Nobel addressing iron deficiency anemia.

Mr. Smith directed the Asia Pacific activities for Akzo Nobel's Innovation Unit. He is a thirty-year veteran of the chemical industry in the Asia Pacific and has resided in Singapore for more than 25 years. He is a Member of the Nutrition Society of the UK, the American Society of Nutrition, and the American Chemical Society.

Welcome: Prof. Reshma Taneja, Head of the Department of Physiology at the National University of Singapore, Singapore Expand

Prof. Reshma Taneja is Head of the Department of Physiology at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. Her own laboratory, initially at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and now at the National University of Singapore, has a long-standing interest in understanding skeletal muscle biology and its de-regulation in human myopathies. She has published her work in high profile journals and serves on many editorial boards as well as grant review panels locally and internationally.

She has received multiple awards including a Scholar Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the USA; as well as Faculty Research, Teaching and Mentoring Awards in Singapore. She got her Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Science and did her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Prof Pierre Chambon at the IGBMC in France.

Opening Session: Dr. Hock Woon Chiang, Sport Singapore, Singapore Expand

Dr. Hock Woon Chiang is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sport Singapore in Singapore. He initiated the nation-wide Active Health social movement that aims to transform the way Singaporeans manage their health and physical well-being. Working closely with like-minded partners, Active Health has established an ecosystem of Active Health Lab network in various parts of Singapore to better serve the needs of the community. He also leads the organization's push towards digital transformation and human capital transformation efforts.

Opening Session: Assoc. Prof. Melody Ding, University of Sydney, Australia Expand

Assoc. Prof. Melody Ding is Associate Professor at School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney in Australia. She is internationally recognised for her research in physical activity, behavioural epidemiology and chronic disease prevention research, evidenced by more than 170 published papers and more than 9000 citations.

She led the 2016 and 2021 Lancet Series on Physical Activity and Health and was the recipient of the 2018 NSW Young Tall Poppy of the Year and 2019 Eureka Prize Emerging Leader in Science. She is the recipient of  an National Health and Medical Research Council Emerging Leader grant in 2021 and her career has been profiled by the Lancet (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01417-3/fulltext ). Her work has informed policies, guidelines, and practices around the world and has received extensive media coverage, reaching more than a billion people from around the world.

As an advocate for physical activity, Melody enjoys yoga, dance, high-intensity interval training and ocean swim. She commutes by bike to work and is proud for the minimal carbon emission and air pollution associated with her travels.

Session 1: Asst Prof. Mary Chong, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore Expand

Asst. Prof. Mary Chong is Assistant Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at National University of Singapore. She is also Principal Investigator at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR.

She is the Nutrition Lead for the Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) study, a mother-offspring cohort study in Singapore and is involved in two pre-conception studies, SPRESTO and NiPPeR.

She was trained as a clinical dietitian. Her main research is on Maternal and Child Nutrition.  Asst Prof. Chong has a special interest in diet and lifestyle behaviours and has been researching in this area with web-based technologies in both children and adults. Her current work includes investigating behavioural determinants of health in children, from which her team has developed a web-based, time-use application (MEDAL) to assess diet and lifestyle in school children.

She has been invited to speak at national and international conferences and has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently a member of the Advisory Panel on Parenting for the Ministry of Social and Family development and a committee member for the Physical Education Syllabus Review and Development, Ministry of Education. She attained her PhD at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Session 1: Prof. Michael Chia, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Expand

Prof. Michael Chia is a full Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. His graduate and post-graduate training emanated from Loughborough University (BSc Hons 1st class, Physical Education & Sports Science) and Exeter University (PhD, Health & Exercise Sciences) in the UK. His professional credentials include certifications from American College of Sports Medicine, British Association of Sport and Exercise Science and the Outward Bound School in Hong Kong.

As an academic, he received several awards for his teaching, research and leadership roles. He leads an international research on screen media use, physical activity, and sleep among preschool children with 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the USA (iissaar.com). In recent times, his research featured on BBC World Service and the Straits Times in Singapore. He enjoys his work and his play tremendously, oftentimes, confusing work and play as the same. Like many Singaporeans, he could do with more sleep!

Session 2: Prof. Mark Hargreaves, University of Melbourne, Australia Expand

Prof. Mark Hargreaves is Professor of Physiology at the University of Melbourne in Australia.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and the American Physiological Society.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships & Infrastructure) at Melbourne, he has oversight of the internal initiatives that foster interdisciplinary research, the important research relationships with external partners, and research infrastructure within the University.

His research and teaching interests focus on the physiological and metabolic responses to acute and chronic exercise, with an emphasis on carbohydrate metabolism and GLUT4 expression.  He is a Consulting Editor for Journal of Applied Physiology, an Associate Editor for Comprehensive Physiology and serves on the editorial board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  He was a Board Director of the Victorian Institute of Sport 2004-2019 and currently serves on the Board of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

He has B.Sc. (Physiology - 1982) and Ph.D. (Physiology - 1989) degrees from the University of Melbourne and an MA (Exercise Physiology - 1984) from Ball State University (USA).

Session 2: Assoc. Prof. Jason Lee, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore Expand

Assoc. Prof. Jason Lee is the Deputy Director of the Human Potential Translational Research Programme, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Research Programme Lead on Heat Heath and Work Productivity at the Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore.

He is an exercise and thermal physiologist, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He serves in various national and international panels related to human performance and safety. Assoc. Prof. Lee's main research interests are in fluid balance, thermoregulation and mitigation strategies for improving human performance. He studies the physiological demands associated with passive and exertional heat stress and how humans adapt to ensure optimal performance and survival. The knowledge gained from his research has also benefitted several other governmental agencies. Assoc. Prof. Lee completed his 12-year tenure at the DSO National Laboratories in 2018 by directing the Human Performance Programme in his final appointment.

Assoc. Prof. Lee chaired the National Work Group on Heat Stress Guidelines for Workers and leads the Scientific Committee on Thermal Factors at the International Commission on Occupational Health. He is also a member of the WHO and WMO Report on Climate Change on Workers' Health and Productivity, the National Heat Index-Physical Activity Expert Panel and the Singapore Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Session 2: Assoc. Prof. Falk Mueller-Riemenschneider, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore Expand

Assoc. Prof. Falk Mueller-Riemenschneider is Associate Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. He qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Cologne in Germany and subsequently worked in General Medicine and Cardiology at the Royal London Hospital and Oxford Radcliffe University Hospitals, United Kingdom. He completed a doctorate at the University of Cologne and a Master's degree in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Assoc. Prof. Mueller-Riemenschneider 's work focuses on health promotion and the prevention of non-communicable diseases, with a particular emphasis on physical activity and movement behaviors among children and adults, as well as the application of digital technologies in public health research.

Day 2

Opening Session: Prof. Dean Ho, N.1 Institute for Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore Expand

Prof. Dean Ho is the Provost's Chair Professor, Director of The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), Director of The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore in Singapore.

Prof. Ho and collaborators successfully developed and validated CURATE.AI, a powerful digital medicine platform that has optimized human treatment for broad indications ranging from oncology to infectious diseases. He co-led the first inhuman clinical trials that have resulted in completely halted disease progression and durable patient responses that substantially outperformed standard of care approaches.

Prof. Ho is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was also recently named to the HIMSS Future50 Class of 2021 for his internationally recognized leadership in digital health. His discoveries have been featured on CNN, The Economist, National Geographic, Forbes, Washington Post, NPR and other international news outlets. Prof. Ho is also a Subgroup Lead in the World Health Organization (WHO)-ITU AI for Health Working Group for Regulatory Considerations.

Prof. Ho is a recipient of the Tech Heroes from Crisis Pathfinder Award from the Singapore Computer Society, NSF CAREER Award, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Award, and V Foundation for Cancer Research Scholar Award, among others. He has also served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS), a 26,000+ member global drug development organization.

Session 3: Prof. Brian Kennedy, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore Expand

Prof. Brian Kennedy is a Distinguished Professor in Biochemistry and Physiology at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at National University Singapore and serves as Director of (1) the Centre for Healthy Longevity at the National University Health System, (2) the Healthy Longevity Translational Research Programme, and (3) the Asian Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality. Collectively, NUS aging research seeks to demonstrate that longevity interventions can be successfully employed in humans to extend healthspan, the disease-free and highly functional period of life.

Prof. Brian Kennedy is internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of aging and as a visionary committed to translating research discoveries into new ways of detecting, delaying, preventing and treating human aging and associated diseases.

From 2010 to 2016, Prof. Kennedy was the President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and he maintained a professorship there through 2020. Prof. Kennedy has an adjunct appointments at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington, where he was a faculty member from 2001 to 2010. In addition, Prof. Kennedy is also actively involved with a number of Biotechnology companies. In addition, Prof. Kennedy serves as a Co-Editor-In-Chief at Aging Cell. Finally, Prof. Kennedy has a track record of interaction in China, where he was a Visiting Professor at the Aging Research Institute at Guangdong Medical College from 2009 to 2014. His Ph.D. was performed in the laboratory of Leonard Guarente at M.I.T., where he published the first paper linking Sirtuins to aging.

Session 3: Assoc. Prof. Reshma Merchant, National University Hospital, Singapore Expand

Assoc. Prof. Reshma Merchant is the Head and Senior Consultant for the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the National University Hospital in Singapore. She is a strong advocate for ageing in place and age-friendly healthcare system. Prior to this, she was the Head of Division of Advanced Internal Medicine and under her leadership, the division made great progress in care integration, care coordination and new models of care including acute medical unit and Innovation-42. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh and obtained her postgraduate qualification from the Royal College of Physicians, London, in 1999, where she worked for several years before returning to Singapore in 2001.

She is a member of WHO Global Network on Long-term care (GNLTC), and recognised as a thought leader and special expert in policy, research and practice in fields associated with population ageing by International Federation on Ageing. She also holds many leadership positions in national and professional organisations and advisory boards including the National Kidney Foundation and clinical lead for Institutional Community Collaborations (ICC), Regional Health System Planning Office. She has won multiple teaching awards, and her main areas of research interests are in sarcopenia, falls prevention, frailty and healthy ageing in community dwelling older adults. She is well published and has many ongoing projects on healthy ageing, and falls prevention.

Session 3: Prof. Philip Newsholme, Curtin University, Australia Expand

Prof. Philip Newsholme is Teaching and Research Professor in the Curtin Medical School at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He was previously the Head of School, Biomedical Sciences, at the same university (September 2011 - December 2017). He obtained his B.Sc. and D. Phil. in Biochemistry from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford in United Kingdom, respectively. His research interests are in the disciplines of metabolic biochemistry and molecular nutrition.

Before taking up his present position in Australia, he worked at University College Dublin, Ireland, in the fields of biochemistry, biomedical science, nutrition and sports science. He moved to UCD Dublin in 1993 as a Lecturer in Biochemistry and received a promotion to Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry in 2002, Associate Professor in 2007 and Head of Biochemistry in September 2008. He has published over 123 research papers, 63 review articles, and 12 book chapters. His published work has received over 10,000 citations, including 1 manuscript with >800 citations, 1 manuscript >400 citations, 2 manuscripts with >300 citations, 4 manuscripts with >200 citations (Web of Science, August 2021). He has previously collaborated with colleagues in the food industry via Food for Health Ireland (FHI) and in the pharmaceutical industry via AstraZeneca (Manchester, UK).

He was recently a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts (2012 - 2015) where he served on the Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Panel. With respect to nutrition research, Prof. Newsholme collaborates with colleagues in Food Science and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at Curtin University with respect to the generation of glucose-lowering bioactive peptides derived from Western Australian lupin seeds. This project has recently received funding from the Australian Research Council, via a Linkage Grant with industry, starting in 2021. Prof. Newsholme was on the editorial board of 'European Journal of Clinical Nutrition' and 'Clinical Science' and currently is on the editorial board of 'Antioxidants' and is Editor-in-Chief of 'Immunometabolism'. He has recently contributed to the development of teaching content of the new Curtin medical curriculum, Years 2 and 3, covering fundamental biochemical concepts.

Session 4: Dr. Virginia Delos Reyes, Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippines Expand

Dr. Virginia Delos Reyes is the Head of the Section of Sleep Medicine at the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Lung Center of the Philippines and is the Program Director of its Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program.  Dr. delos Reyes is also an Associate Professor at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. She was a past President of the ASEAN Sleep Federation, the Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine and also headed the Philippine College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Council. Dr. Delos Reyes obtained her Doctor of Medicine at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Fellowship at the Philippine General Hospital.  Dr. delos Reyes has a Masters in Health Profession at the University of the Philippines.  She further took her Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Stanford University and Hospital.

Her research interests include obstructive sleep apnea, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, overlap syndrome, insomnia, and asthma. She had been involved in several research trials in COVID-19.

Session 4: Assoc. Prof. Mythily Subramaniam, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore Expand

Assoc. Prof. Mythily Subramaniam is Assistant Chairman Medical Board (Research) and Lead Investigator of the Programme of Mental Health Policy Studies at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Singapore. She has a teaching appointment at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University Singapore. She is also a consultant with the Ministry of Health, Singapore.

She has worked in the field of mental health for more than 15 years and her main academic and research interests include psychiatric epidemiology, psychosis and addictions. She has led three nation-wide studies - the first and second Singapore Mental Health Study, surveys that established the prevalence of select mental disorders in the adult population of Singapore; and the Well-being of the Singapore Elderly study, a survey among older adults that aims to establish the prevalence, risk factors and cost associated with dementia in Singapore. She has over 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer with many international journals and is on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals in the field of mental health. She graduated from the Lady Hardinge Medical College in India and received her Ph.D. in Gambling Studies from Monash University.

Session 4: Mr. Bryan Quek, Health Promotion Board, Singapore Expand

Mr. Bryan Quek is Director of Community Outreach at the Health Promotion Board in Singapore. He oversees health promotion programme implementation in the community. Through customised and integrated programmes, he drives the effort to educate and promote healthy living amongst those living in the community. Working with community and social partners, he and his team have reached out to Singaporeans island wide through active engagement on different platforms.

Panelist: Dr. Loke Wai Chiong, Head (Integrated Health Promotion) & Clinical Director (Programmes), MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation, Singapore Expand

Dr. Loke Wai Chiong is the Head (Integrated Health Promotion) and Clinical Director (Programmes) at MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation in Singapore. He leads the Integrated Health Promotion (InHealth) programme which aims to implement a comprehensive set of integrated, coordinated initiatives concurrently in test precincts, to co-create with the community an environment and community norm which would make health-promoting behaviours the default. He also helps to develop initiatives for mental wellness and financing schemes to support new models of care.

Prior to joining MOHT, Dr. Loke was Partner and Healthcare Sector leader for Deloitte Southeast Asia. As a management consultant in private sector, he advised governments, investors, life sciences companies, providers and payers globally. His projects included business strategy advisory to biomedical and health-tech start-ups, new product development, regulatory and market entry, commercial feasibility of healthcare investments, mergers & acquisitions, amongst others.

He started his career as a practising Family Physician, and went on to hospital management and health policy leadership roles across public and private sectors. Dr. Loke completed his medical training at the National University of Singapore. He holds a Masters in Family Medicine (NUS), Fellowships with the Academy of Medicine Singapore and the College of Family Physicians, and Double MBA from the University of California (Los Angeles) and the National University of Singapore.

Panelist: Mr. John Hellmann, Vice President, Government Affairs, Herbalife Nutrition APAC, Singapore Expand

Mr. John Hellmann is the Vice President, Government Affairs for Herbalife Nutrition in Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. In this role, Mr. Hellmann is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Government Affairs function in Asia Pacific. He acts as an ambassador and key advocate for the Company in markets around the region, helps shape the public narrative and tell the 'Herbalife Nutrition story' while enhancing the company reputation and brand. He also has the overall responsibility of managing and enhancing relationships with governments at federal and local levels, and setting priorities for government messaging by partnering closely with the country management within the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining Herbalife Nutrition, he had been part of the leadership of BowerGroupAsia (BGA), a leading government affairs consultancy, where he served as Vice President & Managing Director of BGA's Thailand Office, based in Bangkok. Prior to that posting, he served with BGA in a variety of roles in Los Angeles, Singapore, and Washington DC. Mr. Hellmann has nearly 15 years of experience in government relations within the Indo-Pacific region.

Mr. Hellmann has a M.Sc. in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Rhode Island. He is an avid guitarist and diver.

Panelist: Dr. Sidharth Kachroo, Medical Director & Head, Medical Portfolio Management, Prudential Assurance Company, Singapore Expand

Dr. Sidharth Kachroo is the Medical Director & Head, Medical Portfolio Management at Prudential Assurance Company in Singapore. He leads Prudential Singapore's medical portfolio and is responsible for providing solutions to achieve profitable and sustainable metrics for Prudential's Health Insurance business. His role includes development and implementation of management initiatives related to medical business as well as supporting cross functional teams in developing long-term healthcare models, both on a digital and conventional platform.

Dr. Sidharth has an extensive reinsurance experience and was responsible for providing expertise and delivering solutions related to health product development, health underwriting & claims as well as health-tech solutions to insurers in South & South East Asia. He has significant operational expertise in managing health KPO's and TPA's. He is a regular speaker at insurance forums and counts over eighteen years of experience in the health insurance industry.
Dr. Sidharth holds a Doctor of Medicine degree and was actively involved in clinical practice prior to joining the Insurance industry.

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Health Innovation and Food Systems Transformation: Re-thinking the Way Forward

The United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 highlighted the challenges of achieving food systems transformations to provide sustainable diets for health impact. Southeast Asia and Australasia are key regions for agriculture and food production, and are home to large populations with diverse cultures and diets. Science and innovation will help to improve agricultural productivity, increase value-added food production, improve health and livelihoods while enhancing food security and reducing environmental impact. This Science Session with plenary speakers and a panel discussion will look at new technologies and innovations, and discuss actions necessary for progress, including investment and research.

Program (Time shown in GMT+8)

Invited Presentations Expand 11:00- 11:25 AM
Microbiome and Disruptive Innovation - Changing the world in Agri-Food, Nutrition and Health Outcome
Mr. Ross Youngs, Founder & CEO, Biosortia Microbiomics, USA

Mr. Ross Youngs, Founder and CEO of Biosortia Microbiotics, has spent over 30 years inventing products, technologies, and processes for a variety of industries, and holds over 75 patents worldwide. His recent major innovations include an R&D 100 Award for collaboration on biopolymer technologies. In 2009, Biosortia was awarded a $6 million ARPA-E (U.S. Dept. of Energy R&D) grant for its algal harvesting technology, which helped lead to the development of Biosortia's drug discovery platform. In 1998, Mr. Youngs was awarded the Ernst & Young Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 

11:25- 11:50 AM
N-of-1 Healthcare to Food Technology: Harnessing Digital Medicine Approaches to Food and Nutrition Challenges
Prof. Dean Ho, Director, The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Dean Ho is the Provost's Chair Professor, Director of The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), Director of The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Prof. Ho and collaborators successfully developed and validated CURATE.AI, a powerful digital medicine platform that has optimized human treatment for broad indications ranging from oncology to infectious diseases. He is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was also recently named to the HIMSS Future50 Class of 2021 for his internationally recognized leadership in digital health.

 

11:50- 12:00 PM
Short Break Panel Discussion Expand 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Science, Innovation and Food Systems Transformation: Way Forward in SE Asia
Moderated by Mr. Geoffry Smith, President, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore.

Mr. Geoffry Smith is President of ILSI Southeast Asia Region based in Singapore, and a Representative of the branch to the ILSI Global Assembly. He is also the Chairman of the Essential Micronutrients Foundation, a non-profit organization which addresses micronutrient deficiencies globally as a public health issue. In addition, he is Director of Nutrition Strategies International which deals with food and nutrition issues in developing countries. Mr. Smith serves as a member of the editorial board of the journal Food and Nutrition Bulletin. Prior to his current positions, Mr. Smith was the Global Director, Health Chelates for Akzo Nobel Functional Chemicals, and directed the global business for these compounds in food and nutrition as well as pharmaceutical applications. He was responsible for the global project within Akzo Nobel addressing iron deficiency anemia.

 

Panelists
Mr. Anang Nugroho, Director for Food and Agriculture, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia

Mr. Anang Nugroho has over 30 years of experience in public service in Indonesia, and served as Director for Food and Agriculture, Ministry of National Development Planning since 2018. Besides the ministry, he has worked for several government agencies, the Cabinet Secretariat, State Secretariat, and Investment Coordinating Board. From 2013 - 2014, Mr. Nugroho served as Deputy Lead Shepherd for Ocean and Fisheries Working Group in APEC, facilitating the coordination of ocean-related issues in APEC; he also served as Coordinator for ASEAN Fisheries for Public Private Partnership in 2014. In 2014 - 2016, he served as Chairman of Financial Resources Working Group and Coordinating Mechanism Working Group for the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). Since 2018, Mr. Nugroho has served as the National Chair for SDG2 End Hunger.

Mr. John Eng, Head of Agri-Food Division, Economic Development Board, Singapore

Mr. John Eng is Acting Vice President and Head of the Agri-Food Division at the Singapore Economic Development Board. In his current role, Mr. Eng leads a team to engage with global companies and develop strategies to position Singapore as an ecosystem for Agri-Food innovation. Prior to this, he was based in EDB's Chicago Office from 2015 - 2018 as Regional Director, Americas, facilitating investments in industries such as biomedical sciences, food and nutrition, infocomms and media, natural resources, and professional services. Mr. Eng completed the Joint Masters of Translational Medicine program at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, and holds a BSc with Honours in Biological Sciences from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.

Dr. Cecilia Acuin, Associate Professor, The Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines

Dr. Cecilia Acuin is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, University of the Philippines at Los Banos. Previously, she served as Senior Scientist, lead for Human Nutrition, at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines. She was also the Chief Science Research Specialist, Nutritional Assessment & Monitoring Division and Chair, Institutional Ethics Committee at the Food & Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) where she was responsible for the conduct of the Philippine National Nutrition Surveys, and oversaw nutrition research projects. Dr. Acuin's involvement in multi-country research initiatives includes, among many others, Member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Committee on Nutrition and Anthropology; and Consultant and Vice-Chair of the WHO Western Pacific (WPRO) Regional Advisory Committee on Health Research. Dr. Acuin has also been the Co-Chair of the Philippine National Health Research System, Research Utilization Committee; and consultant in various capacities for USAID, UNICEF, World Bank etc. 

Mr. Ross Youngs, Founder & CEO, Biosortia Microbiomics, USA

Mr. Ross Youngs, Founder and CEO of Biosortia Microbiotics, has spent over 30 years inventing products, technologies, and processes for a variety of industries, and holds over 75 patents worldwide. His recent major innovations include an R&D 100 Award for collaboration on biopolymer technologies. In 2009, Biosortia was awarded a $6 million ARPA-E (U.S. Dept. of Energy R&D) grant for its algal harvesting technology, which helped lead to the development of Biosortia's drug discovery platform. In 1998, Mr. Youngs was awarded the Ernst & Young Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 

 
Prof. Dean Ho, Director, The N.1 Institute for Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Dean Ho is the Provost's Chair Professor, Director of The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), Director of The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Prof. Ho and collaborators successfully developed and validated CURATE.AI, a powerful digital medicine platform that has optimized human treatment for broad indications ranging from oncology to infectious diseases. He is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was also recently named to the HIMSS Future50 Class of 2021 for his internationally recognized leadership in digital health.

 

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