Organizing Committee
OCM Member
European Health Commissioner, Health and Food Safety
European Commission , Europe
Biography :

Commissioner Andriukaitis was born in 1951 in Siberia, where his family was deported from Lithuania. He practiced as cardiac surgeon for 20 years and was a Member (and Deputy Speaker) of the Lithuanian Parliament for six terms. He is the co-author of the Independence Act of Lithuania and of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, and one of the founders of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party. Vytenis Andriukaitis was Minister for Health for two years and then became Commissioner in 2014.

Research Interest :

Health and Food safety

OCM Member
Children’s Hospital of Bordeaux , France
Biography :

Claude Billeaud received his MD degree from the Medical University of Bordeaux ( France) in 1979 after a graduation in human cytogenetics (1976). He then studied pediatrics and has been the Clinical Assistant Director of Bordeaux University in the departments of Pediatrics, Neonatology and Intensive Care since 1983. He currently serves as a pediatrician in the neonatal unit at the Children’s Hospital of Bordeaux, as a scientific manager of Bordeaux-Marmande human milk bank, as a lecturer and head of research (HDR: Habilitation to direct research) in neonatal nutrition at the Medical University of Bordeaux. His particular interest in research led him to graduate in Biology and Health (1988, Bordeaux), be awarded a master in statistics applied to clinical research ( 1991, Montreal) and complete a PhD in nutrition and food science (2000, Bordeaux). Along his career he has often been invited as a guest professor specialised in nutrition and neonatology in various universities abroad ( Montreal, Corrientes in Argentina). Over the last 35 years, he has been an active member of different scientific organisations, either French, European or American, specialised in perinatal medicine (neonatology, pediatrics and nutrition). In this instance, he has served as the President of the Association for Pediatric Education in Europe (A.P.E.E) since 2008 and behalf APEE he is Member of European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP). He has also been very involved in the French human milk banking association (ADLF) for more than 10 years, sharing his academic knowledge focused in nutrition and his long clinical experience in neonatology. He is currently carrying out several researches on the composition of human milk. As an expert in nutrition and perinatal medicine, he is also the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications.

Research Interest :

Health and Food safety

OCM Member
University of Surrey , United Kingdom
Biography :

Professor Anita Eves has taught and researched at the University of Surrey for 25 years, and has published extensively. Her research interests lie in consumer behaviour, both in relation to food choice (where the focus has often been around healthy choices) and also the behaviours of those handling food (in both domestic and foodservice settings). She is a founding member of the University’s Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Group (a multidisciplinary group comprising representatives from the health and social sciences). Her work in the area of food safety has included investigations of food safety training (and its effectiveness) amongst food handlers in the food service sector, food hygiene training more generally in the food sector, teaching of food safety practices in schools and systematic reviews of the literature to establish incidence and causes of food poisoning (related to food poisoning arising in the home and Listeria monocytogenes in foodservice settings). Much of her work has been funded by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), and as such has contributed to policy and the FSA research.

Research Interest :

University’s Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research

OCM Member
National Commission on Farmers , India
Biography :

Professor M S Swaminathan has been acclaimed by the TIME magazine as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century and one of the only three from India, the other two being Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. He has been described by the United Nations Environment Programme as "the Father of Economic Ecology" because of his leadership of the ever-green revolution movement in agriculture and by Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations, as "a living legend who will go into the annals of history as a world scientist of rare distinction". He was Chairman of the UN Science Advisory Committee set up in 1980 to take follow-up action on the Vienna Plan of Action. He has also served as Independent Chairman of the FAO Council (1981-85) and President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (1984-90). He was President of the World Wide Fund for Nature (India) from 1989-96. He also served as President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (2002-07), President of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (1991-96 and 2005-07) and Chairman, National Commission on Farmers (2004-06). He was a trustee of Bibliotheca Alexandrina in its formative years. He served as Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (1961-72), Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (1972-79), Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture (1979-80), Acting Deputy Chairman and later Member (Science and Agriculture), Planning Commission (1980-82) and Director General, International Rice Research Institute, the Philippines (1982-88). A plant geneticist by training, Professor Swaminathan's contributions to the agricultural renaissance of India have led to his being widely referred to as the scientific leader of the green revolution movement. His advocacy of sustainable agriculture leading to an ever-green revolution makes him an acknowledged world leader in the field of sustainable food security. The International Association of Women and Development conferred on him the first international award for significant contributions to promoting the knowledge, skill, and technological empowerment of women in agriculture and for his pioneering role in mainstreaming gender considerations in agriculture and rural development. Professor Swaminathan was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1971, the Albert Einstein World Science Award in 1986, the first World Food Prize in 1987, and Volvo, Tyler and UNEP Sasakawa Prize for Environment, the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 2000 and the Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal, the Mahatma Gandhi Prize of UNESCO in 2000 and the Lal Bahadur Sastri National Award (2007). He is the recipient of Padma Shri (1967), Padma Bhushan (1972) and Padma Vibushan (1989). Professor Swaminathan is a Fellow of many of the leading scientific academies of India and the world, including the Royal Society of London and the U S National Academy of Sciences. He has received 80 honorary doctorate degrees from universities around the world. He currently holds the UNESCO Chair in Ecotechnology at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai (Madras), India. He was a Member of the Parliament of India (Rajya Sabha), during 2007-13. During 2010-13, he chaired the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) for the World Committee on Food Security (CFS). He also Chairs the Task Force set up by the Ministry of External Affairs to oversee the projects undertaken in Afghanistan and Myanmar in the field of agriculture. During 2013, Prof Swaminathan received the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration and Greatest Global Living Legend Award of NDTV. He was also elected at the 20th International Congress of Nutrition held at Granada, Spain, “as Living Legend of International Union of Nutrition Sciences”. He received the Life Time Achievement Award at the 9th Nutra Summit in Bangalore.

Research Interest :

Health and Food safety

OCM Member
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Complutense University of Madrid , Spain
Biography :

José S. Torrecilla presently working as a professor of the Chemical Engineering Department of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Ph.D. with honors in Chemical Engineering from UCM in 2000. Advanced Technician in Occupational Risk Prevention and Integrated Management Degrees were achieved in 2005. In 2017, he got his MBA degree with honors. Modeling complex systems for many fields such as health, chemistry, and food technology is his main line of research, which is done in collaborations at national and international levels. He has been working for more than 20 years in the development chemometric tools and intelligent models for complex systems from different sectors like foods, quality, food technology, health, early diseases diagnosis, chemical engineering and food control.

Research Interest :

Health and Food safety

OCM Member
M.D. Ph. D., microb. with parasitol, Food and Consumer Goods Microbiology
Andrija Stampar Teaching Institute of Public Health , Croatia
Biography :

Dr. Ivan?ica Kova?ek is employed in Andrija Stampar Teaching Institute of Public Health as a Head of Division of Food and Consumer Goods Microbiology. Her work is related to microbiological analysis using different techniques. During her long years of work in the Institute, besides the traditional cultivation methods, she has also worked on immunomagnetic separation analysis, VIDAS, TEMPO, ELISA and PCR techniques. She has participated in the development and introduction of many analytical methods and have a working experience of 27 years. She is a member of the following societies and associations: Member of the Scientific Committee on Biological Hazards of the Croatian Food Agency, Deputy Chair of the Food Microbiology Section of the Croatian Microbiological Society, Member of the Committee for Good Hygiene Practice Guide and the HACCP Guide for the Ministry of Health, Republic of Croatia, Member of the Committee for the preparation of a Consumer Food Microbiological Criteria Guide (ready to eat) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Croatia

Research Interest :

Health and Food safety

OCM Member
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Agricultural University of Athens , Greece
Biography :

Spiros Paramithiotis graduated from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition of the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, in 1996. In 1998 he received a scholarship for post-graduate studies from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece and in 2002 he received the PhD degree in Food Microbiology from the Agricultural University of Athens. In 2003, he joined the Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Laboratory of Food Quality Control and Hygiene as a member of the scientific personnel where he works until today. His research interests lie mainly in the field of food fermentations, with emphasis on microbial taxonomy, metabolism, physiology, symbiotic patterns and the underlying molecular mechanisms. He has participated in several research projects funded by the EU, the Greek Secretariat of Research and Technology as well as food industries. He has edited the book entitled ‘Lactic Acid Fermentation of Fruits and Vegetables’ published by CRC Press, co-authored 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 28 book chapters, over 100 publications in national and international conference proceedings and has received more than 900 citations.

Research Interest :

University’s Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research

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