Meet The Speakers

We are excited to introduce to you the Speakers & Panelists at the 2021 edition of Africa Food Safety & Quality Summit. Look forward to three days of new insights, new knowledge and deep networks with some of the leading lights in Africa’s quest to improve its food safety and quality environment.

The Speakers

VERONICA IDOWU ALABA

Director, Vellamet Integrated Services

VERONICA IDOWU ALABA

Director, Vellamet Integrated Services

DOREEN LUGALIA

Managing Consultant, Mantra Quality Consulting

DOREEN LUGALIA

Managing Consultant, Mantra Quality Consulting

DR. PETER KAHENYA

Lecturer, Food Science, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology

DR. PETER KAHENYA

Lecturer, Food Science, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology

OKISEGERE OJEPAT

CEO, Kenya Fresh Produce Consortium

OKISEGERE OJEPAT

CEO, Kenya Fresh Produce Consortium

JEMI BOYE-OKIT

Global Supplier Quality Project Manager Barry Callebaut UK

JEMI BOYE-OKIT

Global Supplier Quality Project Manager Barry Callebaut UK
Jemi Boye-Okit is a seasoned quality and food safety professional with over twenty years of leadership working in manufacturing, sales and quality with multinational companies across the globe. She is a certified Lead Auditor, PCQI and a PRINCE2 Agile ® Practitioner.  
 
Jemi Boye-Okit is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA in Finance and a diploma in Quality Management. She is passionate about youth and talent development. In her spare time, Jemi enjoys traveling and trying out new recipes.

DESHRAJ SHARMA

Regional Quality Head, Ferrero, Indian sub Continent

DESRAJ SHARMA

Regional Quality Head, Ferrero, Indian sub Continent

Deshraj Sharma is a regional board member at Ferrero Indian subcontinent region.

He has over 22 years experience in the Quality space, having also had previous positions with Danone and Cargill, in strategic roles focused on continuous improvement.

He is a member of Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (AFSTI), with extensive work in Food Safety related to HACCP design and implementation.

THOMAS OCHIENG'

Group Quality Assurance Manager - Orbit Products Africa Ltd

THOMAS OCHIENG'

Group Quality Assurance Manager - Orbit Products Africa Ltd

Thomas Ochieng’ is a quality assurance practitioner with a successful career in research, design, and improvement of up-to-date quality assurance and operations strategies for efficient food and allied chemicals manufacturing industry and related supply chain.

He has a track record in establishing, maintaining and improving management systems based on ISO International Standards and is a certified TQM promoter. 

PEER HANSEN

Biochemist, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Peer Hansen is a Biochemist from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

His career spans 30 years of dedication to science and creation of industrial applications based on frontier technology and science.

During the past 20 years he has been involved in application of the newest scientific discoveries and industrial solutions in the grain processing industry. He was the first to develop in-bin Moisture Monitoring and in-bin Spoilage detection with CO2 measurements. 

He has become known for his research into elimination of infestation (Insects and Fungus) and Toxins (aflatoxin and other Mycotoxins) in stored grain with application of ozone.

MOLLY ABENDE

Production Manager, Burton & Bamber Co. Ltd

MOLLY ABENDE

Production Manager, Burton & Bamber Co. Ltd
Molly Abende is the Production Manager at Burton & Bamber Co. Ltd., the Kenya-based agro-processing company that processes mango and other fruits, with a vision to create income for farmers and reduce food loss.
 
The company is building a sustainable supply chain and offering premium prices for good quality fruit.
 
Molly is in charge of food safety & quality management, research & development and production processes at the company.

MATTHEW NCUBE

Director, Nhlupo Business Optimisation Solutions, South Africa

MATTHEW NCUBE

Director, Nhlupo Business Optimisation Solutions, South Africa
Matthew Ncube is a professional occupational health and safety consultant and business manager with a vast experience in the food and other industrial sectors.
 
He is a passionate advocate for African countries to boost their capacity to meet rising opportunities.
 
With his wealth of experience, he covers the food safety-occupational health and safety nexus in great detail

RUSHABH SHAH

Business Development Director, F&S Scientific

RUSHABH SHAH

Business Development Director, F&S Scientific

Rushabh Shah is the Business Development Director at F&S Scientific.

He has a multi-sectorial experience in quality, safety and driving efficiency. 

DR. VICTOR YAMO

Farming Campaigns Manager, World Animal Protection

DR. VICTOR YAMO

Farming Campaigns Manager, World Animal Protection

Dr. Victor Yamo is the Farming Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection, where he is actively engaging the livestock industry, governments, corporates, technical personnel, consumers and the general public in showing the critical connection between the welfare of farm animals, their productivity and the quality and safety of food they produce, which ultimately end on the consumers’ plates.

Dr. Yamo is a University of Nairobi trained Veterinary Surgeon who also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from University of Free State (South Africa).

He has extensive experience in veterinary services, poultry production systems and agribusiness obtained from working within the regional commercial and NGO sector having held various management positions at Kenchic, Equity Bank, Bedson, Coopers and World Vision International over the past 25 years.

DAVID MULWA

Regional Sales Manager, Ishida

DAVID MULWA

Regional Sales Manager, Ishida

CHRIS WAINAINA

Commercial Director, Bruker East Africa

CHRIS WAINAINA

Commercial Director, Bruker East Africa

MERCY CHATYOKA

Business Development & Innovation Lead, Armlead Zimbabwe

MERCY CHATYOKA

Business Development & Innovation Lead, Armlead Zimbabwe

CESARE VARALLO

Food Lawyer & Founder, FOODLAWLATEST.COM

CESARE VARALLO

Food Lawyer & Founder, FOODLAWLATEST.COM

Cesare Varallo is a food lawyer based in Italy and founder of Foodlawlatest.com, his independent law firm and food law blog.

In addition to labelling compliance services on over 90 countries and food law advice, he regularly provides assistance to clients in relation to crisis management, food safety issues, food fraud investigations and import/export requirements, in partnerships with technical experts and other international advisors.

He is a well recognized speaker and involved in several scientific activities for private companies, public institutions and universities.

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