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Dr. Lynnette Neufeld

Director of Food and Nutrition Division (ESN) of FAO

Healthy Diets: Advances in Definitions and Data to Inform Effective Actions


Dr. Neufeld began her career in an academic position at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico where she led a variety of implementation research and impact evaluation studies to improve the impact potential of social protection programs in Mexico and the region. She then brought her passion for improving the generation and utilization of evidence in program design and delivery to non-governmental organizations, most recently the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, before joining FAO as the Director of Food and Nutrition Division since early 2022. Dr. Neufeld is the President of the International Union of Nutrition Scientists (IUNS), the Past-Chair of the Micronutrient Forum Steering Committee, and a former board member of the American Society of Nutrition. She has been the member of several WHO and other technical advisory groups. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and holds a Doctoral and a Master’s degrees in International Nutrition from Cornell University.

   Dr. Juliawati Untoro

Nutrition Technical Lead of World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific Region (WHO WPRO)

Sustainable Nutrition & Development

Dr. Juliawati Untoro is the Nutrition Technical Lead of World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific Region (WHO WPRO) based in Manila, Philippines. She provides technical and strategic support on nutrition to 37 countries and areas in the Western Pacific region. She has over 25 years of global experiences in nutrition and public health programming and sciences with numerous multilateral agencies, including WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, and the Tropical Medicine Network of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO TROPMED Network). Prior to this position, she was a Nutrition Specialist at the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office of UNICEF in Nairobi of Kenya, UNICEF’s headquarters in New York, USA, and a Health and Nutrition Officer at the World Bank in Indonesia. She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Prof. Bin Cong

Dean, College of Forensic Medicine, Hebei Medical University

Diet and Health


Prof. Bin Cong is a highly esteemed expert in the field of forensic medicine and pathophysiology. He holds a distinguished position as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and serves as a PhD advisor for forensic medicine and pathophysiology at the College of Forensic Medicine, Hebei Medical University. Additionally, he is actively involved in various professional activities, including his role as a consultant for the Division of Neuropsychopharmacology, Chinese Pharmacology Society, and as a permanent member of the editorial board of the Chinese Journal of Pathophysiology. 

Over the last 40 years, he has made significant contributions to forensic teaching and research. His pioneering work in forensic molecular genetics since the 1980s has been instrumental in advancing the field. In the 1990s, he embarked on comprehensive research focused on the separation and purification of toxic natural compounds found in traditional Chinese medicine and their toxicological effects. This groundbreaking work has addressed critical scientific and technological challenges in forensic cases, further enhancing the understanding of toxicology in forensic medicine. 

In addition to his accomplishments in forensic science, Prof. Cong has also made significant strides in understanding the molecular regulation mechanisms of cholecystokinin (CCK) on plasmacytoid dendritic cells and the immunopathological mechanisms of autoimmune diseases. His research in these areas has yielded remarkable breakthroughs and gained international recognition.

   Prof. Gangqiang Ding

Director of National Institute for Nutrition and Health, China CDC 

   The Latest Report on the Nutritional Status of Chinese Residents


Prof. Gangqiang Ding is a leading expert in the field of nutrition, food safety, and public health. He holds the position of Chief Physician and PhD Advisor and currently serves as the Director of the National Institute for Nutrition and Health, China CDC. Prof. Ding's dedication to the study of nutrition, food safety, and public health has led to remarkable contributions in public health decision-making in the nutrition field. He has authored and co-authored over 200 professional papers, with more than half of them published in prestigious, high-impact journals. Additionally, he has edited and co-edited more than 20 works, further demonstrating his commitment to advancing knowledge and expertise in his field. 

Additionally, Prof. Ding plays significant roles in various professional activities and organizations. He is the Head of the Expert Committee of National Nutrition Health and the Nutrition Standards Committee of the National Health Commission. He also serves as the Vice Chair on the Expert Committee of the National Strategic Alliance of Technology Innovation of New Food Resource Health Industry and the Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses of the Review Committee of National Food Safety Standards. Moreover, he is a member of the National Committee for Food Safety Risk Assessment and the State Food and Nutrition Consultant Committee.

Prof. Dr. Hyun-Sook  Kim

President-Elect of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) 

Professor of Sookmyung Women's University

Empowering Aging Society through Sustainable Nutrition


Professor Hyun-Sook Kim has worked as a Council member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences since 2017 and is currently serving as the President-Elect of IUNS. She is a highly respected professor in the Department of Food and Nutrition at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, Korea, where she has been teaching since 1993. Professor Kim has a strong research interest in the area of Nutritional Immunology and Nutrition in Aging. She has published over 150 research paper publications and presentations, showcasing her expertise in the field. Recently, she has conducted application-based nutrition intervention studies, implementing diet modulation to prevent chronic diseases. Beyond her research, Professor Kim is dedicated to capacity building programs for young scientists, with an aim of improving the health of populations by securing adequate healthy and safe nutrition. Her contributions to the field of nutritional science have made her an influential figure, respected by her peers across the globe.

   Prof. Alfredo  Martínez

Immediate Past President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS);

Director of Precision Nutrition Programs at IMDEA

   Omics Tools for Precision Management of Obesity


Professor Alfredo Martínez is the current Director of Precision Nutrition Programs at IMDEA, where he utilizes his diverse educational background to further research in the field of nutrition. He holds a BPharm (licenciado) degree, a PhD (Doctorado) from the University of Navarra, and an MD degree from the University of Zaragoza. Throughout his career, Professor Martinez has focused on Precision Personalized Nutrition, including Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Sciences. He has been involved in several landmark EU nutritional trials, such as DIOGENES, SEAFOODplus, NUGENOB, FOOD4ME, STOP, PREVIEW, DIETARY DEAL, and SWEET. By integrating Nutritional genomics knowledge and technologies in Communicable and Chronic diseases management and Precision Nutrition, Professor Martinez has helped a great number of food and health professionals, such as pharmacists, offering expertise in disease prevention and health maintenance. His contributions have advanced the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, producing more than 30,000 article citations..

Prof. Hisanori Kato

Professor at Kagawa Nutrition University

Toward the Implementation of Precision Nutrition


Dr. Hisanori Kato is a Project Professor at Kagawa Nutrition University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1990. He served as a guest researcher at the Diabetes Branch, National Institutes of Health, USA (1991-1993). He then became an Associate Professor at Utsunomiya University in 1993 and at the University of Tokyo in 1999. He became a Project Professor at the University of Tokyo in 2009 and has been in his current position since 2023. Dr. Kato’s recent research focus is the evaluation of the effects of food components by making use of various omics technologies. He has received several awards including “The Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science Award for Excellence in Research” in 2015. Dr. Kato has just completed his two-year term as the president of the Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science. He served as the chair of the Organizing Committee of the 22nd International Congress of Nutrition (IUNS-ICN 2022). He is also the chair of the Federation of Japanese Nutrition Societies.

Prof. Rubina Hakeem

Council Member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS)

Head of the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Ziauddin University Karachi Pakistan

Nutrition Competence, GDP and Food Security as Predictors of Nutritional Issues in the Asian Countries


Dr. Rubina Hakeem is currently serving as the Chief Nutritionist and Head of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Ziauddin University Karachi. She has early served as the Principal and Professor of Nutrition at Raana Laiqat Ali Khan College of Home Economics, Karachi and as the Professor at Taibah University, Madinah Saudi Arabia for three years. She is a council member of IUNS, a fellow of Association for Nutrition, UK, and a fellow of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has also registered as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council in UK. She got her Master’s Degree from Karachi University and Doctorate from University of London, UK. She is the chairperson of the Nutrition foundation of Pakistan, and member of several organizations including World Public Health Nutrition Association, International federation of Home Economics, Diabetes in Asia Study group, FAO FSN forum, and the “Global Dietary database”.

She has received several awards in recognition of her services to the field of nutrition, diabetes, higher education, and research.

Ms Pek Yee Chow

Head of Department at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

The Evolving Roles of a Dietitian in a Sustainable Healthcare Environment


Ms. Pek Yee Chow (周鉍鐿) graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from University of Kentucky and a Master in Nutrition & Dietetics from University of Sydney. 

 She is working at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore as a Principal Dietitian and the Head of Yishun Health Nutrition & Dietetics Department. Her previous workplaces include National Kidney Foundation in Singapore and Renal Nutrition Support Programme at National University Health System. She has more than 15 years’ experience in dietetics fields and has been specializing in kidney failure patients. 

Ms. Chow has given numerous professional and public talks relating to a wide variety of nutrition-related topics. She is actively involved in Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association as various office-bearers since 2000 and has been the president from 2008 to 2018. She has also held regional positions such as the President for Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (2011-2014) and has now been an Honorary Council Member in the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies since 2019.