Michèle Lees (Chair Person)
Michèle Lees was in charge of Collaborative Research at the Nantes Food Laboratory of the Eurofins Group. Her work involved the development of new analytical techniques for the detection of food fraud. She was part of the Food Fraud Think Tank whose work provided key recommendations to the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) for the mitigation of food fraud in food companies as part of their food safety management systems. In the Food Integrity project, she lead the group who developed a “Knowledge Base” bringing together available information on suitable analytical tools and associated reference data for the detection of food fraud.
After finishing her studies of food chemistry at Humboldt University in Berlin, in 1975, Beate Kettlitz worked at the Hygiene Inspection Services in Potsdam and was there in charge of foodstuffs. These tasks mainly included operative services - such as control of food producing facilities, stores, kitchens, producing meals for hospitals, school's and other facilities, to check for good hygiene practices and to give advice. After the successful achievement of a special professional certificate in the field of hygiene practice in 1978, she continued her professional engagement in the Regional Hygiene Institute of Potsdam. She became responsible for the control and professional advice for dairy products, dietetic products, baby food and other foodstuffs as field and later department manager. After her arrival in Brussels in 1991 she worked as an adviser on technical regulatory aspects for the food industry.
As of May 1999, Beate Kettlitz started her professional carrier as a food policy adviser at BEUC,which lasted until April 2005. In April 2005 Beate Kettlitz jointed FoodDrinkEurope (former CIAA) as a Director for Food Safety, Science and R&D.
Sue Davies is the Chief Policy Adviser at Which?, the UK consumer organisation, where her responsibilities include food policy. Sue Davies represents consumer interests on a range of national and international committees and working groups which have included the UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, Public Health Responsibility Deal and the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. She is also the Chair of the European Food Safety Authority's Management Board in a personal capacity. She was the EU Co-chair of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue Food Group, a policy forum for EU and US consumer organisations, for over 10 years and has represented consumer interests in discussions on international food standards at the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the World Health Organisation. She has worked at Which? for over 20 years. Prior to this she had a food safety enforcement role as a local authority Environmental Health Technical Officer. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2003 for services to food safety.
Peter Whelan qualified as an Environment Health officer (EHO) in 1982. He worked as an EHO, Senior EHO and Principal EHO before taking up the post of Contracts Manager and then Director of Service Contracts in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). Peter then took a 5 year secondment to the post of Executive Chairman of the newly established Sea Fisheries Protection Authority. Peter is now Director of Audit and Investigations in the FSAI and is responsible for audits, food fraud investigations and the Quality Management System (QMS). Further studies undertaken include a MSc in Food Science, UCD, MSc in Management, Trinity College Dublin and a BA Hons degree in Psychotherapy.
Eric Marin is a doctor in veterinary medicine and graduated with an Executive MBA (HEC). He is currently working for the Food Safety Directorate in the European Commission as deputy Head of Unit in the Alerts, Traceability and Committees unit. He is coordinating the EU Food Fraud Network which allows swift and efficient cooperation in cases of cross border suspicion of Food Fraud. His activities within the Commission were broadened, from issues of impact assessments, animal health, aid to developing countries (EuropeAid office- DG AIDCO), fight against fraud (OLAF) to audit of the implementation of food safety legislation (Food and Veterinary Office). Before joining the European Commission in 1998, Mr Marin was working for the French Ministry of Agriculture since 1991. He held positions in Madrid at the French embassy and in Brussels as a national expert on food safety issues in dairy products. He also worked as an expert for the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health).
Jeff is a Senior Director responsible for science strategy and planning in US Pharmacopeia’s science division. Previous to this role Jeff was a Senior Scientist and then Head of Science for USP’s food program - a team of scientists in the US and China that establishes Food Chemicals Codex standards as well as tools and services to assess and mitigate food ingredient supply chain risks. Jeff was also a lead scientist for three of USP’s programs on food fraud including their Food Fraud Database, Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance, and Guidance on Non-Targeted Methods for Adulterants Detection. He has a background in food science with more than 15 years of experience in the areas of food ingredient testing, food fraud mitigation, food chemical safety, and international food additive regulations. Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Maryland and previously worked for Nestle. He has authored more than 20 manuscripts in peer reviewed food science journals.