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The FIET Board

Dr Kevin Marshall – Chairman

Dr Kevin Marshall

Dr Marshall, a biotechnologist and chemical engineer, has had a distinguished career in a range of industries including dairy, fruit, meat and seafood. He brings with him a wealth of expertise, from previous roles as managing director of ViaLactia Biosciences Ltd, group director R&D of the New Zealand Dairy Board and chief executive of the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute (now Fonterra Research Centre).

Dr Marshall currently serves on a number of important committees, He is Chair of the Riddet Institute CoRE, Chair of the NZ Food Safety Science and Research Centre and Chair of the Industry Advisory Group of High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge  He is a board member of Seafood Innovations Ltd and a member of the MBIE College of Assessors

A Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST), Dr Marshall was awarded the NZIFST JC Andrews Award for Distinction in Food Science and Technology in 2006 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2012. In 2016 Dr Marshall received the International Dairy Federation Award for outstanding contribution to progress in dairying worldwide.

Dr Marshall chaired the Thought Leadership Team that the Riddet Institute commissioned to research and author A Call to Arms – A contribution to a New Zealand agri-food strategy, published in 2012.

Katy Bluett

Katy BluettKaty is the National Technology Network Manager Food at Callaghan Innovation. Katy is responsible for developing and growing a national strategic road map for food science and technology within New Zealand. A main focus of the role is connecting food companies with scientists and engineers from public and private organisations to accelerate innovation and strengthen industry networks.

Prior to that she had over 10 years’ experience in the food industry including positions at Fonterra, Lion Nathan and the Kerry Group.

Dr Peter Fennessy

Peter FennessyPeter Fennessy is a business consultant with AbacusBio Limited in Dunedin, a technically-based agri-business consultancy company that he founded in 2000. Peter works with clients in the development of business and science strategies, investment and intellectual property strategies, as well as the evaluation and valuation of new technologies. He specialises in the commercial development of agricultural and other biologically, or biotechnologically, driven areas, and has experience as a director of several companies and organisations. Peter has a scientific background and spent many years as a research scientist before he moved into the business end of things 20+ years ago.

Professor Pare Keiha

Pare Keiha is the Pro Vice Chancellor for Maori Advancement, Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Dean of Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, at the Auckland University of Technology. He has also previously held the position of Pro Vice Chancellor for Commercialisation.

His business experience covers strategic and business planning, project management and marketing. His present academic pursuits include mobile and digitally based solutions for enhanced teaching and learning, corporate governance, competition law and policy, intellectual property law, and Maori and Pacific development.

Dr David Tanner

Dr David Tanner is joint Managing Director of Start Afresh Limited. Start Afresh Limited is an Agri-food Management and Consulting partnership formed in January 2015.

David spent eight years with leading global horticultural brand company, Zespri International, with six years in an executive leadership team position (as General Manager, Science & Innovation). Prior to that, he had five years with a global top-six R&D authority in Australia (CSIRO), where he managed and undertook research for the Australasian Food Industry.

David has a proven track record, driving growth through incremental and breakthrough innovation in the agri-food sector. He is a highly driven, dedicated thought-leader with global leadership and management experience in utilising complex science concepts for genuine business improvement and profitability.