2015 Advisory Board

The following experts assisted in building the 2015 Advisory Board. We thank each for their participation!

  • Eric F. Greenberg

    Principal Attorney Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    Eric F. Greenberg is Principal Attorney of the law firm Eric F. Greenberg, P. C., with a practice concentrated in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation.

    His food and drug work has included regulatory counseling, label and claims review, new product development, GRAS and food contact materials evaluations and clearances, negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state agencies, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions.   

    He and his firm counsel a wide range of consumer product companies, packaging manufacturers and others on regulatory and labeling requirements, and handle related contractual and litigation matters.

    In addition to his law practice, Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law and Administrative Law, and Michigan State University School of Packaging, where he teaches Packaging Law and Regulation.  

    He serves as monthly legal columnist for Packaging World Magazine.  

    Eric wrote the book, Guide to Packaging Law, the Second Edition of which was published in October 2007.  

    His firm is based in Chicago and represents clients based all over the world.

  • Nancy Higley

    Vice President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Kerry Ingredients & Flavors

    Nancy Higley, PhD is Vice President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs at Kerry Ingredients & Flavors. In this role, Nancy is responsible for leading the regulatory policy in the Americas to ensure Kerry products are compliant with appropriate international policies and regulation. Nancy’s qualifications and experience in biology, biochemistry and toxicology are the foundations for her expertise in safety evaluation and risk management of food-borne toxins, food allergens and contaminants. Nancy conducted basic research in toxicology at the Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin. She subsequently held positions in the food and flavor industry in the area of scientific and regulatory affairs, including previous positions at PepsiCo, International Flavors and Fragrances, and Givaudan Flavors Inc.

  • Alistair Irvine

    Manager, Food Contact Compliance Smithers Pira

    Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers Pira. This involves advising clients on the safety legislation which applies to food packaging in a wide range of different countries throughout the world and coordinating work programmes to ensure that clients' products meet these requirements. His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Russia and all the South American countries.

    Alistair graduated with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University. After working for BP and the Department of Health, he joined Pira in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.

  • Kevin C. Kenny

    Chief Operating Officer Decernis, USA

    Mr. Kenny is a regulatory attorney who has worked for 15 years in the product safety and food areas.  A co-founder and principal at Decernis, Mr. Kenny is responsible for the global scope of coverage at Decernis, including database coverage for Contaminants, Food Additives, Food Contact, Food Standards, Inventories and Product Safety.

    Before Decernis, Mr. Kenny worked at Ariel Research Corporation, last as Vice-President, International Operations.  Since co-founding Decernis in 2003, Mr. Kenny has continued to meet with companies and governmental agencies in ca. 40 countries while building the Decernis regulatory compliance offering.

    Mr. Kenny has lived and worked for seven years in five European and Asian countries, and is bilingual German-English, with oral proficiency in French and Spanish. He possesses an honors J.D., an LL.M. in Public International Law and the Hague Diplôm de Droit International.  In 1992, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Bonn, followed by two-years teaching at the Walther Schücking Institute of International Law at Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany. Specializations include comparative product safety and food law, and he has written numerous publications.

    In 2001, Mr. Kenny wrote a detailed country and compliance report on India, covering all aspects of Product Safety compliance, including health, safety and environmental issues. He has since done extensive legal research on several Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, India, Malaysia and Vietnam.  Mr. Kenny spends several months each year based in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, and is responsible for expanding Decernis Asia-Pacific operations.

    His latest hobby includes running marathons and other ultra long-distance events.

  • Miriam Maxwell

    Senior Principle Regulatory Scientist, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Ocean Spray

    Ms. Maxwell is Senior Scientist in Corporate Quality at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Prior to Ocean Spray, she was Manager – Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Nestle USA. Her employment history also includes global regulatory management roles at Cargill, Inc. Wild Flavors, Inc., and Givaudan where she describes her role as managing, motivating, coordinating and influencing multi-disciplinary functions to accomplish strategic business goals including anticipating regulatory obstacles/emerging issues throughout product lifecycle and developing solutions with other technical/commercial teams across global geographies. Ms. Maxwell gained practical technical experience supervising quality control analytical laboratories at McCormick & Company and Golden Dipt div. DCA (now Kerry Ingredients & Flavours). Ms. Maxwell is a graduate of University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana with BS degree in Food Science and additional post graduate study in Carbohydrate Chemistry.