2018 Advisory Board

Below are the esteemed members of the 2018 Global Food Contact Advisory Board.

Watch this space as we'll be announcing the 2019 Advisory Board very soon!

  • Dr. Stephen Klump

    Global Head of Packaging Quality and Safety Nestlé

    Stephen Klump is the Global Head of Packaging Quality and Safety for Nestlé. The responsibilities include leading Nestlé’s packaging safety and compliance program.

    Stephen has 10+ years’ experience in the packaging food safety area. Dr. Klump earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University in the USA. After a several years working in the chemicals industry and a transitional role in the beverage industry, Dr. Klump moved to Nestlé. During his 17+ years with Nestlé, Stephen worked at several Nestlé locations including the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne Switzerland developing methods to test for migrants from packaging materials. Following, Dr. Klump supported packaging safety for Nestlé at a zone/regional level and now at a global level. He is now based in Marysville Ohio in the USA.

  • Joan Sylvain Baughan

    Partner Keller and Heckman, LLP

    Joan Sylvain Baughan practices food and drug law, focusing on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulation of food contact materials, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. 

    In addition to practicing in the firm's Washington office, Ms. Baughan spent three years counseling foreign and domestic clients from the firm's Brussels, Belgium office. While there, she developed an expertise in the regulation of food packaging materials and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.

    Ms. Baughan has a scientific background in microbiology and medical technology. She has served as general counsel for The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.’s Food, Drug and Cosmetics Packaging Materials Committee, representing the committee before U.S. agencies and their international counterparts.

    Ms. Baughan frequently speaks at international conferences on various FDA and related regulatory topics and is an accomplished writer within the food and drug arena.  She was a contributing author and the sole editor of the comprehensive food packaging book “Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials.” 

    Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.S., 1984, B.S.M.T. 1985); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1991).

    Admissions: District of Columbia; Massachusetts

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  • Alistair Irvine

    Business Manager UK 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

    Kevin is co-founder and owner of Decernis and is an experienced regulatory attorney who has worked and consulted for 20+ years in the food and consumer products space.  He advises some of the world’s largest manufacturers on Food, Food Contact and Supply Chain Compliance challenges globally. Working with a team of native speaker experts in all major markets, Kevin has led a Decernis team effort to expand regulatory coverage to over 200 countries.  He spends much of the year meeting with clients to identify and satisfy their needs across the Decernis global client base. Kevin builds cooperative and partnering relationships with governmental agencies and organizations (today 40+ countries across five continents, including US FDA, European Union, Canada, China and Japan).

    An expert on food contact and food additive regulation globally, Kevin is a frequent speaker at international conferences and an active participant in the Regulatory Affairs Committees of food, cosmetic and consumer product associations.  Kevin also attends the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives in China annually as a member of the International Food Additives Council.

    Prior to founding Decernis, Kevin worked as a regulatory attorney and later VP, International Operations at Ariel Research, which managed product safety regulations globally for chemical manufacturers.

    Kevin has lived and worked for seven years across five European and Asian countries and is fluent in German, French and Spanish. He possesses an honors Juris Doctor, an LL.M. in International Law and the Hague Diplôm de Droit International.  In 1992, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Bonn and later taught International Law courses at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany.

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  • Monika Rawat

    Lead Regulatory Affairs The Kraft Heinz Company

    Monika Rawat is the Lead Regulatory Affairs at The Kraft Heinz Company, India. In her current role, she is responsible for overall regulatory compliance for business in India. Prior to Joining The Kraft Heinz Company, she was associated with FICCI as Senior Assistant Director and led policy and regulatory advocacy for Food Businesses. During her tenure with FICCI, she was member of various committees including Scientific Panel of Labeling Claim and Advertisement at FSSAI, BIS and Department of Legal Metrology, Ministry of Consumer Affairs. Monika has over 17 years of experience in Food Safety Auditing, Capacity Building, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Government affairs. She has received her Bachelor’s of engineering degree in Food Technology from FET, R B S College Agra, India.

     

     

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  • Xiaolu Wang

    Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific Verisk 3E

    Ms. Wang brought extensive legal and regulatory knowledge and expertise in the field of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance to the 3E Company. Before joining 3E Company as a regulatory analyst for the Asia Pacific region, she worked for a regulatory consulting firm based in DC as a senior regulatory specialist, monitoring and analyzing regulatory changes in Asia on EH&S related issues, including renewable energy, air/water pollution prevention, hazardous chemicals, food contact materials, natural resource restrictions, cosmetics, and medical devices. In addition, she worked as a litigator in Beijing, advising her clients on corporate law matters and contracts.

    One of the major topics that Ms. Wang closely monitors and analyzes is food contact material-related regulations in multiple Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Korea.  Ms. Wang recently conducted an in-depth analysis of a total of 160 Chinese technical standards for food contact materials, including national and industrial standards that are currently in force. She identified applicable migration limits for food contact materials from these standards and ensures that they are reflected in the regulatory compliance tool that 3E offers.  Ms. Wang also researched specific legal issues concerning food contact materials, such as the required format of expression of migration test results for food contact materials.

    Ms. Wang obtained her Bachelor of Laws (JD equivalent) from the Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing, China and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from American University in Washington DC. She is a licensed attorney admitted to the bars of China and the State of New York. She is a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker and fluent in English.