Confirmed Speakers for Global Food Contact 2020 Include:

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  • Joan Sylvain Baughan

    Partner Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

    Joan Baughan practices food and drug law, focusing on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulation of food contact materials, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. With a distinctive legal and scientific background in microbiology and medical technology, Joan helps clients establish regulatory compliance for their products globally, performs compliance audits and training seminars, and represents companies and trade associations before US agencies and their international counterparts.

    Joan Baughan also developed substantial experience in Brussels, counselling clients on the regulation of food packaging materials and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.

    Joan 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," and has written chapters – such as "Regulation of Nanotechnology in Food Contact Applications in the United States and Canada," and "US Legislation on Food Contact Materials," – for other publications. Joan also has written about drug packaging, including an article titled, "The Latest on Drug Master Files for Packaging Materials in the United States – and a Little History," for Packaging Digest.

    Bar & Court Admissions
    District of Columbia

    J.D., Catholic University of America, 1991
    B.S.M.T., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1985
    B.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1984

    Professional Affiliations
    American Bar Association
    International Bar Association


  • Dr. Andres Gonzalez-Bonet

    Review Chemist U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Dr. Andres M. Gonzalez-Bonet is a review chemist at the Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS), Division of Food Contact Substances (DFCS), where he reviews pre-market submissions on uses of food contact substances. His expertise at OFAS includes estimation and modeling of migration of food contact substances into food and refined consumer exposures to food contact substances. Dr Gonzalez-Bonet earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from University of Puerto Rico and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from Purdue University.

  • Dr. Alistair Irvine

    Manager, Food Contact Compliance Smithers

    Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers. 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 Smithers in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.

  • Marjatta Punkka

    Product Safety and Sustainability Manager Metsä Board

    Marjatta graduated in 1995 from Technical University of Helsinki with a MSc degree in paper, paper converting, and printing technologies. During her career, she has gained strong experience from industry in field of paperboard, printing, and food production and seen the development of requirements with food contact materials from different perspectives. Currently she is working as a Product Safety and Sustainability Manager at Metsä Board.

  • Xiaolu Wang

    Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific Verisk 3E

    Ms. Xiaolu Wang has extensive legal and regulatory knowledge and expertise in the field of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) and product compliance. Prior to joining Verisk 3E as a regulatory analyst for the Asia Pacific region, Ms. Wang worked for a regulatory consulting firm based in Washington DC as a senior regulatory specialist, during which time she monitored and analyzed regulatory changes in Asia, focusing on chemical management, food contact materials, cosmetics, and medical devices. In addition, she worked as a litigator in Beijing, advising her clients on corporate law matters and contracts.

    At Verisk 3E, one of the major topics that Ms. Wang closely monitors and analyzes is regulatory requirements for consumer packaged goods (CPG), such as food additive, food contact material, cosmetics, and personal care products, in multiple Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Korea. 

    Ms. Wang has been a frequent speaker at the Global Food Contact Conferences hosted by Smithers Pira since 2017 and served as a member of the Advisory Board for a number of these conferences.

    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.