International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST)

Attention IAFoST Fellows: Request for Comments - October 2021 (Comment from IAFoST Fellows  is invited) (link to be attached)



Recent Academy Activities:

The Academy Council  Scientific Roundtable Discussion (SRD) on CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR and HEALTHY DIETS, held Thursday, July 1 from 08.00 to -09.30 Eastern Time North America (GMT-4).  

Co-chairs: Academy Presiding Officer Dr. Aman Wirakartakumah and Academy Presiding Officer Elect Dr. Charles Aworh


Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Oxford Martin School, Oxford University, UK

Dr. Pavinee Chinachotti, Chair, Food Innovation and Regulation Network (FIRN) Thailand

Dr. Sebastiano Porretta, Senior Researcher, Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Italy

Dr. Caroline Smith DeWaal, EatSafe, Gain, USA

Dr. Petra Klassen Wigger, Global R&D Scientific Advisor Nutrition and Health, Nestle, Switzerland

How to create sustainable and resilient food systems to enable healthy diets were the key aspects under consideration by the UN Food Systems Summit. 

The role of consumer perceptions, food habits, cultural influences, gender, socio-economic and other factors including poverty and urbanization on food choices and food consumption patterns and their effects on nutrition and health including diet-related, non-communicable diseases, and the need for advocacy and public enlightenment on nutritious and healthy diets for food security and wellness were under discussion during this Roundtable to help inform and strengthen the scientific resource on these subjects.


The International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) is an internationally recognised group of elected distinguished food scientists and technologists who collectively form a pool of scientific expertise in food science and technology from which IUFoST may draw non-aligned expert advice on scientific matters.

The purposes of the International Academy are:

  1. To identify and recognize individuals distinguished globally by their scientific and professional contributions to food science and technology
  2. To foster international cooperation and exchange of information,
  3. To promote food science and technology and other sciences of importance for this area, and
  4. To stimulate international education and training in food science and technology.

Elected Fellows of the Academy represent no organisation but serve as independent persons to work and promote high standards of ethics and scientific endeavours. IAFoST does more than simply afford recognition of its Fellows. It takes its own initiatives, with appropriate co-ordination and agreement of the IUFoST Board, to promote food science and technology, stimulate education and training, and improve international cooperation.

Members of the Academy Council 2020-2022

Dr. Aman Wirakartakusumah

Dr. Aman Wirakartakusumah, an IAFoST Fellow, is a scientific leader, experienced administrator, a diplomat at the highest levels internationally and is known as a person who is dedicated to service above self who brings people and viewpoints together. He has a strong grasp of IUFoST’s issues and is committed, passionate and has unbounded drive in everything he does for the Union. He was Indonesian Ambassador to UNESCO, Rector of two Indonesian universities, and highly‐regarded chair of IUFoST’s Education Committee and the World Bank‐initiated Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative. He is a member of the Indonesia Academy of Sciences, has led Indonesia in establishing educational standards and is actively engaged with ASEAN/APEC countries in implementing food safety policies, measures and educational standardisation.

Dr. Ogugua Charles Aworh 

Dr. Ogugua Charles Aworh is Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and past Academy Chair of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST). He obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria; MSc and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Cornell University, USA. He is Distinguished Professor and served three-terms as Head, Department of Food Technology, UI. He has been visiting Research Fellow/Professor at University of Leeds, UK; University of British Columbia, Canada; and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany. He is pioneer Chairman of UI’s Multidisciplinary Central Research Laboratory. His areas of research include post-harvest technology and processing, food safety, biotechnology, and capacity building. He has over 100 scientific publications and has supervised 120 MSc and 17 PhD students. He led WAAFoST’s [IUFoST Regional Body] contribution to IAFoST/ IUFoST Global Challenges Report and is mentor for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development and IUFoST young scientists.

Dr. Roger Clemens


Dr. Clemens is part-time faculty within USC’s School of Pharmacy where he enjoys adjunct appointments as Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Assistant Professor of Regulatory and Quality Sciences. Dr. Clemens is a past president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and is the immediate past presiding officer of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST).  He co-founded, established and contributes to a Food, Medicine and Health column published monthly in Food Technology for the past 16 years. He is an elected Fellow in the Institute of Food Technologists, American Society for Nutrition, American College of Nutrition, and International Academy of Food Science and Technology

Jairo Romero

Jairo Romero, Food Engineer, M. A. in Education is an xpert on strengthening national food control systems, proficient in Food Safety Risk Management and in Scientific Regulatory Affairs. Author of numerous presentations, articles, chapters and books, Mr. Romero has been an active member of the Food Science and Technology community worldwide. He was President of Colombian Association of Food Science and Technology – ACTA, 2008 – 2012. As President of the Latin America and the Caribbean Association of Food Science and Technology, ALACCTA 2016 – 2018 he significantly increased ALACCTA’s visibility and influence and strengthened its relations with IUFoST. In 2013 he served the VAFOST/IUFoST Volunteer Professor Program and in his capacity as member of IUFoST Governing Council in 2015 represented the Union in IUFoST/GFSP World Bank Striking Poverty Dialogue. Fellow of IAFoST since 2016, Mr. Romero has played a key role in the current debate about processed foods in international scientific, political and other public scenarios.

Dr. Chin-Kun Wang

Dr. Chin-Kun Wang is a distinguished professor in Chung Shan MedicaI University (CSMU). He served as the Chair of the School of Nutrition, the Dean of the College of Health Care and Management, Vice President and President of CSMU and contributed much in health promotion. When he served as the President of ʹʹNutrition Society of Taiwan (NST)’’, successfully promoted the role of dietitian for human health with School Sanitary Law and National Nutrition Act. He organized two international conferences for International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF) in 2008 and 2013 respectively and served as the president of ISNFF (2014-2016). He organized and presided over the International Conference of Nutrition and Physical Activity (NAPA) in 2018 and the International Conference of Food Safety and Health (FSAH) in 2019.