Mike Robach, VP, Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Cargill
Mike joined Cargill in January of 2004 to lead the company’s corporate food safety and regulatory affairs programs. Since that time, Mike has increased the department’s scope to include animal health and quality assurance. He continues to refocus the department toward global efforts in line with Cargill’s vision of being the global leader in nourishing people. Mike is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), past President for Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere (SSAFE), a member of the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Council Executive Committee for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and a member of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association’s Research Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the American Meat Institute, the National Turkey Federation, the International Association of Food Protection, the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Society for Microbiology, and on the Advisory Board for Food Safety Tech & Food Safety Consortium.
Dr. Lone Jespersen, Principal, Cultivate
Recognized food safety, quality and continuous improvement leader with in depth experience in deploying enterprise wide food safety and quality initiatives in large and complex organizations. Significant change management skills and experience in food safety and quality, at the corporate, platform and business unit level, including customer focus, building trust, influencing internally and externally to company, driving results, and enabling a global perspective that ensures the business operating principles of the organization are met.
Andrew Clarke, Sr. Manager Food Auditing, Subway
Andrew currently oversees the Global Auditing Program for Subway, which includes the 2nd Party audits of all food and packaging Vendors and the large network of storage and distribution facilities supplying the Subway system worldwide. Andrew holds a BSc Food Technology and an MSc Food Safety Management and has significant experience not only in auditing but working in food manufacturing/processing/distribution and storage facilities in Europe and North America. Additionally Andrew has experience working in senior regulatory and certification body positions and is an experienced and qualified food safety and quality auditor and trainer. Andrew is an active member of the International Association for Food Protection, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Food Science and Technology, he currently serves on the BRC Global Standards Advisory Board and has volunteered his time working with the Global Food Safety Initiative including benchmarking food safety standards and active involvement with several GFSI working groups.
Laura Nelson, VP Food Safety & Global Alliances, Alchemy Systems
Laura Nelson serves as Vice President Food Safety & Global Alliances at Alchemy Systems. She has over 25 years of experience implementing food safety and quality control programs for processing, packaging, food service, and retail operations. She has worked with global retailers and manufacturers in the implementation of their GFSI certification programs. Prior to Alchemy, Laura managed Silliker’s South Region food testing laboratories, implemented ISO 17025 requirements, conducted GMP and HACCP audits, and trained food safety auditors. Her hands-on experience in testing food products has assisted food companies in the successful implementation of good manufacturing practices (GMP), quality assurance, and HACCP programs. Laura is a graduate of University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.