Speaker Profiles

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In a unique partnership, Anelich Consulting and Food Focus invite you to join us as we explore the challenges the food industry and regulators have faced as a result of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, and the effect this will have on food safety in 2021, and beyond.  

Linda Jackson

Linda has B. Sc. Chemistry (Wits) and an M. Tech – Environmental Health (Food safety) Central University of Technology.

She has been involved in management system consulting, training and auditing since the early 1990’s when ISO 9001 was first implemented in the food industry in South Africa. As Risk Manager at a large manufacturing organisation, she gained exposure to ISO 14001 and underwent SAMTRAC training for occupational health and safety.

Linda is the co-founder of Food Focus, a company that aims to educate on the subject of food compliance, supporting everyone across the length of the food chain.

Prof Lucia Anelich
Prof Anelich has a PhD in Microbiology and has over 40 years’ experience in food microbiology and food safety. She is the owner of her own successful food safety consulting and training business, Anelich Consulting, which offers a variety of services to the food sector.  Prior to starting her own business, she established and headed up the Food Safety Initiative at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, a first for the country.  Prior to that, she spent 25 years at Tshwane University of Technology where she was Head of Department and Associate Professor.  Most importantly, she is the only person in South Africa and Africa to be a member of the internationally-renowned expert group on food microbiology called the International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF).  She is Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology and was President of SAAFoST for 4 years until 2019.  She is Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Applied Food Security and –Biotechnology at the Central University of Technology and is an accomplished author and international speaker.   

Meet the Speakers

Bill Marler
An accomplished attorney and national expert in food safety, William (Bill) Marler has become the most prominent foodborne illness lawyer in America and a major force in food policy in the U.S. and around the world.  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, has represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused life altering injury and even death.
Bill began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of the historic Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, in her landmark $15.6 million settlement with the company.  For the last 27 years, Bill has represented victims of nearly every large foodborne illness outbreak in the United States, filing lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, Chili’s, Chi-Chi’s, Chipotle, ConAgra, Dole, Excel, Golden Corral, KFC, McDonald’s, Odwalla, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Sizzler, Supervalu, Taco Bell and Wendy’s. Through his work, he has secured over $750,000,000 for victims of E. coli, Salmonella, and other foodborne illnesses.
More Than an Attorney
Bill Marler’s advocacy for a safer food supply includes petitioning the United States Department of Agriculture to better regulate pathogenic E. coli, working with nonprofit food safety and foodborne illness victims’ organizations, and helping spur the passage of the 2010-2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.  His work has led to invitations to address local, national, and international gatherings on food safety, including testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
At little or no cost to event organizers, Bill travels widely and frequently to speak to food industry groups, fair associations, and public health groups about the litigation of claims resulting from outbreaks of pathogenic bacteria and viruses and the issues surrounding it.  He gives frequent donations to industry groups for the promotion of improved food safety, and has established numerous collegiate science scholarships across the nation.
He is a frequent writer on topics related to foodborne illness.  Bill’s articles include “Separating the Chaff from the Wheat: How to Determine the Strength of a Foodborne Illness Claim”, “Food Claims and Litigation”, “How to Keep Your Focus on Food Safety”, and “How to Document a Food Poisoning Case” (co-authored with David Babcock). He is the publisher of the online news site, Food Safety News and his award winning blog, www.marlerblog.com is avidly read by the food safety and legal communities. He is a frequent media guest on food safety issues and has been profiled in numerous publications, including the ABC News, New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal.
In 2010 Bill was awarded the NSF Food Safety Leadership Award for Education and in 2008 earned the Outstanding Lawyer Award by the King County Bar Association.  He also received the Public Justice Award from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.
Bill graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in 1987, and in 1998 was the Law School’s “Lawyer in Residence.”  In 2011, he was given Seattle University’s Professional Achievement Award.
Bill is married to Julie Marler and has three daughters, Morgan, Olivia, and Sydney.


Dawie Roodt
Dawie is the chief economist and a director at Efficient Group, a listed financial services company. Dawie published his first book in 2013, Tax, Lies and Red Tape, which has been reviewed as a “fresh, thought-provoking and entertaining look at economics in South Africa.”
His career in economic and political analysis spans over 20 years and includes nine years as an economist at the South African Reserve Bank as well as being the economic editor of a financial publication.
His academic qualifications include a Masters degree (cum laude) in economics. Dawie’s interest in economics is not always limited to the conventional. Apart from his formal studies, he also studied communism.
Dawie is known for his extensive knowledge of the South African economy, his analytical nature and exceptional communication skills. He is highly efficient in conveying complicated economic information into everyday language.
Regular television appearances, broadcasts on radio stations and comments in the printed and electronic media have all contributed to making him one of South Africa’s most quoted economists. Dawie has received recognition for his achievements in academics, broadcasting and public speaking. He is also a MBA lecturer on macro-economics at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
To balance his enthusiasm for economics, Dawie has many hobbies and interests but he easily admits to his lifelong passion for nature. He is also a keen traveller with a special interest in the African continent and Dawie is actively involved in charities.
During 2007, Dawie received his national colours for powered paragliding and he represented South Africa at the World Championship in China. His other hobbies include scuba diving, clay pigeon shooting, ichthyology (the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish) and the odd breakfast run on a twin V.
Dawie is a devoted family man and is married to Marina. He has four children; a daughter Danielle and a son Kristoff who are both currently studying at the University of Pretoria, and twin daughters born in May 2013. The family shares a great love for animals and evidence of this can be found in the number and assortment living on the family’s smallholding in Pretoria.


Karin Goodburn MBE
CSci MSc BSc (Hons)

Professional Memberships:
Chartered Scientist
Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology
Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
Member of the Society for Applied Microbiology
Member of the International Association for Food Protection
Member of Society of Food Hygiene Technology

Present Positions:
Director & Secretary General: Chilled Food Association
Director: Chilled Food Associates
Member: GFSI Chemicals in Food Hygiene Technical WG
Member: Tesco Expert Group
Member: NSF Impartiality Board
Member: CIEH Food Advisory Group
Member: RSPH Food Group
Member: Acumentia Consulting, Science and Technology Consultants
Northamptonshire Ambassador: Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd


MBE for services to the food industry (2008)
CBI Trade Association Forum Leadership Award (2009)
Nominee for Food Manufacture Personality of the Year (2010)
Recognised as a Woman of Achievement by Women of the Year (2010)
STEMNET Highly Commended Most Dedicated STEM Ambassador (2012)
SOFHT Dorothy Cullinane Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Food Industry (2017)

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Richard Swannell
Richard is committed to working on ways of reducing man’s impact on the environment. A biochemist by training, he has strong expertise in delivering more resource-efficient and sustainable practices within businesses. He is the International Development Director of WRAP - a UK charity, at the forefront of the circular economy, working in 25 countries around the world.

Richard led the team that created and delivered the innovative ‘Courtauld Commitment’ - the first agreement of its kind between WRAP and UK supermarket retailers and manufacturers committed to collaborating on delivering packaging and food waste reduction. Between 2007 and 2012 this voluntary agreement, together with WRAP’s internationally-renowned Love Food Hate Waste campaign, helped reduce packaging and food waste by more than 3 million tonnes, reducing carbon emissions by over 8 million tonnes. He also led WRAP’s public: private partnerships in hospitality and food-service and home improvement. He negotiated the latest voluntary agreement, Courtauld 2025 and this has helped reduce UK food waste across the supply chain by 27%.

Using this experience, his team is now working with partners around the world to reduce food waste and tackle plastic pollution in South Africa, Mexico, USA, and Indonesia.

Prof Michelle Danyluk
Michelle is a Professor and Extension Specialist of Food Safety and Microbiology in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida (UF) in the USA.

Her current research and extension interests include microbial food safety and quality, emphasizing the microbiology of fruit juices, fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts.  Her extension program includes programs targeted to the food industry related to US Food Safety Regulations, including HACCP and GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices).

She received the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award in 2011, an Excellence Award for Assistant Professors in 2013, a Research Foundation Professorship Award in 2015, and a University Term Professorship in 2019. She received the Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award in 2010 and a Presidents Recognition Award in 2011, 2013, 2017, and 2019 from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).

Michelle was elected a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Food (ICMSF) in 2016 and to the IAFP Executive Board in 2019.

Dr John Donaghy
Dr. Donaghy is currently Head of Food Safety at Corporate Quality, Nestlé Switzerland. He previously spent 3 years as Senior Food Safety Microbiologist in Nestlé R&D. Prior to joining Nestlé (2011), worked (15 yrs) as Project Leader in food safety microbiology at Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI), N. Ireland, and was formerly Head of Government pathogen analytical laboratory.

He is a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF), holds BSc (Biochemistry), Ph.D. (industrial microbiology) and an MBA.

Dr. Donaghy's current responsibilities include global operational aspects of food safety microbiology, hygiene, allergens and other prerequisite programs across >400 factories and multiple food categories. He leads a team of global experts in HACCP, hygiene and thermal processing, overseeing horizontal implementation of key Nestlé food safety and quality programs at market and factory level. 

Dr Wayne Anderson
Dr Wayne Anderson joined the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in 1999 from the food industry and is Director of Food Science and Standards. He previously served 10 years with Unilever research and a year as technical manager with Leitrim Foods.

Dr. Anderson holds a primary degree in biochemistry and a PhD in predictive microbiology. He is a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF), a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology Ireland (IFSTI) and a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology UK (IFST).

He has worked with WHO/FAO on several expert consultations and represents Ireland on the Codex Committee for Food Hygiene. He is also a member of the UK Advisory Committee for the Microbiology Safety of Food (ACMSF)

Dr Jeff LeJeune
Jeff LeJeune serves as Food Safety and Quality Officer and Secretariat for the FAO/ WHO  Joint Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  His past research has primarily focused on understanding the ecological mechanisms involved with the survival, dissemination, and prevention pathogen contamination of food, including zoonoses at the wildlife:livestock interface.  He has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers on food safety and is  board-certified by  both the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.  His veterinary training was completed in Canada (UPEI), at the University of Prince Edward Island and his PhD at Washington State University. Early in his career, he worked several years as a veterinarian for Agriculture-Agrifood Canada in meat slaughter and processing facilties.  Before moving to FAO he served as a Professor of Food Safety and Program head at the Food Animal Health Research Program and Assistant Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University.

Elsabe Matthee
Elsabe Matthee is the FSSC 22000 Technical Manager.  She started her career in the food industry, working mostly in the quality assurance and technical environments in the fresh fruit industry.  In the past 15 years she has worked for two large international Certification Bodies (CBs) and was responsible for third party Food and Agricultural Certification across the majority of the GFSI schemes and local schemes.

A key part of the certification responsibility included scheme management, interaction with global partner offices, managing auditors, interaction with Accreditation Bodies (ABs) and Scheme Owners as well as maintaining the accreditation and the QMS for ISO17065 and ISO17021-1.  During this time she was also a lead auditor for the major GFSI Schemes.  

In 2020 Elsabe took up the role of Technical Manager for FSSC 22000.  A key element of this role is to maintain and develop the FSSC Scheme as part of continuous improvement and to provide support to CBs, ABs and Training Organizations.  

Prof Ryk Lues
Ryk Lues is currently Professor in Food Safety and Regional Innovation in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, South Africa.

He is Director of the Centre for Applied Food Safety and – Biotechnology (CAFSaB), the largest research entity at the university, as well as Coordinator of the DST Regional Innovation Forum for the Free State Province, a platform mandated to facilitate discourse amongst various academic, business and regulatory stakeholders in the regional innovation value chain.

He holds an MSc (Microbiology) and a PhD (Food Science) from the University of the Free State and is Professional Natural Scientist affiliated with the South Africa Council for Natural and Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

Prof Leon Gorris
Leon Gorris is an independent food safety expert with 36 years of experience in research, food innovation and food safety management both from an industry perspective as well as within governmental research.

He is secretary of the ICMSF, representing ICMSF at Codex meetings, and on the current roster of experts for JEMRA  (the FAO/WHO expert body on Microbiological Risk Assessment).

Leon is a registered visiting professor at three Universities in China and a past-special professor in Food Safety Microbiology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2002-2012).

Matlou Setati
Ms. Matlou Setati is the Executive heading up the Food Safety Initiative, one of the four divisions of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa. The FSI is responsible for advocacy and liaison of sustainable initiatives, forums, projects and/or programmes within the precincts of food science, safety, quality, nutrition, health & wellness, regulatory and related matters for the consumer goods and retail industries.

Matlou has over 15 years of experience in the South African food and agricultural industry, which includes various food production companies, and 10 years’ service in public office at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. She has in-depth knowledge of the food industry and food legislation. 

Matlou holds a National Diploma in Food Technology from Pretoria Technikon, a Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology and a Post Graduate Diploma Applied Science from the Lincoln University, New Zealand. Matlou is currently studying towards a Master’s in Food & Nutrition Security with the Stellenbosch University. 

Lianne Jones
Lianne Jones is a produce and floral industry veteran with extensive global experience. Jones’s background includes nearly 20 years of marketing, sales, category management, account management and business development with companies such as Zespri International Limited, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, and Asda/International Produce Ltd., a U.K. subsidiary of Walmart.
As PMA’s Country Manager in South Africa she focuses on providing member value, attracting and retaining members, and building strategic partnerships to help grow the produce and floral industry. She oversees all PMA events and activities in South Africa, including Fresh Connections: Southern Africa, PMA Fresh Talks initiatives, and will support execution of Fresh Summit, PMA’s annual convention and expo which takes place in various locations in the United States.
She serves as PMA’s primary liaison with members, government agencies and other stakeholders in Southern Africa, as well as PMA’s South Africa Country Council. 


JP v. Lewinski
Johann-Philipp v. Lewinski has been working for AIG for 15 years, mainly within the Crisis Management division and dealing with Product Recall Insurance for the food and beverage industry. For the last 2 years, he has not only been handling the German speaking countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Germany but also overseeing continental Europe as Senior Underwriter European Region as well as Senior Metter Expert for this product. Previous to AIG  he was with another insurance company for almost 5 years. JP v. Lewinksi studied law and has been admitted to the bar as lawyer.

Dr. Gerhard Neethling

Gerhard Neethling obtained his B. Vsc. Degree at the University of Pretoria in 1986. He then completed his National Service as a state veterinarian and spent two years in full-time private practice.

Following this, Dr. Neethling worked as a state veterinarian for the Provincial Directorate of Veterinary Public Health at Pyramid Abattoir, where his functions included: the administration of the meat inspection services rendered by the Directorate; ante-mortem and secondary meat inspection at the abattoir; auditing of the abattoir functions in terms of the Abattoir Hygiene Act; practical training of veterinarians, meat inspectors and meat examiners during tertiary studies; and continued education of abattoir personnel and owners through courses presented by the Control Committee for Abattoir Training.

In 1994 Dr. Neethling transferred to the National Directorate of Animal Health due to the privatisation of meat inspection services.  In this role his duties included: animal disease control measures; training and re-orientation of animals’ health support services personnel; extension on animal – livestock and game diseases of major importance; liaison with local, national and international organisations; and the evaluation of game harvesting teams for game export.

In 1996 he became the Technical Manager of the Red Meat Abattoir Association, and is responsible for: the meat inspection and classification service rendered by the Association and the technical assistance for the training activities of the Association and aspects related to the Abattoir Hygiene Act.

Dr. Neethling is currently the General Manager of the Red Meat Abattoir Association (RMAA) and Abattoir Skills Training (AST)


Kevin O’Brien
Kevin O’Brien is the Group Sustainability and Risk Executive at The SPAR Group Ltd. He is a member of the Risk and Social and Ethics Committees of the Board at SPAR and co-chairs the Food Safety Initiative of the CGCSA dealing with issues relating to food safety, waste, and nutrition.

In addition, he chairs the Steering Committee of the South Africa Plastics Pact and is a director of the SPAR Guild of Southern Africa, which provides a collaborative platform for independent SPAR retailers and wholesalers. He has served on the South African Food Lab Advisory Board since 2016.

Kevin has BA LLB and a BSoc Sc (Honours) degrees from the University of KwaZulu Natal and a Masters Degree in Sustainable Business Leadership from the University of Cambridge.

Namhla Skweyiya
Namhla Skweyiya is a dynamic Food Technologist and Farming Management Professional who is passionate about food safety, food security and human development. Coupled with her degree in Food Technology (Tshwane University of Technology, SA), she has a module completion in Global Risk Regulations (Michigan State University, USA), and a certificate in Basics of Financial Management (University of Cape Town, SA).

She has a wealth of knowledge attained through her twelve-year career as a Food Technologist in two of the leading Food Retailers in South Africa; Woolworths (Pty) Ltd and Pick n Pay (Pty) Ltd.

Namhla is a Farm Owner and Manager of Milane Farms (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of In2Food (Pty) Ltd, and a Director at Food Forward SA.

Jane Nock
Jane is the Chief Technical Food Science Officer for in2food Group. She is Head of Technical, responsible for 16  RTE, RTRH, RTC Food and Beverage manufacturing facilities across South Africa and 2 RTE manufacturing facilities in Australia.

They manufacture over 1500 products, covering most categories for a major South African food retailer. They export RTE products into the UK and have audited raw material suppliers and High-Risk food manufacturers all over the world.

Originally from the UK, Jane has over 25 year’s Food Safety and Quality experience in RTE Food and Beverage manufacturers supplying into major UK retailers.

Food Safety Culture is her way of life. 

Karin Carstensen
Karin Carstensen joined Woolworths nearly 30 years ago, after completing her BSc Food Science at Stellenbosch University.

In her current role Karin is responsible for:

*legal compliance management for the foods area

*policy and guidelines development and management

*stakeholder engagement

*handling and managing issues and crisis management

*training of technical team and suppliers

*champion for Foods IT systems

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