Professor John O’Brien

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Professor O’Brien is a senior scientist at the Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland where he led the Nestlé global competence centre for Food Safety & Quality from 2009-2017 and the company’s Food Safety and Integrity Research Programme.

From 2004 to 2009 he was CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.  His experience at senior level spans risk assessment, regulatory affairs and food production, both as a scientific practitioner and as a user of advice to translate scientific evidence into public policy and to communicate it in high-profile and complex issues. 

He is a member of the European Food Safety Authority’s Emerging Risks Stakeholder Group and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Northern Ireland Centre for Diet and Health at Ulster University where he holds a visiting professorship.  He sits on several professional committees concerned with food safety and health and is currently a Council member of Campden BRI.