The 5th instalment of the annual Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) Roundtable will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 1 August 2019.

Good nutrition is vital for optimal growth, development, health and well-being of individuals in all stages of life and increasingly people around the world are afflicted by multiple burdens of malnutrition.

Themed A World Free of Hidden Hunger, this roundtable aims to catalyze stakeholder relationships by bringing together regional experts to create and execute a collective global effort to transform diets and food production and to ensure accessible and affordable for everyone.

What we are hoping to achieve at this roundtable:
  • To understand the rationale behind engaging local stakeholders, to enable positive change in health and wellness and how that presents opportunities to broaden national outreach
  • To explore the challenges and opportunities that exist to make healthy and nutritious food widely available, accessible and affordable to all individuals
  • Recognising the role of philanthropies, social and impact investors in a collaboration that seeks to enrich communities with good nutrition
  • Launch of the rebranded ARoFIIN

ARoFIIN Rebranded: Evolve
ARoFIIN is a multi-stakeholder platform that continually seeks to initiate and sustain dialogue and action across sectors to tackle the dual burden of malnutrition in Asia.

Five years since its inception, ARoFIIN has made significant progress in address the magnitude of malnutrition problem and has created a platform with regional experts to discuss and execute collective actions, particularly linked to strengthening nutrition education among children across Asia.

ARoFIIN is looking to grow into a stronger catalyst to champion efforts and push for actions that create social impact by driving health and wellness within a population.

The rebranded ARoFIIN will continue existing efforts to increase action and work with a fresh brand and perspectives to drive a positive change in delivering good health and well-being.

Expected attendee(s)
  • Academia
  • FIA Members
  • Funders/Impact Investors
  • Government Bodies
  • National Industry Associations
  • NGOs/IGOs


For further information, please contact Evolve Secretariat at

Dr. Warren T K Lee
Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Lee co-ordinates FAO’s nutrition and food systems policy and programmes in the Asia and Pacific region. He has recently moved to join the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok from the FAO headquarters in Rome. While at FAO headquarters, Dr. Lee headed the Nutrition Assessment and Scientific Advice Team at the Nutrition and Food Systems Division. He coordinated programmes on nutrition assessment, human nutrient requirements, Codex scientific advice on nutrition, and the impact of food losses and waste on malnutrition. He was responsible for developing dietary assessment tools and nutrition indicators, and building country’s capacity to collect dietary information and indicators for informed policy.

Before joining FAO, Dr. Lee has served as faculty member at universities and health care institutions in Australia, Hong Kong, and the U.K. He has pioneered research in calcium and vitamin D requirements, bone growth and calcium bioavailability using the stable isotopic techniques. He has also coordinated clinical and community-based projects on growth and nutrition of infants, children and adolescents; bone growth and osteoporosis, and research into the patho-etiology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Dr. Lee has served at executive and scientific committees of food and nutrition related organizations. He has been the President of the Hong Kong Nutrition Association (1994-95, 1996-97, 2002-03) and council member of the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations (1994-99). Dr. Lee has published over 55 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, 7 book and book chapters and over 170 conference papers.

Dr, Lee holds a BSc in Human Nutrition & Dietetics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and a PhD from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a practicing Registered Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), U.K.

Anthea Webb
Deputy Regional Director, Asia & Pacific
World Food Programme

Anthea Webb is the Deputy Regional Director for the Asia and Pacific Region of the United Nations World Food Programme. The region includes 14 countries from Afghanistan to Timor Leste, plus a Pacific regional office, with operations valued at US $3 billion to assist 30 million people.

Previously, Webb was Representative of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Indonesia, managing a $14 million programme focused on food security, nutrition and emergency preparedness. She worked with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on hunger, nutrition and climate change from 2011 to 2014. This included collaboration with governments and private sector organizations such as the World Economic Forum, McDonalds, Walmart and Kelloggs. In 2014 Webb assisted the UN’s Special Envoy on Ebola shape its response to the outbreak in West Africa.‬

From 2007 to 2011 she was Director of the World Food Programme in China, where she worked with the government, private sector, civil society and foundations to raise $47 million in cash plus human and technological resources for hunger and disaster relief projects. She also managed two earthquake relief operations. At WFP's headquarters in Rome (1998 to 2007), Webb specialized in building relations with new partners, such as incoming members of the European Union. As a spokesperson she wrote speeches and editorials for the UN Security Council, World Economic Forum (Davos) and European Parliament in addition to managing media training and advertising campaigns.

Prior to joining WFP Webb worked for the Australian Government's aid programme, the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Over the past 25 years she has responded to crises in China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sudan, Vietnam, and the former Yugoslavia.

Ralph Graichen
Food & Nutrition
Biomedical Research Council, A*Star

Dr. Ralph is currently Director, Food and Nutrition, Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. In his current position with A*STAR, Ralph is working with strategic partners to administer and develop new initiatives and programmes in the research areas of food and nutrition. He has a co-appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University, School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering. He also sits on the advisory panel of the Food Innovation & Resource Centre, Singapore Polytechnic as well as multiple grant review committees.

Ralph has over 12 years of experience in the local and global biomedical and nutrition industry. He was previously Research Operations Manager for Abbott Nutrition in Asia, establishing the R&D infrastructure and managing the research portfolio for Asia. Prior to joining Abbott Nutrition, Ralph was Research Director for ES Cell International, the first organization to provide clinical grade embryonic stem cell lines to the world’s research community (now a subsidiary of Bio Time Inc). Preceding ES Cell Ralph was part of the regional business development team at Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific.

Ralph graduated with a master in Biology from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany and attained his PhD from the National University Singapore through the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology. Ralph attended the Food System Leadership Institute, a program of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Massimo Reverberi

Massimo Reverberi has a University degree in business administration and owned a marketing agency for nearly 20 years. In 2015 he founded Bugsolutely Thailand, which produces the unique Cricket Pasta and in 2017 he started Bugsolutely China, which designed Bella Pupa, the first silkworm flour-based snack. He is a founding member of AFFIA, the South East Asian edible insect association and a co-founding member of Woven Network, the British edible insect association.

Regina Moench Pfanner
CEO & Founder
ibn360 Pte Ltd

Dr Regina Moench-Pfanner is an international nutrition specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in the nutrition and health sector.  She has and continues to serve as Advisor to governments, NGOs, the food industry and media on areas relating to food fortification, nutrition program interventions, and the complex dual burden of under-nutrition and obesity.

Previously, she held regional and country roles with leading NGOs in the emergency and development sector, including the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, Helen Keller International and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.  At the global level, Dr Moench-Pfanner has brokered many noteworthy public-private-civic partnerships, including the implementation of nation-wide staple food fortification in Asia, Latin America and Africa; the introduction of micronutrient powders to the emergency sector; and  programmatic research in nutrition.  She is a Fulbright Scholar, and holds a master’s of science degree in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University, USA and a Doctorate in International Nutrition from the University of Bonn, Germany.

She is the author and co-author of more than 60 articles published in peer-reviewed journals; has presented at numerous conferences and workshops; and is a board member of the Rice Bowl Index and steering committee member of the Asian Round Table of Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition.   In her current capacity as CEO of ibn360, Dr Moench-Pfanner works with clients in the public and private sectors to co-create solutions to sustainably improve nutrition, by strengthening linkages, translating ideas into action, and channeling investments into impact, so people around the world can achieve better nutrition.

Steven Bartholomeusz
Policy Director
Food Industry Asia (FIA)

Steven is an experienced corporate affairs professional with over 18 years local, international and regional experience. He leads all policy and advocacy efforts related to FIA’s strategic pillars that includes health and nutrition.

As part of informing regional food policy, Steven leads FIA’s advocacy efforts to drive the association’s issues and stakeholder management strategy and has successfully implemented a robust management process that sees regular issues scanning and the development of issue and position papers to present the food industry’s position on developments such as obesity and non-communicable disease, sugar tax, marketing to children and nutrition labelling.

He is an experienced writer who has contributed thought leadership to the food industry’s position on issues such as sugar tax, labelling and public-private partnerships to drive better nutrition, in the local and regional media.

Prof. Christiani Jeyakumar Henry
Deputy Executive Director
Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS)
Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), Singapore

Professor Jeyakumar Henry is currently Director, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, A*STAR, Deputy Executive Director, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences and Professor, Dept of Biochemistry, National University of Singapore.  He was the founding director of the Functional Food Centre in Oxford. He initially trained as a Food scientist and obtained his MSc and PhD in Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He arrived in Singapore in 2011 to spear head the development and nurturing of Human Nutrition within A*STAR. His international activities include the setting up of the first food fortification plant in Malawi for refugees, development of ready to use therapeutic foods using local ingredients, and use of red palm oil to eradicate Vitamin A deficiency in Tanzania.

More recently, he has been charged to lead a new program entitled “understanding food structure and its impact on physiological functions”. He has been a consultant to UNICEF, WHO, FAO and The Asian Development Bank. He was a Board member of UK Food Standards Agency and member of the general Advisory Committee on Science of the Food standard agency (UK). Prof. Henry is on the Board of Directors of International Life Science Institute South East Asia (ILSI-SEA). Founding member - Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) a tripartite between ASTAR- SICS, Health Promotion Board and Food Industry Asia.

Prof. Henry has published over 300 papers and presented over 390 lectures around the world. In 2010 he was awarded the British Nutrition Foundation prize for his outstanding contribution to Nutrition. He was made a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Scientists and Technologists (2012).   He was the recipient of the Most Inspiring Mentor Award, from A*STAR, Singapore in 2017 and the Niigata International food award in 2018.He has recently been the scientific commentator on the highly successful TV program “Food Detective” that has been aired worldwide.

Prof. Visith Chavasit 
Institute of Nutrition
Mahidol University

Professor Visith Chavasit is a faculty member at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakhonpathom 73170, Thailand. He graduated Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science from Department of Food Science and Technology, Oregon State University, USA.

During 2007-2015, he was the director of Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University. His research interests are on food fortification and health food product development, which allowed him to be consultants for many international organizations such as ICCIDD, World Bank, GAIN, UNICEF as well as Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration. A number of his innovations and developments have been adopted for commercialization and national policies such as Thailand: trans fat-free country, Healthier Choice logo.