Geoffrey Smithers

About Geoffrey Smithers BAppSc (Hons), PhD, FAIFST, FIFT, CFSFood Industry Consultant

Geoffrey is an experienced research scientist and scientific entrepreneur. He has worked both at the bench but also at the science-business interface linking business outcomes with relevant science and technology tools. Geoffrey can 'speak' both science and business language, and can facilitate strategic and innovation planning and implementation for an on-time/on-budget/on-expectation outcome.

During a distinguished career with CSIRO and Food Science Australia, most recently as Director of International Business, Geoffrey successfully built client relationships in critical capability areas for the food industry in Australasian, European and North American markets. He has worked with several global corporations, including companies such as PepsiCo, Kraft, Solae, Wyeth, General Mills, Fonterra, Murray Goulburn, Land O'Lakes and Valio.

Geoffrey has successfully developed and managed large multi-disciplinary and cross-organisational R&D and commercialisation programs, and attracted substantial funding from both Commonwealth, State and commercial sources to support these programs. He has a successful track record in conducting R&D that has been commercialised, including the development and management of several multi-million dollar programs that have led to high quality science and business outcomes. Geoffrey, together with the teams he has led, has been the recipient of several awards including the Sir Ian McLennan Achievement for Industry Prize in 2006 that recognized achievements in translating dairy science and technology into the marketplace, and resultant national economic impact.

Geoffrey has a BAppSc (Hons I) from the University of Technology-Sydney and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). He also has post-doctoral experience at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of Wisconsin, USA. Geoffrey is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and serves on the executive of the International Division of The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and as an Australian representative on two standing committees of The International Dairy Federation (IDF). He has published widely, and has presented at many international conferences, industry meetings and workshops.

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