Craig Billington is a Science Leader in the Food, Water and Biowaste Group at the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR), Christchurch, New Zealand. He has more than 19-year’s research experience in food safety and quality. The focus of his research has been the use of biocontrol strategies, particularly bacteriophages, for the control of pathogenic and spoilage organisms in foods (meat, dairy, poultry, seafood), food processing environments and on livestock. He is a founder member of the International Phage Research Centre based in Nanjing and currently sits on the academic committee. Craig’s other interests include pathogen detection, metagenomics, antimicrobial resistance, active packaging and traceability/authenticity. He is a regular peer reviewer for international journals and overseas funding agencies. Craig has been collaborating with Chinese researchers for more than 8 years and is keen to foster NZ-China research relationships for the benefit of both countries.