I arrived in New Zealand in 2003 as an international student, and I completed Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Food Science at the University of Otago, it was a very interesting Degree to study as it was half Science and half commerce involved, such as Food culture, Food safety, Food Marketing, Food system, and Sensory science.
After completing the BCAPS degree, I found my first professional job as a Technical Compliance Officer in meat (both beef and lamb) processing industry, working for Silver Fern Farms (previously known as PPCS) at their largest plant Finegand in Balclutha for three years. I was responsible for internal auditing, implementing policies, procedures and non conformance investigation in order to ensure we meet animal health standards, food safety standards, all overseas market access requirement and customers’ requirement.
After three years with SFF, then I went to a small dairy export company working as a Product Manager for two and half years. We were exporting and marketing Infant formula and colostrums powder to China. My role was a lot more diversified as I was doing a bit of everything, finance, logistics, technical, forecasting and production arrangement with OEM.
I joined Plant and Food Research in Sep 2013 working as a Business Development Manager in commercial team and I am involved with research and business development / collaboration with our Chinese collaborators and I am also developing new commercial and research opportunity with new clients in China.