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2024 IFT FIRST Speakers & Moderators

Caree Cotwright Caree Jackson Cotwright, PhD Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity, USDA - Food and Nutrition Service Featured Session Speaker
Mario Estévez García Mario Estévez García, PhD, DVM Professor of Food Science and Biochemistry at the University of Extremadura, Spain; Scientific Editor at Journal of Food Science; Guest Editor, JFS special issue: Ultra-processed Foods IFT Special Session Speaker
Justin Honoman Justin Honaman, MBA Head, Worldwide Retail & Consumer Goods Go-To-Market at Amazon/AWS Keynote Speaker
Jim Jones Jim Jones Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods at FDA Keynote Speaker
Nora Khaldi Nora Khaldi, PhD Founder and CEO at Nuritas - member of the World Economic Forum of Young Global Leaders Keynote Speaker
Ellen Kim Ellen Kim Marketing Director: Plantspired Brand Innovation & Marketing Communications, Pulmoune Foods USA, Inc. Featured Session Speaker
Renee Lammers René Lammers, PhD Executive Vice President & Chief Science Officer at PepsiCo Featured Session Speaker
David Montgomery David Montgomery, PhD Professor and Author at University of Washington Keynote Moderator
Aletta Schnitzler Aletta Schnitzler, PhD Chief Scientific Officer, TurtleTree Featured Session Speaker
Bernhard Van Lengrich Bernhard van Lengerich, PhD Founder, Seeding the Future Foundation Keynote Speaker
Youling Xiong Youling Xiong, PhD Professor, Department of Animal and Food Science at University of Kentucky IFT Special Session Speaker

2024 Keynotes and Featured Sessions Set the Stage for Transformative Innovation

This year’s unrivaled lineup of world-class speakers from Amazon, the FDA, National Institutes of Health, PepsiCo, Weightwatchers among others are set to share the groundbreaking advancements being made in the science of food. Be the FIRST to learn about the latest innovations including the transformative power of AI, global and consumer-centric developments, science-based approaches to prevent foodborne illness, digitalization and disruption, food as medicine, and more.


FIRST = Food Improved by Research, Science, and Technology


Keynotes & Featured Sessions

The Largest Global Food Science and Innovation Expo

IFT FIRST Expo floor packed with exhibitors and attendees. 

With 1,000+ exhibitors there are unlimited opportunities to connect with the most qualified ingredient, equipment, and technology providers showcasing the latest products and services that are transforming the future of food. Taste your way through the show floor, experience the thrill of turning abstract ideas into concrete solutions at Wednesday’s Innovation Lab, and make endless connections with like-minded professionals who are vested in helping you to grow and sustain your business.


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