Dr. Leon Gorris

Dr. Gorris is director for Regulatory Affairs at Unilever, with specific responsibility for food safety globally. He joined Unilever in 1997 and has been based in the UK, Shanghai and currently the Netherlands. From 1990–1997, Dr. Gorris worked at the Agrotechnological Research Institute (ATO-DLO) in Wageningen, which was part of the Agricultural Research Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, the Netherlands. From 2002–2012, he held a part-time professorship serving as the European Chair in Food Safety Microbiology at the University of Wageningen. He is currently a visiting professor at three Universities in China: China Agricultural University’s School of Food Science and Nutrition in Beijing, Shanghai Ocean University and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. Dr. Gorris represents ICMSF at Codex Alimentarius and in interactions with FAO and WHO. He is co-chair of the International Expert Panel on Food Safety of IUFoST and was elected as fellow of IAFoST. Dr. Gorris is an IAFP fellow, was awarded the IAFP International Leadership Award, and selected to present the John H. Silliker Lecturer. He is past-chair of the Food and Water Safety science cluster and EXCO member of ILSI Southeast Asia Region. He is the past-chair of the Risk Analysis taskforce and the Publication Committee of ILSI Europe and a past member of its Scientific Advisory Committee.