Alan Reilly

 

Biography

 

Professor Alan Reilly worked at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) for sixteen years where he was responsible for setting up and managing this national food regulatory authority. Has was Chief Executive of the Authority from 2008 to 2015. Under his leadership, the FSAI became one of the most successful and effective food safety authorities responsible for inter-agency coordination of Irish national food control programme from production to consumption. Before joining the FSAI in 1999, he worked in the Food Safety Programme of the World Health Organization in Geneva. He has also worked at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, UK, and as a visiting associate professor at the College of Fisheries, University of the Philippines. He has worked for over 40 years in a senior capacity the area of food safety and official food control.

A graduate of University College, Dublin and of Brunel University (UK), he is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin; and also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Food Science and Environmental Health, Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a former member of the Advisory Forum of the European Food Safety Authority and a former Board Member of the Irish National Accreditation Board. He is the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Food Information Council (EUFIC). He acts as an adviser to national and international food safety organisations such as the World Health Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is currently the Senior Technical Advisor with the FAO Bangladesh Country Office assisting with the setting up and operationalisation of the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the WHO/FAO International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN). He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Ireland.

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