Massey University, New Zealand
Dr Abby Thompson is the Director of Riddet Innovation, part of the Massey University Institute of Food Science and Technology (MIFST). Her research experience ranges from food science to clinical nutrition, and she has an awareness of farming practices, marketing, consumer science and public health. This provides her with a valuable perspective on the AgriFood value chain. Part of her current role is the day-to-day oversight of large collaborative research programmes led by the Riddet Institute involving key strategic partners, including Zespri. She is also responsible for leading the food innovation, commercialisation and business development activities within MIFST.