Keynote Speakers

Please find a list of keynote speakers for the WPHN Congress 2020.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

The University of Queensland

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks has over 30 years of experience working in and with the tertiary sector, State and Federal Governments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisations.

Prior to joining UQ, Bronwyn was Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at Central Queensland University (CQU). She was also the Chairperson of CQU Academic Board and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Chair in Indigenous Engagement. She led CQU’s Reconciliation Action Plan process and the Office of Indigenous Engagement Change Proposal – initiatives which focused on realigning functions and activities to maximise resources provided for Indigenous education and support.


Bronwyn is a research lead in the health node of the Australian Research Council-funded National Indigenous Researchers and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Advisory Committee (RAC), a Board Member of the Central Queensland Regional Aboriginal and Islander Health Organisation (CQRAICCHO) and a member of the Beyond Blue National Research Advisory Committee.

191113 exec-bronwyn_web.jpg

Prior to CQU, Bronwyn held several positions at QUT and has also worked with Monash University. She has been a recipient of research awards and fellowships, including both Endeavour and NHMRC awards. In 2016, Bronwyn was appointed as a Commissioner with the Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) (one of only two appointments) to lead the Inquiry into service delivery in Queensland’s remote and discrete Indigenous communities.

Marion Nestle Bill Hayes Photo.jpg

Professor Marion Nestle 

New York University

Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University. She holds a doctorate in Molecular Biology and an MPH in Public Health Nutrition, both from UC Berkeley. She is the author of nine books about the politics of food: Food Politics (2002), Safe Food (2003), What to Eat (2006), Why Calories Count (2012), Eat, Drink, Vote (2013), Soda Politics (2015), and Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat (2018). She also has authored or co-authored two books about pet food politics. She blogs almost daily at, and can be followed on Twitter @marionnestle.

Professor Mark Lawrence

Deakin University

Mark is Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University. He has 35 years’ experience working as a practitioner and academic in food and nutrition policy at local, state, national and international levels. Mark’s research interests focus on investigating the science and politics of healthy and sustainable food systems, dietary guidelines, ultra-processed foods, Nutrient Reference Values and food regulation. He is:

  • External advisor to the WHO on dietary patterns for health;

  • External advisor to the FAO on sustainable healthy diets;

  • Member of the IUNS Task Force on Sustainable Diets;

  • Chair of the Advisory Board for Cochrane Nutrition;

  • Board member at Food Standards Australia New Zealand;

  • Member of NHMRC’s Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence committee;

  • Team leader, ARC project, ‘Reforming evidence synthesis and translation for food and nutrition policy’;

  • Former member of NHMRC’s Dietary Guidelines Working Committee.

190429 Mark Lawrence.jpg
200210 Photo Hernando Salcedo

Dr Hernando Salcedo Fidalgo

FIAN Colombia

Dr Salcedo Fidalgo is a Medical Doctor from the National University of Colombia, he has a Master in Sociology from the Hight Studies in Social Sciences School of Paris (EHESS), and is a researcher at Pargmatics Sociology's Group in the EHESS, Fian Colombia's coordinator of the Nutrition line.

Professor Corinna Hawkes

City University of London

Professor Corinna Hawkes is Director of the Centre for Food Policy. She joined the Centre in January 2016 bringing with her a diversity of international experience at the interface between policy and research. Her work aims to support the design and delivery of policies and actions that effectively and equitably improve the quality of diets locally, nationally and internationally. A regular advisor to governments, international agencies and NGOs, she has worked with international agencies, governments, NGOs, think tanks and universities. Her work is concerned with all forms of diet-related ill-health, including obesity, malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases, with a current focus on obesity prevention.

In 2018 Corinna was appointed by the Mayor of London to serve as Vice Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce, which has the ambitious goal of reducing obesity among London's children. She also sits on the London Food Board.

191220 Web_Corinna-Hawkes-profile v2.jpg

Keynote Speaker Sponsor - Corinna Hawkes

190705 Carolis Augusto Monterio.jpg

Professor Carlos A Monteiro

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Monteiro is a Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil where he chairs the Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition. His main academic achievements include extensively quoted studies on the nutrition transition and the development of the most used food classification based on food-processing (NOVA) which is the basis for the internationally acclaimed Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population. He has served on numerous national and international nutrition expert panels and committees and, since 2010, he is one of the members of the WHO Nutrition Expert Advisory Group on Diet and Health. In 2010, he received the PAHO Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health, and, in 2018, he was listed by Clarivate’s Analytics/Web of Science among the top 1% of scientists in Social Sciences whose publications reached higher impact (2018 Highly Cited Researchers).

Dr Angela Carriedo

Researcher, Food Policy

Angela research focuses on food policy, mainly in Latin America. She recently was awarded with a PhD on Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she also obtained her master degree in Public Health Nutrition in 2008 both with awarded grants from CONACYT.  Her PhD research focus was a policy analysis of the Mexican soda tax.  She has co-authored several publications on food and nutrition guidelines, food policies, global health governance, the influence of non-state actors on the nutrition policymaking, and conflict of interest.


Angela has worked as a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico for more than ten years conducting extensive research with an interdisciplinary team of civil society and legislators to advocate for policies tackling obesity where she still collaborates as a student supervisor and as a consultant. She has taught at the LSHTM on the course Health Policy Process and Power and previously the course Food Politics at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Currently she is a consultant for the El Poder del Consumidor and  INSP in Mexico and for the World  Cancer Research Fund in the UK.  She has collaborated with the WHO ND on developing COI guidelines for member states, and currently as part of the WPHNA Executive Committee, the COI policy and the work of the WPHNA´s COI Committee and Advocacy Committee for the GECI-Network (Governance, Ethics and Conflict of Interest Network).

anglea photo.JPG
200210 Marcela MR.jpg

Dr Marcela Reyes

University of Chile

Dr. Marcela Reyes is a medical doctor trained in nutritional biochemistry and an Assistant Professor of Center for Research in Food Environments and Nutrition-related Chronic Diseases (CIAPEC), at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile. Currently, Dr. Reyes participates in research projects that characterize dietary patterns in Chile and is a co-investigator of grants that evaluate the Chilean Labelling and Marketing Regulation. She has provided technical assistance associated to nutrition and nutrition labelling to the Chilean Ministry of Health and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).      

Professor Sharon Friel

 Australian National University

Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. She was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019.

She was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on the Social Determinants of Health between 2005 and 2008. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity. In 2014, her international peers voted her one of the world’s most influential female leaders in global health.

Her interests are in the political economy of health; governance, policy and regulatory processes related to the social determinants of health inequities, including trade and investment, food systems, urbanisation, climate change.