Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce we have secured a number of well-known and engaging speakers:

Professor Boyd Swinburn MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZCPHM

Boyd Swinburn is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor with the Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne. He is also Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy & Prevention section (formerly International Obesity Task Force).

He trained as an endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, ‘obesogenic’ environments. He is currently leading an initiative ( to monitor and benchmark food environments internationally. He has over 350 publications related to obesity, established WHO’s first Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in 2003, led two Lancet Series on Obesity and co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Obesity. He has been an advisor on many government committees, WHO Consultations, and large scientific studies internationally.


Nadia Lim

‘Nude Food’ advocate Nadia Lim is all about everyday simple, healthy, delicious food.

As a budding young cook, (who’s idol was Jamie Oliver), when she was just 12 years old she came up with the idea of ‘Nude Food’, and it has been her mantra ever since. She wasn’t referring to cooking or eating in the nude, in case that’s what you were thinking! Rather, Nude Food signifies fresh, natural, real food, which is free from being dressed up in fancy packages, marketing and additives, a message she conveys to her audiences with her fresh, bright and tasty recipes.

It’s been a big ride for the Otago University qualified dietitian and former MasterChef New Zealand winner over the last few years.

She has seven best-selling cookbooks, is one of the founders of My Food Bag, a genius recipe and meal kit delivery service that has delivered millions of meal kits to households across New Zealand, has her own lifestyle Magazine ‘Nadia’ which was launched in October 2016 and is the proud mum of Bodhi!


Dr Alison Steiber

Dr. Alison Steiber is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the Chief Science Officer at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

As Chief Science Officer, Dr. Steiber leads the 1 person Research, International, and Scientific Affairs team in both research efforts, including: conducting nutrition related research, systematic reviews, position statements, and Evidence Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines and oversees the Dietitian Outcomes Registry. Additionally, Dr. Steiber overseas the Academy’s international efforts, standardised language development and resources and the research fellowship program. Dr. Steiber holds an adjunct faculty position at Case Western Reserve University and prior to the Academy was Director of the Coordinated Dietetic Internship. She is an author on dozens of scientific research papers and represents the Academy at key research, scientific and/or policy conferences. Dr. Steiber completed her Dietetic Internship and received her Masters of Science in Dietetics at the University of Kansas Medical Center and her Doctorate in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University.


Gladys Wong – Chief Dietitian Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Singapore

Gladys has a BSc(Hons) and MSc(Human Nutrition) from New Zealand (NZ).  She is a NZ Registered Dietitian and Accredited Dietitian of Singapore Nutrition & Dietetics Association (SNDA). She trained and worked as a dietitian in NZ before relocating to Singapore in 1995 to pioneer the nutrition diploma course at Temasek Polytechnic.  She then returned to clinical / foodservice dietetics in 2000.

She is a member of SNDA since 1985 and served as President / Treasurer / Membership Sub-Chair for numerous terms.  She is an affiliated member of Foodservice Consultants Society International.  She was also Chair of Dietetics Panel with Ministry of Health and is currently a member of National Diabetes Prevention & Care Taskforce.

Gladys relinquished her 17-year headship of Nutrition & Dietetics Department at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital end 2017 to concentrate on dietetic placement education, community and geriatric dietetics, plus special projects pertaining to health promotion and sustainability.

She is a prolific speaker who has delivered countless professional / public talks and workshops relating to a wide variety of nutrition-related topics.  Her latest project is towards developing a commercially viable food supply model using 3D food printing to produce consistent, nutritious and personalised puree meals for patients with swallowing difficulties.


Constance Shearer Lecture

Designing the next generation Dietetic Profession

The Constance Shearer Lecture provides a unique opportunity to discuss the exciting and threatening changes to dietetic practice.  This presentation will provide some insights into the challenges, opportunities and risks inherent in the disruptive change health professions are experiencing and some suggestions for the steps needed to future-proof the dietetic profession.

In 2018 Sally Evans is presenting the Constance Shearer Lecture.

Sally Evans FAICD; GAIST; MSc; BHSc (Otago)

Sally Evans became a New Zealand registered dietitian in 1980 after completing her dietetic training at Christchurch. Sally’s 15-year dietetic career spanned the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, and included roles as diverse as management dietitian transitioning an Australian 1,5000 bed acute hospital to a central plating system, to paediatric hepatology dietitian at Kings College Hospital in London working with the clinical team pioneering paediatrics liver transplants

Sally’s careers then transitioned to executive and non-executive roles across the health, aged care and investment management, insurance and superannuation sectors.  Sally’s deep knowledge and experience in health care operations and delivering wellbeing and clinical outcomes were an important input to delivering financial outcomes for shareholders and investors. Sally’s roles in global listed financial and contract services organisations including Investment Director, Aged Care at AMP Capital, as an inaugural member of the Australian Aged Care Financing Authority, Asia–Pacific Head of Healthcare for the FTSE Compass Group, a Non-Exec Director at Opal Aged Care and recently was a member of the Advisory Group to the Australian Treasury on Retirement Incomes.

Sally is currently Chair of LifeCircle, and Non-Executive Director of the ASX-listed Gateway Lifestyle and NZX-listed Oceania Healthcare Group and a speaker on the Longevity Economy and digital disruption of the aged care sector.  Sally holds a Bachelor of Home Science from the University of Otago, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

Sally is the Telstra Business Women’s Award 2002 Australian Private & Corporate sector winner and Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence 2013 Corporate sector finalist.  Sally’s executive career included working and living in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom and Hong Kong and subsequent responsibility across the Asia Pacific region, with a focus on China and Japan.


Professor Jim Mann  CNZM, PhD, DM, FRACP, FRSNZ

Jim Mann has been Professor in Medicine and Human Nutrition at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for the past 30 years. Previously he lectured at the University of Oxford and was a Physician in the Radcliffe Infirmary.

He is Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, the ‘Healthier Lives’ National Science Challenge and the New Zealand-China Non Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre and; co-Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR). He is principal investigator for the Riddet Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University.

His clinical work has mainly been in the field of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. His research has principally related to epidemiological and nutritional aspects with a special interest in diabetes prevention.  He has been author and co-author of over 300 publications and has written and edited textbooks and popular books.

He has been involved with national and international, government and non-governmental organisations (including the WHO, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the World Cancer Research Fund) in guideline development relating to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and nutrition. He has chaired a range of professional organisations and advisory groups to the Ministry of Health and NGOs in New Zealand.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has been awarded the Hercus Medal of the Royal Society and the University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal.  He was appointed a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Medicine and medical research.