Chair since 2000; Member since 1996; Consultant 1994
Dr. Cole is an internationally recognized food scientist and accomplished science leader with over 20 years’ experience in research management across government, academia and industry. He is the chief of the Division of Animal, Food and Health Sciences (CAFHS) at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). Dr. Cole joined CSIRO in January 2010, serving as chief of the Division of the Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences prior to the creation of CAFHS in July 2012. Dr. Cole is responsible for leading CSIRO’s animal, food and nutritional sciences research portfolio and developing the supporting capability to produce positive outcomes across the Australian food value chain, including productivity, biosecurity and environmental performance of the livestock production and food manufacturing industries, and the nutrition, health and satisfaction of human consumers. Born in the United Kingdom, Dr. Cole graduated with a BS from the Manchester Metropolitan University and completed a PhD at the University of East Anglia in 1988. His career has included research and management appointments with food companies Unilever and Nabisco. Dr. Cole has been a member of IFT since 1999 and he was a member of the Journal of Food Science editorial board and the Nonthermal Processing Division. Dr. Cole currently chairs the IFT Global Regulations and Policy Committee.