Matthew Kovac

Executive Director, Food Industry Asia (FIA)

Matt is the Executive Director at Food Industry Asia (FIA), the food industry’s first regional industry platform for major food & beverage companies. He reports to a non-profit board of regional CEOs from multinational food and drink companies. Matt, with a dedicated team of 13 secretariat staff, is responsible for delivering impactful policy outcomes in nutrition, food safety and regional trade across Asia through the establishment of multi-stakeholder platforms and capacity building projects on areas related to health and nutrition, food security, trade liberalisation and regulatory harmonisation. This is done through forging sustainable partnerships with a variety of government agencies, regulators, academia, NGOs and IGOs. Matt is a seasoned corporate affairs professional with more than 18 years of experience specialising in stakeholder relations, policy analysis, government relations and journalism. Originally from the UK, Matt has spent 13 years in Asia living in China, Taiwan and Singapore. He holds an MBA at the UK’s Lancaster University Management School.

Matthew is speaking at

June 13, 2019
9:35 am - 10:20 am
Wellcome Stage


  • Ertharin Cousin (Moderator) Distinguished Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University
  • Matthew Kovac (Panelist) Executive Director, Food Industry Asia (FIA)
  • Nancy Roman (Panelist) President & CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America
  • Kiran Rupakhetee (Panelist) Division Chief & Joint Secretary, Good Governance and Social Development Division & SUN Government Focal Point, Government of Nepal
  • Diane Holdorf (Panelist) Managing Director, Food, Land & Water, WBCSD
  • Charlotte Salford (Panelist) Associate Vice President , IFAD UN Agency, Rome


All the required knowledge from cutting-edge science is in place, proving the dire need for a global food systems transformation to tackle the severity of human health issues and environmental degradation head on. But are the systems in place and are the power players finally ready to act?

This session features leaders spanning sectors. In the midst of the lag of bureaucracies in existing systems, profit-driven corporate interests, donor dependency and political inertia, can these leaders outline a pathway that pushes action for change?


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