Dr. Vivienne Hunt has 30 years’ experience in the food and nutrition sectors with marketing and management roles in New Zealand, Europe and Asia. With a background in quality control, research management and commerce, for the last year (as she transitions home to New Zealand), she has been working on the development of collaborative ventures bridging industry and academic organizations.
In Singapore since 2012, Vivienne worked at Abbott Nutrition R&D Asia Pacific, managing science policy and academic partnership for five years. At Abbott the projects she led included food safety capacity building in South East Asia (SEA) and studies on nutrition for vulnerable populations. Previously as Deputy Director at an A*STAR institute, the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, she managed industry liaison for a programme of epigenetic research measuring biomarkers for health. Before moving to Singapore, Vivienne worked at Auckland UniServices managing contract research and leading industry engagement for the food and health research programme at the University of Auckland.
Vivienne has worked in commercial roles in London, managing the supply of European cooked meats from the Netherlands to UK supermarkets and as Commercial Manager for the UK Provisions Trade Association. In New Zealand, her commercial roles included Marketing Manager of Kraft Foodservice and key account management at Tegel Poultry. Vivienne’s first role was as a laboratory technician at the Auckland Milk Corporation where she rose to Chief Analyst then Quality Control Manager.
Vivienne received her PhD in Management and International Business from the University of Auckland. Her research focused on the enablers and barriers that can impact on female career progress, using case study methodology to explore different company approaches. She holds an MBA from the University of Auckland, a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition from the Public Health Foundation of India, and a New Zealand Certificate of Science in Microbiology from AUT University. She is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Since 2013, Vivienne has been on the board of the NZ Chamber of Commerce Singapore, being elected as Vice President in 2015 and President in 2016 when she chaired an executive board of ten, fostering business engagement for New Zealand companies operating in Singapore and the region. She is a Beachhead Advisor for NZTE South East Asia and an Academic Trustee for the Australia NZ branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI).