Matt Kovac is the Executive Director at Food Industry Asia (FIA), the food industry’s first regional industry platform for multinational, regional and local food & beverage companies. He reports to a non-profit board of regional CEOs from multinational food and drink companies, such as Unilever, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Danone, Kellogg’s, Mars, Mondelez, McDonalds, Nestle etc.
Matt manages a team of 15 secretariat staff based in Singapore, is responsible for delivering impactful policy outcomes in nutrition, food safety, sustainable packaging and regional trade across Asia through the establishment of multi-stakeholder platforms and capacity building projects.
He is active in APEC and sits on the steering committee of the Food Safety Cooperation Forum’s PTIN, as well as a member of Save The Children’s Corporate Advisory Council in Singapore, a board member of the Global Food Safety Partnership convened by the World Bank, and works with the Asian Development Bank on a number of food safety and trade related products in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
Originally from the UK, Matt has spent 16 years in Asia living in China, Taiwan and Singapore. He holds an MBA at the UK’s Lancaster University Management School.