Rhona Applebaum, Chairwoman Scientific Advisory Committee

A multi-disciplined leader w/a broad range of scientific, regulatory and business expertise acquired from 39 yrs in the food & beverage industry. As The Coca-Cola Company’s first Chief Science and Health Officer, she developed and executed the Company’s global health and well-being strategy. She served as a credible and effective public voice, using her expertise in food safety, nutrition and health and her ability to engage diverse audiences, to build understanding and consensus around critical health and industry issues.

Based on her insights and ability to identify emerging issues, knowledge of evidence-based science, regulatory policy and dedication to their fair application, she excels at building strong relationships across industry, government and civil society.

Rhona has had experience on numerous committees and boards, including the Dept of State’s Advisory Committee on Int'l & Economic Policy, CDC Fdn's Roundtable on Global Health Threats, the Harvard Medical School Global Health Advisory Council, Center for Strategic & Int'l Studies Commission on Smart Global Health Policy and various Advisory Boards for the USFDA and USDA. She has held numerous Board and Executive Leadership roles including the Int'l Life Sciences Inst, the Int'l Food Information Council, Georgia Governor Deal’s Advisory Council on Childhood Obesity, Georgia Shape and Health Connect South. Volunteer organizations include Senior Services of North Fulton.

Recognitions include selection to/as: “100 Women Leaders in STEM,” Executive Leadership Honor Roll of OnBoard, Kosuna Distinguished Lecture in Nutrition & Public Policy, and the Ivan Parkin Lecturer in Food Safety. Dr. Applebaum has held executive leadership positions with the Nat'l Food Processors Assn, Distilled Spirits Council of the US, the Chocolate Mfrs Assn, the American Cocoa Research Inst and the Nat'l Confectioners Assn. She received her BA from Wilson College, MS from Drexel Univ and PhD from the Univ of Wisconsin.