Barbara Gallani was recognised as one of the top 10 practising scientists under the monitor/ regulator category on the list of top 100 practising scientists, compiled by the Science Council.
Gallani is currently director of regulatory, science and health at the Food & Drink Federation (FDF).
She was recognised for her leadership on scientific, technical and regulatory issues in food safety and food policy in the UK.
Gallani, who is also a fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology, said she was pleased for the recognition that the accolade gave to the work she has been doing on science and evidence based food legislation over the past 14 years.
“Careers in science can be very different and are always rewarding,” she added. “There are many exciting career opportunities on offer in food and drink, with food scientists making a very real contribution to driving healthy innovation within the industry.”
“I am sure that this Science Council’s initiative, which captures the very wide range of possible careers in science, will inspire students to think more broadly about their development, their aspirations and the contribution they want to make to society.”
Richard Evans, FDF president and president of PepsiCo UK & Ireland, said Gallani was a fantastic ambassador for the food industry.
“Her unshakable determination to use the best available science to inform policy decisions and industry action has made her the ideal person to lead our work on health and food safety,” Evans said. “Equally her clear commitment to promoting and building understanding in science is demonstrated by her efficacy at explaining complex topics to different audiences.”