Peter Daniel is the managing director and co founder of Soaring Free Superfoods who first introduced superfoods to South Africa in 2006. He is also a raw food chef who presents food courses, lectures and seminars educating people about the healing power living foods, superfoods and natural nutrition. Together with his wife they are authors of South Africa’s first gourmet raw food recipe book, Rawlicious and their latest book ‘The Magic of Superfoods’ beautifully illustrated, shows just why and how to simply add superfoods to your diet.
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EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
- Medical practice
- Food allergy research, writing & lecturing
- Analytical medical & scientific approach to assessing research data
- Understanding of the development of South African food legislation
- Food fraud
Dr Harris Steinman, the director of the company, is a medical doctor who furthered his training at the Red Cross Children s Hospital and in the Allergology Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has received a variety of research awards, and has published articles in leading journals on sulphur dioxide preservatives and pollution, hidden allergens, and the spread of allergic sensitisation in Africa, among other topics.
He has been the Allergy Society of South Africa s (ALLSA) representative on the South African Department of Healths Food Advisory Legislative Group (FLAG) since its inception. He is a professional member of SAAFoST (South African Association for Food Science and Technology). Harris was an invited member of the United Nations Joint Food Agricultural Organisation/World Health Organisation Expert Consultation on hidden allergens in 1996. In January 2001 he was elected vice-chairperson of the United Nations Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on the allergenicity of foods derived from biotechnology (GMOs). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
Harris is also an advisor to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries for the assessment of the allergenicity of GMOs, and the author of a number of allergen reference books published by ThermoFischer/ Phadia, the leading international allergy-testing company.
Jessica Kotlowitz is a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about the use of plant-based diets for the treatment and prevention of obesity and chronic diseases of lifestyle such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Jessica qualified with a Bsc. in Dietetics from Stellenbosch University in 2012 after which she completed her Community Service year at Baragwaneth hospital in Johannesburg where she focused on all aspects of clinical nutrition. She began her Masters degree in 2014 and began to research the effects of plant-based diets in an attempt to find solutions to some of her own health problems. After losing 15kg’s and miraculously transforming her own health with the use of a plant-based diet, Jessica went on to open her own private practice in Cape Town which focuses on helping others to achieve optimal health using abundant plant-centred diets. Since her practice has opened, she has helped dozens of people to successfully transform their health and improve their quality of life. She also focuses on helping athletes, pregnant women, lactating women and children to achieve optimal health, well-being and performance while following vegan or vegetarian diets.
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Dr. Olaniyi Fawole is a Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator in the Department of Horticultural Science, Stellenbosch University. He holds a Ph.D in Postharvest Technology (Horticulture) from Stellenbosch University. His research strives to better understand the effects of various biotic and abiotic factors on horticultural food crops in order to develop appropriate postharvest management protocols/tools that enable safety, environmental sustainability and reduce postharvest losses.
Dr. Fawole works with stakeholders in the Ag-sector for capacity building, knowledge transfer and adoption, and commercialisation of new and smart solutions.
To date, he has supervised or co-supervised 16 postgraduate students and authored over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals (>1250 citations, H-index 20 and i10-index 29; GoogleScholar) and has also attended over 30 international conferences and seminars.
Prof Oelofse obtained a Ph.D. degree in Botany in 1994. After a short career in botany, she worked in a policy development and regulatory environment in the waste and water sectors for 10 years. Her research interests include the institutional and legal framework within which waste is managed in South Africa; waste information and data; re-use of industrial waste streams and reducing the environmental impacts of waste. The focus of her research over the past 13 years was mostly on municipal solid waste and food waste. Her publication record stands at 14 peer reviewed journal papers, 9 book chapters and 44 conference papers presented at international and local conferences. She holds the position of Principal Researcher and Research Group Leader: Waste for Development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, is appointed as Extra-ordinary Professor in the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management of the North-West University, South Africa and a Past-president of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa.
As a businessman, brand innovator and creative thinker, I constantly spot trends and love birthing new businesses. The common thread is that I love to put a creative spin on traditional way of doing things, making me a serial entrepreneur.
Cindy Chin is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Wits University and a Bachelor of Science Medical Honours Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Cape Town. She has worked in a diverse set of roles both locally and internationally, with a combined experience of more than 20 years, starting in private clinical practice, with a focus on the dietary management of chronic diseases of lifestyle and obesity. Her current role at Woolworths entails driving strategic health and wellness initiatives in a variety of business areas, including product development, communications and food labelling, and is passionate about incorporating evidence-based nutrition science principles into the interpretation of product trends and innovation.
Sanjeev is responsible for establishing a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the Shoprite Group, which will strengthen its ability to reduce its reliance on natural resources, while minimising its environmental footprint. He has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Natal, an honours degree in environmental engineering from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from UNISA. He started his career at the CSIR in 1996 where he worked as an environmental engineer. In 2003 he moved to Nestlē South Africa as the Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Sustainability Manager, looking after this portfolio in the Southern and Eastern Africa region.
Nicola has 20 years of experience working in the sustainability field with a particular focus on adding value to the supply chain, sustainable food systems, food waste, alien vegetation and forestry, ocean plastic, packaging and green skills.
She is the founder of Pinpoint, which provides independent and advisory services on adding value to supply chains, with a focus on sustainable food systems, food waste, agriculture and forestry, and green skills.
Nicola is a member of the UN’s One Planet Network’s Sustainable Food System’s Multi-Actor Committee and is currently advising the Consumer Goods Council of SA, and the Department of Trade & Industry, in the development of a Food Waste Voluntary Agreement for South Africa.
Alwyn has a backround in engineering, finance and business. He is the driving force behind the innovative TAILORBLEND systems and has a passion for creative problem solving. Alwyn is also tasked with the geographic expansion of TAILORBLEND’s reach.