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Dr Pablo Juliano Otero

Group Leader, Food Processing and Supply Chains


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Pablo Juliano is a supply chain transformation leader with strong background in innovation in food processing and food waste upcycling. High energy networker across government and industry.

He currently leads the Food Processing and Supply Chains Group, which delivers science innovation to the food industry as part of CSIRO's Food Program. His research focuses on reducing and value capturing on food losses and waste across the supply chain by upcycling into co-products using CSIRO platform technologies.

Over 20 years of service to the food industry in 7 countries. He sets direction for funding and creation of a science research programs with strategic environmental and regional development bottom lines through technology and supply chain innovation. He leads and provides oversight to multidisciplinary projects on emerging food processing technologies and redesign and optimisation of food supply chains. In particular, he led the creation and commercialisation of unprecedented technology for food waste recovery.

He is the CSIRO representative on the National Food Waste Strategy and Implementation steering committee together with industry peak bodies, the federal and state governments and is working nationally with food clusters towards the implementation of horticultural ingredient hubs for regional development.

He obtained his PhD in Food Engineering at Washington State University in the USA and an Master of Business Administration at Deakin University in Australia. Pablo was with Nestlé Uruguay in the role of Quality Assurance Manager and as Research Manager with a major dairy exporter in Uruguay.

He is currently the Vice President of the Australian Food Engineers Association and serves in committees in the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Institute of Food Technologists.

He also holds advisory positions in Master and PhD programs at various international universities and sits in various international editorial boards.

Current Roles

  • Group Leader, Food Processing and Supply Chains
    The group focuses on addressing food industry challenges through processing, food technology, engineering and food safety research for planet oriented innovation.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2006

    PhD Food Engineering
    Washington State Univ

  • 2012

    Master of Business Administration
    Deakin Univ

  • 1999

    BSc, Food Engineering
    Univeristy of Uruguay

  • 1997

    ISO-9000 Quality Specialist
    Uruguayan National Standards Institute

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-2012

    Consultant (MBA Business Practicum)
    Fresh Select Pty Ltd (Melbourne)

  • 2007-2008

    Research Manager
    CONAPROLE (Uruguay)

  • 2006-2007

    Postdoctoral Fellow, High Pressure Processing
    Food Science Australia (Melbourne)

  • 2002-2006

    Graduate Project and Teaching Assistant
    Washington State University (USA)

  • 2002-2012

    Organisation of American States Fellow
    Washington State University (USA)

  • 1996-2000

    Quality Assurance Manager
    Nestlé (Uruguay)

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016-2019

    Julius Career Award, Australia

  • 2018-2018

    Finalist, ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology, Australia
    Australian National Museum

  • 2016-2016

    W.K. Kellogg International Food Security Award, United States
    Institute of Food Technologists

  • 2016-2016

    IFT Food Expo Innovation Award, United States
    Institute of Food Technologists

  • 2016-2016

    Technology Innovation Award (GENP16), Italy
    Green and Natural Products Conference

  • 2013-2013

    Corporate Achievement for Industry Award, United States
    American Oil Chemists Society

  • 2004-2006

    Byer Scholarship Award, United States
    R&D Military Food & Packaging Systems

  • 2003-2005

    IFT Graduate Fellowships, United States
    Institute of Food Technologists

  • 2000-2002

    Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development Fellowship, Uruguay
    Organisation of American States, Washington DC

Other highlights

  • 2016-2022

    President, Australian Food Engineers Association

  • 2017-2018

    Chair, International Division, Institute of Food Technologists, United States

  • 2018-2025

    Treasurer, International Association of Engineering and Food

  • 2011-2019

    Supervisory Board Member, Global Harmonisation Initiative for Food Laws and Regulations

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