Meet our experts
GFI APAC’s scientists, analysts, and business strategists are leading experts in the alternative protein space. Our team is dedicated to accelerating innovation to make plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-enabled products as delicious, affordable, and accessible as conventional animal products.
ACTING MANAGING DIRECTOR
Mirte leads GFI Asia Pacific as Acting Managing Director. Prior to GFI, she founded various social enterprises, worked as a management consultant to startups, and as a researcher in humanitarian logistics. She brings experience in entrepreneurship, international development, and philanthropy. Mirte holds a Master’s in International Development Studies from Wageningen University & Research and is a graduate of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme.
Mirte lives in Singapore.
SENIOR OPERATIONS MANAGER
Victoria leads the finance control, legal compliance and human resources for GFI APAC. Victoria brings in over 15 years of experience in nonprofit and management roles to her work. For the past decade, Victoria has worked for a multinational nonprofit organization and been dedicated to advancing corporate responsibility and sustainability in helping children and their families.
Victoria lives in Hong Kong.
SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Ryan leads GFI’s communications and programs for the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining GFI, he was working as an international consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), based in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he focused on sustainable food systems and dietary change. Huling also previously served as an international director in the animal protection field and his work has been featured by major news outlets around the globe, including The Nikkei, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, The Bangkok Post, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, USA Today, Business Insider, and WIRED.
Ryan lives in Los Angeles.
Dean provides scientific and technical expertise for GFI APAC, focusing on cultivated meat. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology with a focus on poultry muscle development and a bachelor’s in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, both from the University of Sydney. Dean has experience working for the Australian Federal Government both as a scientific assessor for food safety regulations and as an international policy analyst focusing on the Asia-Pacific region.
Dean lives in Sydney.
Wasamon is GFI APAC’s SciTech Specialist, focusing on plant-based protein. She has more than five years of experience working at multinational food companies, through which she gained expertise in food proteins and their applications. Before joining GFI APAC, she spent two years working in academia and industry developing new talents for the food industry in Thailand. Wasamon holds a Ph.D. in Food Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BSc. in Biochemistry from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Wasamon lives in Singapore.
Shuli is GFI’s Policy Specialist for the APAC region. Shuli leverages her expertise in geopolitical analysis to develop impactful policies that drive engagement and support for alternative proteins. Prior to joining GFI, she provided strategic geopolitical reads to the Singapore government and spearheaded initiatives to improve animal welfare. She holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the National University of Singapore.
Shuli lives in Singapore.
Varun Kumar Racharla
Varun acts as the research analyst within GFI APAC. Prior to joining GFI, he was part of a Singapore-based nonprofit organisation focused on developing eco-labeling criteria and helping organisations implement sustainability strategies to reduce their environmental impact.
Varun also has six years of experience in process optimisation and productivity in the aerospace industry. He holds a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering.
Varun lives in Singapore.
Valerie is our Innovation Associate at GFI APAC, where she is involved in community building, university outreach, and supporting startups and investors in the alternative protein industry.
Prior to GFI, she gained extensive experience working at various tech companies and startups in marketing and operational roles. She also previously co-founded a social enterprise.
Valerie lives in Singapore.
CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Jennifer is GFI APAC’s Corporate Engagement Specialist, working to widen and deepen engagement and partnerships across the alternative protein supply chain. Prior to joining GFI, Jennifer was a strategy consultant for over five years in the Netherlands and Singapore focused on sustainability, social impact, and agriculture. She has worked with multinationals, SMEs, agribusinesses, governments, financial institutions, and nonprofits in the agriculture sector and beyond to design sustainability strategies, develop inclusive supply chains, and forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for systems-wide change. Jennifer holds an MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility and an MA (Hons) in International Relations.
Jennifer lives in Singapore.