Meet the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

From left: Aman Wirakartakusumah (Indonesia), Pingfan Rao (China), Roger Clemens (USA), John Lupien (Italy/USA), Michael Knowles (Belgium), Juliano Lemos Bicas (Chair of Congress Student Committee), Geoffrey Campbell-Platt (IUFoST President), Michèle Marcotte (Canada), Walter Spiess (Germany), Delia Rodriguez-Amaya (Brazil), Karen Lapsley (Canada/USA)

Ten speakers from around the world gave their advice and perspectives on what makes a great leader, how to succeed, and spoke about their own personal journeys they’ve taken to get where they are today.

Here are a few highlights of what they had to say:

“I would encourage you to increase the right side of your brain, do things for fun and make sure you balance out the left side of your brain by doing things you enjoy.” -Aman Wirakartakusumah

“Never stop learning. Keep an inquisitive mind,  and never stop wanting to know more- this will lead you to much higher positions.” -John Lupien

“Be inspired by what you’re doing; how do you want to be, how do you want to contribute, these are two things you must ask yourself. Know what your strengths and your weaknesses are and lead from where you stand.” – Michèle Marcotte

Delia Rodriguez-Amaya

“You should be someone who is both productive and pleasurable to work with. Have the humility to go work in a lower position first before going to the top.” Delia Rodriguez-Amaya

“Opportunities may come but you also must make them. My career in science is based on advice I got: Never compete. The secret is to win but not compete- you have to find your own niche.” -Jose Aguilera

“Leadership is a privilege bestowed on you by people who believe in you. Be prepared to take or make every opportunity you can. One of the great things about food science and technology is that they enjoy it. We all eat, so we’re all stakeholders. Have passion, enjoy it, and work with others.” – Michael Knowles

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