Long-time food industry professional Dr Anthos Yannakou has been appointed CEO of Australia's largest and most diversified food research organisation, Food Science Australia.

"Food Science Australia is now moving into a phase in which we must focus our energy and resources on specific areas of research where we can achieve and maintain world competitiveness," said Food Science Australia's chairman, Alan Tooth. "The 30 years of experience that Dr Yannakou will bring to the organisation will prove invaluable in this challenge."

Currently Dr Yannakou manages his own consultancy, working on assignments for both public and private sector organisations in South Africa. He also teaches within a number of Master of Business Administration programmes at South African business schools. From 1993-2005 he worked for one of the largest research and development institutions in Africa - South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Dr Yannakou has also worked for a number of large food industry organisations including Unilever, Nutritional Foods, Fedfood and the Tiger group.

Food Science Australia is a joint venture between CSIRO and the Victorian Government.