Innovation Advisor
Dr Rebecca Lian

Dr Rebecca Lian

Head of Applied Food Research Centre

Adjunct Professor
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Nanyang Technological University

Former R&D Centre Head
Nestle China

Dr Rebecca Lian is a veteran and expert in the food industry and presently holds the position as Head of Applied Food Research Centre at C-SAW (Centre for the Spread of Affordable Wellness) as well as Innovation Advisor with IPI. She was also recently appointed as an Adjunct Assoc Professor at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. 

Rebecca spent close to 34 years with Nestle holding various leadership positions. She last helmed the China Nestle R&D leadership and set up four R&D centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Dongguan and Xiamen. Rebecca was part of the pioneer Nestle team to bring factory and manufacturing operations into China for the Group. During her 24 years in China, Rebecca was responsible for launches of new products across multiple product categories such as frozen food, ambient culinary, coffee and beverages, dairy, nutrition for seniors, confectionery and snacks, products for food services and QSR in the Chinese market and also Asia Pacific.

On returning to Singapore after her overseas assignment, Rebecca was appointed Distinguished Fellow at Wilmar International, one of Singapore’s largest food and agri-food companies. She was also the Co-Lab Director for the Food Lab, a collaboration between Wilmar, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), spearheading the development of personalised food products for clinical trials addressing metabolic disorder syndrome.

Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree (First Class Honours) and PhD in Food Technology from Reading University, United Kingdom