Dr. Markus Lipp, senior food safety officer, is leading the food safety work in the Food Systems and Food Safety Division at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and coordinating FAO’s work on providing chemical and microbiological food safety risk assessment and capacity development work to strengthen national capacities for food safety. Dr. Lipp previously worked as the Senior Director for Food Standards at the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) where he was responsible for the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC). Prior to this position, he worked as Director for Science and Research at the International Bottled Water Association and as the Global Lead for Detection Methods and Reference Materials relevant to genetically modified organisms at Monsanto Co’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO. Furthermore, his experiences include working for Unilever at its Dutch research facility and for the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission at its facility in Italy, both position focused on ensuring food authenticity and safety, including the presence of genetically modified organisms in food. Dr. Lipp holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.