Dr Prabodh Halde

Head, Regulatory, Marico Limited, Mumbai, India

Dr. Prabodh Halde is currently the Head, Regulatory at Marico Ltd., Mumbai, India. He has about 28 years of string industrial experience and worked for Bakeman, ACC and Coca Cola India. Presently, he is the Research Council member of CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore and IIFT, Tanjore. He represented India six times for Codex Meeting during 2012 to 2021. Dr Prabodh was the Past President of Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) and a renowned Food Technologist with a well-rounded and multi-disciplinary experience. He initiated number of innovative programs at AFST(I) namely Project Ashirwad, Project Avishkar, Project Power talk and Project Parampara and popularized at national level. He is the Chairman of Western Region for AIPFA India. He is also Executive Committee Member of PFNDAI and SEA, India. He is an active member of various industry associations like CII, FICCI, IBHA etc. He is part of the State Food Safety Committee for Gujarat Government. Dr Prabodh was the Member of Central Advisory Committee of FSSAI, Govt of India and Member of Niti Ayog Empowered Group as a representative of food industry. He is member of Sub-committee for Ayush Ministry for covid task group for framing Ayush covid guidelines. He is on various boards and renowned trainer in the area of food processing, food safety and startups. Dr Prabodh has a passion to nurture the young entrepreneurs and is mentoring over 25 food startups and in addition supporting and mentoring over 200 startups and students through Trusted group activity. Dr Prabodh is also part of Academic Boards of several colleges and universities. He is National resource person for FoSTaC programs of FSSAI. Dr Prabodh is an accomplished motivational and technical speaker and delivered more than 200 lectures at different national and international conferences on Food Processing, Quality and Safety. Dr Prabodh trained over 90,000 students/startups/industry representatives directly or indirectly through his 100 webinars and videos during COVID 19 pandemic. He wrote several books on Food Safety regulations for sectors such as the Oil industry, Bakery Industry and the Retail industry and these books have proved to be very useful guides for Food Business Operators. He also published series of motivational books ‘Prabodhika’ for students and recently the 5th Prabodhika was blessed by HE Shri Ramnath Kovind, Former President of India.

As recognition of his expertise, Dr Prabodh was part of a PMO visit delegation to Tajikistan as a food industry expert in June 2015. Under Leadership Exchange Program, he visited USA for 21 days as food safety expert with the invitation from US State Department. Dr Prabodh is recipient of Globoil food safety award, AIFPA's Outstanding regulatory award, National food safety 'Eat Right Awards of FSSAI and special recognition award of ITC-FSCAN.