Dr Barbara Burlingame is Senior Officer and Leader of the Nutrition Requirements and Assessment Group of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Her areas of responsibility include food composition, human nutrition requirements, dietary and nutritional risk assessments, the cross-cutting initiative on biodiversity for food and nutrition, and provision of nutrition advice to Member Nations and the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Since 1995, she has been the director of INFOODS, the International Network of Food Data Systems, and since 1998, she has been the editor of the international, peer-reviewed Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, published by Elsevier. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, Chairperson of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Food Data Task Force, recipient of the New Zealand Royal Society’s Science and Technology Medal, and a member of several scientific advisory boards. She has authored many scientific papers and UN publications, and several book chapters and reference books.
Dr Burlingame studied at the University of California, Davis, and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science and Environmental Toxicology. She did her postgraduate work in New Zealand at Massey University where she obtained her PhD.
From 1987-1998, she worked for the New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research, and since 1998 she has worked for FAO.