Chief Executive Officer

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Dr Pamela Byrne

Dr. Pamela Byrne, CEO

Dr Byrne holds a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from University College, Cork (UCC); an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management from Kings College, University of London; a BSc in Zoology from UCC and a Higher Diploma in Environmental Law from the University of Aberystwyth in Wales.

Prior to taking up the position of CEO at the FSAI in March 2015, Dr Byrne held the role of Director of Regulatory Policy and Intelligence with Abbott Nutrition. Having previously held senior positions in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), she has extensive experience of the food regulatory environment, as well as expertise in risk assessment and food safety management at both national and international levels.

During her time at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dr Byrne gained a deep knowledge of the food sector as an environmental toxicologist and risk assessor and was instrumental in developing Ireland’s research and innovation policy programmes in relation to food and the bio-economy. Dr Byrne also worked in the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation - Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.

Dr Byrne was the Chair of the Management Board of the Member State led joint research programming initiative "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life" from 2013 - 2018. She is also the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Institute of Food and Health at University College Dublin, Ireland and in 2021, she was appointed Adjunct Professor with the Institute of Food and Health in University College Dublin. She is a member of the Board of the Institute of Public Administration since 2019. She currently chairs the Board of the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies in Ireland; and the Governing Committee of the Science Foundation Ireland Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in University College Cork..


Office of the CEO

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The Chief Executive is responsible for the overall strategic management of the FSAI and is the direct link to the FSAI Board. The communications unit is part of the office of the CEO and it develops and implements policies and strategies in communications and public relations.

  • Communications Manager – Ms Jane Ryder

Last reviewed: 10/8/2022

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