Dr Vivienne Hunt

  • Beachhead Advisor, South East Asia

Dr Vivienne Hunt has 30 years’ experience in the food and nutrition sectors in New Zealand, Europe and Asia. With a background in applied science, research management and commerce, she focuses on the development of collaborations that bridge the interface between industry and academia. 

Vivienne is President of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Singapore, where she chairs an executive board fostering business engagement for New Zealand companies operating in Asia. 

In Singapore since 2012, Vivienne has worked at Abbott Nutrition R&D Asia Pacific, managing science policy and partnership development with academia, government and healthcare institutions; previously she was Deputy Director at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences and prior to this she was at Auckland UniServices Ltd where she led industry engagement for a food and health research programme at the University of Auckland. Other roles include the UK Provisions Trade Federation, advising industry members about EU food regulations; General Manager at Foodline UK managing cooked meat exports from the Netherlands; Marketing Manager, Kraft Foodservice NZ; and Quality Control management roles in both the dairy and poultry sectors in New Zealand.

Vivienne received her PhD in Management and International Business from the University of Auckland. She holds an MBA from the University of Auckland, a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition from the Public Health Foundation of India, and a New Zealand Certificate of Science in Microbiology/Biochemistry from AUT University. She is a current member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Advisory areas

Cross functional expertise to bridge sectors/functions, public health research and nutrition led interventions, food health claims, quality assurance, clinical trials, market research design, and medial apps/diagnostic devices.

Sector experience

Agritech, biotech, education, dairy, health, meat (red meat and poultry), natural products.


Vivienne has experience working in Singapore, India, Viet Nam and Indonesia.