Tejas Bhatt is the Vice President of Science and Policy Initiatives and the Director for the Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He serves as a liaison with a variety of government agencies, elected officials and organizations that share a common commitment to the science of food and its application. As the lead executive in charge of science and policy initiatives, Mr. Bhatt ensures that IFT plays a critical role to respond to emerging food issues on the science of food and its application; and provide leadership and implementation of science and technology grants and contracts. He also oversees the development of key science reports, public comments and policy-oriented documents, ensuring they appropriately reflect IFT’s scientific views. Mr. Bhatt has a unique interest in applying information technology to tackle global issues like food security and sustainability. He was the IFT lead on the food product tracing pilots conducted for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as mandated by the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act. Prior to joining IFT, he was a Research Associate at the Purdue Homeland Security Institute conducting research in the use of technology in emergency planning and preparedness. Mr. Bhatt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Food Science, both from Purdue University. He has also earned a Certified Food Scientist credential from the International Food Science Certification Commission. He has authored or co-authored several peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.