Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Xinping Hou

President (2022 – present)
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Xinping Hou is currently the analytical service manager at BV-AQ Singapore, where she provides technical consultation and develops analytical service strategies for the organization to support the industries on their innovation, process improvement and product quality control. Prior to BV-AQ, She had been working in other contract research and testing laboratories as technical manager and operation director for food and pharmaceutical product analysis.

She has been a member of AOAC International since 2016. She has participated AOAC SPIFAN program and led the setup of many AOAC methods in the laboratory.

She has been appointed by Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) as the technical auditor for food and pharmaceutical laboratory accreditation since 2003.

She has a bachelor and master’s degree in analytical chemistry and got her PhD in Chemistry from National University of Singapore. She is (co)author of more than 10 scientific publications.

Erik Konings 

Mentor (2021  present)
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Erik Konings is Program Manager at the Nestlé Institute of Food Safety and Analytical Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland where he provides leadership to global quality, laboratory and regulatory teams to engage in strategic local activities to drive alignment/harmonization of analytical methods and partners with government and non-government organizations in the development of standards for analytical methods.

He is active within AOAC INTERNATIONAL (Past-President), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) (Chair ISO TC 34, Working Group 14 on Vitamins, carotenoids and other nutrients), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) (Chair CEN TC 275 Working group 9 on Vitamins and carotenoids), and the International Dairy Federation (IDF). He participates in the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS).

He studied higher professional laboratory education with majors in Analytical and Clinical chemistry holds an MSc degree in Epidemiology and a PhD in Health Sciences of Maastricht University, the Netherlands (2001). He is (co)author of more than 40 scientific publications.

Lionel Tay

President-Elect (2024 – present)
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Lionel Tay currently serves as the Vice President of Quality and Regulatory for the Asia-Pacific Zone at McCormick & Company Inc. In this role, he oversees all quality and regulatory aspects across various sectors, including Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), QSRs, Food Services, Flavors, and food ingredients.

Prior to McCormick, Lionel was the Head of Quality for Syngenta Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He has also undertaken management responsibilities as Site Head for Covance Asia Pacific Pte Ltd overseeing the Central Laboratory Services business for APAC. In addition, Lionel was a registered Principal Auditor with International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA).

Throughout his career, Lionel has gained extensive experience in laboratory management and science, spanning diverse industries such as clinical research, food sciences, agro-chemicals, and food manufacturing. His expertise extends to consulting for various organizations in the region, including public hospitals in Shanghai and Beijing. Notably, he co-authored Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and technical manuals for the China State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) from 2008 to 2010.

Lionel holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and an Advanced Diploma in Quality Management. He furthered his education by pursuing an MBA with the University of Liverpool and recently completed the Strategic Thinking for CXOs program with the University of Cambridge.

Hong Hanh Nguyen

Secretary (2024 – present)
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Being with the team since the beginning, Hong has helped the association grow from less than 50 members in June 2021 to over 700 ones in June 2023, with stronger footprints in Southeast Asian countries. The success of this lies in her ability to observe the best of everyone and work closely with the team to form a strong brand identity for AOAC SEA. She was/is AOAC SEA Capacity Building Working Group Chair (2020-2022), AOAC SEA Annual Conference Publicity Chair (2022 & 2023) and Strategic Engagement Manager (since 2022).

Hong obtained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin on a full-ride scholarship, with Dr. Andrew Ellington as her undergraduate research supervisor. Her Master’s/Ph.D. mentors are the top mass spectrometrists, Drs. Joseph Loo and Rachel Ogorzalek Loo, at University of California, Los Angeles. Hong did her second Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis at Fulbright University Vietnam, which aspires to be the Harvard of Vietnam, on a full-tuition scholarship. Hong joined different scientific associations in the U.S., got industry experience in the analytical testing field from working for Transmed Co. Ltd. in Vietnam, and has a full-time job at the Institute of Drug Quality Control Ho Chi Minh City, a government institution.

Jing Tan

Treasurer (2024 – present)
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Jing holds a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the National University of Singapore and is currently working as the Analytical Team Lead at FMC, an agrichemical company, where she has been leading a group of scientists providing technical solutions and developing analytical strategies to support IP, brand protection, registration, process innovation and improvements. Prior to FMC, Jing has over 10 years of working experience in Food and Pharmaceutical analysis in both the private and public sectors.

Jing was one of the founding member of AOAC SEA and is AOAC SEA’s Capacity Building Working Group Chair (since 2023). She has been a member of AOAC INTERNATIONAL (AOACI) since 2016 and played different roles including steering committee member of Analytical Solution Forum (2019-2021), member of ERP for bisphenol A (2017; best ERP of 2017-2018), and working group participant of human milk oligosaccharides (2019) and lactoferrin (2020).