Justin Howden

Head of Government Relations, Swisse Wellness

Justin’s career started in marketing with food giants Kraft and Fonterra.  Since joining Swisse in 2012, he has developed the company’s Government Affairs and Industry Development team. Now part of The H&H Group that fully acquired Swisse in December 2016,   the team covers the wider group’s global and local public policy contributions on health, trade, innovation, regulation, trade agreements and advanced manufacturing. Justin has also led the development of the Swisse strategic science program of validation and clinical trials with CSIRO, and the University sector. Justin’s team also developed the groups’ sustainability and community programs.  He is on the Boards of Complementary Medicines Australia and the European Australia Business Council and is President of the Royal Exchange of Sydney.

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Joined up approach – how industry and policymakers can work together to boost healthy ageing

Collaboration and partnership will be key to ensuring that the preventive health and wellness needs of Asia’s rapidly changing populations are being met. In this talk, Justin discusses how policymakers can aid industry through sensible regulation. He’ll also advocate that responsible companies should work with governments and researchers to help consumers understand that achieving a healthy old age depends on nutritional decisions made many decades before.  Finally, he’ll look at the opportunities that exist for successful public/private partnerships. He’ll examine:

  • The important role governments play in establishing appropriate regulatory Environments
  • The need to move to more standardised regulatory environments across markets and regions, especially in Asia Pacific.
  • How governments, industry and the research sector can work together to develop evidence-based solutions for healthy ageing