Dr Helen Darling is a 2017 Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni.
Helen was a graduate of the School of Nursing in 1986 as an inaugural student in the Diploma of Nursing*. She came back as a lecturer in 1998-1999.
Helen continued her studies and graduated with a PhD in Public Health from the Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago. She has founded two companies and continues working in the area of commercialisation of food integrity services. She’s particularly interested in how technology can enhance global food supply chains. Helen also has more than 20 years’ of experience in governance.
Helen is currently the Executive Director of Asia Pacific Centre for Food Integrity (APCFI). This group was established to connect producers, science and technology providers and importers. Their aim is to facilitate safe food exports and capitalise on available food safety expertise.
Helen’s PhD in Public Health provides an ideal platform for assessing food supply chains and applying a robust approach to the application of science solutions. She was founder and CEO of Oritain Global Ltd (2007-2013) – a company that leads the globe in scientifically proving the origin of food.
Helen’s interest in governance sees her as an Advisory Board Member at Export NZ and a Director with the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd. She was the Otago Daily Times Business Person of the Year in 2013 and a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards in 2014.
Linda Kinniburgh, Principal Lecturer, School of Nursing, says Helen is an amazing woman who started her career as a nurse and made the decision to continue her education.
“Helen uses skills she learnt through her nursing career, including disciplined thinking, good time management and observational skills as valuable to her business interests. She has chosen to remain in Dunedin although she spends time in the USA and China as part of her everyday reality.
The School of Nursing is incredibly proud of her achievements.”
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