Dr. Abraham retired as Senior Vice President of Global Research and Nutrition at Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods). His 35+ year career spanned research and development, marketing, and general management in the food industry. His research and development activities included innovation and product development, nutrition science, analytical responsibilities, technology development, open innovation, and knowledge management globally.
Dr. Abraham believes that food companies should commit to delivering balanced alternatives to consumers and that addressing public health is part of those companies’ corporate responsibility. He advocates the need for partnerships and novel relationships that can address the strategic needs of both partners. In addition to his experience in food technology, Dr. Abraham received his Ph.D. in bio-inorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. in strategic planning from the Wharton School, and uses this combination of scientific and business training to understand the unique needs of non-profit organizations and start-ups. He currently mentors and coaches start-ups that focus on improving the global food supply through novel ingredients, innovative distribution solutions and addressing food related health concerns such as food allergenicity, diabetes and obesity.
Dr. Abraham chairs the International Advisory Council for the Monell Chemical Senses institute—the world’s only independent, non-profit scientific institute dedicated to interdisciplinary basic research on the senses of taste and smell whose mission is to advance scientific understanding of the mechanisms and functions of the chemical senses to benefit human health and well-being. Dr. Abraham currently chairs the Board’s Audit Committee.