Professor Jeyakumar Henry MSc and PhD

Senior Advisor
Year Fellowship awarded: 
Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation, A*STAR (SIFBI).

Prof Jeyakumar Henry is presently Senior Advisor, Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation, A*STAR (SIFBI). He spent over 35 years in the UK and arrived in Singapore in June 2011 as Founding Director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), A*STAR Singapore. Over a period of 9 years, he built an internationally recognized Centre with the primary focus of providing evidence-based science for the theme “Food the new medicine”.

He was the Founding Director of Functional Food Centre in Oxford and Professor of Human Nutrition from 1997-2011 at Oxford Brookes University. Initially trained as a Food Technologist, he subsequently obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He was a Board Member of the UK Food Standards agency from 2000 – 2003, and a member of the general scientific advisory committee UK Food Standards agency from 2007 – 2011. He acted as a consultant to UNICEF in New Delhi, Beijing and New York on Optimization of Infant Feeding and also acted as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank on Nutritional Programming in China. He was Royal Society (UK) visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Nutritional Advisor to the Michelin Star Chef Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. 

His lifelong passion to combine food technology and nutrition culminated in him becoming the Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Food Science & Nutrition (1996-2011), Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Food and Nutrition Research (2011-2016). His work on energy metabolism culminated in the development of the “Henry equations” to predict basal metabolic rate that is used worldwide. He continues his links with both UK and EU on collaborative activities on human nutrition.

His awards include:

2010 British Nutrition Foundation Award

2019 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) - W.K. Kellogg International Food Security Award & Lectureship

2019 NutraChampion, NutraIngredients - Asia Award

2018 5th Niigata International Food Award, Grand Prix Award. Niigata International Food Award (Asian World Food Prize).