Mondelez International: Kelly Fourtouni - Careers case study

Kelly Fourtouni is a Senior Scientist at Mondelez International

  • Kelly is a Senior Scientist at Mondelez International and works in the Global Ingredients Research team
  • Kelly believes more should be done to educate young people on the diversity of industries and breadth of opportunities available to someone holding a Science or Engineering degree
  • Kelly doesn't believe the science industry is particularly male-dominated, especially as the gender split in senior positions at Mondelez is pretty even

She said: “As a Senior Scientist working in the Global Ingredients Research team I'm part of the team responsible for delivering scientific understanding in food ingredient functionality to help our business constantly innovate and improve. Right now I'm project leader on the research into factors influencing chocolate texture. I love that that I can translate science into product innovations to deliver consumer benefits.

“I always knew I wanted to forge a career in science - I loved Science and Maths at school due to my inquisitive nature and structured way of thinking. I have an inherent curiosity of how things work and science provides an insight on the complexity of things around us. Who knew for example that hydrogen bonds are what makes our hairs stick to one another when wet?

“I was very lucky to have some very gifted Science and Maths teachers at school that encouraged me to follow my passions and I was given tangible guidance and career path descriptions which helped me to weigh up the options available. Lots of young people aren't this lucky and I really believe more should be done to tap into young people's curiosity, whilst educating them on the diversity of industries & breadth of opportunities available to someone holding a Science or Engineering degree, e.g. in Food, Consumer Goods, Environment, Pharma and Medicine, in areas like R&D, supply chain, manufacturing, teaching and in roles like scientist, project leader, analyst, group leader, director.

“There can be a perception too that engineering jobs require strong manual labour and are therefore male dominated, but as a woman who has worked in this industry for almost 10 years I can confirm this to be absolutely false! The demographic of my university course was almost evenly split in terms of gender and at Mondelez International many of our senior positions are held by women with a scientific background. It would be disappointing to think young people are being put off from a career in science due to these misconceptions and I hope those that are interested in STEM subjects and careers follow their passion.“

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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014