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
- 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
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
the complexity of things around us. Who knew for example that hydrogen bonds
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
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
Engineering degree, e.g. in Food, Consumer Goods, Environment, Pharma and
Medicine, in areas like R&D, supply chain, manufacturing, teaching and in
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
Mondelez International many of our senior positions are held by women with a
scientific background. It would be disappointing to think young people are
put off from a career in science due to these misconceptions and I hope those
are interested in STEM subjects and careers follow their passion.“
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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014