Business | Food Science
Creative, passionate, and a quick learner, Ana Maria Rodriguez Figueres has become distinguished as a leader in food science and technology. She rose through the ranks of the field quickly, aided by the master’s degree in food engineering from the Universidad de Costa and the Master of Science from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia she held. Over the years, she worked hard to build a strong rapport with peers, clients and community alike, and credits her ongoing success to her capacity for embracing change and thinking positively.
Now a professional with more than two decades of industry experience, Ms. Rodriguez Figueres has spent the last three years with Yum! Restaurants International as the food innovation director for Pizza Hut International. There, she oversees food innovation around the world for Pizza Hut and 13 different business units worldwide. Her role also includes sharing the best practices from one business to another and setting up innovation strategies for the world and new product layers for the company, as well as handling product pipeline, core product standards and execution, innovation capability training, coordination, and practice standards, among others.