Dr. Miflora Minoza-Gatchalian, CEO of Quality Partners Company, Ltd, earned her Doctorate degree from the University of Tokyo, and Master of Arts in Statistics and BS Food Technology from the University of the Philippines (U.P.). Apart from her work at U.P., where she retired as full-professor, she also served as VP for Operations of Mom and Pop Puyat Food Group, later was Managing Consultant of PIMECO and Red Ribbon Bakeshop and consultant of many other food and non-food companies. She was Chief Technical Adviser on Standards and Quality in Vietnam through the International Trade Center, UNCTAD GATT. Together with her late husband Dr. Jose C. Gatchalian she led the advocacy for a culture-based “SUGOD” approach towards TQM. She has written articles and books on quality and most recently on sensory evaluation methods, the first in the Philippines.
She is Academician emeritus of the prestigious International Academy for Quality (IAQ), was the Philippine Counsellor of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is an ASQ Fellow. She was also past President of the Philippine Society for Quality, Inc. (PSQI) and is the Founding President of the Philippine Association of Food Technologists, Inc. (PAFTI). She is Secretary General Emeritus of the Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO). Through the years she has obtained numerous local and international awards, the latest of which was the IAQ’s Agnes Zaludova medal “for inspiring contributions to the advancement of quality by a female professional”.