Elaine Black

Director of Food Safety and Public Health


Dr. Elaine Black is Director of Food Safety and Public at Ecolab. She provides insights and subject matter expertise on a range of public health topics both internally and externally to customers across hospitality, food service and food manufacture sectors. Dr. Black holds a degree in Food Science and PhD in Microbiology from University College Cork, Ireland. Dr. Black joined Ecolab in 2010 as a principal microbiologist for the company's Global Analytical and Microbiology team, where she supported innovation projects and later managed the Microbiology Technical Services team, providing critical cross divisional support to field teams and customers in the areas of food safety and microbiology. Most recently she held the role of director of Agency Relations for Ecolab's Regulatory Affairs function acting as a liaison to regulatory agencies, EPA and FDA, and key trade associations for the chemical and disinfectant industry. Prior to joining Ecolab, Dr. Black held postdoctoral research and adjunct teaching positions at the University of Delaware and the University of Minnesota, focusing on novel food processing technologies and fresh produce, dairy and protein food safety.