Ruth Shinoda is the Director of Food and Regulatory Policy for the Ministry of Primary Industries. Her Directorate is responsible for developing and maintaining the policy and regulatory frameworks for New Zealand's food system, supporting the effective use of science, and developing the skills pipeline for the primary industry.

Ruth has previously held senior positions in a range of government agencies in New Zealand and the United Kingdom specialising in the development and delivery of high quality policy advice, particularly in the area of skills. Ruth has also been Director of Social Investment at the Private Equity Foundation in London, and worked for the Japanese Productivity Centre in Tokyo.

Ruth has a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Nottingham, was a 2001 Daiwa Scholar, and is married to Yoshihiro with two daughters Kanako and Naomi.