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Dr. Vijay P. Singh is a Distinguished Professor and holds the Caroline and William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests include Surface-water Hydrology, Groundwater Hydrology, Hydraulics, Irrigation Engineering, Environmental Quality and Water Resources.
Speech Topic: OUAS Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Projects in Agriculture: Towards Low Carbon Society
Dr. Ville Isoherranen (D.Sc. (Tech.)) is the Director of School of Engineering and Natural Resources at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland. Dr. Isoherranen is also Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. Dr. Isoherranen’s research interests are strategic management, operational excellence, knowledge-based management, and customer-focused enterprises. School of Engineering and Natural Resources has c.a. 150 education and RDI professionals, and c.a. 2300 students in 7 engineering degrees (Bachelor) and in 1 agricultural degree (Bachelor), and 9 Master’s degree programs. School as annual RDI programs volume around 5 MEur with more than 50 RDI projects in the portfolio. Dr. Isoherranen has extensive international experience from leadership positions from several business functions both from global corporations as well as in technology start-ups.
Speech Topic: Strengthened research and innovations for sustainable agricultural development in Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Ravi Khetarpal is the Executive Secretary of Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) since 2017 and is engaged in strengthening agri-food research and innovation system in ASIA-Pacific. He had also worked as Regional Director, CABI -South Asia for 7 years and for NARS in India for three decades. He is currently serving as the Chairman of Tropical Agricultural Platform of FAO – a G20 initiative for developing and promoting the Agricultural Innovation System. He holds PhD in Life Sciences (Plant Pathology) from University of Paris and was a Visiting Scientist in an EU Collaborative Project at INRA, Versailles, France for three years. His own areas of interest include management of research, development, innovation, policy issues and capacity building in the field of biosecurity, biosafety, seed certification, germplasm health and compliances to SPS Agreement of WTO. Among the various projects that he is executing there are two sponsored by STDF/ WTO and two by USDA which deals with phytosanitary and pesticide issues related to capacity building, partnerships, regulatory harmonization and quarantine and trade for South and South East Asian countries.
Speech Topic: Leveraging the UN International Year of Millets 2023
Joanna Kane-Potaka is a marketing specialist and currently Assistant Director General at ICRISAT and Executive Director of Smart Food. She has worked largely in agriculture and food, including with four international nonprofit organizations working in Sri Lanka, Italy, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and currently India. The Smart Food initiative is a global movement to bring foods that are ‘good for you, the planet and the farmer’ into mainstream. One key objective in this is to bring millets and sorghum back as a staple food across Asia and Africa and to make it a global commodity.
Speech Topic: Consumer insights into the ‘alternative’ protein revolution
Dr. Mirosa is the Associate Professor and Director for the Consumer Food Science Programme at the Department of Food Science, University of Otago, New Zealand. She is an Interdisciplinarian who has a background in consumer behavior research and food marketing. Her research aims to understand why people eat, what they do, why they don’t eat, what they don’t, and how we might best impact upon these choices to encourage people to choose quality, healthy and environmentally sustainable foods.
Dr. Mirosa has recently completed a Postharvest Food Loss and Waste Research Fellowship funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for Business, Innovation, and Employment and represents New Zealand on the multiyear APEC-funded Food Loss and Waste project. She is a Strategic Team Leader of the New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre and Co-Leads the Markets and Perceptions Theme. She is also the University of Otago Lead on the New Zealand China Food Protection Network. Dr. Mirosa currently has National Science Challenge High-Value Nutrition funding from the Consumer Insight program so is working to guide the health research programs towards “biomarkers” of health that resonate with consumers and to provide a knowledge base for businesses to leverage from when conducting their more specific market and consumer research and product design.
Speech Topic: Local revitalization and agricultural & food style innovation in Saga, Japan
Teruyoshi (terry) Yanagita is a director of Saga Food & Cosmetic Laboratory of Saga Prefecture Industrial Innovation Center and a guest professor and professor emeritus of Saga University, and invited professor of NishiKyushu University. He is a Professor Honarable of National ANCASH University of Peru. He received his Ph.D. from Kyushu University and jointed to the faculty of Saga University (1975-2012) and then jointed to the faculty (Dean) of NishiKyushu University. Terry was a research associate at the University of Virginia School of Medicine (2 years from1980). Terry was invited professor of Yuanpei Univ. of Medical Tech (2012) and Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (2015). He had served as Vice President of Japan Soc. of Nutrition and Food Science (JSNFS) in 2008-2010. He has received various awards, including Academic Research Award (2006) and Saeki Memorial Award (2014) of JSNFS; and Lands Award of Lipid Nutrition Society (2017); Outstanding Paper Award of AOCS (2004) and Best Paper Award of Int. Lecithin & PL Society (2009) and others. He is an advisor of Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST).
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Dr. Dejian Huang currently is an Associate Professor and also serves as a Deputy Head in the Department of Food Science & Technology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). His research interests could be divided into 3 parts; firstly, studying anti-aging function and bioactive constituents in edible plants, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary antioxidants. Secondly, using luminescent molecules and nanoprobes to detect small molecules of biological importance. Lastly, development of high-throughput screening methods of specific substances from natural products.
After Dr. Huang received his Ph.D. degree from Indiana University, USA, he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Postdoctoral Associate. His contribution in Agricultural Sciences also being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a ‘Highly-Cited Researcher’ in 2014 and 2015.
Speech Topic: Multidisciplinary Recycling: A Practical Strategy for the Development of Circular Agriculture in Taiwan
Ms. Alice Chou received her M.S. degree of computer science from the college of William and Mary in Virginia USA. And she studied senior business programs from UC Berkeley and Sloan school of management of MIT USA. She worked for Taiwan Institute of Economic Research since 1988. For these thirty three years, she was the chief Liberian , the chief of Department of Industrial Development and now the Vice president. She is holding many government projects in telecommunication industry, meeting and exhibition industry, branding industry, agriculture, industry transformation and innovation fields etc.
Since 2005, Ms. Chou assisted Council of Agriculture to establish the mechanism of Agriculture Technology Program (ATP) and develop the performance evaluation method for the program. The ATPs help Taiwan’s agriculture to improve many traditional agriculture development problems. The circular economy is the global trend and is also one of the main important policy for the Taiwan government. And Ms. Chou is the project leader of “the industry analysis and promotion for the circular agriculture in Taiwan” since 2017.
Speech topic: Transformative and Sustainable Agricultural Practices within the Bounded Rationality of Community Development: Longitudinal information communication technologies (ICTs) research with water quality issues emerging in Northwest Ohio, United States.
Mark C. Zeller, Ph.D., teaching at the university level covers research methods, emerging technologies, organizational and commercial development strategic methods at the undergraduate and graduate (Ph.D.) levels. Dr. Zeller’s current research is information communication technologies (ICTs) as a community and economic development driver, focusing on rural communities in NW Ohio and NE Indiana. This includes social network analysis of structures and information flow by entrepreneurs, civic and academic leaders. An emphasis has emerged on sustainable agricultural practices and technology addressing evolving and impactful water quality issues in rural communities of the North America Great Lakes region.
Speech Topic: Family Businesses In the Agriculture Sector in Taiwan: Challenges and Strategies
Mr. Ho was the former CEO of DBS Asia Capital and the former managing director of DBS Bank (Singapore) Co., Ltd., and DBS Bank (Taiwan) Co., Ltd.
Mr. Ho joined as a managing director DBS’ Investment Banking Group in Singapore in June 2001. Prior to joining DBS, he was the Head of Global Telecom, Media & Technology ("TMT") Group in Asia at JP Morgan Chase since 1998. He started his career with Chase in 1989 as a Mergers & Acquisition ("M&A") generalist in New York before specializng in media and telecom sectors in the U.S. and subsequently in Asia.
In addition to his global coverage responsibility as a managing director and Head of the DBS TMT Group from 2001 to mid 2011, he was also Head of DBS Middle East in 2008-9 and Head of DBS Malaysia in 2010-11, before he became the CEO of DBS Asia Capital, a position he held in 2011-13. He was a managing director at DBS Bank (Taiwan) Ltd in 2014-18.
Mr. Ho holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University, a M.S. from M.I.T. and an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania.
Speech Topic: The Taiwan Wine and Spirit Renaissance
Dr. Chen was the visiting assistant professor of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been awarded numerous medals in the international wine competitions; since 2013, his fortified wine has won medals award among several international Wine Competitions in 10 wine producing countries and amazed the western world. He is also the Master sommelier and advisor of 12 feasts held by restaurants awarded Michelin 3 stars since 2010.
Speech Topic: Beer Logistics between Finland and Estonia
Pekka Kess (Dr. Sc, Dr. Eng) is an adjunct professor of industrial engineering and management at the University of Vaasa. He retired in 2020 after 25 years of service from the University of Oulu. He has extensive managerial experience from both universities and industrial enterprises. He has worked in managerial positions in chemical, steel and electronics industries, as well as in the software business. He has been an active project evaluator in the European Commission, as well as a manager of international research and development projects. His research areas cover business ecosystems, strategic management, production organizations, knowledge management with specialization in knowledge transfer, and e-learning.
Speech Topic: The current status of self-care initiatives using functional agricultural products in Japan
Dr. Mari Maeda-Yamamoto is a Principal Scientist at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and Professor at University of Tsukuba, Japan. Her research interests are studying on physiological functions of green tea, especially in immunological regulation and developments of functional agricultural foods.
Dr. Yamamoto used to be a chief researcher in Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) after received her PhD degree in Kyushu University and play an important role in NARO since 2002 as being a director of Food Function Research Division, Agri-Food Business Innovation Center and Healthcare Innovation Research. In recent years, her expertise of studying on green tea and developments of new functional food has been recognized and received many awards, including Food Immunology Industrial Award and Japan Agriculture Award from Japanese Association for Food Immunology and Japanese Association for Agriculture in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
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Dr. Kothandapani Ganesh is the Knowledge Expert and Global Head of MSC Center of Competence at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Ganesh holds a Doctoral Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Dr. Ganesh has 16 years of research and consulting experience in the supply chain domain. He served as an Assistant Consultant at Integrated Supply Chain, Manufacturing Industry Solutions Unit, Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Mumbai and worked mainly in the areas of supply chain network design and optimization. Later he joined as Senior Consultant in Global Business Services-Global Delivery of IBM India Private Limited, Mumbai, India and worked in Supply Chain Transformation projects for various industries.
He has published over 100 papers in leading international research journals and more than 10 papers in leading national journals. He has been honored with 4 awards for academic excellence and obtained 3 awards from TCS. He is also on the editorial board for various international journals. He is the editor-in-chief for 5 International journals including the International Journal of Supply Chain Management and International Journal of Decision Making in Supply Chain and Logistics.
Speech Topic: Halal management and certification; the Malaysian scenario
Dr. Mohd Nasir obtained his first degree in Microbiology from University of Arizona, USA, and both Master of Medical Science and PhD in Medical Microbiology from Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. He started his academic career at Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, presently as an Associate Professor. He is also currently registered at Malaysian Board of Technologists as a Professional Technologist in Biotechnology. He has been on secondment at Halal Products Research Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia since 2015, previously as the laboratory head specializing in DNA-based meat spp. authentication and now as the Director.
Mr. David Shearer is a International food and agribusiness development professional with over 20 years of experience developing strategies and partnerships and managing complex programs across Asia, Africa and the Pacific that deliver impact. Sophisticated understanding of using innovative approaches to address the challenges of improving livelihoods, ending hunger and alleviating poverty. Building collaborative partnerships in both the public and private sectors to deliver results and impact. Worked with the highest levels of government and industry to effectively bring together resources and partnerships to have impact on global challenges and transforming organizations. Led organizational change to navigate a complex global operational environment. Empowerment of global teams by working collectively to contribute to organizational missions.
Yves Waché is a professor at AgroSup Dijon (France). He is co-chair of the International Joint Research Laboratory Tropical Bioresources & Biotechnology between Hanoi University of Science & Technology, AgroSup Dijon and the University of Burgundy and has a Bualuang Asean Chair Professorship at Thammasat University (Thailand). He is interested in fermentation, from traditional ones to new products and to the valorization of agriculture by-products.
Speech Topic: Novelty Processing for Escalating the Quality of Chinese spirits
Dr. Chang-Wei Hsieh is a distinguished professor of the Department of Food Sciences and Biotechnology at National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan. Also, a member of the council of the Taiwan Association for Food Science and Technology. His research interests focus on 3 parts now; firstly, application of novel technology in food processing. Secondly, development of long-term preservation technology for agricultural products and food. Lastly, development of functional ingredients of agricultural products.
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Dr. Nathalie Ollat currently is the Director of Ecophysiology and Functional Genomics of Grapevine Laboratory at National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE). Her research specialized in the study and improvement of grape vine rootstocks, which has more than 20-year experience.
After Dr. Ollat received her Ph.D. in Agronomic Sciences at Plant Physiology unit in Bordeaux of INRA in 1996. She started to work as Research Engineer at Ecophysiology and Functional Genomics of the Vine Joint Research Unit (EGFV). In early 2000s, Dr. Ollat started to study on making grapevine more adaptable to the drought and able to simultaneously fight against viruses which transmitted by nematodes due to climate change. However, to address all questions, working with experts from different fields is really crucial. Dr. Ollat teamed up with physiologists, agronomists, oenologists pathologists, climatologists and economists to find out the solutions.
Her great contributions on viticulture industry was recognized, and even received Accreditation on Supervise Research in 2014 and have more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Prof. Petr Skobelev is scientist, entrepreneur and software engineer, specialized in developing Artificial intelligence (AI) for solving extremely complex problems of adaptive resource management. The results of this work are critically important for making step to Industry 5.0 / Society 5.0, which will be based on digitalization of knowledge, formation of digital eco-systems of AI colonies and digital transformation of enterprises to talent-centric networks. The results for trucks and supply chains, factories and farming are better quality of services, high efficiency of resources, better scalability, performance and reliability of businesses. Together with Prof. G.Rzevski from Open University (UK, London) Petr was one of pioneers of multi-agent systems bringing them from research lab - to industrial applications.
Dr. Rika Ampuh Hadiguna is the professor of industrial engineering who is engaged in logistics systems (sustainable, disaster, agro-industry, halal products). Several studies apply artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, multi-criteria decision making for policy making and business decision. Managerial experiences include the vice dean of academic and research at the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Information Technology and the Head of the Institute for Information and Communication Technology Development at Andalas University.
Speech Topic: Family enterprise in Agriculture The Gambia
Dr. Saikou E. Sanyang is a Gambian Scientist currently served as the Director General at Department of Agriculture (DOA), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). DOA’s mission is to help Gambian farmers with vegetable and rice productions. Right now, there are three active projects, Rice Value Chain Transformative Project (RVCTP), Regional Rice Value Chain and Resilience of Organization for Transformative Smallholder Agriculture Project (ROOTS).
After Dr. Sanyang received his Ph.D. in Agrobusiness, he started his career as District Extension Supervisor and followed by Monitoring and Training Officer, Regional Agriculture Director and Regional Field Coordinator at FAO. Dr. Sanyang used to be the Local Rights Program Manager in Action Aid International. Dr. Sanyang also have abundant experience in field of research and many scientific publications were published in famous journals.
Speech Topic: Progressing of smart agriculture in Taiwan
Mr. Horng-Yuh Guo is the emeritus research fellow in Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, COA. His research field includes soil survey, land evaluation and utilization planning, soil fertility and soil improvement.
He started his research on the soil field in the university and joined the department of soil and environmental sciences at the National Chung Hsing University as an assistant research fellow after he finished the postgraduate studies. Then, he entered the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute and was in charge of several soil research projects. During 37 years of work experiences in the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Mr. Horng-Yuh Guo spent most of his time collecting and sampling the soil around Taiwan. He also contributed to establishing the digital platform for soil data in Taiwan and also the first soil museum in Taiwan in which was opened in 2004.
Speech Topic: Agriculture Digital Twins for Smart Green House
Nen-Fu (Fred) Huang received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan, in 1986. He is now serving as the Dean of EECS College of NTHU. From 1997-2000, he was the Chairman of Department of Computer Science, NTHU. His current research interests include Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks, AIoT-based Smart Agriculture and agriculture blockchain, AI-based crops classification technologies, LPWAN (LoRaWAN/NB-IoT) transmission technologies and applications, AI-based Big Data Analysis for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), network security, and SDN/NFV networks. He was the founder/ CEO/Chairman of Broadweb Corp. (a network security company), which was acquired by TrendMicro, an international security company, in 2013. He is also the founder of ShareCourse, an AI-based MOOCs platform (www.sharecourse.net), which provides MOOC courses including IoT, AI, Big Data Analysis, FinTech, Robot related courses. Dr. Huang has published more than 200 journal and conference papers, including more than 50 papers in IEEE INFOCOM/ICC/GLOBECOM flag-ship conferences. Dr. Huang also has granted/pending more than 60 patents. He is a Fellow of the BCS (British Computer Society) and a senior member of the IEEE.
Speech Topic: Local Revitalization study in rural Finland
Ms. Marja Salonen has wide experience in rural development due to various positions at JAMK University of Applied Sciences and University of Jyväskylä and other development organizations.
As an expert in public development finance, Ms. Marja Salonen able to help develop local businesses and farmers. Familiarity with foresight methods and innovation processes has strengthened the ability to identify change needs and areas for development and to carry out related processes. Looking at development entities is my strength. The degrees I have completed have provided a good foundation in the activities of people and society and in the business economy.
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Dr. Tan has served as a national expert for entrepreneurship and SMEs for APEC, Asian Productivity Organization, the Colombo Plan Secretariat and the Commonwealth Secretariat. His current research interests lie in the domains of entrepreneurship, family business, international cooperation, and corporate governance. His initial research was in law as he began his career as a law professor. He has since moved into entrepreneurship research and published in Journals and Reviews such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of High Technology Management Research. In addition to journal publications, he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Small Business Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Research, and Small Business Research.
Speech Topic: Policy and Practices of Local Revitalization of Taiwan
Dr. Kang is the research fellow and director of regional revitalization project office at the Research Division VIII, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. Her research interests focus on Regional Revitalization, Social Innovation, International Trade, Industrial economy, SMEs development, ESG assessments, etc. In recent years, she has invested in research on Regional Revitalization Policies, which is an important national policy in recent years, to face problems such as reduction in total population, aging and low birth rate, excessive concentration of population in large cities and imbalance of urban and rural development. She is the director of Regional Revitalization Project Office and assists National Development Council (NDC) in promoting Regional Revitalization Policy.
Speech Topic: Production of cinnamate derivatives by immobilization of Bambusa oldhamii phenylalanine ammonia-lyase on electrospun nanofibers
Dr. Lu-Sheng Hsieh is an assistant professor of Department of Food Sciences, Tunghai University, Taiwan. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from National Taiwan University. His postdoctoral training was at the Department of Food Sciences, Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey under the guidance of Dr. George M. Carman. Dr. Hsieh’s laboratory is focused on the biochemical and molecular characterization of plant secondary metabolism enzymes and yeast phospholipid metabolism enzymes, authoring over 10 refereed publications in these fields.