Keynote Speech Topic: Innovation investments in sustainable agriculture intensification for the Global South.
Dr. Ruben Echeverria is the Chair of the Commission for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC and Director General Emeritus at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).
Dr. Echeverría was Executive Director of the Science Council of the CGIAR during the mid-2000s. He worked in agricultural, environmental, and rural development issues for more than a decade at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC. Dr. Echeverría studied Agronomy in Uruguay and Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Yasuoka is the Councillor at the Agricultural Production Bureau, which encompasses Production, Marketing, Extension, Innovation and Agri-environmental issues.
He has over thirty years of career as a government official in the field of agricultural policy with a science background. Before taking up the current position, he had led, as a director, the development of smart agriculture, the reform of pesticide/fertilizer regulation and the safety of agricultural products after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Graduated from University of California, Davis (M.S.) and Kyoto University (B.S.), Professional Engineer (Agriculture)
Speech Topic: Research to support the wine sector towards higher sustainability in France
Nathalie Ollat received a Ph.D. in agronomic sciences from Montpellier Supagro (France), with emphases in viticulture and plant physiology. Dr. Ollat joined the INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) viticulture research center in Bordeaux (France) in 1988, to implement studies on training systems. After dealing with berry development during her Ph-D, she initiated, in the early 2000s, a research program on the interactions of grapevine rootstocks with biotic and abiotic factors. Dr. Ollat and her research team have studied the impact of rootstocks on grapevine nutrition, water intake, vine growth and yields, providing a body of knowledge useful to breed new rootstocks. Since 2010, Dr. Ollat expanded her research efforts to focus on the impact of climate change on grape growing. She currently co-directs the “LACCAVE” program on long-term impacts and adaptations to climate change in viticulture and oenology in France (2012-2020). In April, 2018, she was promoted to the position of director of the Research Unit for Vine Ecophysiology and Functional Genomics (UMR EGFV) within the University of Bordeaux (ISVV: Institute for Sciences of Vine and Wine).
Speech Topic: Wines in China
Dr. Zhan jicheng is the professor of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering department, China Agricultural University, Where he got his PhD degree. His research expertise and interest is Viticulture and Enology. Now his research is focused on wine flavor Profiled with analytical chemistry techniques and metabolic pathways. He is also interested in the exploitation of indigenous wine yeasts. He has published more than 100 articles in the forms of international peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Zhan is also the chief editor of Wine in China Journal which has established since 2007 and has been one of the most important wine journals of China.
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 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: 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.
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.
Majored in organic chemistry at Osaka University Graduate School. After graduation, joined Suntory Ltd. in 1998. He was in charge of developing brewing technology for whiskey, beer, wine, etc. at Suntory's Basic Research Laboratories and Liquor Research Laboratories.
After that, he worked at Iwanohara Grape Firm and was engaged in the cultivation of grapes for brewing and the development of brewing technology in Japan.
He has been promoting the development of recycling-oriented agriculture using local unused resources and smart technology for labor-saving farming as not only the Vice President of Nature Dyne Inc. but also Representative Director of "Jisedai Ichijisangyo Jissenjo (Next Generation Primary Industry Practice)" Corp.
Speech Topic: Agricultural and food processing byproducts: the common roots for alternative proteins and cell-based meats
Dr. Dejian Huang was trained as a chemist from undergraduate to PhD (from Indiana Univiversity. Dejian has established an active research lab in NUS conducting cutting edge research on chemical principles of foods for health promotion and plant proteins for 3D bioprinting of scaffolds and seafood mimics. He is a co-founder of Kosmode Health Singapore Pte Ltd. Dejian has published over 190 scholarly articles and was selected as the most influential scientist by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and 2015. He serves as an associate editor of Journal of Functional Foods.
Speech Topic: Consumer insights into the ‘alternative’ protein revolution
Dr. Mirosa is a Consumer Food Scientist with a background in agri-food marketing and consumer behaviour. She leads a Sustainable Food Systems Behavioural Research Group whose mission is catalysing change for a more sustainable food future. She conducts fundamental and translational behavioural research focused on improving people and planetary health. Miranda’s research is providing a credible evidence base for decision-makers in NZ’s food industry, the waste sector, the government, and civil society organisations. Miranda’s research falls into the following four key food sustainability areas: (1) Reducing food waste; (2) Ensuring food safety and security; (3) Improving food packaging; and (4) Increasing consumption of plant-based foods and novel proteins.
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.
Dr. Shijie Ding, the associated professor in Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), received his PhD degree from the Maastricht University (UM) under the co-supervision of Prof. Mark Post and Prof. Guanghong Zhou. He studied meat science, stem cell biology and tissue engineering in, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SIBCB) and UM. He purified pig and bovine muscle stem cells for cultured meat and is the first PhD in cultured meat field. He is now working in NAU to develop cultured meat technologies. He participated in the development of China’s first cultured meat product in 2019. He is also the CTO of Joes Future Food Technology Co., Ltd. , the first high-tech company engaged in cultured meat in China. They raised 20 million yuan in financing from Matrix Partners China for the research and industrialization of cultured meat technology.
Professor Chih-Cheng Lin is currently the President of Yuanpei University of Medical Technology and the Professor of Department of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical; Department of Food Science.
From the year 1988 to 1992, Professor Lin studied in National Taiwan University in Food Technology; moreover, in 1991 to 1992, he went to Tohoku University, Japan to do research in Biotechnology, Department of Applied Biochemistry.
Professor Lin has received numerous awards, including Excellent Teacher Award from Ministry of Education (2017), and the Technology Achievement Award, Agricultural chemistry of Taiwan (2016).
After graduating from the School of Commerce at Waseda University, he entered the Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering at Waseda.
Founded ECOLOGGIE, Inc. in 2017, he has established a system to more quickly reproduce the cricket, a nutrient-rich insect that is attracting the attention of the United Nations as a food resource for the next generation. The system can arrange and reproduce various 'patterns' of crickets according to expected purposes, such as aquaculture feeds, healthcare products and so on, aiming to contribute to environmentally sustainable society by providing essential nutrients including protein in a different and economical manner.
Currently living in Cambodia, and has received many awards, including being selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Japan (2019)
Prof. Annie Koh is the Academic Director of the School of Family Business and the School of International Trade, two research institutes of the Singapore Management University. She has held positions at the World Economic Forum, the Singapore Government Science and Technology Agency, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Suncon Group, Stashaway Intelligent Investment Consulting and Staff-on-Demand Human Resource Technology Services.
Mr. Ankesh Shahra is the Founder and CEO of Agrimax Ventures. This Singapore headquartered company develops, operates and/or invests in businesses that can bridge inefficiencies and imbalances in the food and agricultural input space. A systematic adoption of smart technology is imperative in order to be able to face the challenges posed by climate change, and Agrimax Ventures firmly believes in collaboration with like-minded partners to achieve these goals.
Ren is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Thai Wah Public Company and is responsible for developing the company’s long-term vision as a leading starch and consumer foods company in Southeast Asia. Since its founding in 1947, Thai Wah has been a leading pioneer in the starch and food industry now expanding its footprint to Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and China. In 2017, in recognition of Thai Wah Group’s sustainability and community efforts across the region, Ren was awarded the “Outstanding Leader in Asia” award at the 4th Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards and was selected in 2018 to be a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
After graduating from Seijo University with a degree in European Culture, joined Yanase & Co.,Ltd.
Married the current CEO of Masuda Seeds Co., Ltd., a seed manufacturer specializing in cruciferous vegetables with a history of about 100 years.
In 1990, she newly developed the world's first non-heading Brussels sprouts, a new vegetable that was highly regarded for its nutritional value and taste, and named it "Petit Vert".
Appointed as a Senior, Managing Director of the company in 2008.
Mr. Nagahara graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Keio University, in 1991, and joined Resona (formerly Daiwa) Bank.
After having been involved in the bank's investment activities in bonds, securities and FX, he changed places to the Singapore Office. After returning to Japan, he was responsible for the bank's currency options and FX.
In 1998, he left the company and joined his family business, Kimise Shoyu (Brewery) Co. Ltd., one of the few companies in Japan that brew soy sauce made of only natural ingredients. The philosophy of the family business is that it must provide only the products that are tasty and good for health for the customer at a reasonable price. The following year, he was appointed Managing Director, and in 2010 he became the fifth owner-manager of the company.
Professor Pensri Jaroenwanit received her B.S. in Agriculture, at Kasetsart University, Thailand. Later, she received her M.B.A. at the National Institute of Development Administration-NIDA Business School. Moreover, she received her Ph.D. at Thammasat University, Thailand, Marketing, in the year of 2009.
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.
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: 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: 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).
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: 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: 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: 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: Agroecology – Circular Food and Agriculture Systems
Wei Fang is a Professor of the Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CCEA) of National Taiwan University. He is one of the international consultants for the Japanese Plant Factory Association (JPFA) and the Chief Consultant of Chung-Hwa Plant Factory Association (CHPFA) of Taiwan.
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.
Professor Huu-Sheng Lur is now a professor at the Department of Agronomy, College of Bioresources and Agriculture, at National Taiwan University.
Professor Lur got his B.S. in National Chung-Hsing University (1980), M.S. in National Taiwan University (1982), and Ph.D. in Cornell University (1990).
His research areas are mainly: Crop Physiology, Agronomy, and Plant Molecular Biology.
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.
After completing graduate school at Chuo University in 1989, he joined Toda Corporation and worked on various projects such as the design of a pharmaceutical plant.
Received his MBA from Waseda Business School in 2003. After working for MISUMI Corporation, he was appointed as CEO of Watami Energy Corporation, an environmental business company that handles energy and resource recycling business.
Appointed as CEO of Watami Organic Land Co., Ltd. in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture in 2007, which is one of the largest hands-on organic farming theme parks in Japan, and he has been serving till now.
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.
Fahad Damanhouri is the Manager of international collaboration and business center at Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industries. From the year 2011 to 2013, Damanhouri studied Bachelors of Business in Human Resources Management at Bond University, Australia. After that, he was seeking a challenging role to further develop his management and business experience.
From 2014 to 2016, he was the Director of human resource management at Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Makkah, and built and maintained networks with all consulates and embassies.
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.
Dr. Amirul Afif Muhamat has published numerous articles in the reputable and high indexed journals namely Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies (WOS/Scopus), Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research (WOS/Scopus), Turkish Journal of Islamic Economics (WOS) and others. His areas of interest are agribusiness on the endowment (waqf) lands, Islamic insurance (takaful) and corporate social performance.
Ms. Shimazaki joined Ryohin Keikaku in 1998. Engaged in product development in the Health & Beauty category in the Consumer Goods Department for 14 years. The products she has developed are many, including aroma diffusers, skin care series using natural water, and travel products.
After working as the manager of Ikebukuro Seibu store, which is one the MUJI's flagship store, she moved to the U.S. and successfully expanded the MUJI USA business as the CEO for 3 years.
Since returning to Japan, she, as an executive officer, has been managing the product development department of a food product, where she is responsible for the expansion of curry and baumkuchen, and leading the development of environmentally friendly products and activities.
Prof. Dr. Md. Mamun Habib is a Professor at School of Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE), Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). Dr. Habib is also the Visiting Scientist of University of Texas – Arlington, USA. He has more than 19 years’ experience in the field of teaching as well as in training, workshops, Consultancy and research. Prof. Habib published about 160+ research papers, including Conference Proceedings, Journal articles, and book chapters/books.
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.
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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: 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.
Professor Jung-Kun Park is currently the professor of Business School at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. Before that, he was the associate professor at University of Houston, Texas, USA.
His teaching interests include: Retailing, Services Marketing, Consumer Behavior, E-tailing, Internet Marketing, Sales Management, and others.
Professor Park received his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, and his Masters Degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.
His research interests are: retail management, social media, online consumer behavior, mobile marketing, technologies and consumers, and more!
Speech Topic: The global impact on the world economies and agricultural trade during pre- and post- COVID-19
Chia-Lin Chang holds a PhD (Economics), 2004, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, is an elected Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (FMSSANZ). Chia-Lin Chang is Vice President for International Affairs, a University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Economics, Professor of Finance, and Director of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Centre (ANRRC) at National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Economic Analysis and ICAE, Complutense University of Madrid (founded 1293), Spain.
Director Kuei-Son Sheu has been the Director of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training (ICLPST) in Taiwan since September 2016. He is also the Convener of the African Swine Fever Working Group, Council of Agriculture (COA) in Taiwan.
He has many years of experience in the field of Agriculture. Before he became the Director of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training, he was the Former Director General at the Council of Agriculture across various departments, including the International Affairs Department and the Animal Industry Department.
Dr. Henry Ho-Hsien Chen is now the Dean at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. His Fields of Specialization are in Food Dehydration, Food Machinery Design, Supercritical CO2, Extraction, Renewable Energy, Grey Theory, and Control and Automation.
In 1996, Dr. Chen got his Ph.D. in the Department of Automatic Control and System Engineering in the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom; in addition, since 2005, he has been a professor at the Department of Food Science at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology.
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: 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.
Dr. Zhang is Professor of College of Water Resources & Civil Engineering and Director in Institute of Agricultural Planning Science of China Agricultural University. He is adept at planning and design of regional agriculture and agricultural parks, agricultural and biological engineering, facility horticultural science and engineering, new facility material and agricultural construction engineering, and has taken charge and participated in more than 500 planning projects of agricultural parks and areas.
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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.
Dr. Prasad Dharmasena is an exemplary renowned character in vital subjects of Environmental Management, Soil Conservation, and Agroforestry & Plantation Management with brilliance expertise knowledge spanning over 19 years. He held supremacy positions of Head of Agroforestry & Sustainability attached to Hayleys Group of Talawakelle Tea Estates & Kelani Valley Plantations of Sri Lanka prior to present advocacy. He was in academic staff of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka in the capacity of Lecturer & Subject Coordinator in Environmental Management. In addition to his super grade accreditations, contributes immensely to state universities as a visiting lecturer in Environmental Conservation & Management. It should be placed on record that Dr. Dharmasena manifested preliminary experience in Plantation Management having worked in few Plantation Companies as Plantation Executive gaining wide experience in Agroforestry, Timber & Tea cultivation with manufacture, too.
Dr.Dharmasena has completed his PhD in Agroforestry and Regional Planning. He also has completed Master of Science in Natural Recourses management at the Post Graduate of the Agriculture of the University of Peradeniya of Sri Lanka. Completed Bachelor degree in Environmental Management from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. He has actively collaborated intensively in Research & Development on facts finding along with research in Agroforestry & Environmental Management having extensively contributed towards Plantation Industry with subjugate Environmental Conservation, Biodiversity, Soil Conservation, Environmental Economics & Valuation. Dr.Dharmasena has given contribution to university of Kashmir as a Research scholar from 2009 to 2012. He is also in the National Advisory Board of the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka as a Member. He is also a Charted Biologist and Fellow Member of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka.
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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.
Darkhijav Bayanjargal has been working at the National University of Mongolia since 1995. From 1997 to 2014, she was a lecturer and head of the Economic Information-Modeling department of the School of Economic Studies of National University of Mongolia. Since 2014, D.Bayanjargal has been working as a Professor of Applied Mathematics department of School of Applied Science and Engineering of the National University of Mongolia.
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.
Patrick Hung is a Professor, Program Director of Computer Science and International Programs at the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at Ontario Tech University, Canada. Hung worked with Boeing at Seattle with two U.S. patents. He was a Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia.
Mr. Chen works in Rolling Greens Co., Ltd and is engaged in the research of environmentally friendly fertilizers and Bioproducts.
RollingGreens is a company that develop and manufacture affordable environmental friendly fertilizers and bioproducts. RollingGreens' goal is to achieve agricultural sustainability and help improving growers' living standards, with our help, growers can produce more with less. RollingGreens has expanded its markets to various countries and places including China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Having 25 years of teaching experience in Management subjects and
more than 50 publications on Strategic management, Sustainable development, CSR and Digital transformation.
Delivered lectures in international and multicultural classrooms in India, Thailand, Turkey, Armenia, Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Participated as a foreign faculty member for adjudication to Indian Universities Scholar’s PhD thesis.
Doctor Kuo is the Master of Medicine degree holder, currently in the PhD program for Aging at China Medical University, Taiwan.
He is also a qualified TCM practitioner, nutritionist, and food technologist. He specializes in immunomodulation, preventive healthcare, and oncotherapy. Devoted to producing top-quality herb products, he is now leading the R&D team of AgriGADA Biotech and responsible for quality control.
Mr. Johnny Tu is the 4th generation of "Chuan-Fang Tea Shop in Taiwan. He is also the CEO of Hwa Gung Tea Co., Ltd.
In the year of 2018, Mr. Tu was elected as the Honored 2018 "100 MVP Managers". Moreover, he also achieved the Honor of "Outstanding Social Youth of 2020."
He graduated from Department of Economics, Soochow University.
In 1978, Mr. Min-Hung Chen graduated from National Taiwan University, majored in Microbiology. He worked for multinational corporation (like Eli Lilly, Bristol Meyer etc) for more than fifteen years. Then he set up his own company, Zatech Corporation at Taiwan in 1992, which is a importer of Animal Health and supplementary products. GreenDay BIOTECH INC. is set up in 2015 for the disposal and recycling of animal wastes. Our target is to recycle all animal and plant wastes to useful products using “Microbiotech”!
Dr. The Anh DAO is the Vice-President of VAAS since 2017. He has been Director of the Centre for Agrarian System Research and Development (CASRAD) since 2006. He had a PhD (2004) in Agricultural, Rural and Food Economics at Montpellier SupAgro, France, he has 30 years in research-developement related to food value chain, agricultural system and family farming in Vietnam.
Dr. Khamsah Suryati Mohd is currently a Dean for Faculty of Bioresources and Food Industry at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA). Dr. Khamsah graduated from University of Dundee, UK (PhD-Biochemistry), Universiti Sains Malaysia (Master of Science (Pharmacy) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology). Dr. Khamsah has been actively working on herbal standardization and nutraceutical by establishing chemical fingerprinting of herbal materials and products, investigating mechanism of action of natural product on non-communicable diseases and elucidating the effect of natural product at molecular level.