Featured Profile - Who's Who in Rice

Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute

Mr.Miranda holds Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1979) and Master of Science in Rural Development (2004) from Central Luzon State University. He also works as National Coordinator, Upland Rice Development Program of the Philippines Department of Agriculture. He is currently the Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). He also worked as Deputy Executive Director for Development and Officer-In-Charge of the the PhilRice. The following works by Mr.Miranda were honored: - His paper “When Parking the Plow has More Benefits” (Reduced Tillage Technology) was judged best paper at the 23rd FCSSP National Scientific Conference in May 2015.- He received Achievement Award in Extension at the FCSSP 22nd National Scientific Conference in March 2013.- His paper “Development and Promotion of Location-specific High Yielding Technology for Intensive Irrigated Rice Areas in Nueva Ecija” was judged best paper at the 20th FCSSP Scientific Conference in May 2009.- His work “Partnership for Agricultural and Rural Transformation –Improving Farmers’ Lives” was judged best paper and best poster at the Crop Science Society of the Philippines Scientific Conference in 2008.- He was awarded the Outstanding Public Official during the 22nd Anniversary of PhilRice in November 2007.       

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President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation

Betsy Ward was appointed President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation in 2007.  The USA Rice Federation is the global advocate for all segments of the U.S. rice industry representing over 10,000 rice farmers, all U.S. based rice mills, merchants and other allied industries.  From 2003-2005, she was the Vice President of International and Domestic Promotion at the USA Rice Federation where she was in charge of developing and implementing  domestic and international promotion and food aid programs.    In 2005, Ward moved to the chief executive

Regional Director, Southwest Region; Resident Coordinator, Rice Res. Stn.Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Dr Steve obtained his Ph.D in 1982 from Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State in the field of Agronomy - Plant Breeding and Genetics. He completed his M.S. in 1979 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and B.S. in 1976 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He has held several prestigious and key research positions throughout his career. From December 2001 to date, he is the Regional Director, Southwest Region; Resident Coordinator, Rice Res. Stn. His responsibilities include Administrator of all LSU AgCenter research and

Grains Analyst

Tejinder Narang was Director of PEC Limited, a Government of India Corporation and trading outfit, under the administrative control of Ministry of Industry & Commerce (Department of Commerce), and retired from active service in September 2008. He has been dealing with international trade for the last 36 years in various capacities. He has handled diversified transactions in counter trade, third country exports, commodity trading and financing of commodities both domestically as well as in international market. For the last 21 years he has

Principal Scientist, International Rice Research Organization (IRRI)

J.K. Ladha is currently a Principal Scientist and the IRRI representative for India and Nepal. He is also an adjunct Senior Research Scientist in the Columbia University. He devoted more than 30 years to aspects of sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources for increasing food security and environmental quality. He provided leadership to the Rice-Wheat Consortium (RWC) and the Cereal System Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). Dr Ladha’s work, in collaboration with many national partners, takes a holistic, systems approach, covering

Former President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association

Ms. Korbsook Iamsuri is the former President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association and the President and CEO of Kamolkij and Kasisuri Group of Companies.  She also holds the position of Public Relations Director for the Thai Chamber of Commerce & Board of Trade of Thailand; Director and Secretary, Rice Policy Committee; Director of International Business Promotion Committee, and Director of Research & Development Committee, Board of Trade of Thailand.   In 1984, she earned an MBA in Finance from the Business School of the University of

Ecologist, Environmentalist, Leader of 'Allow Golden Rice Now!' Campaign

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. He is now an independent ecologist/environmentalist and leads the campaign to Allow Golden Rice Now!   Dr. Patrick Moore is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.   In recent

Senior Fellow, Philippines Institute of Development Studies (PIDS)

Roehlano Briones is a Fellow at PIDS where he specializes in agricultural policy. He was the lead expert in the drafting of the rules and procedures for the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR). He has published papers and co-edited two books on the economics of agriculture and natural resources, rural development, food security, international trade, and the macro economy. He received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of the Philippines and did postdoctoral research at the WorldFish Center in Penang, Malaysia.  

Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Nipon Poapongsakorn is currently a distinguished fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute Foundation (TDRI). He formerly held the position of President of TDRI, and Dean, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, where he was also Associate Professor. He has been also teaching business and political economy course in the Executive MBA program of Thammasat University. He received a BA in economics from Thammasat University, and PhD in economics from University of Hawaii. His main research is in the areas of agricultural and industrial

President, Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA)

Pol.Lt.Chareon Laothamatas is currently the President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA) and the Managing Director of Bangkok-based manufacturing and exporting company Uthai Produce Co., Ltd. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA and his Bachelor in Business Administration from Brigham Young University, USA. He specializes in trading of all types of rice, including jasmine rice.  

Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

David Dawe is a Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been conducting agricultural and food policy analysis and research for more than 20 years, and has edited several books on the Asian and world rice economies. David has spent much of his professional career resident in Southeast Asia, having worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Indonesia, the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and at FAO’s regional

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Featured Profile - Who's Who in Rice

Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute

Mr.Miranda holds Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1979) and Master of Science in Rural Development (2004) from Central Luzon State University. He also works as National Coordinator, Upland Rice Development Program of the Philippines Department of Agriculture. He is currently the Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). He also worked as Deputy Executive Director for Development and Officer-In-Charge of the the PhilRice. The following works by Mr.Miranda were honored: - His paper “When Parking the Plow has More Benefits” (Reduced Tillage Technology) was judged best paper at the 23rd FCSSP National Scientific Conference in May 2015.- He received Achievement Award in Extension at the FCSSP 22nd National Scientific Conference in March 2013.- His paper “Development and Promotion of Location-specific High Yielding Technology for Intensive Irrigated Rice Areas in Nueva Ecija” was judged best paper at the 20th FCSSP Scientific Conference in May 2009.- His work “Partnership for Agricultural and Rural Transformation –Improving Farmers’ Lives” was judged best paper and best poster at the Crop Science Society of the Philippines Scientific Conference in 2008.- He was awarded the Outstanding Public Official during the 22nd Anniversary of PhilRice in November 2007.       

More Biographies

President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation

Betsy Ward was appointed President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation in 2007.  The USA Rice Federation is the global advocate for all segments of the U.S. rice industry representing over 10,000 rice farmers, all U.S. based rice mills, merchants and other allied industries.  From 2003-2005, she was the Vice President of International and Domestic Promotion at the USA Rice Federation where she was in charge of developing and implementing  domestic and international promotion and food aid programs.    In 2005, Ward moved to the chief executive

Regional Director, Southwest Region; Resident Coordinator, Rice Res. Stn.Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Dr Steve obtained his Ph.D in 1982 from Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State in the field of Agronomy - Plant Breeding and Genetics. He completed his M.S. in 1979 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and B.S. in 1976 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He has held several prestigious and key research positions throughout his career. From December 2001 to date, he is the Regional Director, Southwest Region; Resident Coordinator, Rice Res. Stn. His responsibilities include Administrator of all LSU AgCenter research and

Grains Analyst

Tejinder Narang was Director of PEC Limited, a Government of India Corporation and trading outfit, under the administrative control of Ministry of Industry & Commerce (Department of Commerce), and retired from active service in September 2008. He has been dealing with international trade for the last 36 years in various capacities. He has handled diversified transactions in counter trade, third country exports, commodity trading and financing of commodities both domestically as well as in international market. For the last 21 years he has

Principal Scientist, International Rice Research Organization (IRRI)

J.K. Ladha is currently a Principal Scientist and the IRRI representative for India and Nepal. He is also an adjunct Senior Research Scientist in the Columbia University. He devoted more than 30 years to aspects of sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources for increasing food security and environmental quality. He provided leadership to the Rice-Wheat Consortium (RWC) and the Cereal System Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). Dr Ladha’s work, in collaboration with many national partners, takes a holistic, systems approach, covering

Former President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association

Ms. Korbsook Iamsuri is the former President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association and the President and CEO of Kamolkij and Kasisuri Group of Companies.  She also holds the position of Public Relations Director for the Thai Chamber of Commerce & Board of Trade of Thailand; Director and Secretary, Rice Policy Committee; Director of International Business Promotion Committee, and Director of Research & Development Committee, Board of Trade of Thailand.   In 1984, she earned an MBA in Finance from the Business School of the University of

Ecologist, Environmentalist, Leader of 'Allow Golden Rice Now!' Campaign

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. He is now an independent ecologist/environmentalist and leads the campaign to Allow Golden Rice Now!   Dr. Patrick Moore is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.   In recent

Senior Fellow, Philippines Institute of Development Studies (PIDS)

Roehlano Briones is a Fellow at PIDS where he specializes in agricultural policy. He was the lead expert in the drafting of the rules and procedures for the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR). He has published papers and co-edited two books on the economics of agriculture and natural resources, rural development, food security, international trade, and the macro economy. He received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of the Philippines and did postdoctoral research at the WorldFish Center in Penang, Malaysia.  

Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Nipon Poapongsakorn is currently a distinguished fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute Foundation (TDRI). He formerly held the position of President of TDRI, and Dean, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, where he was also Associate Professor. He has been also teaching business and political economy course in the Executive MBA program of Thammasat University. He received a BA in economics from Thammasat University, and PhD in economics from University of Hawaii. His main research is in the areas of agricultural and industrial

President, Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA)

Pol.Lt.Chareon Laothamatas is currently the President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA) and the Managing Director of Bangkok-based manufacturing and exporting company Uthai Produce Co., Ltd. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA and his Bachelor in Business Administration from Brigham Young University, USA. He specializes in trading of all types of rice, including jasmine rice.  

Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

David Dawe is a Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been conducting agricultural and food policy analysis and research for more than 20 years, and has edited several books on the Asian and world rice economies. David has spent much of his professional career resident in Southeast Asia, having worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Indonesia, the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and at FAO’s regional

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