Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra is presently holding the position of Director of the prestigious Central Rice Research Institute located at Cuttack, Odisha, India. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher and teacher for about 20 years at the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India. He has been working in the area of molecular genetics and genomics. Dr. Mohapatra has over 135 research papers in national and international journals of repute and several book chapters. His research
Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Yu Tanaka completed his B.Sc from Kyoto University in 2006 and went on to do M.Sc. from Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University in 2008. In 2011, he earned his Ph.D. from Kyoto University. His thesis topic was 'Genetic diversity of stomatal morphology and transpiration rate among soybean cultivars'.
His professional journey began in 2011-2012 as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Molecular Cell Biology, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University. In 2012, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto
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
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
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
Director, QAAFI/ Prof of Agri Inno Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Professor Robert Henry is a graduate of the University of Queensland, B Sc (Hons), Macquarie University, M Sc (Hons) and La Trobe University (Ph D). In 2000 Professor Henry was awarded a higher doctorate (D Sc) by UQ for his work on analysis of variation in plants. Before being appointed QAAFI Director in May 2010, he was Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University, a centre which he established in 1996. Other previous positions held by Professor Henry include Research Director of the Grain Foods Cooperative
International Consultant: Rice Processing Technologies
DR. P. Pillaiyar, M.Sc.. (Ag.), Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) is an international consultant for rice processing technologies and also a published author of several books on post-harvest, rice processing, rice bran oil and parboiled rice production technologies.
Dr.. Pillaiyar has published 150 scientific papers on rice preservation, desiccation, drying, milling, storage, parboiling, cooking, bran use and quality test, and is a winner of several prestigious awards in India and globally.
Patents : Production of white crystalline parboiled rice;
Chief Science Research Specialist and Director, Crop Biotechnology Center
Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso is Chief Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) where he has been working as rice breeder for more than two decades. Concurrently, he is Director of Crop Biotechnology Center and Coordinator of the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program and Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit. His current research undertakings include rice varietal improvement focusing on nutritional enhancement, drought tolerance and disease resistance using conventional breeding, wide hybridization,
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
Global Rice Genetics & Breeding Expert
Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary holds a Ph. D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding and Post Doctorates from Technical University Munich, Germany and IRRI Philippines. Born and educated in India, he has been working with various national and international organizations for the last 42 years. Throughout first 10 years of his career, he served as Rice Breeder, and Associate Director and Professor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, in Pantnagar, India. Over the next 5 years he served Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (Bihar),