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
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
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
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
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
Darren Cooper has spent almost two decades in the commodities sector, in a range of roles, covering different markets and industries, including mining and metals, tropical commodities, notably natural rubber, as well as agriculture, particularly grains, rice and oilseeds. He has travelled extensively and presented on a range of topics at many international conferences. He joined the International Grains Council in London in 2006 and holds a Master of Science degree in economics.
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
Vice President of Sales at Louisiana Rice Mill, Former Chairman of the US Rice Millers Association
William A. Dore is the vice president of Sales at Louisiana Rice Mill, a premier exporter of U.S. milled rice on the Gulf Coast. He joined Louisiana Rice Mill in 1978 after working as a Certified Public Accountant.
He served as the Chairman of the US Rice Millers Association (RMA) 1991-1992. The RMA has represented the U.S. rice milling industry since 1899, making it one of the oldest agribusiness trade organizations in America.
In 1992 he was elected the 60th International Rice Festival Honoree.
Mr. Dore holds a Bachelor of Science