Professor of Development Studies
C. Peter Timmer is an authority on agricultural develop-ment, food security, and the world rice economy who has published scores of papers and books on these topics. He has served as a professor at Stanford, Cornell, three faculties at Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego, where he was also the dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Now the Cabot Professor of Development Studies, emeritus, at Harvard University, he is also Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian
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.
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
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
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;
Senior Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Now retired, Concepción Calpe is a senior economist who has worked for more than 25 years at the FAO. She has occupied various functions at the Commodities and Trade Division, working first on national cereal policies, and then on monitoring developments in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. From 1992 to 1998, she was the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Meat. In 1998, she became Head of the Rice and Roots and Tubers Group and Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Rice at the FAO, a position she has held since then. In her
Director of the Global Rice Science Partnership, the CGIAR Research Program on Rice
Bas Bouman is the Director of the Global Rice Science Partnership, the CGIAR Research Program on Rice (link to: http://www.cgiar.org/our-research/cgiar-research-programs/rice-grisp/). With an annual value of around 100 M $US, GRiSP strategizes and aligns the rice research for development agenda of a global partnership of over 900 partners worldwide from the governmental, nongovernmental, public, private, and civil society sectors. Bas provides strategic leadership and directs the program on science and research, strategic and development outcomes,
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
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
Assistant Professor Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Delaware Biotechnology Institute, University of Delaware Education
Dr. Harsh P. Bais has received his Ph.D from University of Mysore in 2002. He did his M.S in Biotechnology from BITS, Pilani, India. He has been Affiliated Faculty in Center for Environmental Genomics, University of Delaware in 2008. He was Assistant Professor in Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware. He completed his Postdoctoral fellowship in Colorado State University (2000-2005).