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
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,
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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