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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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 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.