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;
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.
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,