Featured Profile - Who's Who in Rice

Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute

Mr.Miranda holds Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1979) and Master of Science in Rural Development (2004) from Central Luzon State University. He also works as National Coordinator, Upland Rice Development Program of the Philippines Department of Agriculture. He is currently the Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). He also worked as Deputy Executive Director for Development and Officer-In-Charge of the the PhilRice. The following works by Mr.Miranda were honored: - His paper “When Parking the Plow has More Benefits” (Reduced Tillage Technology) was judged best paper at the 23rd FCSSP National Scientific Conference in May 2015.- He received Achievement Award in Extension at the FCSSP 22nd National Scientific Conference in March 2013.- His paper “Development and Promotion of Location-specific High Yielding Technology for Intensive Irrigated Rice Areas in Nueva Ecija” was judged best paper at the 20th FCSSP Scientific Conference in May 2009.- His work “Partnership for Agricultural and Rural Transformation –Improving Farmers’ Lives” was judged best paper and best poster at the Crop Science Society of the Philippines Scientific Conference in 2008.- He was awarded the Outstanding Public Official during the 22nd Anniversary of PhilRice in November 2007.       

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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

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,

Grains Analyst

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

Director

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

Distinguished Fellow

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

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

Global Rice Genetics & Breeding Expert

Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary holds a Ph. D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding and Post Doctorates from Technical University Munich, Germany and IRRI Philippines.  Born and educated in India, he has been working with various national and international organizations for the last 42 years.    Throughout first 10 years of his career, he served as Rice Breeder, and Associate Director and Professor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, in Pantnagar, India. Over the next 5 years he served Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (Bihar),

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

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

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Featured Profile - Who's Who in Rice

Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute

Mr.Miranda holds Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1979) and Master of Science in Rural Development (2004) from Central Luzon State University. He also works as National Coordinator, Upland Rice Development Program of the Philippines Department of Agriculture. He is currently the Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). He also worked as Deputy Executive Director for Development and Officer-In-Charge of the the PhilRice. The following works by Mr.Miranda were honored: - His paper “When Parking the Plow has More Benefits” (Reduced Tillage Technology) was judged best paper at the 23rd FCSSP National Scientific Conference in May 2015.- He received Achievement Award in Extension at the FCSSP 22nd National Scientific Conference in March 2013.- His paper “Development and Promotion of Location-specific High Yielding Technology for Intensive Irrigated Rice Areas in Nueva Ecija” was judged best paper at the 20th FCSSP Scientific Conference in May 2009.- His work “Partnership for Agricultural and Rural Transformation –Improving Farmers’ Lives” was judged best paper and best poster at the Crop Science Society of the Philippines Scientific Conference in 2008.- He was awarded the Outstanding Public Official during the 22nd Anniversary of PhilRice in November 2007.       

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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

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,

Grains Analyst

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

Director

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

Distinguished Fellow

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

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

Global Rice Genetics & Breeding Expert

Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary holds a Ph. D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding and Post Doctorates from Technical University Munich, Germany and IRRI Philippines.  Born and educated in India, he has been working with various national and international organizations for the last 42 years.    Throughout first 10 years of his career, he served as Rice Breeder, and Associate Director and Professor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, in Pantnagar, India. Over the next 5 years he served Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (Bihar),

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

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

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