Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen

Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen was most recently the H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University and Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen University. He is past Chairman of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Past President of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). He has a B.S. from the Danish Agricultural University, a M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, and India. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He served 10 years as the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Director General and seven years as department head; seven years as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia; and six years as a distinguished professor at Wageningen University. He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate and the recipient of several awards for his teaching, research and communication. His recent publications include “The African Food System and its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition” (Cornell University Press 2010) and “Food Policy for Developing Countries” (Cornell University Press 2011) coauthored with Derrill Watson. He recently edited a book entitled "Food Price Policy in an Era of Market Instability: A Political Economy Analysis" which will be published by Oxford University Press.

Title of Speech: The Global Food Situation and the Role of Crop Sciences


Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Solh

Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Title of Speech: Innovative Research to Enhance Pulses Production for Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Security in Dry Areas


Dr. Michael Baum

Director, Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Title of Speech: Crop improvement under Climate Change


Professor Dr. Ismail Dweikat

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Sorghum and Millet Genetics

Title of Speech: Sorghum and pearl millet: two crops to combat climate change


Dr. RK Singh

Senior Scientist, Rice Breeder for Problem Soils and Rainfed Lowlands of SE Asia, Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Title of Speech: MAGIC: Novel Genetic Resource for Multiple Trait Improvement and QTL Discovery in Rice


Dr. Sudhanshu Singh

Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), New Delhi, India

Title of Speech: Enhancing and stabilizing rice productivity in rainfed stress-prone areas in South Asia: Climate resilient rice varieties and their management


Dr. U. S. Singh

Senior Scientist (II), Division of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology, South Asia Regional Project Coordinator – STRASA, CoP, USAID-ASTV project for Nepal and Cambodia, & Country representative of IRRI for India and Nepal International Rice Research Institute, India office

Title of Speech: Ushering second green revolution in South Asia through climate resilient high yielding rice varieties



Senior Scientist (Pearl millet Breeding), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Title of Speech: Pearl Millet crop improvement research at ICRISAT: towards climate resilience and eliminating hunger and malnutrition


Professor Dr. Kazuo Watanabe

Plant Genetic Diversity, Environmental Biosafety and Bioethics, Gene Research Center & Graduate School for Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Title of Speech: “New Breeding Techniques and ELSI (Ethics, Legal and Social Implication)”


Professor Dr. Makoto Kawase

Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Title of Speech: International Cooperation on Plant Genetic Resources by NARO Genetic Resources Center and University of Tsukuba in Japan


Dr. Satoshi Nimura

President, Nimura Genetic Solution Co., Japan

Title of Speech: Business collaboration and development on genetic resources and its research results


Dr. Naser Poursarebani

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany

Title of Speech: A genetic regulator of inflorescence form in Triticeae as a novel target for engineering spike architecture in order to enhance yield potential in bread wheat


Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf

Pakistan Science Foundation, Islamabad

Title of Speech: Crop salt tolerance improvement – some enigmas and attainments