Dr. Daniele De Wrachien
Professor, University of Milan,Italy
Dr. Daniele De Wrachien is full professor of Irrigation and Drainage at the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the State University of Milan. He graduated in Geology at the same University ,where he received is PhD in Applied Geology. Director of the Institute of agricultural Hydraulics ( 2000-2006) Director of the Computer Centre of the Faculty of Agriculture ( 1989 - 1995) President of EurAgEng (European Society of Agricultural Engineers ) (2002-2004) Member of the Executive Board of CIGR ( International Commission of Agricultural Engineering ) ( 2006- 2014) Member of the Executive Board of ICID (International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage) (2005-2012) Member of the Board of Directors of WIT ( Wessex Institute of Technology ) (2010-2014) Author of more than 150 publications ( scientific papers ,keynote papers,books and technical papers ) Organizer of more than fifty international Events ( Conferences, Congresses,Symposia and Workshops ) held in about fifteen countries throughout Europe,Africa,Asia,America, Australia
Dr. Abdeen Mustafa Omer
Professor, Energy Research Institute (ERI), United Kingdom
Abdeen Mustafa Omer (BSc, MSc, PhD) is an Associate Researcher at Energy Research Institute (ERI). He obtained both his PhD degree in the Built Environment and Master of Philosophy degree in Renewable Energy Technologies from the University of Nottingham. He is qualified Mechanical Engineer with a proven track record within the water industry and renewable energy technologies. He has been graduated from University of El Menoufia, Egypt, BSc in Mechanical Engineering. His previous experience involved being a member of the research team at the National Council for Research/Energy Research Institute in Sudan and working director of research and development for National Water Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Sudan. He has been listed in the book WHO'S WHO in the World 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. He has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 200 review articles, 7 books and 150 chapters in books
Dr. Christer Jansson
Director, PNNL and EMSL, Washington
Dr. Jansson leads development of a vision and strategy for PNNL and EMSL in plant sciences for bioenergy and environmental applications. These efforts include establishing partnerships, coordinate grant proposals, identifying capability gaps, and outlining where PNNL and EMSL can deliver enhanced impact to DOE and greater missions.Director of Plant Sciences, EMSL, 2014-present. Leads development of a vision and strategy for PNNL and EMSL in plant systems biology and bioenergy. As Director of Plant Sciences,Jansson has established a growing and vibrant Plant Sciences Program. He has introduced the model grasses Brachypodium and Setaria as experimental plant systems, and they are now used in a large number of projects at PNNL, within and outside of EMSL. He also has introduced biomass sorghum as an EMSL focus in programmatic bioenergy research via grants from ARPA-E and BER. Jansson's research at PNNL encompasses plant biochemistry, plant-microbe interactions and genome-to-phenome mapping. He has initiated two strategic hires, Amir Ahkami in Molecular Plant Biology and Venkat Srinivasan in Multiscale Plant Modeling.
Senior Staff Scientist, Earth Sciences Division (ESD), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, 2008-2014; ESD Program Lead for Bioenergy 2011-2014. Research evolved around bioengineering of plants and cyanobacteria with emphasis on understanding and exploiting photosynthesis, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism and source-sink interactions. Lead-PI for two ARPA-E projects, "FOLIUM" aiming at using synthetic biology and metabolic engineering to establish tobacco as a platform for foliar production of advanced hydrocarbon biofuels, and "METHYLASE" with focus on using enzyme and metabolic engineering to design a novel enzyme and metabolic pathway for direct conversion of methane to liquid transportation fuels. Professor/Chair, Mol. Biol., Dept. of Plant Biology & Forest Genetics, Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala BioCenter, Uppsala, Sweden, 2000-2007; Head of Department, SLU, 2005-2007. Research centered on photosynthesis in cyanobacteria and metabolic engineering of starch biosynthesis in cereals. Scientific positions of increasing recognition, from Assistant Professor to Full Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, 1987-1999. Research on photosynthesis in cyanobacteria and starch biotechnology in cereals.
Dr. Shri Mohan Jain
Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Shri Mohan Jain Consultant and Plant biotechnologist, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; received M. Phil, 1973 and Ph.D., 1978, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Israel, USA, and visiting scientist/Professor in Japan, Malaysia, Germany, and Italy. He was a Technical Officer, Plant Breeding and Genetics, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, 1999-2005. He is a member of International Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology; editorial Board member of Euphytica, In Vitro, Propagation of Ornamental Plants, Emirates J. Food and Agriculture, and a series on Forest Biotechnology; reviewer in Plant cell and organ culture, Plant cell reports, Agri Gene, Environmental Pollution, and Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research B. His publications are more than 160 in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and edited 58 books on In vitro haploid production (6 volumes), somatic embryogenesis (6 volumes), Genetic diversity and erosion (2 volumes), Biodiversity and conservation, Advances in Plant Breeding (5 volumes), protocols for somatic embryogenesis (2 volumes), date palm biotechnology (2 volumes), medicinal plants, and few others; invited speaker and acted as a Chair person in several international conferences worldwide. He was awarded Nobel Peace Prize, 2005 in commemoration the awarding to IAEA of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005; also former consultant to IAEA, the European Union, The Government of Grenada, Iranian date palm Company and the Egyptian Government. Currently his research interests are in somatic embryogenesis, organogenesis, haploidy, somatic cell hybridization, somaclonal variation and mutagenesis mainly in medicinal plants, date palm, and banana genetic improvement; ; genetic diversity, erosion, conservation, and utilization in the context of climate change and food and nutritional security.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez Vaque
Director of Food and Agrarian Policies, Spain,
Professor LUIS GONZÁLEZ VAQUÉ, Until the 31.12.2009 he was Adviser in the Directorate D (Knowledge-based economy) of the Directorate General for Internal Market and Services, European Commission, Brussels (Belgium). He has been for 9 years Head of the Unit "Removal of trade barriers for goods (articles 28 to 30 EC)" also in the Directorate General for Internal Market.
From 1982 to 1986, before he joined the European Commission, he was Chief of the Food, Plant and Animal Law Services of FAO, in Rome (Italy). Qualified in law in 1965 he decided to specialise in Consumer and Food Law at an early stage and worked as a lawyer until 1980 in Barcelona (Spain).From 1980 to 1982 he was Legal Adviser of Prosema, organiser of "Alimentaria", the International Food Show of Barcelona. As a result of his professional role and expertise he was elected in 1975 to the Council of the European Food Law Association (EFLA) and in 1996 he was designated “patron” of the association.He has served in several Working Parties relating to free movement and environmental affairs and is founder of the "Asociación Iberoamericana para el Derecho Alimentario" (Buenos Aires) and the “China-European Union Working Party”.
He has lectured extensively and has presented papers at national and international conferences within this topic area and has contributed articles to leading journals and publications, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the European Food and Feed Law Review (EFFL) and the Revista Aranzadi de Unión Europea. Mr. González Vaqué is also honorary member of the Asociación Catalana de Ciencias de la Alimentación (Institut d'Estudis Catalans). He is professor at the Universidad de Girona (Spain), “Pablo de Olavide” de Sevilla (ídem), San Antonio de Murcia (ídem), de Castilla-La Mancha (ídem) and of the CEI International Affairs - Universitat de Barcelona - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Master en Diplomàcia i Funciò Pública Internacional). He is also lecturer at the Università degli Studi di Ferrara and the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro (Italia).Mr.González Vaqué is at the present time Director of Food and Agrarian Policies of the “Fundació Triptolemos” (Barcelona) and member of the “Grupo de Reflexión ‘El futuro de la Unión Europea’” (Instituto Universitario de Estudios Europeos, Madrid) and of the Food Research Collaboration (UK).