Dr. Hans Braun

Hans-Joachim BraunDirector, WHEAT CRP and CIMMYT Global Wheat Program, Mexico

Braun has served as the Director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program since 2006, Braun has an M.S. from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim and a Ph.D. from the University of Hohenheim. His achievements include contributing to the development and release of 44 winter wheat varieties grown on nearly 1.5 million hectares in Central and West Asia, and he is the main author or co-author on more than 120 scientific articles, including 36 in refereed journals. In 2003 he received the Chinese Friendship Award for his contributions to wheat improvement in Gansu Province.

Dr. Paul Struik

Director General, Professor of Crop Physiology, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Professor Paul C. Struik is a Full Professor of Crop Physiology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and head of this University’s Centre for Crop Systems Analysis. He obtained an M.Sc in Agronomy and a Ph.D in Agricultural Sciences from Wageningen University. His fields of expertise include: crop systems biology, photosynthesis, resource-use efficiency, seed systems, agrobiodiversity and the synergy between natural and social sciences.

Professor Struik is the author and co-author of many publications including most recently “Deconstructing and unpacking scientific controversies in intensification and sustainability: why the tensions in concepts and values?” in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability” (2014) and “Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security” (2014) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

He is on the editorial board of several international scientific journals including Editor in Chief of Potato Research (1990 – present); Editor of Annals of Applied Biology (2004 until present) and Academic editor of PLoS ONE (2014 until present). He is a member of the Council of the European Association for Potato Research and in 2014, he was recognized for the Outstanding Paper on Plant Genetic Resources from the Crop Science Society of America.

Ximena López

 Technical and Technological Transference Manager,Senior Technical Director, Granotec Group and Director IFAN (Functional Ingredients and Natural Additives) Technological Consortium Project ,Chile

López graduated with a food industry engineering degree from University of Santiago, Chile, and obtained her Master of Science at Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. López worked as a consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization and served as the national representative for the International Cereal Chemists. López has a variety of experiences, in Quality Control and Flour Treatment and Quality Assurance Systems, specialized in cereal fortification in the American Institute of Bread (AIB.)

López is the author of over 20 scientific publications and 100 journal articles. Currently, her research is focused on biotechnology and the development of functional food based cereals.

 

Professor Dr. John R. Porter

JRPDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Porter is an internationally known scientist in crop ecology and physiology, biological modelling and agricultural ecology. Main contribution has been multi-disciplinary work in the response of arable crops, energy crops and complex agro-ecosystems to their environment with an emphasis on climate change, agronomy and ecosystem services.Porter has published more than 130 papers in reviewed journals and has won three international prizes for his research and teaching and is a former past-president of the European Society for Agronomy. Recently he has led the writing of the critically important chapter for the IPCC 5th Assessment in Working Group 2 on food production systems and food security. He has recently expanded his interest into food systems and food security and was elected Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry in 2014.

Aly Abousabaa

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

An Egyptian national and civil engineer by training with a focus on strategic leadership in the fields of sustainable development, operational and policy-based lending, as well as project and portfolio management. At AfDB, Aly Abou Sabaa provided leadership in the preparation and execution of the Bank’s main strategies which had huge impact on the lives of millions of people in Africa. He led the resource mobilization and the management of a US $11 billion portfolio in the areas of agriculture, water, natural resources management, climate change, green development, governance, women and youth, as well as human and infrastructural development. His experience spans more than 35 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the United States of America.