14th February 2020
15th February 2020 - Excursion: Hiking Diyaluma Falls - 2nd HIGHEST WATERFALL IN SRI LANKA
Eric LAVERTU, born on 7 December 1955
MA in Political Science
“Hors Classe” Adviser for Foreign Affairs
Positions held :
Central administration (French Nationals Abroad and Foreigners in France), 1991 – 1993;
Third Secretary in Islamabad, 1993-1996;
Second Secretary in Santo Domingo, 1996 – 1998;
Political Counsellor in United Nations special mission in Kabul, 1998-1999
First Secretary, Cooperation and Culture Counselor in Addis-Ababa, 1999-2002;
Second Counsellor, Cooperation and Culture Counselor in Kabul, 2002-2004;
Diplomatic Counsellor to the Director & Head of the Central Europe countries office, Department of International relations, Directorate General of Armaments, Ministry of Defense, 2004-2006.
Diplomatic and financial Counsellor to the Director & Head of the financial mechanisms and agreements office, Department of International relations, Directorate General of Armaments, Ministry of Defense,, 2006-2008;
Second Counsellor in Santiago, 2008-2012;
Consul General, Head of the Economic Section in Bangalore, 2012-2015;
Assistant Director and then Deputy Director, Crisis and Support Centre, September 2015.
Nishan Dissanayake is the Senior Policy Advisor for Agriculture in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka and Maldives. Prior to join with the Embassy, he worked for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant. Nishan received his BSc. Agriculture Degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Peradeniya. He is a holder of Certified Professional Marketer (CPM) license for Asia and the Pacific region issued by Asian Marketing Federation in Singapore.
Nishan’s career interests include promotion of agricultural education cooperation between Netherlands and Sri Lanka with a focus on transferring Dutch knowledge and technology into the Sri Lankan agriculture sector.
Nishan resides with his family in Colombo. In his free time, he loves to explore the countryside to experience the nature and wildlife.
Dr. Olaf Heidelbach studied Agricultural Economics and Development Studies at the Universities of Hohenheim/Germany and Ȧs/Norway. In 2007 he defended his doctoral thesis on innovative risk management instruments in Kazakhstan's agricultural sector at the Martin Luther University in Halle/Germany. He has been an Associate Professor lecturing risk management and analysis in the MBA Programme of the American University of Central Asia in 2008 and 2009. Between 2007 and 2012 he has been working at the EU Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic and has managed numerous projects and sector policy support programmes in Central Asia on good governance, education, and rural development involving civil society and government institutions. Between 2012 and 2017, he was the responsible programme manager at the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan for the sectors agriculture/rural development and budget support operations/public financial management and has acted as Head of Cooperation. Since April 2017 he is based in Sri Lanka and manages at the EU Delegation in Colombo the EU's interventions in agriculture/rural development and public financial management.
Herman Brouwer is a senior advisor at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, working on multi-stakeholder engagement for sustainable and inclusive agriculture. He advises, trains and coaches professionals across sectoral boundaries on how to contribute to sustainable development through collaboration. As an accredited Partnership Brokering Association (PBA) partnership broker, Mr Brouwer is supporting local and global partnerships, mainly in food security and natural resource management, in more than 25 countries. He divides his time between governments, companies, civil society organisations and research institutions. He is lead author of the acclaimed MSP Guide: How to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships, which has been referred to as an “invaluable management tool for identifying the core principles, tools and considerations needed to optimise your organisation’s approach to engagement”. This book, which has recently been translated into French and Spanish, is accompanied by The MSP Tool Guide which contains 60 tools to make MSPs more effective. Recent clients include: the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, World Economic Forum, and various humanitarian development NGOs. He is also an associate consultant with CDR (Collaborative Decision Resources) Associates in Boulder, (Colorado, USA) where he focuses on facilitation and mediation of environmental conflicts.
Athula Ginige is Professor of Information Technology at Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia and he leads the Social Computing and Knowledge Ecosystems Research Program at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. This program focuses on developing knowledge driven Social Computing solutions delivered via mobile based systems to a range of applied problems including “Grand Challenges” in diverse areas such as agriculture, healthcare, business and education. His current research areas include both autonomous and participatory sensor networks, knowledge aggregation and event detection, large scale knowledge organisation based on ontologies and semantic web technologies, context modelling, designing mobile based systems for user empowerment and Social Computing. Digital Knowledge Ecosystems integrate all these technologies and methodologies to provide innovative and sometimes disruptive solutions to real world challenges.
Prof Ginige has previously done some pioneering work to establish the discipline area of Web Engineering which he is now extending to mobile based applications. He has also done extensive research in the areas of e-Business and e-Transformation. In 2016 he won the Australian Computer Society Digital Disrupter Gold award for developing the Digital Knowledge Ecosystem for Agribusiness. He has over 250 Journal and Conference publications and given many keynotes at conferences. He has successfully supervised 15 PhD students. He graduated with B.Sc. Engineering first class honours from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England in 1987
Prof. Morihiro received bachelor and master degrees in 1991 and 1993, respectively in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan. He obtained his Ph. D. degree in Engineering at Kyoto University in 2002. He had worked as a technical researcher at the National Agricultural Research Center from 1993 to 2008. He had stayed as a visiting researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences for a year of 1998. He moved as associate professor to the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science of Okayama University in 2008, and became professor at the same university in 2016. His main research interests are nitrate leaching in upland fields, nitrous oxide emissions from organic matter, stable isotope ratios of biophilic elements, etc. He authored or coauthored over 50 original papers in refereed journals and 9 books. He is a member of editorial boards of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (2007-2011, 2015-present) and Hydrological Research Letters (2016-present). He serves chair of Soil Environment Division of the Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (JSSSPN) (2015-present) and had been vice-chair of the same division from 2004-2015. He received Honorable Award from the JSSSPN (2004) and Achievement Award for Young Scientists from the Foundation of Agricultural Sciences of Japan (2004). He contributed as an organizer to 8 international workshops and symposiums. At Okayama University, Dr. Maeda is head of active research projects on groundwater pollution with nitrogen in Vietnam and nitrous oxide emissions in soil disinfestation, and teaches Introductory Soil Science and Soil Quality & Management for undergraduate students, and Soil Use & Management and Soil Functions for graduate students. He is a chief coordinator of a bilateral Master’s program between Okayama and Hue Universities.
Dr Ranil Coorey completed his primary and secondary education at St Joseph’s College, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka before continuing with his BSc in Food Technology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, which he completed in 1991. He then went on to pursuing his Master’s degree in Food Science and Technology at Curtin University, Perth, Australia and completed the same in 1996. Further, Dr Coorey completed his PhD at Curtin University in 2008. Dr Coorey has worked in the food industry in different countries for many years before joining Curtin University as an academic, where he continues to lecture in food processing and food safety. Currently, he working there as a Senior Lecturer and the Course Coordinator and former Discipline Leader of the Food Science and Technology program. During his long career in the food industry, he has developed commercial food safety management systems and food products while working mainly in research and development and product innovation. Being a University academic as well as a researcher, he is, currently, engaged in a variety of industry-funded projects on chicken and seafood cold-chain-management and safety. Moreover, he also holds an international collaborative research project on safe chicken processing, which includes Australia and several African countries, namely, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. Dr Coorey’s other research projects include a large Australian government grant on red meat safety and industry-funded Australian native food processing and safety. Being a prolific academic writer, he has published extensively in high impact internationally peer reviewed SCI journals. Dr Coorey has supervised numerous MSc and PhD students from around the world. Further, he closely worked with many Sri Lankan scientists both at Curtin University and Sri Lanka. Dr Coorey was instrumental in establishing a link program between the University of Ruhuna and Curtin University and an MOU to this effect was signed in 2017. As part of the link programme, collaborative research on chicken meat safety, novel food product development etc will be carried out both in Sri Lanka and Australia. Moreover, staff and student exchange programmes, joint undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will also be established between these two Universities.
Dr.Giuliano Degrassi obtained his BSc Agriculture from University of Udine, Italy, and Ph.D. (Life Science) in 2000 from the Open University of London, the UK primarily focusing on biodegradation of lignocellulose, protein expression, and purification, regulation of gene expression of bacteria, biosafety and risk assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms. The primary research interests of Dr. Degrassi and his team at ICGEB, Italy, and Argentina are plant-associated bacteria, plant bacterial endophytes, investigation of plant-bacteria interaction and quorum quenching. Further, they are comprehensively engaging in biofuel and biogas production research and development programs. Currently, Dr. Degrassi is serving as the Group Leader, Industrial Biotechnology Division in International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Dr. Degrassi is an eminent scientist in the industrial biotechnology field and has published his important research findings in many prestigious high-impact international research journals.
Dr. Apurba Giri is presently working as Assistant Professor & Head, Dept. of Nutrition and Coordinator, Dept. of Food Processing, Mugberia Gangadhar Mahavidyalaya (UGC recognized as College with Potential for Excellence; Affiliated to Vidyasagar University). He did B.Tech (Dairy Tech.) from West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, M.Tech (Dairy Tech.) from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Ph.D (Dairy Tech.) from National Dairy Research Institute, and Post-Doc (Agri. and Food Eng.) from IIT-Kharagpur. He worked as Technical Officer at City Dairy, Howrah and Sr. Officer at Banas Dairy, Gujarat. He traveled to Denmark Technical University, Denmark to present his Post-Doctoral research work with the help to UGC International Travel Grant. He is life member of World Science Congress, Indian Dairy Association, Dairy Technology Society of India, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), The Indian Science Congress Association and Nutrition Society of India. He has achieved 13 awards in National and International level (including Best Thesis Award from NDRI, oral presentation, poster presentation etc.). He organized 11 Workshop / Conference / Seminar / Short-term course. He attended 11 International Conferences, 21 National seminars/conferences and 11 workshops/short courses. He published 21 research papers in International Journal (having SCI journal, i.e. Food Chemistry, Food and Bioprocess Technology, Journal of Food Science and Technology, Journal of Food Process Engineering, International Journal of Dairy Technology, Journal of Food Processing and Preservation), 3 research papers in National Journals, 7 popular articles, 5 book chapters, 20 other publications (proceeding, Bulletin, NDRI News, etc.). He was presenter as invited speaker in 4 seminars/camps; oral presenter in 6 International conferences, 11 National conferences/seminars, 2 Departmental seminars; poster presenter in 12 International conferences, 23 National conferences/seminars. A project (duration 3 years) funded by Dept. of Science & Technology and Biotechnology (Govt. of West Bengal) is undergoing under his supervision. His areas of research interest are traditional Indian dairy products, frozen dairy products, dairy by-products, cheese and fermented dairy products, dried milk and milk products, algal technology, functional foods etc.
Professor Hiroaki FUNAHASHI was educated at Department of Animal Science, Okayama University of Japan, and then awarded a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in 1990. From 1991 to 1996, he was contributed to research at Department of Animal Science of University of Missouri-Columbia,as a postdoc and researchassistant professor under Prof. Billy N. Day. In 1996, he was back to his mother university, Okayama University, as an associate professor of Animal Science. He has been promoted to a full professor since 2012. Currently, he has been the dean of the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science of Okayama University since 2017. His major is Animal Reproductive Biotechnology. For long time, he has studied on in-vitro production ofbovine and porcine embryos, as well as micromanipulation of mammalian gametes. So far, he has published 11 book chapters, 20 review papers, 110 full international papers as well as 203 presentations at international (99 abstracts) and domestic scientific meetings (104 abstracts). He was also invited 41 times as a guest speaker at international (14 times) and domestic meetings (27 times). In 1998, he has awarded the most honor research award, Shimomura Award, from the Japanese Society of Animal Reproduction. He is a co-editor of two international journals, Reproduction in Domestic Animal and Animal Science Journal.
Dr. Anup Pradhan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Quality and Operations Management, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has held posts at Institute of Engineering and Alternative Energy Promotion Centre in Nepal. He received BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh; ME in Agricultural Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; and PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from University of Idaho, USA. His research interests include life cycle assessment, renewable energy, farm mechanization, operations management, smart grid management, smart factory, applied research and optimization, organizational productivity, knowledge management. He is NRF rated researcher in South Africa and a registered Engineer with Nepal Engineering Council. He is a member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Engineering Society of South Africa (ECSA), Nepal Engineer’s Association (NEA), Gamma Sigma Delta, Golden Key International Honor Society.
Dr. Raju Mandal serves as an Associate Professor, attached to Department of Economics, Assam University. He is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in Economics of Natural Resources and Environment. He is passionate about Climate Change impact in Agriculture and will tap into his knowledge to the development of Economics of Social Sector. As a leading researcher in Assam University, Dr. Raju brought the founding platform to Climate Change Impact on Rice Yield and have worked for several other funding project in India.
Dr. Yong Wang is presently working as Professor & Head, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Agriculture College, Guizhou University. He did Ph.D from Plant Pathology in Shandong Agricultural University, and Post-Doc (Biology) from Guizhou University. He worked as plant mycology in southwestern China and Lanmei River Basin. He traveled to Mae Fah Luang University to present his cooperative research work with Prof Kevin D. Hyde. He is a member of American Phytopathological Society and a member of Chinese Society of Plant Pathology council. He organized 14th Youth Symposium of Chinese Society of Plant Pathology and will run the annual meeting of Chinese Society of Plant Pathology in 2020 in Guiyang. He published 70 research papers in International Journal (having SCI journal, i.e. Fungal Diversity, Plant Disease, Phytopathology, Mycologia, Fungal Biology, Mycokeys, Mycological Progress, Cryptogamie Mycologie), 12 research papers in National Journals, and his H-index is 24. In recent five years, he presided over 10 scientific research projects, and also co-sponsored an Iranian National Fund project. His areas of research interest are fungal diversity in southwestern China and Lanmei River Basin, crop fungal disease rapid identification, DNA barcoding, environmental friendly pest managemnt. He hopes to carry out various scientific research cooperation with the experts in “One belt, One Road” countries.
Paul Dargusch currently works as an Associate Professor in Environmental Management at The University of Queensland (UQ). He concurrently serves as a Special Advisor to the UNDP in Papua New Guinea. His research interests cover various fields of environmental studies and environmental change, including tropical forest management, ecological engineering and restoration, energy economics and climate policy, and agricultural development. He has a special interest in environmental markets, particularly in how to achieve better returns from environmental finance. From 2016 to 2018 Paul served as the Deputy Head of UQ’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Australia’s top ranked University for environmental sciences. He has published more than 100 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals including in Science and Nature Climate Change. From 2007 to 2016, Paul served as the Director of the UQ Carbon Lab. In that role he developed a carbon trading simulation tool called the Carbon Game which he and his team used to train more than 5000 people in 16 different countries on carbon and energy management; including Government agencies in China, Indonesia, the UAE and Australia, some of the world’s largest corporations such as Petronas, the Chinese National Oil Corporation and Glencore Xstrata, and leading development agencies, such as the World Bank and the FAO. Prior to joining UQ, from 1996 to 2007 Paul held various senior roles in the private sector, including as General Manager of International Business with PCA Ltd (one of Australia’s largest vertically integrated oilseeds companies) and CEO of the BFA Group (Australasia’s biggest organic certification agency).
Dr. Rahman holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the American University in Washington D.C. and has 22 years of research and teaching experience in the field of anthropology with a focus on contemporary development issues in Bangladesh. His research experience is centered on the broader areas of development - its global challenges and successes. Dr. Rahman holds permanent teaching positions as professor of Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University (JU), Bangladesh. He has extensive research experience with University of Manitoba-Canada, Monash University-Australia and Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
Associate Professor Dr Christina Supramaniam is the Director of Nottingham Centre for Sustainable Palm Oil and one of the 17 Nottingham Research Leaders in 2019. She is a Malaysian who completed her PhD in Biosciences, University of Nottingham, UK in the area of Molecular Plant Pathology, specifically looking at oil palm basal stem rot (BSR) disease and the genes expressed during the biodegradation of lignin. Oil palm is grown widely in Malaysia and Indonesia and is a major contributing factor to the economies of the country. In 2019, Christina was appointed as a working group committee by the Ministry of Primary Industries, Malaysia, to review the standards for Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification. To date, Dr Christina has had more than four graduate PhD students from the University of Nottingham and more than 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students working on Ganoderma-oil palm interactions. She is a reviewer for Plant Pathology, Wiley and Crop Protection, Elsevier journals. She is a member of the International Society for Plant Pathology, British Society for Plant Pathology and Australasian Plant Pathology Society. She has other research interests that include the molecular reactions to anthracnose disease in postharvest and the bio-formulation of microbial mixtures for biological control and bioprocess technologies. Dr Christina is also a fellow of the Higher Education Agency, HEA UK since 2011.
Dr. Hiroaki SOMURA specializes in the hydrology, water quality, and watershed management. He had studied about modeling analysis of groundwater quality (NO3-N) as the topic of his Ph.D. dissertation. His present research topic is “Analysis on influences of climate change and watershed development against watershed hydrology, water quality, and habitat environment of benthic animals by using Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)”. He has also conducted a field research in paddy fields paying attention to farming activities and water quality, and practical use of Tundra Swan’s feces to rice farming. He has a lot of overseas research experiences in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Texas, and Mozambique.
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