International Congress on Biotechnology and Food Sciences
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Yalemwork Amare

Designation: Lecturer University: Debertabor University Country: Ethiopia More Details

The author was born from her father Ato Amare Lulseged and her mother W/o Yeshialem Baya in 1994 G.C, in East Gojjam Zone, Amhara Region. She attended her elementary and secondary school in Yejube School. After her successful completion of high school education, she joined Haramaya University in 2012 and graduated with B.Sc degree in Agricultural economics in July 2015. After graduation, she joined University of Gondar for her postgraduate study in the field of Agricultural Economics. And also completed my Msc in 2017 by agricultural economics.

Ikenna UCHENDU

Designation: Lecturer University: University of Nigeria Country: Nigeria More Details

Ikenna Kingsley Uchendu is currently working as a lecturer in the Clinical Chemistry Division of the Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Nigeria since 2014. He achieved MSc. degree in Clinical Biochemistry in 2014 from the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom. He has obtained B.MLS degree in Medical Laboratory Science in 2009 from the University of Nigeria. Ikenna Kingsley Uchendu does research in Clinical Chemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, Ethnopharmacology, Toxicology, Molecular and Signalling mechanisms, and Cancer and Cell biology. He has published his research findings in more than 40 peer-reviewed publications.

Norhayati Hussain

Designation: Associate Professor University: University Putra Malaysia Country: Malaysia More Details

Dr. Norhayati Hussain is an academician at Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. Currently, her main researches focus on food sciences, food technology, Halal product development and cocoa processing. She covers method modification for determination of PAH in cocoa, product development from Halal by- products, study migration of fat and water in chocolate filling from tropical fruits, optimization of yeast starter cultures for cocoa fermentation (collaboration with Barry Callebaut Malaysia Sdn Bhd), cocoa espresso and blending of selected vegetable oils with palm olein. She was a researcher at Biotechnology Division, Malaysia Cocoa Board, handling research on patented prebiotic chocolates (pure milk and dark chocolate) funded by Technofund program. She also has experiences in food and beverage industries under the Research and Development Department at CPC/ AJI Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur and SBM Food Industries, Melaka, Malaysia. She obtained her PhD and Master degree in Food Science from University Kebangsaan Malaysia and her BSc degree in Food Science and Microbiology from University of Strathclyde, U. Kingdom.

Antonietta Baiano

Designation: Associate Professor University: University of Foggia Country: Italy More Details
Antonietta Baiano was born in Foggia (Italy) in 1972, 29th July. She is graduated in Food Science and Technology at the University of Bari (Italy) in 1996. In 2000, she achieved the PhD in Food Biotechnology at the University of Foggia. From 2002 to 2016, she was been a researcher at the Agrarian Faculty/ Department of Sciences of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Foggia. From 2016, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sciences of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Foggia. Her teaching subjects mainly concern Quality Management in the Food Chain, Enology, Brewing Technologies, Physical, chemical, and Sensory Analyses of Foods. Her main research interests concern the following topics:
  • the phenolic fraction of foods;
  • the study of production and quality of olive oil, wine, and beer;
  • the recovery of nutraceutical compounds from food waste.
She is author of about 190 among article, posters, books, and book chapters. Papers have been cited 1751 times, with an H-index of 22 in the last 15 years. She has a long experience in reviewing manuscripts for several indexed journals related to Food Science & Technology and is in the editorial board of several prestigious journals concerning Food Science & Technology.
 

Shomini Prashar

Designation: Assistant Professor University: IMS Engineering College Country: India More Details

Tizazu Toma Dilebo

Designation: Associate Researcher and Coordinator of Socio University: Southern Agricultural Research Institute Country: Ethiopia More Details
Tizazu Toma Dilebo was born in Hawassa town, South Nation, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State in 1985 G.C. He completed his elementary school education at Gebeya Dar Primary School and Tabor junior secondary school and his Secondary and preparatory schools at Tabor high school. He joined Hawassa University, Hawassa college of Agriculture, in 2006 G.C, and graduated with B.Sc. degree in Agriculture (Agricultural Resources Economics and Management) in 2008. Soon after graduation, he served in different organizations. He joined Dila University in 2011 G.C and graduated in M.Sc. degree in Sustainable Natural Resources Management in until 2015 G.C. He again joined Haramaya University in September 2015 to pursue his M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics and graduated in July 5, 2017. Currently, he is associate researcher and coordinator of socio-economics researches in Southern Agricultural Research Institute.

Chukwu Michael Nwankwo

Designation: Researcher University: Abia State Polytechnic Country: Nigeria More Details

Kusse Haile Gemeyida

Designation: Head of Agricultural Economics Department University: Mizan-Tepi University Country: Ethiopia More Details
Kusse Haile Gemeyida is currently working as a Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Mizan Tepi University since 2017. He has been with Mizan Tepi University since 2013 as Senior Lecturer and Researcher. He achieved MSc. degree in 2016 from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. He has obtained BSc. degree in Agricultural Economics in 2013 from Mizan Tepi University, Ethiopia. He completed his Higher Diploma program in Teaching in 2014 from Jimma University. He has served as member and chairman of different committees, organized national symposiums. He has conducted training on Entrepreneurship skill Development for Graduate of Agriculture. He has published his research findings in more than 5 peer-reviewed publications. He is member of the Mizan Tepi University Staff Voluntary Association, Member of the Space Science Society of Ethiopia (SSSE) and Member of EEA. He is also a peer reviewer for eleven journals and editorial board member in three international journals. His research interests include; Production efficiency, Agricultural technology adoption, Value chain Analysis, Food security, commercialization, and Resource Utilization.

Dr. NKUBANA Andrew

Designation: Head of Department for Biotechnologies University: INES Ruhengeri Country: Rwanda More Details
Dr. NKUBANA Andrew, holds PhD in Food Technology, food Nutritionist and researcher in the same area. Excellent knowledge in coordinating and organizing different meetings within any institution on different projects and its related activities. He was head of department for Biotechnologies and Lecturer at INES Ruhengeri. He was Tea Senior Researcher at Rwanda Agricultural Board, RAB, Rwanda, Director of Regulations and Policies for Tea, Coffee & Horticulture, National Agriculture Export Board, NAEB. He was visiting lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University, Kigali Campus, Punjab Agriculture University, PAU, India and University of Tourism and Business Management respectively. A Consultant on linking farmers to markets under Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF). He carried out Consultancy on Quality Management Systems (QMS) on certification for Kinazi Cassava Plant. He Drafted Food Security Protocols and harmonizing measurements and weights for East African member countries (EAC) and Consultancy for Millennium villages Project towards millennium villages goals for famine reduction (case study Nyamata, Bugesera) Rwanda. He published the following papers: Optimization of Extrusion Conditions for development of Fish-Maize based Extruded Snacks by Response Surface Methodology,
Twin Extrusion Processing of Fish Incorporated snacks: Extrudate Characteristics and Process Optimization, Storage Stability Assessment of Fish Incorporated with Rice and Maize based Extruded Snacks, A comparative Study of Antioxidant Activity between Black tea from Rwandan highlands with Green and Oolong teas from China in Prevention of Cancer, Implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point in fast food Restaurants, The Nutritive, Economic and Environmental values of Rwandan Traditional Fermented Cassava Products and Published paper on Fat determination and Physical-Chemical Characteristics and feeding requirements of Exotic & Indigenous cows from Rwanda.

Abebaw Dessie

Designation: Researcher I University: Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) Country: Ethiopia More Details

Alain LUKUSA KATAYI

Designation: Assistant Professor University: University of Mbujimayi Country: Democratic Republic of Congo More Details
Alain KATAYI LUKUSA was born on 06 July 1992 in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Son of Placide LUKUSA and Adèle NTUMBA and native of the province of Kasaï Oriental. He did his primary studies at the KABANDA primary school located in the territory of Gandajika. As for his secondary studies, he studied at the College Saint Georges KOLAYI in Math-physics option. While for the university studies, he holds a degree in agronomic sciences, a diploma of agricultural engineer in agricultural economics at the Official University of Mbujimayi. He is currently doing his postgraduate studies in biodiversity management and sustainable forest management at the University of Kisangani in partnership with CIFOR and European Union. He has held several positions such as Technical Director at FOPAKOR, Steering Member of the PREPAR project, Private Secretary to the Provincial Minister in charge of Agriculture and currently Assistant at UOM.

Shiekume Shalem

Designation: Researcher University: Federal University of Agriculture Country: Nigeria More Details

Shiekume Shalem is currently a PhD student In Nutrition and Food Sciences of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Calabar, Nigeria. He holds an MSc degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from the University of Reading, United kingdom (2014) He also received a BSC in Food Science and Technology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria (2009).  He has been an academic staff with Department of Food Science and Technology of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, since 2012, currently he is a member of the academic staff of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of the same University. He has been involved in teaching and research for over seven years.   A strong advocate for healthy dieting and the use of indigenous Nigerian Foods in the management of chronic diseases particularly Diabetes. He involves his students in developing food products and meals using local food materials for specific conditions or target groups.  His professional interests focus on Identifying food groups and nutrients that could be used in the management of nutrition related disorders in Nigeria. He also has interest in the nutritional status of women of child bearing age as well as nutrition related problems peculiar to local women and Children in Nigeria. In addition, he is a member of the Nutrition Society of Nigerian(NSN) and the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST). 

Dr. Djomdi

Designation: Senior Lecturer University: University of Maroua Country: Cameroon More Details
 

Albert Kojo Quainoo

Designation: Professor University: University for Development Studies Country: Ghana More Details
Professor Albert Kojo Quainoo had part of his elementary school education in Tamale and his entire secondary school education at the Tamale Secondary School, Ghana. In 1990 he graduated with a BSc. Agriculture and Dip. In Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He proceeded to Finland and obtained a MSc. Degree in Plant Production at the University of Helsinki in 1994.
He took up a lecturing position at the University for Development, Studies, Tamale, Ghana in 1997. He obtained his PhD in Biological Science (Plant Tissue Culture, Molecular Biology and Germplasm Concervation) at the University of Reading in 2007.
He served as the head of the Department of Biotechnology and the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and currently the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University for development Studies Tamale Ghana. He is Professor of biotechnology and has extensive research experience especially in the tree crops such as cocoa and the shea tree. He has the passion for the shea tree and wants to help transform the tree by unearthing the potentials of the tree.
Professor Albert Kojo Quainoo is a member of the College of Research Associates (CRA) of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) and a member of the National Biosafety Committee of Ghana.

Dr. Ahmed Ali Farah (Dip, DVM, MSc)

Designation: Researcher University: Mekelle university Country: Somalia More Details
Dr. Ahmed Ali Farah has completed his graduation (Diploma of Animal Health Science Makerere University in 2013 and Degree graduation (Mekelle University in 2017) Now research follows Master of Veterinary Microbiology at Hajee Mohamed Danesh Science and Technology University. He has been working many subject field included veterinary fields, livelihoods for international, local and Governments. He has published number of articles in peer viewed of international journals. Currently he is an active member of Executive director of PALADOW Organization

Robert Alex Isabirye

Designation: Animal Health Scientist University: National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) Country: Uganda More Details
Robert Alex Isabirye is a person from a humble background. He was born is Luuka district, in the Busoga sub-region, eastern Uganda. His parents are coffee farmers. Born in a family of seven siblings, he has been able to move the academic ladders to PhD level. He holds two MSc Degrees in the animal sector and has worked in the animal production and health sector in different capacities, but mostly in the extension and research areas. He has worked in many parts of Uganda and this has enabled him to speak more than 50% of more than 20 languages spoken in Uganda. Due to his humility, his family members enjoy being near him most of the time! He enjoys playing scrabble and watching soccer. He also loves conserving nature.
“What brings about greedy in this world!!!...” Robert wonders. “The reason why there is too much fighting in the world is due to lack of contentment” He explains adding that people should learn to get live within their limits and also be able to share with those who do not have.  

Mohammed SSD

Designation: Associate Professor University: Nile University of Nigeria Country: Nigeria More Details

Dr. Sani Sambo Datsugwai Mohammed is presently an Associate Professor  in the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, Nile University of Nigeria, FCT, Abuja. He completed his graduation from Waziri primary school, Agaie, Niger State in 1990 as the overall second best Student with the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC). He has done his masters and doctoral studies from Microbiology from Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.

He is a Fellow- Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (FISLT),Fellow- Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC), Member- Certified Management Consultant (MCMC),Member- Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (MIPAN), Member- Society for Testing Laboratory Analysts of Nigeria (MSoTLAN), Member- Nigerian Society for Microbiology (MNSM), Member- Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (MBSN), Member- Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (MNIFST),  Member- Nigerian Association of Teachers of Technology (MNATT),Member- American Society for Microbiology (MASM). He has over one hundred (100) scholarly published articles in both national/local and international high impact journals. He has also published two (2) books in Germany and with several publications in book of proceedings and abstract of conferences of societies and associations.

 

Zekiros Fikadu Gebretsadik

Designation: Lecturer University: Aksum University Country: Ethiopia More Details

Zekiros Fikadu was born on 20 December 1985, in Adwa, Tigray, Ethiopia. He have completed his elementary school education in Adwa elementary schools. Then he joined and completed high school education in Nigiste Saba comprehensive high School, Adwa. He joined Hawassa University in the 2005 academic year and graduated in July 2007 with a BSc Degree in Animal and Range Sciences. Immediate to his graduation, he was employed as an animal breeding and forage science expert in Ahferom Woreda and had worked for one year. Then he was employed as full-time academic staff member in Shire ATVET College, Department of Animal Science on 12 March 2010, and worked as a graduate assistant for three years. Then, he have joined Mekelle University, School of Graduate Studies in October 2012 for his MSc Degree study in Livestock Production and Pastoral Development programme through sponsorship of Mekelle University and graduated in July 2014. Finally, he was employed as full-time academic staff member at Aksum University, College of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science on 31 October 2018, to date and work as a lecturer.

Fikiru Waldageorgis Dase

Designation: Researcher University: Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research Country: Ethiopia More Details

Fikiru Waldageorgis Dase is a researcher at Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, based at Melkassa Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopia. Recently he has completed his master’s degree program in Food Technology at Can Tho University via a sponsorship of VLIR-Vietnam Network Program in Vietnam and now joined his former institute. Fikiru Waldageorgis Dase has completed his bachelor degree in Postharvest Management from Jimma University, Ethiopia. In addition, he is studying another master’s degree at Addis Ababa University in Food Science and Nutrition. His areas of study are rheological properties of food materials, plant polyphenols and antioxidant properties, product development, and process and recipe optimization, child and maternal nutrition, nutrient retention techniques.

Dr. Mutaz Mohamed Ahmed Elshiekh

Designation: Chairman University: Sudanese Chemical Society Country: Sudan More Details
Mutaz Mohamed Ahmed Elshiekh is Chairman at Sudanese Chemical Society and an Assistant Professor in Ahfad Center for Science and Technology, AUW, Sudan. He has completed his bachelors, masters and doctoral studies in Organic chemistry at University of Khartoum, Sudan. He is the head of chemistry department and Chemistry general coordinator at Ahfad University For Women-Ahfad center for science and technology. He has published various papers in well known science journals. His duties include teaching general organic chemistry for faculty of science and pharmacy and supervising graduation dissertations, MSc and PhD thesis.
 

Rauf Ahmad

Designation: Principal Scientific Officer University: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council Country: Pakistan More Details

Rauf Ahmad after doing Master in Organic Chemistry, worked as QC Manager in private sector during 1990- 1994; and later on joined “Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC)” Islamabad - as Trainee Scientist in DANIDA Project “Ecotoxicology Research Program”, a subsidiary initiative of “Pesticides Network for Asia & Pacific”, latter on was posted as “Scientific Officer (SO)” to establish “Federal Pesticides Lab” in the year 2000. During August 2004 - March 2011, worked as Senior SO/ IRRI Lead Scientist to perform Grain Quality Testing mandatory for commercial purpose cum varietal development; and collaborative activities with IRRI. During 2011- 2015, posted as Principal (PSO) / Assistant Coordinator (Cereal System) – PARC to look after rice trade and registration matters; Grain Quality Lab (Chemistry part) under “National Plant Health Inspection System” project that transform Lab under ISO 17025 accredited. Being member “International Network for Quality Rice (INQR)” actively participated in different task forces including method development for measuring Real Amylose “ISO 6647; rice metabolomics” - a joined venture of INQR- MetaPhor group. During 2016 - 2019, worked as PSO/Assistant Director Projects (Crops Sciences Division) to appraise Research Projects; Monitoring and Evaluation, periodic reports under initiatives “Research for Agriculture Development Program; Public Sector Development Program; Agriculture Linkages Program”; Pakistan Science Foundation; MoU projects and others. Since April 2019, working as Incharge “Oil Quality Lab” NARC; and doing Ph. D research “Physiochemical Properties, Biochemical Profile, and fatty acid composition of Adlay (Coix lachryma – jobi L. var –yuen Stapf) seeds grown in Pakistan”.

Dr. Reta

Designation: Visiting Assistant Professor University: Pangkep State Polytechinc of Agricultura Country: Indonesia More Details

Zenesia Asiyih Phillips

Designation: Lecturer I University: University of Guyana Country: Guyana More Details
Zenesia Asiyih Phillips was born in the mining town of Linden, Zenesia Asiyih Phillips was the first of three daughters. After completing high School, she immediately got accepted into the University of Guyana, where she successfully gained her degree in General Agriculture.
This led to her employment as a graduate teacher at one of the most prestigious high schools in Guyana, President’s College, where she taught Agricultural and Integrated Sciences.
In 2013 Ms. Phillips was granted a Scholarship through the Indian High Commission Guyana, through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She obtained placement at Assam Agricultural University, India, where she acquired a Masters Degree in Soil Science.
Ms. Phillips went on to serve at the University of Guyana, Berbice campus in October 2015 and currently holds the position as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. In addition to teaching, she has continuously shown interest in supervising student research projects.

Kavaya Ruth Imbahale

Designation: Researcher University: Egerton University Country: Kenya More Details
Ruth Kavaya holds a degree in Food Science from Egerton University, Kenya where she is currently a MSc candidate in Food Science and a researcher. Ruth also works as a consultant with various farmers in Kenya with a commitment to enhancing sustainability in livelihoods and food security of vulnerable farmers in the Drylands. Ruth has a passion in Research and developmental initiatives along the discipline of food chemistry and product development which as exhibited by her MSc research work that seeks to empower pastoral communities in Kenyan Drylands. Ruth has a wide experience in Food Safety and Quality research along the food value chain.

Shinya Tajima

Designation: Assistant Professor University: St. Marianna University School of Medicine Country: Japan More Details

Shinya Tajima was born in 1976 in Saitama near Tokyo. He graduated from Keio University School of Medicine. After graduation, he is working in Department of Pathology at the same institution. He received PhD in Radiologic-Pathology from St. Marianna University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. He is currently working at the Department of Pathology and Radiology of this latter institution. His interests are breast pathology, breast radiology and breast radio-pathological correlation.

Sahar Ezzat Abd Elhag Mohamed Zaki

Designation: Assistant Professor University: Sudan University of Science & Technology Country: Sudan More Details

Christian C Iwuagwu

Designation: Head of Department University: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Country: Nigeria More Details

Emmanuella Torkwase Bulya

Designation: Junior Research Engineer University: Ural Federal University Country: Russia More Details

Vivekanshu Verma

Designation: Associate Consultant & Fellow University: Medanta - The Medicity Country: India More Details

Vincent Makini Gichaba

Designation: Part-Time Lecturer University: Kabarak University Country: Kenya More Details

Vincent Makini Gichaba is currently a part time lecturer at Kabarak University, Kenya. Previously, worked as a part time lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management and Agricultural Education at Chuka University, Kenya for three years. Also, an experienced teacher of Agriculture and Biology subjects employed by the Teachers Service Commission of Kenya since 2011. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education and Extension from Egerton University, Kenya and a Master of Science degree in Agronomy from Chuka University, Kenya. Currently, pursuing a PhD degree in Agronomy at Chuka University, Kenya.

Felicia Nmeazi Okwakpam

Designation: Lecturer University: Rivers State University Country: Nigeria More Details

EN Ngonadi

Designation: Lecturer University: Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Country: Nigeria More Details
Ngonadi Emmanuel Nzube an indigene of Nnewi in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State, Nigeria. He was born in June 2, 1981. He attended Dubem Nursery & Primary School1987 - 1993, West African School Certificate in 2000 at Maiduguri International School. He graduated from University of Maiduguri in 2002 with B. Agric (Honours) in the Faculty of Agriculture. He gained admission in 2010 at University of Ibadan for Master of Science degree in Crop protection and graduated in 2012. He went for PhD in Weed Science Management in 2017 which is still in progress. He was employed at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State in 2019 in the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture, he has had opportunity to serve as editorial reviewer in some international journals like Cogent Biology. He is a member of Nigeria Society of Plant Protection.

Evans Ebuka Okoli

Designation: Lecturer University: Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Country: Nigeria More Details
Okoli, Evans Ebuka hails from Otolo Nnewi in Anambra State, Nigeria and is currently running his PhD in plant breeding and genetics at the Department of Crop Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State Nigeria.
He is a Master’s Degree holder in plant breeding and genetics and a lecturer in the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, Nigeria.
As a sound intellectual, Okoli, Evans Ebuka won the Vice Chancellor’s Award as the overall best graduating student in the University which was presented during the convocation ceremony of 2013/2014 session.
In the past he had served and also currently serves in different committees of the University and he is the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, Nigeria among others.

Wondimu Ayele Lombebo

Designation: Senior Researcher University: Wachemo University Country: Ethiopia More Details

Wondimu Ayele Lombebo is a senior researcher and teacher at Wachemo University in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in Animal and Range Science from Wolaita Sodo University  with award of University gold medal and cup,  and a master’s degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding  with very great distinction from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. He is a young and energetic scholar,  currently He is a Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences in Wachemo University amd served in head position of animal science department formerly. His research interests include characterization, animal reproduction and production, farming systems and households income genaration for food securiy.

Dr. Dharani Dhar Patra

Designation: Vice-Chancellor University: Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya Country: India More Details
Born in 1955 at Bankura, West Bengal, Dr. Dharani Dhar Patra had his School education from Dubrajpur Uttarayan, one of the best schools in western part of the State. Dr. Patra has a brilliant academic records through out his career.  He ranked First in Agricultural stream in West Bengal Board in 1971. He also secured Second position during graduation and First position in post graduation from BCKV in 1976 and 1978, respectively. Dr. Patra did his Ph.D. in 1982 from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. His doctoral research fetched him the prestigious FAI (New Delhi) Gold Medal in 1983. His research interests are nitrogen balance in soil plant system, soil microbial biomass and nutrient bioavailability, utilization of marginal lands through cultivation of medicinal and aromatic crops and agro-technology of high value industrial crops,  bioamelioration of salt affected soils and heavy metal polluted soils with aromatic plants as the model.
 
                 Dr. Patra started his career as Assistant Professor in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, in Rajasthan Agricultural University in 1982 and subsequently joined Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, (CSIR), Lucknow in 1987.  He has been presently working as the Vice-Chancellor of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal. His significant contribution have been development of dual 15N leveling technique for precise estimation of di-nitrogen fixation in cereal-legume mixed cropping system, concurrent transfer of fixed N to cereal, development of natural essential oil byproduct coated slow release urea fertilizer and technology for growing medicinal and aromatic crops in Usar land and other marginal lands. Dr Patra has published about 200 research papers mostly in SCI journals with total citation of nearly 2500, with impact factor of 120. Most significant research work of Dr. Patra is development of a morphine less, non-narcotic variety of Poppy (Sujata) to lessen the drug trafficking. One variety of vetiver developed by him is christened as “Dharani” his name, having higher content of vetiverol. Latest in his kitty is a variety of mint, CIM-Patra having very high menthol (82%).
 
 His work on secondary metabolites in extreme soil condition as drug precursors is highly acclaimed. In recognition of his work Dr. Patra has been conferred with several awards and laurels; the important among them are FAI Silver Jubilee Awards - 1980, FAI Gold Medal - 1983, PPIC-FAI Gold Medal - 2000,  12th International Congress Commemoration Award – 2005, UP Eminent Scientist Award on Natural Resource Management – 2006, ISCA Platinum Jubilee Awards, 2008 and member of the teams conferred with Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation (UK) Award, 2008 and CSIR Rural Development Award, 2008.
 
Dr. Patra is a Fellow of the Indian Society of Soil Science, New Delhi, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. Under Commonwealth Fellowship Dr. Patra visited Rothamsted Experimental Station, U.K. in 1983-84 and worked with Sir David Jenkinson and under STA-JISTEC Fellowship visited Hokkido National Agricultural Experimental Station, Japan in 1999.  Besides this, Dr. Patra visited Germany, Netherlands, France, South Korea and China (two times), Japan (three times) and Pakistan (in November 2008 ).
 
 Dr Patra is a honorary Reviewer of several national and international journals viz J. Indian Society of Soil Science, Indian J. Agric. Sci., Natural Product Radiance, Bioresource Technology, Plant and Soil, Biology and Fertility of Soil, Atca Horticulturea, Soil Biology & Biochem. Soil Ecology, Archives of Soil Science & Plant Nutrition, Pedology etc. Dr Patra is a member of the Research Council of Herbal Drug Research Institute, Dehradun.Dr. Patra has to his credit more than 180 research papers, 20 Farm Bulletins, 15 Review-cum-Chapter in Books, 2 Edited Books and 6 Patents.  Dr. Patra has guided five M.Sc. and 18 Ph.D. students for their thesis work.

Dr. Suzan Ali Yousif

Designation: Theraputic Feeding Consultant University: Albaha University Country: Sudan More Details
Dr. Suzan Ali Yousif, Theraputic Feeding Consultant, Master of Human NutritionAnd Assistant Professor in Albaha University. First Sudanese in Sudan A search for a ready-made AIDS patient, a ready-made UNICEF (plumy net) meal to nd out what an AIDS patient should eat and to gain weight. Also published a Thesis under title of Title of (The prevalence of obesity and its relation to some nutritional, economic and social factors among children in basic schools in Khartoum State )

Babawande Adeboye ORIGBEMISOYE

Designation: Research Assistant University: Federal University of Technology Country: Nigeria More Details

Babawande Adeboye ORIGBEMISOYE is a research assistant at the Department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. His research interest is in the application of bioactive peptides from food proteins as nutraceutical and functional foods in the treatment of some chronic diseases without resorting to harmful drugs. As an astute scholar he is a recipient of several scholarly awards and scholarships for his postgraduate studies. Because of his fervor for the food industry, Dr. Origbemisoye has been graciously afforded opportunities to work with top food processing companies in Nigeria such as Zartech Nigeria Limited where he supervised workers and ensured quality production of foods and OKFoods Nigeria Limited where he was responsible for appearance, organoleptic checks and product shelf life of biscuits.

Dr. Abdeen Mustafa Omer

Designation: Assistant Researcher University: Energy Research Institute (ERI) Country: UK More Details

Dr. 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, 17 books and 150 chapters in books.

Sileshi Berihun Delele

Designation: Occupational Health and Safety Officer University: Debre Markos University Country: Ethiopia More Details

Massimo Reverberi

Designation: Founder University: Bugsolutely Thailand Country: Thailand More Details

Massimo Reverberi has a University degree in business administration and owned a marketing agency for nearly 20 years. In 2015 he founded Bugsolutely Thailand, which produces the unique Cricket Pasta and in 2017 he started Bugsolutely China, which designed Bella Pupa, the first silkworm flour-based snack. He is a founding member of AFFIA, the South East Asian edible insect association and a co-founding member of Woven Network, the British edible insect association.