Dr. Ron Porat


| Head of Dept. of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce at Agriculture
Research Organization, The Volcani Center

Topic: Harvesting and storage technology to increase yield quality

Dr. Ron Porat is Head of the Institute of Postharvest and Food Science, ARO, The Volcani Center, Israel, and is a world leading expert on postharvest physiology and quality of fruit and vegetables and prevention of food losses and wastage.
Dr. Ron Porat has published more than 100 research articles in international refereed journals, and serves as an Associate Editor in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (JSFA), and as an Editorial advisory board member of Postharvest Biology and Technology (PBT).

Lasantha Wickremesooriya

Sri Lanka

| Chartered Marketer and Consultant Strategist, Association of Agriculture Machinery Manufacturers and Suppliers Association, Sri Lanka

Topic : Agricultural Mechanization Leasing, Rural Finance and Investment

Wickremesooriya, Chartered Marketer and Strategist, is a Senior Fellow of the INSS, Ministry of Defense, Sri Lanka.
He has served, both, in the export marketing of agricultural produce and agri- mechanization in Sri Lanka. He has wide experience in introducing appropriate mechanization in diverse applications, throughout the complete supply chain, from manufacturer to the end user.
He is currently the President elect of the Agriculture Machinery Association of Sri Lanka and is actively engaged in the industry providing advisory services. Through the association, he works closely with the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture Mechanisation, of the UN-ESCAP.

Wisman Djaja


| Dairy Working Group of PISAgro, and Vice Chairman of Committee for Food Processing & Dairy Industry at the KADIN/Indonesian Chamber of Trade and Industry.

Topic : Dairy farming in Indonesia, current situation and outlook in the next 5 years

Prior to his appointment as Sustainable Agriculture Development and
Procurement Director in 2013, Wisman was Supply Chain Director (2006) and Sales Director of the company (2002).
Wisman joined Nestlé Indonesia in 1980 and over the years assumed increasing responsibilities in the field of production as well as factory management, taking the role of Factory Manager of Nescafé coffee factory in Lampung and Nestlé’s milk factory in East Java respectively.
Wisman obtained a degree in Production Engineering and Management from Loughborough University of Technology in UK and Program for Executive Development (PED) at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Indira J Ekanayake

| Senior Agricultural Economist and Ag GP country coordinator in the World Bank’s Food and Agriculture Global Practice in the EAP region , The World Bank

Topic : Market Orientation of Agri-food Systems: Operating in the Win-Lose Quadrant!

She’s an agricultural professional with the World Bank for 1.5 decades. Prior to the Bank, I served for about 2 decades in three CGIAR centers. My interests & expertise cover topics such as, agricultural technology innovation systems, research, extension; irrigation and water management; agribusiness, public private partnerships, value chains & marketing; gender; nutrition, food safety & quality; climate smart agriculture; agro-forestry, sector policies and strategies, & program and project management.

Martin Gummert


| Senior Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Topic : Best Practices in Harvesting and Post-harvest Management for Reduced Post-harvest Losses, and Increased Rice Quality for Sustainable Produced Rice

Martin is leading IRRI’s Mechanization and Postharvest Cluster and is coordinating the Postharvest Activity and the Value Chain Support Services Clusters of the Flagship Program 2, Upgrading of Rice Value Chains of the CGIAR Research Program RICE. He is also leading the SDC funded Closing the Yield Gaps in Asia COPIGAP and postharvest and mechanization components of World Bank funded project in Myanmar, Burundi and India. He has a rich experience in providing consulting services to public and private stakeholders. His ambition is to contribute to sustainable rice production and to make farming in developing countries a viable career option for young people through scaling out state of the art technologies and management options.