Asst. Prof. Dr. Siriwat Sakhonwasee

| PhD on plant biology, University of California Davis

Topic: ASIA FOOD PROJECT: How the Asian Agrifuture can be achieved

Asst. Prof. Dr. Siriwat Sakhonwasee, PhD on plant biology from University of California Davis in 2009. Lecturer and researcher in faculty of agricultural production at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.  


| Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering

Topic: ASIA FOOD PROJECT: How the Asian Agrifuture can be achieved

Nobutaka Ito, Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering, Visiting Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand   

Academic background: B.S in Agricultural Machinery, Mie University, Japan 1965,

M.S in Agricultural Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan 1967, Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan 1976, Past Status: President of AAAE, Asian Association of Agricultural Engineering (2004 -2005), Honorary Doctor awarded by CMU (January 2007), Honorary Citizen of Hochiminh city, Vietnam (December 2016), Academic Contribution; He joined writing seven books. Original publication is more than 100 and the other articles are more than 250.

Mr. Roland Treitler

| Project Director – German International Cooperation (GIZ)

Topic: Financial Innovation for Mitigation Measures in the Agricultural Sector

Mr.Roland has built the foundation of profound understanding of market forces and dynamics, arbitrage opportunities and risk management by 15 years of experience in the Capital Market trading Derivatives. The combination of experiences in the Capital Market as well as the environmental / agricultural sectors lead me to several financial innovations in these sectors. The most recent ones are the Revolving Fund Structure for introducing new technologies in the agriculture sector, an incentive scheme for Ecosystem Services (Intrinsic Ecological Value) and a Concept for a Cryptocurrency for Natural Capital.

Michael O’Connor


Topic: Mechanization of Sugarcane Farms in SE Asia

“I am the former co-owner and Sales Director of MPH Rural Pty. Ltd. a family owned, manufacturing and construction SME operating in the highly competitive, seasonal markets of grain and water storage.
For more than a decade I developed and grew the MPH Rural business and gained an extensive knowledge of the Australian agricultural industry and the demands of regional business and property owners.
My brother, Jim O’Connor and I purchased Gessner Industries in July 2013. Gessner Industries specialize in the design and manufacture of the highest quality equipment and attachments for the Agricultural, Construction and Mining Industries throughout Australia, Africa and Asia. In 2015, Gessner Industries will have operated continuously for 40 years.”

Dr. Dares Kittiyopas


| President, Thai Society of Agricultural Engineering; Deputy Director-General, Department of Agricultural Extension, Thailand; Luminary of Agricultural Logistics of Thailand Research Fund

Topic : Pre-conditions for Smart Farming in Southeast Asia

Dr. Dares Kittiyopas has a background of Agricultural Engineering with specialty in extension and on-farm application of machineries. Dr. Kittiyopas has much experience in the research and analysis field of farm machineries. She is currently the Deputy Director-General of Department of Agricultural Extension, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand.
She also presides as the President of Thai Society of Agricultural Engineering and the Luminary of Agricultural Logistics of Thailand Research Fund.

Dr. Michal Levy


| Senior Deputy Director-General of Agricultural Innovation, Israeli Ministry of Agriculture

Topic: Boosting Agricultural Innovation

Dr. Levy is the Senior Deputy Director-General of Agricultural Innovation at the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture where she helps promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the Israeli Agtech industry. Dr. Levy helps developing the Israeli ecosystem by connecting all the stakeholders such as companies in all stages, investors, academic researchers, etc. She holds deep knowledge of the Israeli and global Agriculture markets from various aspects.

After years of academic research at UC Davis, CA and The Weismann Institute, Dr. Levy transitioned to the business world combining her in depth understanding of technology with the markets’ business needs. Prior to her appointment as the Senior Deputy Director-General, Agricultural Innovation, Dr. Levy served as VP, Head of Business Development Agritech, Veterinary & Environment at Yissum, the Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Levy was appointed in 2017 as a board member (by the Minister of Agriculture) to the “Israeli peanut council”

Between 2010–2018, Dr. Levy served as the Deputy Mayer of Oranit (volunteer position) and as a board member in the “Oranit Municipal Financial Corporation

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.