Alok Adholeya is the Director of the Biotechnology & Management of Bioresources Division, The Energy and Resources Institute. His research interests include soil fertility, soil and plant microbiology, nutrient cycling, bioremediation using microbes and plants, mass production of mycorrhizae biofertilizer using transformed root organ cultures and molecular characterization. Dr. Adeholeya is well abreast with mycorrhizal isolation, characterization (both morphological & Molecular), inoculation, colonization assessments and efficiency tests. He has worked in soil and plant analysis methodologies and has expertise in Rhizobium isolation, purification, characterization, and screening for efficiency. He has practical experience of field trial evaluation, designing and management, tansformation techniques, enzyme assays, and radiotracer techniques. Dr. Adeholeya is a member of several editorial boards and has recieved numerous awards for his work, the most recent being the "Innovation for India Award 2010” given by the Marico Innovation Foundation. Since March 2010, he has been a Visiting Faculty member at Deakin University, Australia.
Mohamed AIT KADI is currently President of the General Council of Agricultural Development. This Council is a high-level policy think tank of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery in Morocco. He was also Secretary General of the Ministry. Previously as Director General of the Irrigation Department, he was in charge of the development and implementation of the National Irrigation Program. He was the Chief agricultural negotiator of the free trade agreement between Morocco and the United States. AIT KADI chairs the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership. He was Governor and founding member of the World Water Council, and President of the organizing committee of the first World Water Forum held in Marrakech in 1997. He is honorary vice-president of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), and Vice-president of its Moroccan National Committee (ANAFIDE). He is a member of Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology. He serves as a member of the Consortium Board of CGIAR, and the Board of Advisors of the World Agricultural Forum. He is Professor at the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Hassan II, Rabat. He is author of numerous publications in the fields of irrigation, water management and agriculture and rural development.
Deputy Director-General for Poverty Analysis, National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy, Mexico
Ricardo Aparicio has an actuarial sciences degree from the National University of Mexico, a Masters Degree in Statistics from the London School of Economics, where he graduated with honors. He has also holds both a Masters and PhD in Sociology from the National University of Mexico. In Mexico, he is currently Director of Poverty Analysis and Measurement at the National Council for Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval). He was a member of the former Technical Committee for Poverty Measurement and has also been a researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, evaluation consultant at the National Council of Population and Research Director of the General Directorate of Reproductive Health. Mr. Aparicio has extensive experience in research on social sciences. He has written more than 35 books, reports and journal articles. His current research interest is the study of poverty and social development issues based on a human rights perspective.
Caroline Begg’s main field of research is the development of sustainable agriculture practices. Her goal is to increase agricultural producer's awareness of variability within the field and the impact this has on crop growth, on the application of fertilizers and manures and the effect on nutrient and soil loss from fields. The research involves on-farm fieldwork. She supervises 10 to 15 undergraduate projects per year on sustainable agriculture and has developed linkages for students to do internships on Community supported agriculture farms. Dr Begg is the advisor to five student organizations in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences whose mandate is to develop projects based on sustainable food systems.
Marc Bellemare is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Duke University. He studied at the Université de Montréal (B.Sc. in 1999, M.Sc. in Economics in 2001) and at Cornell University (Ph.D. in Applied Economics in 2006). Having been trained as an agricultural economist, his research lies at the intersection of agricultural economics and development economics. More broadly, his work is in the areas of agricultural development and food policy in developing countries. Specific areas in which he has been working include agrarian contracts, land, market access, risk and uncertainty, and agricultural value chains (all in developing countries) as well as food prices (both in developing countries and globally). He was co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, which he received in 2004, and is currently Principal Investigator on an Index Insurance Innovation Initiative grant, which he received in 2010. He currently serve on the editorial board of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and as associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.He won the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2007 as well as the AAEA’s Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article award in 2011. His research has so far been published in journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics, PLoS ONE, and World Development.
Nadia Browne is a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an Island in the Caribbean. In 2008, she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Under the supervision of Professor Neela Baderie, she captured the Faculty of Science and Agriculture (now the Faculty of Food and Agriculture) Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) runner up prize for the best final year project demonstrating excellence in project management, for her undergraduate final year project on “Abdominal obesity and useful indicators of risk in diabetes mellitus patients in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”. Nadia was awarded a fellowship from the Organization of American States in 2009 which afforded her the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in Human Nutrition at McGill University in 2010. Nadia recently submitted her final thesis on “The challenge of estimating the prevalence and predictors of gestational diabetes mellitus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines” under the supervision of Associate Professor Katherine Gray-Donald, and would be eligible for the Fall 2012 convocation. Currently, she is enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Registered Dietitian (R.D.) Credentialing at McGill University. Upon completion of her dietetic internship, Nadia plans to return to her country and contribute to the healthcare sector in the field of Nutrition and/or Dietetics. In the interim, Nadia endeavours to become a registered dietitian and subsequently a diabetes specialist dietitian. With optimism, she hopes that she can continue her education and pursue doctoral studies.
Executive Director, Dairy Farmers of Canada and President, International Dairy Federation, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Richard Doyle was born and educated in Montreal, Quebec, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Montreal. He began his career with Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) in 1976, as Assistant Executive Secretary. He was later promoted to his current position as Executive Director in 1986. As Executive Director of DFC, Richard’s primary focus has always been on defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers – a task accomplished to a large extent by lobbying the federal government on industry-related issues: dairy production research, federal regulations, eradication of diseases, animal health and welfare, environmental standards, pricing, supply management, international trade and several other issues impacting farmers. In 1994, Richard’s responsibilities expanded to include product promotion, marketing, nutrition and communications with producers and the Canadian dairy industry. Over his career, Richard has also been actively involved in international organizations, including the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP). Over the past three decades, he held various positions with IDF, both at the international level and within the Canadian National Committee. In 2008, he was elected President of IDF for a four year term.
Viktor Dukhovny is Director, Scientific Information Center, for the Interstate Coordination Water Commission. Dr. Dukhovny’s field of activity is water management at basin and transboundary river levels. He also works on technical leadership and general management of irrigation system and land development, elaboration of principal provisions on basin water management, research coordination, scenario development and assessment.
Evan Fraser did a PhD and post-doc at the University of British Columbia and worked at the University of Leeds in the UK between 2003 and 2010. He currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security in the department of geography at the University of Guelph. His work is on challenges to food security over the next two generations, during which time population growth and climate change threaten to make food harder to produce and more expensive to buy. He has worked extensively with climate modelers, economists, ecologists, anthropologists, and journalists to explore possible solutions to this global challenge. He has written two popular books on food and sustainable agriculture including Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations and regularly talks to the media on these topics.
Engineer in Chief, China Institute of Water Resource and Hydropower Research; President of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, China
Dr. Zhanyi Gao (China) is the Engineer in Chief, China Institute of Water Resource and Hydropower Research (IWHR); President of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. He has served with IWHR since 1989 and holds a Master’s Degree from the North China Water Resources and Hydropower University (1989) and a Ph.D. from IWHR (2005). He served as senior researcher and the Director of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, IWHR from 1996 to 2009. From 2005 to 2008 he served as the Vice President of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Since 2003 he has served as Director, Board of Directors, Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society. Up to now he has been project leader for 21 national and 6 international collaborative projects. As an expert he attended several projects and review activities funded by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). His interested research areas include research and dissemination of water-saving technology, irrigation water management and assessment, irrigation development and food security, wastewater reuse, the effect of climate change on irrigated agriculture. Among his major publications are: Research and Innovation in Efficient Irrigation Technologies (March 2007); Integrated Wastewater Irrigation and Treatment, in Water Resources Journal (December 2003); Study on Polices for Subsidy of Water Saving in Agriculture, Water Resources Development Research (February 2006); Development of Multi Functions of Irrigation in China, in Journal of Economics of Water Resources, (January 2006); Strategy of Grain Security and Irrigation Development in China, in Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, (November, 2008).
Conseiller du Président directeur général du Cirad, Professeur invité à l’Université d’Ottawa (Ecole de développement international et mondialisation), Paris, France
As an agronomist by training, with a PhD in genetics and plant breeding, I’ve worked in a wide array of contexts and countries. I have held long-term positions in Ivory Coast, Réunion Island, Canada, Brazil and France, as well as gone on missions in close to 40 countries. My scientific efforts have centred mostly on corn and sugar cane. Over time, given my responsibilities as a director of research and strategy, I became interested in the links between the social sciences and agronomics in general, with a special focus on the interactions between social dynamics, governance models and global transformations in rural settings. Between 2007 and 2010, I worked as research and strategy director for CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement), a research institute in France that has some 900 scientists working in partnerships across more than 40 southern hemisphere countries. CIRAD focuses on the prime issues surrounding the role of agriculture in southern hemisphere nations, both from the traditional perspectives (production, transformation, food production and processing, etc.) and from its newer angles (environmental impact, ecological services, poverty reduction, land management, multi-functionality, etc.). At CIRAD, I played an active role in recasting and redirecting the research issues and scientific strategies of the major French, European and international centres and institutes in the field. I am a member of the board of Fondation Française de la Biodiversité and of scientific councils of Fondation Agropolis and AgroParisTec.
Paul Hagerman joined the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in 2007 and is now Director of Public Policy, overseeing all advocacy work within the organization. His main area of work is support for agriculture and food security in Canada’s foreign aid. He also conducts research on the impact of biofuels on food prices and hunger, the potential of a Canadian national food policy to improve global food security, and the application of the human right to food as a tool to reduce hunger in the world. As part of his work at the Foodgrains Bank, Paul is co-chair of the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (Canadian humanitarian and development NGOs working on global food security), and a member of the Food Strategy Group of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (international network of Christian organizations campaigning together). Paul brings extensive experience in agriculture and rural development to his work, both in Canada and in the developing world. He earned his Masters in Agriculture from the University of Guelph in 1991, combining study of agricultural pest management with rural planning and development. Paul worked for nine years as a crop specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, promoting integrated pest management techniques among fruit and vegetable growers in south-western Ontario. He also spent six years as Coordinator of the Agricultural Development Programme for a large Christian denomination in Jamaica. In this role, he worked with nearly 100 congregations, exploring the agricultural potential of their land, and serving as advisor for those interested in starting farm enterprises. Paul also has experience as an agricultural researcher and a high school teacher, and has worked in Egypt, the Philippines and Botswana.
Oudho Homenauth is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI), Ministry of Agriculture and the former Director of the now defunct National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). NAREI, a semi-autonomous agency within the Ministry of Agriculture, Guyana, replaced NARI in May 2011. The mandate of NAREI, is research and technology transfer through the provision of efficient extension and training and plant protection services. As CEO, Oudho Homenauth is directly responsible for all research, extension and training and plant protection activities in Guyana. Oudho obtained his Masters Degree in Agronomy (Soils) from Mississippi State University and PhD in Agronomy (Soil Chemistry) from Cornell University. He was also former Dean and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Guyana. He is currently working with researchers from McGill University on Irrigation Requirements to maximise production/productivity of vegetable crops in Guyana where he is the country coordinator. He was previously the National Coordinator for the CARICOM Food Security Project which was funded by the Government of Italy. Oudho is currently involved in research activities related to agro-energy, climate change adaptation, management of plantain diseases and savannah development.
Dr. Johns is a Professor of Human Nutrition at McGill University. He is an Honorary Research Fellow with Bioversity International where he advises on policy and program activities on dietary diversity that seek to strengthen linkages between biodiversity conservation and nutrition and health. He is working jointly on mainstreaming these issues in international policy with Bioversity and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.Prof. Johns is an ethnobotanist and nutritionist whose research interests focus on the traditional uses of plants for food and medicine in relation to issues of contemporary nutrition and health, the understanding of human adaptation in diverse environments and the evolutionary origins of diet and medicine. His work involves field studies with communities in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada in conjunction with laboratory analysis of chemical composition and medicinal properties of plants. He is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications as well as three books including With Bitter Herbs They Shall Eat it: Chemical Ecology and the Origins of Human Diet and Medicine (University of Arizona Press).Dr. Johns graduated in Biochemistry from McMaster University and completed a Master’s degree in Botany from the University of British Columbia. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan before carrying out postdoctoral work at the University of California Berkeley. He is a member and former Director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment at McGill. He is a Past-President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and the Society for Economic Botany.
Dr. Mitslal Kifleyesus-Matschie (Ph.D from University of Erfurt, Germany) is the CEO of Ecological Products of Ethiopia (ECOPIA) that she established in Ethiopia. ECOPIA Plc. (www.ecopia.de) is a social company whose main focus is "Food security and Entrepreneurship within the base of the pyramid". ECOPIA's critical research question has been "what are the innovative strategies that could promote a sustainable entrepreneurial in food security in the rural area of Ethiopia?" During the past 15 years, Dr. Kifleyesus-Matschie has been developing new products and businesses for food security and income generation. More recently, she has been an adviser on community involvement in food security and its implication to peace and security (the implementation of Biosphere reservoir, implementation of international treaties on environment aspects, social companies' development as conflict prevention, peace building and disarmament polices) in Ethiopia and South Sudan. Dr. Kifleyesus-Matschie has strong professional and business development experience on the socioeconomic dimension of the implementation of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process by establishing companies for ex-combatants to contribute to security and stability in post-conflict situations in Ethiopia. Dr. Kifleyesus-Matschie has been called upon as speaker for regional and international engagements such as Pugwash international, German Metal and automobile industries, CEFIC, Universities, Investment opportunities for German investors in Jena, 3D images, dual use technologies, and conversation of dual use technologies. She also presented live and online to a very large audience on German TVs and on TED-X Addis Ababa, a globally recognized forum for the presentation of innovative ideas and opportunities.
Dr Kristine G Koski is currently Director of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University Montreal Canada. Dr Koski received both her Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Washington (Seattle) and her PhD from the University of California (Davis) in 1985. She came to McGill in 1987, after completing a Nestle/ASN Postdoctoral Fellowship in Maternal and Child Nutrition. In 1990, she received the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science’s Award for Teaching Excellence. From 1992- 1998 she was Associate Director of the McGill Nutrition and Food Science Center and from 1998-2003 Visiting Professor in Biochemistry and Nutrition at St Georges University School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada, the American Society of Nutrition, and the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences. Dr Koski’s international multidisciplinary research training program focuses on maternal and child nutrition in Panama and in Guatemala. She and her collaborator Dr Scott ( Institute of Parasitology) are exploring : (1) how maternal stressors impact on the infant growth and development? (2) which vitamin and mineral deficiencies impair fetal growth and result in low birth weight babies in mothers in living in extreme poverty? (3) whether supplements improve perinatal growth and development or is the high infection burden of pregnant and lactating mothers a more serious problem? and (4) do conditional transfer programs improve infant and child growth in developing countries. Dr Koski and her graduate students have published 80 articles in journals such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Biology of Reproduction and The Journal of Nutrition, to name a few. She has received funding from NSERC, CIHR, SENACYT, FCAR and FQRNT. Over the past 4 years, she has been a member of several Expert Advisory Groups that have provided insight to Health Canada and NIH on the development of the new Guidelines for Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy.
Jean Lebel is the Vice President Programs and Partnership Branch at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). With his wide-ranging experience in research for development, particularly in the areas of the environment and agriculture, Jean Lebel oversees all of IDRC’s research programming. He is an environmental health specialist by training and contributed extensively to the development of ecosystem approaches to human health, an innovative way of implementing sustainable development principles into an action research framework. Dr. Lebel earned a master’s degree in occupational health sciences and a graduate diploma in industrial hygiene from McGill University in Montréal, as well as a PhD in environmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Dr. Lebel is Associate Editor of the Ecohealth Journal. He is also the IDRC representative to the Board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the representative of the Foundations (Syngenta, Rockefeller, Ford and IDRC) on the Fund Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Tracy McDonough graduated from McGill University’s Master’s of Science in Nutrition program in 2012 after earning a Bachelor's of Nutritional Sciences with specialization in Global Nutrition, also from McGill. Upon graduation, Tracy has since completed Stage placements at not-for-profit organizations with mandates to increase food security locally and globally, helping her towards the completion of the Graduate Diploma in R.D. Credentialing. During her Master’s, Tracy designed a targeted health promotion campaign to increase students’ intentions to eat sustainably, and evaluated the impact of the campaign using the Theory of Planned Behavior to model behavioural change. She recently presented her research findings at the 8th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability in 2012.
Hugo Melgar-Quinonez is the Director of the McGill Institute for Global Food Security and an Associate Professor at McGill University. He has previously worked in nutrition and food security research at the Mexican Public Health Institute (1996-1997), the Nutrition Department at the University of California, Davis (1998-2003), and the Department of Human Nutrition at the Ohio State University (2003-2012. After graduating as a physician in 1992 at the University Friedrich Schiller in Germany, Dr. Melgar-Quinonez received his doctoral degree in 1996 for his dissertation on the main causes of mortality in Mozambique. In Mexico, he worked on projects assessing the dietary intake among Mexican women. In the United States, Dr. Melgar-Quinonez worked on food insecurity research with Latino immigrants, setting up the basis for subsequent studies in rural communities in several Latin American countries. His studies lead to further validation studies on adapted household food security instruments in a wide range of countries (e.g., Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Dominica Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, and Guatemala, Mexico, The Philippines). The global presence of his research supported the development of a broad collaboration network that includes the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Inter American Institute of Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), several universities, and governmental and non-governmental food security agencies. In addition to his validation studies, Dr. Melgar-Quinonez conducts studies on national food security measurements applied within Demographic and Health Surveys in several Latin American countries. Dr Melgar-Quinonez’ work encompasses the use of mathematical models to assess psychometric characteristics of such tools. Furthermore, Dr. Melgar-Quinonez’ research focuses also the association between food insecurity and nutrition and health outcomes. His work illustrates the complexity of food insecurity when showing the relationship between this phenomenon and the so called “double burden” of malnutrition and overweight in impoverished populations.
Marie Chantal Messier is a Senior Nutrition Specialist at the World Bank, working in the Latin America and Caribbean as well as the Middle East and Northern Africa regions. Her area of expertise is the design and management of international programs that promote cross-sectoral approaches to improve nutrition security in middle and low income countries. She has led innovative projects and high-level policy dialogue in more than 15 countries. She also enabled a number of private-public sector partnerships around the World that resulted in increased accessibility and affordability of nutritious foods for the poor. Notably, Marie Chantal has led the first vitamin A distribution campaign in Sierra Leone after the civil war as well as has instituted national wheat flour fortification in Guinea. In Haiti, she introduced cassava bread fortification for school breakfast and use of Micronutrient Powders in the World Food Program basket, which were later on massively distributed to children post-earthquake. She contributed to a number of articles, publications and blogs. She is currently leading a large novel study on that evaluates the capacity of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to protect nutrition status of mothers and young children in times of crisis and emergencies. Prior to joining the World Bank, Marie Chantal held positions for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Geneva, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Haiti, Helen Keller International (HKI) in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the Centre Canadien d’Étude de Coopération Internationale (CECI) in Mali and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit in Canada. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds an MBA from Université Laval as well as a B. Sc. in Nutritional Sciences from McGill University.
Professor, Department of Animal Science, McGill University
Dr. Humberto Monardes was born in Santiago, Chile. He earned a B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Concepcion, Chile, in 1971, a M.Sc.(1981) and a Ph.D. (1984) from McGill University. Before joining the staff at McGill, Dr. Monardes worked for the Quebec Dairy Herd Analysis Service (now Valacta). Dr. Humberto Monardes is currently Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Director of the International Agriculture and Food Systems Program of McGill University and visiting professor at both the Universidade Federal do Paraná and the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, in Brazil. His research and teaching in dairy cattle genetics and milk quality, as well as his expertise in animal recording has led to his international involvement with farmers associations, governments and universities in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay). He has directed three institutional cooperation projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to provide training and support to Argentinean and Brazilian dairy farmers so as to strengthen their capacity in dairy production, market empowerment and trade through the transfer of technology and expertise. Project mandates also included the development of field services, research, teaching and extension capabilities in local universities. Dr. Monardes is currently participating in developmental activities in The Ukraine, China and Paraguay. He is a permanent consultant for the Brazilian Council on Milk Quality and the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, and a member of the Board of Directors of Valacta – the Québec Centre d’Expertise en Production Laitière. He is a strong advocate of improving smallholder production and rational livestock production to enhance food security and environmental sustainability.
Bruce H. Moore serves on the Board of Directors of the North South Institute and the Forum on Democratic Global Governance. From 1998-2008, Mr. Moore was the founding director of the International Land Coalition (headquartered in Rome) , an alliance of UN, civil society, and multilateral organizations promoting policies to enable the rural poor to gain their resource rights. He currently represents the Asian NGO Coalition and the Social Development Foundation in North America, and serves on the NGO Food Security Policy Group. His NGO career, from 1973 to 1998, included 10 years as the Director of Partners in Rural Development. He has chaired the NGO advisory committee to the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development; served on the international executive of the Society for International Development 1998-2008; been an advisor to the European Commission, FAO, African Union, Asian Development Bank, and World Bank. He has chaired a number of high-level policy dialogues during the Commission on Sustainable Development; and was a member of the implementation advisory committee to the Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor. He is a member of Transparency International.
Kakali Mukhopadhyay, Senior Research Associate at the Agricultural Economics Program under the Department of Natural Resource Science at McGill University, earned her Masters in Economics from Kanpur University, India, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in economics with a specialization in energy and environment from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. Prior to joining McGill in 2007, she has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and subsequently a faculty at the Center for Development and Environmental Policy, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and Madras School of Economics, Chennai. Her research has focused on Energy and Environment, Trade and Environment, Air Pollution and Health, Economics of Health, Regional Economic Integration using primarily Input-Output and GTAP modeling. She has received number of international fellowships and awards by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Indo-Dutch program, and the Ford Foundation. She was a Post-doctoral/ Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Business Management, Oulu University (Finland); Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden); the SOM Research School-Groningen University and MERIT-Maastricht University (the Netherlands); and the School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand). Dr. Mukhopadhyay has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals of international repute. She has authored three books and coauthored one.
Ramesh Murugesan is a Ph.D. student in Bioresource engineering department, McGill University. He was born and brought up in India. He completed his bachelor degree in Food process engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India in 2003. After graduation, he worked for 5 years for several food industries in various capacities. He has completed his master program under the supervision of Dr. Valérie Orsat in 2009 and currently pursuing his Ph.D. program. During his master research program, he enhanced the antioxidant property of elderberry and explored a method to preserve the nutritional property of the elderberry fruit juice. He is currently working on small seeded grains called “millets” and his doctoral research project mainly focuses on the incorporation of millets as a wheat replacement in current processed foods.
Anwar Naseem was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan and Bangkok, Thailand. He received his BSc from McGill University in Biological Sciences and his PhD from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University. Before joining the faculty at McGill, Anwar Naseem was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Ethiopia. His areas of interest include agricultural development, economics of innovation, science and technology policy, and industrial organization. Dr. Naseem's specialization is in the fields of the economics of science and technology, the impact and regulation of agricultural biotechnology, intellectual property rights, modeling mixed R&D oligopolies, international agricultural development, the role of private sector in agricultural R&D, and science policy.
Sociologist, Food Assistance Branch, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington DC, USA
Mark Nord is a sociologist at the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. For the last 15 years he has led the Agency's work on measuring and monitoring household food security, and conducted research on determinants of food security and on measurement of food security in the U.S. and in other countries. Previous work includes research on natural resources, rural poverty, and migration at ERS and at the Pennsylvania State University, management of relief and development programs of a non-government organization in Bangladesh, and bush flying in the jungles of Borneo. He holds MS and Ph. D. degrees in rural sociology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Robert Paarlberg is the B. F. Johnson Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College, an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and an Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His principal research interests are international food and agricultural and policy. He has been a member of the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the National Research Council of the National Academies, and a recent consultant to IFPRI, USAID, the World Bank, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the author of books from Cornell University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Chicago University Press, Harvard University Press, and Oxford University Press. Robert Paarlberg received his B.A. from Carleton College and his PhD in Government from Harvard University.
Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington, USA
Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Formerly Director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations, from 2002-2007. Pingali was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Fellow in May 2007. He was the President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) from 2003-2006. He was elected Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 2006 and of the International Association of Agricultural Economists in 2009. He was appointed to the U.S. National Academies Round Table on Sustainability (2006-2010). Pingali has three decades of experience analyzing food, agriculture and development policy in Asia, Africa and Latin America. An Indian national he earned a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1982. He was Director of the Economics Program at CIMMYT, Mexico from 1996-2002. Prior to joining CIMMYT, he worked at the International Rice Research Institute at Los Baños, Philippines from 1987 to 1996 as an Agricultural Economist, and prior to that at the World Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department from 1982-1987 as an economist. Prabhu Pingali has authored ten books and over 100 referred journal articles and book chapters on food policy, technological change, productivity growth and resource management in the developing world. He has received several international awards and recognitions for his work.
Senior Liaison Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Liaison Office for North America, Washington DC, USA
Florence Rolle is the Senior Liaison Officer of the FAO Liaison Office for North America. She is an agronomist and environmentalist. She has worked for more than 15 years on agricultural and rural development in Europe and Africa, and more specifically 7 years for the private sector in water management and soil rehabilitation and 12 years in FAO on technical cooperation programmes. She has an Msc degree in Rural Resources and Environmental Policy from Wye College, UK and two equivalent Msc degrees in Agronomy, Water and Forest from the "Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts and the "Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon", France. She joined FAO in 1998, first in Rome as an advisor to the Assistant Director General of the Technical Cooperation Department and then as a Donor Coordinator for the World Bank in Ethiopia before moving to the Washington office in September 2010. She began her career in Paris with the water and soil research institute of Vivendi, where she worked from 1991 to 1997.
Arlette Saint Ville
MSc candidate, Sustainable Futures Research Laboratory, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Arlette Sabena Saint Ville, a native of the island of Saint Lucia, West Indies and currently enrolled at McGill University, is reading for a Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences with a focus on Food Security Policy. Arlette began her university education with a BA in Environmental Geography from Nipissing University, Ontario, followed by a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, Canada. Her thesis centered on the political economy of banana production in St. Lucia. After completing her graduate studies in Canada, she spent the next twelve-years as a Consultant and Team Leader on a plethora of Governmental and private consultancies in the Caribbean region. She researched issues of youth development, poverty reduction, environmental management, and community development with agencies like the World Bank, UNEP, FAO, EU/SFA, UNDP, Caribbean Development Bank, and the Global Environmental Facility inter alia. Currently, under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Hickey in the Sustainable Futures Laboratory at McGill, Ms St Ville is investigating whether policy institutions have adequately utilized the social capital embedded within farmer social networks and the impact on food security policy effectiveness. Her research interests include food policy; social capital; social network analysis; and sustainable agriculture.
Director, McGill School of Environment, McGill University
After receiving her PhD in Parasitology from McGill University, Marilyn Scott spent two years at Imperial College, London, UK doing postdoctoral research in experimental parasite epidemiology. She returned to McGill University as an Assistant Professor in 1982. Her research on human and livestock parasites has taken her and her students to Mexico, Dominica, Guatemala, Colombia, Kenya, the former Zaire, and most recently, Panama. In collaboration with Dr. Kristine Koski (Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill) and a network of collaborators in Panama, she uses an ecohealth approach that links social interventions (conditional transfer programs) and subsistence agriculture with a range of infectious diseases and micronutrient deficiencies in mothers and young children in rural Panama. In the area of host-parasite population dynamics, Marilyn’s students are investigating the impact of parasitism on a fish ecosystem in Trinidad, energetic trade-offs induced in mice by concurrent stresses of parasitic infection, pregnancy and malnutrition, and biogeography and evolutionary relationships in mosquito vectors of malaria in Panama. She was the 1991 recipient of the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal from the American Society of Parasitologists for her contributions to the field by a researcher under the age of 40. In 2006, she received the Robert Wardle Award from the Canadian Society of Zoologists (Parasitology Section) for outstanding contributions by a Canadian to parasitology. Marilyn has held several administrative positions at McGill. She was Director of the Institute of Parasitology from 1990 and 2000. She was one of 6 professors charged with creating the McGill School of Environment (MSE) in 1998. Since then, she has served the MSE in various administrative capacities, and she spearheaded the development of a Graduate Option in Environment, now available to graduate students in 26 different programs across McGill University. She was appointed to a five-year term as Director of the MSE in June 2008.
Verena Seufert started a PhD in Geography at McGill in 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Navin Ramankutty after earning a diploma degree in Biology at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. During her Biology degree she worked on relatively small-scale processes (e.g. the regulation of photosynthesis in plants and the seed dispersal patterns of frugivorous vertebrates in South Africa). As fascinating as it is to get insights into the functioning of these intricate mechanisms, she became increasingly aware over the course of her studies that she did not only want to understand how things work, but also understand what role these things have on a larger scale, why things are so often going amiss and what we can do about it. Geography and Earth System Science seemed like the perfect disciplines to pursue these questions. In her current research she is looking at the challenge of global agriculture: How can we provide sufficient, accessible food at all times without destroying the environment? In this context she is examining whether organic agriculture could contribute to sustainable food security by providing more environmentally friendly and more accessible food to people as well as by ensuring sustainable livelihoods to farmers. Her research on the yield performance of organic agriculture has recently been published in the journal Nature.
Donald Smith is James McGill Professor and teaches in the Department of Plant Science. During his 26 years at McGill (www.mcgill.ca/plant/faculty/smith/), 60 graduate students have worked under his direct supervision, 34 Ph.D. and 26 M.Sc. These have worked largely in production and physiology of crop plants, more recently with an emphasis on plant-microbe interactions. The following crops have been investigated in one capacity or another: soybean, corn, barley, wheat, lupin, alfalfa, pea, bean, lentil, cowpea, sorghum, pearl millet, tomato, alfalfa, clover, swtichgrass, miscanthus, reed canarygrass, poplar. The areas of research investigation are as follows: nitrogen metabolism, nitrogen fixation, root zone temperature stress and nodule development, development of methods for injection of metabolites into developing plants, barley production, use of plant growth regulators, intercropping, the dynamics of inter-plant competition, plant-microbe signaling, plants and climate change, biofuel crops, crop stress responses and biochar as a soil ammendment. He is involved in the physiological responses of crop plants to increasing atmospheric CO2 levels and to climate change, plant-microbe signaling and biochar effects on crop productivity. Throughout his research career, work on nitrogen fixation has been a consistent theme, beginning with an undergraduate research project on cyanobacteria in 1974. Current work in this area includes signaling between symbiotic partners during establishment of the legume-rhizobia symbiosis. Altogether this research activity has resulted over 260 publications (from his postgraduate research activities and those of his graduate students), eight patents issued, a spin-off company (Bios Agriculture Inc.) and products applied to ~10 million ha of crop land in 2011. During his 25 years at McGill he has been principal investigator on research grants totaling over $45 million, and has been a co-applicant on approximately $12.5 million in other funds. He currently leads the NCE funded ($7 million per year) BioFuelNet Canada Network (http://www.criibs.ca) on development of advanced biofuels, and also heads the McGill Network for Innovation in Biofuels and Bioproducts (McNIBB - http://mcnibb.mcgill.ca/index.html) and the Eastern Canadian Oilseed Development Initiative network (AAFC funded at $2 million per year). He has had international collaborations with the US, India, China, Russia, Brazil and Africa.
Adjoint parlementaire au ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur du gouvernement du Québec
Alain Therrien holds a college degree in pure and applied sciences as well as a BA and MA in economics from UQAM. During his studies, he specialized in foreign trade and analysis of government economic policies. He began teaching at the college level in 1993 at Cégep André-Laurendeau. Since 2003, Mr. Therrien has been teaching economics as a lecturer at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Montréal Business School (HEC). In 2007, he published a book about federal-provincial economic relations entitled Le prédateur et l’imposteur: La politique économique selon Jean Chrétien et Paul Martin (The predator and the imposter: economic policy according to Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin). Mr. Therrien has been a Member of the National Assembly for the riding of Sanguinet since September 4, 2012 and was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Québec government’s Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur on September 20, 2012.
Alain Therrien est titulaire d’un diplôme d’études collégiales en sciences pures et appliquées ainsi qu’un baccalauréat et une maîtrise en Sciences économiques à l’UQAM. Durant ces études, il s’est spécialisé dans le commerce extérieur et en analyse de politiques économiques gouvernementales. À partir de 1993, il a enseigné au niveau collégial au Cégep André-Laurendeau. Depuis 2003, M. Therrien a enseigné à titre de chargé de cours en économie à l’Université du Québec à Montréal ainsi qu’aux HEC Montréal. En 2007, il a publié un ouvrage au sujet des relations économiques fédérale-provinciales: Le prédateur et l’imposteur : La politique économique selon Jean Chrétien et Paul Martin. Député de Sanguinet depuis le 4 septembre dernier. M. Therrien a été nommé adjoint parlementaire au ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur du gouvernement du Québec le 20 septembre 2012.
Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences (Agricultural Economics), McGill University
Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Barcelona, Spain
Eckart Woertz is a senior research fellow associate at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He has consulted international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. As contributor to international and regional media outlets like the Financial Times, The National, and Al Arabiya he has charted the rapid economic development on the Arabian Peninsula. In widely noticed papers he called for a diversification of GCC currency reserves into gold in 2005 and predicted the GCC stock market crash of 2006. He has also dealt extensively with food security, energy issues and economic diversification. Sovereign wealth funds and financial markets have been another focus of his work. He is editor of GCC Financial Markets: The World’s New Money Centers (Berlin: Gerlach 2012) and author of the forthcoming book Oil for Food, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. His recent publications include “The Global Food Crisis and the Gulf’s Quest for Africa’s Agricultural Potential,” in the Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa (Routledge 2012), “Oil, the Dollar, and the Stability of the International Financial System” in the Handbook of Oil Politics (Routledge 2012) and “Arab Food, Water, and the Big Landgrab that Wasn’t” in The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Fall/ Winter 2011. He holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he conducted research about structural adjustment politics in Egypt.
Senior Economist in Agriculture and Rural Development Department (ARD), World Bank, Washington DC, USA
Sergiy Zorya is the Senior Economist in Agriculture and Rural Development Department (ARD) of the World Bank, working on issues pertaining agricultural policies and strategies, food prices, management of public expenditure, and global food security. Sergiy joined the Bank in 2005 through the Young Professionals Program, and prior to ARD worked in three Bank regions, i.e. Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and Pacific, and Africa. Sergiy holds the Master degree in Agricultural Economics from the Agricultural University of Zhytomyr, Ukraine, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany.