Dr. Simon Y. Liu is the Associate Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service. He holds 2 Doctoral Degrees and 3 Master's degrees in Computer Science, Education, Government Management, Business Administration, and Mathematics.
Dr. Liu previously served as Director of the National Agricultural Library, the world's largest and most accessible research library specializing in agriculture. Before that, Dr. Liu served as Associate Director of the National Library of Medicine and Chief Information Officer. He also served as the Director of Information Management & Security at the Department of Justice and the Chief IT Architect of the Treasury Department. He has served as an adjunct faculty member of Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and George Washington University for over 20 years. He has also served as an editor of 3 journals and an editor-in-chief of the IT Professional Magazine published by the IEEE Computer Society.
Dr. Liu has published a book and more than 80 journal articles. He was the recipient of a U.S. Presidential Award, an Abraham Lincoln Honor Award, an HHS Secretary Award, a NIH Director Award, an IEEE Special Achievement Award, and a Computer Sciences Corporation President Award.
Dr. Edwini Kessie is the Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division, World Trade Organization. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Law from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and Master’s Degrees in Law from the University of Toronto, Canada and the University of Brussels, Belgium.
Dr. Kessie worked in different Divisions in the World Trade Organization, including the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division, Development Division and the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation. Between 2012 and 2017, Dr. Kessie took leave from the World Trade Ogranization to become the Chief Trade Adviser of the Pacific Island Countries and Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser located in Port Vila, Vanuatu and provided technical advice on a broad range of trade and investment issues to the Pacific Island countries and supported them in the free trade negotiations (PACER Plus) with Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Kessie's principal areas of interest are regional integration, agriculture, trade and development and dispute settlement. He has participated in many international conferences on international trade and written a number of articles on international trade issues.
Dr. Marco Wopereis is the Director General in the World Vegetable. He is an agronomist with a Doctorate in Tropical Agronomy from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Dr. Wopereis has global expertise in agricultural science and management, and previously served as Deputy Director General and Director of Research for Development of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) in Benin and as the Director of the Annual Crops Department of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) in France. He also worked in different capacities for the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Togo, the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA, now AfricaRice) in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire and for the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.
His strengths include fostering productive, action-oriented partnerships for efficient and effective research among international research institutes, national research systems, the private sector and community organizations. He was a recipient of the 'Grand Prix du Président de la République du Sénégal pour les Sciences', for the development and diffusion of the ASI thresher-cleaner, now widely used in Senegal, Mauritania, and Mali. He was also the co-developer of a Participatory Learning and Action Research (PLAR) approach for lowland rice systems focusing on options for Integrated Crop Management (ICM), adopted in 7 countries.
Dr. Ravi Khetarpa is the Executive Secretary of Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI). He holds Doctorate Degree in Life Sciences (Virology) from the University of Paris and was a Visiting Scientist in an EU Collaborative Project INRA, Versailles, France for three years.
He served CABI –South Asia (India) as Regional Director and also as its RegionalAdvisoron Strategic Science Partnerships over a span of seven years. Prior to this, he worked for the National Agricultural Research System in India for three decades and worked as a consultant of twelve FAO/World Bank Projectsnotably in Indonesia(as Team Leader), India, Nepal, Mauritius, and Cambodia.
He represented Asia as Developing Country SPS Expert in STDFWorking Groupin WTO. He has published 110 research papers, 19 books, 56 book chapters, 12 review articles, and 3 policy papers.
Dr. Steven Arquitt is the Senior Research Analyst and Asia Regional Lead of Millennium Institute. He had obtained a Doctoral Degree in System Dynamics and has published on sustainable development planning, agriculture, aquaculture, environmental restoration, and sustainable consumption among others.
Dr. Arquitt works with government institutions and international organizations to use system dynamics models to analyze complex sustainability challenges and to derive policies to solve them. With over 15 years experience, Dr Arquitt has worked on broad environmental policy and sustainable development issues, including sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, water quality, coastal zone management, and national planning for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Kothandapani Ganesh is the Knowledge Expert and Global Head of SCM Center of Competence at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Ganesh holds a Doctoral Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Dr. Ganesh has 16 years of research and consulting experience in the supply chain domain. He served as an Assistant Consultant at Integrated Supply Chain, Manufacturing Industry Solutions Unit, Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Mumbai and worked mainly in the areas of supply chain network design and optimization. Later he joined as Senior Consultant in Global Business Services-Global Delivery of IBM India Private Limited, Mumbai, India and worked in Supply Chain Transformation projects for various industries.
He has published over 100 papers in leading international research journals and more than 10 papers in leading national journals. He has been honored with 4 awards for academic excellence and obtained 3 awards from TCS. He is also on the editorial board for various international journals. He is the editor-in-chief for 5 International journals including the International Journal of Supply Chain Management and International Journal of Decision Making in Supply Chain and Logistics.
Dr. Tan Wee-Liang is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Singapore Management University (SMU).
Dr. Tan has served as a national expert for entrepreneurship and SMEs for APEC, Asian Productivity Organization, the Colombo Plan Secretariat and the Commonwealth Secretariat. His current research interests lie in the domains of entrepreneurship, family business, international cooperation, and corporate governance. His initial research was in law as he began his career as a law professor. He has since moved into entrepreneurship research and published in Journals and Reviews such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of High Technology Management Research. In addition to journal publications, he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Small Business Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Research, and Small Business Research.
Dr. Mirosa is an Associate Professor and Director for the Consumer Food Science Programme at the Department of Food Science, University of Otago, New Zealand. She is an Interdisciplinarian who has a background in consumer behavior research and food marketing. Her research aims to understand why people eat, what they do, why they don’t eat, what they don’t, and how we might best impact upon these choices to encourage people to choose quality, healthy and environmentally sustainable foods.
Dr. Mirosa has recently completed a Postharvest Food Loss and Waste Research Fellowship funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for Business, Innovation, and Employment and represents New Zealand on the multiyear APEC-funded Food Loss and Waste project. She is a Strategic Team Leader of the New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre and Co-Leads the Markets and Perceptions Theme. She is also the University of Otago Lead on the New Zealand China Food Protection Network. Dr. Mirosa currently has National Science Challenge High-Value Nutrition funding from the Consumer Insight program so is working to guide the health research programs towards “biomarkers” of health that resonate with consumers and to provide a knowledge base for businesses to leverage from when conducting their more specific market and consumer research and product design.