Keynote Speakers

Dr. Paul Kristiansen 
Deputy Associate Dean Research and Associate Professor in Agricultural Systems
School of Environmental and Rural Science
Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
University of New England, Australia
Dr Paul Kristiansen has been a researcher and teacher in agricultural systems at the University of New England since 2003. Prior to this, he worked in the horticulture industry, as a sub-tropical tree crop researcher at CSIRO and in invasive plant biological control for the Queensland State Government. His research interests are in agricultural science and invasive plant biology, ecology and management, and rural development and research capacity building in SE Asia and South Asia. He has contributed to research grants worth AUD 9.1 million from government and the business sector, and participate in numerous research projects from the tropics to the sub-Antarctic. He has taught several subjects including general agriculture, ecology, horticulture, organic agriculture and plant bio-security.

Prof. Herry Sucahyo Utomo
Professor and F. Avalon Daggett Endowed Professor
Plant Breeding Department
Louisiana State University, USA

Prof Herry S Utomo specializes his research on rice marker-assisted breeding, molecular genetics and plant genomics and coastal marsh plant breeding and development. He has published more than 180 scientific articles and conference proceeding abstracts, served as an invited speaker in various national and international conferences, interviewed by several TV channels in both the U.S. and Indonesia, and appeared in more than 30 articles or reports in popular magazines and newspapers. He also received many awards. The latest, he was the recipient of Community Leadership Award from the U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis at the 11th Annual Global Congressional Community Oscars, Naperville – Chicago in 2022. He was also awarded as the inventor of Low Glycemic Rice for commercial applications in 2020 and co-inventor of High Protein Rice for commercial applications in 2018.

Prof. Zlatko Svecnjak 
Division for Plant Sciences, Department of Field Crops, Forage and Grassland.
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof Zlatko Svecnjak research work focuses on sustainable cropping systems and alternative practices for staple crops, especially in Croatia (winter wheat and corn). This applied research was quickly transferred to farmers. Educational work involves teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students on courses “Production of field crops” and “Cereals” as well as supervision of student research projects and examination of post-graduate research theses for the degrees of MS and PhD.

Prof. Agus Susatya
Department of Forestry
Faculty of Agriculture
University of Bengkulu, INDONESIA

Prof Agus Susatya focuses his research on biodiversity of tropical forest, plant population dynamics, tree growth and climate change in tropical ecosystem. He is very well-known for his expertise on Rafflesia sp, the genus of holo-parasitic plant in tropical forest of Indonesia. One of its species, R. arnoldii, is recognized as the largest flower in the world. Prof Agus Susatya has contributed to identify three new species of Rafflesia, i.e. Rafflesia bengkuluensis, Rafflesia lawangensis, and Rafflesia kemumu.

Prof. Ferit Turanli 
Plant Protection Department
Faculty of Agriculture, Ege University, TURKEY

Research fields of Prof Ferit Turanli include agricultural entomology, plant protection, and applied entomology, especially related to beetle and moths. He has been teaching and conducting research at Ege University since 1993. He has collaborated with many scientists and published numerous articles in reputable international journals. His research studying many insect orders, such as Hemiptera and Lepidoptera. He also studied impacts of those insects on crop production.