Dr. Aryo Feldman is Research Programme Coordinator for BamYlELD at Crops For the Future Crops For the Future (CFF) has a global mandate for research on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses. Prior to his appointment at CFE, Aryo was a collaborative researcher at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, while completing his PhD in Biosciences at the University of Nottingham.
His major research interests are crop improvement for nutritional and income security, as well as environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. He has particular interest in international agriculture and rural development, especially in the context of adaptation and resilience to climate change. His current area of research is in minor crops (e.g. bambara groundnut), although he has worked extensively on major crops (e.g. rice). His CFF research is fundamentally a breeding programme supported by plant physiology, agronomy and genetics. He coordinates multi-locational field trials across Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to increase positive traits of bambara groundnut (drought tolerance) while reducing its drawbacks (long cooking time).
Dr Brian Pickles is a Lecturer in Ecology at the University of Reading (UK)
Prior to his appointment at the University of Reading, Brian worked for 8 years as a postdoctoral research fellow in British Columbia, Canada. His research has contributed to the development of large-scale field experiments examining the responses of plants to climate change, soil types, and soil fungi, such as the 'Assisted Migration Adaptation Trials' Whereas much of his recent work has been focused on temperate and boreal forests, he has previously worked, volunteered, or led conservation and research projects in the tropical ecosystems of Sumatra, Mauritius, and Trinidad.
Brian's primary area of research is the ecology and distribution of mycorrhizas (plant-fungal symbioses) and their responses to climate change. His major research interests include: i) exploring the diversity and functional responses of mycorrhizal fungi to changes in climate, land-use, and host plants, ii) field testing climate change adaptation and mitigation techniques that consider the optimisation of plant populations to climates, soils, and soil biota, iii) the development of sustainable, resilient renewal practices for managed ecosystems (forests and agriculture) in response to global change pressures.
He has a degree in Ecological Science (Wildlife Management) from the University of Edinburgh, and gained his MSc in Ecology and PhD in Plant Science at the University of Aberdeen.
Dr Chai Hui Hui, joined The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus as a University Research Fellow in November 2014. My area of interest includes exploitation of plant water relations (drought), especially in underutilised crop species such as bambara groundnut, genetic analysis of agronomic traits and using tools developed in major or model plant species for analysis in underutilised crop species. She is currently studying drought stress responses in bambara groundnut at physiological and gene expression level. At the same time, she is also working closely with Crops For the Future (CFF) for BamYlELD programme regarding genetic improvements of underutilised crops. She had her first degree in Plant Biotechnology in 2009, followed by PhD in Biosciences in 2014 from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.
Senior Lecturer in Department of Land Management, Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is interested in soil quality, phytoremediation and management. My career began in UPM where I obtained my PhD and completed one-year post-doctoral research in the University of Liverpool, UK.
Dr Ebrahim Jahanshiri specialises in precision farming and has considerable knowledge in geographic information science (GIS), spatial statistics and remote sensing. As the CropBASE Research Programme Coordinator, his responsibility includes coordinating the development of CFE's web-based knowledge platform and collaborative research environment (CRE). Dr Jahanshiri's main focus of research is crop performance monitoring and prediction, web based systems for data analysis and knowledge processing.
CFF has the global mandate for research on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses. Before obtaining his PhD in GIS and Geomatics Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Dr Jahanshiri spent over five years as a research assistant, research fellow and research collaborator in universities and agriculture industry in Malaysia, Singapore and Iran. His PhD was funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia where he had the opportunity to be involved in projects such as developing spatial decision support system for rice plantations and enhancing Oil Palm harvesting and milling technology. These projects were awarded in several local and international competitions such as Malaysia Technology Expo, British Invention Show and International Trade Fair Nuremberg, Germany.
Dr Jahanshiri obtained his Master's Degree in precision farming from UPM and BSc. in agriculture engineering (agronomy and plant breeding) from Ferdowsi University of Mashad, Iran. While pursuing his Master's and PhD, he lectured and supervised agriculture and civil engineering students and conducted GIS training for several government and corporate bodies. Dr Jahanshiri is a member of Foundation for Open Access Statistics (FOAS), Pedometrics International Union of Soil Scientists, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).
Dr Fadhil Syukri is a new researcher joining Aquaculture Department since 2014. Experienced in producing and culturing white shrimp for mass production. Due to increasing demand for aquatic products as a source of protein, aquaculture is developing rapidly throughout the world today, and forms an important component in the agriculture industry. To help boost the production of aquaculture, broodstock screening is necessary though genetic markers selection His major research and current interest is on early development of eggs and fish larvae cultured under various condition. Also to see the impact of climate change to the early development of several local species. Other point of interest would be on the inbreeding depression due to population reduction in the natural environment. He has degrees in Aquaculture from the University Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia M. Sc in Genetic and Breeding from University Putra Malaysia and a PhD in Genetics and Inbreeding Depression from Tohoku University Japan.
Dr Harley Pope is the Innovative Food Systems Teaching & Learning (IFSTAL) educational coordinator at the University of Reading. He also lectures on food security and development. IFSTAL is a novel initiative involving postgraduate students across five higher education institutions in the UK. It aims to provide an exciting, interactive training programme designed to improve participants knowledge and understanding of the food system, while developing their systems thinking skills. Harley also lectures on diverse topics such as food security, urban agriculture and development, ecosystems services, resilience and systems thinking. Prior to his appointment at Reading, he worked as an Associate Researcher at the University of Sussex providing technical support in the areas of urban ecosystem services, sustainability and urban agriculture to an Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) project operating in Delhi.
Harley is an interdisciplinary social scientist with interests in science and technology studies, governance, agriculture, international development and the environment. He has a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Environmental Technology (ecological management) from Imperial College. More recently he has completed his PhD at the University of Sussex, entitled, "Participatory Crop Improvement: The challenges of and opportunities for institutionalisation in the Indian public research sector". His research interests include: Food systems thinking and modelling, Adaptive governance and institutional learning and change, Sustainability transitions, Urban/peri-urban agriculture and ecosystem service.
Dr Heather Sanders manages research projects and operations of the UK research charity, Crop-Innovations. Crop-Innovations conducts demand-driven research to support sustainable agriculture and promote agricultural biodiversity. Heather is currently managing the research charity and its research projects. Prior to her appointment at Crop-Innovations, Heather was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Plant Sciences in the University of Oxford studying plant evolution.
Heather has expertise in plant development and plant molecular biology. She currently leads two main projects; Genetic characterisation of bean landraces in order to pilot the use of genetic markers as a basis for crop certification and Improving food contaminant extraction techniques to enhance the efficiency of on-site mycotoxin testing. Her research also includes plant reproductive development and biotechnology in non-model species. She has a degree in Biology with honours in plant science from the University of Edinburgh, UK, a Masters in Research from the University of Glasgow UK and a Ph.D. from the University of Ohio, USA.
Dr Helena Varkkey currently holds two positions at the University of Malaya, as Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies and as Deputy Director at the Asia-Europe Institute. The Department of International and Strategic Studies at the University of Malaya is well-respected in Malaysia for research, education and training in the field of international relations, strategic and diplomacy studies. Dr Helena has been attached at this department since 2007. She also currently holds an administrative position at the Asia-Europe Institute at the same university. The Institute is focused on further developing Asia- Europe relations by encouraging academic study and discourse on relevant topics like comparative regionalism and European studies.
Dr Helena has been interested in sustainable development throughout her academic career. Her interest in the field has evolved to a focus on transboundary pollution in Southeast Asia, particularly pertaining to the role of patronage in agribusiness, especially the oil palm industry, and its link to forest fires and haze in the region. Her recent findings have been published as a book in 2015 as part of the Routledge Malaysian Studies Series. She holds a first degree in Communications from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and to postgraduate degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia - a Masters International Studies and a PhD in International Relations.
Hong's main research interests are learning organisation and systems thinking in all public, private and third sectors. She has published her research in high quality peer-reviewed journals, such as Public Administration Review, Group and Organization Management, Management Learning, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Strategic Change, and Learning Organization.
Hong has a wide background in Economics, Education, and Management. She was funded and obtained PhD from the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK; two masters from University of East Anglia, and RMIT Vietnam; and two degrees in Economics and Language in Vietnam.
Having experience in biomarker development in oil palm to predict embryogenesis potential, I expanded my research interests into the area of genetic improvement in crops, particularly focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic control of agronomic traits. My current research areas are focused on understanding the dynamics involved in genetic regulation of traits of interest in minor and underutilised crops through comparative genetics, functional genomics and transcriptomic approaches to contribute to crop improvement breeding programmes.
Dr Jacob Bishop is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Centre for Food Security, University of Reading, UK Prior to his appointment in the Centre for Food Security, Jacob undertook research for his PhD at the University of Reading. He conducted novel and multi-disciplinary research that combined controlled environment, field, and flight cage experimentation to investigate the effect of interactions between heat stress and insect pollination on yield production in faba bean (Vicia faba L.)
He is passionate about improving the resilience of crops to stress through novel mechanisms, and working to increase the benefits to crop production that are already provided by ecosystem services (e.g. crop pollination, pest regulation). He enjoys investigating interactions between crops and their extended environment (e.g. beneficial insects, pests, soil), and seeks to improve the applicability of his research by taking a broad perspective, while still considering the specifics and developing a better mechanistic understanding of his study systems. He has a degree in Environmental Biology from Lancaster University, UK and a PhD in Agriculture from the University of Reading, UK.
Dr Jane is passionate about understanding how individuals learn to think like entrepreneurs and that quest has taken her deeper and deeper, even to learning more about cognitive aspect of entrepreneurship such as bricolage, causation and effectuation to opportunity creation. Her work has taken her to produce graduate ready entrepreneurs based on practice based pedagogy which replaces the graduate scheme entrepreneurship program. She is leading the project on "Entrepreneurs in the Making", shortlisted for Reimagine Education Competition, 2015. At the same time, her work has taken her the opposite way - how this knowledge is used to grow a sustainable ecosystem to build and grow entrepreneurial communities and entrepreneurial people through technology commercialization. She teaches on a range of Entrepreneurship and Strategy courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Westminster Business School. In addition, she supervises students on masters and doctoral programmes. In 2011, she was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Westminster. She has degrees in Applied Science from University of Melbourne, MBA from Monash University and her PhD in Entrepreneurship from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia.
Dr Jo-Han Ng is an assistant professor currently based at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus. As well as being a part of the Energy Technology Research Group at the University of Southampton, he is also the USMC programme coordinator for mechanical engineering. He is a trained mechanical engineer and has obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) with First-Class classification in 2007 from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and was offered a fully-funded research scholarship to conduct his PhD research at the same university. The nature of his PhD led him to conduct research work in the trans-disciplinary field of mechanical/automotive and chemical (kinetics) engineering. His research interest lies in the field of renewable energy with particular interest in renewable fuel productions, chemical kinetics of transesterification reaction, combustion reaction mechanisms, CFD simulation of diesel engines, experimental studies on performance and emissions characteristics of biodiesel fuelled diesel biodiesel lubricity, value-added downstream processes from engines, transesterification (biolubricant and glycerol pyrolysis) and also modelling of global impacts of a biodiesel economy.
Dr. Kumar Katya is currently working as the fish nutritionist under Newton IUPAC project at FishPLUS, Crops for The Future. He is holding PhD degree in Fish Nutrition from Pukyong National University, South Korea. Having expertise in fish feed designing, formulation, proximate analysis, additive extraction and formulation, disease resistance and immunostimulants, scientific publication and project writing etc. He is having working experience with Feeds & Foods Nutrition Research Center, Novus International Inc. USA and Agriculture Technical Management and Extension, Govt of India. He is having 16 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals, Book/Book chapter as author/co-author. He has also attended several World Aquaculture Society conferences and have presented research papers in oral as well as poster presentation around the world.
Dr. Liz Hamilton is currently a teaching fellow in environmental science at the University of Birmingham and has a research role within the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR's) free-air carbon dioxide enrichment experiment.
Liz completed her Ph.D. in tropical soil nitrogen transformations in 2014 after conducting her research in the lowland dipterocarp forests and oil palm plantations in the Kinabatangan region of Sabah, Malaysia. Her primary research interests are in seeking to quantify the impacts of land- use change and agriculture on soil biogeochemistry. Her particular focus is on nitrogen (N) losses to the environment and soil N transformations following disturbance and altered land management practices. Much of her work involves the use of advanced techniques in stable isotope geochemistry to trace pathways of nitrogen transformation and loss.
Liz's research at BIFoR focuses on how cycling and storage of carbon in a mature woodland ecosystem will respond to elevated C02 and is directed at understanding the implications of climate change on plant-soil- atmosphere C and N interactions. She has an LLB and M.A. in jurisprudence from Oxford University and worked as a solicitor prior to completing a M.Sc. in River Environmental Management and a Ph.D. in Soil Biogeochemistry at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Dr Ma is both a lecturer and researcher affiliated to the School of Fundamental Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Ma Nyuk Ling has a bachelor and Master degree in Biological Science, and she further graduated with a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Imperial College London at the United Kingdom. Upon finishing her PhD in 2012, he re-joined Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) as a Senior Lecturer. She lectures on Principle of Biology, Plant Biotechnology and Genetics. She is also a Research Member for the Plant Biotechnology Group of UMT. She is the project leader for a FRGS-funded research project and a co-researcher for several research government-funded projects. Her research works involve identification of oxidative stress biomarkers in plant cells under various stress conditions for crop improvement. Currently, her research projects involve: 1) Mapping of stress responsive networks in rice plants. 2) Metabolic profiling in microa gae. 3) Screening and breeding of salinity stress tolerance variety. 4) The use of omic strategy to identify pesticide sensitive biomarkers.
Dr Matthew Ashfold is Assistant Professor in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) and currently Director of Research at MINDSET — UNMC's Interdisciplinary Centre for Tropical Environmental Studies Prior to his appointment at UNMC he worked at the Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge. His major research interests are in areas of atmospheric science and climate variability, typically using models to help understand or to derive additional information from atmospheric observations. Over the past year he has started work that connects to other disciplines, including public attitudes to environmental issues and the links between climate change and agriculture. He has a degree in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science from the University of Leeds (2006) and a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Cambridge (2012). Between degrees he worked for two years in the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences' Environmental Quality Program. During his PhD he undertook a fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, writing a briefing note on 'Climate Variability and Weather'
Maysoun Mustafa is the Program Manager for CFF-UNMC Doctoral Training Partnership. Her research interests are postharvest biology and nutraceutical value of tropical fruits. This has seen her involved in fundamental studies on the biochemical and molecular changes that fresh fruits experience during the postharvest supply change, as well as developing natural alternatives to synthetic chemicals for the postharvest management of perishable fruits and vegetables. Prior to joining CFF and UNMC, her previous experience has involved her working on projects for enhancing smallholders' livelihoods throughout Southeast Asia, such as stewardship programs for best farming practices and promoting knowledge-sharing through ICT platforms. Maysoun earned a BSc (Hons) in Plant Biotechnology from University of Nottingham Malaysia campus (UNMC), and a PhD in Biosciences from UNMC.
Prof Md Aktar Hossain is a Fellow Researcher at INTROP His research areas are Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology, Stress physiology, Plant Breeding and Tissue Culture, Natural Product Chemistry, Tree Improvement, Restoration Ecology and Professor of Forest Genetics at Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Chittagong.
Dr. Aktar completed his Bachelor and Master Degree in Forestry from University of Chittagong in 2000 and joined as a Lecturer in the same year. He did his Doctoral research in Molecular Biology from Korea University in 2010. Dr. Hossain became Professor in the Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences in 2015. Before that he did his Postdoctoral research in the Faculty of Forestry, UPM, Malaysia. Professor Aktar published more than 40 research papers in the high impact factor peer reviewed international journals. He also participated and presented in many national and international conferences, seminar and symposiums.
Dr Mike Garratt is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Agri-Environment Research (CAER) His research aims at improving the sustainability of crop production through management of functional biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. His research interests focus on understanding the contribution of biodiversity to crop production including, pest regulation, pollination and soil services. Mike has worked in many different cropping systems including European arable systems, top and soft fruit production and tropical vegetable farming. He is interested in how provision of ecosystem services provided by biodiversity will respond to environmental change and what management practices, at both local and landscape scales, growers can implement to improve production resilience and food security. He is the convenor of the Royal Entomological Society, Pollination Special Interest Group and has a degree in Natural Science from the University of Birmingham, and an MSc and PhD in Applied Entomology from Imperial College London.
Dr. Mohd. Desa Hj Hassim is the Chief Executive Officer of International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) based in Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia TFNet is a global network set up in July 2000, under the auspices of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. TFNet is both inter-governmental and inter-institutional, with a mission is to promote sustainable development of the tropical fruit industry globally in relation to production, consumption and trade. Dr. Mohd Desa Hj Hassim is the Chief Executive Officer of TFNet with effective from June 1, 2015. His major research interests are in socio economic analysis in rice base farming system, tropical fruits, crop intensification, integrated farming system, policy intervention, sustainable agriculture and agriculture promotion and extension. He has Ph.D. in Agriculture Research and Development from Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand, Master of Science in Corporate Communication from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM).
Dr. Rozhan is a senior lecturer at Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) specializing in aquatic ecology and limnology (freshwater ecosystem) Dr. Rozhan is currently a faculty member in Department of Aquaculture, UPM and has been with the higher learning institution since 2002. Before becoming a full time faculty member, he worked as a tutor to assist professors in teachings and also a research assistant for the project on live feed production for giant black tiger shrimp.
His major research interest is in lake and river environmental processes: studying how climate change could affect productivity and carbon and nutrient budget in these fragile systems. This involves phytoplankton identification, nutrient and heavy metal analyses and using oxygen, carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes to investigate levels of primary productivity and respiration. His findings Will support water resources management and sustainable aquaculture production. Dr. Rozhan obtained Bachelor of Fisheries Science and Master of Science (Aquatic Biology) from UPM and his doctorate in Water Resources Science (Limnology and Oceanography) from University of Minnesota, USA.
Dr Muhammad Afzal, a post doctorate research fellow at University of Reading and currently working on Nevvton Fund research project on "Climate Change, Water Resources and Food Security in Kazakhstan" I joined this position in September 2015. Before joining University of Reading, I worked as a hydrological modeller at Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxford where mainly I worked on NERC "DRY Project" and EU "Water 4 crops" projects. My research interests are: crop modelling, hydrological modelling and climate change. I have my first degree in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry & MSc in Botany from Pakistan and MSc in Environmental Management from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK and PhD in Hydro-climatology from University of the West of Scotland, UK. I am an associate member with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and affiliate member of International Water Association (IWA).
Dr Oonagh Markey has worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading since 2012. Dr Markers research focuses primarily on the impact of dietary components on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk markers, including the vascular reactivity and lipid metabolism. Oonagh is currently lead research fellow on the E800,000 Medical Research Council-funded project 'Reducing cardiovascular disease risk through replacement of saturated fat (SEA) in milk and dairy products' (The RESET Study). This project is examining the effect of reducing saturated fatty acid entry into the food chain on vascular function and other important biomarkers of CVD without limiting dairy product consumption. Alongside this research Oonagh has established two further independent research areas, firstly, investigating the consumer acceptance of reformulated foods as a potential strategy for promoting a reduction in SFA and sugar intake at a population level and secondly, exploring the predictive association between overall diet quality, dietary patterns and CVD incidence and risk markers, which she is leading with Wageningen University. She graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland with a PhD in Nutrition, funded by the Irish Research Council
Dr Presidor Kendabie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Crop Genetics, at the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to this appointment, Dr Kendabie worked as a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island, Nigeria. He was also a Research Fellow for 4 years with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.
His major research interests are genetic improvement of under-utilized legume crops for food and nutritional security. His research in genetic improvement targets a diverse array of traits, and comparative trait analysis in bambara groundnut and other related legume species. The scientific approaches integrate laboratory, controlled environment growth rooms, climate controlled glasshouses and field research where agronomy, physiology, breeding, genomics, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics and the development of statistical methods that increase precision and accuracy of marker-assisted and genomic selection for complex traits. Specific example of his research includes understanding the genetics of photoperiod control of pod-set and pod-filling in bambara groundnut, and the physiological and genetic traits that makes bambara groundnut one of the most drought tolerant crops.
He obtained his BSc in Crop Sciences from Rivers State University of Sciences & Technology (RSUST), Portharcourt, Nigeria and an MSc in Genetics & Plant Breeding from Zhejiang University, P.R. China. He holds a PhD in Biosciences from the University of Nottingham, UK. He is a member of the Royal Society of Biology.
Dr. Sharon Lau is the head of research for the Molecular and Microbiology Division at Tropical Peat Research Laboratory Unit (TPRL). TPRL is a unit established directly under the purview of the State Secretary to take lead in Research and Development of tropical peatland in Sarawak, with emphasis on the importance of tropical peat land and its impacts to the environment. Malaysia has 2.13 million hectares (Mha) of peat lands of which the major areas are in Sarawak, tropical peat land has been developed for oil palm cultivation for a much needed socio- economic development especially rural development in the state of Sarawak. Dr Sharon was first engaged to set-up a Molecular Microbiology Lab upon completion of her MSc. Biotechnology study in 2009.
Her major research interests are microbial diversity in tropical peatlands in relation to climate and environmental changes, microbiological nitrous oxide production and consumption in tropical peatlands. She has degrees in Genetics and Molecular Biology (University of Malaya, Malaysia), Biotechnology (Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia) and a PhD in Soil Microbiology from Hokkaido University, Japan.
Dr Tanja Radu is a Research Associate within the Water Engineering Group, at the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University hold PhD in Environmental Engineering from Auburn University, USA and have 8 years of post-PhD research, 17 peer-reviewed publications, and 32 conference outputs. My research is in the area of environmental engineering with special focus on water and waste treatment with resource recovery.
I am currently working in the School of Civil and Building Engineering as a Research Associate in a multidisciplinary team composed of 6 UK and 7 Indian Universities. I am part of a joint project between Civil and Electrical Engineering. The project is on energy generation from wastes using anaerobic digestion. It is an EPSRC funded UK-India collaboration (total value E2M) with the goal of with aim of waste reduction and harvesting energy from waste for supplying biogas to the rural non-gridded communities hence ensuring energy self-sufficiency. The project is concerned with water and wastewater treatment, by-product recovery and energy generation. This is a grand challenge area of research to improve sustainability, specifically in energy, water and rare minerals and in line with UK Government strategy. Novel instrumentation and process monitoring is a vital part of the project. Data collected in experimental work is correlated to the performance of larger facilities (e.g. Severn Trent Water) with aim of process optimization and improvement. Furthermore, my work includes collaboration with industries (STW, Biffa, Unilever), SMEs (Ambisense Ltd) farmers (Lower Reule Farm, Staffordshire) and local councils (Charnwood).
Dr Umaiyal is a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (FPPD) @ Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture (CEBAR), Level 3, Institute of Research Management & Monitoring (IPPP) Research Management & Innovation Complex, University of Malaya Plant Biotechnologist with over 12 years of experiences in academic industry. Involved in biotechnology based research since her study in Master of Science till current position as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her interest is mainly in plant biotechnology, transgenic research and plant microbe interactions. Currently, she is also keen into looking at sustainable agriculture processes and technologies in accordance with the climate change. Her teaching career started since age of 18. She experienced being an educator for primary to secondary to tertiary level students. She holds a part time tutor position during her master of science and had become a permanent tutor during her PhD where she was funded by UM to further her study in Plant Biotechnology. She has a degree in Biotechnology from University of Putra Malaysia, a Master degree in Science and a PhD in Plant Biotechnology from University Putra Malaysia.
FGV R&D is one of the companies to generate cutting-edge agri-business technologies to enhance operation, performance and commercial utilization across all facets of FGV group. Its activities support internal growth across all clusters. These comprise improving the yield of selected agri-crops through breeding, tissue culture agronomy, crop protection and in a sustainable manner; optimizing waste and by-products for use in generating new products with higher-grovvth, higher-margin industries; and the provision of high quality agro-based products and services. As an agronomist, research area is focus on agriculture input and increase productivity particularly in oil palm crops. My major research interests are product development, which I have been carried out research on plant regulator, fertilizer study/nutritional study, soil amendment, superabsorbent polymer in agricultural, nursery practices and utilization of oil palm by- product. Currently, my focus is on soil amendment and planting media. I have degrees in Major in Biology (Hons) from University Putra Malaysia.
Leigh-Anne Hepburn is a Creative Technologist Research Fellow at the Institute of Innovation, Glasgow School of Art. The institute of Design Innovation (lnDl) is a dynamic design research community, working across design innovation, experience labs and health and wellbeing. lnDl's approach is to apply design thinking and practices to collaborate creatively, to share ideas and assemble dynamic experiential groups to address big ideas. Leigh-Anne is currently working on a number of projects across lnDl including the Digital Health and Care Institute. Prior to her taking up her research fellow post, Leigh-Anne was a PhD researcher on the Scotland-wide knowledge exchange hub project, Design in Action and has worked across local government and the public and private sectors designing better services.
Leigh-Anne's research interests are in the produced space of design-led collaboration with specific interest in the physical, social and mental spaces of multidisciplinary co-creation. Motivated by stories and experiences, she is particularly interested in tacit and experiential learning across communities and how this might be captured and shared. With a degree in Design and Craft and an MSc in European Policy, Law & Management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, Leigh- Anne will submit her PhD in Collaborative Design in the Spring of 2016.
Leon Lai Navaretna is an Environmental Management Executive at the Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre TRCRC's work is in the ex-situ conservation of endemic and endangered rainforest species through the reforestation of degraded lands. We prioritize on plant species outside of protected areas and aim on ensuring that a representative population is safeguarded on our site. Leon is currently involved in the overall biodiversity work, data analysis, and reporting and management plan for the project sites.
Previous work experience was with QED Konsult, a structural engineering consultant company in Brunei where he worked on the implementation of a sewage treatment plant for a large scale housing development project. Design of the sewerage system includes the assessment of impact on the environment and human health and the pollution prevention strategy to protect the local environment. With a Bachelor's in Environmental Management from Monash University, some of his keen interests are in the field of sustainable design, urban planning, environmental issues and mitigation strategies, green energy, waste treatment and environmental impact assessments. He also has a background of freshwater ecology and water treatment during his studies.
Muhammad Ali is a Ph. D student in Agricultural Extension at the Department of Agricultural Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. Prior to start his Ph. D, he was employed as Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He also worked as Customer Services Officer (CSO) in one of the famous micro-finance banks (Khushhali Bank) of Pakistan. In addition, he has also worked with national and international organizations in various capacities like trainer, researcher, consultant and rural advisory services provider.
His major interests include agriculture extension, rural development, agriculture innovations, rural advisory services (RAS), agriculture risk integrating gender and youth into RAS, agri- management, entrepreneurship, agriculture policy, food security and malnutrition. He has degrees in Agricultural Extension from the University Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan and a certificate in Irrigation and Water Resource Management (IWRM) from the University of Western Australia, Australia.