We are proud to announce that following eminent speakers will be delivering plenary speeches at WinC 2016.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Julie Lovegrove

School of Food Biosciences
Hugh Sinclair Nutrition Unit
University of Reading

Julie Lovegrove is a Professor of Human Nutrition and is the Head of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) at the University of Reading.  She sits on a number of external committees including the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN) and the Council for the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Professor Lovegrove’s main research focus is the investigation of nutritional influences on the metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease risk, including nutrient-gene interactions.  Of particular interest are the effects of dietary fats and phytochemicals, including flavonoids and nitrates, on vascular reactivity, insulin resistance and lipid metabolism in different population groups.

Professor Julie Lovegrove will deliver her speech on "Importance of Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Health" under the theme of Food, Nutrition & Health.

Plenary Speakers

Professor Toshihiko Nakao

Former president of the Japanese Society of Farm Animal Veterinary Medicine,
Japan Veterinary Association,

 Toshihiko Nakao graduated with DVM from Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan in 1969. Following graduation, he worked as a veterinary surgeon at Government Dairy Farms in Punjab, India for two years under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Volunteer Service. He obtained his MS in veterinary reproduction from Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in 1975 and PhD in clinical endocrinology of bovine reproduction from Hokkaido University in 1981. He worked at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Rakuno Gakuen University, Hokkaido, Japan from 1975 to 1999, at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University from 1999 to 2003, and at the Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University, Japan. He was a visiting scientist with Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at Clinic for Bovine Obstetrics and Gynecology, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany from 1980 to 1981. His primary areas of research include development of enzyme immunoassay of steroid hormones and its application to diagnosis and treatment of ovarian dysfunction and to reproductive management in dairy cattle. He has written more than 190 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. After retirement from Yamaguchi University, he served as the President of Japanese Society of Farm Animal Veterinary Medicine, Japan Veterinary Medical Association from 2010 to 2015. He has received several awards for his research on dairy cattle reproduction and for his academic service. Currently, he is the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 30th World Buiatrics Congress in Sapporo, 2018.

Professor  Toshihiko Nakao will deliver his speech on " Advances in reproductive management in dairy cattle" under the theme of Livestock, Aquaculture, Fisheries & Animal Health Management.


Professor Kenji Nishihara

Faculty of Political Science and Economics,
Waseda University,

 Professor Kenji Nishihara is presently working at Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He obtained the Master Degree from Waseda University in 1974 and the Doctoral Degree (Doctor of Science) from the same university in 1985. He was also a Visiting Scholar of Stanford University, USA (April 1994 - March 1995).
Professor Nishihara is having about 35 years of teaching experience in Universities and a pioneer researcher in the field of nonlinear partial differential equations in Mathematics and published 70 papers. He has taught Mathematics mainly to the students in the Economics course, which made to publish the textbook of Calculus for Economics. He supervised one Master degree student, one Doctoral Degree student. In addition to those students, he supervised one International JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Postdoctoral researcher. These professional activities made to publish the Book concerning the Mathematical Analysis of One-Dimensional Viscous Compressible Fluid and the Lecture Note on the Diffusion Phenomenon of Solutions to the Damped Wave Equations. He also works as an Editor of two International Journals of Mathematics (Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications (Elsevier) and Evolution Equations and Control Theory (American Institute of Mathematical Sciences)) and handles rather many papers submitted every year.

Professor  Kenji will deliver his speech on " Diffusion phenomenon of solutions for the damped wave equation" under the theme of Mathematics & Statistics.


Dr. David Wiberg

Theme Leader – Water Futures

Office: IWMI Headquarters – Sri Lanka

Dr. Wiberg received a degree in physics, with an economics minor, from Gustavus Adolphus College and master’ s and PhD degrees in civil engineering, water resource engineering and management, from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He designed river basin management software as a consultant for the Bureau of Reclamation, US DOI, and also consulted with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) in the USA. In 1997 he started working with International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in the Land-Use Change and Agriculture program, assessing the impact of land use and climate changes on basin water resource availability, demand, required storage capacity, development costs and management options, as well as helping develop the Harmonized World Soil Database and Global Agro-Ecological zoning methodologies and assessments. He consulted concurrently for the World Water Assessment Program and the Dialogue for Water and Climate, and is now helping to launch IIASA’s Water Program and the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative, incorporating water science into IIASA’s integrated assessments. Dr. Wiberg’s primary fields of interest are efficient and sustainable water management strategies, water modeling and the development of decision support tools, and climate change impact assessments. Currently he is the theme leader of water futures of IWMI.

Dr. David will deliver his speech on “Planning for Water Resource Security in Interconnected, Uncertain, and Unbounded Systems under the theme of Climate & Environment.


Dr. Stef de Haan

Cassava Breeding Network Coordinator,
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT),

 Dr. Stef de Haan acquired a B.Sc. degree (Tropical Agriculture, Larenstein International Agricultural College) in 1995, an M.Sc. degree (Agroecology, Wageningen University) in 1997 and PhD degree (Agrobiodiversity, Wageningen University) in 2009. He worked on agricultural development in the Andes from 1997 till 2002 through the Dutch development cooperation, focusing on nutrition and value chain approaches utilizing native crop diversity. In 2002 he joined the CGIAR system and worked at the International Potato Center (CIP) on potato genetic recourses (in-situ conservation) and breeding for 13 years (till 2015). Since early 2015 he joined the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) where he now focusses on cassava crop improvement through the newly established Asian Cassava Breeders Network (ACB-Net). Stef de Haan’s core interest are crop genetic resources, agroecology and food systems. In 2016 he will be co-chairing the prestigious Ernst Strüngmann Forum on Agrobiodiversity in the 21st Century: foundations and integration for sustainability. He has authored 35 publications (books, book chapters and journal papers).

Dr. Stef de Haan will deliver his speech on "Old Roots, New Shoots: lifestyle agriculture through a roots and tuber perspective"under the theme of Lifestyle Agriculture


Professor Barbara Rasco

School of Food Science.
Washington State University/University of Idaho

 Prof Barbara Rasco is a leading expert in food safety and applied food microbiology with the seminal work on food bioterrorism (2005). Her work has provided the base for risk based food safety assessments internationally. Dr. Rasco has over 250 publications in food science and bioanalytical chemistry much of this work focused on improving the safety of the global food supply including the first major works on intentional contamination of food beginning in the 1990s. As an attorney she has written laws, regulations and guidance on produce safety, processed foods, traceability and export certification and has served on national and international commissions promoting food and agricultural trade most notably in Asia and the Middle East. Prof. Rasco has a wide range of publications interpreting compliance requirements for FSMA and is an invited speaker nationally and internationally on FSMA compliance issues. Prof. Rasco has taught over 250 HACCP based food protection and safety programs for a variety of commodities, including the first seafood HACCP course taught in the USA. She has worked extensively with small and medium sized food processors in 37 countries with much of the emphasis placed upon creating opportunity for business growth and employment particularly for displaced and underemployed individuals.

Professor Barbara Rasco will deliver her speech on “Food Safety Modernization Act – Implications for International Trade”  under the theme of Food, Nutrition & Health.