OUR SPEAKERS

With nearly 30 invited international speakers, GIANT PRAWN 2017 presents global who-is-who of the research and industry supporting freshwater prawn.

Our speakers include Peter Mather (Australia), Md Ayaz Hasan Chisty (Bangladesh), Fatima Ferdouse Razeghpanah (Bangladesh), Patricia Moraes Valenti (Brazil), Wagner Cotroni Valenti (Brazil), Yang Guoliang (China), Zhang Tai-Zhuo (China), C. Mohanakumuran Nair (India), Endhay Kusnendar (Indonesia), Amir Sagi (Israel), Assaf Shechter (Hong Kong), ​Ilan Karplus (Israel), Mohd Fariduddin Othman (Malaysia), Nyan Taw and Soe Tun (Myanmar), Timothy Pickering (Pacific Islands), Nikolina Kovatcheva (Russia), Rohana Subasinghe (Sri Lanka), Philip T. Cheng (Taiwan, tbc), Amararatne Yakupitiyage (Thailand), Donghuo Jiang (Thailand), Rapeepun Vanichviriyakit (Thailand), Uthiarat Na-Nakorn (Thailand), Natthapong Wannapat (Thailand), Nitikorn Piwpong (Thailand), William Daniels (USA), James Tidwell (USA), Nguyen Thanh Vu (Vietnam), Patrick Sorgeloos (Belgium) and Tran Ngoc Hai (Vietnam).



Dr. Patricia Moraes Valenti
Brazil

Dr. Patricia Moraes Valenti has worked in the Crustacean Section, Aquaculture Center - CAUNESP at Sao Paulo State University, Brazil for many years, developing research and extension services on freshwater prawn farming. Dr. Moraes-Valenti graduated as a biologist in 1998 and as a fisheries specialist in 1999. She gained her MSc and PhD in Aquaculture in 2002 and 2005, respectively. She has worked for two years in the Brazilian Amazonia, transfering aquaculture technology to the rural population. In 1999, she joined CAUNESP to start a large project on the development of the technology for farming the Amazon River prawn Macrobrachium amazonicum. She has served the GTCAD – [Working Group on Freshwater Prawn Farming (Brazil)] as Secretary (2000-2004) and as Coordinator (2004-2006); during this time, she organized workshops and headed the survey of freshwater prawn production in Brazil. Since 2011, She has served the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter of the WAS LACC-WAS, as Secretary (2011-2013) and Director (since 2013). Currently, she makes part of the Board of Directors of the World Aquaculture Society - WAS (2015). Patricia made part of the Board of Director in the NGO Aquaculture Without Frontiers – AWF (2011-2015). She was professor in Coastal Campus at Sao Paulo State University, Brazil for two years. Currently, she is professor at University of Santo Amaro – UNISA, and Professor and Researcher at Aquaculture Center of Sao Paulo State University – CAUNESP. She supervises Master and PhD students. Her research lines include General Aquaculture, Freshwater Prawn Culture and Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA).

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Prof. Wagner C. Valenti
Brazil

Dr. Wagner Valenti, fellow of the World Aquaculture Society, is a senior research scientist and professor in Sao Paulo State University, Brazil. At present, he works in Biosciences Institute, Costal Campus and Aquaculture Center. Wagner has served the aquaculture profession through teaching, R&D and the development of national policies since 1981. He has published over 150 papers, books, book chapters and scientific articles mainly on freshwater prawn biology and culture, which is his principal area of scientific expertise. Currently, he heads a research network to develop sustainability indicators to assess Brazilian aquaculture systems. He has been involved directly in the organization of numerous national and international conferences and has been selected as keynote or plenary speaker on several occasions. He has managed Ph.D. and MS graduate programs, technology transfer to the aquaculture industry and many research programs focusing on aquaculture and aquatic biology. He has served as Associated Editor of Journal of the World Aquaculture Society for 16 years. Currently, he is Executive Editor of Aquaculture Report (Elsevier), associate editor of International Aquatic Research (Springer) and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Springer).

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Prof. Amir Sagi
Israel

Incumbent of the Lily and Sidney Oelbaum Chair in Applied Biochemistry, Prof. Amir Sagi is a former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and a member of the Department of Life Sciences and of the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) at Ben-Gurion University. Sagi is the past President of the International Society for Invertebrate Reproduction and Development (ISIRD). His group conducts basic and applied research on genes and gene products related to processes of sexual differentiation and skeletal bio-mineralization in crustaceans (particularly, prawns, crayfish and shrimps). The applied research has led to the elaboration of a novel biotechnology for the production of all-male populations of the giant freshwater prawn through temporal RNA interference. The process was patented and licensed to the Israeli Tiran Group which started sales in Vietnam and China. Sagi is also the co-founder of two start-ups based on his research, Amorphical Ltd and Enzootic Ltd. With the latter he has recently developed the first crustacean all-female culture technology.

Sagi is the recipient of the 2013 Global Aquaculture Alliance’s inaugural Novus Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, the 2014 Landau Prize for Sciences and Art and The Crustacean Society, 2016 Excellence in Research Award (TCSERA). He has over 140 scientific publications to his credit, five patents and numerous conference presentations.

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Dr. Jim Tidwell
USA

Dr. Jim Tidwell is Professor and Chair of the Division of Aquaculture at Kentucky State University. He earned his B.S. degree in biology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, his M.S. degree in biology from Samford University, and his Ph.D. in aquaculture from Mississippi State University.

Dr. Tidwell’s research interests include evaluation of alternative feed ingredients and development of culture procedures for new species. He is author or co-author of over 120 refereed journal articles. He has also published two reference books including Aquaculture Production Systems published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2012. He is a Past-President of both the U.S. Aquaculture Society (96-97) and the World Aquaculture Society (01-02).

Dr. Tidwell was named KSU’s Distinguished Professor for 2014-2015.




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Dr. William (Bill) H. Daniels
USA

Dr. William (Bill) H. Daniels, PhD, has 38 years of experience in international aquaculture development, teaching and research focused on freshwater and brackish water fishes and crustaceans. He has expertise in freshwater prawn (M. rosenbergii) hatchery production and pond culture. His dissertation focused on classification of male morphotypes based upon external morphology and reproductive condition and description of factors influencing metamorphosis. He has written 4 chapters on freshwater prawn hatchery and broodstock management and has 11 peer-reviewed publications on prawns. He has worked with prawn hatcheries in Cambodia, Myanmar and Bangladesh with ongoing projects in the latter two countries. He is currently President-Elect of the World Aquaculture Society, Past-President of the US Aquaculture Society (a chapter of WAS) and served on the WAS board for over 10 years.






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Prof. Peter B. Mather
Australia

I have an undergraduate degree in Behavioural Sciences from LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia (1976) and my PhD was also from LaTrobe University (1988) in Population Genetics and Ecology. Following this, I held postdoctoral positions in mouse alcohol metabolism genetics (Science, Griffith University), population genetics of coral reef fishes (AES, Griffith University) and then applied genetics of an exotic pest fish (ENS, Griffith University). In 1988, I accepted a lecturing position in Population Genetics at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane where I spent nearly 27 years as a tenured academic and was promoted to full professor in 2009. During my career at QUT, I held a number of senior administrative positions including HDR Co-ordinator, Deputy Head (Natural Resource Sciences) and the Head of School (Biogeosciences) in the Faculty of Science and Technology. My research interests at QUT have focused largely on the genetics and ecology of aquatic species with a particular emphasis on the genetics of farmed aquatic crustaceans and fishes. Since 2003, I have developed a specific research interest in the genetics/genomics of freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium spp.). Over my career, I have published ~150 journal (C1) articles and have supervised 12 MSc and 38 PhD candidates to completion. Since 2015, I hold an Adjunct Professor position in the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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Prof. Ilan Karplus
Israel

Professor Ilan Karplus is a retired Senior Researcher of the Aquaculture Research Unit of the Volcani Research Center, Israel. Ilan has extensively studied the social behavior and culture of Macrobrachium rosenbergii and the Australian Cherax quadricarinatus. He investigated interspecific partenrships, predator recognition and the social control of growth in fishes and crustaceans. New techniques for edible and ornamental fish guidance by innate behavioral responses, training and social facilitation to allow sorting by computer vision were developed. Ilan published over 100 peer reviewed papers and the book Symbiosis in Fishes: The Biology of Interspecific Partnerships.









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Dr. Mohd. Fariduddin
Malaysia

Dr Mohd. Fariduddin Bin Othman has served with Department of Fisheries (DoF) Malaysia for more than 30 years in aquaculture research. He serves in many aspect of aquaculture research at its Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) and currently is the Director of Freshwater Aquaculture Research Division. He specializes in shrimp and prawn breeding and farming. Currently he leads in several fresh water aquaculture program, mainly are on the giant prawn, tilapia as well mahseer brood stock development program, stock enhancement, hatchery and farm system development. He is also a national focal point and a member of the intergovernmental technical committee working group (ITWG) on aquatic genetic resources for food and agriculture (AqGRFA) at FAO. He is a council member of Malaysia Fisheries Society (MFS) and actively involved as aquaculture adviser, co-supervisor to post graduate students and provide talks on his major subject to aquaculture stake holders and target group as well as general public and graduate students.




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Dr. Endhay Kusnendar Kontara
Indonesia

Dr. Endhay Kusnendar Kontara is a Senior Researcher at Research and Development Center for Fisheries, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF). He has obtained Master Degree in Aquaculture from Faculty of Fisheries, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia and Ph.D in Applied Biological Sciences from University of Ghent, Belgium. He has held several important positions at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), among others as Director at Directorate General of Aquaculture (2002-2008), Director of R&D for Aquaculture (2008-2010), Director General of the Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Development (AMFRAD), MMAF (2010-2012), and at the same periode (2010-2012) he was SEAFDEC Council Director for Indonesia. Currently he is actively involved as member of Geographical Indication Expert Team, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Indonesia. He is one of the founders of the Indonesian Aquaculture Society (IAS), and he is currently becoming the President of World Aquaculture Society-Asian Pacific Chapter.


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Prof. Guoliang Yang
China

Professor Guoliang Yang has a professional focus on the genetic breeding, hatching and farming of the giant freshwater prawn for more than 20 years. He has been a professor and the director of aquaculture laboratory at Huzhou University since December 2015. He earned his B.S. degree in Aquaculture with freshwater fisheries major from ZhejiangFisheries College in 1984. Professor Yang worked at Zhejiang Institute of Freshwater Fisheries from 1984 to 2015, during which he established his leading position in the giant freshwater prawn industry. 1993 – 1994, Professor Yang was delegated by State Scientific and Technological Commission and Ministry of Agriculture of China to introduce the aquaculture technology of Chinese carps to Cuba. 1995 – 2007, he developed the technology of the genetic breeding, hatching and farming of the giant freshwater prawn and took charge of a hatchery of the giant freshwater prawn. 2007-2015, he held the post of Professor and Vice Director of the Institute. Professor Yang researched on fish farming in earthen pond(1984-1987), aquaculture of different species, including Tilapia, Largemouth base, Silver carp and Pacu(1988-1993), and studied at Zhejiang University as a scholar(1987-1988).

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Prof. C. Mohanakumaran Nair
India

Prof. C. Mohanakumaran Nair is the chief architect of prawn culture development in India, who set the stage for prawn farming boom in India with the cost-effective seed production technology he developed in the late 1980’s. This had paved the way for establishing commercial prawn hatcheries in the country. Prof. Nair has more than 35 years of active professional experience in fisheries and aquaculture, particularly in teaching, research, and administration. He is currently serving on an advisory role to the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, India and provides technical consultation on matters related to Aquaculture and Fisheries development of the State. He is also the Advisor to Ananda Group, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India’s biggest integrated fisheries and aquaculture Company. Previously Prof. Nair had served as the Pro Vice Chancellor of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi the first Fisheries University in India; and as the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries, Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) in India. Prof. Nair is a Visiting Professor to national and international universities, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the World Aquaculture Society, Asia Pacific Chapter (WAS-APC), during 2010 – 2012. He has also served as Consultant to WorldFish, Malaysia.

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Dr. Nyan Taw
Myanmar

Dr Nyan received his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Tasmania, Australia under Colombo Plan Scholarship. His career in aquaculture began with the first commercial production of giant freshwater prawn post larvae in Myanmar. He has served as technical counter-part in international aquaculture projects such as JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) on the development of the prawn hatchery and ADB (Asian Development Bank) to develop the fisheries sector including fish and shrimp hatcheries and farms in Myanmar

In 1988, he joined the FAO and served in aquaculture projects in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines culminating the position of Chief Technical Advisor (CTA). From 1995, Dr Nyan joined the private commercial sector and served as Production Director/ Senior Technical Advisor at a number of locations in Indonesia on aquaculture projects. In 2002, he joined PT Central Pertiwi Bahari, CP Indonesia as Vice President where he initiated the biofloc technology for commercial scale. Later he served as senior Vice President at one of the largest integrated shrimp farms (Dipasena Group) in Lampung, Indonesia. He joined Blue Archipelago Berhad as Senior Technical /General Manager to develop a biosecure and modular system intensive shrimp farm in 2009 in Malaysia. Dr Nyan left Blue Archipelago from full-time position in August 2013 and served as Technical Consultant until July 2015. He has been short-term consultant for FAO-World Bank-funded projects in Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, and has also provided consultancy to Central and South American Countries, Kuwait, Indonesia, India and Philippines for over two years in the past. Dr. Nyan Taw has published and presented over 80 papers, authored a book on prawn culture in Burma (1984) and recently co-authored a chapter in the book, Biofloc Technology: A Practical Guide Book.

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Prof. Uthairat Na-Nakorn
Thailand

Professor Uthairat Na-Nakorn, Ph.D. obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries (1974), Master of Sciences in Genetics (1978) from Kasetsart University, Thailand. Later, she was granted a scholarship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to pursue a Ph.D. study at Kochi University, Japan and was conferred the Ph.D. degree in Genetics and Breeding in Aquatic Animals in 1998. She has been teaching undergraduate and post-graduate courses in fish breeding, fish genetics and genetic improvement at Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University since 1978. Under the above themes Prof. Na-Nakorn has been a PI for 19 research projects and published 54 scientific papers and 6 review articles in international journals, together with 7 books and book chapters. She has won several awards including the “National Outstanding Researcher Award” in the field of Biology and Agriculture from National Research Council of Thailand in 2007; “Senior Research Scholar 2003” and “Senior Research Scholar 2007” from Thailand Research Fund; Outstanding KU Alumni Award 2013 from Kasetsart University Alumni Association under His Majesty the King’ Patronage; and “Distinguished Research Professor Award 2016” from Thailand Research Fund. At present she is a professor at Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University, Thailand.

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Dr. Nikolina Kovatcheva
Russia

Dr. Nikolina Kovatcheva is the Head of the Invertebrate Mariculture Laboratory in the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO), Moscow, Russia. She began working in Bulgaria in the Freshwater Fisheries Research Institute, Plovdiv as a biologist, after graduating at the University of Plovdiv “Paisiy Hilendarski”. Her research in Bulgaria was concerned with the development of cost-effective aquaculture technology for the production of stocking material (freshwater fish and crawfish). She lectured in the University of Plovdiv on "Pollution and bio indication of the water ecosystem". From 1997, Dr. Kovacheva started working on the development of breeding and rearing technology for freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) in the closed recirculating water systems of the Advanced Aqua Technologies Center - Moscow, Russia. From 1999 she began working in the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) - Moscow as the Head of the Laboratory of Crustacean Reproduction (renamed in 2014 as the Invertebrate Mariculture Laboratory). She led the Program “Development of the biotechnology of rearing red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) larvae and postlarvae in closed recirculating water systems”. The global goal was to obtain stable juveniles in controlled aquarium conditions and restocking them into the sea in order to increase natural crab populations. The main task of this laboratory is the development and optimization of the biotechnology of reproduction and rearing of marine and freshwater crustaceans (king crab, giant freshwater prawns, crayfish, etc.). Currently Dr. Nikolina Kovatcheva is the leader of the Program “Development of Methods for Reproduction and Cultivation of Crustaceans in Russia”. She is the author of 15 Russian Federation Patents and of more than 180 scientific publications.

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Dr. Tran Ngoc Hai
Vietnam

Dr Tran Ngoc Hai from Can Tho University, Vietnam, has 25 years of teaching, research and technology transfer in aquaculture, especially in seed production and farming of crustacean (freshwater prawn, shrimp, mud crab) and marine fish. He has lead 18 national and international projects and joint in over 10 large international projects on these areas. Significant projects are on developing and applying new technology for seed production and farming of freshwater prawn, shrimp, mud crab and cobia fish with different systems. In addition, he also focuses on management and sustainable development of coastal aquaculture. He is the author and co-author of 19 books and book chapters, and published over 100 papers. He has also worked as national and international consultant and trainer on seed production and farming of freshwater prawn, shrimp and mud crab. Especially, his works are focused and associated strongly with aquaculture in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. He has strong collaborative activities with Vietnam Fisheries Network (VIFINET) and ASEAN Fisheries Education Network (ASEAN-FEN) and many other Universities and Institutions worldwide. He is now Associate Professor and the Vice Dean of the College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University.

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Dr. Timothy Pickering
Pacific Islands

Timothy Pickering is Inland Aquaculture Advisor in the Aquaculture Section of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community SPC based in Suva, Fiji Islands. He provides aquaculture technical and policy advice to Pacific island member governments and administrations, and to the private-sector and communities. Before joining SPC in 2008 he was Senior Lecturer in Aquaculture at the University of the South Pacific USP in Fiji. Prior to his move to Fiji in 1994 he was an aquaculture scientist at New Zealand’s Ministry of Fisheries, and then an Aquaculture Policy Analyst working in legislation and coastal management, after gaining his PhD in seaweed and abalone aquaculture from Victoria University of Wellington. While at USP he led a team who established Fiji’s largest prawn farm and hatchery of the introduced Macrobrachium rosenbergii, as a public-private partnership. During his time at SPC he has worked on domestication of two of the Pacific's indigenous prawn species; M. lar in Fiji and Vanuatu, and M. spinipes (formerly M. rosenbergii “eastern strain”) in Papua New Guinea.




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Dr. Amararatne Yakupitiyage
Thailand

Dr. Amararatne Yakupitiyage is an Associate Professor of Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management program at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. He has his undergraduate degree from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, Master’s from AIT, and Ph.D from Stirling. He is specialized in designing of tropical aquaculture systems, aquaculture nutrition, and feed technology. He conducts research projects involving fish nutrition, supplementary feeding, caged fish nutrition, on-farm feed processing technologies, aquaculture waste management, bioflocs and biomimicry systems, and on the role of sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management in rural development. He teaches Masters and Doctoral courses such as Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Systems, Aquaculture Nutrition & Feed Technology, Research methods in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management and Integrated Coastal Management at AIT. He has supervised around 130 Master’s and 30 Doctoral students and published over 60 peer reviewed papers.




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Dr. Zhang Song
China

Dr. Zhang Song, the current Vice President of Guangdong Link Ocean Group Co., Ltd., Chief Technical Officer of Guangzhou Nutriera Biotechnology Co., Ltd., Professor of The National Research Center for Freshwater Fishery Engineering Technology and Graduate Student Supervisor of South China Agricultural University. He had provided technical guidance and a full range of consultations for hundreds of feed mills of China and Southeast Asian countries. Many of them make rapid progress.

Dr. Zhang graduated from the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He ever worked at China's largest aqua feed enterprises which called Guangdong Haid Group Co., Ltd and specialized in the R&D of aqua premix and aqua feed for up to 10 years. He served as Chief Technical Officer, General Manager and other positions of subsidiary premix enterprise under Haid Group. At the early of 2016, Dr. Zhang and Dr. Yang Yong created Link Ocean Group. Its subordinate company Guangzhou Nutriera Biotechnology Co.,Ltd, which is professionally engaged in R&D and sales of aqua premix, and will become the leading enterprise of this field this year in China.

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Dr. Md. Ayaz Hasan Chisty
Bangladesh

Dr. Md. Ayaz Hasan Chisty is professor and former Chair of Fisheries and Marine Resource Technology Discipline of Khulna University, Bangladesh. I obtained B.Sc. degree in Fisheries from Faculty of Fisheries, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in 1992 and M.Sc. in Fisheries Technology from the same university in 1995 and earned Ph.D. in Aquatic Biology from the University Science Malaysia (USM) in 2006. I joined Khulna University as a lecturer in 1995 and professor in 2008. Teaching and Research on Aquaculture management and Fish nutrition. Supervised more than 50 students in under graduate and post graduate level.

Research Interest on Prawn Nutrition and fish feed development, breeding and hatchery management. Published training manual on Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) Nutrition and Feed. Shrimp Hatchery Operation Management Course, Department of Fisheries, Malaysia in 2003. Technical Adviser of Giant prawn Hatchery Association of Bangladesh (GHAB). I worked with UNIDO as a project evaluator and Working with WorldFish, Bangladesh on mass larval mortality of prawn in hatchery sector of Bangladesh.


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Prof. Philip T. Cheng
Taiwan

Dr. Philip T. Cheng is a professor and Chair at Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation at National Pingtung University of Science Technology, Taiwan. He earned his M.S. degree in Aquaculture from National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan and M.S. degree in Biotechnology from Northwestern University, USA and Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Sciences form Louisiana State University, USA. Dr. Cheng has more than 20 years research and teaching experiences in aquaculture and aquatic organism immunology.

He had been worked for Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute, Council of Agriculture as associate researcher and coordinator of biotechnology. Currently, his research interest is to study immune responses to bacterial pathogen infection using transcriptome analysis. He also evaluates the feasibility of traditional herbal medicines to enhance immunity or treat bacterial diseases of aquatic organisms.




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Dr. Assaf Shechter
Hong Kong

Dr. Assaf Shechter, is the co-founder and CEO of Enzootic Ltd., a commercial stage agro-biotech powerhouse developing biotechnological products for crustacean aquaculture, without the use of chemicals, hormones or GMO. Enzootic began operations in 2013. Its first commercial product (launched in 2016) is special broodstock females that produce only female offspring, leading to superior performance. Assaf is a business and social entrepreneur with over a decade of scientific and executive experience in all aspects of R&D and managerial roles of a biotech start-up company. Assaf has vast scientific background in crustacean research and molecular mechanisms of mineral deposition. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Prior to founding Enzootic, he was one of the inventors behind Amorphical Ltd. (www.amorphical.com), a biopharmaceutical venture engaged in the development of drugs for metabolic bone disorders in humans. He served as the CEO for five years and successfully led the company through pre-clinical and clinical stages of drug development. He was involved in social entrepreneurship and was one of the founders of The BioExecutive Forum (www.beforum.org), a non-profit organization that promotes networking and knowledge sharing between Israeli biomedical executives.

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Dr. Donghuo Jiang
Thailand

Dr. Jiang graduated from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in Fisheries Sciences. He has established a solid progressive career in aquaculture with extensive experience both in academic research and in commercial development. Prior to joining CPF, he worked in Sygen International, a world leading company in applying quantitative genetics and biotechnology to animal breeding, and played critical roles in setting shrimp breeding programs in several countries, including U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Thailand. He has participated, coordinated and/or managed several jointed research programs with international institutions, and (co-) authored over fifteen research papers in aquaculture. As a coordinator in the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), Dr. Jiang actively involved in bridging the gap between academic and commercial industry, promoting sustainable aquaculture and facilitating productive interactions between WAS and Asia aquaculture communities. In CPF, Dr. Jiang leads a large research team working on genetic improvement for several freshwater fish species, including tilapia, pangasius, catfish and snakehead, and established a selective breeding program based on Specific-Pathogen-Free (SPF) populations of Giant Freshwater Prawn.

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Nguyen Thanh Vu
Vietnam

Mr Nguyen Thanh Vu (M.Sc) is a deputy director at National Breeding Center for Southern Freshwater Aquaculture which under Research Institute for Aquaculture No.2. He worked with focusing on several selective breeding programs on fish and prawn such as striped catfish, tilapia and giant freshwater prawn which are the economic farming species in Vietnam. He started working with Macrobrachium rosenbergii from 2005 before the actual freshwater prawn breeding program established in 2007 both supported from World Fish Center and Vietnam Government. At the moment, he is a project leader of the prawn selective breeding program, which is based on growth and survival traits and a unique project in Vietnam.








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Dr. Rohana Subasinghe
Sri Lanka

Rohana Subasinghe is a specialist in aquaculture development and aquatic animal health management. He retired from FAO in October 2015, while serving as the Chief of the Aquaculture Brach. Since his graduation in 1980 from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, he has worked in all parts of the world, with most experience in Asia. He joint FAO in 1994 and took responsibility in implementing many projects on aquaculture and aquatic animal health at national, regional and international levels worldwide until his retirement. Among others, at FAO, he was also responsible for analyses of trends in aquaculture development globally. A former teacher of the University of Colombo and the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Rohana earned his PhD from Stirling University. Rohana is a strong advocate of sustainable aquaculture and its significant contribution to poverty alleviation and food and nutrition security. His passion is to empower people engaged in small-scale aquaculture value chains. He supports responsible certification of aquaculture and is also responsible for developing the globally approved FAO technical guidelines on aquaculture certification. He served as the Technical Secretary to the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture of the Committee on Fisheries of the FAO, the only global inter-governmental forum on aquaculture. His spearheaded the development of a global partnership for aquaculture development in FAO, particularly addressing the need for a concerted effort to ensure future aquaculture development will become increasingly socially acceptable, environmentally sustainable, and responsibly managed.

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Dr. Rapeepun Vanichviriyakit
Thailand

Dr. Rapeepun Vanichviriyakit is now the Director of the Center of Excellence for Shrimp Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Centex Shrimp), Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand. The Centex Shrimp serves as a coordination center for cooperative research on shrimp amongst Mahidol Univeristy, BIOTEC (NSTDA, Thailand), shrimp industry, and other national and international institutions. The center aims to carry out academically excellent research on molecular biology and biotechnology of shrimp.

Dr. Rapeepun Vanichviriyakit graduated her Ph.D. in Anatomy from Mahidol University, Thailand in 2007 and began working in the research field of shrimp reproduction and disease associated histopathology since then. She gained her research experience in the field of reproductive biology for ~2 years in Prof. Nongnuch Tanpaichitr’s lab, OHRI, Canada. She is now an Assistant Professor at Mahidol University, teaching undergraduate and post-graduate courses including annual international training course for shrimp histopathology, and supervising many M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

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Patrick Sorgeloos
Belgium

Prof. Patrick Sorgeloos has been involved in fish and shellfish larviculture R&D in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa ever since the mid-seventies. In 1978 he established the Artemia Reference Center and in 1986 he became the first professor of aquaculture at Ghent University. Until his retirement as emeritus professor in October 2013 over 250 Master (from > 50 countries) and 70 PhD alumni (from > 20 countries) graduated at Ghent University in the field of aquaculture under his guidance. Patrick is a strong promoter of international networking in aquaculture and was/is involved with the World Aquaculture Society (1999-2000 President), the European Commission (chairman Thematic Network Aquaculture – AquaTnet; member Advisory Group DG Research FP7 theme 2 “food, agriculture and biotechnology; chairman ASEM Aquaculture Platform) and the European Aquaculture Technology & Innovation Platform (founding member).

He was co-founder of the spin off company Artemia Systems that is now operating under the name of INVE Aquaculture. He received honorary awards in China, Egypt, Greece, India, Malaysia, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.

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Zhang Tai-Zhuo
China

Zhang Tai-Zhuo graduated from Guangxi University with an aquaculture bachelor degree in 2002, and got his aquaculture nutrition master degree from South China Agriculture University. Mr. Zhang worked for Guangdong Haid Group from 2005 to 2015, and was in charge of the prawn & shrimp breeding business in South China with an annual PL production more than 4.5 Billion.

Mr. Zhang is very experienced on key technologies about prawn & shrimp brood stock selection, larva production, PL nursery and farm grow out, and familiar with good hatchery management system.









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Fatima Ferdouse Razeghpanah
Bangladesh

Mrs. Fatima Ferdouse Razeghpanah is a freelance consultant on international fishery trade and marketing. During her 33 years of full time employment with FAO and INFOFISH, she worked closely on advisory capacity with fishery industries, policy makers and development organizations in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Currently she is the market analyst and principle author of quarterly SHRIMP and TUNA reports at FAO-Globefish. She is also the Consultant-Adviser at Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation. Mrs. Ferdouse Razeghpanah holds a Master’s Degree in Economics.









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Natthapong Wannapat
Thailand

Mr. Natthapong Wannapat has long experience working with the Thai Department of Fisheries (DoF). After completing his Bachelor Degree in fisheries from Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University in 1993, he joined the DoF in 1994. He specializes in Fish & Giant Prawn Breeding. Natthapong conducted many research study related to Giant Prawn, included nursing Giant Prawn Larvae by reused water and effects of using Artemia and egg custard supplemented with wheat flour on nursing Giant Prawn.

He is presently the Head of fisheries measures development group, under the fisheries resources management and measures development division, DoF. He was previously the Director of Fisheries Centres in many provinces and also was the Head of technical group of Inland Fisheries Research and Development Division.





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Nitikorn Piwpong
Thailand

Mr. Nitikorn Piwpong obtained a Master of Sciences in Aquatic Science from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. Mr.Nitikorn Piwpong (Doctoral Candidate) began working with the Department of Fisheries (DOF) at the Satun Inland Aquaculture Research and Development Center in 1994 and transferred to several provincial fisheries centres such as Nakorn Panom, Pattalung, Chonburi, Suratthani and Ubon Ratchthani. He has long working experience on Giant Prawn seed production in indoor system.

At present, he is a Fishery Biologist, Professional Level, working at freshwater aquaculture technology group under the Inland Aquaculture Research and Development Division, DoF Thailand.








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