Dr. Bas Bouman
Rice-Agrifood Systems Program

As of September 2012, Bas Bouman is the Director of the CGIAR Research Program on rice, also known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) at the International Rice Research institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. With an annual value of around 100 M $US, GRiSP strategizes and aligns the rice research for development agenda of a global partnership of over 900 partners worldwide from the governmental, nongovernmental, public, private, and civil society sectors. Bas provides strategic leadership and directs the program on science and research, strategic and development outcomes, and impacts on food security, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, and gender equity.

Bas is an agricultural engineer and agro-ecologist with more than 25 years of experience working in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. He is an internationally-recognized expert on sustainable agricultural development and food security, with specific expertise on water management and rice. He has published extensively in leading agricultural journals and is an editorial board member of a number of journals in crop and agricultural sciences. He authored 128 peer-reviewed journal papers, wrote/edited 5 books, and authored 138 other papers and proceedings. His H-score (using Web of Science) is 32. He held/holds positions on various international advisory an governance bodies (eg CGIAR Consortium Board, Sustainable Rice Platform, Comprehensive assessment of Water and Food) and is member of the prestigious Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.


Dr. Paul Piang-Siong Teng
Senior Advisor
Director's Office and Principal Officer
National Institute of Education

Professor Paul Teng is Managing Director, NIE International Pte. Ltd., and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also concurrently Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University, Australia, and Senior Fellow, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Philippines. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in food security, commercialization and biosafety of crop biotechnology, agrotechnology innovations and bio-entrepreneurship, and sustainable development. He has over thirty years of experience in agri-food issues from positions in international organizations (the International Rice Research Institute, Worldfish Centre), U.S. universities (University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii) and the private sector.   Prof. Teng has won numerous awards for his work such as the Eriksson Prize in Plant Pathology (Royal Swedish Academy of Science), an Honorary Doctor of Science (from Murdoch University, Australia) and is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He chairs the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee, Singapore and is also currently Chairman, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).  He has published/ co-published eight books and over 200 technical papers. His latest book, co-authored with Manda Foo is titled “Food Matters – Issues in food and food security”, and is due to be released in December 2017.

Singapore Members

Prof. Prakash Kumar

Department of Biological Sciences
Plant Morphogenesis Laboratory
National University of Singapore

Professor Prakash Kumar received his early education in India, and PhD (1988) from the University of Calgary, Canada. He joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1989, where he is a full professor at the Department of Biological Sciences. He has been engaged in plant molecular developmental biology and biotechnology research for over 35 years. His current research aims to understand how phytohormones regulate plant development at the molecular genetic level. Several of his 100 scientific papers are published in prestigious journals. He has supervised 28 PhD students in his laboratory at NUS so far. He has served as Editor/Editorial Board Member of several international journals and is currently serving on three journals. He leads a rice research program in collaboration with Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory (TLL) Singapore and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Philippines. In addition, his group is working on salinity tolerance in a mangrove tree, from which they have characterized water transporter proteins and several ion channels for potential use in biomimetic membranes. He has held senior academic administrative positions at the NUS and serves on several National and International committees, including, the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee, Singapore. He is Singapore’s National Correspondent for the International Association for Plant Biotechnology (IAPB).

Dr Naweed Isaak Naqvi

Senior Investigator
Molecular Plant Pathology Group
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory

Adjunct Professor
Nanyang Technological University and
National University of Singapore

Naweed Naqvi obtained his PhD from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI, Philippines) in 1995. He worked as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at IRRI until 1997, when he moved to the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology (Singapore) for a postdoctoral stint, and subsequently started his independent research group focusing on the Biology of the Rice Blast Pathosystem. Currently, he is a Temasek Senior Investigator at the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL, Singapore), and an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore. He serves as a Co-Lead Investigator for the collaborative rice research program (TLL, NUS, IRRI) funded by the National Research Foundation, Singapore.

Naweed’s major research interests are:

  • Signaling Networks underlying Plant Immunity
  • Chemical Biology of Rice-Magnaporthe Interaction
  • Molecular Patterns and Natural Variation in the Rice Blast Pathosystem
  • Balance/tradeoff between growth and immunity in Rice plants

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Dr Yin Zhongchao

Senior Principal Investigator
Molecular Plant Pathology Group
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory

Yin Zhongchao obtained his Ph. D. from Fudan University, China, in 1997. He is a Senior Principal Investigator and the Head of Molecular Plant Pathology Group at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. He has been conducting research on rice for over 20 years. His research interest mainly focuses on molecular interaction between rice and Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, the causal agent of bacterial blight in rice. His research group has isolated two bacterial blight resistance genes, Xa10 and Xa27. Dr. Yin’s group also conducted marker-assisted breeding of rice for resistance or tolerance to both biotic and abiotic stress and has developed a series of inbred and hybrid rice varieties. One outstanding rice variety was the Singapore-developed Temasek Rice, an elite, semi-dwarf aromatic rice variety that possesses superior grain quality, is high-yielding, high in dietary fibre, able to withstand extreme climate conditions and is fungal and bacterial resistant. Recently, Dr Yin has received the accolade from SGInnovate Founding CEO Steve Leonard, in recognition of science and impact of his Temasek Rice Innovation as it emerged as the winner of the 2017 Moonshot maker in Singapore (Food category). He also awarded as the Rice Science and Technology Ambassador of ASEAN in August 2017. 

Dr Ralph Graichen

Food and Nutrition
Biomedical Research Council

Ralph Graichen is currently Director, Food and Nutrition for both research councils (Biomedical and Science & Engineering Research Council) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. He has a co-appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University, School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering. In his current position with A*STAR, Ralph is working with strategic partners to administer and develop new initiatives and programmes in the research areas of food and nutrition. He is sitting on the advisory panel of the Food Innovation & Resource Centre, Singapore Polytechnic and multiple grant review committees. 

Ralph has over 15 years of experience in the local and global biomedical and nutrition industry. He was previously Research Operations Manager for Abbott Nutrition in Asia, establishing the R&D infrastructure and managing the research portfolio for Asia. Prior to joining AN, Ralph was Research Director for ES Cell International, the first organization to provide clinical grade embryonic stem cell lines to the world’s research community (now a subsidiary of Bio Time Inc). Preceding ES Cell Ralph was part of the regional business development team at Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific. 

Ralph graduated with a master in Biology from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany and attained his PhD from the National University Singapore through the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology. Ralph attended the Food System Leadership Institute, a program of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

Ms Poh Bee Ling

Horticulture Technology Department
Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore

Poh Bee Ling is currently Director of Horticulture Technology in the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore. In her position, she plans and oversees the research and development support that AVA provides to assist local vegetable farms to improve their productivity and achieve higher yields. She also assists and facilitates the entry of new urban vegetable farms in the industry.

Bee Ling has over 20 years of experience working in the local vegetable industry. She graduated with a degree in Zoology from the National University of Singapore and obtained a Masters degree in Horticulture Science from the University of Florida, USA. Current research areas include smart farming, genetics, sustainable inputs and waste management, and pest management.

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) members

Dr. Ajay Kohli

Senior Scientist
(Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) and
Interim Platform Leader - Strategic Innovation

Ajay Kohli is an IRRI Senior Scientist, an Adjunct Professor at UPLB and the interim Platform Leader for ‘Strategic Innovation’ Platform. He has been leading the IRRI Plant Molecular Biology group for the last 10 years. During this time the group has gained recognition in gene discovery and characterization in relation to abiotic stress tolerance in rice especially in reproductive stage drought tolerance for yield under stress. The group works closely with breeders and physiologists to harness upstream fundamental science ideas into translational research, through a highly inter-disciplinary approach. Ajay received B.Sc. and M.Tech degrees from Lucknow University and the Indian Institute of Technology respectively, followed by Ph.D research at the John Innes Centre, where he continued as a postdoc. This was followed by a 2 year stint in a start-up company in Seattle and then a University Fellowship at the Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at Newcastle University, UK. He is a Theme leader for Nutritious Rice and a Cluster leader for Trait and Genome Engineering. He is also the chairperson of the Institute Biosafety Committee, a member of the Transgenic Development Committee and the Human Resource Committee.    

Dr. Joshua Nathaniel Cobb

(Irrigated Rice Breeding)

Joshua Nathaniel Cobb recently joined IRRI in 2016 and has been actively engaged in the continued optimization of the irrigated lowland rice breeding efforts. He started his career at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he received BS and MS degrees working on the genetic improvement of endophytic fungi for forage and turfgrasses and pathogen derived resistance to tospoviruses in tomato, respectively. In 2013 he received his PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York under Drs. Susan McCouch and Leon Kochian characterizing the genetic architecture of the rice ionome through genome-wide association mapping. His professional career continued at DuPont Pioneer where he worked for the Global Breeding and Marker Technologies division to develop optimized strategies for molecular and conventional breeding efforts in their hybrid rice programs. The company eventually relocated him to Hyderabad, India to work more closely with the breeding teams on the deployment and continued development of effective rice breeding strategies. Second after his breeding responsibilities at IRRI he also leads the global Favorable Environments Breeding Cluster with team members in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. He also leads one of IRRI's nine strategic research themes with a special focus on developing integrated genetic and crop management solutions to increase yield stability and promote food security for small holder farmers in vulnerable geographies

Dr. Matty Demont

Senior Scientist
(Market Research and Value Chain) and
Interim Platform Leader -  Agri-food Policy Platform

Matty Demont is a European agricultural economist currently working at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI, Philippines) as a Senior Scientist on market and value chain research (2013–present), and serving as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Environmental Science and Management, University of the Philippines, Los Baños (2015–present). He previously worked at the Africa Rice Center, Senegal as a senior agricultural economist (2007–2013). His research focuses on rice value chain upgrading. To this end, he has implemented extensive consumer surveys, value chain analyses, and behavioral economics experiments with consumers, farmers and value chain actors throughout Asia and Africa to assist rice breeding programs in becoming more market-driven, and assist policy makers and value chain actors in sustainable rice value chain upgrading. In 2012, his work on rice value chain upgrading was awarded the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize by Agropolis Fondation, France, and the T.W. Schultz Award by the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He conducted his PhD and Post-doc research on the impact and coexistence policy of biotechnology in the European Union at the University of Leuven, Belgium (1999–2007). He has published widely in refereed journals, books and magazines and has contributed to a vast array of international conferences and workshops.

Dr. Ranjitha Puskur

Senior Scientist
(Gender Research) and
Interim Platform Leader - Sustainable Impact

Ranjitha Puskur is a Senior Scientist leading the R4D theme ‘Innovation for Health, equity and Resilience' at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). She has a background in agricultural innovation systems and gender with 18 years of AgR4D experience in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. She has been part of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) since 2002, working at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) where she led the research team working on ‘Innovation in livestock systems’ and, WorldFish where she led the gender research program. Her work focuses on generating knowledge, learning and evidence that can translate into technical and institutional innovation and lead to more equitable outcomes for women and other marginalized social groups in agriculture.

Dr. Cecilia Acuin

Senior Scientist
(Human Nutrition)

At the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Cecilia C. Santos–Acuin leads the research on Human Nutrition. Before joining IRRI, she led Philippine National Nutrition Surveys and research projects at the Food and Nutrition Research Institute—Philippines.

Cecilia was involved in multi-country research initiatives as part of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Committee on Nutrition and Anthropology. She was also a consultant for WHO, USAID, UNICEF, World Bank, and other international development organizations. In the Philippines, she has been a member of technical working groups for the Department of Health, Science and Technology, and Social Welfare and Development.

Cecilia has a doctorate degree in Nutrition, which she obtained from Cornell University. Her research interests include maternal and child health and nutrition, food security, and food and health systems and operations research.

Dr. Ando Mariot Radanielson

(Cropping System Modeling)

Ando Mariot Radanielson  is a cropping system modeler with more than 10 years of experience in crop modelling development and application in crop and cropping systems adaptive strategies to abiotic stresses and climate change. She has worked for projects in South Asia and South East Asia applying integrative approach coupling GIS information and modelling to establish recommendations domain of rice based cropping system management. She is leading modelling activities for IRRI projects in defining biophysical factors limiting rice productivity and in defining options reducing yield gaps and ensuring sustainability of rice based cropping systems.

Dr. Sudhir Yadav

(Irrigated Systems Agronomy)

Sudhir Yadav is leading various aspects of sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources toward increasing food security and environmental quality in developing countries. His major areas of expertise encompass integrated water management and agronomy in irrigated and rainfed environments. He is engaged in the full spectrum of basic, strategic, and applied research to unravel insights and develop water-smart technologies, water governance framework and engage in policy dialogues to help in addressing challenges of food-energy-water nexus.


299 Days 09 Hours 05 Minutes 53 Seconds



14 – 17 Oct 2018

Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956