Chair: Dr Khalid Mahmood, UPSIGN/Rothamsted Research, UK
Khalid is an innovation lead at Impact Lab- Rothamsted Research in the UK and UPSIGN
Agrifood lead. Rothamsted is the oldest agri research institute in the world.
For over 177 years, we have been leading cutting-edge science and high-impact innovation.
He is leading Agritech sector in Environment Futures Impact Lab with a consortium
led by University of Exeter, Met Office, University of Plymouth. He is involved
in developing new solutions to food security, sustainability, use of digital agriculture
including IoT and data visualization. He is very keen in adopting interdisciplinary
approaches to address sustainable food system challenges. He is advocating sustainable
solutions to water, soil health, plants, and biodiversity. Khalid is trained as
an Agriculture Economist with PhD from University of Gottingen Germany and MBA from
a leading business school. He has previously worked with Royal Agricultural University
and various other industry organizations in the UK and Germany.
Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan (Pakistan Academy of Sciences).
Prof Khan is former Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture Faisalabad. He
is a distinguished National Professor (2017). He is Ela Bhatt Professor-Germany
(2019). He was awarded Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Civil Award, French
Government-with the grade of Officer) (2015). He also got the Pakistan’s highest
civil award, Sitara-E-Imtiaz (Civil Award, Government of Pakistan) (2012). He is
Fellow-Pakistan Academy of Sciences (2007);
Senior Research Fellow-Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (2020).
Dr. S. Khurshid Hasanain, Adviser COMSTECH
Dr. S. Khurshid Hasanain is an Adviser at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad and has
previously served as a Professor of Physics and Dean of Science Faculty at Quaid-i-Azam
University, Islamabad. He has been deeply involved in developing the STI Agenda
2026 of the OIC and is engaged with implementation of COMSTECH programs in various
areas of food security in OIC countries.
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General International Center for Biosaline Agriculture,
the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Elouafi is a global thought leader in science for sustainable development, food
security and nutrition. She has been consistently ranked among the most influential
women in science in the Arab world. Her contributions to science and policy have
been recognized with a number of awards, including the National Reward Medal by
His Majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco (2014), and the Excellence in Science
Award from the Global Thinkers Forum (2014).Throughout her career spanning more
than two decades, Dr. Elouafi has initiated and led major science and partnership
programs, developed strategies, and advised governments and international research
and development institutions. She has extensive on-the-ground experience in agricultural
research and development, stakeholder engagement, resource mobilization and partnership-building
in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Prof. Dr. Ragab Ragab, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Hydrologist
and Water Resources Management Specialist, Vice President, International Commission
on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).
Prof Ragab is the UKCEH Fellow, hydrologist and water resources management specialist.
Long experience of being employed by both universities and research centres. Expert
in catchment hydrology, irrigation, drainage, soil hydrology, soil physics, soil-water-plant
–atmosphere relations, impact of land use and climate, change on water resources,
water& food security and drought management. Vice President (2010-2013) of the
International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage, ICID (www.icid.org), the
Chairman of the Permanent Committee on Strategy and Organization, PCSO of ICID (2010-2014),
Chairman of the Working Group on Water & Crops, ICID and was the Chairman of
the British National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, ICID-UK (2007-2011),
founder of the WG on the use of poor quality water for food production, ICID. International
Adviser to the Brazilian National Institute of Salinity studies and to King Saud
University, Saudi Arabia, and UNDP. Lecturer and external examiner to various Universities
in and outside the UK.
Dr. Kate Negacz , Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dr Kate Negacz is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Environmental Policy
Analysis at the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
She is involved in the Interreg North Sea SALFAR project as an editor of 'Climate
Change and Sustainable Agriculture in a Saline Environment' book. Kate holds a PhD
in the field of environmental economics. Her research focuses on mapping the socio-economic
potential of saline agriculture and conducting a quantitative and qualitative analysis
of related data. Dr Negacz also works on the international biodiversity governance
in the BioSTAR project in cooperation with the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment
Agency. Before joining IVM, she was involved in several sustainability projects
in Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.
Dr Abdelaziz Hirich, Biosaline Agriculture, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University,
Ben Guerir, Morocco.
Dr Abdelaziz Hirich is Assistant professor of Biosaline agriculture in Mohammed
VI Polytechnic University, African Sustainable Agriculture Research Institute in
Laayoune, Morocco since January 2020. Prior to his current position he was scientist
at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai from 2017 to 2020 and
Postdoctoral fellow from 2014-2016. He has PhD in agricultural sciences (IAV HASSAN
II, Morocco), MSc in land and water resources management (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy) and
Engineer diploma in Horticulture (IAV HASSAN II, Morocco). His expertise is focusing
on Biosaline agriculture, salinity management, horticulture, irrigation management,
alternative crops, fertigation.
Prof. Redouane Choukr-Allah, Environmental-Horticulture , IAV Hassan II
Dr. Choukr-Allah is a senior fellow at ICBA. He is a horticultural, hydroponic and
water expert with extensive experience in coordinating and managing field-based
projects and technical teams involved in protected agriculture production. His most
recent research focus is on water and energy use efficiency of greenhouse and net-house
systems. He has extensive experience in use of saline water and of pre-treated sewage
in agriculture, and soil and groundwater pollution prevention. He designed and implemented
numerous experiments on crop water requirements and water scheduling and global
water requirements to save water and maintain crop yields. As a project manager,
he worked extensively on evaluating the use of treated sewage water in agriculture.He
holds a Ph.D. degree in environmental horticulture from the University of Minnesota,
USA. He is a professor for over 39 year at IAV Hassan II Morocco.
Prof. Steve McGrath Rothamsted Research, UK
Prof McGarth’s research interests are in increasing understanding of the factors
affecting the bioavailability, ecotoxicology and mobility of nutrients and toxins
in soil-crop systems. He is skilled in using stable and radioisotopes to trace the
movement and sources of nutrients and contaminants in soils and plants; and in LC-ICP-MS,
synchrotron and NanoSIMs to identify the speciation and localisation of trace elements.
His latest research focuses on developing rapid techniques for the analysis of soils
and plants to predict the transfer of nutrients, including micronutrients, into
the food chain, to improve crop yields, human and animal health and nutrition.
Prof Dr Arifa Tahir,
Lahore College for Women University
Dr Tahir is a leading scientist and scholar in the field of Industrial Biotechnology,
Applied Microbiology, especially renowned for her research in the various areas
relating to Environmental Microbiology, food microbiology, Nanotechnology, and Climate
Change. Currently she is working as a chairperson of Environmental Science department,
LCWU. She has extensive teaching and applied research. She is keen to promote hydroponic
solutions for food production.
Dr. Fatou Bojang, National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), Head Cereals
Program, The Gambia
Dr. Fatou Bojang is a Gambian by birth. She recently completed her PhD on
crop modelling from the University of Bamako in Mali, under West African Science
Service Centre on Climate change and adapted land use (WASCAL). This is a regional
program comprising of ten countries with one participant from each country. She
was employed at the national agricultural research institute of the Gambia in 2007.
During this period she hold various positions at the institute, as a research assistant,
research officer, senior research officer and currently principal by research officer
and Head cereals program, upon completion of her degree.
Dr Munawar Kazmi, Country Manager for ACIAR in Pakistan
Dr Munawar Kazmi is Islamabad based Country Manager for ACIAR in Pakistan. His background
in plant diseases and he is a trained facilitator, worked extensively on the Farmer
Field School approach, collaborating with national organisations and international
agencies in Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, Thailand and Kyrgyzstan.