Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Antonio BORGHESE


International Buffalo Federation, General Secretary of the I.B.F

Born in Catania on 18/1/1944.
Degree in Biological Sciences on 18/11/1966 with points 108/110.
Degree in Veterinary Medicine on 20/12/1969 with points 110/110.
Professional qualification as veterinarian in 1970. Teachers’ diploma in Animal Production in 1971.
Researcher in Istituto Superiore di Sanità (The First Health Institute) in Roma from 1/3/1967 to 15/9/1970, after that Officer in Veterinary Military Service until 31/3/1972
Researcher in the Animal Production Research Institute (Istituto Sperimentale per la Zootecnia) of Agricultural Ministry in Monterotondo (Rome, Italy) from 18/1/1973.
Research Director from 21/6/1983 of the Department of Animal Management and Reproduction, he coordinated many National and International project of research.
General Director of the same Institute from 1/3/1999 to 3/1/2001.
Director of Animal management and Buffalo Department in the same Institute until July 2009.


Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer PASHA



Vice Chancellor
University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore-54000, Pakistan

Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha has over 33 years of teaching, research and administration experience. He has supervised 117 MPhil and 11 PhD students and published over 80 research papers in refereed scientific journals. Prof. Pasha is author of chapters of two international books and presented papers in many national and international conferences. He was elected President of Asian Buffalo Association (2006-09) and selected for HEC Best University Teacher Award for the year 2009. He is member of board of governors of University of Management and Technology, Lahore and GC University, Lahore. He is member of Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board, Punjab Agricultural Research Board. He won thirteen research grants and currently conducting two research projects. He has been working as consultant to GTZ, SMEDA, US Grain Council, IDRC Canada and World Bank.


Kehuan LU



Professor of Faculty of Animal Science and Technology, Guangxi University, China

Education Background:
1963-1967, BSc in animal science, Guangxi Agricultural University, China;
1978-1981, MSc in animal reproduction, Guangxi Agricultural University, China;
1985-1990, PhD in animal reproduction, University College Dublin, National University, Ireland.

Working Experiences:
1968-1978, Technician of animal husbandry, Changdon state farm, Shangsi, China;
1982-1984, Lecturer, Animal Reproduction Institute, Guangxi Agricultural University, China
1987-1991, Senior scientist, Ovamass Ltd, Co. Tipperary, Ireland;
1992-1997, Senior scientist, Animal Biotechnology Cambridge Ltd, Cambridge, UK;
1998- 2001, Senior scientist, XY Inc., Colorado State University, USA;
2001-Present, Professor of Faculty of Animal Science and Technology, Guangxi University, China.

Membership of Professional Society:
1994--2002, Member of Standing Committee of International Buffalo Federation.
1996--2012, Member of Standing Committee of International Animal Reproduction Association.
1995--Present, Vice President of Animal Reproduction Association of China
1998--Present, President of Guangxi Association of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine, China.


Prof. Ibrahim SOLIMAN


Professor of Agricultural Economics, Zagazig University, Egypt
Team Leader of EU FP7 SUSTAINMED Project for Egypt and Jordan

Prof. Ibrahim Soliman acquired his B. Sc. in Animal production from the department of animal production, faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University in Cairo Egypt. He acquired the first rank among his colleagues (78 graduates). His first M. SC Was in Animal Physiology (Reproduction). He worked at the same university as a Teaching and Research associate He acquired a second master in “Livestock Economics, from the same university in 1973. Simultaneously, He finished all regular English language courses provided by the American University in Cairo, up to advanced level. He attended two graduate academic quarters at the Dept. Econ., of IOWA State University, USA. Even before getting his Ph.D., such techno-economic experience has given him early a great opportunity to work for the FAO and AOAD as international consultant of livestock and poultry development in some Middle East countries during (1975-1977). He got his Ph.D. in “Livestock Economics’ from Ain Shams University in Cairo.

He moved with some other selective colleagues to establish the department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of agriculture of Zagazig University in Egypt. He promoted to an associate professor in 1982 and approached the agricultural economics professorship in February 1987. Since 1999 till 2005 he was the chairman of the department of agricultural economics, in the same university. He has been appointed as a member of the Supreme council for Egyptian Universities (The committee of promotion of the university associate and full professor jobs of agricultural economics, agricultural extension and rural sociology), since 1999 till now.

Visiting Professor at Foreign Universities:

Professor Soliman has worked as a visiting professor in several European, American, African and Asian Universities for varied periods. Among those were:
University of California Davis, Stanford University, University of Maryland, Center of Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) & Dept. of Economics of Iowa State University in USA, University of Wales (Bangor and Aberystwyth) in UK, (Georg-August-University, Göttingen) in Germany, University of Zimbabwe, Beijing University for Agriculture Engineering.

Professional Activities:He was an associate research professor at the Desert Development Center of the American University in Cairo (1984-1985). He was the economic consultant of “Kuwait Livestock Trade and Transportation Company (KLLT)” for one year in 1989. He worked as a scientific researcher at the socio-economic division of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research for one year 1990. He was appointed as an economic advisor to the minister of supply and trade of Egypt since1997 till 2003.
Prof. Soliman’s experience as a designer and instructor of professional training courses has being elaborated via his work as the instructor of two training courses for more than 23 years (1980-2003) at the Egyptian International Center in Cairo on “Economic Evaluation of Agricultural Projects” and “Rural Development Programs” to trainees from Asia, Africa and Latin America. He provided, for 6 years (1995-2000) a training module on “Role of Nutrition in Development” at the regional center of training and research of WHO in Cairo in English for trainees from the Near East countries (young Physicians, Nurses and Nutritionists).
Since 1982 till 2011 he was a member of the specialized national councils of the presidency of Egypt (The Council of Production and Economic Affairs). Since 1988 till 2004 he was a fellow of the academy of science and technology in Egypt. Over the period (1995-2000) he was a fellow of the Economic research forum for Arab Countries Iran and Turkey (ERF). In 2011 he was elected as a member of the culture supreme council of Egypt (Committee of Environmental culture).


Dr. John WILLIAMS


University of Adelaide in Australia

Dr Williams obtained his BSc degree from the University of London with honours in both Physics and Biology and his PhD in Biochemistry from the National Institute for Medical Research, London. He then moved to Edinburgh in Scotland to start his work on genetics, first with the University of Edinburgh before moving into the field of agricultural at the Roslin Institute, where he was Head of the Bovine Genomics Section, and Coordinator of the Institute Genetics Programme. He moved to the Parco Tecnologico Padano in 2005 where he is now the Science Director.

Dr Williams’ research has focussed on the genetic improvement of animals, and he has been coordinator of 6 European Union projects on topics such as meat quality, dairy production, cattle health, BSE and basic genetics/genomics research. He works with over 50 partners from European counties and many other countries worldwide including Kenya, Canada, USA, Brazil, Australia, Israel and China. As Science Director at the Parco Tecnologico Padano Dr Williams is responsible for overseeing the institute’s research programme on Animals and Plants which uses the latest genomic advances to address improved food supply, animal productivity, food quality, health and environmental sustainability.


Prof.Dr. Rangsun PARNPAI



Current Position
Associate Professor and Director of Embryo Technology and Stem Cell
Research Center,Suranaree University of Technology

EducationBackground
1. B.Sc. Biology (1980) Burapa University, Thailand
2. M.Sc. Zoology (1982) Kasetsart University, Thailand
Thesis title: Plasma progesterone and oestrone sulphate during early pregnancy in swamp buffalo.
3. Ph.D. Animal Reproduction (1998) Kyoto University, Japan
Thesis title: Study on the establishment of bovine embryonic stem cells.
4. Training on Embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization in farm animals, Cambridge University, U.K. October 1984-February 1985, Under British Council Fellowship


International activities

1. Professional membership: International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS)
Since 1998
2. President International Buffalo Federation (2010-2013)
3. President Asian Buffalo Association (2010-2013)

Career

- 9 December 1982 – 31 October 2000, Researcher at Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
- 1 November 2000 – Present, Lecturer at School of Biotechnology, Institute of Agricultural Technology, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima

Expertise
1. Somatic cell nuclear transfer in farm animal and endangered species
2. Embryo transfer in farm animals
3. In vitro fertilization in farm animals
4. Embryonic and somatic stem cells
5. Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos

Achievements
1. First produced calves from embryo transfer in Thailand, September 8, 1986.
2. First produced goat offspring from embryo transfer in Thailand, March 23, 1989.
3. First produced cloned calf from somatic cell nuclear transfer using ear fibroblasts of female Brangus cattle in Thailand and South East Asian, March 6, 2000.
4. Produced 7 cloned calves from somatic cell nuclear transfer using ear fibroblasts from male Brahman bull, October 25, 2003 to January 7, 2004.
5. First produce cloned kitten from somatic cell nuclear transfer using ear fibroblasts from male cat, December 25, 2006.
6. First produce cloned goat from somatic cell nuclear transfer using ear fibroblasts from male goat, May 27, 2007.
7. World second produced inter-species cloned gaur from skin fibroblasts of male gaur using bovine oocytes as recipient cytoplasts, March 4, 2008.

Awards
1. Outstanding scientist from Thai Society of Biotechnology, 2004.
2. Outstanding lecturer in research from Suranaree University of Technology, 2005
3. Outstanding scientist of nationwide from Nation group, 2007.
4. Outstanding alumni from Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, 2012.


Libertado C. CRUZ, Ph.D.


Professor
Executive Director

Dr. L. C. Cruz was responsible in the establishment of the
Philippine Carabao Center as the first Executive Director from 1993-2014, the national agency implementing important social program to improve lives of millions of smallholder farming families. The national program is focused on genetically transforming the indigenous breed of water buffaloes from being draft animals to more efficient producers of milk and meat through the use of newly developed reproductive biotechniques. Extension efforts are massive in bringing to farmers the desired genetics, the appropriate production technologies, and the establishment of village level buffalo-based enterprises, in collaboration with LGUs, NGAs and NGOs.

He was a Professor of Reproductive Biotechnology and Professor Emeritus at the
Central Luzon State University (CLSU) from 1974-2013; was Administrator of the National Dairy Authority (NDA) from 1999-2003; and was also tasked to lead the Livestock Biotechnology Research and Development Program of the Department of Agriculture, involving livestock commodities (cattle, buffalo, small ruminants, swine, and chicken) with focus on establishing DNA-Based Traceability System, Cryobanking of Animal Genetic Resources, Screening of Genetic Defects, and establishing gnomic selection. He is currently the Executive Officer of the International Buffalo Federation (IBF), an International Organization based in Monterotondo, Italy, of which he was the former President.

Dr. Inderjeet SINGH


Director, Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes Hisar 125 001, India

In the present assignment as Director, Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes of the ICAR, I have been engaged in planning and implementing investigations in different areas of buffalo development, extension and research aspects. The research is aimed at optimizing buffalo productivity, nutrient utilization, reproductive efficiency and enhance propagation of elite germplasm. Also worked as Head, Division of Buffalo Physiology and Reproduction for 10 years.

Trainings attended

· Leadership in Development. Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston, USA, 2014.

· Management Development Programme on Leadership Development, IIM, Lukhnow, November, 2008

· DST sponsored Short Programme on “Science and Law”, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, Feb., 2008.

· Capacity Building Programme on Intellectual Property Protection and Technology Licensing in Agriculture, under Indo-US Agricultural Knowledge Initiative, ICAR & MSU (USA) at HAU, Hisar. 2008.

· General Management Programme for Senior Scientists, Administrative Staff College of India, Bella Vista, Hyderabad, Feb., 2007.

· Flowcytometry and its Application in Veterinary Science, NATP at TNUVAS, Chennai. 2004..

· Protection of Intellectual Property and Agricultural Research, NAARM, Hyderabad. 2003.

· 6th Management Development Programme in Agricultural Research, NAARM, Hyderabad. 2001.

· Summer School on New Technologies in Animal Reproduction, TNUVAS, Chennai. 2000.

· Faculty Development in Educational Technology, NAARM & CCSHAU, Hisar. 1995.

· Embryo transfer in cattle and buffaloes, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal (India). 1989.

Overseas exposure

· For pursuing PhD degree United Kingdom (1990-1994).

· To attend International Conferences / trainings / invited speaker / professional visits etc. USA(2014), Pakistan (2014), Bangladesh (2013), Philippines (2013), Germany (2013), Brazil (2009); United States of America (1998); United Kingdom (1991-94, 1988, 1996); Germany (1993); The Netherlands (1992); France (1991); Republic of Ireland (1988).

Awards / Recognition

· Fellow, Indian Society for Study of Animal Reproduction, 2010.

· Fellow, National Academy of Vet. Sciences, 2002.

· Prof. CR Sane Oration Award, Indian Society for Study of Animal Reproduction, 2004.

· Best Poster Awards in International and National Conferences: International Buffalo Conference, February 1-4, 2010, New Delhi (2); National Symposium of Society for Conservation of Domestic Animal Biodiversity (SOCDAB), Feb, 10-11, 2010, Anand.

· Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship awarded by Association of Commonwealth Universities to pursue PhD at University of Liverpool, UK, 1991-1994.

· Invited speaker in Pakistan (2014), Banladesh (2013), Philippines (2013), Brazil (2009).

Important Professional / Official Assignments

· General Secretary, Indian Society for Study of Animal Reproduction, 2005-2007.

· Member, Inspection Team of the Vet. Council of India (VCI)

· Member, Institute Management Committee (IMC), Project Directorate on Cattle (ICAR), Meerut.

· Member, Institute Management Committee (IMC), Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB), Hisar.

· Member Secretary, Quinquennial Review Team (QRT), Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes.

· Editor, The Haryana Veterinarian, journal of veterinary sciences.

· Reviewer / Judge for awards of professional societies, funding agencies, government depts..

Other professional activities

· Chairman, Organizing Committee, Society for Animal Physiology Conference, Hisar, 2014.

· Organizing Secretary, National Seminar on ‘Diversity of Buffalo Germplasm in India’, Hisar, 2011.

· Co-Organizing Secretary, International Buffalo Conference, New Delhi, Feb. 1-4, 2010.

· Organizing Secretary, Interactive Meet on Buffalo Reproduction, Hisar, June 27, 2009.

· Chairman, Publication Committee and Editor Proceedings, 4th Asian Buffalo Congress, New Delhi, February 25-28, 2003.

· Member, Executive Committee, Indian Society for Buffalo Development, 2003-2010.

· Member, Executive Committee, Indian Society for Study of Anim. Reproduction, 2000-2001, 2008-2010.

· Member, Editorial Board, Intas Polivet, a journal of veterinary sciences, 2004-2009.

· Jt. Organizing Secretary, National Seminar on Veterinary Education and All India Symposium on Research & Development in Management of Surgical & Reproductive Disorders in Veterinary Practice, Hisar, October 19-21, 1995.

Trainings Organized

  • Organized many trainings, summer schools, short course and meetings etc of scientists, university faculty, veterinarians, young farmer enterprneurs, farm women, rural youths in various capacities.

Research Projects carried out

  • Contract research project with ELANCO Animal Health on use of rbST for improvement of milk production in buffaloes. July 2012 to July 2014.
  • National Fund for Basic and Strategic Research project on pregnancy proteomics in buffaloes. 2012-contd.
  • NAIP Sub-project: Elucidating the physiological and genomic regulation process of follicular development, oocyte maturation and embryogenesis in buffalo. Jan. 2008 – March 2012.
  • DBT project: Isolation, culture and characterization of adult stem cells in buffaloes. Oct. 2007 – Jan. 2011.As Co-PI.
  • USAID project on ‘Embryo Transfer Technology and Bioengineering in Livestock Species and Its Pathobiological Implications” 1988-93.
  • USAID project on “Incidence and Field Management of Infertility in Cattle and Buffaloes in Rural Haryana.” with Fort Valley State College, Georgia, 1988-91.
  • State Non-Plan project on “Investigations into the Causes of Infertility and Sterility in Cows and Buffaloes and Prevention thereof, in the State of Haryana”, as PI, 1985-2001.
  • Institute Research Council approved projects:
    • As PI
      • Studies on optimization of buffalo reproduction. 2002-05.
      • Postpartum fertility in relation to nutritional status of buffaloes. 2005-09.
      • Transcriptional analysis of HSP70 and GHR genes in relation to growth performance of buffalo calves kept on two dietary intake levels.

Teaching contributions

Courses taught (1985-1990 and 1994-2001)

· UG and PG courses taught: Total > 55 courses, Course Nos. ( HAU Course Catalogue) VGO-301, 401, 403, 421, 422, 433; VOG-502, 507, 553, 591, 603; VC-314, 401, 403, 414, 417, 418, 419, 420,; Internship trainings.

· Course titles: Pathophysiology of reproduction, Embryo transfer biotechnology, Infertility and sterility and genital diseases in relation to AI, Clinical practice, PG seminar, veterinary gyn. and obstetrics, Infertility sterility and AI, Techniques in andrology and gyn.

Membership of Professional Societies

  • Secretary – Asian Buffalo Association
  • Society for study of Fertility and Reproduction – Life member
  • Indian Society for Study of Animal Reproduction -life member.
  • Indian Society for Buffalo Development – Life Member
  • Society of Animal Physiologists of India – Life Member
  • Society for the Study of Fertility, U.K., 1991-2002
  • Society for the Study of Animal Breeding, U.K. 1991-1994
  • Haryana Veterinary Council- Registered member.

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