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kym anderson
Professor Kym ANDERSON AC
Kym Anderson is Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University. His doctoral studies were at the University of Chicago and Stanford University. He worked at the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva during 1990-92 and at the World Bank’s Research Group in Washington DC as Lead Economist during 2004-07. He is also Chair of the Board of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute, and President of the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. In 2015 he became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).
Paul Andrews
Paul Andrews, a Colorado native, began his career with the Denver Nuggets as an Account Executive in 1990. He rose through the ranks quickly and became the Chief Marketing Officer for Kreonke Sports Enterprises in 2000 and its Executive VP In 2005.

Andrews became President/CEO of the National Western Stock Show and Complex in 2010. Along with his management team, staff and volunteers, the company has increased revenues by nearly 9 million dollars and doubled the yearly number of events at the complex. Students receiving scholarships in the field of agriculture and rural medicine have also increased to over 80 each year. Andrews and his team are poised for the future to assist with the development of the new National Western Center, revitalizing the complex into a 365 day a year celebration of agricultural education and the Western way of life.

Brendan Christou
Royal National Agricultural & Industrial Association of Queensland

Brendan was appointed Chief Executive of the RNA in 2012 after serving as Deputy Chief Executive / Chief Operating Officer since 2009. A Certified Practicing Account, Brendan started at the RNA in 2004 as the association's Financial Controller. His previous experience spans across the retail, engineering and financial services industries. He completed his Master of Business Administration from Curtin University in 2008. Brendan is a member of the Brisbane Development Association's Executive Committee and is Treasurer for the Ambassadors of St John's Cathedral.

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA). Peter started with RASWA in 2011, prior to this he has worked in Private, Public and Not for Profit sectors in multi-faceted roles, industries include Hospitality, Retail, Commercial Real Estate, Engineering and the Horticulture sector. Completed both a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Asset Engineering from the University of Western Australia.
Emily Craven
Emily has been involved with the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Next Generation since the conference in Edinburgh 2010, where she participated in the CEO/ NG debate at the main conference. Since then she has been to the conference in Brisbane (2014) and been on the last two understanding and assistance missions to Malawi (2014) and Papua New Guinea (2015).

She first became involved with the RASC through her lifelong links with the Royal Bath and West of England Society. Along with Will Hyde, she is one of the founder members of their Next Generation Group and is also a Main Ring Steward. Through her RASC links, she has also joined the committee of the Marshal Papworth Trust, a fund provided by the East of England Agricultural Society, which provides scholarships to students from developing countries to study in the UK in order to take home improved agricultural knowledge to their communities.

Professionally, Emily is a farm animal vet in Essex, UK, mostly working with beef cattle and sheep. She has her own tiny herd of British White cows and outside of work she enjoys athletics and hockey. Through the RASC she has also developed an expensive hobby of travelling to Agricultural Shows across the commonwealth- taking in Morobe (PNG) and Phalombe (Malawi) on the two missions and making trips to Australia for Ekka (Brisbane) and the Royal Easter Show (Sydney).

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Dr Shenggen FAN
Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009. Dr Fan joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI’s program on public investment before becoming the director of the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005. He now serves as the Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security, after serving as Chair of the Council from 2012 to 2014. In 2014, Dr. Fan received the Hunger Hero Award from the World Food Programme in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting hunger worldwide. Dr Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.
Tom Green
Tom Green is a farmer from Forbes in central New South Wales, Australia. Farming with his parents they operate a mixed farming business including prime lamb production, wheat and canola along with Lucerne hay and seed production based on irrigation, sourced from the Lachlan River. Currently he is the chairman of Lachlan Valley Water which represents irrigators within the valley on both a state and national level.

Tom has been involved with the RASC since 2006 representing the RAS of NSW attending the Calgary conference. Since then he has attended the 2007 mission to Zambia, 2008 conference in Christchurch in New Zealand, the 2010 conference in Scotland and the Mission in 2009 to Papua New Guinea.

Anna was born and brought up on her family farm in the Scottish Borders, going on to Study a BSc in Agri-Business management at Newcastle University. She has a passion for Agriculture and food, choosing a careering combining both of these elements. On completion of her degree she undertook a graduate scheme with MDS (Management Development Services) completing a PGc in Food & Fresh Produce Management. Anna now works for Marks and Spencer as Agriculture Manager for Red Meat Dairy and Game and Dairy Technologist for Liquids.

Anna is the RASC Next Generation facilitator and an Honorary Next Generation Trustee, she has been involved with the RASC since 2010 after attending the RASC conference in Edinburgh. Since then she has attended the conferences in Zambia and Australia. She is passionate about encouraging youth to become involved in RASC and their show societies and hopes that the conference in Singapore will encourage more NGs to get involved and share their learnings with their show societies.

Cynthia HOYE
Ms Cynthia HOYE
Cindy Hoye has been the executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission, which oversees the 250-acre Indiana State Fairgrounds and the nationally acclaimed Indiana State Fair, since December, 2004. She was instrumental in the $63 million renovation of the Fairgrounds Coliseum completed in 2014.

Cindy jointly initiated a project that led to the “Glass Barn,” a 4,500 square foot modern agriculture exhibit that is one of the most impressive agricultural learning centers in the country.

Cindy has become a national leader in the fair industry, serving as Chair on the board of directors of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions in 2010. The IAFE recognized her with the Certified Fair Executive Award, among other honours. Her other industry contributions have also earned her awards from Indiana FFA and Purdue University.

An Indianapolis native, Cindy graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1980 and has worked around the country. Cindy sits on the boards of many civic organizations and is active in the Indianapolis arts community.

Will hyde
Mr Will HYDE
Will comes from a farming family on the south coast of England and his family have been farming on the same site for over 175 years, during that time the family helped to establish the Dorset Down breed of sheep and Will’s family now have the oldest flock of pedigree Dorset Down in the world, this year the flock celebrates it’s 170th birthday!

As a day job, Will works as an agricultural consultant covering the whole of the south west, he offers business and technical advice to livestock and arable farmers, ranging from rural grants and subsidies through to cashflows and budgeting. In his spare time will enjoys keeping fit and driving his 1972 classic sports car.

Dr Jolene JERARD
Dr. Jolene Jerard is a Research Fellow and Manager (Capacity Building) at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), a specialist Centre of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK.

She specialises on terrorist and extremist groups in Asia. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS) in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has conducted field research in several threat zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Southern Philippines, Southern Thailand and the insurgent areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. In that connection she interviewed numerous leaders and members of terrorist and politico-religious groups Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

She has co-edited several books including Terrorist Rehabilitation and Counter-Radicalisation: New Approaches to Counter-Terrorism, (UK: Routledge, 2012); Countering Extremism: Building Social Resilience through Community Engagement, (London: Imperial College Press, 2013) and Resilience and Resolve: Communities Against Terrorism (London: Imperial College Press, 2015).

Michael Lambert
Mr Michael LAMBERT
Michael LAMBERT is the Managing Partner in a family farming business with 2 farms covering 800 acres in Surrey and Somerset with an additional 300 acres of woodland (mostly commercial).

Off farm, Michael is the Honorary Secretary of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, the Chairman of The South of England Agricultural Society and the member of The Grasshoppers Association an agricultural discussion group with links to Grasshoppers Associations in New Zealand.

Michael has been a traveller to New Zealand and Australia, on an annual basis since 1997 with regular contacts with the Federated Farmers and Fonterra. He has also been providing advice on the agricultural scene in the European Union.

Dennis Lim
Mr Dennis LIM
Mr Dennis Lim Kiat Fong is currently the Director of Festival, Events & Exhibitions under Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board (NParks). Mr Lim brings with him over 14 years of experience in event management and leads a 13-man team in organising and managing events, performances, concerts and exhibitions in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

As the Festival Director of the biennial Singapore Garden Festival, Mr Lim oversees the entire planning and operation of the event. Since its inaugural presentation in 2006, Mr Lim has helped the Festival grow to become one of the top garden and flower shows in the world. He is also responsible for talent scouting top international landscape and garden designers, florists, and horticulturists from around the globe to showcase their award-winning designs at the Festival.

Simon Lord
Dr Simon LORD
Dr Simon Lord was appointed as the Group Chief Sustainability Officer – Group Sustainability & Quality Management on 1 April 2015. He has over 30 years of management experience in the agricultural and oil palm sector.

Dr Lord holds a Doctorate in Environmental Effects of Pesticides from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a Degree in Applied Biology from Lanchester (Coventry) Polytechnic (now Coventry University). He is also a Qualified RSPO and ISO 14001 lead auditor. Dr Lord is also an accredited AgSafe practitioner and has additional qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety and agricultural chemical handling.

David Laing Morrison
Professor David Laing MORRISON
Professor David Morrison is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Murdoch University, Australia. Prior to that, he was the Head of the School of Psychology and Winthrop Professor Psychology at the University of Western Australia. David is a registered Psychologist with Organisational Psychology as an endorsed specialty, Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, member of the Academy of Management (US) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. David began his career in human factors and engineering design, researching how humans solve complex problems and make decisions in complex industrial systems. His most recent research endeavour is as Program Leader of the Decision Making Under Stress node of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.
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Dr Tong Tau, NGIAM
Dr Ngiam Tong Tau, a Colombo Scholar with a PhD from the University of London in Veterinary Medicine, has more than 35 years experience in the fields of veterinary medicine and public health, agriculture and aquaculture. He helmed the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (“AVA”) for 21 years during which time he spear-headed successful programmes in agrotechnology, aquaculture and food safety. He is recognised as the architect of modern farming and agrotechnology parks in Singapore and has been responsible for the transfer of farming technology to several countries in the region. He has also successfully established programmes to ensure food supply and food safety in Singapore through an Integrated Food Safety Program.

For his distinguished service, Dr Ngiam has been awarded the National Meritorious Service Medal, Public Administration Medal (Gold), the Friend of Labour and the NTUC Meritorious Service Medal.

Damon Phillips
Damon Phillips was born in Ipswich and educated in Brisbane.

After studying Horse Husbandry at Gatton Agricultural College, he worked in Central Queensland on horse and cattle properties. In 1995 Mr Phillips joined APN News and Media to launch Queensland largest circulating rural newspaper Rural Weekly.

In 2000 Mr Phillips took up his current position of Chief Executive Officer of Queensland’s oldest show society, the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland. He is the current Vice President of the Darling Downs Sub Chamber of Agricultural Show Societies and Queensland Director of Agricultural Shows Australia. He is also Secretary to the Queensland Festival of the Horse Equine Hall of Fame. In 2016 Mr Phillips was awarded a Meritorious Service Award for Dedication and Outstanding Contribution to the Queensland Show Movement.

Mr Phillips has a diploma of Business Majoring in Marketing from the University of Southern Queensland.

Will Prichard
Will Prichard is a partner in a family farming business. Leaving school at 16, Will travelled extensively with the YFC movement before undertaking formal qualifications at the Welsh Agricultural College in Aberystwyth. Will undertook a Nuffield Scholarship studying cattle handling throughout the world in 1998 before he returned to the family business where he is partner along with his parents. He has helped grow the business to nearly 2500 head of dairy and beef cattle.

Will is a founding director of Natural Wagyu Ltd., the UK’s fastest growing retail beef brand.

Off farm, Will is currently Vice Chairman of CCF, Wales biggest supply co-operative, is a presenter of a weekly commercial radio program, ‘The West Wales Farming Show’ and provides broadcasted and live Commentary at local and national agricultural shows.

Will has been a trustee of the Royal Agricultural Societies of the Commonwealth for the past three years, representing the interests of the Next Generation group. His NG involvement has included an Understanding and assistance mission to Singapore and India. This involved the setup of an inaugural agricultural show where Will gained a reputation as water buffalo judge of some international repute!

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Ms Poh Hong, TAN
Ms Tan Poh Hong is the Chief Executive Officer of Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), the national authority entrusted with the mission to ensure a resilient supply of safe food, safeguard the health of animals, fish and plants, as well as facilitate agri-trade for Singapore.

Prior to assuming the post of CEO, AVA, Ms Tan was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Estates & Corporate) of Singapore’s Housing & Development Board (HDB). In addition to helming AVA, Ms Tan is a member on various boards of directors and committees such as the Liquors Licensing Board and Tropical Marine Science Institute Management Board, amongst others.

Kheng Soon
Professor Kheng Soon, TAY
Prof., architect Tay Kheng Soon is from the first locally trained architects graduating in 1963 from the Singapore Polytechnic later relocated to NUS. As such, he is acutely concerned that architecture and living environment must be rooted in climate, culture while modernising and humanising. He thus became Chairman of SPUR and later president of SIA receiving its Gold Medal in 2010. His design research extends beyond architectural scale to urban planning and finally to the global scale. The Maximally Deployable Modular City of the 21st Century uploaded on Youtube.com is his latest output.
paul teng
Professor Paul Piang-Siong TENG
Professor Paul Teng is Principal Officer, National Institute of Education, and  Senior Fellow (Food Security), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS),  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has over thirty years of experience in agri-food security issues from positions at the WorldFish Center, the International Rice Research Institute and Monsanto Company.  Prof. Teng was awarded the Eriksson Prize in Plant Pathology and is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, and TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences. He is currently Chairman, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and Chair, Asia Biobusiness Pte. Ltd.  His most recent book is BioScience Entrepeneurship in Asia and accompanies over 250 technical papers and eight other books.
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Mr Sven YEO
Sven is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded/co-founded the companies In Vitro, BioVocate and BioMachines. He currently serves as the CEO of BioMachines, an Internet-of-Things startup that developed a platform technology specialising in applications for Agriculture and Smart Cities. Under his leadership, the company became profitable and generated revenues exceeding a million within the 2nd year and has grown the team from 4 to above 10 during his tenure. Their clients included research institutes, government agencies and MNCs in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the US. Sven graduated from NTU with a Bachelor of Biological Sciences and is passionate about entrepreneurship, design and technology.


David joined the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland in 2009, within the livestock team delivering the Royal Highland Show. In 2015, David was promoted to Society Secretary which saw him also become Company Secretary for RASC. David was involved with the organisation of the livestock and competitions sections for seven shows, seeing continually increasing entries of horses, cattle, sheep, goats and poultry. Outside of work, David is a renowned dog breeder and judge, regularly winning top honours in the show ring with his Gordon Setters, Weimaraners and Pointers.
Sayed Azam-ALI
Professor Sayed Azam-ALI
Prof. Sayed Azam-Ali has been the Chief Executive Officer of Crops For the Future (CFF) since August 2011. He is also the Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Nottingham. After his first degree in Plant Biology at the University of Wales, Prof. Azam-Ali completed his PhD in Environmental Physics at the University of Nottingham in 1983. He then worked as a plant physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India, returning to Nottingham where he became Professor of Tropical Agronomy in 2006. At Nottingham, Prof. Azam-Ali coordinated three major EU-funded Programmes on Bambara groundnut and was a principal partner in two other EU programmes. He was also Principal Investigator for six UK DFiD projects. In 2008, Prof. Azam-Ali was appointed as Vice-Provost (Research and Internationalisation) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus where he successfully secured the European Union funded MYEULINK programme that links major research universities in Malaysia with counterparts in Europe. He also coordinated the successful bid by the University of Nottingham to co-host the global CFF organisation against stiff international competition. Prof. Azam-Ali was instrumental in the establishment of the CFF Research Centre in 2011 as the world’s first centre research on underutilised plants for food and non-food uses.
Craig is an agribusiness specialist with a diverse background in primary production commodities in Australia and Asia. Craig has tertiary qualifications in forestry science and business management and more than 20 years' experience in developing, financing and managing large-scale agribusiness enterprises. He has held a number of executive and board positions in both private and public companies in Australia and has strong experience in project management and trade in Asian jurisdictions.

Craig has a strong background in developing and commercialising new ventures. He has successfully raised more than A$300M for direct and structured investments in more than 20 business initiatives over the last 10 years and built teams of expert personnel of more than 100 staff responsible for the construction and management of one of Australia's largest horticultural and forestry enterprises.

Craig is currently a director of 3F Asset Management which is a food industry focussed corporate adviser in the Asia Pacific region and the investment manager for the Food and Fibre Fund.

william chen
Professor William CHEN
Professor Chen received his university education (both B.Sc. and D.Sc.) from Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. A tenured Full Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Professor Chen is also the Director of the Food Science & Technology Programme including the 2nd Major in collaboration with the prestigious Wageningen University, as well as graduate programmes. Professor Chen has more than 35 years of research experience. His food research focuses mainly on metabolic and microbial engineering. His new technology in converting food waste to high value food ingredients generated significant interests from food industry and government agencies. His food research was featured in the Future Forward programme (Channel News Asia), The Straits Times, and Lianhe Zaobao. In recognition of his contributions to food research, he is now a Fellow of the US Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI).
paul chiew
Dr Paul Chiew is currently Group Director of Laboratories Group and concurrently Program Chief (Food Safety) at the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). Dr Chiew has been closely involved in the regulatory framework of AVA as the national food safety agency covering science-based approaches to food safety and hygiene, risk assessment, inspection, laboratory analyses and veterinary public health. He is also involved in numerous national and regional food safety and standards committees.
Nyet Chin
Ms Nyet Chin, CHONG
Ms Chong holds a Science degree in Chemistry from National University of Singapore, and an MBA from Leicester University, UK.   She has over 20 years’ experience in the areas of quality assurance and food safety, well-versed in GMP, HACCP, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, 6 Sigma and Total Quality Management.  She was invited to share her experiences in various conferences such as food safety congress, ECR, Food&HotelAsia (FHA) International Conference and Lean Six Sigma.  

As a technical professional, she has served in various working committee and focus groups set up by government authority such as AVA, Spring and NEA in areas of Cold Chain Management Standard, FMCG standards and Food Safety Regulations.

In her current position in FairPrice, she is responsible for the overall control of the food safety management and quality assurance system.  Due to keen interest in quality management systems and strong belief that a strong foundation in system will build a strong brand, she has helped Fairprice in developing the risk management framework and various control measures in fulfilling the vision of assuring food safety from source to store.

Kumar Datta
Mr Kumar DATTA
Kumar Datta heads the rice business in Syngenta. In his current role Kumar is actively involved in bringing new technologies and production methods to help improve rice farming across key rice producing countries through enhanced yield, quality and convenience.

Since joining Syngenta in 2004, Kumar has held a number of commercial leadership positions spanning global, regional and country accountabilities. He started as a global marketing manager in Switzerland, moved to Singapore as a business lead for Asia-Pacific, became the marketing head for India and subsequently headed commercial operations in Vietnam.

Kumar specializes in growth in rural markets in emerging economies and is particularly interested in the adoption of technology by smallholder farmers and the management of fragmented distribution channels.

Kumar holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Rosalie M. Ellasus is a farmer and municipal councilor of San Jacinto, Pangasinan the Philippines. She started with zero knowledge in farming having graduated with B.S. Medical Technology degree. She spent a few few years as an overseas worker in Canada and Singapore, until she came back to the Philippines after her husband passed away and was left with 3 growing sons. Upon returning to Philippines she attended the Integrated Pest Management – Farmers Field School in her region sponsored by the Philippine Department of Agriculture and her successful venture into Biotech (BT) Corn was recognized and became the first recipient of the Kleckner Trade and Technology Advancement Award in 2007. The award is given for “exemplary leadership, vision and resolve in advancing the rights of all farmers to choose the technology and tools that will improve the quality, quantity and availability of agricultural products around the world”. She is a much sought out speaker representing her fellow farmers both in her country and in the global community. In addition, she is also engaged in policy and planning as community representative.
Kenny ENG
Mr Kenny ENG
Kenny graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Real Estate. He is a fourth generation of a Nyee Phoe, a 105 year old horticulture company. He actively developed its events arm, Gardenasia to fuse nature with lifestyle experiences. A supporter of the youth movement, Kenny was a Council Member of the National Youth Council, a board member of *Scape Co. Ltd, a board member of the Singapore Youth Olympics Games Organizing Committee and a Council member of Southwest CDC. Kenny is the president of the Kranji Countryside Association.
Mahesh Girdhar is global head of rice crop management at Crop Science division of Bayer and he is based in Singapore. Before taking up this role he was heading seeds business of Bayer in India from 2005 to 2009. Prior to Bayer, he was working with Monsanto for about nine years in various responsibilities in India.

He has been engaged in Agri. input industry for over two decades and has extensive experience in business operations, strategy and general management across seeds, traits and crop protection businesses in Asia Pacific. In the recent years he has been quite active in development and adoption of integrated rice crop solutions, impacting largely small holders and rice value chains.

By education, Mahesh is post graduate in Agriculture from HAU, India and gone through advance management program at INSEAD.

Kent Hojem is the Chief Executive Officer of Washington State Fair, which is one of the top attended fairs in the world.

Kent has worked in the fair industry since 1974. He has served on the board of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions since 2009, and he is the current IAFE chairman.

Kent was born and raised in Chehalis, Washington where he showed dairy cattle in 4-H. He was a mathematical sciences major at Stanford University. Kent and his wife Carolyn live in Puyallup, and are surrounded by family.

Devi Kusumaningtyas
Devi Kusumaningtyas is ASEAN Government Affairs for DuPont Company. She joined DuPont in 2013 as Indonesian Government Affairs Lead.

As Government Affairs Manager, she coordinates and drives DuPont’s to meet its regulatory and legislative goals by working with ministries and government agencies, industry association and the media. Devi led several initiatives to build partnership for DuPont with external stakeholders such as Universities, USAID and AUSAID in Indonesia and other markets in agriculture development.

Devi is a Chairwoman of Indonesian Food Security Forum, an AMCHAM initiative in food and agriculture, and leads Food and Agriculture Committee in EUROCHAM.

Mr Breyton MILFORD
Breyton Devon Milford is the Operations Manager at the Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society where he manages the Marketing and Communications Team and works with national agricultural organisations, shows, societies and schools to organise events. He is Chairman of the Western Cape Agricultural Youth Society and Chairman of the National Agricultural Youth Society of South Africa.

He matriculated at the Agriculture School in Clanwilliam, where he was the Vice head boy and Captain of the Western Cape Youth Show. He was awarded best speaker at the annual Agri Western Cape Conference in 2004. He studied further at the Grootfontein college of Agriculture, where he received the John Deere award for the best Agriculture student in South Africa for the year 2007.

Breyton has been an active Next Generation participant of the RASC since 2008.

Allan Murray is married to June and have one daughter, three sons and five grandchildren. He farms at Redden near Kelso in the Scottish Borders. His sons specialize in arable crop production with a flock of 150 Texel X ewes and finish 100 head of cattle annually. The family farm also runs haulage and contractors businesses and are involved in an Agronomy company.

Allan Murray’s involvement in agriculture is varied. He was the chairman of the Borders Training Group and Border Union Agricultural Society in the 1980s, and a council member of the National Farmers Union of Scotland in the 1990s. From 2004 to 2011, He was the Scottish Equestrian Association’s director for politics. He was chairman of the Royal Highland Society for the periods of 2006-2008 and 2012-2014. He is presently the Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Highland Society and a trustee of the RASC.

Hong Nguyen currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Asia Capital Enterprises. She has an extensive background in global investment banking, corporate finance, and sustainable development. She previously served as Managing Director and Founder of the GC Millenium Group, a joint venture between GC Capital Group and China Millenium Group founded in 2003. GCMG is an investment management company advising various investment funds and companies. A subsidiary entity, China Millenium Investments Partners (“CMIP”) specialized in the financial and strategic restructuring of listed SOEs. In 2006, the company formed a specialized entity, Vietnam Investment Company, to participate in the privatization program in Vietnam.

Ms. Nguyen is also the President and Founder of Starise Investments, an investment advisory firm specializing in cross border transactions between Europe, China and Southeast Asia. She was part of the founding group of Cathay Investments Fund, initially listed in Hong Kong (capitalized at $300 million) for investments in newly privatized Chinese companies and remained as an investment advisor until 1995.

Hong Nguyen graduated from Harvard College (BA) and Harvard Business School (MBA) and received a post-doctorate degree in Finance from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. She began her career at Shearson Lehman Brothers and then served as International Manager for the U.S. Equity Derivatives Group at Morgan Stanley. She helped to establish the U.S. Equity Derivatives and Structured Products desk in London for Morgan Stanley and was an advisor in the establishment of the Swedish, Swiss and French equity derivatives markets.

Jagresh Kumar Rana
Mr Jagresh Kumar RANA
Jagresh Kumar Rana is the president of Monsanto Asia-Africa. He works with his colleagues, farmer customers to enable Asia and Africa’s half a billion small-holder and large-scale farmers to food security while improving lives. The team is focused on improving lives by enabling farmers with innovative seeds; crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease; sustainable solutions for soil health; data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources; and through collaborative partnerships. Jagresh joined Monsanto India in 1997 and has since played several leadership roles globally. Jagresh received the Customer Challenge Award for Outstanding Contribution to the India’s Wheat Herbicide Business. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from HAU, Hisar, India.

Jagresh is a Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Grow Asia Executive Council. He is on the Executive Committee Member of CropLife Asia. He is married to a trained plant breeder and has two sons. He likes reading, cricket and discussing public policy.

John Rothwell
Mr John William ROTHWELL
John is Chief Executive of the RA&HS, responsible for the staging of the Royal Adelaide Show which annually attracts ½ million patrons. The Adelaide Showground additionally hosts 100 events and exhibitions annually.

As Director on the Board of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) John has an international appreciation of the challenges and opportunities that exist for Shows.

Mark O’Sullivan
Mark joined the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Ltd (RASV) in the position of Chief Executive Officer in February 2006.

Prior to this role, Mark spent 24 years in various roles within the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry, including 12 years as CEO of Country Racing Victoria LTD (CRV). In his capacity as CEO CRV, Mark was responsible for delivering a new business outcome through a program of change, leading and overseeing the implementation of significant organisational, commercial and cultural change both within the CRV and the broader industry. He also played a key role on behalf of the country sector of thoroughbred racing in the highly successful public float of TABCORP Holdings Ltd and was subsequently made a Director on the Board of Racing Products Victoria Pty Ltd.

Mark joined the RASV whilst the iconic Melbourne Showgrounds was entering the final phase of a $108 million redevelopment, a real watershed time in its long and proud history. Throughout his career, Mark has travelled extensively throughout Asia, the UK and USA.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Studies and recently completed an Advanced Management Program at INSEAD (Singapore).

Mark is currently Chairman of the Board of Spring Valley Golf Club and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE).

Siang Hee TAN
Dr. Siang Hee TAN
Dr. Siang Hee TAN is currently Executive Director of CropLife Asia, the Asian operation of an international trade association with a presence in 91 countries. At CropLife Asia, he is responsible for directing regulatory, crop protection, seeds, intellectual property, biotechnology as well as communications and outreach programs in 15 Asian countries.

His other professional experience includes establishing the University of Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Genome Centre, and management of two startup ventures developing bioinformatics software and prenatal genetic testing. Additionally, at Sime Darby, he was responsible for: establishing the biotechnology section for the Sime Darby Technology Centre; project managing the Northern Corridor Economic Region Project (NCER) on large-scale farming; and developing an agri-entrepreneur program. He was also the CEO of HLH-Agri International Pte Ltd, managing a large-scale corn plantation and agri-tainment park while also overseeing maize processing and commodity trading.

Dr. Tan holds a BSc in Plant Pathology from the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, an MSc in Genetic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a PhD in Molecular Biology (Plant Virus) from Okayama University in Japan. Professional recognition includes a Silver Award at the 2005 Geneva International Exhibitions & Inventions of New Techniques and Products, a US Government Cochran Fellowship for biological research at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and UPM awards for Research and Development.

Wong Sek Man
Professor Sek Man WONG
He is a plant pathologist specialized in virus diseases of ornamental plants. He earned his PhD degree in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, USA. He is a tenured Professor in Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS). He has received numerous teaching, research and service awards in NUS over the past 30 years. In 2013, he received the PBM medal and the long service medal from President of the Republic of Singapore. In 2016, he received the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) medal. Currently, he serves as the President of Plant Protection Society (Singapore), Chairman of the Orchid study group, ISHS, a member of the governing board of the SEAMEO BIOTROP representing Singapore, external examiner of School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, member of the International Committee on Virus Taxonomy, and member of the international advisory panel of the International Congress of Plant Pathology to be held in Boston, USA in 2018.

CEO Meeting

Christopher Riddle
Mr Christopher RIDDLE (Chairman)
Chris Riddle (53) has been Secretary to the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association since 1989 having taken over from his father who was Secretary from 1957. Chris is only the Association's ninth Secretary since its formation back in 1793 and, at the time of his appointment was probably the youngest ever Secretary of a major UK agricultural society / show.

Chris is married to Thelma, with two children (Emma and Harry) and is involved with a number of other organisations and is a former Trustee and National Chairman of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, a Board Member and Former National Chairman of the Association of Shows & Agricultural Organisations, Honorary Secretary & Past Chairman of the Huers Farming Club, Honorary Secretary & Past Chairman of the Ken Thomas Charitable Trust, Honorary Secretary of Wadebridge Prime Stock Show Association and the Cornish Winter Fair, a Trustee and National Chairman of the Caughley Society and an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Smithfield Club. He is also a Trustee of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth.

Murray Anderson is an architect by profession and a director of Anderson and Anderson International Architects in Zambia. Murray has co-ordinated the master planning of the Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia show grounds and is also the immediate past president of the organisation having spent 10 years on its board.
Marla Calico is the President and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions – the IAFE – headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. The Association represents and facilitates the evolving interests of its 1200 global members - agricultural fairs, exhibitions and shows. Prior to joining the IAFE, Marla had a long career in the fair sector, working as General Manager at the Ozark Empire Fair.

Marla is a frequent speaker for fair industry gatherings, presenting motivational keynote addresses on fairs today. In 2012, Marla was inducted into the IAFE’s “Hall of Fame”. A life-long resident of the Ozarks, Marla graduated with a BS in Agri-Business from Missouri State University. She enjoys outdoor activities such as running, hiking, bicycling, fishing and nature photography.

Rupert Cox
Mr Rupert COX
Rupert Cox was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Bath & West of England Society in January 2015 with the mandate to make the Society more efficient and financially more resilient.

Rupert was a sheep farmer until 2000 when he took a new career path into business support and business membership organisations that took him to the position of Chief Executive of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, so the role at the Bath & west takes back towards his farming and rural roots.

He has ambitions for the Society to be at the hub of rural influence in the area and to remind the Society of its charitable objectives of encouraging agriculture, manufacture, commerce and rural crafts through education and knowledge transfer.

In 2016 the prestigious Royal Bath & West Show welcomed over 137,000 visitors to England’s last 4-day Royal Show who enjoyed increased agricultural activity with more livestock and machinery, an increased focus on local food, the introduction of an entertainment Big Top showcasing new young musicians, while established events such as the British Cheese Awards and British Cider Championships give credence to the Show’s reputation as an event of national significance.

Rupert is married to farmer’s daughter Angie and they have two adult children and one grandchild. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching cricket, follows most other sports from his armchair, and is in his element cooking breakfasts for Bed & Breakfast guests.

KJohan comes from Paarl in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. He joined the Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society in 1996 as Marketing Manager and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2002.

Johan serves on the Board of the South African Wine Show Association, is a member of the Department of Agriculture Western Cape Stakeholders Forum, was a founding member of the National Youth Show Association and Chairman of the Western Cape Youth Show Association. He acts as Patron of the Western Cape Poultry Association and is a member of the Agricultural Writers Association SA.

Johan initiated the Qualité mark of excellence for South African dairy products and under his leadership the South African Cheese Festival grew into the biggest outdoor culinary event in Africa.

Alan Laidlaw is chief executive of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) – a registered charity with a remit to promote and protect the interests of rural Scotland.

Based at the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland’s headquarters at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Alan was appointed to the role in August 2016 after spending 11 years with the Crown Estate Scotland, latterly as Head of Property. He is a chartered surveyor, a director of the Oxford Farming Conference and an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAS). Alan is a passionate Agriculturalist who believes strongly in the success and importance of the rural economy to society.

In his spare time Alan enjoys playing rugby and exploring all that Scotland’s countryside has to offer. He lives near Edinburgh with his wife and young son.

Colin McDonald is a chartered civil engineer and is currently Chief Executive of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society. He graduated with a first class honours degree in civil engineering from Queens University Belfast and worked in the construction industry before moving to a career in agribusiness.

In his current role, Mr McDonald is responsible for delivering a stream of enabling finance for the RUAS’ charitable activity through a redevelopment of its lands at the King’s Hall Complex in Belfast. This is coupled with the construction of a bespoke showgrounds at Balmoral Park in Lisburn.

He is a trustee of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth. His involvement to date includes facilitating the funding for NG delegates from Northern Ireland and developing nations to attend the biennial conference. He headed up the group of trustees which recommended the current strategy of the RASC.

Melissa Neal
Ms Melissa NEAL
Melissa Neal is an enthusiastic member of the agricultural industry with a strong interest in training and development. She enjoys organising events that build stronger rural communities and businesses.

Melissa is an experienced deliverer of educational activities to producers and supply chains in the southern Australian beef and sheep industries, passionate about the red meat industry, committed to improving productivity and delivering high quality outcomes for industry and consumers.

Melissa is becoming a sought after public speaker and event MC for rural and corporate events. She is actively involved in a number of beef and agricultural organizations, promoting career development and networking opportunities.

She was recognised as an Emerging Leader in Victorian Agriculture in September for her contribution to industry and community. As the Victorian Rural Ambassador 2014-15, Melissa has continued to develop and co-ordinate commercial and education focused programs for producers, young people and show goers across the country. She is a strong supporter of youth leadership and is currently establishing some exciting new programs in Victoria.

Mr Charles D. (Charlie) SMITH
Charlie Smith is a senior architect and senior principal at Populous, the world leader in the design of showground and exhibition facilities. He has 30 years' experience in the design and exhibition of Showgrounds masterplans, multipurpose arenas, livestock expo halls, equestrian complexes, World's Fairs, and Olympic venues.

He is also a frequent speaker for the IAAPA, ULI, the League of Agricultural and Equine Centers (LAEC), Canadian Association of Fairs and Expositions (CAFÉ), the North American Livestock Show and Rodeo Managers Association (NALS & RMA) and the RASC conferences.

Mr. Smith received his architectural degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and participated in urban planning studies of the University of Venice, Venice, Italy.

Heather Shewchuk is the Director of Agriculture at Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since 2014 and has reinvigorated the 137 year old agriculture society’s agriculture programming to educate the urban dwellers on what the agricultural industry means to their daily lives, while continuing to enhance the connection to rural stakeholders.

Since her graduation from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in April 2000, Heather has devoted much of her professional life to the development of business relations within Alberta’s agricultural sector. A champion of the industry in Alberta and beyond, Heather has been instrumental in showcasing Alberta’s agriculture industry on the world’s stage and ensuring the vitality of Alberta agriculture on a local, national and international scale.

Greg Smith became Chief Executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association in 2012. He is responsible for the Royal Norfolk Show, an events business and estate interests as well as its charitable objectives – informing, influencing and inspiring people about food, farming and the countryside.

Born and educated in Norwich, he read Agricultural and Food Marketing at Newcastle University and pursued a 30+ year business career in market research. He was a member of the Army Reserves from 1981, and in his final appointment was the senior advisor on Reserves and Youth in the Ministry of Defence, in the rank of Major General. He was awarded the Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) in 2008 and made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2014.

Greg’s interests are in leadership, life-long learning and skills development. He currently Chairs the Board of East Anglia Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and also Active Norfolk – the county sports partnership. Until 2014 he was Chairman of the International Advisory Board at Newcastle University Business School, and is a member of the University’s Court.

Sunny George Verghese
Mr Sunny George Verghese
Sunny George Verghese is the Co-founder and Group CEO of Olam International Limited and is responsible for strategic planning, business development and overall management of the Olam group of companies worldwide. Olam is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and ranks amongst the top 30 companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalization. In 26 years, Sunny and his team have built this business to S$19 billion in Sales Revenues for 2015. Today, Olam operates in 70 countries, delivering 47 products (organised into 16 platforms) to more than 16,200 customers in 70 destination markets and employs around 62,500 people worldwide.

Sunny is presently Chairman of the Board of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), Singapore. Sunny was appointed Director on the Board of International Enterprise Singapore in 2002, and served as its Chairman from 2008 to 2013. Sunny also served on the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore from 2009 to 2013. He was also the first Chairman of CitySpring Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd from 2006 to 2010.

Sunny holds a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School.

Benjamin Yang
Mr Benjamin YANG
Benjamin Yang is an internationally sought-after F&B and Retail Profit Strategist. He is known as an architect who has been working behind the scenes to grow many big international brand names. Heralded as a guru in omni-channel marketing and technology, some of the high profile F&B and Retail brands that Benjamin has worked with include: Sakae Holdings, Each-A-Cup, Joe & Dough, Shilin, Lawry's, Violet Oon, NTUC Foodfare, Pezzo Pizza, Green Dot and Hypermarket (Indonesia).

Using his proven Profit Intelligence Technology System, Benjamin has a track record of exponentially assisting companies to accelerate their growth and increase sales. Benjamin is regularly invited to address international audiences at numerous high key events including: The Internet Show, Singapore Office Expo, SME Expo, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Malay Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Government Evolution Forum, Singapore F&B and Retail Seminar, NATAS Travel IT Seminar.

Among Benjamin’s awards are The Successful Entrepreneur 2013, Asia Pacific Top Excellence Brand, Singapore Outstanding Enterprise, Singapore Excellence Awards, Midas Touch (Silver), Promising SME 500 and Bain Prize for Strategy (Australia).

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John Bennett is a Councillor and Board Member of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. He is the Ringmaster for the Sydney Royal Easter Show and is involved with several RAS of NSW Committees including Horse, Agricultural Development and the Competitions Support Taskforce.

John Has been involved with the RASC since 2004, attending his first conference as a Youth Delegate. John has subsequently held the RASC positions of Assistant Next Generation Facilitator, Next Generation Facilitator as well as Convenor of RASC Next Generation Missions to Zambia, Papua New Guinea as well as Singapore and India. John is currently an RASC Trustee.

John and his family operate a commercial beef and thoroughbred bloodstock enterprise as well as a function and conference centre near Nowra on the South Coast of NSW.

Laura Bodell
Laura is very passionate about the people who produce food for the world. Having been raised on a seedstock beef cattle ranch in Alberta, Canada, her interest has expanded to envelope the entire beef industry from genetics to production to processing on a global level. Her company, Bella Spur Innovative Media Inc. works with all types of agricultural, food service, and rural businesses to help them achieve success in the marketplace. Laura has been a life-long volunteer with Northlands, now focusing her time with the International Ag Business Centre at Farmfair International.
Following the completion of an Equine Business Management degree in 2006, Denis started work as Tradestand Secretary at the New Forest & Hampshire County Show. He held this position until he was promoted to Show Secretary in 2010, a position he still holds. As Secretary he oversees the running of the Society, Campsite and the Show itself. Denis has been instrumental in the creation of the Next Generation project which aims to keep the Show in safe hands for many years to come. Outside of work Denis is married, enjoys cycling, visiting family and working his young Labrador Woody.
Mr Aled Rhys JONES
Aled Rhys Jones was born and raised on the family’s 700-acre hill farm in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. He studied Rural Land Management at the University of Reading and graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in 2007. In 2009, he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and admitted as a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. After spending 6 years as a Land Agent, Aled was appointed the Assistant Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

Despite his professional commitments, Aled has remained involved in the family farm where he has gained most of his knowledge and practical experience of agriculture. The farm business centres on a flock of 1,100 ewes and a small herd of beef cattle.

In 2015, Aled was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to study the role of agricultural societies and shows.

Cassandra McDonald
Ms Cassandra McDONALD
Cassandra (Cassie) is a veterinarian working in rural mixed practice on the far south coast of New South Wales. She mainly looks after the dairy cattle which produce the famous “Bega Cheese”. After farming and agriculture skipped a generation or two, Cassie found herself heading back to the land when she attended an agricultural high school, starting out on the school’s dairy cattle show team. From here, Cassie’s involvement in agriculture broadened to include all aspects of dairy production, intensive and extensive beef production, wool and fat lamb enterprises, cropping, advocacy and extension type work. She graduated from university in 2014 with a double degree in Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science. Cassie is involved with local and state level shows, both competing and stewarding, and also sits on the RAS of NSW Youth Group. Each year she also runs the Working Dairy at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, educating people on the ins and outs of the Australian dairy industry and the importance of milk as a product.
David Ryan
Mr David RYAN
A member of the Regional Marketing Leadership Team for Syngenta Asia Pacific, David has more than 15 years’ experience in agricultural sales and marketing. David was raised on a mixed farming enterprise in the Riverina district of Australia, and completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (honours) at Melbourne University. David’s extensive industry experience includes strategy development and implementation, change management and commercial leadership.

Having worked across Asia and Europe, David has a deep understanding of both developed and emerging markets. Whilst working in Europe, David led the strategy and business development activities for Syngenta Vegetables, a $250m organization. Currently based in Singapore, David is now responsible for Commercial Excellence, working to ensure the processes, tools and capabilities are in place to enable sales in APAC to double in the next 5 years.

David has a deep understanding of the trends, challenges and opportunities facing agriculture.

Chelsea Wan
Ms Chelsea WAN
Chelsea Wan is a second-generation farmer from Jurong Frog Farm, now known as JFF Pte Ltd. Being a farmer in city-state Singapore and active member of the Kranji Countryside Association, where she currently serves as the Honorary Secretary, she has become acutely aware of the challenges faced by the industry as well as the opportunities present. A National University of Singapore (NUS) 2006 graduate, her full-time position in the farm as marketing manager and eventually as a director of the company has taken the company greater heights, including developing the farm’s processes in order to reach ISO22000 certification. Chelsea has played a key role in allowing JFF to reach a wider consumer base by developing new and innovative products and e-commerce platform in the company’s website.

Becoming a parent in 2015 hasn’t slowed her down. She continues to explore potential opportunities such as developing a vertical frog farming concept incorporating water treatment and reclamation facilities as well as researching the use of the farms bio-waste to turn into useful products. One such avenue for the use of bio-waste has resulted in her recently incorporating and being director of a company, Collagreen Pte Ltd, which uses proprietary methods to transform bio-waste into products to serve the biomaterial needs of food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical Industries.


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