Group President & CEO - Blue Aqua International Group, Singapore.
Dr. Farshad Shishehchian is the President & CEO of Blue Aqua International Group of companies, a one-stop solution provider for the aquaculture industry with a global presence in 14 countries. He is also the Founder and President of the Asian Aquaculture Network (AAN), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inform and inspire new generations through the sharing of knowledge, education initiatives, and resources for the ecological sustainability of aquaculture in the Asia Pacific region. He was also the President of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), Asia Pacific Chapter (2013 - 2016), collecting an extensive network of over 25 years in the world’s top aquaculture producing countries. Dr Farshad holds a Ph.D in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology and has dynamic, hands-on experience in managing aquaculture farms and hatcheries in countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Philippine, China, Sri-Lanka, Malaysia, Korea, Norway, Turkey, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Australia, Singapore and Chile. As an inventor of the highly commended Mixotrophic™ System - a super intensive shrimp farming system with PCT patent in over 144 countries - Dr. Farshad continues to share his knowledge and profound understanding of innovative aquaculture through seminars and conferences all over the world.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Ravi Kumar Yellaki has been familiar with hatchery operations in India. Remarkably through his numerous written papers and publications, he shared his experiences and knowledge concerning shrimp hatchery sphere such as the management and its role in charging environment. His expertise in terms of local market trends and opportunities is unquestionable. Today, he concentrates his awareness on building sustainable strategies for Indian Shrimp Aquaculture.
He also happens to be the president of Society of Aquaculture Professionals (SAP) and secretary of All India Shrimp Hatchery Association (AISHA).
Dr. Claude E. Boyd
Professor Emeritus - School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences,
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849 USA
Dr. Claude E. Boyd is an instructor at Auburn University under topic of Water Science, Water and Sediment Quality Management in Aquaculture and Resource Use and Environmental Issues in Aquaculture. He has been involved in many short-term activities in the following countries: Australia, Ecuador, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil. Also, he is co-principal investigator for USAID/Aquaculture CRSP Project in Honduras, technical advisor to Global Aquaculture Alliance reguarding Codes of Conduct for shrimp farming and technical advisor to Thailand Department of Fisheries. Currently, he serve as committee of Environmental Sciences Committee, School of Agriculture, Aubern University, Aubern University representative to the University Council of Water Resources, Oceanic Institute, Industry Liaison Committee and Global Aquaculture Alliance Shrimp Farm Standards Committee.
Dr. Jose Domingos
Senior Research Fellow - James Cook University Singapore
Dr Domingos’ research focuses on the development of efficient breeding programs for tropical aquaculture species. This involves the understanding and manipulation of endogenous and environmental factors affecting gonadal development and broodstock conditioning within appropriate maturation systems for reliable spawnings. Dr Domingos is passionate about marine finfish propagation (reproduction, genomics, selective breeding) and its integration with nutrition and fish health for the development of fast growing and disease resistant strains.
Dr Domingos has a long involvement with commercial shrimp and marine finfish operations. Prior to joining the James Cook University (Australia) Aquaculture Genetics research team in 2008, Dr Domingos worked as a production manager for several shrimp farms in the South and Northeast of Brazil, where he supervised over 700 hectares of shrimp farming. Trained in Brazil (Oceanography, FURG; MSc. Aquaculture, UFSC) and Australia (PhD Aquaculture Genetics, JCU), Dr Domingos has 20 years of combined industry, government and academic background. As a new member of the JCU Singapore Research Institute, Dr Domingos is excited about collaborating with industry partners in the development of reliable breeding and hatchery facilities where genetically superior brood stock will boost fish production in the region.
Dr. Giana Bastos Gomes
BMV, MVM, CertAqV, PhD - Lecturer Aquaculture, James Cook University, Singapore and Marine Biology and Aquaculture Sciences, College of Science and Engineering and Centre for Sustainable Tropical
Dr Gomes is an aquaculture veterinarian researcher with 15 years of experience in aquatic animal health acquired across a range of academic, governmental and industry employments in Brazil and Australia. Her research has a strong focus in the development and adoption of new technologies to improve disease prevention, management and biosecurity in aquaculture. Dr Gomes joined James Cook University Singapore as a lecturer in aquaculture in 2018. Currently, Dr Gomes’ R&D focuses on early identification of disease within aquaculture farms using environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques and water quality monitoring (environmental sensing) associated with microbiome investigation.
Dr Gomes worked for the largest Brazilian prawn hatchery (Aquatec, 2003-2008) and Genearch Aquacultura Ltd (first SPF – specific pathogen free- prawn hatchery from Brazil) responsible for developing and implementing biosecurity measurements and establishing biosecurity protocols and procedures for the import of SPF prawns from the U.S.A. to Brazil, respectively. She undertook her MSc in veterinary medicine (2006-2008) on prawn diseases caused by an intracellular bacteria (NHPB) which causes similar symptoms to the emerging prawn disease Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Syndrome (AHPNS) also known as Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS).
Later in Australia, Dr Gomes developed an on-farm parasite detection assay for early quantification of parasite abundance to predict infection before animals become sick. In 2016, Dr Gomes was awarded the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Science and Innovation Award which recognises the best emerging young talent in rural Australian industries.
Mr Georg Baunach
Co-founder & Development Director - HATCH
Georg Baunach is a co-founder of HATCH, the world’s first aquaculture startup accelerator with operations in Norway, Ireland and soon South-East Asia. He also founded Aqua Angels, an Angel investor syndicate which tries to protect the oceans through early-stage risk capital.
Georg is a molecular biotechnologist with a background in synthetic biology and biofuels research experience from Harvard Medical School. In parallel to his studies he worked on the development of insect and algae based products.
He founded a renewable energy company in Ghana in 2015, which workswith commercial and industrial clients to reduce energy costs throughclean tech. Georg holds a Masters in Management from London Business School.
Dr. Padmanabhan Saravanan
Head, Centre of Innovation for Complementary Health Products (COI-CHP)
- School of Applied Science (ASC) | Temasek Polytechnic
Padmanabhan Saravanan obtained his doctoral degree at the Dr ALM Postgraduate Institute of BioMedical Sciences, University of Madras, India. He spent his postdoc years at Centre for Biologics Evaluation & Research (CBER), FDA, Bethesda (USA) and at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Medical and Applied Microbiology. He has joined Temasek Polytechnic in 2011 and has been working on fish health and food safety. His team has developed a rapid on-site sample processing and detection kit for screening food contamination which has received MOE Innergy Gold Award in 2016. His team has developed an on-site test kit for fish iridovirus detection and has developed oral vaccine for fish iridoviral disease jointly with Israeli collaborator. Presently, he is heading the Centre of Innovation (COI) for Complementary Health Products (CHP) at School of Applied Sciences, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore.
His research interests include: analysis of fish disease diagnosis and health monitoring using microbiological, immunological and molecular methods. Study of immunomodulatory effects of feed additives, health supplements and evaluation of fish oral vaccines. Development of fibre optic sensors for health monitoring, genetic analysis and microbiome profiling are other areas in focus. He has lead and completed projects from MOE-TRF, SIIRD, and has on-going MOE-TIF projects on sample preparation technology using microfluidics and development of fish counting and morphometric monitoring device.
Chief Executive - National Fisheries Development Board (India)
National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), established in 2006, is an autonomous organization under the administrative control of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. It was set up to realize the untapped potential of fisheries sector in inland and marine fish culture, capture fisheries, processing & marketing of fish, and accelerate the overall growth of fisheries sector with the application of modern tools of research & development. NFDB has played a key role in enhancing the fish production and productivity of the country and coordinating the fishery developments in an integrated and holistic manner. Ms. I. Rani Kumudini is an officer of Indian Administrative Service and currently holding the post of Chief Executive of National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) since 30.06.2017. Ms. Kumudini holds Post Graduation degree in Economics from Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam, India. Prior to joining NFDB, she held several key administrative posts in various Organizations/ Institutions/ Departments both in State and Central Governments. She is steering NFDB to handle responsibilities under Blue Revolution Scheme aimed at integrated development and management of Indian fisheries. She is keen in implementing of projects in emerging and innovative areas like Cage Culture, quality seed production, Value chain Development in fisheries and demonstrating these frontier technologies to farmers and entrepreneurs for wider adoption.
Mr Leo Wein
Managing Director - Protenga Pte. Ltd.
Leo is a passionate tech entrepreneur and founder of Protenga Pte Ltd.
Protenga develops intensive insect farming systems for sustainable protein production. We produce high-quality, protein-rich and safe animal nutrition, pet food and organic fertilizer by using a novel, scalable insect-based bioconversion process to recapture nutrients from organic side-streams. Our responsible and innovative approach focuses on driving necessary change in the global food supply chain.
Mr Xu Qunying
Scientist - Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)
Mr. Xu Qunying is a Scientist at the Marine Aquaculture Centre, which is established by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore to spearhead aquaculture development in Singapore. In his 10 years with MAC, he has gained extensive experience in the research and development of live feeds and fish broodstock management. His team has successfully spawned 14 species of food fish, such as seabass, snapper, four finger threadfin, grouper, trevally and empurau. His current work focused on the development of live feed technology for hatchery production.