Keynote Speakers


Prof. Samih Abubaker
Former Dean,
Faculty of Agricultural Technology,
Al-Balqa` Applied University,

Professor Samih Abubaker: Former Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Technology at Al-Balqa` Applied University in Jordan from September 9, 2012 to September 7, 2016. Consultant of vegetable production systems and sustainability. Visiting Professor at universities including Rutgers, Washington State, Rostock, Technical Munich, Humboldt Berlin, and Bologna. Member of the Management Committee of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action FA 1105. Chairman of the agro-environmental committee of the Jordan Society for Scientific Research (JSSR). Chaired the 11th Arab plant protection congress, 2014. Participated in more than forty international conferences with over than sixty scientific publications. Editorial board member and reviewer in several scientific journals.

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Dr. Nafees Meah
South Asia Representative
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
"Scientific Research as a Strategy for Achieving Sustainability in Developing Countries"

Dr. Nafees Meah works with governments of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, including Nepal, Bangladesh, and India to represent and coordinate IRRI’s programs regionally. He also leads the development of a regional strategy and supports the development of individual country strategies for IRRI’s research, outreach, training, and resource mobilization activities in consultation with key universities, civil society organizations, and international donors and organizations.

Prior to joining IRRI, Dr. Nafees Meah served as director of the UK Research Councils (RCUK) India from 2012 to 2016. During his time there, Dr. Nafees Meah developed a program of activities to deliver the organization’s strategy for deeper research and innovation engagement with India. He is also a recognized expert on sustainable agriculture, food security, and climate change.