keynote speaker

Dr. John Fulton

The Ohio State University
United States


Dr. John Fulton is an Associate Professor in the Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department at the Ohio State University.  He is one of the “The Top 10 People in Precision Agriculture” and he received his PhD in University of Kentucky. He was honored as the 2013 Precision Ag Educator of the Year winner during his tenure at Auburn University.

His research focuses on machinery automation and developing technologies to accurately place and meet site-specific crop and soil needs.  Most recently has been working in the area of translational data analytics developing telemetry solutions and digital tools to help improve the farm business and in-season decisions. He was also the ACES Agronomic Crops Team Leader at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Before joining Ohio State University he was at Auburn University for 10 years.

Since Fulton’s LeBron-esque return, Dr. John introduced the first Kinze 4900 series Multi-Hybrid Planter to the state, as well as develop an algorithm that can automatically adjust planter depth as it rolls across the field and encounters different soil types and real-time soil moisture readings.

keynote speaker

Prof. Udith K. Jayasinghe Mudalige

Professor (Chair)
Department of Agribusiness Management
Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.


Prof. Udith K. Jayasinghe Mudalige holds the degrees from University of Peradeniya (Bachelors in Agriculture and Masters in Agricultural Economics) and University of Guelph, Canada (PhD in Food and Agric. Econ. & Business). He serves as a Visiting Professor in University of Massachusetts, USA and Monash University, Australia and the Quality Assurance Consultant to the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka. He has been offered a Senior Fellowship by the Staff & Educational Development Association (SFSEDA), United Kingdom. He has published widely in the areas of food & agricultural economics and business management; environmental and resource economics as well as teaching-learning, assessment, and skills development in higher education and has led and contributed to a large number of national and international consultative projects targeting capacity development; monitoring & evaluation, and information dissemination.


keynote speaker

Prof. Ananda Jayakody

University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka.


” Session – Organic Agriculture “

Senior Professor in Soil Science. Received all higher education qualifications at German Universities securing excellent grades for the degrees obtained. These were facilitated by scholarships offered by the Government of Sri Lanka, Otto Benecke Foundation of Germany and Centre for International Migration, Germany. Received also the Marie Curie Fellowship of the EU. Fluent in German and English having a little knowledge in Tamil as well. Published nearly 50 scientific papers and given a large number of communications in subject related fields. Served as the Head of the Department of Soil Science for 6 years and held a numerous number of positions such as Treasurer, Secretary, Research Advisory Committees, Coordinator, Editor Editorial Board Member and Compiler of books etc. at national and international level.

keynote speaker

Rizvi Zaheed

Executive Director
Hayleys PLC
Managing Director
Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited


” Session – Agriculture and Climate Change “

Rizvi Zaheed joined Hayleys, Sri Lanka’s largest multinational business conglomerate after completing his graduate studies and first served as Economist in the Corporate Planning Division. He held several positions in the Hayleys Group thereafter and currently serves as Managing Director of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings and holds overall responsibility for the Agriculture sector of the Hayleys Group. He is aso a director of the main board of Hayleys PLC. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) Degree from the University of Kelaniya and a MBA Degree from the University of Colombo.

He is also a Member of the Agri Cluster of the National Council for Economic Development. Represents Hayleys on the Board of Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC). Chairman of the National Agribusiness Council. Serves as Chairman of the National Industry Biotechnology Association and is a Member of the University Grants Commission Standing Committee on Agriculture and Livestock and a Member of the Floriculture and Food & Beverage Advisory Committees of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board. Member of the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Agriculture and a member of the Faculty Board of the University of Colombo’s Faculty of Technology. He is also a Member of the main committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and formerly Chairman of the Agriculture & Livestock Steering Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Imports Section, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He is also Vice Chairman of CSR Sri Lanka.

keynote speaker

Dr. W. M. G. Seneviratna

Director of Rubber Research Institute
Sri Lanka


” Session: Export Agriculture “

Dr. W.M.G. Seneviratna has twenty four years of experience in Research and Development work on Rubber Technology and Waste Treatment Technology, of which last 5 years as a research manager in the capacity of Deputy Director Research (Technology). The effluent treatment technique he developed has won several international awards as well as few local awards. He is a visiting lecturer in many universities in Sri Lanka on rubber technology and waste treatment technology and he has won Silver medal (1998), 26th International exhibition of inventions, new techniques and products held in Geneva, Switzerland, UNDP cash award, 1998 -for the development of a cost effective treatment system for rubber effluents, Merit award – Plastic & Rubber Institute – 1998, Most innovative award – Plastic & Rubber Institute – 2006 As well as he ah obtained patents for the Process for viscosity molecular weight reduction in natural rubber- Sri Lanka Patent No. 9749, Cost effective treatment method based on enclosed anaerobic septic tank digester coupled with diffused aeration aerobic process (1998), Sri Lanka patent No. 11396 Manufacture of porous polymer profile (Tubular, Square,Etc) by extrusion-sintering process (soaker hose for drip irrigation) (2003) – Joint patent by Samson International Ltd.