Keynote Speaker- International

Dr. Channapatna S. Prakash
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA

Dr. Channa S. Prakash, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Tuskegee University (USA) where he has served on faculty since 1989, is a Professor of Crop Genetics and Biotechnology. Dr. Prakash’s expertise is on genetic improvement of food crops of importance to developing countries. His lab was among the first to develop transgenic sweet potato and peanut plants and conduct pioneering genomic studies on the peanut.

Dr. Prakash has been a global leader in enhancing the societal awareness of crop and food biotechnology issues around the world for nearly three decades. Dr. Prakash was recognized for his outstanding work on agricultural biotechnology outeach with the award of the prestigious 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, by the Council of Agricultural Science and Technology which credited him as  “arguably done more than anyone else in academia or industry to promote agricultural technologies that can help feed the world’s growing population.” He was also recognized by Huffington Post as among the Top 30 social influencers in biopharma and biotech. He has an active presence in the social media, impacting close to 2 million readers per month on Twitter (@agbioworld) and is globally ranked as number #1 influencer on ‘agricultural biotechnology’ issues. He also serves as Co-Editor-in-chief of a highly respected journal GM Crops &Food. In 2006, he was named one of the ‘Top Personalities Who have made the Most Significant Contribution to Biotech’ by Nature Biotechnology: Who’s who in biotech – Some of biotech’s most remarkable and influential personalities from the past 10 years. In 2005 he was named one of the 100 Top Living Contributors to Biotechnology by The Scientist (chosen by peers via polling).

Dr. Prakash has delivered nearly 1000 public lectures across 80 countries including venues such as Aspen Ideas Festival, World Food Prize, UN Forum on Sustainable Development, FAO, US Congress, and World Bank. He was invited three times to deliver lectures at the Vatican and was fortunate to have an audience with Pope Francis and explain to him the benefits of Golden Rice.  He has won numerous prestigious awards including the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award. He served as panel manager for the USDA’s biotechnology risk assessment grant program, chaired the minority affairs committee of the American Society for Plant Biology, and served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology with Ag Secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann Veneman.

Dr. Prakash will provide a keynote titled “Role of Agricultural Biotechnology in Advancing Sustainable Animal Agriculture” in SAADC 2019. It is our great pleasure to have him in SAADC 2019.

Keynote Speaker- Nepal

Dr. Mahendra Nath Lohani
Senior Vice President of Programs
Heifer International, Arkansas, USA

Dr. Mahendra Lohani is Senior Vice President of Programs at Heifer International, a US based global non-profit organization working to end hunger and poverty and care for earth. An inspiring leader, Mahendra provides direction and leadership to Heifer’s program in 14 countries across Asia and Africa. Mahendra also lead programs in Central and Eastern Europe until Heifer’s exit was completed in 2018. Under Mahendra’s guidance, Heifer’s work in the field has evolved to the broadly acclaimed Values-Based Holistic Community Development (VBHCD) Model, a sustainable, community-led socio-economic transformational program. It is characterized by strong social capital and environmentally friendly smallholder livestock value chains in inclusive market systems for living income and community resilience.

Mahendra, inspired by Heifer’s values and sustainable approach, started Heifer’s first project in Nepal as a volunteer in 1993, which has to date completed 15 generations of goat pass-ons to as many new families. After four years, the Heifer Nepal Country Program was formally established and Mahendra served as founding Country Director. Nepal is now Heifer’s flagship program which has grown to support more than 250,000 families with over US $40 million in contributions. In 2003, Mahendra assumed an expanded leadership role as Heifer’s Director for the Asia/South Pacific Program.

Prior to working as a Heifer staff, in 1993 Mahendra established, and has since been serving as board chair of, Pancharatna Group, a private poultry enterprise in Nepal, which currently employs 225 people. Between 1979 and 1992, Mahendra worked for the Government of Nepal in various capacities under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

Mahendra holds a Veterinary Degree (1979) from Bihar Veterinary College in India and a Ph.D. in Animal Science and Agriculture Economics (1987) from the University of Philippines at Los Banos. In 1990, he was awarded a one-year Hubert Humphrey fellowship for leadership and professional development at the University of California at Davis. In 2004, Mahendra received the Gorkha Dakshin Bahu Medal from the King of Nepal for his outstanding contributions to Nepal’s poultry sector. In 2007, he attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Development Program on Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Previously, Mahendra served as an elected member of the Nepal Veterinary Council, Vice President of the Nepal Veterinary Association, and member of the International Goat Association.

Dr. Lohani’s keynote title will be updated shortly.

Lead/Plenary Speakers- International

Following scientists have been finalized as Lead/ Plenary Speakers so far. We will update this list as we get confirmation from our invited speakers.

Prof. Dr. Peter Wynn
Charles Sturt University
Title of the Talk: “Hormones and antibiotics in animal production: should they be used?”
Brief Bio of Prof. Dr. Wynn


Prof. Dr. Wayne L. Bryden
Professor of Animal Sciences
The University of Queensland, Australia
Title of the Talk: “The impact of Mycotoxins in food and feed: Consequences for human and animal health”
Brief Bio of Prof. Dr. Bryden


Dr. Nar K. Gurung, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN
Associate Professor of Animal Sciences
Director of Caprine Research and Education Unit
College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences
Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA
Title of the talk: “Drones as Potential Tools  in Monitoring Pasture Growth and Animal Movement in the Transhumance Farming Systems of Nepal”
Brief Bio of Dr. Gurung

Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller, PhD
Associate Professor of Animal Sciences
Head, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Assistant Dean, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences
Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA
Title of the talk: A Model for Collaborations between Minority Serving Institutions in the US and Nepal for Sustainable Animal Agriculture Research, Teaching and Extension
Brief Bio of Dr. Olga Bolden

Dr. Peter Thomson
Associate Professor
The University of Sydney
Title of the Talk:“The Role of Genomics in Developing Country Animal Agriculture”
Brief Bio of Dr. Thomson


Dr. Ermias Kebreab
University of California, Davis, USA
Title of the Talk: “The use of feed additives to reduce enteric methane emissions from cattle”
Brief Bio of Prof. Dr. Kebreab


Dr. Yoshiaki HAYASHI
Associate Professor
Meijo University, Japan
Title of the Talk: “Current status and future possibilities of goat and buffalo productions in developing countries
Brief Bio of Dr. Hayashi


Dr. Hsia Liang Chou
National Pintung University of Science and Technology
Title of the talk: “Developing sustainable crop-small animal integrated farming system through modern technology
Brief Bio of Dr. Hsia


Dr. Pietro Celi
Global Science Lead for Eubiotics
DSM Nutritional Products
Title of the talk: “Animal Production within Planetary Boundaries
Brief Bio of Dr. Celi


Dr. Ruijun Long
Theme Leader- Ecosystem Services
Title of the talk: “Yaks and Humans”
Brief Bio of Dr. Ruijun


Dr. Kiran Dande
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Dairy Science
Mahatma Basweshwar College, Latur, India
Title of the talk:  “Ixodid Tick Diversity, Seasonal Dynamics and Borne Diseases in Cattle from District Latur, Maharashtra, India
Brief Bio of Dr. Dande


Dr. John Hampton
Professor of Seed Technology
Director, Seed Research Center
Lincoln University, New Zealand
Title of the talk: “Cool Season Crop Improvement Program – Nepal and its overall
achievements for small dairy farmers
Brief Bio of Dr. Hampton

Dr. Drona P. Rasali
Director of Population Health Surveillance and Epidemiology
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
Provincial Health Services Authority, Canada
Title of the talk: “Reclaiming One Health: Nexus between Animal and Human Medicine beyond Zoonosis
Brief Bio of Dr. Rasali

Lead/Plenary Speakers- Nepali

Dr. Neel Prakash Singh Karki
Former Director General, Department of Livestock Services, Government of Nepal
Former Chairperson, Nepal Veterinary Council
Title of the talk: “A sustainable indigenous poultry production in the rural Nepal: A case study from Jhyalbas, Nawalparasi”
Brief Bio of Dr. Karki

Dr. Shubh Narayan Mahato
Country Director, Heifer International Nepal
Former Director General, Department of Livestock Services, Government of Nepal
Former Chairperson, Nepal Veterinary Council
Title of the talk:
Brief Bio of Dr. Mahato

Dinesh Pariyar
National Consultant and Coordinating Advisor
Cool Season Crop Improvement Programme-Nepal
Former Executive Director, Nepal Agriculture Research Council
Title of the talk: Evaluation of triticale varieties for seed and straw production in four locations of Nepal”
Brief Bio of Dr. Dinesh

Dr. Sharada Thapaliya
Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology
Dean, Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries
Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal
Title of the talk:  “Ethnoveterinary Medicine in Nepal
Brief Bio of Dr. Thapaliya

Dr. Madhav K. Shrestha
Retired Professor of Aquaculture
Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal
Chairman, CAARP Pvt. Ltd.
Title of the talk:  “What next in Nepalese Aquaculture?
Brief Bio of Dr. Madhav

Dr. Naba Raj Devkota
Professor of Fodder and Animal Nutrition
Director, Directorate of Research and Extension (DOREX)
Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal
Title of the talk:  “Current development/progress in feeds and fodder supply situation in Nepal
Brief Bio of Dr. Naba

Dr. Tek Bahadur Gurung
Executive Director and Principal Scientist
Nepal Agriculture Research Division (NARC)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Title of the talk: “Inland fisheries for food and nutrition in Nepal
Brief Bio of Dr. Gurung

Dr. Bhuminand Devkota
Professor of Veterinary Science (Theriogenology)
Director, Post Graduate Studies Program
Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal
Title of the talk: “Buffalo Reproduction Technology
Brief Bio of Dr. Bhumi

Dr. Neena Amatya Gorkhali
Chief and Senior Scientist (S4)
Animal Breeding Division
Nepal Agriculture Research Council, Khumaltar, Nepal
Title of the talk: “Indigenous Animal Genetic Resources for Sustainable Livelihood Development
Brief Bio of Dr. Neena