Keynote Speaker- International

Dr. Peter Wynn
Charles Sturt University

Professor Peter Wynn was awarded his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1983. He has spent his career investigating physiological mechanisms underlying animal production including lactation, muscle growth, wool fiber growth and stress across the dairy and beef cattle, sheep and pig industries. He has also lead projects in South Asia developing the efficiency of small-holder farming practices. He was appointed as Professor of Animal Production at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Australia in 2008 after a long career at the University of Sydney and CSIRO. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and has honorary appointments at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne.

He became a Fellow of the Australian Society of Animal Production in 2010 and was awarded the Asian Australasian Associations of Animal Production Animal Science Prize for contributions to Animal Science in the Asian region in 2014.  He was inducted as a Life Member of the Australian Inter-collegiate Meat Judging Association for his pioneering work in the development of this meat science education program also in 2014. He has published over 100 full journal publications and over 150 conference papers.

Dr. Wynn will provide a keynote titled “Impact of climate change in smallholder farming in developing countries” 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 will provide a keynote titled “Smallholder Livestock Supply Chain in Developing Countries“.

Keynote Speaker- Nepal

Mr. Anand Bagaria
Managing Director

Mr. Anand Bagaria, a dynamic business entrepreneur from Nepal recognizes agri-processing as a game-changer for Nepal’s economy. Born in 1972, and trained as an Industrial and Production Engineer, he started his business career to exemplify his own belief. Today, the company he founded, NIMBUS is one of the largest Animal Feed manufacturer in Nepal. The company has already made a substantial contribution to the earning capacities of tens of thousands of rural Nepali families by enabling them to get a much better and healthy yield from their domesticated animals and birds.

 Besides actively involved in agribusiness sector, he has lately diversified into food side of agri–processing with the FARM to FORK concept while expanding. Under his leadership, NIMBUS has transformed to a cumulative of Rs. 11 billion company.

He has been advocating his beliefs to a much wider audience through his position as Ex vice-president of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), Executive Committee at Nepal-India Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NICCI), Nepal Feed Association (NFA) and active member of several business affinity groups in Nepal such as Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI), Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS), Nepal Leaders Circle (NLC) and beyond. His companies are known in Nepal for all-round business excellence, and application of greener, and environment friendly options. To promote excellence in Nepal’s overall business scene, he has instituted an annual NIMBUS Excellence Award in association with the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), the premier business and industry affinity group in Nepal.

He has been recognized by WWF, the global conservation organization as a ONE PLANET LEADER in 2009 and also awarded with Person to Watch Boss Business Excellence Award by the country’s leading business magazine in 2010. He co-founded, in 2011, Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCL),  a non-profit that is making leading efforts in building Climate Resilience in Nepal’s Economy and Society. He, particularly, is helping HCI in building the enabling condition for meeting the organizational goals by spreading the message of societal trust and harmony through a series of Public Service Announcement (PSAs) to this effect.

Apart from business activities he also takes part in national and international conferences. He had taken part in a session on “Young entrepreneurs: rising South Asia: promises and dreams” at LEAD 2012 conference at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka. Being a successful entrepreneur, he believes entrepreneurs as the backbone of the national economy and inspires young entrepreneurs to bring economic revolution in the country. He is an active speaker at different colleges and programs and delivers speeches on different management related topics and his experiences in the journey of an entrepreneur.

Mr. Bagaria will provide a keynote titled “Sustainable livestock farming and entrepreneurial opportunities“.

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. 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

Dr. Gopal Reddy
Associate Dean for Research & Advanced Studies and Director of International Programs
College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

Title of the talk: “
Climate Change: Implications for Enhancing Livestock Production”
Brief Bio of Dr. Reddy

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 and
Acting Vice Chancellor
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