Michael Graham

Head of Crop Science Research and Development Breeding



Sally Mackenzie

Professor of Biology and Plant Science

The Pennsylvania State University


Yvonne Pinto

Director of Bioeconomy ‒ AgBio

Eagle Genomics


William Salas

Chief Strategy Officer



Baboucarr Manneh

Director General

AfricaRice Center


Keijiro Otsuka

Professor of Development Economics

Kobe University, Japan


Himanshu Pathak

Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education

New Delhi


V. Bruce J. Tolentino, Ph.D.

Independent Member, The Monetary Board

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)


Jose Re

Vice President for New Product Development - Business Services



Temina Lalani-Shariff

Regional Director, South Asia

Interim Regional Director, Southeast Asia and Pacific CGIAR

Theme keynote speakers

Theme 1: Fast-tracking genetic solutions and varieties
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Theme 2: One-health and Nutritious Rice Value Chains
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Theme 3: Digital solutions across scale
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Theme 4: Nature-based farming solutions
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Theme 5: Transforming rice landscapes for climate resilience
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Theme 6: Partnerships for scaling and impact
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Theme 7: Sustainable global rice economy
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Theme 8: Social equity, equality and prosperity
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