In The Zone 2016

Our Perth event on 2 November, 2016: Insights into Feeding the Zone

If you were not able to make it to Jakarta in May for Feeding the Zone or if you would like to revisit the key themes from the conference, we invite you to attend an In the Zone follow up in Perth, Western Australia on Wednesday, 2 November at the Wesfarmers Lecture Theatre at the UWA Business School. Join us for a panel discussion involving four speakers who attended In the Zone in Jakarta like UWA’s own Prof Stephen Smithand Murdoch’s bio-security superstar Dr Kirsty Bayliss.

Feeding the Zone
 focussed on agriculture in the Indo-Pacific region and discussions were centred around the fundamental question of how to sustainably feed a growing Asia. Moderated by Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake, the panel participants will discuss ideas that came up at the conference on innovation, investment, and international cooperation.

We hope you can join us and please come with your questions and ideas on how we can “feed the Zone”.

Register for this event.

Speakers

Professor Kent Anderson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement), The University of Western Australia Professor Anderson is an international lawyer who specialises in comparing Asian legal systems. He joined The University of Western Australia as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement) in 2014. Prior to this, Professor Anderson was Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and Dean of the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University.

Dr Kirsty Bayliss

Plant Pathologist and Academic Chair of Plant Biosecurity Program, Murdoch University Dr Bayliss is a plant pathologist working on plant diseases affecting crops. Her current research focus is postharvest plant pathology and biosecurity, that is, protecting agricultural and horticultural food crops from pathogens using new, non-chemical methods and technologies, specifically plasma technology for the control of postharvest diseases.

Professor Michael Blakeney

Winthrop Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia Professor Blakeney is Winthrop Professor of Law at The University of Western Australia and Visiting Professor in IP and Agriculture at Queen Mary, University of London. He formerly worked in the Asia Pacific Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Professor Blakeney is an arbitrator with the International Court of Arbitration and his current research is in the fields of biotechnology patenting, international intellectual property law, food law and food waste minimisation.

Professor L. Gordon Flake

Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre Professor L. Gordon Flake serves on the Board of US Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. He is co-Vice Chair of the Board of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America. Professor Flake was Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at the Atlantic Council of the USA. He completed his Master of Arts at the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies, Brigham Young University.

Professor Stephen Smith

Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia; Former Minister for Defence; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia Professor Smith was the Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, he served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs. In opposition, Professor Smith held a range of Shadow Ministerial positions. Professor Smith is currently Winthrop Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia and sits on the Perth USAsia Centre’s Board of Directors.

Feeding the Zone

In the Zone 2016 aims to create a compelling and coherent forum that explores a diverse range of agricultural production and food security related themes. It will provide a forward-leaning outlook on regional economic and demographic trends, identifying the key areas and sectors of greatest current and future need.

This year’s conference gives a snapshot of global and regional policy, research and innovation across sectors including agriculture, livestock and aquaculture. In the Zone 2016 will also look at the international cooperation needed to achieve improvements in these industries.

Most importantly, the forum will focus on the critical role of innovation and technology in driving the exponential shift required to properly feed and nourish peoples across the Indo-Pacific, now and in the future. Furthermore, In The Zone 2016 will examine the investment and trade architecture that will be needed to accelerate and sustain growth.

 

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Keynote Speakers

His Excellency Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Former President of Indonesia; Senior Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre

Dr Yudhoyono was Indonesia’s first directly elected president. He served two consecutive five-year terms as president of the Republic of Indonesia. He has a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University and a Doctorate in agricultural economics from Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB). Dr Yudhoyono also attended the US Army Command and General Staff College. The recipient of many international awards, he was named by the United Nations as a "Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction" in 2011 for his efforts to make disaster risk reduction a national priority after the Boxing Day tsunami hit Indonesia in 2004. Dr Yudhoyono was the fifth visiting head of state to address both houses of Australian Parliament.


The Honourable Dean Nalder MLA

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport, Western Australia

The Hon Dean Nalder MLA brings to the Barnett Government a wealth of private sector experience and a background in agriculture. He holds a Bachelor of Business, Economics and Financial Management from Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia. Minister Nalder also has a background in agriculture and has had first-hand insight into the challenges facing Western Australia’s agriculture industry. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


Mayor Ridwan Kamil

Mayor of Bandung, Indonesia

Mayor Ridwan Kamil is Mayor of Bandung City, Indonesia. He is also a renowned Indonesian architect, educator at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in the Architecture Department, urban designer and writer. After receiving his Master degree in Urban Planning from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001, Mayor Kamil worked in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. In 2003, Mayor Kamil returned to Indonesia to establish his own architecture and design firm, Urbane Indonesia. Mayor Kamil was the Indonesian recipient of the British Council's Young Creative Entrepreneur (Design) Award in 2006. Mayor Kamil is founder of the Bandung Creative City Forum and has been a pioneer in the “Indonesia Berkebun” movement to build amateur gardens in cities across Indonesia.


Speakers

Professor Kent Anderson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement), The University of Western Australia Professor Anderson is an international lawyer who specialises in comparing Asian legal systems. He joined The University of Western Australia as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement) in 2014. Prior to this, Professor Anderson was Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and Dean of the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University.

Dr Kirsty Bayliss

Plant Pathologist and Academic Chair of Plant Biosecurity Program, Murdoch University Dr Bayliss is a plant pathologist working on plant diseases affecting crops. Her current research focus is postharvest plant pathology and biosecurity, that is, protecting agricultural and horticultural food crops from pathogens using new, non-chemical methods and technologies, specifically plasma technology for the control of postharvest diseases.

Professor Michael Blakeney

Winthrop Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia Professor Blakeney is Winthrop Professor of Law at The University of Western Australia and Visiting Professor in IP and Agriculture at Queen Mary, University of London. He formerly worked in the Asia Pacific Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Professor Blakeney is an arbitrator with the International Court of Arbitration and his current research is in the fields of biotechnology patenting, international intellectual property law, food law and food waste minimisation.

Dr William Dar

Former Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Dr Dar is the President of the InangLupa Movement, which champions and advocates for the modernisation of Philippine agriculture. Prior, he was the Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India. Dr Dar has a PhD in Horticulture from the University of Philippines, Los Banos and an MS in Agronomy and BS in Agricultural Education from Benguet State University.


Mr Hans Dellien

Agrifinance Specialist, East Asia & Pacific Region, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As the Agrifinance Specialist for East Asia & the Pacific at the IFC, Mr Dellien coordinates advisory services for banks in the region in the design and implementation of financial services to the agricultural sector. Previously, he was the Director of Microfinance Products and Services at Women’s World Banking, coordinating the technical services to microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Finance from the Ohio State University.


Dr Dino Patti Djalal

Founder, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs; Former Ambassador to the United States

A career diplomat and former presidential candidate, Dr Djalal joined Indonesia’s diplomatic corps in 1987. Rising through the ranks quickly, he was appointed as Ambassador to the US in 2010 and served until 2013. He ran as an independent candidate for president in 2014. Dr Djalal served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs from June to October 2014.


Professor John Edwards

Emeritus Professor, Murdoch University

Professor Edwards is an Emeritus Professor at Murdoch University, a member of the University Senate and former Dean of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Murdoch University. He was Co-Chair for the Second Murdoch Commission on Food Security, Trade and Partnerships during 2014/15. From 2012–15 he worked in China for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as its Coordinator for the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in China.


Mr Avi Fintz

Group Strategy and Acquisitions Director, Interflour Holdings Ltd

Mr Fintz has over 15 years’ experience in investments in various industries and across the capital structure (equity, senior and junior debt). He is currently Chief Strategy Officer with Interflour, and as part of this role, he sits on the boards of three affiliated companies in Vietnam and the Philippines. Previously, Mr Fintz was head of investments at Ronly Ltd and an executive director in the Special Situations Group of Goldman Sachs in London.


Professor L. Gordon Flake

Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre Professor L. Gordon Flake serves on the Board of US Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. He is co-Vice Chair of the Board of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America. Professor Flake was Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at the Atlantic Council of the USA. He completed his Master of Arts at the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies, Brigham Young University.

Ms Chelsea Islan

Indonesian Actress

Chelsea Islan is an up-and-coming actress. She made her film debut in the 2013 Indonesian drama film Refrain, and later continued her acting career in several Indonesian films. Chelsea Islan is also a motivator and agent of social change, including being an Ambassador of Habitat for Humanity in 2011, an Ambassador of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in 2015 and is an advocate for movements and campaigns that promote positive impact of youth.


Dr Yoichiro Kato

Rainfed Lowland Agronomist for South East Asia and Drought & Submergence Workgroup Leader in IFAD-CURE, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

A rice agronomist specialising in rainfed lowland environments, Dr Kato is currently connected with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines. As Scientist ll at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division of IRRI, his work is concerned with developing innovative rice-based systems for unfavorable ecosystems in Southeast Asia. Dr Kato completed his doctoral degree in 2007 at the University of Tokyo studying drought tolerance of upland rice.


Dr Mari Elka Pangestu

Former Trade Minister; Former Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia

Dr Pangestu served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011 and served as Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 to October 2014. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Australian National University (ANU) and her PhD from the University of California, Davis where she specialised in macroeconomics and trade.


Mr Greg Sheridan

Foreign Editor, The Australian

Foreign editor for The Australian newspaper, Mr Sheridan is a veteran of international affairs who has interviewed leaders across the Asia Pacific and America. His work has appeared in newspapers around the world, including The Sunday Times of London, The Asian Wall Street Journal, the Jakarta Post and the South China Morning Post. Mr Sheridan is a frequent foreign affairs commentator on radio and television.


Dr Andrew Shook

General Manager – Future Business Technology, Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Dr Shook joined Rio Tinto in 2012 and is currently general manager Future Business Technology in Rio Tinto Iron Ore.  He is leading the deployment of new mining automation technologies for the Iron Ore product group. From 2012 to 2016, Dr Shook was in Rio Tinto’s Technology and Innovation group. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983, and Master’s degree and PhD in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.


Professor Kadambot Siddique AM

Director, The UWA Institute of Agriculture

Professor Siddique has 30 years’ experience in agricultural research, teaching, and management in both Australia and abroad. He developed an international reputation in agricultural science across the fields of crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources, breeding research in cereal, grain and pasture legumes and oilseed crops.


Professor Dr Ir Hermanto Siregar

Deputy Rector of Resources and Strategic Studies, Bogor Agricultural University

Professor Dr Ir Hermanto Siregar, M.Ec. is the Deputy Rector of Resources and Strategic Studies of Bogor Agricultural University. He gained his Bachelor Degree in Agribusiness at Bogorl Agricultural University, Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, Australia and PhD in Economics from the Lincoln University, New Zealand. He has published numerous journal articles on topics including renewable energy, export and investment, and the Indonesian economy.


Professor Stephen Smith

Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia; Former Minister for Defence; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia Professor Smith was the Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, he served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs. In opposition, Professor Smith held a range of Shadow Ministerial positions. Professor Smith is currently Winthrop Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia and sits on the Perth USAsia Centre’s Board of Directors.

Professor Bark Taeho

Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University; Former Trade Minister, Republic of Korea

Professor and former Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University, Professor Bark served as Minister for Trade from December 2011 to March 2013. In 2014, he entered the race for the Director-General position of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as the Korean candidate. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dr Ngiam Tong Tau

Chairman of Sky Urban Solutions Holding Pte Ltd

Dr Ngiam Tong Tau is a Colombo Plan Scholar with a PhD from the University of London in Veterinary Medicine. He has over 40 years’ experience in the field of veterinary medicine and public health, agriculture and aquaculture. Dr Ngiam Tong Tau is recognised as the architect of modern farming and agrotechnology parks in Singapore and has been responsible for the transfer of farming technology across the region.



 

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