Mr. GABOR FLUIT, Business Group Director Asia, De Heus Limited Liability Company
Born 1979, Ede, The Netherlands • VWO Het Streek, Ede, 1998 • Public Administration, Rotterdam, 2003 • Management Traineeship ABN Amro Bank and several positions, 2003-2008 • Country Manager De Heus Vietnam 2008-2012 • Regional Manager De Heus South East Asia, 2012-2015 • Business Group Director Asia, 2015- now • Married, 2 children.
Gabor Fluit, a Dutch National, joined De Heus in 2008 to establish the De Heus Vietnam business, after working for 5 years for ABN Amro Bank where he started as a management trainee. He was recruited by De Heus because of his knowledge of the Vietnamese language and culture, being married to his Vietnamese wife. He started as the GM for Vietnam, became responsible for the Business Development in South East Asia in 2012 and was appointed as Business Group Director Asia in 2015.
De Heus Asia belongs to the Royal De Heus Group, a global top 13 animal feed supplier which operates in more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Royal De Heus is a 100% family owned company, founded in 1911 in The Netherlands. De Heus Asia started firstly as De Heus Vietnam, which was established in late 2008 through the acquisition of two existing animal feed factories in Binh Duong province and Hai Phong province. Phase 2 of the Binh Duong factory was officially opened in 2011 by HRH Princess Maxima (at that time she was not yet our Queen). With the combination of over 100 years experience in the field of animal nutrition and good understanding of the local market, De Heus Vietnam has achieved fast growth. After 10 years, De Heus Vietnam has become a top 3 animal feed supplier and has eight factories across the country with approximately 1,400 employees. As Vietnam has become one of the core countries for De Heus, the company decided to establish its Asia headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City. In 2016 De Heus opened its first feed mill in Myanmar, where its currently constructing the third feed mill. De Heus Asia also operates a feed mill in India and acquired 100% of the shares in a feed company in Indonesia (UAB) in November 2018. De Heus has recently started the construction of its first feed mill in Cambodia and exports from Vietnam to markets like The Philippines and Bangladesh.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. TAKESHI SHIMOGIRI, Kagoshima University, Japan
He obtained his master’s degree at Kobe University of Japan in 1997 and Ph.D. degree at Kagoshima University of Japan in 2007. He started researches as an assistant professor in Laboratory of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, Kagoshima University in 1999 and moved to an associate professor in 2012. His current research interests include genetic diversity of Asian native animals, mainly cattle and chickens, and genetic improvement of Japanese Black cattle and Japanese chickens.
Dr. ROBERT MEILLEUR, Long Binh Foods
Currently working with Long Binh Foods as Food Quality and Safety Consultant (4 years)
Previously worked with the Canadian Food Safety Agency (34 years)
- Started as a Field Meat Inspector (10 years)
- Moved to Regional Meat Inspector Manager (10 years)
- Moved to National Meat Program Specialist (14 years)
Expertise in (1) Food Safety Control System (HACCP), (2) Food Quality Control System, (3) Statistical Process Control, (4) Food Safety/Quality International Auditor, (5) Regulatory Food Inspection Program, (6) Food Process Baseline Evaluation, (7) Poultry Post-Mortem Design, (8) Compliance Verification System, (9) Food Quality Management System (QMS), (10) Food Safety and Quality Trainer, (11) Abattoir Architectural Design
Assoc. Prof. Dr. JINGBO LIU, Southwest University of Science and Technology, China
He graduated in 2013 at Sichuan Agricultural University, China with specialization in Animal Nutrition and Feed Science. Since 2013 he is associated with the Department of Animal Science, Southwest University of Science and Technology, China, first as an assistant professor before becoming associate professor.
He performed his PhD research on the role of nutrition in fat deposition of pigs born with low birth weight. He later moved to phosphorus bio availability with particular interest in the relationship between dietary factors and phosphorus digestibility.
He is now an associate professor in Department of Animal Science, Southwest University of Science and Technology, China, responsible for teaching general and advanced courses in Animal Production and Animal Nutrition. His current research focuses on investigating the effects of meal frequency on fat deposition of pigs and the relevant mechanisms with emphasis on the bile acids metabolism. He has published more than 30 international peer-reviewed articles relating on nutrition and metabolism as well as phosphorus utilization in monogastric animals.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. NGUYEN DUC HOANG, University of Science, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
He graduated at the University of Science, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) in 1998 and obtained his master degree in 2003. During his master course, he spent one year for ‘International Post-Graduate University Course in Microbiology’ at ICBiotech of Osaka University and Kyoto University (10/2000 – 9/2001), and worked on yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. After that, he moved to the University of Bayreuth (9/2003-7/2006), Germany and obtained his Ph.D at the department of genetics for the work on B. subtilis “Construction of plasmid-based expression and secretion vectors and study of the immobilization of proteins on the surface of B. subtilis cells”. As a consequence, the first commercial expression plasmids, pHT series, for B. subtilis was generated and the project of using controllable stabilizing elements combined with promoters to enhance protein expression level has been developed. In 11/2006 he moved to Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology to work as Postdocs in the area of biochemistry/chemical biology and cell biology and started several molecular biological projects in chemistry-based research group relating to cancer studies. He has worked for the University of Science, VNU-HCM since 6/2011. He is appointed as an Associate Professor in 2015, currently the director of Center for Bioscience and Biotechnology and Head of Department of Microbiology. His research group focuses on gene expression in B. subtilis in the deferent locations, in the cytoplasm, on the surface and as secretion into the culture medium and applications of these tools for production of recombinant proteins. His research group also focuses on vaccine development for cattle and fish using B. subtilis as vaccine delivery vector.
MAYENNE CHERYL B. DIMACALI, DVM, Animal Health Assurance Director, Greenfeed Vietnam
She is a swine practitioner and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who graduated from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) in 1999. She is a member of the Philippine College of Swine Practitioners (PCSP), a group of swine veterinary experts in the Philippines. She started her career as a veterinarian for a family owned 1,000 sow commercial farm in the Philippines for 1.5 years. Then moved to work for the global leader in swine genetics which is PIC (Pig Improvement Company). She joined PIC Philippines in 2001 during the younger years of the company in the country and went to spend the next 15 years of her swine professional career there handling different roles. She started with the Production and Supply Chain supervising production and managing steady supply and availability of quality breeding stock of several PIC Multiplication Farms for 3 years. The job required keeping those PIC breeding farms in the highest health status possible, free from economically significant diseases such as FMD, PRRS, Mycoplasma, PED, Influenza, Hog Cholera, etc. thru strict implementation and monitoring of PIC’s Health Assurance Programs. She was then tasked to join PIC Technical Services in 2003 rendering technical support to PIC Customers. The role entailed providing customer-focused pig business solutions to improve farm productivity and profitability in the face of high disease challenges in customer farms. Having developed good customer relations thru effective technical services, she shifted managing PIC Key Account Customers spending the last 5 years with PIC as an Account Manager. In August 2016, she was recruited as General Manager for Farm Operations at Excelsior Farms Inc., the newest and most modern nucleus farm of PIC in the Philippines at that time. Her stay with the farm was short lived and lasted only until end of the same year as she was obliged to attend to more important family matters. In October 2018, she came back to the pig industry as Animal Health Assurance Director for GreenFeed Vietnam to help in establishing high health pig farms in the face of current disease challenges in the country. GreenFeed Vietnam currently has FEED, FARM and FOOD businesses in Vietnam and feed businesses in Cambodia, Myanmar and Cuba. GreenFeed Vietnam is also the exclusive partner and distributor of PIC Genetics in Vietnam.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. NGUYEN VAN DUC, Animal Husbandry Association of Vietnam
He was born on February 2nd 1949 in Nghe An province. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in La Habana Aquaculture University of Cuba in 1974, M.Sc. degree in Kurukshetra University of India in 1982, and Ph.D. degree at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, The New England University of Australia in 1997.
He has 38 years working in The National Institute of Animal Husbandry as researcher, lecturer and international - national projects in the field of Animal Genetics and Breeding as well as Biotechnology, Animal Sciences and Animal Husbandry, mainly in pigs, cattle and other species. He has author and co-author of more than 42 scientific papers in International Journals and Proceedings, and more than 155 scientific papers in Vietnamese Journals and Proceedings, and Supervisors for 14 Ph.D. and has author and co-author of 11 scientific books and dictionaries. After 35 years working in National Institute of Animal Husbandry with 25 years in position of Head of Animal Genetics and Breeding Department, he has retired in 2009. Presently, he is Head of Scientific and Biotechnology Department of the Animal Husbandry Association of Vietnam, and Vice-Editor in-Chief and Secretary of Journal of Animal Husbandry Sciences and Technics.
During 45 years working in Animal Scientific fields, he has got many Prizes as Prize awarded by 12th AAABG (1997) in Australia, Prize awarded by President of Government of Vietnam for the National Project “Vietnamese Dairy Cattle Breeding” in 2000, Prize awarded by Minister of Science Technology and Environment for the National Project “Selection, breeding and crossbreeding for improving LMP in Vietnamese pigs” in 2001, seven Prizes awarded by Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 1998-2018, Prize awarded by Premier of the Government of Vietnam in 2004, Prize awarded by President of Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association in 2017, especially in 2007, he got Third Class Labor Order awarded by Government of Vietnam.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. DUONG DUY DONG, Nong Lam University, Vietnam
He was born in 23 June 1959 in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city now), Vietnam
He obtained BSc. degree in Animal Science in Nong Lam University (NLU), Vietnam in 1985 and received Ph.D. degree in Animal Science in University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in 2002.
He has worked at NLU as a lecturer in Animal Science since 1985, and become the Dean of Faculty of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine of NLU (2007-2012) as well as Vice President of Nong Lam University (2012-2017).
He is one of the top Vietnamese experts in animal nutrition, feed production technology and feed quality control, especially for swine, poultry and fish and shrimp.
Now, besides continuously working at the NLU, he is the consultant for several feed mills and feed additives suppliers in feed formulation and evaluation of feed ingredients for livestock and aquaculture.
Prof. Dr. PALANISAMY VASAN, Veterinary College and Research Institute, India
He was born on January 13th, 1971 in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu state. He completed his under graduation (B.V.Sc.) in Madras Veterinary College, Chennai during 1993-1994, obtained his M.V.Sc., degree programme from Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal during 1995-1996. He did his Master’s degree research work on aflatoxicosis in poultry. He was awarded with Chancellor of TANUVAS gold medal for his best M.V.Sc., research work. He started his career as technical officer in Godrej Agrovet Pvt. Ltd from 1996-1998. He joined as Assistant Professor in Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University on 05.06.1998. He was awarded with TNSCST Young Scientist Fellowship to undergo advanced training in Rumen Microbiology in Indian Veterinary Research Institute in the year 1998. He had good academic record which fetched him Senior Research Fellowship for pursuing Ph.D. in Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Deemed University, Izatnagar from 2003-2006. He did his doctoral research on assessment of bioavailability of nutrients in poultry feedstuffs. He is recipient of WPSA and DST Travel grant to present his research papers in EPC, Italy and ESPN, UK during 2006 and 2009 respectively. He is recipient of NUFIC scholarship to undergo Post Graduate Diploma Animal Feed at Barneveld, Netherlands during 2016. He has completed about ten external funded projects in the field of avian and ruminant nutrition. He has served for more than 20 years in teaching, research and extension activities in Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. He has published a book on Animal Nutrition to cater the needs of B.V.Sc., students. His current area of research is focussed on antibiotic alternatives and nutrigenomic studies. Currently, he is working as Professor of Animal Nutrition Department, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.
Dr. PAUL OLIVIER, Empowering the Poor though Waste Transformation (EPWT), Vietnam
Universities attended and degrees:
- M.A. Philosophy, magna cum laude, 1973, University of Louvain, Belgium
- PH.D. Philosophy, summa cum laude, 1992, University of Louvain, Belgium
- Director and president of Braem Mineral Separation NV (Belgium) 1987-1993
- Director and president of Engineering, Separation and Recycling NV (Belgium) 1993-1996
- Director and President of E.S.R. Ltd. Co. (USA) 1996 to 2011
- Consultant in Waste Transformation: 2011 to present
The Universe is One, Towards a Theory of Knowledge and Life, University Press of America, with Foreword by Isabelle Stengers: ISBN 0-7618-1437-X
Paul Olivier has been involved in waste throughout his entire career. In the 1990’s he designed dense medium separators that allowed his clients in Belgium, Holland, Germany, France and the United States to separate automobile shredder residue with incredible accuracy. Many of his clients were able to create a revenue stream in non-ferrous metals of up to $40,000 US dollars per hour - all from waste destined for landfill. At the same time, they were able to isolate rubber and plastics that could be used as an alternative fuel in cement kilns.
Upon moving to Vietnam in 2006, he saw a lot of poverty and a lot of pollution. He then asked if the elimination of pollution through waste transformation might allow small farmers to earn substantial income. Eventually he went on to develop the concept of Waste Transformation Closed Loop Farming. This concept emphasizes not letting a gram of waste biomass or co-cropped biomass ever go to waste and always transforming these resources at the highest possible levels. When small farmers within social enterprises are educated, trained and equipped to shuffle transformed waste back and forth between multiple plant and animal systems, they find themselves in a position to make all of the feed, fertilizer and fuel they need. And when the food that they produce gets delivered and sold through social enterprises directly to households and restaurants without a single intermediary involved, small farmers can capture up to 80% of the end value of their food. Economic and environmental just prevail. No more poverty, and no more pollution.
Emeritus Professor Dr. JIRO KOYAMA, Kagoshima University
He was born on 9 January, 1952. He got a Ph.D. degree in agriculture at Kyushu University in 1981. After that he worked as a researcher at Tochigi Prefectural Research Institute for Environment (1981-1988) and became the Chief of Hydrochemistry Labaratory at National Research Institute of Fisheries Science (1988-2001). His specialization fied is in Ecotoxicology and Environmetal Chemistry. During scientific and academic career, he received valuable awards from Minister of the Environment for contribution to environmental administration in 2017 and from Japanese Society of Environmental Toxicology in 2017.
Assoc. Prof. DUONG NGUYEN KHANG, Ph.D., Nong Lam University, Vietnam
He received the PhD degree in Animal Nutrition and Management at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2004 and got the Associate Professor title in 2009. At present, he is a member of Professional Associations of Vietnamese Biogas as well as a member of Academic Trainings Committe at Nong Lam University. He has published more than 70 national and international articles relating on animal methane emissions.
He found nutritional solutions balancing in emissions and utilization of carbon dioxide as well as reduction of methane:meat production ratios in cattle production. In Vietnam, he developed the humid tropical areas of sustainable system of integrated livestock and fuel production based on fractionation of high biomass crops, forage trees and water plants with emphasis on ruminant and recycling of wastes which is environmentally friendly. It is based on agroecological principles of organic-based inputs and biological control of pests and diseases. The feeding systems for ruminants in mountain areas using sugar cane, leaves from trees and water plants has been introduced and developed to poor farmers. Beside that he also set up the low-cost plastic biodigester and improvements to the technology, over 120,000 units installed and paid for by farmers. It reduced methane production from animal wastes.
Mr. BASTIAAN TEUNE, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
He holds a Master Degree Geography and works since 2003 for renewable energy projects in developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He worked five years for the award winning biogas programme in Vietnam and six and a half years in Lao PDR, where he established a flourishing market for improved cookstoves . He is acting as SNV global cookstoves coordinator, managing projects in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Kenya with finance and support from EnDev, Unilever, World Bank, UNIDO, Asian Development Bank, NDF, Blue Moon Fund, etc. Currently he is posted in Hanoi for SNV as Energy Sector Leader, managing various energy projects, including Results Based Finance mechanisms that strengthen the supply for biogas digesters and clean cookstoves. His strengths are project management, resource mobilization, capacity building, gender, climate change and lobby/networking. He acts as speaker at conferences and has an extended global network in energy, poverty, gender, climate change and health related topics.