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Prof. Gerrit Hoogenboom


Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA

Prof. Gerrit Hoogenboom is a Preeminent Scholar in the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida. From 2010 through 2015 he was the Director of AgWeatherNet and Professor of Agrometeorology at Washington State University. He also served as Coordinator of Research, Extension and Instruction in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Georgia, Griffin, USA, from 2006 to 2010. He has over 25 years of experience in research, education and outreach in agricultural and environmental engineering. He has specialized in the development and application of crop simulation models and decision support systems and he currently coordinates the development of the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT), one of the most popular crop modeling systems across the world. He frequently organizes and facilitates international training workshops on crop modeling and decision support systems. He has published over 325 scientific papers in refereed journals as well as numerous book chapters and proceedings (h-index 66; i10-index 310; Google Scholar). He is an Editor for The Journal of Agricultural Science (Cambridge), Climate Research, and Scientia Agricola. ​

Mitsuru.jpgProf. Mitsuru Tsubo


Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Japan

Dr Mitsuru Tsubo is an agricultural meteorologist and interested in climate risk management in agroecosystems. After he was awarded a bachelor degree in grassland science in Japan, he was trained in crop production and physiology for his MSc at Iowa State University in the US, and agrometeorology for his PhD at the University of the Orange Free State. He has postdoctoral experience for five years from 2001 to 2016 at the University of the Free State and the University of Queensland in Australia. In 2006, he was appointed as an associate professor at the Arid Land Research Center of Tottori University in Japan. In 2013, he joined the Agricultural Research Council, as Research Team Manager for Agrometeorology. After the five years’ service to the Agricultural Research Council, in 2018 he was appointed as a full professor at the Arid Land Research Center. He is authors and co-authors of over 100 publications.​

Invited Speakers

Edward.pngProf A. Edward Nesamvuni


Centre for Sustainable Agriculture,
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences,
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Nesamvuni A. Edward holds a PhD in Animal Breeding & Reproduction. His academic honours include being Land Bank Research & Teaching Chair and Directors of two Centres of Rural Development (UNIVEN) and Centre for Rural Community Empowerment (UNILIM). He won 15 Research Innovations Awards and led over 26 major work based innovative projects that improved service delivery. He is a person driven by the passion for human development.​ ​

His work experience includes being Professor & University Registrar – University of Venda; Deputy Director General - Head of Department of Agriculture; General Manager: Research & Training; Senior Manager Research & extension – Limpopo Government. Prior to his engagement in Limpopo He was appointed founding Director of Human Capital at the Department of Science & Technology, South Africa in 2004. His academic career includes serving as Professor Extra-ordinary at the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of the Free State, South Africa from 2005. At the University of Venda, He served as Associate Professor & Director for Centre for Rural Development, Head of Department of Animal Science, Deputy Dean and Dean of the School of Agriculture, Rural Development & Forestry at the University of Venda from 1996 to 2003. He served for three years as an Executive Member of the National Agricultural Education & Training Forum. He served as member of the South African Agricultural Research Council for seven years.

To date he has supervised 4 Honours, 23 Masters and 5 Doctoral students, and is the author/ co-author of more than 120 journal articles, monographs, reports and book chapters. He managed to facilitate working MOUs between UNIVEN & University of Zimbabwe, Great University of Zimbabwe, Eduardo Mondlana University, Hubei University in China. He also led multilateral projects between the Province of Limpopo and Japan (JICA); Limpopo & Germany (GTZ); Limpopo & China; Limpopo & Australia (AUSAID); Limpopo & Sweden; and Limpopo & Finland. He is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist, by the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. A member of the South African Society of Animal Science and South African Society of Agricultural Extension.

stanley.jpgProf (Dr) Stanley Liphadzi


Water Research Commission, South Africa

Prof (Dr) Stanley Liphadzi is a Group Executive Manager of Research &Development in the Water Research Commission, in South Africa. Adjunct Professor at the University of Venda. He holds PhD in Agronomy from Kansas State University, MSc (Agronomy) from the University of Pretoria,  and Masters of Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa.  Stanley has previously worked as a University Lecturer, Development Manager, Research Manager, and Executive Manager. He has also served in the boards of various organizations. Dr Liphadzi has more than 20 peer reviewed publications in various international journals. Among other honors, Stanley is a Fulbright Scholar. He is now focused on ensuring that the WRC’s Research and Development branch steers the generation of new knowledge, technology and Innovations that are pivotal in supporting sustainable growth and development in South Africa and beyond.​ ​