Global Soil Partnership

Experts of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils

The X Plenary Assembly endorsed a new list of 27 experts and approved the establishment of the third Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils on that basis. It asked the Secretariat to support and facilitate the activities of the IV Panel of the ITPS as may be requested by the Assembly, including the organization of its first meeting, and assisting with its internal organization.

Africa

Igue Attanda Mouinou - BENIN

Igue Attanda Mouinou from Benin is Director of Research, Researcher in Soil Science at the Agricultural Research Institute of Benin and Professor in Soil Science at the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Abomey Calavi and at the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Parakou. He has more than 35 years of experience in soil mapping, land evaluation, soil degradation and fertility, plant nutrition, land use and land cover. He holds a degree in Agronomy from the Patrice Lumumba University (Moscow), a Diplôme d'Etude Approfondie from the University of Paris 7, a Diplôme de Spécialisation en Pédologie et Aménagement du Territoire from the Office de Recherche Scientifique d'Outre-Mer, (ORSTOM, Abidjan) and a PhD in Soil Science from the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart). Mr Igue has coordinated several projects such as the Regional Model for Integrated Water Management in Twinned Basins (RIVERTWIN funded by the European Union), the Land Evaluation and Determination of Fertilizer Formulas and Doses for Maize Production in Northern Benin (IFDC, Lomé), and the Evaluation of the State of Soil Fertility of Villages in 17 Communes in Benin (ProSOL/GIZ). He was nominated Knight of the National Order of Benin after obtaining the title of Director of Research. He has published more than 60 articles in various international and local journals.

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Georges Martial Ndzana - CAMEROON

Georges Martial Ndzana from Cameroon  received a PhD in soil sciences (soil chemistry and clay mineralogy) at Huazhong Agricultural University (China), MSc in soil sciences (weathering and pedogenesis) at the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon) and Bachelor in Geosciences at the University of Yaoundé I. Dr Ndzana’s career in scientific research for development has led him to specialize in soil fertility and carbon sequestration strategies. He studied soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration, and the associated mechanisms as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP) of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Beijing, China. He develops competences in mineral-organic carbon interactions, SOC priming effects induced by various factors, and the SOC adsorption mechanisms as a visiting researcher at the University of Munster in Germany. He is dedicated to soil science activities. Indeed, he is an active member of the Working group of Soil Use and Management at the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) since 2018. He voluntarily reviewed peer-review manuscripts for several journals and evaluated research projects at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). Dr. Ndzana competed during the 3rd judging contest in Brazil during the 21st World Congress of Soil Sciences. He is an active member of several national and international soil sciences organizations. Dr. Ndzana has an important list of peer-reviewed publications in his research area and recently received an international price of BEST RESEARCH AWARD 2021, given by “Scientific Father” house. Dr Ndzana is now serving as a Lecturer-Researcher of soil sciences at the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Science of the University of Dschang in Cameroon, coupled with his position of Research Fellow at the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP) of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Beijing, China since 2018. Currently, he develops low-cost strategies and methods to improve and maintain soil fertility in the climate change environment. He focuses on finding carbon sequestration strategies in order to mitigate climate change in the sub-Saharan African region..

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Mr Sheleme Beyene Jiru - ETHIOPIA

Mr Sheleme Beyene Jiru from Ethiopia is a Full Professor of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at Hawassa University. He graduated from Addis Ababa University, Alemaya College of Agriculture, with BSc in Plant Sciences in 1983. He holds MSc degree in Soil Science (1987) from Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and PhD degree in Plant Nutrition (1997) from Justus Liebig University, Giessen Germany. He was also Adjunct Professor of Soil Science at University of Saskatchewan, Canada, between 2010 and 2020. He was honored for long-term Leadership and Commitment to Canadian International Food Security Research Fund: Canada/Ethiopian Partnership, by the University of Saskatchewan. He spearheaded in grant winning and served as Principal Investigator/Director of 11 international projects funded by different donors in the last 25 years. A total of 115 MSc and 15 PhD graduates were supported by some of the grants obtained from his leadership. He served Hawassa University with different capacities including CEP Coordinator, Department Head, Registrar, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Academic and Research for over 17 years. He has taught several soil science courses at undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc and PhD) levels; served as major and co-supervisor of 12 PhD and over 75 MSc graduates and currently supervising 8 PhD students. His research interest is in the area of soil characterization, integrated soil fertility management and phosphorus nutrition. He has published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals; and is also chief editor of the book on “The Soils of Ethiopia”, which is under publication by SpringerNature.

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Matshwene Edwin Moshia III - SOUTH AFRICA

Matshwene Edwin Moshia III from South Africa is a researcher in Soil Information System at the Institute for Soil, Climate, and Water of the Agricultural Research Council. He received a Fulbright and obtained a PhD in soil sciences at Colorado State University. His specialization covers pedometrics and precision agriculture. He has received awards from Soil Science Society of America, Western Soil Science Society of America, International Society of Precision Agriculture. He has been a member of Gamma Sigma Delta since 2006 and a rated researcher with the National Research Foundation.

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Nyambilila Abdallah Amuri - TANZANIA

Nyambilila Abdallah Amuri from Tanzania is a senior lecturer and researcher in soil science specialised in soil chemistry/soil fertility management at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). Dr. N. Amuri earned her PhD in Soil Science from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA. She holds MSc Soil Science and Land Management, and Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from SUA, Morogoro, Tanzania. Dr. N. Amuri’s has vast experience in research, university teaching and outreach/consultancy in soil health, integrated soil fertility and agro-ecological management, appropriate fertilizer uses in agriculture, agronomic micronutrient fortification and mineral nutritive quality of food crops, site specific fertilizer recommendations and innovative and cost effective soil testing methods, soil chemistry for sustainable agricultural production - especially C and N dynamics and residue management in agricultural soils, greenhouse emissions in agricultural soils, climate-resilient agriculture. Dr. N. Amuri served as a Secretary General for the Soil Science Society of East Africa (SSSEA). Dr. Amuri is a Chairperson and technical advisor for fertilizers and Soil Conditioners of the Agriculture and Agrochemicals Technical Committees (AFDC 10), and a member of Agriculture and Livestock Advisory committee of Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). Dr. N. Amuri has been awarded research grants to lead and as implementing team member for several collaborative research projects. Dr N. Amuri is a member of a Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH) for scaling soil health globally. She has supervised 20 graduate students and published 55 papers in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings, chapters in books, and extension manuals and edited one book. Dr. Amuri is a recipient of The Fulbright Scholar Award, Margaret MacNamara Memorial Foundation Award, and NORAD Sponsorship Award. Dr. N. Amuri is trained in various leadership courses in Agricultural Research and Development, and Transformative leadership in higher education. She also served in various leadership positions, as the Director, Directorate of Undergraduate Studies at SUA (currently), Coordinator for research and publications, and Head, Department of Soil and Geological Sciences at SUA in 2016 to 2020.

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Asia

Jin Ke - PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Jin Ke from the People's Republic of China is the Director General of Institute of Grassland Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). He also served as the Vice Director of Panel of Cultivated Land Quality Construction and Panel of Fertilizer Inspection and Registration, MOAR, Vice Chairman of Chinese Grassland Society, and Vice Chairman of China National Sand Control and Desert Industry Society. Dr Jin is one of the leading soil scientist in China. He used to be the DDG of the Soil and Fertilizer Institute (now called Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning), CAAS. As the chief scientist in the field of Agro-ecology at CAAS, he has been actively involved in many research projects. So far, he has already published more than 80 papers and 3 books. He is also a PhD promoter on soil management.

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Ranjan Bhattacharyya - INDIA

Ranjan Bhattacharyya from India is obtained his MSc in Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry in 1998, in Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India. He joined Agriculture Research Services (ARS), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 2001 and started his career at Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (VPKAS), Almora as a scientist (2001-2011). Then as a senior scientist he moved to IARI (2011-2016) and joined IARI as a Principal Scientist (since 2016 to date). He earned his PhD from the University of Wolverhampton, UK in 2009. Dr. Bhattacharyya has a 21-year long career dedicated to research and education. During his scientific career, he has also worked as a Postdoctorate scientist (2017-2018) at the University of Queensland, Australia. He was a recipient of the prestigious Early and Mid-Career Researchers Fellowship of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), India (2017-2018) and the EU-Fellowship (2006-2009). His research activities focused on soil conservation, carbon sequestration, conservation agriculture, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and soil health management. He has published more than 150 articles on the area of soil science.

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Jeyanny Vijayanathan - MALAYSIA

Jeyanny Vijayanathan from Malaysia is a soil scientist specialized in the area of soil fertility and plant nutrient management. She holds a first degree in B. Sc. (Hons) Bioindustry (Agricultural Sciences), Masters Sc. in Soil Fertility & Management and a PhD in Soil Science from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia. Her research interest cover environmental soil science and conservation, precision agriculture and forestry, carbon dynamics in natural and plantation ecosystems and management of degraded soils. She is currently a senior research officer in Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia. She is involved in research and development, consultancy, laboratory services, teaching, and community engagement projects. She has managed more than 25 research/consultancy projects and published more than 100 articles including scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and books. Dr. Jeyanny recently was awarded the Outstanding Women Researcher in Soil Fertility by the Venus International Women’s Award 2022. She is also a registered chemist with the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry and active in the Malaysian Society of Soil Science. Dr. Jeyanny is also a member of the International Network of Soil Pollution, FAO. 

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Harsha Kumara Kadupitiya - SRI LANKA

Harsha Kumara Kadupitiya from Sri Lanka is a Senior Scientist attached to Agriculture Service of Sri Lanka and at present, working as the Director of Natural Resources Management Center (NRMC) of the Department of Agriculture Sri Lanka. He also serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Geo-informatics at the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is a life member of the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka (SSSSL). He holds a first degree in B. Sc. (Agricultural Sciences) from University of Peradeniya – Sri Lanka, MSc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observations from ITC, the Netherlands and PhD in Agricultural Physics (Sp. Hyperspectral Remote Sensing) from Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. His research interest is Soil Science, Geo-Informatics, Remote Sensing, Spatial Modeling, Soil Conservation, Ecosystem Evaluation and Land Use Planning. He involved in many research projects and published more than 40 papers.  He has supervised many undergraduate and master's and doctoral theses and worked as external examiner for several Universities in Sri Lanka.

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Nopmanee Suvannang - THAILAND

Nopmanee Suvannang from Thailand holds a BSc in Pure Chemistry obtained at Ramkhamhaeng University and a MSc. in Soil Science from Kasetsart University, Thailand. Nopmanee started at the Land Development Department, (LDD, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand) in 1980 where she has spent her whole career, firstly as a soil chemist at the central laboratory and then as the Director of the Soil Technical Service Section of the Office of Science for Land Development. Finally, she was selected as an LDD Expert (Soil Chemistry), the position she held until she retired in 2016. Nopmanee has accumulated over 35 years of laboratory experience in the analysis of soils, plants, and water.  During her career, she worked in collaboration with all the regional LDD laboratories and at the same time, was involved with international LDD programs and thus collaborated with many international institutes and experts worldwide. Her international collaborations, included roles as co-director for 5 years of the International Joint Laboratories program, which is one of the main tools deployed by IRD to strengthen, empower and enhance the international outreach of higher education and research on land use change in developing countries (LEDC).  Also, she collaborated for over 15 years as project coordinator in the joint project between France (Institut de recherche pour le développement, IRD) and Thailand (Land Development Department, LDD). She is the former Chair of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) 2017-2021. Currently, she is acting as a Technical Expert for the accreditation Assessment of the Environmental Laboratory, Department of Science Service (DSS), Thai Ministry of Science and Technology, the Technical consultant for soil testing laboratory of Land Development Department and the technical consultant of sustainable soil management at a private company. She also has been appointed as a special professor of Khon Kaen University, Thailand. 

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Europe

Taina Pennanen - FINLAND

Taina Pennanen from Finland is a specialist in soil microbiology and she has conducted research on microbial functions related to soil nutrient cycling, release and uptake of nutrients. In addition to organic matter decomposition, studies concern tree associated microbes, their role for the host performance and on the interactions with host genetic variation. Recently studies are focused on microbial biodiversity in soils and plants. Pennanen is working as a research professor at the Natural Resources Institute Finland and is currently involved in numerous scientific projects. She has been active in organizing national and international conferences an in serving on various scientific evaluations. Currently Dr Pennanen is acting a chair of the board of the Finnish Society of Soil Sciences.

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Claire Chenu - FRANCE

Claire Chenu is research director at INRAE (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) and consulting professor of soil science at AgroParisTech. Her research, at Ecosys research unit in Paris area, deals with soil organic carbon: dynamics, stabilization processes and the effect of cropping practices on soil C stocks. She has been nominated Special Ambassador of soils in 2015 by the FAO. In 2019, she was the European Geosciences Union soil science medallist and she received the Inra Lifetime Achievement Award. She is involved in the science-policy-practice interface and in awareness raising activities on soils. She is a member the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per 1000 initiative. She coordinates the EU H2020 European Joint Programme SOIL, that associates 24 European countries: “Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils”.

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Adele Muscolo - ITALY

Adele Muscolo from Italy is a soil scientist specialized in the area of soil fertility and soil quality. She graduated in Biological Sciences at Messina University, and completed her PhD in Food Science at Naples University. She started her professional carrier as researcher at “Mediterranea” University of Reggio Calabria where she is still working as Full Professor in soil chemistry and ecology. Since 1988, she investigated the connections between soil chemistry, biochemistry and function in regulating ecosystem-level processes in forests, managed ecosystems, grasslands, as well as urban environments. Her main research areas include characterization and dynamics of soil organic matter. Knowledges derived from her research activities are disseminated in scientific community and industry, and used to develop management guidelines, recommendations and tools for sound soil management. She is reviewer for International Scientific Journals, evaluator of projects for the European Commission, International Funding Research Agencies and Italian and Foreign Research Ministries. She is author/co-author of  over 200 papers in international journals. She is Associate Editor for Journal of Forestry Research and Forests and is part of the list “World’s Top 2% of scientist of their main subfield discipline, for 2020 and 2021". 

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Rosa Maria Poch - SPAIN

Rosa Maria Poch from Spain is an agricultural engineer (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and holds both MSc and PhD degrees in Soil Science (Universiteit Gent).  She is a professor of Soil Science at the University of Lleida. Her research fields are soil genesis and micromorphology, soil degradation and conservation, watershed hydrology, geoarchaeology, soil physics (sp. soil porosity), mined soil rehabilitation, soil as carbon pool in the frame of global change and social awareness of soil science. Her geographical frame is the semiarid Mediterranean, but she also worked in other environments (tropical, temperate, mountain, desert). She has been a visiting professor, at CSIRO Land&Water (Adelaide); University of California-Davis; Universidad Nacional Agraria (Managua) and Universidad Nacional de Colombia among others. She is Head of the Micromorphology Lab of the UdL, Has been coordinator of the Interuniversity Master on Soil and Water Management (2008-2020) and organizer/lecturer of several international intensive courses on Soil Micromorphology, in both Latin America and Europe. She also chaired the IUSS Commission 1.1. (2010-14, 14-18). She is author or co-author of more than 100 publications, including the Soil Chapter of the three Climate Change Reports of Catalonia (2005, 2010, 2016) and she is also Co-Editor-In-Chief of Catena and Honorary Member of the International Union of Soil Sciences. She has been Chair of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils during the term 2018-22.

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Pete Smith - UNITED KINGDOM

Pete Smith from the United Kingdom is Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) and Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange).  His interests include climate change mitigation, soils, agriculture, food systems, ecosystem services and modelling. He has been an author on many reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and led its work of climate change mitigation in agriculture, forestry and land for its 4th and 5th Assessment Reports, and led its work interlinkages between land based mitigation options for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Scientists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, a Fellow of the European Science Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London).

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Latin America and Caribbean

Guillermo A. Studdert - ARGENTINA

Guillermo A. Studdert from Argentina is an Agricultural Engineer graduated in 1981 from the Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias of the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (FCA-UNMdP), Argentina. He obtained his Master of Science from the University of Nebraska, USA (1989) and the PhD from the Universitat de Lleida, Spain (2006). At present he is Full Professor and senior researcher at the FCA-UNMdP. His research field is soil management, focusing on crop rotations, tillage systems, and cropping systems and their effect on Mollisols of the Pampean Region of Argentina. His main research interest is soil organic matter dynamics, physical properties, fertility, and water erosion as related to soil management practices combinations. His academic activity also includes extension and technology transfer to farmers, ranchers, and consultants on son soil management and health. His research also involves the identification and assessment of soil health indicators aimed to help to make soil management decisions to avoid soil degradation or to solve soil health problems. He is the Head of the “Soil and Environment Health” research group at the FCA-UNMdP. At present, he teaches graduate and graduate courses on soil management at the FCA-UNMdP and is invited lecturer in other Universities and research organizations. Dr Studdert has been Director of 25 graduate theses and of 25 undergraduate theses. He has been member of more than 30 thesis advisory committees and advisor of 20 fellows. He has been author or co-author of more than 80 peer reviewed publications and more than 200 presentations to congresses and scientific, professional, and technical meetings. He is member of the Directive Board of the Asociación Argentina de la Ciencia del Suelo and was its President between 2017 and 2021. He was Dean of the FCA-UNMdP (2001-2004) and is member of the Doctor Degree Career Comission of the Facultad de Agronomía of the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

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Lúcia Helena Cunha dos Anjos - BRAZIL

Lúcia Helena Cunha dos Anjos from Brazil has an educational background in Soil Science, with a MSc degree in Agronomy from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) and a PhD and a Postdoctorate from Purdue University. Currently, she is the Chair of Division I - Soils in Space and Time of the Brazilian Soil Science Society, professor of Department of Soil Science, UFRRJ, and Vice-Dean of Graduate Research of UFRRJ. She has published articles and researches in the field of soil genesis and classification, soil organic carbon, soil management, land capability, effects of land use change on soil quality, and more recently on digital soil mapping and pedometry. Among her publications, notable ones are the Brazilian Soil Classification System and the Handbook for Soil Description and Sampling, reference manuals for soil profile descriptions and soil surveying in Brazil. She was part of the organization committee of the Rio 21st WCSS, as Vice Chair of International Union of Soil Science (IUSS) Division I, where she acted as a member of the WRB Working Group and the Universal Soil Classification System WG - IUSS.

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Jorge Dionisio Etchevers Barra - MEXICO

Jorge Dionisio Etchevers Barra is an agronomist from the University of Concepción (Chile, 1964), holds a Master of Science and Philosophy Doctor by North Dakota State University (USA, 1970 and 1977) and a member of the Mexican Academy of Science. He is the former President of the Chilean Soil Science Society, Editor of Terra Latinoamericana, the official journal of the Mexican Soil Science Society (MSSS) and the Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of Soil Science (1994). He specialized in Soil Fertility, Soil Testing, Crop Production, and Carbon Sequestration by soil. As Professor and Researcher, he has graduated nearly 200 Ph.D., MS, and BS in Mexico, Chile, and Brazil countries where he has served. His main lines of research have been soil fertility, crop production, soil quality, and, more recently, soil carbon sequestration.   He has published numerous papers (+250) in international, national, and local journals. In addition, he is the author of book chapters and short research summaries presented in congresses (+100). He has been involved in several international projects related to volcanic soils and the development of new production systems (MIAF) and standardization of analytical chemical methods for soil analysis (GLOSOLAN). He is a member of the MSSS, the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), the Latinoamerican Soil Science Society (SLCS), and the International Union of Soil Science Society (IUSS), among others. He received the State of Mexico Science Award and the José Antonio Alzate medal for his contributions to the study of soils, among several other distinctions.

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Gaius Eudoxie - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Gaius Eudoxie from Trinidad and Tobago is an advocate for soil and Senior Lecturer of Soil Science at the University of West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) with responsibility for teaching and research in soil physical and fertility management. Additionally, he serves as Deputy Dean, Outreach and Internationalization, Faculty of Food and Agriculture. He has over 20 years teaching and research experience in soil management with a significant part of that focus dedicated to soil quality management. He is a member of several national and regional committees and has coordinated and facilitated capacity building in integrated soil and water management throughout the Caribbean. He has supervised several graduate students researching various aspects of soil management, composting and agronomy. Such passion and dedication were recognized when he was awarded the “Outstanding Research Mentorship, Science Award” in 2016. Dr. Eudoxie has consulted across the Caribbean on sustainable soil management, composting, crop nutrition, contaminant risk assessment and remediation. He has collaborated with national, regional and international developmental agencies, including the Ministries of Agriculture, CARDI, IICA, CapNet UNDP, GWP, FAO and other substantive players in the agricultural sector. The FAO led pesticide life cycle management and PISLM/ FAO SOILCARE are mentionable projects.

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Deyanira Lobo - VENEZUELA

Deyanira Lobo from Venezuela is an Agricultural Engineer. She received her MSc. and Doctorate in Soil Science at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV). Since 1980, she has been a professor at the UCV, Faculty of Agronomy, of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Soil Science. Her research and field work include soil physics, soil management and conservation and land evaluation. She has been visiting or guest professor at universities and research institutions in Venezuela (UNELLEZ, ULA) and in Ecuador, Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, Belgium, Italy, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia. Currently, she is a member of the Agriculture Commission of the National Academy of Engineering and Habitat (ANIH). She is the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 3 books, and more than 100 presentations at scientific events, as well as tutor and advisor for numerous undergraduate and master's and doctoral theses in Venezuela and Latin America. With national and international recognition, including being an Honorary Member of the Venezuelan Society of Soil Science (SVCS) and the Colombian Society of Soil Science (SCCS).

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Near East and North Africa

Mohamed Abdelwareth - EGYPT

Mohamed Abdelwareth from Egypt is a Researcher at the SWERI, ARC.- Soil, Water Environment Research Institute in Agricultural Research Center in Egypt and a Professor of Soil Science, Improvement and conservation in Egypt. He has led researched on the greenhouse system at the Agricultural Directorate of South Sinai and on salt-affected soils,  reclamation and cultivation process on heavy clay and compacted soils in the northern coast of Egypt. He has also got 20-year experience in laboratory analyses and in the assessment of water quality for irrigation. He acted as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Land improvement Authority and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Valuation of State Lands in Egypt. He has more than 35-year experience in soil science. Mr Mohamed was Research Fellow in the Department of Agriculture and Animal Health at the University of South Africa, Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Ecology (soils) at Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and Professor of GIS and Environmental Sciences at Lincoln University (USA). He received a PhD in Soil Science (Soil Physics) from Laval University (Canada), a PhD in Environmental Geography from Nelson Mandela University (South Africa) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques from Oxford University (United Kingdom).He studied greenhouse gases as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Hokkaido University (Japan) and volcanic ash soils as a STA Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Agriculture Research Center in Tsukuba Science City (Japan). He is serving as a lead author in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and has served in the ITPS, FAO Livestock Environmental Assessment Performance (LEAP) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His research focuses on soil and crop management practices as well as greenhouse gas emissions from soils in agricultural fields, pastures and forests.

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Saeed Saadat - IRAN

Saeed Saadat from the Islamic republic of Iran is an associated professor in the Soil and Water Research Institute (SWRI) and has 26 years of experience in soil science, soil salinity, soil reclamation and drainage, soil fertility, and also soil monitoring. He has a Ph.D in soil chemistry and plant nutrition from the Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran. He has several publicatios such as 124 articles, 9 books, and 8 short handbooks. He has 30 research projects and has also about 40 research reports in national and international aspects. He is the national coordinator for Iran Soil Monitoring. 

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Ghiath Ahmad Alloush - SYRIA

Ghiath Ahmad Alloush from Syria is a university professor of soil fertility and plant nutrition at the Department of Soil and Water Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Tishreen University, in the city of Lattakia, Syrian Arab Republic. He received his Bc degree in horticulture science from Tishreen University in 1982, and his PhD degree in soil chemistry/plant nutrition from The University of Leeds in the United Kingdom in 1990. He was the Head of the Department of Basic sciences, Dean of the Higher Institute for Environmental Research, and Director of International Relations at the University of Tishreen. He was also the Head of Department of Applied Agricultural Research at the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), Khartoum, Sudan and the Head of Arab and International Relations at the Arab Center for Studies of Arid Soils and Dry Lands (ACSAD), Damascus, Syria. He was awarded the Fullbright Scholarship in the Virginia Polytech and State University, USA.  This was followed by several posts in the USDA, University of California, Virginia Polytech and State University involved in research related to environmental chemistry and water pollution, wheat crop responses to drought, crop responses to salinity stresses, and mycorrhizal symbioses. He also worked for ICARDA as a consultant on cropping in semi dry areas. He conducted several research projects and supervised postgraduate students in Syria in the fields of nutrients dynamics in the soil, soil quality, crop responses to fertilizer application, and organic manure application and effects on nutrients movement to water bodies. He has over 65 scientific publications in refereed international and regional journals. Currently, he is involved in soil fertility research, efficient use of applied fertilizers by crops with special reference to wheat crop, sustainable soil and maintaining soil fertility. The laboratory quality control and methodology of soil analysis is of great interest to produce a fertility map of soils. 

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North America

David Lobb - CANADA

David Lobb from Canada is a professor of Landscape Ecology at the University of Manitoba. He received his Bc (1987) in physical geography from the University of Toronto, and his MSc (1991) and PhD (1998) in soil science from the University of Guelph. His research, teaching and extension activities are in soil erosion and sedimentation, soil and water conservation, and sustainable agriculture. He is internationally recognized for his research in tillage translocation and tillage erosion. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed articles. In support of Canada's agri-environmental initiatives, he has made major contributions to the national assessment and prediction of soil erosion and sedimentation. He has also made contributions to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the FAO’s assessments of soil erosion and soil health. In 2014 he served as the President of the Canadian Society of Soil Science. In 2015 he was inducted into the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame. He has worked previously with FAO through joint FAO/IAEA committees on the use of nuclear techniques to assess soil erosion and sedimentation.

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Michael Castellano - UNIED STATES OF AMERICA

Michael Castellano is Professor of Agronomy and the William T. Frankenberger Professor of Soil Science at Iowa State University. His research, teaching, and outreach aim to increase cropping systems productivity, profitability, and environmental performance by improving our understanding and management of soil resources. To achieve these outcomes, Mike uses a systems approach and strong collaborations with a broad array of scientists and engineers to track the storage and flow of nutrients, energy, and water throughout the crop-soil system. A range of stakeholders including government, non-governmental organizations, farmers, and industry regularly engage Mike to help advance sustainable crop production and soil management. His research has led to several public-private partnerships that benefit agriculture and the environment by implementing research results on managed lands. Mike earned a PhD in Soil Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His graduate students have successful careers working throughout the world in academia, government, and industry for the benefit of soil health. He is an active member of the Soil Science Society of America where he received the Early Career Award in 2016 and serves as the editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal sections of Soil Biology & Biochemistry and Forest, Range & Wildland Soils. 

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South West Pacific

Braj Singh - AUSTRALIA

Braj Singh is an expert in soil science, biodiversity, ecosystem functions and sustainable agriculture. Through his fundamental research, he aims to identify the quantitative relationships between soil biodiversity and ecosystem functions and how natural/anthropogenic pressures such as climate change, and pollution affect these. His applied research harnesses the knowledge gained in fundamental research to achieve sustainable increase in farm productivity, soil carbon storage, climate mitigation and other sustainable development goals. He has obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London (UK) and worked as a Principal Scientist at Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen (UK). He took up position at Western Sydney University in 2010 and currently serves as a Professor at Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment,  and the Director of Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation. He has published well over 250 peer reviewed papers and has also co-edited books including the Global Atlas of Soil Biodiversity.  He is a coordinating lead author UN- Food and Agriculture Organisation Report on State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity. He is a recipient of Humboldt Research Award (Germany), and J A Prescott medal of Soil Science Society of Australia, and a Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology.

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Ravendra Naidu - FIJI

Ravendra Naidu from Fiji is CEO and Managing Director of CRC CARE (formerly the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment) and Founding Director of the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Ravi’s work focuses on the remediation of contaminated soil, water and air, and the potential impacts of contaminants upon environmental and human health at local, national and global levels. Ravi received his PhD and DSc in environmental science from Massey University, New Zealand. He is an elected Fellow of the Soil Science Societies of America (2000) and New Zealand (2004), and the American Society of Agronomy (2006). In 2013 was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is Chair of the International Committee on Bioavailability and Risk Assessment, former Chair of the International Union of Soil Sciences Commission for Soil Degradation Control, Remediation and Reclamation (2002 10), and former President of the International Society on Trace Element Biogeochemistry (2005-07). 

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