Keynote Speakers

Dr. Fien Degryse

Dr. Fien Degryse

University of Adelaide

Fien Degryse joined the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre (FTRC) at the University Adelaide in 2010. The FTRC focuses on the understanding of fundamental processes controlling fertiliser efficiency, using a combination of chemical, spectroscopic and radio-isotopic techniques, as well as pot and field trials. Her other research interests include speciation, mobility and bioavailability of metals in terrestrial and aquatic systems.

Roelinda Jongstra

Roelinda Jongstra

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Roelinda Jongstra is a nutritionist and a PhD student from the Human Nutrition Laboratory led by Prof. Michael Zimmerman at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. Her research focusses on the bioavailability of micronutrients from biofortified staple crops. She currently runs an efficacy study on zinc bioavailability from a hybrid high zinc rice variety in Bangladesh. Her other research interests include using stable isotope techniques to measure bioavailability and validation of human zinc biomarkers.

Daniel Brugger

Daniel Brugger

Technische Universität München

Daniel Brugger is an animal nutritionist with focus on the nutrition physiology of vertebrate species. His research interests cover a wide range of topics, including the experimental modelling of nutrition associated phenotypes, the definition of nutrient requirements, the interaction of nutrition and immune/stress response as well as the toxicology of feed-borne substances. His special interest is currently related to zinc metabolism and the estimation of zinc requirements of livestock species.

Prof. Martin Broadley

Prof. Martin Broadley

University of Nottingham

Martin Broadley is Professor of Plant Nutrition at the University of Nottingham. His research seeks to increase our understanding of mineral nutrient dynamics in agriculture and food systems. A particular focus is on improving the nutritional quality of crops using agronomic and genetic approaches, and the movement of nutrients to humans and livestock diets.   Martin also holds a part-time Senior Research Fellow position (Agriculture and Food Systems), in the Research and Evidence Division at the Department for International Development (DFID), UK.

Muneta Grace Manzeke

Muneta Grace Manzeke

University of Zimbabwe

Muneta Grace Manzeke is a Soil Scientist and a PhD student from the University of Zimbabwe specialising in soil fertility and plant nutrition. Muneta has worked as a research fellow for SOFECSA focusing on using integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) to improve food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers. Her work has received recognition and awards from several institutions including: i) The Brian Chambers Award for young scientist working in plant nutrition at its inauguration (2015), ii) The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) International Scholar Award (2016) and more recently, the Marschner Young Scientist Award: Nurturing the future in 2017.

Dr. Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer

Dr. Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer

HarvestPlus

Dr. Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer is the Director of R&D at HarvestPlus where he provides overall leadership for achieving HarvestPlus goals of generating micronutrient-dense, high-yielding, profitable varieties of key staple foods in crop development. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Sciences from Stuttgart-Hohenheim University in Germany. Prior to joining HarvestPlus in 2005 he worked for more than 20 years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico.

Ekin Birol

Ekin Birol

HarvestPlus

Ekin Birol is the Director of Impact and Strategy Division at HarvestPlus, and a Senior Research Fellow of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).  At HarvestPlus, she leads a research team of 12 full time staff and over 50 collaborators to monitor, evaluate, learn from and document the impact of HarvestPlus’ country and global programs. Ekin has almost 15 years of post-PhD experience working with universities, research centers, donors, NGOs, and public and private sectors in various countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and North America. She holds a PhD, MPhil, MSc, and BSc from the Department of Economics at University College London.