• Prof. Xinzhong Liu
    Prof. Xingzhong Liu is the Chairman of the Asian Mycological Association. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of fungal community in unusual niches, interspecies relationship between fungi and nematodes (/insects) and biopesticides. Dr Xingzhong Liu is presently the Professor and the Director of State Key Laboratory of Mycology, Institute of Microbiology at Beijing, China. He did his Ph.D. at the Beijing Agricultural University, China, following which he did postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota, USA. He was the past President of the Mycological Society of China. Besides being the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal of fungal biology, “Mycology”, he is on the editorial board of a number of mycological and phytopathology journals. He has published a number of highly cited research papers and was awarded a number of honours for his contribution to mycology.
  • Prof. Pedro W. Crous
    Prof. Pedro W. Crous is the Director of the prestigious CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre, an Institute of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands, and Professor at the Universities of Stellenbosch, Free State and Pretoria (South Africa), Utrecht and Wageningen (Netherlands), and Melbourne (Australia). His research interests include systematics and phylogeny of plant pathogenic fungi, especially Dothideomycetes, Diaporthales and Hypocreales. According to him, understanding and defining species means that the importance of sex (recombination) cannot be ignored. His research has shown that many plant pathogens have both mating type genes, and may be having cryptic sex, which has serious implications for disease control and rates of evolution. He is interested in intra- and interspecies variation, and how this relates to host specificity and speciation. He actively pursues integrating DNA data with morphology and ecology. He initiated MycoBank to capture all fungal names, and now is linking taxa to their DNA data, cultures, specimens and ecology. A main aim of his group is to determine the genetic variation within species and populations, and to develop molecular tools enabling the rapid detection of such pathogens with relation to quarantine and trade. His group consists of postdocs and students in several countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Dr Pedro Crous has published more than 500 research papers and over 20 books.
  • Prof. D. J. Bhat
    Prof. D. Jayarama Bhat is one of the topmost experts in the area of fungal taxonomy, diversity and conservation of fungi. He has worked extensiely on fungi in forests of Western Ghats, Andaman Islands and north-east hill forests of India. Prof. Bhat was instrumental in setting up a fungus culture collection facility at Goa University. Prof. D.J. Bhat did his Ph.D. under the guidance of the doyen of fungi in India, Prof. C.V. Subramanian at Madras University, following which he taught mycology at the Asmara University, Eritrea. He later taught mycology for more than 20 years to postgraduate students at Goa University and has guided 15 Ph.D. students and a number of post-graduate and M.Phil. students. Following his retirement from Goa University as the Professor and Head of the Botany Department, Prof. Bhat joined as a Visiting Professor at the Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand from 2012-13. He is presently a Visiting Professor at Goa University. Prof. Bhat has published over 100 research papers and described nearly 200 new species of anamorphic fungi (Hyphomycetes) and has published two books, one on Hyphomycetes of Western Ghats and another on Marine Fungi of India, the latter co-authored with others. He has been closely associated with the Mycological Society of India in various capacities and was the President of the Society during 2007- 2008.
  • Dr. Toru Okuda
    Dr Toru Okuda is reputed for his work on fungal metabolites. He graduated from The University of Tokyo and was involved in natural product drug discovery at Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland, and Tanabe Seiyaku, Japan. Dr Toru Okuda is a former Professor and Director, Mycology & Metabolic Diversity Research Center, Tamagawa Unviersity Research Institute. He is one of the most eminent Japanese mycologists and was the President of the Mycological Society of Japan (until March 2015). He is the Japan Delegate of the Asian Mycological Association. Dr Toru Okuda is a Visiting Scientist, Botanical Gardens, The University of Tokyo. He is also the President & CEO, HyphaGenesis, Inc., a company that explores bioactive compounds from microbes. He is the Board Member, Japan Bioindustry Association.
  • Dr. Kevin D. Hyde
    Dr Kevin Hyde is one of world’s foremost experts in the area of fungal diversity. His interests also include plant pathology, fungal phylogenetics and systematics, mushroom production and fungal biotechnology. His current projects include Colletotrichum, Systematics and Phylogeny of Dothideomycetes and macrofungi in Thailand. Dr Kevin Hyde has published numerous research papers and several books. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the highly popular journal ‘Fungal Diversity’. Dr Kevin Hyde was given the award of ‘Distinguished Asian Mycologis’t in August 2011 at the Asian Mycological Congress for his services in promoting Asian Mycology. Since 2008 Kevin has been Head and Associate Professor of the Institute of Excellence in Fungal Research, School of Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand and is also Managing Director of the Mushroom Research Foundation in Chiang Mai.
  • Prof. Lei Cai
    Dr. Lei Cai has been working on the systematics and biodiversity of plant pathogenic fungi, and fungi from various special environments. He has published 1 monograph, 4 book chapters, and 104 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Cai was awarded the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) “Hundred-Talent Program”; the International Mycological Association (IMA) “Young Mycologist Award”; the Asian Mycological Association (AMA) “Young Mycologist Award”; and the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) “Outstanding Scientific and Technological Worker”. Dr. Cai is very active in promoting mycological studies in China and worldwide, by acting as editor of 3 journals and reviewer of more than 15 journals. He is also an active educator in mycology who has given lectures at various training workshops, and the graduate schools of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Agriculture.
  • Dr. Tsutomu Hattori
    Dr Tsutomu Hattori is the Head of Forest Pathology Laboratory, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan. His main areas of researches are taxonomy and systematics of polypores, diversity of macro fungi in forest ecosystems, and forest pathology and wood decay of forest trees. Dr Hattori has published numerous research papers and is one of the foremost mycologists of Japan. He is a Councilor of Mycological Society of Japan, a senior editor of Mycoscience,and an editor of Fungal Diversity.
  • Prof. John Dighton
    Dr. John Dighton’s major research interests are mycology of forest ecosystems, forest soil ecology and interactions between fungi and pollutants. He is a professor at Rutgers University, USA and Director of the Pinelands Field station. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from London University in 1976 and worked at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology on mycorrhizae and forest soil nutrition until moving to the USA in 1994. His . In addition to more than 100 scientific articles he is author of ‘Fungi Ecosystem Processes’ and senior editor of the 3rd and currently 4th editions of ‘The Fungal Community: Its Organization and Role in the Ecosystem’ as well as co-editor of ‘Interactions in Soil: Promoting Plant Growth’.
  • Prof. Akira Suzuki
    Professor Akira Suzuki’s major contributions relate to ecophysiology of ammonia fungi, biogeographical distribution of ammonia fungi, morphogenesis of Basidiomycetes, interactions between fungi and other organisms and mushroom production. He is presently a Professor at the Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Knowledge Engineering, Tokyo City University, Tokyo and Professor Emeritus of Chiba University, Japan. Prof. Suzuki was given the award of the Japanese Society of Mushroom Science and Biotechnology for 2010. He has held various prestigious positions, such as the President of the Japanese Society of Mushroom Science and Biotechnology, Chairman of International Committee for Asia (AMC) President of the Mycological Society of Japan (MSJ). He has published over 150 papers in Journals and books, and more than 60 other scientific articles.
  • Prof. T. S. Suryanarayanan
    Dr T. S. Suryanarayanan is well known for his contribution to the biology of endophytic fungi. He obtained his M.Sc. (Botany) from Presidency College, Chennai and Ph.D. (Mycology) from the University of Madras (1979). He taught botany at the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College from 1978 to 2009 and is currently the Director of Vivekananda Institute of Tropical Mycology of the Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai. DR Suryanarayanan has published over 100 research papers and contributed a number of chapters to books. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Fulbright Nehru Senior Professor award and Fulbright Travel award. Dr Suryanarayanan has active research collaborations with Universities in the USA, Germany and Canada and is the Research Mentor, Fredericton and St. John Campuses, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada and Institute for Biology and Biotechnology of Plants, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. He has delivered several keynote addresses of the Mycological Society of India and in international conferences, He has so far mentored 12 Ph.D and 30 M.Phil students.
  • Dr. Jae-Suon Hur
    Dr Jae-Seoun Hur, Professor of Environmental Education and Director of Korean Lichen Research Center, Sunchon National University, Korea is a renowned expert of lichenology. His major research interest is the culture of lichen-forming fungi to search for naturally occurring bioactive metabolites from the large biodiversity of lichens. His team is focusing on lichen substances for cancer treatment and extending PKS genes and their heterologus expression of mass production of lichen substances. More than 1,000 lichen-forming fungi, one of the largest collections in the world, are preserved in his center for public distribution. He was distinguished by KOFST (The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies) as one of excellent researchers in 2008.
  • Prof. D. J. Bagyaraj
    Dr. D.J. BAGYARAJ is an authority on endomycorrhizae. He is presently a NASI Senior Scientist & Chairman, CNBRCD, Bangalore. He is M.Sc. (Ag) and Ph.D., University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and did his post-doctoral work in many countries abroad. He is a fellow of several national academies and a recipient of many national awards. Dr Bagyaraj has published over 350 Research Papers, numerous review articles and book Chapters and eight books. He has been Principal Investigator of many research projects in microbiology. Dr Bagyaraj is on the advisory board of several national committees. During his career, he taught agricultural microbiology to undergraduate and postgraduate courses and guided numerous Ph.D. students. He is currently contributing on “mycorrhizal fungi” to the Global Atlas on Soil Biodiversity published by European Commission and is the Task Force Member of the FAO initiative on Global Soil Partnership contributing to sustainable soil management using microorganisms.
  • Dr. Naweed Naqvi
    Prof. Naweed Naqvi is a Senior Investigator at the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL, Singapore) and an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore. Prof. Naqvi obtained his PhD from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India) and the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines) in 1995. He worked as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at IRRI until 1997, when he moved to the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology, Singapore for a postdoctoral stint prior to joining TLL as a Senior Scientist in 2002. Prof. Naqvi currently serves as a Member of the International Rice Blast Policy Committee; and as an Editor at PLOS Pathogens; Fungal Genetics and Biology; Autophagy; and Virulence. Prof. Naqvi is an expert on pathobiology of the rice blast system and his ongoing research focuses on infection-related morphogenesis in fungi, surface sensing and signaling networks underlying fungal pathogenesis, chemical biology of host-pathogen interaction and molecular patterns and natural variation in the blast pathosystem.
  • Prof. Oded Yarden
    Dr Oded Yarden is the The Buck Family Professor of Plant Pathology and Head of the The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Following his PH.D. on biodegradation of benzimidazole fungicides in soil in 1989, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University on Fungal Genetics and Development. Presently, Dr Yarden works extensively on fungal physiology, his major focus of research being the study of molecular mechanisms involved in fungal growth and development. A large number of Ph.D., postgraduate and graduate students have worked in his laboratory under his guidance, focusing on the study of cell wall biosynthesis and involvement of protein phosphorylation in the regulation of hyphal elongation and branching. More recently, his group has been studying fungi in their natural environment (including soil and in association with plants and sessile marine animals) and their interactions with other species. Dr Oded Yarden’s team is taking advantage of genetic and biochemical tools developed for such studies, in different fungi, in order to advance our knowledge of fungal biology. It is hoped that this may provide a basis for designing rational approaches to either affect fungal proliferation or enhance specific traits of fungi used in biotechnology. Dr Oded Yarden has published over 120 research papers so far.
  • Dr. Masayuki Machida
    Dr Masayuki Machida is the Leader of the Molecular Systems Bioengineering Research Group at the Bioproductions Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan. His expertise encompasses next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and computational biology, genetic analysis, gene regulation and microbial genomics. Dr Machida has published nearly 100 research papers and has many patents. His group group aims to develop technologies for effective application of genomic information to industries. This includes those of mutation, gene expression and metabolites of the koji mold, Aspergillus oryzae, which is widely utilized in Japanese fermentation industry and is known as a very safe organism having high metabolic potential. The group has established research basis to rationally design metabolism of useful compounds by accumulating biological information through genome sequencing and analyses above.
  • Dr. Durgadas P. Kasbekar
    Durgadas P. Kasbekar has made substantial contribution to Neurospora genomic research and holds the first Haldane Chair Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad. He earned his PhD from SUNY, Stony Brook, 1984; did postdoctoral research in Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, 1984-89; worked as a Scientist in CCMB, Hyderabad, 1989-2012, He is Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, and Indian Academy of Sciences; and serves as Editor, Journal of Biosciences. Kasbekar and K. McCluskey edited “Neurospora: Genomics and Molecular Biology” in 2013. Kasbekar’s research in Neurospora genetics revealed that (1) RIP, a “genome defense” process of fungi, is titrable by ~300 kb of duplicated sequences; (2) RNAi-based meiotic gene silencing is partially muted in crosses with most wild strains, (3) LBR, a vertebrate nuclear membrane protein, has sterol biosynthetic activity; and (4) isoflavonoid phytoalexins of leguminous plants induce Dictyostelium amoebae to continue foraging for potentially pathogenic soil bacteria, thereby possibly disinfecting root lesions. At CDFD, Kasbekar and colleagues have made the first [Dp + Df] heterokaryotic Neurospora strains bearing complementary Dps (duplications) and Dfs (deficiencies) in their constituent nuclei, to screen for “nucleus-limited” genes. The results suggest that the deficiency Df (B362i) deletes a nucleus-limited gene essential for packaging nuclei into conidia (vegetative spores).
  • Dr. Mukund V. Deshpande
    Dr. M.V.Deshpande has worked extensively on chitin metabolism in fungal differentiation and the biocontrol of plant pathogenic fungi and insects.. He is presently an Emeritus Scientist at the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune and Professor, AcSIR, and adjunct professor in Savitribai Phule Pune University. Dr Deshpande uses different entomopathogens to control insect pests such as Helicoverpa armigera on pulses, sugarcane woolly aphids and mealy bugs in grapes singly and in combination with different enzymes and enzyme inhibitors. He also works on bioprospecting of fungi for the value addition to agriculture, wineries and other fungi-based industries. He was awarded the D.Sc degree for his work on fungal morphogenesis by Pune University and is a fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences and Society of Biocontrol Advancement.
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Stadler
    Dr Marc Stadler is an internationally renowned expert in various fields of basic and applied mycology and related disciplines, ranging from fungal (chemo-) taxonomy, phylogeny and evolution to natural product chemistry, drug discovery and biotechnology. However, his interests also include microbiology, chemical ecology and pharmacology. He moved back to academia after 16 years in the pharmaceutical industry in 2012, and his research department at the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany, strongly focuses on the discovery of novel anti-infectives from cultures of fungi, mxyobacteria, and actinobacteria. He has co-published over 150 papers and is a member of the Editorial Boards of several leading mycological journals, including “Studies in Mycology”, “Fungal Diversity”, “Fungal Biology” and “Mycological Progress”. Furthermore, he is a member of the Executive Board of the International Mycological Association (IMA) and the International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi (ICTF). His “mycochemical” working group focuses on Xylariales and other endophytes, as well as on tropical basidiomycetes. Marc Stadler has been promoting mycology in Asia through collaborations with mycologists and chemists, above all from China, Japan and Thailand for many years and has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the State Key Lab of Mycology, CAS Institute of Microbiology, Beijing, in 2012. He is also hoping to establish collaborations with Indian mycologists in the near future.
  • Prof. E. B. Gareth Jones
    Prof. E.B. Gareth Jones is world’s leading expert on marine fungi. In a career spanning over 50 years, he has carried out research projects in UK, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Seychelles, India, Denmark, Micronesia, USA, Italy and Switzerland. He has authored nearly 500 research papers on various aspects relating to marine mycology, phycology, bacteriology, freshwater mycology, mangrove ecology, marine archaeology, molecular biology and marine biodeteriotion. Prof. Gareth Jones has edited several books, lectured extensively overseas, has organised a number of international conferences/symposia, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international meetings. He is an authority on taxonomy and diversity of wood-degrading marine fungi. Prof. Gareth Jones was President of the British Mycological Society (1992) and is on the editorial board of a number of journals and is a consultant to numerous industrial companies. He is currently revising the classification of the marine fungi with some 1000 taxa, including yeasts and chytrids, which will be published shortly.
  • Prof. K. R. Sridhar
    Dr. K.R. Sridhar’s expertise is in the area of fungal ecology, particularly the diversity and ecology of freshwater fungi of the Western Ghats and marine fungi of the West Coast of India. He is presently a senior professor in the Department of Biosciences, Mangalore University. Dr Sridhar has served as teacher and researcher for the past over 37 years. He has guided numerous M.Phil. and Ph.D. students on several aspects of mycology, bacteriology, food technology and myriapodology. He has published more than fifty reviews and 250 research papers in reputed national and international journals. As a postdoctoral fellow and visiting professor, Dr. Sridhar collaborated with Prof. Felix Baerlocher, Canada and carried out substantial research on the biochemistry, ecology and molecular biology of freshwater hyphomycetes. He was a visiting scientist at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ and Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany and worked on freshwater fungi of heavy metal hyper-polluted water bodies. He was a visiting professor at the Center of Biology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. He was Vice-president of the Mycological Society of India in 2013. He is presently a Visiting professor, Department of Agricultural Technology, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He is a senior associate editor of several international journals and a member of various academic bodies of Universities and Scientific organizations in India and abroad.
  • Prof. Vikineswary Sabaratnam
    Professor Dr. S. Vikineswary is well known for her extensive research especially in the search, discovery and utilisation of Malaysian bioresources and in particular bacteria and fungi and their usefulness in the area of health and wellness and in the mitigation of environmental issues. She has done extensive collaborative work both with local and international researchers and institutions and across disciplines. Prof. Vikineswaray began her academic career as a lecturer in 1989 at the University of Malaya, where she currently holds the Chair of Biotechnology at the same Institution. She initiated and set up the Mushroom Research Centre at the University of Malaya which she now heads. A primary objective of the Centre is to draw upon the national expertise in the many areas of research into mushroom biology and biotechnology with the aim of bringing research findings to the industry as well as promote the consumption of mushrooms as a source of healthy food. Her research findings show that edible and medicinal mushrooms have vast potential in sub-health intervention of lifestyle ailments, too. She was responsible for the registration of the Malaysian Mushroom Research Association, a Non-Governmental body whose membership consists of researchers, mushroom growers, downstream producers and enthusiasts and which brings together researchers and mushroom farmers to resolve problems faced by the growers and to directly bring research findings to its members and the mushroom industry. As a result of the coordinated work of the Mushroom Research Centre and the Malaysian Mushroom Research Association, mushrooms have been designated as one of six industrial crops under the National Agro Food Policy. Prof.. Vikineswary was the first woman to hold the Presidency of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology in 2001. In recognition of her contributions to MSM , she was awarded the MSM Award in 2011.
  • Dr. K. V. Sankaran
    Dr. K. V. Sankaran, Former Director, Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), has contributed to forest pathology, fungal taxonomy, tree nutrition and biocontrol of forest invasive plants. He did his post-doctoral research at the International Mycological Institute (IMI), UK with Dr. B.C. Sutton and CSIRO Laboratories, Perth, W. Australia. He published ‘A Checklist of fungi recorded on Eucalyptus’ with Drs. B.C. Sutton and Dave Minter. Dr. Sankaran was team leader of over 20 research programs on diverse topics at KFRI, mostly supported by ACIAR, Australia, Darwin Initiative, DFID and BioNET International, UK, CIFOR and FAO. He played a major role in collaboration with CABI, UK, in developing a biocontrol strategy for the invasive alien weed Mikania in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Sankaran has also worked as the Coordinator of FAO’s Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN) during 2005-2012. Under his leadership, APFISN gained international reputation as one of the most successful networks on invasive alien species. Dr. Sankaran has published over 100 research papers and four books including the recent ’Invasive Alien Plants in the Forests of Asia and the Pacific’ (published by FAO). Widely travelled, he has organized several workshops and training programs in India and abroad. He currently serves as a Consultant on invasive alien species to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and as a member of IUCN’s Invasive Species Specialist Group, Deputy Coordinator, IUFRO Working Party on Invasive Species and International Trade and member, Steering Committee, CBD’s Global Invasive Species Information Partnership.
  • Dr. Peter Buchanan
    Dr Peter Buchanan is the Science Team Leader for Systematics at Landcare Research in Auckland, New Zealand. His expertise includes taxonomy of wood decay fungi,, forest pathology, fungal conservation, and cultivation of edible mushrooms. He is the Membership Secretary of the International Society for Fungal Conservation, a member of the Fungi Species Specialist Group (SSG) within International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and a member of the Coordinating Mechansim of the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI). Peter helped establish the New Zealand Fungal Foray, now in its 29th year as an annual event and organized by the Fungal Network of New Zealand of which Peter is vice-president. Mycologists within Peter’s team work at the New Zealand Collection of Fungi and Plant Diseases (PDD fungarium) and the International Collection of Microorganisms from Plants (ICMP culture collection).
  • Dr. Lilian Vrijmoed
    Dr. Lilian Vrijmoed Kwan is a graduate of University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong where she acquired her BSc (Hons.), MPhil and PhD degrees. Mycology is the discipline of her choice, with an initial research focus on the taxonomy and general eco-physiology of fungi in mangroves and the indoor environment. Recent work includes the bioremediation role of mangrove sediment fungi on recalcitrant compounds and indoor fungi in built environment causing indoor air quality problems.
    Teaching and learning work is a continual interest in her academic career. Efforts in this area lead to her being presented the Teaching Excellence Award by the City University of Hong Kong in 1997 and 2004 respectively. She was appointed Dean of Student Learning at CityU from 2005-2008 and subsequently as adviser to the Vice-President (Student Affairs) on Student Learning from 2009-2010. She has recently assumed the position of Associate Vice President at the Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, Zhuhai, P.R. China with responsibilities over quality assurance (academic) and teaching and learning. Her current interest is in the development of novel e-pedagogy to actively engage students in self-directed learning both in their academic endeavours and personal growth.
  • Dr. Daisuke Honda
    Dr. Daiske Honda has emerged in recent years as the leading expert on the biology of stramenopilan fungi, particularly the thraustochytrids. His major research interests include molecular systematics of thraustochytrids and labyrinthulids, the impact of viruses that infect eukaryotic microorganisms on their ecology, search of labyrinthuleans that accumulate the unsaturated fatty acids, detection and control of protists that are pathogenic for marine flora and fauna and search and identification of useful protozoa. He is a much sought expert in eukaryotic, microbial phylogenetics. Dr Honda obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Tsukuba and is presently an Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Systematics and Evolution, Department of Biology at Konan University, Japan. He has authored nearly 60 highly quoted research papers and has active collaboration with industries and other academic partners.
  • Mr. Shrikumar Suryananarayan
    Shrikumar Suryanarayan is the Chairman & Co-founder of Sea6 Energy Pvt. Ltd., a group that deals mainly with macroalgae as a biofuel source. Shrikumar has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology, Madras and Delhi respectively. He has been involved in the Biotechnology sector for over 25 years and is passionate towards green energy. Shrikumar was earlier associated with Biocon Limited, the leading biotechnology company of India at Bangalore for over 25 years, where he was the President of Research and Development and the Chief Scientific Advisor. He served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Translational Health Sciences Institute at the National Capital Region Biosciences Cluster, Government of India from 2009-2010. His other appointments include an Honorary Adjunct Professorship at the Department of Biotechnology in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises of India (ABLE), headquartered at Bangalore. Shrikumar received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2009 and is a highly respected technopreneur.
  • Prof. C. Manoharachary
    Prof. C. Manoharachary is one of the leading mycologists of India. He is presently an Emeritus Scientist at the Department of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad. Prof. Manoharachary’s research interests include Taxonomy, Biodiversity, Characterization and Classification of fungi, fungal Ecology, post-harvest Pathology. fungal biotechnology including mycorrhizal technology and lichenology and environmental Microbiology. Following his Ph.D., he worked with eminent international mycologists, namely Prof. John Webster, Prof. Kreisal, Dr Greiswald and Prof. R.D. Goos. Prof. Manoharachary has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and a scientist. He has guided a number of Ph.D. students and has vast experience in administration. He has published nearly 400 research papers and 12 books. Prof. Manoharachary has won a number of national awards for his achievements, is a Fellow of many national science academies and is a member of many government committees.
  • Prof. Keith Seifert
    Prof. Keith Seifert, who holds the prestigious position of the President of the International Mycological Association, is an Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Biology, Carleton University, Canada. He specializes in taxonomy, phylogeny and identification of moulds, particularly those that produce mycotoxins such as Fusarium and Penicilium. In recent years, he has been active in DNA sequencing and molecular detection and quantification of fungi in agricultural ecosystems, application of fungal taxonomy to genomics, crop breeding and plant pathology. He is the Chair, International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi and is on the Editorial Board of a number of reputed mycology journals. Prof. Seifert Is a Member of the International Commission on Penicillium and Aspergillus International Commission on Fusarium Systematics.