Dr. Adetunji is a Nigerian, and he started his educational journey in Nigeria, where he obtained a BSc degree in Food Technology in 2001 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. In 2011 and 2012, obtained a BSc Honours and MSc degrees (respectively) in Food Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In 2015, he obtained his PhD in Food Science from the University of Pretoria. His research works have centered on improving commercial applications of under-utilized food crops in food processing and other industrial applications. These have produced several publications, and presented at a few international conferences. His passion is in the area of developing strategic approaches to addressing problems of food insecurity in Africa.
Marie Rogel is a researcher, science communicator, and development practitioner. She is presently affiliated with the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Tohoku University, where she is a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholar in the International Environmental Leadership Program. Her research and professional interests include sustainability, natural resource management, agriculture, and social-ecological systems. Her current research project explores how organic agriculture can be scaled up in the Philippines by identifying and understanding the drivers of adoption and uptake in upland and lowland farming communities. She has forthcoming publications on traditional and local knowledge for sustainable development, and sustaining diverse knowledge systems in social-ecological production landscapes. She has an MSc in Sustainability, Culture, and Development from the University of Durham, and a BSc in Development Communication (Major in Science Communication, Minor in Environmental Science) from the University of the Philippines.
PhD candidate in Urban Planning and Regional Development at Laval University, University in Canada. M. Audate has a master’s degree in development Practice from Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from EARTH University in Costa Rica. He has worked as Technical Director for iF Foundation and Business Advisor for TechnoServe in Haiti where he has contributed in the design, implementation, and evaluation of different agricultural value chain projects. He has also worked in different Latin-American countries, particularly in Panama, where he worked with the United Nations Development Program in 2014. He is currently working on individual motivations on urban agriculture practice in different socio-economic context. His main interests are: Urban food systems, Food security, Urban and Rural Agriculture, Agricultural Value chains, Determinants of health and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Sedef Yucel is a PhD student at the Izmir University of Economics, design studies program. Her doctoral research focuses on the creative process of professional chefs who generate a new menu or a new dish by applying and adapting the framework of design thinking. She takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of gastronomy, design, and the psychology of creativity.
Sedef graduated from Yeditepe University, gastronomy and culinary arts department and worked as a chef to become experienced for several years. She aimed to work scholarly, and by earning her master of business administration degree, she started her academic journey.
Harshitha Venkataratnam is a PhD student at the School of Food Science and Environmental Health at Technological University of Dublin, Ireland. Her thesis is titled “The Evaluation of Food Processing Methods on the Allergenicity of Foods.” Her research interests include novel processing methods, food safety, food security and downstream processing. She holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India.
Armand N. Camhol is currently a research assistant and spatial analyst at the University of the Philippines Population Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in governance & spatial information management from the University of Twente. He has been managing social data collection and doing fieldwork all over the Philippines for about eight years. His research interests include climate change governance, indigenous knowledge, and food studies. He comes from the Tuwali indigenous peoples’ group, builders of the Ifugao rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kadiguang Panmei is a senior research fellow and doctoral scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He also has an MPhil in social sciences from the same institute. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, and is also a certified audio engineer and music producer.
As a member of the tribal community of the Rongmei Nagas from the northeastern part of India, his interests in research include the study of tribal culture from its myriad perspectives on food, music, migration, urban spaces, and geopolitics. Through his work, he hopes to add more to the growing stock of research on the people of north east India, uncovering the plethora of ethno-cultural knowledge that this remote region of India has to offer.
When he is not working on his research, he likes to read, write, and produce music as one half of the electronic music duo ‘weyumi.’
Ma. Jasmine Mae Gatan is an undergraduate of the bachelor of technical teacher education major in food and service management at Bulacan State University, City of Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines. She is currently the organization president of her department. Her research entitled, “Development and Acceptability of Celery Tart”, focuses on the innovation of food. She aims to explore and to discover more about the food and research field that will help her to educate other people about its importance, and to make this her advocacy in life as well as to promote a healthy lifestyle, food safety, and food practices.
Ammar Hdaifeh received his BSc in agricultural engineering and food science, a diploma in teacher training, and has finished his first year of his master’s in food science. He has been the recipient of awards such as the Jenderal Soedirman Scholarship to study at Jenderal Soedirman University, Indonesia, as well as the only scholarship the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association offered to a candidate from the Mediterranean or African countries to attend an online master’s program in management of sustainable development goals.
He has experience as the team leader for Sustainable Supply Chain 2019 for sustainable aquaculture organized by the ISEKI-Food Association in collaboration with UNIBO-Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy, as part of the NextFOOD project. He currently works as an engineer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform in Tartous, Syria. He has experience in teaching at Tishreen University in the Department of Food Science, where he worked in the laboratories.
The interdisciplinary aspect of the conference was truly superb. Meeting people and seeing the work being done in this field has provided me with an even greater sense of confidence and realization that the field of food studies is doing some incredibly important work."
My favorite part was actually moderating the sessions, having to introduce the presenter, ask for questions, and even having to sometimes break the ice with a linking question between all the presenters. The experience will certainly aid me in the future by having me overcome shyness."
I've made professional contacts that are really useful, and also have a network of grad students who I am keeping in contact with. It was also really useful to get a sense of the state of the field of Food Studies."