KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Sarah McLaren

Massey University is Director of the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre (NZLCM Centre), and Associate Professor in Life Cycle Management at Massey University, New Zealand. She has worked with businesses and government to integrate life cycle thinking into management practices, product design, and policymaking for seventeen years. Currently Sarah is Chair of the Standards New Zealand International Review Group on LCA, New Zealand representative on the ISO 14046 “Water Footprint: Requirements and Guidelines” Working Group, Co-Chair of the Massey University Steering Group on Sustainability, and a Committee member of the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand. She previously worked as Research Leader at Landcare Research where she led two carbon footprinting projects for the horticultural sector, and managed the Life Cycle Management Project to integrate LCM into the operations, management and strategies of manufacturing companies. Prior to that Sarah was Director of the postgraduate Environmental Life Cycle Management Programme at the University of Surrey, UK, and Chair of the SETAC Europe LCA Steering Group.


Dr John Ingram

Leader, ECI Food Programme, University of Oxford

John Ingram’s interests are in the conceptual framing of food systems; the interactions among the many actors involved and their varied activities, and the outcomes of their activities for food security, livelihoods and environment; and food system resilience. He has designed and led regional food system research projects in Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean and has conceived, developed and led a range of major international research initiatives. He has had substantial interaction with FAO, UNEP and CGIAR and many other international organisations, with national departments and agencies, with NGOs, and with businesses in the food sector helping to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. In addition to leading the food system research group within ECI, he also leads the multi-university post-graduate food systems training programme (IFSTAL) and coordinates the UK Global Food Security programme ‘Resilience of the UK Food System’. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College.

Trained in soil science, John Ingram gained extensive experience in the 1980s working in Africa and Asia in agriculture and forestry research projects. In 1991 he was recruited by NERC to help organise, coordinate and synthesise research on global change and agroecology, part of IGBP’s international global change research programme. In 2001 he was appointed the Executive Officer for the international research project “Global Environmental Change and Food Systems” (GECAFS), then based in NERC’s CEH Wallingford site. The GECAFS International Project Office was relocated to ECI in October 2006. On the close of GECAFS in 2011 he was appointed NERC Food Security Leader until assuming his current role of Food Systems Programme Leader at ECI in May 2013.

John has designed and led regional food system research projects in Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean, and has conceived, developed and/or led a range of major international research initiatives. He has had substantial interaction with FAO, UNEP and CGIAR and many other international organisations, with national departments and agencies, and with NGOs and businesses in the food sector, helping to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. He recently led a project spanning UK business, government, researchers and other stakeholders to identify research priorities for the UK food system.


Dr. Akkharawit Kanchana-Opas

Chief Executive Officer of Food Innopolis, Ministry of Science and Technology

Before joining STI, Akkharawit Kanjana-Opas had been responsible for the intellectual property management and technology transfer, business incubation as well as the collaborative research of the Prince of Songkhla University Science Park during 2004-2016. Currently, he is responsible for the New Economy Development based on Science, Technology and Innovation as well as the development of FoodInnopolis which the national initiative for food innovation ecosystem in Thailand.
Dr. Kanjana-Opas received his Ph.D. in Marine Chemistry from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. Upon the completion of this graduate study, he has participated in several trainings in the field of Intellectual property and technology transfer in Japan, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Singapore, and Thailand. He is also certified as Thai professional patent agent by the Department of Intellectual Property, Thailand. He also teaches and conducts seminars related to intellectual property in various universities and institutions in Thailand and other ASEAN countries.


Prof. Shabbir H. Gheewala, JGSEE, KMUTT, Thailand

is a full professor at the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Thailand where he teaches Life Cycle Assessment and heads the Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Lab. He also holds an adjunct professorship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA, and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor position at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (Springer), Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier), Energy for Sustainable Development (Elsevier) and the Journal of Sustainable Energy and Environment.

His research focuses on sustainability assessment of energy systems; sustainability indicators; and certification issues in biofuels and agro-industry. Prof. Shabbir is a national expert on life cycle inventory as well as product carbon footprinting and water footprinting in Thailand. He has also worked on sustainability assessment of buildings, particularly low energy buildings. He mentors the research network on food, fuel and climate change in Thailand.


Arun Jacob

works as Environment Affairs Officer at the Environment and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

A development economist by training, Arun has extensively worked on themes related to sustainable development, natural resource management, international trade, technology and innovation policies and impact evaluation of policies. Prior to joining ESCAP, Arun worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and at the Centre for International Environment Studies, Geneva. Arun also worked as an Economist at the President’s Office of Tanzania, where he was part of the core team that developed the national five-year and long-term development plans. Arun has published in peer-reviewed journals and is a regular contributor to flagship publications of the United Nations.

Arun holds a PhD in Development Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and an MPhil degree in Economics from Cambridge University (UK), where he was a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar.


Anthony Bennett

Senior Food Systems Officer, FAO

is the Senior Food Systems officer (post production) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, based in the FAO regional Office for Asia Pacific (RAP) , Bangkok. Tony leads the RAP team working on food loss and waste as well as value addition and food systems. He holds a an M.Sc. (Agriculture) in Engineering Technology, University College Dublin, Ireland and MA (Meritus) from Trinity College Dublin. With over 20 years of international experience in food and agro industry development, he leads the development and implementation of a portfolio of projects and programmes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the region. Many of those programmes focus on value chains development. His areas of interest are sustainable food systems development, food value addition, food loss and waste reduction, food preservation and industry SME development.


Dr. Wijarn Simachaya

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand

is Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand. His main responsibilities are natural resources and environmental plans and strategy development, international cooperation on natural resources and environment issues, representatives of the ministry of various UN, Sub-regional, and ASEAN forums. He has worked as a chairman of green growth strategy development and SDGs working groups for Thailand. Dr. Simachaya joined the Office of Environmental Policy and Planning Board in 1984 and Pollution Control Department in 1992. He used to serve as a director of the Environment Division of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (International Organization) in Lao PDR in 1997-1998. He has served several high ranking positions in the ministry including Inspector General of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Director-General of the Pollution Control Department, Secretary General of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning and Deputy-Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.


Dr. Thumrongrut MUNGCHAROEN (RUTT)

Chairperson of the Energy and Environment Cluster, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand

Dr. Thumrongrut Mungcharoen obtained BEng (Hons) from Chulalongkorn University and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. During the past 25 years, he has been involved extensively as a expert in several projects on cleaner production, life cycle assessment, and eco-design for several local and international organizations (such as TEI, FTI, ERIA, APO, APEC, UNIDO and UNEP). He is one of the key persons who initiated the “Thai National Life Cycle Inventory Database”, “National Scheme of Thai Carbon Footprint Label”, and “Science Technology and Innovation for SDGs initiatives in Thailand”. Representative awards he received are Fellow Award from Petroleum Institute of Thailand, Outstanding Academic Award from Kasetsart University, and Excellent Research Award on Alternative Energy from Ministry of Energy. He is currently the Board of Trustees of the Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP). He has more than 220 technical publications.


Mr.Numpol Limprasert

Sustainable Development Director The Siam Cement PLC (SCG)

Education: Master’s Degree, MBA, Thammasat University Bachelor’s Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University

Work Experience in SCG:
Mr. Numpol Limprasert has joined Siam Cement Group (SCG) since 1996 and has extensive experience in various fields i.e., production, engineering,
operation, logistics, energy and management.

He has embarked on a sustainable development field since 2009. With the current role as the Sustainable Development Director, he collaborates and
works closely with the three business units of SCG to implement, monitor and ensure that all operations along the value chain are responsibly wellmanaged in accordance with SCG sustainable development policy, direction and strategies.

Being the Secretary to SCG Sustainable Development Committee, Mr. Numpol plays a crucial role to shape sustainability pathway of SCG. He
provides trends and insights on sustainable development issues together with SCG’s gap analysis for the Committee’s decision making on sustainability policy and transformative roadmap towards sustainable future of SCG. In 2017, he initiated the restructuring of sustainable development management structure into economic, environmental and social dimension in order to strengthen the corporate sustainability implementation.