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Adam Kay

Adam Kay has been Chief Executive Officer at Cotton Australia (Australia’s peak representative body for cotton producers) since 2007 and is currently enjoying his 31st year of service to the Australian cotton industry. He began his cotton industry involvement in 1985 as a Department of Agriculture, Extension Agronomist the southernmost cotton production area in Australia at the time. Over the next 10 years, Adam provided assistance and guidance to new and established growers and when he left in 1996 the cotton area had increased more than fivefold. One strong focus was assisting growers to manage compaction in cotton soils, a major issue in the industry at the time. Adam joined Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) in 1996. At that time the extension challenge for the organization was the introduction of GM insect and herbicide traits to the industry. As General Manager under Adam, CSD grew and developed to the stage where they were recognized as an integral conduit of information between researchers and growers, using innovative extension techniques.



Andrew Paterson

Professor Andrew Paterson heads the University Georgia Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and was the founder and leader of the international team that produced the first and highest quality cotton genome sequence to date. He earned his B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) in Plant Science from the University of Delaware, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Genetics from Cornell University, carrying out postdoctoral studies with Steven Tanksley at Cornell.

Camilo de Lelis Morello

Dr Morello received a Bachelor degree in Agronomy from Santa Catarina State University in 1989, and a Master’s degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the Federal University of Lavras in 1992. He gained his Doctoral degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding from São Paulo University/”Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture. He was a Visiting Scientist at Texas A&M University/Cotton Improvement Program in 2010/2011. The current research activities are dedicated to the development of cotton germplasm adapted to the Brazilian "cerrado".



Eric Hequet

Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University (TTU). Ph.D. and a “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” from the University of Haute Alsace in France. Experience progressed from cotton breeding at experiment stations in Africa, to head of CIRAD’s Cotton Technology Laboratory in Montpellier - France, to Director of the International Cotton program for CIRAD.


Joe Kabissa

A specialist on aspects of cotton development and promotion. Managerial experience in management of agricultural research. An applied entomologist with good publishing and participation records at local and international cotton fora. Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Zoology, University of Dar es Salaam, Department of Zoology and Marine Biology, 1993. Master of Science in Applied Entomology, Colorado State University, USA, 1983. Bachelor of Science (General – Botany & Zoology), University of Dar es Salaam, 1975.


Keshav Raj Kranthi

Dr Keshav Raj Kranthi is currently the Director of the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) Nagpur. A gold medalist in Ph.D from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, he has patents granted in South Africa, Mexico, China and Uzbekistan. Received four National Awards in India and was recognized as the ‘International Cotton Researcher of the Year Award 2009’ by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington.


Michel FOK is holder of a Master degree in agronomy majoring in breeding and of a PhD degree in agricultural economics. He holds the status of thesis supervision on economics in the University of Montpellier 1, France.
He has started his career in Mali (Africa) to promote food crops and diversification in cotton production areas for ten years. He has been dedicating since 1993 to the issue of rural development in cotton areas as a scientist of CIRAD (a French Research Centre for agricultural development) and he has been involved in studies in various countries mainly in Africa (Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire) but also in China and Brazil.

Mike Bange

Mike Bange joined CSIRO’s Australia’s cotton research effort at Narrabri in 1995, having previously worked in crop physiology with various state departments in Australia. Dr Bange is the current leader of CSIRO’s Integrated Cotton Management Group, which has produced significant increases in productivity, and sustainability of the cotton industry. He has skills with many research aspects in cotton from crop physiology, agronomy and farming systems. He is heavily involved in technology transfer, having led the development and application of cotton crop simulation capabilities and computerized decision support in Australia.

Xianlong Zhang

Dr. Xianlong Zhang is a full professor of Huazhong Agricultural University, China. He got his Ph.D. in 1990 from HZAU and then he became a faculty member of HZAU. Dr. Zhang worked in cotton science for thirty years, his research involves in cotton fiber development, cotton tissue culture and cell biology, interaction between cotton and Verticillium wilt disease, high temperature stress, abiotic stress tolerance, and molecular breeding.


Yusuf Zafar

35 years of experience in Life Sciences/ Biotechnology. Involved in R&D activities related to Academics, R&D and Agri-biotech. Founding member of National Inst For Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering ( NIBGE) and School of Biotechnology ( affiliated with QAU)  for M.Phil/Ph.D. Founding member of National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology( NIGAB) , Islamabad. Founding member of PIASA, PARC, Islamabad and first HoD of Plant Genomics and Biotechnology for M.Phil/Ph.D 


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