Professor Tapan Adhya
Professor, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), India

Professor T.K. Adhya, Ex-Director of the Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack (Odisha) is currently Professor, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), India.

Professor T.K. Adhya has research interest in the area of environmental microbiology and sustainable agriculture with emphasis on greenhouse gas emission, nitrogen nutrition and microbial diversity analysis, with flooded rice soil as the model ecosystem. Tapan has published more than 140 original research papers in leading national and international journals and authored more than 27 chapters in books published by established national and international publishing houses. He is also the author/coauthor of several international reports published by UNEP, Nairobi, SACEP, Colombo, WRI, USA, FAO, Rome and ISRIC, Netherlands.

Tapan is currently the Vice-President of the Indian Nitrogen Group (ING), an ally of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI), and Deputy Director of the South Asian Nitrogen Centre (SANC), established under the aegis of GPNM-UNEP. Earlier he was associated with the organization of N-2010 held at New Delhi, India.

Dr Cecile de Klein
Principal Scientist and Science Impact Leader, AgResearch, New Zealand; Principal Investigator, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre

Dr Cecile de Klein is an internationally recognised expert on N cycling and nitrous oxide emissions from pastoral soils. She is a Principal Scientist and a Science Impact Leader with AgResearch, New Zealand and Principal Investigator of the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre.

Cecile’s current research interests include ‘nitrogen cycling in future farming systems’ and ‘developing adaptive capacity for New Zealand pastoral farmers to respond to future perturbations’. In her role as AgResearch’s “Science Impact Leader – Climate change mitigation and adaptation”, Cecile coordinates cross-team research projects in this research area, to deliver the best possible impacts and outcomes for the New Zealand pastoral sector.

Professor James Galloway
Founding Chair, International Nitrogen Initiative

Professor James Galloway is a biogeochemist whose research over the last twenty years has focused on human alteration of the nitrogen cycle. He was the founding chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative and is currently working on developing nitrogen footprint models at a variety of scales.

Dr Patrick Heffer
Senior Director, Agriculture Service. International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), Paris, France

Dr Patrick Heffer joined the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) in Paris in 2002, where he is Senior Director of the Agriculture Service. In this capacity, he coordinates IFA’s global activities relating to fertilizer consumption. In addition, at the regional level, Patrick leads IFA’s Africa programme. More specifically, his duties focus on agronomic, market and policy issues that relate to fertilizer and nutrient management in a global context.

Before joining IFA, Patrick spent 15 years with the seed industry, including five years with the International Seed Federation, and two years with FAO’s Seed and Plant Genetic Resources Service.

Patrick is currently on the Board of Trustees of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and on the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM).

Dr Kevin Hicks
Deputy Centre Director and Senior Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute at York, Environment Department, University of York, UK

Dr Kevin Hicks has been a research associate at SEI since 1997 and has 23 years’ experience in the field of air pollution. He has a B.Sc. in Plant Science from the University of Liverpool (1989) and a Ph.D. on ‘The Importance to Upland Vegetation of Enhanced Nitrogen Deposition at High Altitude’ from the Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK (1992).

Kevin’s current research interests cover air pollution impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, linkages between air pollution and climate change, and the transfer of scientific information to the policy process. He has extensive experience of international cooperation on air pollution issues in developing countries, especially working with the Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum. He helped coordinate the 2011 UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone and is active in the follow-up work in developing countries under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), where he is interested in development of national action planning and the linkages between energy and food production and water and air quality related to manure management in the agricultural sector.

Kevin sits on the Steering Committee of the European Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI-Europe) and the Advisory Group of the Asian Co-benefits Partnership (ACP). He is also Project Manager at the Directorate of the NERC funded programme on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability (BESS).

Dr Cargele Masso
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Dr Cargele Masso is a soil scientist working for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). He is working in the area of quality control of fertilizers and supplements including bio-fertilizers since 2008. Since 2012, he is leading a project on the institutionalization of quality control and scaling up profitable bio-fertilizer and bio-pesticide technologies in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also the Director of the Africa Regional Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative (ARC-INI); ARC-INI has a particular focus on biological nitrogen fixation.

Before joining IITA, Cargele had worked in Canada as a regulatory officer in the Fertilizer Section of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and post-doctoral fellow at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Soil and Environmental Science (Université Laval in Québec, Canada); a M.Sc. in Environmental Science (Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada); and a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in soil chemistry and plant nutrition from the Zhejiang (Agriculture) University in Hangzhou (China). He also holds a Certificate in Project Management (Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada). His scientific publications, mainly under his former name (i.e. Dr Nduwamungu), are in the area of soil analysis, soil improvement, (bio)fertilizer quality, and sustainable agriculture intensification.