Our Line Up

The following speakers are from the Tropag 2017 conference. Please check back here for details closer to Tropag 2019.

Robyn Alders

Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia

Robyn Alders, is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the Faculty of Veterinary Science within the University of Sydney. For over 20 years, she has worked closely with smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and SE Asia as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable infectious disease control in animals in rural areas in support of food security and poverty alleviation. Robyn’s current research and development interests include domestic and global food and nutrition security, One Health/Ecohealth, gender equity and Science Communication. She leads the Charles Perkins Centre/Marie Bashir Institute Healthy Food Systems: Nutrition-Diversity-Safety Research Node. In January 2011, Robyn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock management and disease control programs.

Hans-Joachim Braun

Director Global Wheat Program, CIMMYT, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico

Hans-Joachim Braun, a native of Germany with background in wheat breeding based in Mexico, has led CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program since 2004 and the CGIAR Research Program WHEAT since 2014. Responsible for technical direction and implementation of the program, he leads and manages 40 internationally recruited scientists, who develop wheat germplasm that is distributed to around 200 cooperators in more than 100 countries and grown of more than 50% of the spring wheat area in developing countries. He lived from 1985 to 2005 in Turkey, leading the Turkey CIMMYT ICARDA International Winter Wheat Improvement Program. He contributed to the development of more than 40 winter wheat varieties released mainly in West and Central Asia, which are grown on more than 2 million ha. Braun was instrumental in recognizing Zn deficiency and soil borne diseases as a major constraint for winter wheat production in the dryland areas of West Asia. In his 33 years with CIMMYT, he became familiar with all major wheat based cropping systems in the developing and developed world. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters and received various awards, including the Friendship Award of China for his contribution to develop disease resistant wheat lines for Gansu province. Braun received his Ph.D. from the University of Hohenheim, Germany in 1983.