Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Suttinee Limthammahisorn

Dr. Suttinee Limthammahisorn

Secretary-General
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)
Thailand

Keynote Speech Title: “Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Future of Southeast Asia’s Fisheries and Aquaculture”

Profile

Dr. Suttinee Limthammahisorn, the current Secretary-General of Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), is an expert in fisheries management and policy development. From her Bachelor of Science in Fishery Management from Kasetsart University, Thailand, she strengthened her expertise with a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Technology from Mahidol University, Thailand. Her academic journey was completed with a Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn University, USA, providing her with an academic foundation alongside practical experience. Throughout her career, Dr. Suttinee has utilized her academic background to blend theoretical knowledge with practical expertise. From her early roles as a Technical Group Head to her current leadership as Secretary-General of SEAFDEC, she has consistently showcased her commitment to advancing sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices. Dr. Suttinee’s dedication is evident in her efforts to promote the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture through effective fisheries management and environmental sustainability initiatives.

Dr. Michael Phillips

Co-founder and Director,
FUTUREFISH Co. Ltd,
UK

Profile

Mike brings over 30 years of experience in aquaculture sustainability and international development and senior-level management experience from across Africa, Asia, and Europe, across research and innovation, government, investor, and business communities.

Mr. Amorn Luengnaruemitchai

Mr. Amorn Luengnaruemitchai

Managing Director
Manit Farm
Thailand

Profile

Mr. Amorn Luengnaruemitchai, a first-generation descendant of a family-owned aquaculture business established in 1968, has been instrumental in advancing the aquaculture industry since 2007. He spearheaded the development of Super Black and Super Red tilapia strains through selective breeding at Manit Genetics, formerly Manit Farm. Under his leadership, the farm earned national recognition for its genetic management and received Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification in 2019. As the President of the Tilapia Association in Thailand and an alumnus of Kasetsart University and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Mr. Luengnaruemitchai is dedicated to promoting the sustainability and growth of the tilapia industry. He also established the Manit Aquaculture Health Laboratory (MAHL), enhancing aquatic animal health research and diagnostics. Currently, he serves as the Managing Director of Manit Farm, one of Thailand’s top tilapia production companies, providing high-quality fry and feed under the Manit Farm and OHO brands.

Mr. Soraphat Panakorn (Danny)

Shrimp Culture Specialist/ Novonesis, Thailand

Keynote Speech Title: “Thai Shrimp Industry and Lessons Learnt”

Profile

Soraphat Panakorn, fondly known as Danny, is a prominent figure in the global shrimp farming industry, hailed for his expertise and extensive contributions. With a career spanning 28 years, he has significantly impacted the aquaculture sector, particularly in his role as a shrimp specialist in Thailand.
Currently serving as an aquaculture specialist at Novonesis, Danny plays a pivotal role in advancing shrimp farming techniques and management practices. His dedication to the industry extends beyond his professional role, evident in his position as the Vice President of the Thailand Aquaculture Business Association (TABA). Through TABA, Danny actively advocates for sustainable aquaculture practices and fosters collaboration within the industry.
Danny’s influence extends to the realm of knowledge dissemination, as he is a key person the Thai Department of Fisheries (DOF) shrimp news analysis team. Moreover, his prolific writing has seen him author over 15 articles published in the esteemed Aquaculture Asia Pacific magazine. These contributions showcase his expertise in various aspects of shrimp farming, including aquafeed application, hatchery management, farming techniques, cost management, global shrimp trends, and marketing strategies.
Recognized as an authority in his field, Danny frequently assumes the role of special lecturer at shrimp forums, trainings, and courses since 2010. His passion for sharing knowledge transcends borders, as evidenced by his engagements as a speaker and panelist at over 50 international shrimp conferences and forums since 2012.
Danny’s impact reverberates globally, as he has visited and shared shrimp farming techniques and management insights in over 10 countries. From China to the United States, his expertise has left an indelible mark on shrimp farming practices worldwide.
An ardent advocate for industry collaboration and knowledge exchange, Danny has organized more than 20 shrimp forums and conferences in Thailand since 2010. These events serve as platforms for industry stakeholders to converge, share insights, and chart the course for the future of shrimp farming. His unwavering commitment to advancing sustainable aquaculture practices underscores his status as a trailblazer in the field, leaving a legacy that will shape the industry for years to come.

Dr. Ha Thanh Dong

Dr. Ha Thanh Dong

Assistant Professor
Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management
Department of Food, Agriculture, and Bioresources
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Thailand

Keynote Speech Title: “Aquatic Health Management and Disease Control (Health and Vaccination)”

Profile

Dong is a dynamic researcher in the field of aquatic animal health, internationally recognized for
his contributions to emerging infectious diseases in tropical aquaculture, disease diagnostics, hostpathogen interaction, fish vaccine development, and nanobubble technology. His primary focus
lies in identifying and characterizing infectious pathogens that impact important aquaculture
species, particularly tilapia, Asian sea bass, catfish, snake skin gourami, Siamese fighting fish, and
whiteleg shrimp. Furthermore, Dong’s innovative work extends to fish vaccine development,
nanobubble technology, and other disease-control strategies, offering sustainable alternatives to
antibiotics. His recent studies have revealed unprecedented applications of nanobubble
technologies in enhancing efficacy of immersion vaccine in aquaculture, opening a promising new
avenue for the further advancement of the industry. Dong has authored or co-authored over 100
international peer-reviewed articles in this field and currently serves as an advisory board member
and/or guest editor for several reputable journals such as Aquaculture, Journal of Fish Diseases,
and Vaccines. Additionally, he has served as a referee for more than 20 international peer-reviewed
journals. In 2023, he was listed as one of the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists in the field of
Fisheries by Stanford University. Additionally, he has been honored to contribute as an expert
resource or consultant for several projects led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (FAO), and the WorldFish Center.

Dr. Jesper Clausen

Dr. Jesper Clausen

Group Research and Development Director
Aller Aqua Group
Denmark

Dr. N. Felix

Dr. N. Felix

Vice – Chancellor
Tamil Nadu Dr.J.Jayalalitha
Fisheries University
India

Profile

Dr. N. Felix, the Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University, boasts an illustrious career spanning more than three decades in the realms of teaching, research and extension. His administrative service has been demonstrated through his capacities as Acting Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Director and Dean over an impressive eight-year tenure. He has contributed significantly to academic works, having authored over 150 scientific and semi-scientific papers, 70 conference abstracts, 5 ISBN textbooks and an additional 80 publications. His leadership has steered the successful execution of 38 R&D, institutional entrepreneurship and industry linkage projects, collectively valued at Rs. 35 crores from various funding agencies.
Guiding the academic journeys of 14 Ph.D., and 28 M.F.Sc., students, both as Chairman and member, he has facilitated the publication of research papers in high-impact journals. His innovative ability is evident in the development of 15 technologies, of which 5 have garnered approval from the ICAR, New Delhi and are featured in their Technology Compendium. He has been duly recognized with 19 honours, encompassing accolades such as the Best Scientist Award, Best Researcher Award, Best Teacher Award, Best Paper Awards, fellowships, travel grants and certificates of appreciation. His international footprint includes visits to five countries for conferences and capacity-building endeavours.
His visionary leadership extends beyond academia to the creation of major infrastructure facilities in 10 locations spanning seven districts in Tamil Nadu. Notably, he has overseen the establishment of four incubation facilities in aquaculture and fish processing across four districts. His commitment to vocational training is evidenced by the establishment of a Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training and a Paraprofessional Institute of Aquaculture Technology and introduction of a vocational course in Aquaculture designed to benefit Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDG) and promote entrepreneurial start-ups.
He has organised 19 national and 2 international events, where he served as organizing secretary and convener. Under his guidance, approximately 100 training
programmes in aquaculture have been conducted. His impact on local communities is profound, with the development of 30 location-specific indigenous feed formulations utilizing region-specific, cost-effective ingredients benefiting around 100 fish farmers under the NADP project. Additionally, the colour-enhancing technology developed for fish has been adopted around 25 ornamental fish breeders and culturists in Thoothukudi and Chennai.
His dedication to fostering economic empowerment is evident in the success stories of around 100 youth who have witnessed increased production in ornamental fish breeding, composite fish culture units and other aquaculture ventures in Tamil Nadu during his tenure at KVK. The implementation of composite fish culture in farmers’ ponds and community ponds has positively impacted around 25 farmers through two IAMWARM projects.

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Ike OLIVOTTO

Prof. Ike OLIVOTTO

Professor of Aquaculture
Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona,
Italy

Profile

Professor Ike OLIVOTTO is a Professor of Aquaculture at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. He is author of more than 100 indexed papers related to aquaculture and he has participated to many national and international conferences.

Since years, his main research areas are related to fish welfare and development in relation to sustainability. More specifically professor Olivotto is involved in projects testing new and sustainable aquafeed ingredients like insect meal and single cell proteins, the effects of dietary microplastics on fish welfare and development, possible solutions to counteract the side effects of dietary microplastics in fish, as well the application and the development of new technologies for water treatment (IMTA, aquaponics, photocatalysis).

The laboratory where he works has modern equipment to run several analyses on biological samples to have a comprehensive overview of fish physiological responses. These include molecular biology techniques, histology, confocal microscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, immunohistochemical techniques as well the possibility to run fish tests in a dedicated wet lab equipped with modern tanks for temperate, ornamental, and polar species (The aquarium lab). To ensure an international environment several foreign PhD students, post-docs and scientists are visiting his lab.

He is part of the editorial board of “Animals” journal, aquatic animal section and one of the editors of the book “Marine Ornamental Species Aquaculture”. Wiley Bleckwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-0-470-67390-4”.

Additionally, he is guest editor of the two special issues ” Sustainable Aquaculture: Nutrition Studies in Early Developing Finfish, Ornamentals and Experimental Model Fish” and “Innovations in Aquaculture Sustainability and Endangered Aquatic Species Conservation: Advances in Reproduction, New Aquafeed Formulations, Sustainable Farming Systems, Emerging Contaminants, and Waste Treatment and Revalorization” for Animals Journal.

The most important projects Prof. Ike OLIVOTTO is/was participating are the following:

HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions, HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-02-3-two-stage ONE EARTH -Non-plant biomass feedstock for industrial applications: technologies and processes to convert non-lignocellulosic biomass and waste into bio-basedchemicals, materials and products, improving the cascading valorization of biomass.

CARIMED HORIZON-MISS-2022-CLIMA-01-06 Climate Adaptation and Resilience Demonstrated In the MEDiterranean region.

– HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-01. Bringing knowledge and consensus to prevent and reduce FOod LOss at the primary production stage. Understanding, measuring, training and adopting.

–  PO FEAMP 2014-2020, Misura 2.50-2 level Master in Aquaculture

– Cariverona, Caritro, PSR, Ager 2 projects about the use of sustainable ingredients in aquaculture.

Dr. Sachinandan Dutta

Dr. Sachinandan Dutta

Assistant Professor
College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

International Sectoral Expert in Fisheries and Marine Resources
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Plenary Speech Title: “Sustainably Feeding the Global Population through Fish Stock Assessment and Fisheries Management”

Profile

Dr. Sachinandan Dutta currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Marine Science and Fisheries, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, where he teaches Fisheries Management. With a diverse educational background ranging from Zoology to Conservation Biology, Oceanography, and Fisheries Management, Dr. Dutta holds a Ph.D. in Ecosystem Modeling and Fisheries Management from Jadavpur University, India. His research interests lie in Fisheries Management, Ecosystem Modeling, and Conservation Biology, focusing on the sustainable management of marine resources. Dr. Dutta has a rich academic and professional portfolio, including teaching positions, research projects, and consultancy roles. He has published 40 peer-reviewed papers in international journals. He was awarded the UNESCO MAB Young Scientists Award for 2022 from Oman. He also serves as an International Sectoral Expert in Fisheries and Marine Resources at UNIDO. He was also involved different groups of FAO such as BOBLME, SOS.

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