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1. Dr. Guoyao Wu
Distinguished Professor, Texas A & M University
Dr. Guoyao Wu is a Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, ever received the highest award of animal nutrition research in the United States "Animal Nutrition Innovation and Prospect Award." He conducts research in protein and amino acid metabolism at molecular, cellular, and whole body levels. The animal models used in his research include cattle, chicks, pigs, rats, and sheep. Professional memberships include the American Society of Animal Science, the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, Society for Study of Reproduction, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and American Heart Association. Professor Wu currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. He is also an editor of “Amino Acids” and “Frontiers in Bioscience.”  Professor Guoyao Wu got his PhD degree of animal biochemistry from the University of Alberta in Canada and received postPhD training in biochemistry and nutrition at McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Canada, and at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School in St. John’s, Canada.

2. Dr. Margareth Overland
Professor in animal nutrition at Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Margareth Øverland has a BSc and MSc in animal nutrition from Montana State University, Montana, USA and a PhD in animal nutrition from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Aas, Norway. Today, she is a professor in animal nutrition at NMBU and she is the Center leader of a Center for Research-driven Innovation (CRI), Foods of Norway and project leader for the BIOFEED and FeedMileage projects on feed and food security. She has a broad background from various research positions, including the Norwegian industrial company Norsk Hydro ASA and at NMBU as center director of a Center of Excellence, Aquaculture Protein Centre. Her research is aimed at developing new sustainable feed resources for fish and other livestock animals, where growth performance and health are central themes. Margareth’s research focus is to develop high-quality novel feed ingredients based on renewable natural resources such as tree biomass, marine macroalgae, and animal and fish co-products by use of advanced biotechnology and biorefinery technology. The research also aims to improve feed efficiency by innovative feed-processing technology and advanced genomic analysis to support genetic adaptation and identification of new selection criteria for fish and farm animals.

3. Dr. Paul Moughan
Distinguished Professor, Massey University of New Zealand
Dr. Paul James Moughan, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ), Distinguished Professor of Massey University, is a New Zealand scientist with an exceptional international profile. He is a prolific publisher of world-class science in the fields of animal and human nutrition and food chemistry. His work is widely acknowledged as being at the forefront of thinking and his accomplishments have been recognized by numerous honors and awards. Professor Moughan has been an advisor to many high-level government, science and industry bodies, both in New Zealand and overseas. He is an outstanding communicator of science at all levels providing leadership of the highest order within the international agrifood sector. Professor Moughan graduated PhD from Massey University in the area of mammalian protein metabolism in 1984. Over the last 20 years he has led a systematic discovery-based research program into the effects of diet on gut metabolism and digestion and, amongst other discoveries, is credited with establishing the role of food peptides in influencing gut protein metabolism. He has also made significant contributions to knowledge in the chemical analysis of foods and the development of bioassays of nutrient availability.  The latter have had considerable application in practice. He is widely regarded as a world authority on mammalian protein metabolism and food evaluation science.

4. Dr. Uisli Orlando
Global Nutrition Programs Director, PIC North America
Dr. Uislei Orlando is the Global Nutrition Director of PIC North America, is now responsible for R&D in swine nutrition and customer support. Dr. Uislei Orlando specializes in monogastric animal nutrition, has been engaged in animal nutrition field since 2009 and got his PhD and master degree of monogastric animal nutrition from Universidade Federal de Viçosa in Brazil. Dr. Uislei Orlando has worked at BRF as Corporate Pig Nutritionist and Technical Coordinator of Animal Nutrition for over 12 years. Dr. Uislei Orlando joined PIC in 2015, and in this role, he leverages his extensive understanding of swine nutrition to provide recommendations regarding best practices for feeding PIC breeding animals and terminal cross pigs.

5. Dr. Dustin Boler
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
Dr. Boler is an assistant professor in the Animal Sciences department at the University of Illinois. Dr. Boler is finding ways to increase the efficiency of meat animals and improve the quality of fresh and processed meat products. He works with the pharmaceutical industry to evaluate the effects of on-farm practices on carcass characteristics and cutability. Additionally, he investigates further processed meat quality, especially, issues relating to fat quality and bacon production. Dr. Boler got his PhD degree of Animal Science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in USA.

6. Dr. Heather Channon
Acting General Manager – Research and Innovation at Australian Pork Limited.
Heather has worked for APL since 2005 in various roles within the Research and Innovation Division. Her areas of responsibility have included the management of R&D programs in food safety, product traceability, processing and product innovation, production, meat science and carcase composition and the implementation of these research outcomes by industry. Heather is currently completing her PhD at The University of Melbourne with her PhD program focused on developing an eating quality system for the Australian pork industry (with support from both the Pork CRC and APL). Prior to this, Heather was a Research Scientist (Meat Science) with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, Werribee from 1995-2005. In this role, Heather conducted many research projects to understand the impact of processing and post-slaughter factors on pork quality attributes.

7. Dr. Peter Sandøe
Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Peter Sandøe has been professor of bioethics at the University of Copenhagen since 1997, presently with his chair divided between the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and the Department of Food and Resource Economics. He was educated in philosophy at the University of Copenhagen (MA 1984) and the University of Oxford (D.Phil. 1988). From 1992 to 2012 he served as the chairman of the Danish Ethical Council for Animals, an advisory board, set up by the Danish Minister of Justice. From 2000 to 2007 he served as the president of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics. Since 1990 the major part of his research has been within bioethics with particular emphasis on ethical issues related to animals, biotechnology and food production. He is committed to interdisciplinary work combining perspectives from natural science, social sciences and philosophy. He has published 132 papers in journals with peer review, more than 300 other academic contributions, and around 250 contributions aimed at a broader audience. His books include Ethics of Animal Use (co-authored with Stine B. Christiansen), published by Blackwell in 2008, and Companion Animal Ethics (co-authored with Sandra Corr and Clare Palmer), published by Wiley/Blackwell in 2016. He the co-author of a number of tools for e-learning, including Animal Ethics Dilemma (www.aedilemma.net).

8. Dr. Jason Woodworth
Research Associate Professor, Kansas State University
Dr. Jason Woodworth is a Research Associate Professor of the Applied Swine Nutrition team at Kansas State University. In this role, Jason will contribute to the already-successful swine nutrition team at Kansas State University in their efforts to expand swine nutrition knowledge and develop young professionals for their future roles in the swine industry as well as supporting the team’s overall objectives to increase swine producer profitability. Dr. Jason Woodworth once worked at Lonza for over 11 years, his responsibilities transitioned from being the NAFTA Technical Sales & Service Manager, to the NAFTA Business Manager, and finally to the Global Product Manager for some of Lonza’s specialty feed ingredients. Dr. Jason Woodworth completed his swine nutrition M.S. and Ph. D. degrees at Kansas State University in USA, with research emphasis related to the vitamin and mineral requirements of nursery pigs and sows.

9. Michael Tokach
Distinguished Professor - Animal Sciences & Industry,Kansas State University
Named among the 50 people who has made the greatest impact in the swine industry in the last 50 years, Mike Tokach, professor of animal sciences and industry, is a researcher and extension specialist at Kansas State University. Tokach joined K-State in 1991. In 2013, he earned the title of university distinguished professor, serving as President of the group for 2015-2016. He also served on the Board of Directors for the K-State Research Foundation and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS). Tokach is a three-time award winner from ASAS having received the Extension, Animal Management, and AFIA Non-ruminant Nutrition Research awards. He is the author of more than 285 articles in scientific journals, eight book chapters and more than 950 extension and non-refereed articles. Tokach has received more than $11 million in research grants. He also has been awarded seven patents for his research, and has given more than 300 invited lectures at national and international conferences. Tokach has also advised and mentored over 90 advanced-degree students and visiting professors since joining the university.

10. Dr. John Htoo
Director Global Technical Support (Swine), Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, Germany
Dr. Htoo obtained B.Sc. agr. (Animal Production) from Larenstein International University, Deventer, Netherlands, and M.Sc. agr. and Dr. sc. agr. (Animal nutrition) from Georg-August University, Goettingen, Germany. He served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from 2004 to 2006 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He started his career at Evonik in February 2007 as a manager swine nutrition and since September 2013 he became a senior manager swine nutrition research in the animal nutrition research group. In this position, he was responsible for planning and management of a large number of swine research projects covering a broad range of topics in collaboration with leading researchers from various universities and institutes worldwide. Since January 2018 he took over the responsibility as the Director Global Technical Support (Swine), belonging to the team of Global Experts in the Know-how & Service Development group. His main research topics include the estimation of amino acids requirement and ideal protein ratios, the interactions of immune status and requirement of amino acids, further development of advanced feeding concepts such as integrated low protein diets, the next limiting amino acids, net energy requirements, and updating the standardized ileal amino acids digestibility of feed ingredients in pigs. As author and co-author, he has contributed more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, 100 conference proceedings, 11 technical review articles and 2 invited keynote presentations.

11.Dr. Jaap van Milgen
Professor, INRA, France
Dr. Jaap van Milgen is a research engineer of INRA in France, research unit Director of UMR INRA-Agrocampus Ouest, Physiology, Environment and Genetics for the Animal
and Livestock Systems (PEGASE) and Nutrition and Metabolism, INRA. He investigates in area of energy metabolism of swine, poultry and calves, the impact of amino acid on piglets, model building of pig nutrition and growth, as well as the development of Inraporc Software. Dr. Jaap van Milgen got his PhD degree in researching rumen digestion process from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received postPhD training in building modle of pig nutrition and growth at INRA, Rennes.

12. Dr. Peter Kappel Theil
Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark
Dr. Peter Kappel Theil is the professor of Department of Animal Science - Molecular nutrition and reproduction at Aarhus University in Denmark. His research includes nutritional and physiological aspects of primarily sows. Areas of interest include quantitative metabolism of energy and nutrients in sows and piglets, onset of lactation, lactation rescue and cessation of lactation, and regulation of mammary growth and muscle growth. Experiments comprise collection experiments in cages, measurements of heat production in respiration chambers and by use of telemetry, estimation of milk intake, milk yield and heat production by using isotopes and quantification of gene- and protein expression. Dr. Peter Kappel Theil got his PhD degree at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark.

13.  Dr. Todd Armstrong
President of ASAS
Dr. Todd Armstrong is currently the President of ASAS and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for ASAS, in addition, Todd Armstrong is also the Senior Director of US Beef Operations at Elanco Animal Health where he leads the commercial and technical functions for the beef and food safety business. In addition to his service in ASAS, Todd serves on the Board of Directors for FHL International and is actively involved in the EDGE mentoring program of Truth@Work. Todd has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana 4H Foundation from 2012 to 2014. Todd received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University in physiology and nutrition, respectively. In addition, Todd has a M.S. degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and an M.B.A. degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. During his career, Todd has been an author or a co-author of 23 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 23 non-referred publications, and 41 abstracts. Todd has also served as an Associate Editor for the Animal Production section of the Journal of Animal Science from 2012 to 2013.

14. Dr. Hans Stein
Professor, University of Illinois
Dr. Hans H. Stein is a professor of Animal Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is conducting research and providing outreach programs in the area of intestinal physiology and feed ingredient evaluation. He makes discoveries in the area of energy, mineral, carbohydrate, and amino acid absorption and utilization with applications for pig, as well as for humans. His laboratory determines protein quality in human foods including determination of Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) and the Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score (DIAAS) that is now recommended by FAO for protein evaluation of human foods by using pig as a model for humans in this research, besides, they have also determined fermentability of conventional and novel fibers used in human foods using the pig as a model. Previous jobs include positions as associate professor at South Dakota State University, jobs in the feed industry, and jobs in primary agricultural production. He obtained a PhD degree in monogastric nutrition from the University of Illinois, and a Master degree from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark.

15. Dr. Junjun Wang
Research Professor, China Agriculture University
Dr. Junjun Wang, a research professor of Animal Science and Technology at China Agricultural University, doctoral tutor, Assistant Director of Ministry of Agriculture Feed Industry Center, Director of Nutrition and Reproductive Research Laboratory. He was ever successively selected in the talents plans including Central Organization Department "million people" first-class top talent, National Natural Science Foundation Outstanding Youth Science Foundation, the new century talents of the Ministry of education, science and technology star in Beijing, Outstanding talent in Beijing.
Dr. Junjun Wang’s main academic achievements include: revealing the metabolic programmed mechanism on the high mortality and low nutritional utilization efficiency of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) pig from the perspective of muscle and intestinal physiological development; revealing that the Inadequate supply of amino acids such as glucose and arginine, glutamine and proline in venous blood is an important reason for the formation of IUGR pigs from the perspective of nutritional supply, and based on this investigating the effect and mechanism of arginine and glutamine supplementation in gestational diets on reducing the incidence of neonatal IUGR pigs; laying foundation for nutrition optimization and precision nutrition of IUGR pig subgroup by establishing an model of evaluating the individual pig nutritional status based on plasma metabolic markers, using plasma metabolites group as the monitoring target of nutritional status. Dr. Junjun Wang’s multidisciplinary scientific research background has greatly promoted the innovation of nutrition research methods, and injected new ideas into animal nutrition research. In recent years, he has published over 60 papers in the Journal of Nutrition and other peer-reviewed journals and cited more than 1,700 now, he is the editorial board member of British Journal of Nutrition, Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences.

16. Dr. De Wu
Professor, Sichuan Agriculture University
Dr. De Wu, Vice President of Sichuan Agriculture University and Director of Institute of Animal Nutrition, a member of Ministry of Education Science and Technology Committee of Agriculture and Forestry; Director of Animal Disease Nutrition and Feed Key Laboratory in Ministry of Agriculture; Sichuan Province expert of innovation team in the national pig industry technology system; Director and Executive Director of Chinese Association of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary and Chinese Association Animal Nutrition, enjoying the government allowance of the State Council. He was ever successively named academic and technological leader of Sichuan Province, elected as Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor and selected in the National Talents Project, enrolled in the Science and Technology Leading Talent of National High Level Talents Special Support Program. Professor Wu De mainly engaged in research on reproductive nutrition of pigs, putting forward the principle of sow’s systemic nutrition, as well as building relevant parameters and its supporting technology, significantly increase sows single litter and lifelong fertility; elucidating partial mechanism on how nutrition regulate sow's estrus initiation, oocyte quality, embryo survival and fetal development; developing nutritional solutions to increase estrus and mating rate of sows, reduce embryo mortality and increase lactation in sows. He has presided over and participated in over 30 state-or-ministerial- level projects and more than 50 horizontal cooperation projects. He has also edited and participated in the editing of the 11th Five-Year Plan teaching materials and 6 books; published more than 140 academic papers, of which over 100 are included by SCI.

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