Dr Moctar Toure; Dr Toure, a Senegalese citizen, has both a Masters and Doctorate degree in agronomy and soil science from the University of Rennes, France and a Bachelors Degree in biology and natural science from University of Orleans, France.
Dr Toure has extensive experience in agricultural research and policy. In 2006, he retired as the Team Leader the Land and Water Resources unit of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) while from 2001 to 2004, he was the Agricultural Services Specialist, Africa region, for the World Bank. He has previously worked in various other capacities at the World Bank, Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA), Ministry of Science and Technology, Senegal and Ministry of Agriculture, Morocco.
He has served on the boards and committees of institutions such as the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), European Economic Commission, Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Africa Rice Center, International Center for Research on Agro-forestry (ICRAF), International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and International Board for Soil Research and Management (IBSRAM).
He currently consults for institutions like the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), African Development Bank (AfDB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Government of Burkina Faso.
Professor Shabd S. Acharya, Board Member & Chair of Program Committee, is Honorary Professor at Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (India) having worked with different institutions and organizations as a professor and Director. Currently he heads different committees including being the Vice President of Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS). Prof. Acharya has written extensively in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Marketing and Prices, Agricultural Development and Policy Analysis. He is currently Vice President of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (India). His field of research has been agricultural marketing, development and policy analysis.
Dr Arthur Carty Dr Arthur Carty was appointed to the Africa Harvest Board of Directors in May 2011. He is a Canadian
citizen and is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology. Previously, he was the National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and Government of Canada. He has a doctorate degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham. Dr Carty has 42 years of experience of academic research in chemistry having published 310 articles in peer reviewed journals and appointed many times as an external reviewer or specialist. Two of his papers are amongst the 100 most cited papers published in synthetic and pure chemistry.
He has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards and has been appointed to several company boards and councils including the Science and Technology in Society Forum, Carleton University, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Society of Chemistry, Innovative Materials Technologies Ltd amongst others. He is well connected to numerous academia and corporate research networks in North America, Europe, South East and Central Asia.