Professor Sir Partha DASGUPTA
University of Cambridge

"Food, Resources, and Population"

Partha Dasgupta, was born in Dhaka (at that time in India) and educated in Varanasi, Delhi, and Cambridge. He is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He taught at the London School of Economics during 1971-1984 and moved to the University of Cambridge in 1985 as Professor of Economics, where he served as Chairman of the Faculty of Economics in 1997-2001. He was also Professor of Economics, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University (1989-1992); Chairman of the (Scientific Advisory) Board of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm (1991-1996), and Andrew D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University (2006-2013). Since 1999 he has been a Founder Member of the Management and Advisory Committee of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu. In 1996 he helped to establish the journal Environment and Development Economics, published by Cambridge University Press, whose purpose has been not only to publish original research at the interface of poverty and the environmental-resource base, but also to provide an opportunity to scholars in developing countries to publish their findings in an international journal.
Professor Dasgupta's research interests have covered welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental and resource economics, the theory of games, the economics of under-nutrition, and the economics of social capital. His publications include Economic Theory and Exhaustible Resources (with G.M. Heal; Cambridge University Press, 1979); The Control of Resources (Harvard University Press, 1982); An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1993); Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment (Oxford University Press, 2001; revised edition, 2004); and Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007). A collection of his scientific papers have been published in a two-volumes set, under the title, Selected Papers of Partha Dasgupta: 1, Institutions, Innovations, and Human Values and 2: Poverty, Population, and Natural Resources (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).



Professor Giuseppe NOVELLI,
President of University of Rome Tor Vergata

"The Role of Genetics on Health and Agriculture"

Giuseppe Novelli is an Italian biologist, now president of University of Rome Tor Vergata. Born in the little city of Rossano in the south of Italy, he graduated magna cum laude in genetics in the 1981. In 1895 earned a Ph.D at Sapienza University of Rome. In 1995 he became Professor of genetics at University of Rome Tor Vergata. From 2003 he is also "adjunct professor" at Arkansas University. From 2008 to 2011 he was president of the Faculty of Medice and Surgery at Tor Vergata. In 2013 he had been elected president of his university




Professor Riccardo CORTESE,
University of Naples and Okairos

"Genetic Vaccine: Development of a New Experimental GSK Ebola Vaccine"  

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Riccardo is one of the co-founder and  Chief Executive Officer of Okairos, a spin-off  dedicated to the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of genetic vaccines obtained with a novel proprietary technology.

Okairos, in cooperation with the American National Institute of Health (NIH), has promoted a multiannual research for the development of a new experimental Ebola vaccine, a joint-venture between the Italian company and IRBM. GlaxoSmithKline (Gsk).

Previously, Riccardo established the Gene Expression Unit at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and was the founder and head of the Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare (IRBM) in Rome, Italy, which later became a subsidiary of Merck Inc.

Riccardo has been instrumental in the development of several novel antiviral drugs and vaccines, which range from various stages of clinical development to fully marketed, including Isentress for HIV.
He has also published in leading scientific journals including Nature, Science and Cell, on immunology, molecular medicine and drug discovery.

Riccardo is a Professor of Molecular Biology at the medical school of the University of Naples, Italy, where he completed his medical degree before receiving his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

He is an elected member of several international associations, including the Académie Française, the Academia Europea and European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). He is a member of the Board of Directors of MolMed S.p.A.




Member of the first German Bioecomomy Council Berlin

"Europe en route to the Bioeconomy -  Hype or Reality?"

Christian Patermann is a central figure in the European Bioeconomy community. After 20 years of experience with the German public service, within Federal Ministry of Science and Education and the Federal Minister of Research and Technology, in 1996 Dr. Patermann went to Brussels to become the Programme Director for “Environment” Research at the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission. During his career at the European Union, he conceived and implemented the 4th, 5th and 6th RTD Framework Programmes of the EU and was also Vice-President of the Steering Committee of IGFA (International Group of Funding Agencies in Global Environmental Changes ) as well as elected member of the START Scientific Committee.

Since January 2004 he was Programme Director for “Biotechnology, Agriculture & Food” Research at the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission, which from 2007 also comprised Aquaculture and Fisheries as well as Forestry. During these years he was responsible for the elaboration of the new concept of the Knowledge Based Bioeconomy ( KBBE ), which today is known as biobased Economy or more simply  Bioeconomy in Europe. He was also appointed Chairman of the oldest Committee between EU Member States and the European Commission, the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research, SCAR. He also served for 4 years as co-chair in the important EC-US Task Force Life Sciences and Biotechnology Research.
Retired since 2007, Dr. Patermann now lives in Bonn and advises public and private institutions and companies, among them the largest German Land NorthRhine-Westphalia , the Fraunhofer Society, the Swiss Agricultural Research Council etc.

Since beginning of 2009 he has been appointed member of the Research and Technology Council “ BioEconomy “ of the Federal German Government, an  advisory Body to Chancellor Merkel and her Cabinet, founded also in 2009. The University of Bonn awarded Christian Patermann in November 2011 an honorary doctor’s degree because of his merits to promote  European Agricultural Research.

In April 2012 Christian Patermann was appointed member in the Georgofili Academy in Florence, the oldest Science Academy in the area of agrosciences in the world.




Prof. Matin Qaim
University of Goettingen

"Economic, Environmental, and Health Effects of GM Crops"

Matin Qaim is an agricultural economist and Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development at the University of Goettingen in Germany.

Before, he was Professor at the University of Hohenheim, Team Leader at the Center for Development Research in Bonn, and Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Qaim holds a doctoral degree from the University of Bonn.

He has extensive research experience related to the economics of agricultural biotechnology with a focus on analyzing impacts in developing countries. He is member of several scientific and policy advisory committees, including for the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

He is also member of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board. Until recently, he was also member of the CIMMYT Board of Trustees.


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