Cassava Starch World 2012

22-24 Feb, 2012 - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

InterContinental Phnom Penh
About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Na Mardy

H.E. Dr Na Mardy

H.E Dr. Na Mardy the owner of TTY has 30 years experience in agronomy. First 20 years of government rubber plantation . 2 years in the Ministry of Energy and 10 years experience with tapioca starch.

TTY Agriculture Plant Devt is the largest cassava tapioca starch factory in Cambodia.

TTY APD processes approximately 800-1000 tonnes of tapioca root and 200-250 tonnes of starch perday with plans on expanding production.

Mr. Na Mardy, CEO
TTY Corporation Co., Ltd
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 04:00 PM

Mr. Kenneth Stevens

-Kenneth Stevens is a Managing Partner of Leopard Capital L.P and is involved with the group’s private equity investments in several Asian countries. Leopard Capital has executed fourteen investments in Cambodia and Laos and is evaluating additional opportunities in Bangladesh, Myanmar and other frontier markets.


Mr. Stevens has 22 years’ experience in Asia with listed and unlisted equities investment. He served as head of research and investment banking executive at Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia’s Thailand operation in the 1990s, and later funded, developed and managed a number of successful business ventures with operations in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and other Asean countries.


Mr. Stevens earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird, and is a chartered financial analyst.

Mr. Kenneth Stevens, Managing Partner
Leopard Capital Cambodia
An Investor/ Fund Manager's Perspective on Investing in Cambodia's Cassava & Biogas Opportunities
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 04:20 PM

Mr. Patrick Burgi

Patrik Burgi

Patrick born and brought up in Brazil, has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He has worked as an engineer on biomass based renewable energy technologies in Switzerland and India.

He co-founded the company South Pole Carbon Asset Management together with highly experienced carbon market professionals. South Pole is a leading developer of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Verified Emission Reduction (VER) projects with an emphasis on sustainable development and premium standards such as the Gold Standard and the Social Carbon Standard. South Pole received the award for "Best Project Developer" in the Environmental Finance Voluntary Carbon Markets Survey 2011

Mr. Patrick Burgi, Managing Partner
South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd.
How to Qualify & Benefit from Carbon Market Mechanisms Such as the CDM?
Day 3 [Fri 24, February], at 11:30 AM

Dr . James Wang


Dr. James Wang received his Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (USA) in 1991, M.S. from Virginia Tech (USA) in 1987, and B.S. in China in 1982.  He has 20 years industrial experience at two major Global Fortune 500 Companies-Chevron and Kimberly-Clark.  He is currently Research Technical Leader II at Kimberly-Clark Corporation.  His area of expertise is in bio-based/biodegradable polymers, sustainable packaging, sustainable consumer products, polymer processing, reactive extrusion, polymer modification technologies, etc.  He has 81 granted U. S. Patents and has additional 30+ pending patent applications, as well as published 32 refereed articles.  He served on the grant review panel of USDA’s National Research Initiative on Biobased Products and Bioenergy Production in 2005 and 2009.  He also co-chaired several international symposia on biodegradable polymers and green biomaterials.  Throughout his career, he has received several innovation awards at Chevron and Kimberly-Clark.

Dr . James Wang, Research Technical Leader
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Engineering Starch for High-Value Packaging Film Applications
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 11:10 AM

Mr. Prasit Vaiyavatjamai
Mr. Prasit Vaiyavatjamai has a Master Degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001 and a Registered Professional Engineer in USA in 2006. He also earned his MBA from Thammasat University in 2010. For more than 7 years, he has worked in the field of waste management in USA and in Thailand as a consulting engineer and manager, respectively. Mr. Prasit has over 5 years of experiences in carbon business (CDM) especially in renewable energy technologies, focusing on emission reductions from the projects such as biogas, biomass, solar, waste heat recovery, and landfill. He is one of the original members of Carbon Partners Asiatica, which include some key former executives of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities. Currently, he is the director of Carbon Partners Asiatica (Thailand) and is responsible for all projects in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and SE Asia.

Mr. Prasit Vaiyavatjamai, Carbon Advisor
Carbon Partners Asiatica Co., Ltd.
Qualifying for CDM and lessons learned from existing projects
Day 3 [Fri 24, February], at 12:00 PM

Dr . Tin Maung Aye

Tin is the Cassava Agronomist and Soil Scientist expert for the Cassava Program in Asia for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT in Asia

His research focusses on improved cassava productivity, maintaining natural resources and protection of emerging pests and diseases of cassava for cassava communities in Asia

Dr . Tin Maung Aye, Cassava Agronomist / Soil Scientist
CIAT (Int Center for Tropical Agriculture)
CIAT Cassava Research & Development in S.E. Asia
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 12:10 PM

Anuwat Ruthaiyanont

Anuwat Ruthaiyanont

Anuwat is the Vice President of the Thai Tapioca Starch Association and Managing Director of Northern Starch, one of Asia’s leading manufacturer and supplier of starch products. He obtained his bachelor degree in Food Technology from Chulalongkorn University and Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University.

Anuwat Ruthaiyanont, Managing Director
Northeastern Starch (1987) Co. Ltd.
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 04:50 PM

Dr. James George

James George

Dr. James George is currently serving as the Project Coordinator of All India Coordinated Research Project on Tropical Tuber Crops under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He is the chief executive for implementing tuber crop research programs in 18 State Agriculture Universities in India. He holds graduate and post graduate degrees in Agriculture (Agronomy) and obtained his Ph.D degree from the famous Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Joined Agriculture Research Service of India in the year 1986 and has about 26 years of research experience in tuber crop’s agronomy, their soil and water relations. During the course of research, he developed agro-techniques for cassava, yams, sweet potato and aroids. He has also developed “minisett techniques” for rapid multiplication of quality planting materials in all tuber crops other potato. Minisett technology developed for rapid production of cassava planting materials has become very popular among farmers. He is also credited for the development of integrated nutrient package for the production of cassava and their impact on organic build up in the soil. He has over 100 research publications to his credit.

Dr. James George, Project Coordinator (Tuber crops)
Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR)
Establishment of Sustainable & Profitable Cassava Plantation - an Asian Experience
Day 3 [Fri 24, February], at 09:30 AM

Mr. Suwit Maturunyanon ***

Suwit Maturunyanon

Suwit is currently the business development manager for Papop. He graduated from the KhonKaen University Thailand with a Bachelor's Deg in Civil Engineering and then obtained his MBA in University of Central Oklahoma. Currently he is charge of all the company's CDM projects

Mr. Suwit Maturunyanon ***, Business Development Manager
Papop Co. Ltd.
Treatment of Cassava Waste Using Anaerobic Technology
Day 3 [Fri 24, February], at 10:30 AM

Dr. Paul A Iji

Dr Paul Iji

Dr Paul A. Iji is an Associate Professor of Poultry Science at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale, Australia.  Dr Iji studied in Nigeria, Scotland and Australia, and prior to his appointment at UNE, worked in similar positions in Nigeria and South Africa.  His main area of research is poultry nutrition, with specialization in gastrointestinal physiology.  Most of his recent research has been on the use of alternative feed ingredients for poultry.  He is the author of Writing and Publishing Your Research and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals as well as made presentations to international and local conferences.  He is an Associate Editor of six scientific journals, and also reviews articles for many other animal science journals.

Dr. Paul A Iji, Associate Professor (HDR Coordinator)
University of New England
Improving the Potential of Cassava as a Feed Ingredient by Way of Biotechnology
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 11:40 AM

Dr. Herve Vanderschuren

Herve Vanderschuren

Hervé Vanderschuren holds a BSc in Agricultural Sciences and MSc in Crop Science from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (Liege University, Belgium) and AgroParisTech (France). He has a PhD in Plant Biotechnology from ETH Zurich (Switzerland). He currently leads the cassava research group at ETH Zurich. Over the last 9 years, his research has focused on the development of biotechnological tools to improve cassava. Transgenic cassava resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses (viral diseases, post-harvest physiological deterioration) as well as transgenic lines with improved nutrient content have been successfully generated by his research group. Other ongoing activities include root development analysis, yield improvement, resistance to bacterial blight and drought tolerance. In addition to the biotechnological approaches, his research group uses cutting-edge technologies to investigate fundamental aspects of stress response in cassava.

Over the last 2 years the ETH cassava research group has been actively involved in technology transfer to Africa. Through collaborative work with teams in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa it was demonstrated that cassava transformation can be robustly established in African laboratories. The efforts of the ETH cassava research group to empower scientists and institutions in the South have been recently acknowledged by the SFIAR award.

Dr. Herve Vanderschuren, Bior Cassava Research Group Leader
ETH Zurich
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 09:00 AM
Developing Improved Cassava Varieties through Conventional Breeding & Genetic Engineering
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 02:00 PM

Dr. Hernan Ceballos

Hernan Ceballos

Hernán Ceballos obtained a B.S. Degree in Agronomy from National University of Córdoba (1980, Argentina) and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from Cornell University (1987, USA). His career started as a maize breeder at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). In 1999 he became the cassava breeder at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia.

Dr. Hernan Ceballos, Cassava Breeder
CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture)
New Cassava Variety & Potential Commercial Applications
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 02:30 PM
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 3 [Fri 24, February], at 08:30 AM

Dr . Enny Sudarmonowati

Enny Sudarmonowati

Enny obtained her PhD in UK from School of Biological Sciences of Bath University in January 1991 with research subject on Cassava Biotechnology. Since then she has been continuosly working on cassava in Indonesia on various aspects including cryopreservation (in vitro preservation), multiplication through somatic embryogenesis including Friable Embryogenic Callus (FEC)  to provide  materials for genetic transformation  genetic improvement involving molecular marker techniques, irradiation to induce mutants and genetic engineering.  She has been working at Research Centre for Biotechnology  of  Indonesian Institute of Sciences since 1986 . She has been Indonesian coordinators of joint projects between Indonesia and international partners including private sectors.  

Dr . Enny Sudarmonowati, Research Centre for Biotechnology – LIPI
Indonesia Institute of Science
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 03:00 PM

His Excellency. Sok Siphana

H.E Dr Sok Siphana

Sok Siphana went to the United States as a refugee in 1980 after spending all his adolescent life in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. He worked in the private sector as a consultant for small businesses until the advent of the Paris Peace Accords in 1993 when he decided to return home. Last July 2009, Mr. Sok decided to leave the UN/WTO family to return to serve once again his homeland. He was subsequently appointed by the Prime Minister Samdech Decho Hun Sen as Advisor of the royal Government of Cambodia with rank of Minister. Mr.Sok is also a practicing attorney and the Principal at Sok Siphana & Associates, a law and consulting firm specialized in international trade and corporate law in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


His Excellency. Sok Siphana, Advisor
Royal Government of Cambodia / Consultant for Sok Siphana & Associates
Cambodian Government Policy Formulation for the Cassava Industry
Day 3 [Fri 24, February], at 08:35 AM

Mr. Eunjun Choi

Choi EunJun

Choi worked for 20 years in CJ Group which was the parent company of Samsung Group in Korea. Out of 20 years he worked in Cambodia for 8 years as a managing director of CJ Cambodia Co, Ltd and MH Bio-Energy Group Co.,Ltd involved in Cassava farming on 8,000 hectares and tapioca starch & ethanol production. He is now consultant on cassava farming & processing in Cambodia

Mr. Eunjun Choi, President
Mekong Bridge Holding Co.,Ltd
Sharing of Cassava Plantation Experience in Cambodia
Day 3 [Fri 24, February], at 09:00 AM

Mr. Gerard Stapleton

Gerard Stapleton

Gerard Stapleton is the newly appointed Head of South-East Asian Research at LMC International, based in Singapore. He was formerly Head of Economics and Statistics at the International Rubber Study Group for three years, prior to which he worked for LMC in the UK for eight years, covering coffee and cocoa. Before that, he worked for the Papua New Guinea Coffee Industry Corporation for six years. He has a Masters Degree from the University of East Anglia.

Mr. Gerard Stapleton, Head of South-East Asian Research
LMC International Ltd
Global Starch Market Outlook & Competing Raw Materials for Starches by Product Segment and Region
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 09:10 AM

Dr. Harold Corke

Harold Corke

Harold Corke is a PhD graduate in plant genetics, and holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He has published 170 scientific papers in journals on food science, focusing on starch quality. He is currently Editor in Chief of the 'Encyclopedia of Grain Science' project. Harold has been affiliated with the University of Kong Kong for nearly 20 years. He has 25 years experience in research, teaching and consulting in agricultural development and food science, and has business interests in starch processing in China.

Dr. Harold Corke, Professor
University of Hong Kong
Developing Quality Starches for New Applications
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 10:10 AM
Afternoon Chairman
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 01:45 PM

Dr. Klanarong Sriroth
Assoc. Prof. Klanarong  Sriroth  has involved in sugar and starch industry for more than 25 years after his graduation  “Doctor of Engineering in Sugar Technology/Biotechnology” from the Technical University of Berlin in 1986.  He was one of the key persons who established the public awareness for the significant roles of Science & Technology to strengthen the competitiveness of Thai agro industry, in particular carbohydrate crops which are sugar cane and cassava. Consequently, with the collaboration between National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Kasetsart University, Cassava and Starch Technology Research Unit, a specialized unit on cassava, starch and sugar technology, was established in 1995 and he has been active as the unit director since then. He is very prominent in starch and sugar processing.  His expertise is further extended to bioethanol processing where cassava and sugar cane are preferably used as the promising feedstock.

Dr. Klanarong Sriroth, Associate Professor
Kasetsart University
Cassava Starch for Industrial & Non Industrial Applications – Switching Interchangeably from Sugar to Starch
Day 2 [Thu 23, February], at 09:40 AM

Mr. Stephen Peters

Steve Peters

Steve has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and a Masters of Engineering Science by Research in Project Management from the University of Melbourne.  He has provided strategic consulting and technology solutions for a variety of institutions and multinationals throughout the world.  He is currently working on projects in Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines in renewable energy.  He is a regular speaker at conference regionally on industry initiatives on renewable energy, sustainable development and technology implementation.

Mr. Stephen Peters, Director
Stratcon Singapore Pte Ltd
Why some cassava biogas projects succeed and others fail
Day 3 [Fri 24, February], at 11:00 AM