3rd RubberPlant Summit

13-16 Mar, 2013 - Yangon, MYANMAR

PARKROYAL Yangon
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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. John McClure
-John McClure graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Stirling in 1997. Having spent time as a professional golfer, he then joined LMC's Rubber and Tyre Research Team in 2000. Mr. McClure has had a leading role in a wide range of projects covering various aspects of the markets for natural and synthetic rubber as well as the tyre sector. He is based at LMC's headquarters in Oxford.

Mr. John McClure, Business Development Manager
LMC International Ltd
Global Outlook for Rubber as a Commodity Crop & Price Movement for 2013
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 02:10 PM
Chairman’s Remark
Day 3 [Fri 15, March], at 09:00 AM


Aleli D. Manguilin

Miss Aleli D. Manguilin is a product of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna in 1997. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, major in Human Settlement Planning.

Prior to her appointment last July as a General Manager of the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR), in charge of the Rubber Development Program Office, and as the focal person of the High Value Crop Development Program, Ms Manguilin served as an Account Officer of NABCOR, in charge of various rubber enterprises.

As Project Development Officer, she was the focal person of the 4th ASEAN Rubber Conference in Manila, ( ARC 2008 ).



Aleli D. Manguilin, General Manager
National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR)
Investment Opportunities for Rubber in the Philippines
Day 3 [Fri 15, March], at 09:40 AM

Dr. Sivakumaran A/L Seenivasagam
-Dr Sivakumaran graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with Second Class Upper Honours in Botany from the University of Malaya in 1970 and Ph. D in Plant Physiology from the University of Wales (Aberyswyth), United Kingdom in 1977.He worked with the Malaysian Rubber Board from 1970 to 2000 and retired as the Director of Production Research and Development. He is presently working as the Executive Director in charge of Research & development with Greenyield Berhad, Malaysia. Dr Sivakumaran was responsible for the development of the RRIMFLOW system for which a patent was granted to the MRB. He received the RRIM Gold Medal in 1993 and the service excellence award from the RRIM in 1992 for his research contributions in the field of rubber exploitation and, in particular, the development of labour saving technologies. He was a member of the Task Force on the Rubber Eco-Project under the auspices of the International Rubber Study Group of the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2006. Dr Sivakumaran in year 2010 has successfully secured a Malaysian patent for "Crop Plus" Organic Fertilizer and Utility Innovation for a Biopesticide in both Thailand and Vietnam. He has also recently obtained a patent from China for an improved method of latex extraction from the rubber tree.

Dr. Sivakumaran A/L Seenivasagam, Executive Director (Research & Development)
Greenyield Berhad
Systems to Overcome Tapper Shortage and Reduce Production Costs
Day 3 [Fri 15, March], at 09:10 AM

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)
How to assess and evaluate site conditions in Myanmar?
Day 1 [Wed 13, March], at 09:00 AM
How to choose the suitable crops (rubber, oil palm, cassava, etc.) in term of soils and climates?
Day 1 [Wed 13, March], at 10:00 AM

How to use the best agronomic practices
Day 1 [Wed 13, March], at 02:00 PM

How many agro-ecological zones in Myanmar?
Day 1 [Wed 13, March], at 04:00 PM

Final Discussion. End of Workshop
Day 1 [Wed 13, March], at 05:00 PM


Mr. Sebastian Pawlita
Sebastian is a partner of PWP. After having obtained law degrees in Germany and Japan, he started his professional career in a Big Four accountancy firm before working as an associate in the corporate and tax department of a well-regarded British law firm in Germany. Before joining PWP and relocating to Myanmar, he was the head of the Ho Chi Minh City office of a leading German law firm. Sebastian has worked on a large number of deals in South East Asia and assisted many companies from Asia, in particular from Japan, in their overseas operations, in particular in their investments in Myanmar.

Mr. Sebastian Pawlita, Partner
Polastri Wint & Partners
Foreign Investment Law & Privatization Process for Agri-Investment in Myanmar
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 10:10 AM

Mr. David Allan
-David has spent most of his 30 year career in various resource, forest products, plantations, paper and manufacturing industries, in operating, senior management and consulting roles, originally as a chemical engineer. He has many years consulting experience in the CSR area and also in the community development field. He has lived for nearly the last 10 years in Asia, and has been based for the last 7+ years in Myanmar, initially as head of large humanitarian agency. In 2007 he also founded local group Spectrum in Myanmar for policy work and service delivery in sustainable development, natural resource management, transparency, community engagement, and environment. He consults on various areas of business strategy, implementation, conflict and risk reduction, with specialisation in the energy, minerals and agri-business sectors. Specific focus is on sustainable development practice, conflict prevention and social license to operate in Myanmar. David is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr. David Allan, Director
Spectrum SDKN
Chairman’s Remarks
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 02:00 PM
Social License to Operate, Environmental and Corporate Due Diligence Issues in the Myanmar Plantation Sector
Day 3 [Fri 15, March], at 11:40 AM


Mr. Jose Cheerakuzhy
-Jose Cheerakuzhy, Managing Director, Cheerakuzhy Young bud Root trainer Rubber nursery graduated with a degree in commerce from University of Calicut in 1993. He has vast practical and managerial experience over 20 years in the field of Rubber nursery, plantation and horticulture. Cheerakuzhy Young bud Rubber nursery was established in 1979 by his father Mr. K C Kuriakose who invented modified young budding system in rubber. Mr Jose cheerakuzhy incorporated young budding, in Root trainer system which is the novel method introduced by Indian Rubber Board and developed young bud root trainer plants.

Mr. Jose Cheerakuzhy, Managing Director
Cheerakuzhy Young Bud Root Trainer Rubber Nursery
Young Bud Root Trainer System - An Advanced Propagation Technique in Rubber
Day 3 [Fri 15, March], at 10:10 AM

Mr. Edwin Vanderbruggen
Edwin is one of Myanmar’s leading foreign lawyers, particularly recognized for his experience with large transactions. He was formerly with Loyens & Loeff and a partner at DFDL. He has 20 years of experience as a lawyer, academic and government adviser, including six years of experience on Myanmar tax and investment issues. Edwin advises on some of the largest investment projects in Myanmar, such as the acquisition of oil and gas interests, the tender for telecom licenses, major infrastructure projects, and power plants. He lives full-time in Yangon, where he leads a team of 20 lawyers and tax advisers. In his academic career, he has lectured at 6 prestigious universities in Europe and Asia, and written 7 textbooks and over 40 scholarly articles some of which won scientific awards. 

Mr. Edwin Vanderbruggen, Partner
VDB Loi
Structuring a Rubber Project: Government Lease Fees, Joint Venture, and Tax Considerations
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 12:10 PM

Dr. Frederic Gay
Dr. Frederick Gay obtained his PhD in Agricultural Sciences in 2002 and MsC in Agricultural Sciences in 1997, both from the Montpellier Supagro Institute (International Centre for Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences). He is currently a researcher with CIRAD and has been with the organisation for the past 9 years. His key qualifications are agronomy, crop physiology, crop modelling and environmental assessment. Since September 2008, Dr. Gay has been based in Thailand and the coordinator of the ecophysiology program under the Hevea Research Platform in Partnership (HRPP). Prior to that (from 2003-2007), he was based in Vietnam, in-charge of the 'Aromatic Rice' project. From 1998-2002, Dr. Gay was the Research Engineer for French Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and Nestlé Water. His main job function was to act as co-coordinator of the project on impact of agricultural activities on groundwater pollution in the area of Perrier's natural water plant.

Dr. Frederic Gay, Researcher
CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement)
Assessing Ecosystem Services in Rubber Plantations: From Flux Measurements to Life-Cycle Assessment Approach
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 03:40 PM

U. Zaw Win

Zaw Win

Mr. Zaw Win obtained his bachelor degree in Agricultural Science from the Yezin Agricultural University  (YAU), Myanmar in 1977. He  obtained the World Bank Scholarship to  pursue  his Master study program in  Plant Breeding   at the Ohio State University , USA  from 1988 to 1990.He has worked in Ministry of  agriculture and Irrigation  (MOAI) for (33) years. He was assigned as Estate Manager in Mudon Rubber Estate from1993 to 1996. He tried to get the improved rubber varieties, and conducted the rubber training to smallholders of rubber plantation. After that, he also assigned as Regional Director in Tanintharyi Region about (6) years from 1996 to 2002.  Next, he worked as Head of Planning and Extension Education  division in Myanmar Perennial Crops Enterprise (MPCE) in Yangon from   2002  to  2008.  And then, he also promoted as Director of Planning Division of Department of Industrial Crops Development (DICD) in Nay Pyi Taw.



U. Zaw Win, Director Planning, Dept of Industrial Crops Development
Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation
Opening Remark
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 09:05 AM

Dr. Myat Thu
-Dr. Myat Thu obtained his bachelor degree in Agricultural Science, majoring in Entomology from the Yezin Agricultural University, Myanmar in 1998. In 1999, he was selected as one of the trainee for a one-year training course on Tropical Agriculture in Israel because of his outstanding scores in his BS. After the training in Israel, he was promoted to Assistant Supervisor at Nyaung Hna Pin Vegetable Special Zone under Plant Protection Division, Hmaw Be Township, Yangon division. In November 2001, he returned to Yezin Agricultural University to pursue his master degree and obtained his Master in Agricultural Science in Entomology in 2004. Meanwhile, the MOAI promoted him as Assistant Manager at Shwe Du Rubber Research and Cloning Estate under Myanmar Perennial Crops Enterprise. In June 2007, he obtained a SEAMEO-SEARCA Scholarship to pursue his Ph.D study program in Entomology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). He became a regular member of The Philippine Association of Entomologist, Inc. in 2009.

Dr. Myat Thu, Sr. Staff Officer
Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation
Current Situation of Rubber Plantation and Production in Myanmar
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 09:35 AM

Dr. Yu Sein
-Dr.Yu Sein graduated from the Institute of Medicine in Yangon. He is a Dawei native and continued his family business in rubber plantation and trading and have over 27 years of experience. He is the Chairman of Dawei Rubber Planters and Producers Association.

Dr. Yu Sein, Chairman
Dawei Rubber Planters & Producers Association
Developing Rubber on a Commercial Scale in Dawei: Opportunities & Challenges for Investors
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 11:40 AM

Mr. Ly Thanh Binh
-Ly Thanh Binh ("Ben Ly"), Chairman & CEO Green Asia Global is an entrepreneur with multifaceted experience in natural resources, new media technologies, and community planning. After graduating college, earning a B.S. in Economics at Tulane University in Louisiana, Ben founded his own businesses in electronics manufacturing, oil & gas leasing and exploration, and tourism along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as well as running for US Congress as the first and youngest Vietnamese American ever to run for congress.
During his later career, Ben joined Paxson Communications Corporation responsible for radio-television's new media internet business development. Thereafter, Ben founded his own real estate brokerage and development company in the US. Recently, he decided to return to live in Asia. Having grown up in a rice farm, Ben sees a need today to encourage farmers to protect their soil from degradation by using organic bio-fertilizers. This thinking was the start of his vision for Green Asia Global and to help build a greener planet.

Mr. Ly Thanh Binh, Chairman & CEO
Green Asia Global Corporation
Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 09:00 AM
Economic Feasibility of Intercropping Rubber with Cassava
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 02:40 PM


Dr. Masaru Takagi
-Masaru Takagi received a doctorate of science from Nagoya University. His major is plant molecular biology, especially gene regulation in plants. He developed novel technology for functional analysis of gene that enable to manipulate plants traits. He has been working at the National Institute of Advance Industrial Science and technology (AIST), Tsukuba Japan for 25 years and last year he moved to Saitama University as professor and director of Institute for Environmental Science and Technology in Saitama University.

Dr. Masaru Takagi, Professor & Director of Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (IEST)
Saitama University
Genetic Modification of Plant Traits using Novel Gene Silencing Technology named "CRES-T"
Day 2 [Thu 14, March], at 04:10 PM