Organizing Committee
OCM Member
Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
University of Guelph , Canada
Biography :

Christopher Bryant has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1970) and has been Professor at the Universities of Waterloo (1070-1990) and Montréal (1990 to 2014) and is currently Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph (1912 onwards), and he is also Adjunct Professor, Geography Department, University of Montreal (2014 onwards).

Research Interest :

Agriculture in and around cities and metropolitan centers; community development; land use planning; strategic development planning for communities, organizations and agriculture; resilience building for communities exposed to flooding and climate variability; adaptation of agriculture and tourism development to climate change and variability. He is placed in the top 5% of researchers on Research Gate.

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Adjunct Professor, Nutrition and Food Science
Texas A&M University , USA
Biography :

Yuxiang Sun received her MD from Beijing Medical University, P. R. China and PhD at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She subsequently received postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medline. She is currently a principle investigator at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research interests are obesity, diabetes and metabolic regulation. He has published more than 40 peer reviewer papers many of which are in high ranking journals such as Cell Metabolism, JCI, PNAS, and Aging Cell. Currently, she serves as reviewer for a number of endocrine journals, and she is the Editorial Board Member of World Journal of Diabetes (WJD).

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Chair and Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Oakwood University , USA
Biography :

Dr. Joycelyn Peterson , registered dietetian, completed Nutrition and Dietetics degrees at Loma Linda University (M.P.H., and Dr.PH.), and Johns Hopkins University (post-master’s studies in international nutrition). She is professor and chair of Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Oakwood University, Alabama, USA. She recently published her dissertation in the Annuals of Nutrition Metabolism 8/2011, and is a contributing writer for newspapers and health magazines and has also published two vegetarian cookbooks. Her professional experience includes vegetarian nutrition consultant, and author, public health speaker, and program planner for international and state-wide public health nutrition initiatives, conducting nutrition research at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Founding director, Agriculture and Food security
The Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security , USA
Biography :

Professor Elliott graduated with First Class Honours in Plant Sciences from the University of Wales in 1963. His PhD in plant biochemistry (1966) in the laboratory of Professor H.E. Street at the University of Wales was followed by a period as a Fulbright Scholar and Research Staff Biologist at Yale University (1967-1969). He returned from the USA to take the post of Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Leicester (1969-1971), then he became Professor and Head of the School of Life Sciences at De Montfort University, Leicester (1971-1994). He was Chairman of the College of Deans at De Montfort University (1989-1993) then Founding Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security (1994 to date) and Editor in Chief of the BioMed Central open access journal Agriculture and Food Security (2011 to date). Professor Elliott is the author of several hundred research publications with emphasis on molecular biological approaches to cereal improvement and he has directed the Higher Degree programmes of more than fifty Graduate Students. He was honoured by the award of the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (1984), the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology (1989), the Charles University Medal (1992), the Gregor Mendel Gold Medal for Biological Sciences Research of Exceptional Merit (1993), the Jan Evangelista Purkyne Medal (1994) and the DSc (Honoris Causa) of the Bulgarian Academy of Agricultural Science (2006).He was a Member of the Science and Engineering Research Council’s Biological Sciences Committee (1978-1981), a Member of Various Appraisal Committees of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, a Member of the Council for National Academic Awards' Life Science Research Degrees Committee (1988-92) and an Accredited Specialist for The Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation ( 1990 to 1999). He is currently a Member of the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Research (2018 to date).

Research Interest :

Agriculture and Food security

OCM Member
Founder- Director, Nutrition
ShayTheCoach , USA
Biography :

Shaweta Shay Vasudeva is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer, certified Nutritional Therapist and Black Belt Karate and Tai Chi Instructor for ShayTheCoach, a company she founded as a result of her passion to help others become the best version of self. She does this by offering personal fitness training and nutritional programs, karate and Tai Chi classes. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Psychology and has a very successful career as a Substance Abuse Counselor.

OCM Member
Professor, eHealth/ eBusiness Informatics/ Innovation
McMaster University , Canada
Biography :

Joseph Tan, PhD, formerly Wayne C Fox Chair of eBusiness Innovation, and currently, Professor of eHealth Informatics, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, is the founding and ongoing Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems & Informatics with a professional background that spans a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research area. A lead investigator in redefining the frontiers of multidisciplinary Business and Health IT knowledge development, management and expansion, including active involvement in collaborative research and multidisciplinary joint-grant submissions, Dr. Tan has demonstrated skills and ability to serve in both academia and industry. He has achieved recognized scholarship in teaching and learning with students’ nominations for teaching excellence awards.

Research Interest :

Promotion in e-Health informatics through cross-disciplinary thinking/project partnering with diverse practitioners, clinicians, researchers, and a variety of user communities.

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