Wednesday, February 10, 2016

10/02/2016: Middle East Aquaculture 2016

Dubai World Trade Centre, DUBAI, UAE – March 13-15, 2016
Middle East Aquaculture 2016 has been created to benefit the industry professionals working in the Middle East, to gather aquaculture experts from the Middle East, and to show the latest innovative products at the exhibition.

The organising committee invites the academic aquaculture experts, Middle East producers/farmers, suppliers, and other industry professionals to the DWTC, Dubai, UAE to attend this event.

Activities will include specific topical industry sessions and technical sessions (conference). The focus of the MEA16 is targeted towards the most important industry issues affecting key Middle East aquaculture producing countries.  It is an aquaculture conference whereby timely topical and regionally relevant sessions are tailored to enhance scientific and industrial representation and participation.

Plenary and Keynote Speakers:
Engineer Mariam Mohammed Saeed Hareb
Eng Mariam Mohammed Saeed Hareb is the Assistant Undersecretary of Water resources and Nature conservation Affairs in the Ministry of Environment and Water.  As part of her key duties, Eng Hareb develops the Ministry’s general strategic plans for the local water resources sector and aligns them with the UAE Government’s national agenda and policy directions. Additionally, she oversees the development and implementation of performance indicators to measure and evaluate the sector’s various departments in line with the Ministry’s directives.

HE Eng Hareb, a UAE National, began her career soon after graduating from one of Europe’s leading engineering universities, with specialisation in ‘Development and Design Engineering.’ She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany. She has gained prominence in the field of Environmental Engineering through her professional experience of over 10 years working with well-known organisations in the UAE and Germany.
Eng Hareb started her professional journey with the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, where she was appointed as an Expert to supervise its largest projects. She was involved in the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Centre for Marine Research in Umm Al Quwain, an initiative by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi; the UAE-wide Integrated Waste Management Project to convert waste into energy; and the construction of the Ministry’s new building. She also oversaw the establishment and development of the Project Management Office within the Ministry’s premises as well as the construction of the Central Laboratories in Sharjah.

In addition to the supervision of these projects, HE Eng Hareb has paid great attention to the issue of groundwater depletion in the UAE, recognising the urgent need to find innovative and sustainable environmental solutions to boost fresh water supply. She was following up on the technology to ‘draw water from humid air,’ and she is currently working on its technical development in accordance with the country’s climate. It is one of the Ministry’s highly innovative projects in line with government directives to stimulate innovation and creativity to achieve the objectives of National Vision 2021.

In 2014, HE Eng Hareb was appointed to the position of Director of Education & Awareness Department, where she helped in developing the national strategy on environmental education and awareness. Implemented in 2015, the policy will continue until 2021 with an aim to raise the level of environmental awareness among the various stakeholders in key environmental areas, such as waste management, quality air and water, climate change, and biodiversity. The strategy will ultimately help change the behavior of the people of the UAE to ensure a sustainable environment.

In addition, in her new role as the Assistant Undersecretary for the Water Resources and Nature Conservation Affairs Department, she oversees the development of performance indicators for the Department for the purpose of evaluation in line with the Ministry’s strategic vision to promote environmental sustainability and protect natural resources. This resulted in the Water Resources and Nature Conservation Affairs Department being named as the most innovative in the third quarter of 2015 within the Ministry of Environment and Water.
Farshad Shishehchian

Dr Farshad is the founder, President & CEO of over ten Blue Aqua International groups of companies with over 14 countries present. Blue Aqua International is a one-stop solution provider for the aquaculture industry. Blue Aqua manufactures and distributes specialty products and services to customers as well as  innovative and holistic solutions to help customers increase their profits and operate their business sustainably and in an environmentally friendly manner.

Dr Farshad is the inventor of the Mixotrophic system, super intensive shrimp farming system, which has PCT patented in over 144 countries.

In the meantime, Dr Farshad Shishehchian is the founder and president of the Asian Aquaculture Network (AAN), established as a regional professional network of communication, knowledge and sharing practical technical information about aquaculture. 
The primary focus is on promoting sustainable development and profitable practices of aquaculture in Asia. AAN is a networking platform that provides updated information and emerging news about aquaculture, communicating and affiliating with research institutions and universities to collaborate on practical research, educational and technological development, information exchange and student exchange programs etc.

Dr Farshad is currently the president of the World Aquaculture Society, Asia Pacific Chapter.  He has dynamic, hands-on experience in managing farms and hatcheries and local networking over 20 years in the world’s top aquaculture producing countries. Some of his vast experiences include organising, presenting and participating in diversified levels of industry seminars; conferences and panels of discussion from local ones to internationally recognised ones.

Dr Farshad holds a PhD in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology. He has rich experience and profound understanding of aquaculture in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Philippine, China, Sri-Lanka, Malaysia, Korea, Norway, Turkey, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Australia, Singapore and Chile.
Patrick Sorgeloos
Patrick Sorgeloos has been involved in fish and shellfish larviculture R&D in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa ever since the mid-seventies. In 1978 he established the Artemia Reference Centre and in 1986 he became the first professor of aquaculture at Ghent University.  Until his retirement as emeritus professor in October 2013, over 250 Master (from > 50 countries) and 70 PhD alumni (from > 20 countries) graduated from Ghent University in the field of aquaculture under his guidance.

Patrick is a strong promoter of international networking in aquaculture and was/is involved with the World Aquaculture Society (1999-2000 President), the European Commission (chairman Thematic Network Aquaculture – AquaTnet; member Advisory Group DG Research FP7 theme 2 food, agriculture and biotechnology; chairman ASEM Aquaculture Platform) and the European Aquaculture Technology & Innovation Platform (founding member).

He is the co-founder of the spin off company Artemia Systems which is now operating under the name of INVE Aquaculture.

He has received honorary awards in China, Egypt, Greece, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.
Türker Bodur, PhD

Türker had worked in his family’s fish farm between 1996 and 1999 before he started his academic career. He studied micro diet feeds for marine fish larvae during his MSc and graduated in 2001. He worked as a research assistant between 1999 and 2001 in Süleyman Demirel University.

Türker studied comparative genetic structures of European sea bass broodstock collected from Turkey, Greece and the Atlantic ocean during his PhD and graduated in 2012 while working as a researcher in Akdeniz University, where he is still currently working.

Türker has led several scientific projects on genomics, genetics and nutrition and also has been giving service to the aquaculture industry as an academic advisor.

More information on Plenary and Keynote speakers coming soon. Visit the MEA16 webpage HERE.

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